More than a year ago, a South Carolina police officer shot and killed Walter Scott as he fled, unarmed, back-turned, from a traffic stop. In response, Scott created the flag, an “unfortunate update,” as Scott puts it, of the flag that the NAACP flew outside of its offices in lower Manhattan in the 1920s and ’30s each time a black person was lynched. Earlier this month, the piece was mounted to the façade of Shainman’s gallery with the support of organizers of “For Freedoms,” an artist-run super PAC, which is also the title of the exhibition on view inside. It flew for roughly a week, coming to the attention of Fox News, which ran an un-bylined story titled “Art gallery stands by anti-police violence flag in wake of deadly Dallas shooting.” Threats poured into the gallery and against Scott personally, with one person telling the artist he hoped he would be lynched. The landlord then threatened to sue, saying the flag violated the gallery’s lease, which stipulated that nothing could be adorned to the facade. The work was eventually taken down. Many of those in attendance on Wednesday were denizens of the art world who offered their connections and support to the work in an attempt to get the flag up and on view in more locations.
03 Swiss officials are seizing artworks—including a Van Gogh drawing and a $35 million Monet—from the collection of Jho Low, a businessman under investigation by the FBI for illegally removing money from a Malaysian state fund.
According to a spokeswoman for Switzerland’s Federal Office of Justice, U.S. officials requested that the Swiss seize some of Low’s holdings, including ’s
Venice scene San Giorgio Maggiore at Dusk
(1908-1912), which he purchased in late 2013 for $35 million. Filed on Wednesday, the civil lawsuit prompting this confiscation claimed that the art had been purchased with money illegally removed from the Malaysian state fund 1Malaysia Development Bhd. (1DMB). The funds were then channeled through various accounts at Swiss banks, one of which is also under investigation for neglecting to “adequately assess irregularities in activities pertaining to customers’ accounts.” The whereabouts of the art have not been disclosed, although the lawsuit suggested that they are held in Geneva Freeport, a warehouse complex known for its extensive storage of high-value art. Low, named one of ARTnews
’s “Top 200 Collectors” in 2015, has sold a significant portion of his $300 million art collection over the past year, including paintings by
, Monet, and
at prices far below their low estimates.
04 The foundation tasked with researching Cornelius Gurlitt’s collection announced Monday that at least 91 works were likely owned by Jewish families before being stolen by Nazi officials.