Luc Tuymans has been found guilty of copyright infringement. “A civil court in Antwerp ruled on 15 January that Tuymans’s painting A Belgian Politician—a dramatically cropped image of the MP Jean-Marie Dedecker—borrowed too heavily from a photograph taken one year earlier by Katrijn Van Giel, a photojournalist for the Flemish newspaper De Standaard.” [The Art Newspaper]
Sotheby’s London will offer a Francis Bacon double portrait with a top estimate of $27.2 million next month. [The Guardian]
Bob Colacello’s feature on the battle between the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art for patrons and influence is now online. [Vanity Fair]
Ellen Keiter, the director of exhibitions at New York’s Katonah Museum of Art for 13 years, has been named chief curator of the the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, Massachusetts. [The Republican]
Swedish artist Lars Vilks, an outspoken critic of Islam, remains undaunted following the terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo. [The Wall Street Journal]
Italy is looking for 20 directors for its leading museums and is casting a wide net.
“With an advertisement in the Economist and other publications, Italy this month announced its first-ever international search for museum directors, part of a shake-up at its major art and archaeology institutions. The deadline for applications is Feb. 15.” [The New York Times]
The San Diego Museum of Art has acquired paintings by Zurbaran and Sorolla as gifts. [Fox 5 San Diego]