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Prince Charles’s charitable foundation returns loan of paintings that may contain forgeries

Plus: Los Angeles County Museum of Art receives $4.6m funding boost at annual gala | and Monika Baer and Natascha Sadr Haghighian receive Hannah Höch awards

4 November 2019

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The Prince’s Foundation returns loan of paintings, alleged to contain forgeries | Paintings with an estimated value of £105m that were on loan to Prince Charles’s charitable foundation may be counterfeits, according to allegations by the American art forger Tony Tetro that were published in yesterday’s Mail on Sunday (3 November). Tetro, who was convicted of forgery in 1993 but now legitimately paints copies of historical paintings for a living, has claimed that he is responsible for three of the paintings, previously attributed to Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí. All 17 of the paintings loaned by the businessman James Stunt in 2015 on a ten-year, free lease to Dumfries House, the headquarters of the Prince’s Foundation in Cumnock, Ayrshire, have now been returned.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art receives $4.6m funding boost at annual gala | The Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s ninth annual Art + Film gala has raised over $4.6 million, which will be put towards future exhibitions, educational initiatives and acquisitions at the institution. The gala, which was co-hosted by Eva Chow and Leonardo DiCaprio, was attended by artists, actors, filmmakers and musicians, including the two honourees of the evening, assemblage artist Betye Saar and director Alfonso Cuarón.

Monika Baer and Natascha Sadr Haghighian receive Hannah Höch awards | The recipients of the Hannah Höch Award and the Hannah Höch Forderpreis have been named in Berlin. The painter Monika Baer has won the Hannah Höch Award, which carries a cash prize of €25,000, while the Hannah Höch Förderpreis has been awarded to Natascha Sadr Haghighian, who represented Germany at the Venice Biennale this year. Haghighian will receive a prize of €10,000 directly, while a further €28,000 will go towards an exhibition or publication by the artist.

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