The Week in Art: 13 August - 19 August

  • 19 August 2011

This week: now you see it, now you don't - Rembrandt drawing stolen from hotel and a 'missing' Warhol painting. Plus, Scottish gallery buys Mackintosh, visitor figures on the rise, and Edinburgh festival under fire...

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This week: now you see it, now you don't – Rembrandt drawing stolen from hotel and a 'missing' Warhol painting. Plus, Scottish gallery buys Mackintosh, visitor figures on the rise, and Edinburgh festival under fire...

The British Museum, which was the UK's most visited attraction in 2010 © Trustees of the British Museum

The British Museum, which was the UK's most visited attraction in 2010

There and back again for stolen Rembrandt

The Judgement, a pen-and-ink drawing by Rembrandt, was stolen from a Los Angeles hotel on Saturday. The picture was taken from the foyer of the Ritz-Carlton hotel, where it was featuring in an exhibition. The $250,000 dollar drawing was recovered from a church the following Monday following a tip off from an anonymous caller. Read the Telegraph's report.

Tycoon sued over AWOL Warhol

Mayfair's Hay Hill Gallery is suing a Norwegian businessman over a 'missing' Andy Warhol painting. The blue-and-black piece, from Warhol's Shadows series, was due be sold but the deal fell through when owner Tor Uppstrom failed to return the painting to the gallery. Read the full report at the London Evening Standard.

Scottish gallery acquires Mackintosh masterpiece

The Art Fund has helped the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art purchase a masterpiece by Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh. The Mysterious Garden was acquired in celebration of the Gallery's 50th anniversary, and is the first work by Mackintosh to enter the collections of the National Galleries of Scotland. Read more here.

British Museum heads rising visitor figures

Visitor numbers to free museums and galleries in Britain rose 3% in 2010 compared to 2009. The most popular was the British Museum, which attracted 5.84 million visitors – a 5% increase on the previous year. The second-biggest draw was the Tate Modern, which attracted 5.06 million visitors, while the Victoria and Albert Museum improved the most on 2009, attracting 15.8% more visitors in 2010. Read the Press Association's report.

Festival draws criticism for Chinese money

The Edinburgh International Festival has come under fire from human-rights organisations after accepting money from the Chinese government. At least £100,000 from was given by the Chinese Ministry of Culture in support of the National Ballet of China and the Shanghai Peking Opera Troupe. Read more at the Independent.