Walter Sickert and Jack the Ripper

Crime novelist Patricia Cornwell has pointed the finger at the German born English painter Walter Sickert, claiming that he is Jack the Ripper. Historians have labeled her claims as “far fetched” and “Circumstantial”. Sounds like great marketing to me.
The novelist is said to have 30 paintings by Sickert, and has a book called “Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper, Case Closed”, so I couldn’t think of a better way to get publicity.
Sickert’s nemesis returns to the scene
She originally claimed to have solved the riddle of the Ripper’s identity after spending about £2m of her own money gathering DNA evidence, hiring handwriting experts and buying 30 of Sickert’s paintings.
This time, she is enlisting the help of a criminal psychologist and handwriting expert, and a forensic photographer, to gather more evidence for the new edition of her book, Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper, Case Closed. Guardian

Looted Picasso

The owner of a 1922 Picasso “Femme en blanc” valued at about $12,000,000 has opted to pay out $6 million to the grandson of a Jewish woman that once owned the painting in 1940. Carlota Landsberg left the painting with a French art dealer while fleeing the Nazis. The art dealer said the Picasso was then looted by the Nazis and it remained missing until 1975 when the current owner acquired it.Continue Reading

Forbes Art Blogs

Forbes business magazine has reviewed some of the best blogs of the web for 2005, including some of the best art blogs on the web. And although isnt a “Forbes Favorite” or a “Forbes Best of The Web pick”, it did get a mention, and a small review.
Forbes Art Blogs
“The art world sometimes feels like another country with its own language and customs. Blogs can offer a passport. While some mirror the insular and gossipy nature of the art world, there are many that are thoughtful, accessible and dedicated to taking (at least some of) the mystery and intimidation out of the looking experience.” Liz Tunick –