A weekly update of art world news.
LACMA Honors Betye Saar and Alfonso Cuarón
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art has announced it will honor artist Betye Saar and filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón in its ninth annual Art + Film Gala. Saar, born and raised in Los Angeles, has garnered international acclaim for her assemblage pieces that explore race, mysticism, and pop culture. Cuarón, is widely recognized as a talented director for his work on Y Tu Mamá También and recently became a household name with his Oscar-winning drama Roma.
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Frank Lloyd Wright’s Buildings Added to UNESCO World Heritage
Eight Frank Lloyd Wright structures have been added to the UNESCO World Heritage List, joining the great barrier reef, Venice, and the Sydney Opera House. Falling Water and the Guggenheim museum, among others, are now officially recognized as one “site” known as "The 20th-Century Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright.” Other American sites include the Grand Canyon and Independence Hall.
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US Files Criminal Charges Against Art Dealer Subhash Kapoor
The Manhattan DA has filed complaints against Indian art dealer Subhash Kapoor, including 86 criminal counts of fraud and grand larceny. The District Attorney alleges that Kapoor exploited war torn countries to loot and export stolen antiquities and even went so far as to legitimize the stolen goods by lending them to well established museums for exhibition. Kapoor has been arrested in both India and Germany but has supposedly continued his smuggling ring from within jail.
Read the full story (The Art Newspaper)