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How a Mosaic from Caligula’s Party Boat Became a Coffee Table in a New York City Apartment 50 Years Ago

Imagine owning Caligula’s coffee table — or, better yet, a coffee table made from the mosaic flooring that once covered the infamously cruel Roman Emperor’s party boats. Art dealer and Manhattanite Helen Fioratti owned such a table for 45 years, but she had no idea what it was until she happened to go to a 2013 book signing by author and Italian stone expert Dario Del Bufalo. There, a friend noticed her table in Del Bufalo’s coffee table book, Porphyry, “about the reddish-purple rock muc...
Tags: Art, Facebook, Asia, College, New York City, History, Rome, Italy, Brian Cox, Anderson Cooper, The New York Times, Benito Mussolini, Josh Jones, Park Avenue, Fioretti, Caligula

True Crime: Manhattan’s Art Theft Police

The unit has impounded more than 3,600 antiquities, valued at some $200 million. They’ve raided art fairs on Park Avenue, and Christie’s in Rockefeller Center. They arrested a dealer at the five-star Mark Hotel and seized statues on display at the five-star Pierre. – The Atlantic
Tags: Art, Manhattan, Visual, Christie, Park Avenue

"Under current case law, he has no case. Under New York law, you better put your blinds down. He’s lucky he wasn’t standing there buck naked."

Said a lawyer quoted in "Alex Rodriguez may have a tough time pursuing legal action over viral toilet pic" (NY Post). The photograph — taken of the retired baseball star when he was sitting on the toilet (which the NYT Post calls "turd base") was taken from the window of a Park Avenue office building that has a view into his apartment (where he lives with Jennifer Lopez). I remember blogging about the case the lawyer is referring to. There was an art photographer who'd caught images of people th...
Tags: Art, Photography, Privacy, Law, Manhattan, Jennifer Lopez, Charles, Toilet, Free Speech, Taxidermy, Alex Rodriguez, Denver Post, Jimmy Stewart, Rod, Swenson, Park Avenue

Dealer Ezra Chowaiki Sentenced to 18 Months in Prison for Fraud

Manhattan dealer Ezra Chowaiki of Chowaiki & Co. Fine Art Ltd. on Park Avenue has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for fraud. “One factor that does loom in this case is the seemingly and largely unregulated nature of the art market,” says U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff. “Here, we have something that by its very […]
Tags: Art, News, Manhattan, Art News, Minipost, Park Avenue, Jed Rakoff, Prison for Fraud, Ezra Chowaiki, Chowaiki Co Fine Art Ltd

Art Dealer Sentenced To 18 Months In Prison For Fraud

“Ezra Chowaiki, who was the face of Chowaiki & Co. Fine Art Ltd. on Park Avenue before its bankruptcy last year, … ripped off at least a half dozen art dealers with sham transactions in which some victims were led to believe they were buying stakes in fine art earmarked for quick resale. Other victims left works at his gallery on consignment and never got them back.”
Tags: Art, Visual, Park Avenue, Prison for Fraud, Ezra Chowaiki, 09.27.18, Chowaiki Co Fine Art Ltd

An Important Iconic NY Skyscraper Is About To Be Torn Down

"If the bank has its way—and who’s to stop it?—workers will soon take acetylene torches to the 700-foot, 57-year-old building at 270 Park Avenue, razing and then replacing it with a 1,200-foot-high hyper-headquarters ample enough for 15,000 people. Union Carbide will become the tallest structure ever demolished by peaceful means, grabbing that mournful title from […]
Tags: Art, Visual, Park Avenue, Union Carbide, 02.22.18

This Mosaic From Caligula's Pleasure Boat Spent 45 Years As A Manhattan Coffee Table

The 2000-year-old piece was once part of an elaborate mosaic floor in one of the Roman emperor's floating palaces on Lake Nemi south of Rome. Somehow it ended up in the Park Avenue apartment of an antiques dealer. "Last month, prosecutors seized the mosaic, saying they had evidence it had been taken from an Italian […]
Tags: Art, Rome, Visual, Park Avenue, Caligula, 10.19.17, Manhattan Coffee Table, Lake Nemi

Art of the design – 1940 Lincoln Continental

Frank Lloyd Wright’s redesign of the 1940 Lincoln Continental. Photos from Hemmings archives. Frank Lloyd Wright was that rarest of architects whose name and work transcended his field, becoming part of the lexicon of 20th century culture, in the U.S. and beyond. His works such as Fallingwater, Robie House and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum remain familiar to those who don’t even consider themselves aficionados of architecture. Wright’s status as a celebrity remains unrivaled in the field de...
Tags: New York, Hollywood, Design, Los Angeles, Chicago, Autos, Jaguar, Lincoln, Detroit, Hyde Park, Detroit Tigers, Continental, Frank Lloyd Wright, Lincoln Continental, Ac, Wright

Harriet Harris, Estelle Parsons, Molly Ringwald and More to Take Part in Primary Stages' 2016 Gala Honoring Horton Foote

Primary Stages announced today that thePrimary Stages 2016 Galawill celebrate the Horton Foote Centennial on Monday, October 17, 2016 at 630 pm. The event, which will be held at583 Park Avenue, will be chaired byCharles Davis, Hallie Foote, David RichenthalandMichael Wilson. [Author: BWW News Desk]
Tags: Theatre, Park Avenue, BWW News Desk, Horton Foote

Can The Big Apple’s Biggest Circus Save Itself Through Crowdfunding?

“The Big Apple Circus, conceived when the two men were itinerant jugglers who drove cabs and picked grapes, was born of something almost antithetical to material interest, a raw creative anarchy coupled with a desire to provide children, whether they were from Park Avenue or the South Bronx, a shared sense of cultural experience.”
Tags: Art, Theatre, Big Apple, South Bronx, Park Avenue

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