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COLLECTOR’S WATCH. The billionaire art collector who founded New gallery in manhattan, Ronald S. Lauderhas spent at least $11 million supporting Republicans Lee Zeldin in the race for governor of New York, New York Times reports. His art collector brother, Leonard Lauder, has donated to Democrat in the race Kathy Hochul. They are just two of the many art patrons pouring money into US elections, as Villa Angelica reported. Meanwhile in Greece, on the private island of Skorpios, a collector Dmitry Rybolovlev is building a luxury resort Art Gazette reports. About 400 construction workers are employed, and the property, scheduled to open in 2024, will include a soccer field, a marina and a host of other impressive amenities. A one-week stay is projected to cost a cool $1 million.

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LOST AND FOUND. More than 50 years after 19th-century portrait was stolen from Staten Island museum Historic Richmondit is returned, to New York Post reports. Amazingly, an eagle-eyed collector from the Bay Area spotted it up for auction in Alameda, California, after visiting the New York institution and learning of its theft. It was listed for sale by a conservator who said it had been left with him in the 1990s and had never been picked up. Meanwhile, North Dakota Museum of Art in Grand Forks looking for a large sculpture that recently disappeared from his grounds, Valley News Live reports, and the caretaker of a home in Cavite, Philippines, is accused of stealing paintings and religious statues worth P2.1 million (about $36,000) from his employer, Manila Bulletin reports.

The Digest

Climate activists with the group A vegetable future stuck to the frames of two paintings of Francis Goya at Prado in Madrid. “We condemn the act of protest that happened in the museum,” Prado said. “The works are not damaged, although the frames are slightly damaged.” [ARTnews]

Museums in Japan are raising ticket prices for hit loan shows from overseas, in response to increases in delivery costs that are “triple what they were before the coronavirus”, one organizer said. [Nikkei]

With $1 billion in art from Paul AllenThe collection of will be auctioned this week, journalist James Tarmey looked at who could afford his premium pieces. Dealer Christoph Van de Weghe said there were about 300 people who could spend $120 million on jobs (Allen’s estimate Cézanne). “But who will bid is another story.” [Bloomberg]

The John Kane show in Senator John Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh includes a painting the long-unrecognized artist gave to a doctor who treated him for tuberculosis. As attention grows on Kane, who died in 1934, his fans hope more paintings he gave to friends and acquaintances will come to light. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

Less NFT marketplaces offer rewards to creators, which was once heralded as a game-changing aspect of technology. [Axios]

IN PROFILE. Painter Jennifer Guidi is in New York Timesthe organization focused on local artists Wage projects is in Los Angeles Timesdesigner Peter Marino is in Financial Timesand an artist Matt Magee is in Interior design.

The kicker

RUBBER MAN. IN Sunday Timesthe former Tate director Nicolas Serota talk about how Arts Council England, where he is chairman, is reducing its funding to some London arts institutions to give more to groups outside the capital. But he also sounded a note of caution about funding in the UK “We’ve seen austerity applied to the arts and the arts are incredibly resilient, but how far can you stretch that elastic?” Serota told the newspaper. “I think it will break if we see serious cuts.” There is a degree of instability in the art world now that wasn’t there three years ago before the pandemic.” [The Sunday Times]

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