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Haunting portrait photographs, including a swan-necked David Bowie photographed in 1978, the playwright Nell Dunn looking startlingly like a long-lost Bowie twin, and Vita Sackville-West, the writer, gardener and former lover of Virginia Woolf who was still formidable in the year before her death in 1962, have been donated to the National Portrait Gallery by the society photographer Lord Snowdon.

The gift of 130 original prints, including photographs of his former in-laws from the years he was married to Princess Margaret, is one of the largest ever to the gallery

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York is beefing up its glass collection with a gift of 44 works by the Italian architect Carlo Scarpa from the collection of David Landau and his wife Marie-Rose Kahane. The donation is expected to have a “transformative impact on our holdings of 20th-century glass and design”, says Sheena Wagstaff, the museum’s chairman of modern and contemporary art, in a statement.

Scarpa created the objects during his 15-year collaboration with Venini Glassworks in Venice between 1932 and 1947. Together, the architect and Paolo Venini, the founder of the glass company, modernised glassblowing and pioneered innovations in color, form and technique. The 44 works from the Landau and Kahane collection made their US debut earlier this year in the Met’s exhibition “Venetian Glass by Carlo Scarpa: The Venini Company, 1932-1947.”

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The wealth, land and art collections of Richard Mellon Scaife, the late owner of the Tribune-Review, will be distributed among two foundations, a trust, an art museum and a conservancy, according to his will.

The will does not specify any individuals as benefactors, and lists only one sum, $15 million, which will go to the Brandywine Conservancy & Museum of Art for maintenance and management of a conservancy Scaife built on the grounds of his childhood home.

Scaife, an heir to the Scaife and Mellon fortunes, died on July 4, a day after his 82nd birthday.

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Set to open on D.C.’s National Mall in 2016, the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture received a major donation toward its current capital campaign on July 4. The Ford Motor Company pledged $1 million to the under-construction museum to go toward future programming.

“We are so pleased that the Ford Motor Company Fund has chosen to join hundreds of donors from across the country to build a groundswell of support for the National Museum of African American History and Culture; we recognize this as a vote of confidence,” Lonnie G. Bunch III, founding director of the museum, said in a release.

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A court here on Wednesday issued a ruling that permits the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation to display art as it sees fit in the Venetian palazzo given to it by the wealthy collector Peggy Guggenheim.

In a 16-page decision, the Paris tribunal rejected legal claims made by a group of her descendants that the foundation was bound to display Guggenheim’s vast collection of modern art the way she had originally presented it in her home.

Her family — seven grandsons and great-grandsons based in France — vowed to appeal after the tribunal dismissed their demands to revoke Guggenheim’s donation to the foundation unless the displays of Cubist, Surrealist and abstract postwar art were returned to their original state without additions of contemporary works.

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The National Gallery of Victoria recently announced a major donation of artworks by the daughters of the late Melbourne philanthropist Loti Smorgon who died in 2013 at the age of 94. Mrs Smorgon was predeceased by her husband, Victor, who passed in 2009 aged 96.

The decision to donate the works was made by Mrs Smorgon’s daughters, Ginny, Vicki, Bindy, and the family of the late Sandra. It consists of Andy Warhol’s “Portrait of Loti” 1981, Renoir’s “Jeune femme assise décolleté” 1891, Jeffrey Smart’s “Winter carnival, Viareggio” 1988, and Henry Moore’s sculpture “Reclining figure distorted” 1979-80 along with the related prepatory work “Reclining figure distorted – Sectional line” 1979.

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A $5.4 million donation from David M. Rubenstein, co-founder and co-chief executive of D.C.-based private-equity firm The Carlyle Group, and a philanthropist known for contributions to landmarks of American history, has completed fundraising for the renovation of the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery.

The building, the Smithsonian’s third oldest, houses craft objects and decorative arts from the 19th century to the present, and the donation is the final part of a two year, $30 million public/private campaign to overhaul infrastructure and renovate the Grand Salon, which will be named in honor of Rubenstein.

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Adam Weitsman is a 45-year-old mogul of a $1 billion scrap metal empire with a dozen locations in New York, stretching from the Port of Albany to Rochester and across the Southern Tier.

He flies in a private Gulfstream jet with his wife, Kim, a former fashion model in her early 30s. They drive a $250,000 Rolls-Royce Ghost between a condominium overlooking Central Park in New York City and their other homes. For a change of pace, they climb into a Lamborghini and cruise to a Finger Lakes summer retreat he renovated for $20 million and filled with museum-quality furnishings.

He employs a publicist.

Weitsman, president of Upstate Shredding, based in Owego in Tioga County, lives large while straddling the disparate worlds of his twin passions: hard-charging junk dealer by day, knowledgeable art collector by night.

Now, Weitsman has donated one of the world's largest private collections of 19th-century American decorated stoneware, valued at about $10 million, to the State Museum.

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The Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth received an anonymous $10 million donation. The gift, which will be put towards building the centerpiece of the two-year renovation and expansion project:  a new Museum Learning Center.

The renovation project, helmed by Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects—designers of the American Folk Art Museum building and the new Barnes Foundation—is part of Dartmouth’s aim of beefing up its campus arts district. The expansion will increase the museum’s current 39,000-square-foot space by 15,000 square feet, giving it more room to show off the museum’s collection, which touts some 65,000 objects including paintings by Perugino, Pablo Picasso, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Rockwell Kent, along with a collection of Assyrian stone reliefs. The expansion will also add three classrooms for the use of digital technology.

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London’s Tate Modern has received one of its “most generous gifts ever” thanks to a donation from the late American artist Cy Twombly. Twombly, who is best known for his calligraphic, graffiti-like paintings, expressed his wish to make the donation to the Tate following a major retrospective at the museum in 2008. The gift includes three large paintings, all titled “Untitled (Bacchus),” created between 2006 and 2008, and five bronze sculptures dating from the period 1979-91. The trove is worth around £50 million.

Twombly’s “Bacchus” paintings are an extension of a series of eight works created in 2005 and inspired by Homer’s “The Iliad.” The sculptures, all bronze casts of everyday objects collected by Twombly, are meant to represent classical artifacts. The bronze lends a permanence reminiscent of ancient sculpture to otherwise ephemeral objects. All of the paintings and sculptures are currently on view at the Tate Modern.

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