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A Formerly Looted Van Gogh Is Being Auctioned Off by Christie’s in November

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A Formerly Looted Van Gogh Is Being Auctioned Off by Christie’s in November

Vincent Van Gogh, ‘Meules de blé,’ 1888. Marie Anne Raynaud / Facebook

Oftentimes when a looted work of art resurfaces in the art world, much effort is put into returning it to the original owner, or at least the heirs of the original owner. In the case of Meules de blé (1888), a canvas by Vincent Van Gogh, a modification is set to unfold: Christie’s is going to auction off the painting in November as part of the sale of the collection of Edwin Cox, an oil magnate and prolific art collector. According to reports, funds from the sale will be funneled towards the heirs of Max Meirowsky, the industrialist who originally purchased the work before being forced to auction it off at a Berlin auction location.

“It is especially moving that Christie’s Restitution has been so deeply involved with this collection,” Marc Porter, chairman of Christie’s Americas, said in a statement. “We have made WW2 period provenance research a hallmark of our expertise, inextricably a part of the art historical framework.” Meules de blé is expected to sell for between $20 and $30 million. Van Gogh tends to continue to pop up in the news due to the endless relevance of his body of work.

Recently, researchers discovered the exact location of Van Gogh’s final painting with the aid of a vintage postcard, and “new” drawings made by the master artist continue to pop up in shows and exhibitions around the world. That’s the benefit of being one of the post celebrated painters of the 21st century: audiences will always be hungry to uncover more information about your body of work, and auction houses will always be interested in structuring sales around interesting narratives related to your work. Of course, as is often the case, the artist suffered as much as the world continues to delight in his art. Researchers have postulated that Van Gogh suffered from bipolar mood disorder and borderline personality disorder in addition to alcoholism.

A Formerly Looted Van Gogh Is Being Auctioned Off by Christie’s in November

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Ask Amy: Dad moved in, now — how to get him out?

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Ask Amy: Offering hope regarding the endless pandemic

Dear Amy: I’m asking a question on behalf of my friend, “Brad,” who is in a sticky situation.

Brad’s dad had surgery several weeks ago and is doing well now.

He stayed with Brad while he recuperated for nearly two months — all through the holidays.

The dad has his own home nearby and is a widower.

He has settled into Brad’s home with absolutely no regard for other family members. Brad’s daughter recently packed her bags and moved out because there is no more privacy at the home.

Brad and I actually took the dad to a medical appointment and then took him to his house to see what shape it was in.

The home is organized, cozy and his own, but he is refusing to leave Brad’s house.

He has no concept of privacy. He took over the entire first floor living room, kitchen, guest bathroom, den, and dining room.

Brad can’t enjoy his own home anymore, and his dad won’t budge!

Do you have any ideas on how to politely and tactfully ask Dad to return to his own home?

Is there a way I can mediate this situation to take some of the burden of Brad?

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University of Minnesota Duluth looks to build academic health care center in downtown medical district

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University of Minnesota Duluth looks to build academic health care center in downtown medical district

DULUTH, Minn. — The University of Minnesota is requesting funding to design and build a new academic health care center affiliated with its Duluth campus and located in downtown’s burgeoning medical district.

The University of Minnesota said in a news release that it’s collaborating with Essentia Health and St. Luke’s to provide a larger health care workforce to “address the needs of Duluth, Greater Minnesota and local Indigenous populations.”

As a part of the university’s 2022 comprehensive legislative request, it is asking for $12 million for the design phase.

“This opportunity is in line with our land-grant mission and our continued commitment to Greater Minnesota and the Duluth region, specifically. We are thankful for the opportunity to discuss how academic medicine, including training and clinical research, can enhance the great care provided to Minnesotans in the region,” said Dr. Jakub Tolar, dean of the University of Minnesota Medical School.

The new building would be built in close proximity to Essentia and St. Luke’s. Mayor Emily Larson said during a Thursday news conference that its exact location is still being determined, but St. Mary’s Medical Center is a potential location. Essentia Health announced last week that St. Mary’s will be demolished once its new $900 million hospital is complete. St. Luke’s is also in the process of redeveloping its entire campus.

“This is proof that we are leaders for health care technology and innovation and proof that people want to be here, and the more opportunity we give them to be here, our population grows, our vision grows bigger, and we can make the best use and purpose of this in the city of Duluth,” Larson said.

