Manhattan DA’s Office Is After Its Own Antiquities Trafficking Informant

A Syrian mosaic was one of 24 looted artifacts seized from antiquities dealer Georges Lotfi. (all images courtesy Manhattan District Attorney’s Office) In a cinematic twist to a saga that could have already made a box-office hit, another player was charged in an international crime ring that has trafficked looted antiquities into some of the … Read more

One of China’s First Modern Sculptors Has a New York Retrospective

In “Cutting Through Mountains to Bring in Water” (1958), the late sculptor and educator Liu Shiming embodied the vigorous spirit of the Chinese Revolution. A bare-chested man straddles the space between two pointed rocks, as if traversing them, yet his abstracted lower half seems to materialize from the lowest point of the base. Molded with … Read more

What Our Fantasies About the European “Middle Ages” Says About Us

LOS ANGELES — To explain why I am standing outside the dinner theater juggernaut Medieval Times in the name of journalism, I would have to go back to the beginning: specifically, to 500 CE, the generally agreed upon start of the Middle Ages, which is a contemporary term for a 1,000-year period (500–1500) in world … Read more

Dealer Georges Lofti Wanted for Selling ‘Hundreds’ Looted Artworks – ARTnews.com

Georges Lofti, an 81-year-old Lebanese art dealer and longtime source of information to authorities worldwide pursuing antiquities traffickers, is now the subject of an art smuggling investigation, according to court papers filed last week. A criminal court in New York issued a warrant for Lofti’s arrest on August 3, charging him with criminal possession of … Read more

Issey Miyake, Fashion Designer with Art-World Following, Dies at 84 – ARTnews.com

Issey Miyake, a Japanese fashion designer whose avant-garde clothes and exhibitions garnered significant attention within the international art world, has died at 84. His design studio said he had been battling liver cancer. Miyake’s experimental designs gained a large art-world following because, to many, they felt and looked similar to what is widely seen in … Read more

Pompeii Archaeologists Have Excavated 2000-Year-Old Middle Class Home – ARTnews.com

Pompeii’s archaeological park announced Saturday that he had uncovered several furnished rooms and household objects in a middle-class home in the city, it said in a press release. The discovery, according to the archaeologists, sheds considerable light on the lives of middle-class citizens in Pompeii. The team began excavating rooms in the House of the … Read more

Gormley’s Turing Memorial Heads to King’s College—and More Art News – ARTnews.com

To receive Morning Links in your inbox every weekday, sign up for our Breakfast with ARTnews newsletter. The Headlines INSIDE JOB? Officials in New York have obtained an arrest warrant for antiquities collector Georges Lotfi on charges of possession of stolen property, the New York Times reports. They have seized two dozen items from Lofti’s … Read more

Luke Gilford’s Tender Photographs of Gay Rodeos

Photographer Luke Gilford says his earliest memories are of rodeos. In family trips from their home in Colorado to support his father, who competed and served as a rodeo judge, Gilford remembers the animals, the landscapes, the people, and the outfits — snakeskin boots, Stetson hats, and belt buckles. “My dad’s belt buckles were so … Read more

U.S. Returns Artifacts ‘Ripped from’ Cambodia by Douglas Latchford – ARTnews.com

The US has sent back to Cambodia 30 artifacts that were allegedly stolen by Douglas Latchford, a late antiquities dealer who has been accused of leading a network that trafficked in objects that were looted from the country. Among the objects that were officially returned to Cambodia this week was a 10th-century sculpture of the … Read more