Hello & Welcome to “In Art This Week Episode 4 – 03/03/2019”
In this series of “In Art This Week” we will cover 3 of the top stories in Arts & Culture from that given that week. Stay tuned as we keep you up to date with the art world ranging from the weird & wonderful to the crazy and extreme.
1. Hockney rescued from Amsterdam hotel elevator by firefighters
Renowned British painter, David Hockney, yesterday became stuck in a faulty elevator at his hotel in Amsterdam. Hockney, who was in town to launch The Joy of Nature, an exhibition of his paintings alongside the work of Van Gogh, was eventually freed by firefighters.
2. Trump hired a straw-bidder and used his own charity’s money to buy a portrait of himself at auction, claims Cohen
Among the many revelations made by Donald Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, during his testimony against the American President, this week was news about a 2014 charity auction of celebrity portraits. Cohen claims Trump ordered him to find a straw-bidder and used $60,000 of the Trump Foundation’s charitable proceeds to ensure that a portrait of him painted by William Quigley was the highest-earning lot at the auction.
3. Art worth £200k stolen from top London galleries in credit card scam
London’s private art galleries are being targeted by fraudsters stealing works by renowned modern artists in an elaborate credit card scam.
The conmen are thought to have struck at least 10 showrooms and have succeeded in stealing as much as £200,000 worth of art. Each time they have picked individual pieces worth less than £20,000 and bought them using stolen credit card details of unsuspecting cardholders.
Alexandra Mazzanti, 40, the owner of the Dorothy Circus gallery near Marble Arch, says she has lost £20,000 after being targeted twice by fraudsters.