If the proposal is approved, design could begin this summer. U President Joan Gabel said in the news release that the goal is to have the new building completed as early as fall 2025.

“The University of Minnesota is committed to expanding our capacity to provide world-class care for Minnesotans in Greater Minnesota,” Gabel said. “Through this important partnership, we are amplifying the university’s impact and contribution to communities by creating new space for classrooms, specialty labs, student life and beyond.”

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Daily horoscope for January 28, 2022

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Daily horoscope for January 28, 2022

Moon Alert: Avoid shopping or making important decisions after 1:45 p.m. EST today (10:45 a.m. PST). The Moon is in Sagittarius.

Happy Birthday for Friday, Jan. 28, 2022:

You are an idealist who can be a perfectionist at times. You are patient, even strategic, because you like to be in control of things around you. You have excellent instincts and intuition. Good news! This year you will receive kudos, awards, promotions and acknowledgement for your efforts. Congratulations!


The stars show the kind of day you’ll have: 5-Dynamic; 4-Positive; 3-Average; 2-So-so; 1-Difficult

ARIES

(March 21-April 19)

★★★★

Tread carefully when talking to parents, bosses or the police, because this encounter could be nasty. People are inclined to be insistent, even obsessed, with their point of view. Meanwhile, Mercury is retrograde and there is a Moon Alert after 1:45 p.m. EST today (10:45 a.m. PST). Tonight: Patience.

TAURUS

(April 20-May 20)

★★★

Avoid politics, religion and racial issues today, because you will get nowhere. You might have heated views about something, or you might encounter someone else with strong views. Nevertheless, this is not the day for this discussion. Tonight: Stay silent

GEMINI

(May 21-June 20)

★★

You might be concerned or intense about issues related to shared property, taxes, debt or insurance matters. These might be issues from the past that are unfinished. Nevertheless, it’s hard to make headway today. Postpone things for another day. Tonight: Do your homework.

CANCER

(June 21-July 22)

★★★

Be reasonable when talking to partners and close friends today, because it’s easy to go off the deep end. You might insist on something, or someone else might be just as emphatic (especially concerning ex-partners). Much of today is a Moon Alert. Do not act. Tonight: Be agreeable.

LEO

(July 23-Aug. 22)

★★★★

You have strong ideas about how to clean up things at work today. You want to get rid of what is no longer needed. (Out with the old! In with the new!) You might have similar ideas related to your health or a pet. Don’t coerce others into agreeing with you. Easy does it. Tonight: Get your facts.

VIRGO

(Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

★★★

Don’t come on too strong when dealing with your kids today, because it’s easy to do. Lighten up. Likewise, issues with old flames or current romantic partners might be too intense. This is a poor day for important discussions. It’s best to sidestep things today. Tonight: Lighten up and have fun.

LIBRA

(Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

★★★

Don’t try to get your way in family discussions today, which you’ll be tempted to do. Possibly, you will encounter a family member who is coming on like gangbusters. Either way, dial things back a bit. Take a broader view of things. Easy does it. Tonight: Tidy up at home.

SCORPIO

(Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

★★★

Today people think they know what they’re talking about, including you. And perhaps they do. However, they might not. Therefore, think twice before you try to convince someone to agree with you. Distance yourself from these issues so you have more perspective. Tonight: Listen.

SAGITTARIUS

(Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

★★★★

You might be obsessed about financial matters today. Or perhaps you are obsessed about buying something. If making important financial decisions or purchases, please avoid doing this after 1:45 p.m. EST today (10:45 a.m. PST). Be smart! Tonight: Save your money.

CAPRICORN

(Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

★★★

Today Mercury retrograde is lined up with Pluto in your sign. In addition to which, most of this day there is a Moon Alert. This means it’s a poor day to make decisions or purchases, especially about the future. Put everything on hold. Just tread water. Tonight: Be agreeable.

AQUARIUS

(Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

★★★

This is definitely a squirrely day, which is why you might feel adrift. You might have strong feelings about what you want to achieve, and yet you are blocked or detoured. Be smart and avoid shopping or important decisions after 1:45 p.m. EST today (10:45 a.m. PST). Tonight: Research.

PISCES

(Feb. 19-March 20)

★★★

Don’t try to convince a friend, especially someone younger, to agree with your ideas today, which you’ll be tempted to do. Alternatively, don’t let someone bully you into agreeing with them. Everything is vague and unsure after 1:45 p.m. EST today (10:45 a.m. PST). Sit this one out. Tonight: Listen to friends.

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