News Recap: May 18, 2018

A weekly update of art world news.

  Portrait of a Young Gentleman (c.1654) by Rembrandt van Rijn, oil on canvas, 94.5×73.5 cm. Photo via  Instagram .

Portrait of a Young Gentleman (c.1654) by Rembrandt van Rijn, oil on canvas, 94.5×73.5 cm. Photo via Instagram.

“New” Rembrandt Discovered
"Portrait of a Young Gentleman," previously credited to “Circle of Rembrandt van Rijn,” has been newly identified as an authentic Rembrandt. The painting features a young man dressed in a black coat with a lace collar, the detail of which tipped off Jan Six, the art dealer who acquired the piece at Christie’s for a mere £137,000 ($172,000), that it was a Rembrandt original. “Observe the curling of the lace ruff at its edges, you can almost put your finger under it! For me that was a clear giveaway, as none of Rembrandt’s contemporaries could pull this off.” Over 15 art historians and curators, including the foremost expert on Rembrandt, professor Ernst van de Wetering, have signed off on its authenticity, citing its date of creation around 1654. Portrait of a Young Gentleman is currently on view at Hermitage Amsterdam through June 15.
Read the full story (Artnet News)

Complaint Issued Against Photo London
Alison Jacques, London art dealer of Alison Jacques Gallery, has filed a complaint against Photo London and its management for mishandling a case of theft. Exhibiting at the fair for the first time last year, Jacques reported a photograph, "William Eggleston and Pink Gorilla, Memphis (2010)," by Juergen Teller as stolen from the fair’s public exhibition. Allegedly, Michael Benson, Founding Director of Photo London, only replied with contact information for the police. Benson denies the claim, stating, “We followed procedure by reporting [the missing work] to the police and passing them on to the gallery team to provide details for a potential investigation.” The insurance claim for the work, valued at £6,500 ($8,781), is pending.
Read the full story (The Art Newspaper)

A Bill Cunningham Museum Retrospective Is in the Works
The New York Historical Society is hosting an exhaustive retrospective on the work and life of Bill Cunningham. The legendary hat-maker-turned-fashion-photographer died in 2016 at the age of 87. Known for scouting street fashion around town in his blue jacket on a bicycle with a camera ready to take a snapshot at a moment’s notice, Cunningham became a beloved icon of New York City. The exhibition at the New-York Historical Society will feature never before seen correspondences, photos, “hand-made Valentines that he sent to friends,” and belongings, such as his first camera, an Olympus Pen-D, 35mm. Deborah Schmidt Bach, New York Historical Society’s Curator of Decorative Arts, said of the exhibition, “Cunningham was a beloved public figure, who made New Yorkers rethink what is stylish or fashionable. It is exciting to be able to share his personal effects with the public and, through the objects, offer a rare glimpse into the heart and mind of a New York legend.” “Celebrating Bill Cunningham” will be on view at the New-York Historical Society June 8–September 9, 2018.
Read the full story (Artnet News)