Multi-Million Dollar Willem de Kooning Paintings Discovered in a New Jersey Storage Locker

Carl Court, Getty Images
Carl Court, Getty Images

A storage locker in New Jersey has been hiding a stash of art potentially worth millions. As The New York Post reports, New York City art dealer David Killen discovered six paintings inside the unit believed to be authentic Willem de Koonings.

Killen runs the David Killen Gallery in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood. He purchased the contents of the locker, consisting of 200 paintings from a late art conservator's studio, for $15,000 in 2017. It wasn't until later when he was sifting through the haul that he came across large boxes labeled "De Kooning." He also found one piece by the early 20th-century modernist painter Paul Klee.

Willem de Kooning died in 1997, and today his abstract expressionist paintings are incredibly valuable. His 1955 piece "Interchange" sold for $300 million at auction in 2015, making it the second most expensive painting ever sold at auction, just behind Leonard da Vinci's "Salvator Mundi."

The six pieces Killen discovered aren't signed, and they haven't been authenticated by the Willem de Kooning Foundation. To find out if he was dealing with the real thing, Killen got in touch with Lawrence Castagna, an art restoration expert who worked for de Kooning. According to him, all six pieces were painted by de Kooning, and they likely date from the 1970s.

De Kooning paintings have a tendency to pop up in unlikely places. In 2015, a couple found a long-lost painting by the artist on a secondhand website and bought it for $500.

[h/t The New York Post]

95 Years of The New Yorker Covers Visualized by Color

Screenshot via C82
Screenshot via C82

On February 21, 1925, The New Yorker appeared on the magazine scene with a cover illustration of a dandy drawn by art editor Rea Irvin, a character later christened Eustace Tilley. Almost a century later, Tilley still graces the cover of The New Yorker at least once a year on the magazine’s anniversary. Other weeks, they commission artists to illustrate timely political topics and evergreen moods.

The magazine has run more than 4600 covers in its 92 years of near-weekly issues (it’s currently published 47 times a year), all of which you can explore by color, thanks to designer Nicholas Rougeux (who has previously visualized sentences and punctuation in classic literature).


Using an algorithm, Rougeux analyzed the top five colors represented in every cover illustration and created a color palette for that issue. Then, he mapped out a palette for every single cover, creating a timeline of New Yorker design. It allows you to see what colors have dominated particular years and decades. If you scroll over the individual palettes, you can see the full image of that week’s cover.


Rougeux found some trends in the colors that have repeatedly graced the magazine’s cover. “Limited and muted palettes were used the 1920s," he writes on his site, while "possibly due to printing limitations, darker greens were more common in the 1940s, lighter palettes were used in the 1970s and 1980s, louder contrasting palettes were popular in the 1990s and more well-rounded palettes started being used since the 2000s.”

You can explore the color timeline for yourself here.

All images courtesy Nicholas Rougeux

Bob Ross's Son Is Holding Painting Classes at a Tennessee Library

Bob Ross.
Bob Ross.
Bob Ross Inc.

For anyone who has ever logged on to the internet, Bob Ross needs no introduction. The painter, who passed away in 1995, spent the years 1983 through 1994 hosting the PBS series The Joy of Painting, where his soothing manner and bubbling-spring landscapes comforted viewers.

On several episodes, Bob’s son, Steve Ross, could be seen painting his own nature scenes as guest host or assisting his father in answering reader questions.

According to WVLT, Steve Ross is now set to offer painting classes at the Blount County Public Library in Maryville, Tennessee. He will be joined by Dana Jester, an artist who also appeared on The Joy of Painting. The workshops will be held March 4 through March 8 and will cost $125 per attendee, who will also be expected to bring their own supplies. The classes will last the entire day.

If locals are curious and don’t want to commit to the fee, Steve and Dana will be hosting a free demonstration on March 5 at 6:30 p.m.

After his guest spots on his father’s program, Steve appeared to retreat from public life, though clips of his appearances were apparently popular on Tumblr for their inadvertently risqué banter. (“It can be dirty, it doesn’t have to be clean,” and so forth.)

Bob Ross also taught classes even while The Joy of Painting was airing. He purportedly received no income from that show, earning a living via merchandising and appearances.

[h/t WVLT]

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