Court Delays Auction of Berkshire Museum Art

  • November 02, 2017 19:35
"The Last Arrow," by Thomas Moran, slated for sale by the Berkshire Museum.

Updated 11/12/17: The Massachusetts Attorney General secured a 30-day pause for the sale of artworks from the Berkshire Museum that was scheduled to take place at Sotheby's on Monday, Nov. 13. The museum and lawyers for opponents of the sale will meet again, this time in Boston, at the ...

Read More


Court Date Looming, Attorney General Files to Stop Berkshire Museum Art Sales

  • Berkshire Eagle
  • October 31, 2017 12:27
"La Fete," by Raoul Dufy, is slated for sale by the Berkshire Museum.

The Massachusetts attorney general on Monday joined in to halt the sale of multimillions in artwork that the Berkshire Museum planned to send to the auction block next month. A 26-page filing from Attorney General Maura Healey sides with motions from two other groups, one of which includes ...

Read More


Teddy Roosevelt Statue Defaced Outside Museum

  • New York Times
  • October 26, 2017 14:56
Base of the Roosevelt Statue, video still

Activists used red paint to deface the base of a bronze Theodore Roosevelt monument at the entrance of the American Museum of Natural History in Manhattan early Thursday morning. "Roosevelt was an open white supremacist and imperialist who is still lionized by the museum and the city plaza ...

Read More


Berkshire Museum Withdraws Some Artworks from Nov. 13 Auction

  • Berkshire Eagle
  • October 24, 2017 14:40
George Henry Durrie, Hunter in the Winter Wood, 1860.

Half the artworks consigned by the Berkshire Museum in a Nov. 13 Sotheby's sale have been withdrawn, reports Berkshire Eagle. Seven works remain in the sale, including two Norman Rockwell paintings that the artist's family has filed a lawsuit to oppose the museum's deaccessioning of the works. ...

Read More


Rockwell Family Sues Berkshire Museum

  • New York Times
  • October 22, 2017 23:26
Norman Rockwell, Shuffleton's Barbershop

A group that includes three children of Norman Rockwell is suing the Berkshire Museum in Massachusetts over a controversial planned sale of two works by the famed artist, the New York Times reported. Papers filed with a Massachusetts judge on Friday state that the group seeks to stop the museum ...

Read More


Rockwell Family Presses for Berkshire Museum to Halt Art Sales

  • Berkshire Eagle
  • October 17, 2017 13:13
Norman Rockwell’s Shuffleton’s Barbershop (1950)

Members of Norman Rockwell's family met with the Massachusetts attorney general's office last week to voice opposition to the planned sale by the Berkshire Museum of two works by the artist. The artist gave "Shuffleton's Barber Shop" and "Shaftsbury Blacksmith Shop" to the museum in Pittsfield, ...

Read More


15-Foot Bierstadt Painting 'The Domes of Yosemite' Travels to Florida

  • October 16, 2017 15:41
Albert Bierstadt, The Domes of Yosemite

The largest known painting by American master Albert Bierstadt (1830–1902) will be exhibited in Florida this winter through a special loan of the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum in Vermont. The Domes of the Yosemite, which measures nearly 10 by 15 feet, will begin the winter in Miami at ArtCare ...

Read More


Gallerist Gary Nader to Sell $100 Million of His Art to Fund Museum

  • Miami New Times
  • October 12, 2017 20:45
Miami skyline

Art dealer Gary Nader plans to sell about $100 million worth of works from his collection to fund the building of a new museum in downtown Miami. Several blue-chip works---by the likes of Picasso and Botero---from Nader's personal collection are set to be sold during Art Basel Miami Beach in ...

Read More


Banksy Adds Artworks to Barbican Ahead of Basquiat Exhibition

  • Guardian
  • September 18, 2017 13:22
Banksy mural at the Barbican.

Street artist Banksy created two new murals outside central London's Barbican Art Gallery just prior to a major show of works by American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat opening there on Sept. 21. On Instagram, Banksy describes one mural as “Portrait of Basquiat being welcomed by the Metropolitan ...

Read More


Sotheby's Releases Estimates for Berkshire Museum Artworks

  • September 12, 2017 12:16
Norman Rockwell’s Shuffleton’s Barbershop (1950)

The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Mass., appears to be going forward with its planned sale of 40 artworks from its collections despite protests from museum professional organizations and art lovers. Over $50 million is estimated to be generated from the sales, and the museum has a ...

Read More


Berkshire Museum Ends Smithsonian Partnership Following Art Sale Controversy

  • Berkshire Eagle
  • September 06, 2017 11:41
Frederic Church, Valley of the Santa Ysabel, 1875.

The Berkshire Eagle reports that the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Mass., will cut ties with the Smithsonian in a mutual decision stemming from the controversy over its plan to deaccession artworks. Berkshire Museum was a Smithsonian affiliate since 2013, allowing for reciprocal admissions ...

Read More


Stolen De Kooning Painting Returned to Museum After 3 Decades

  • Tucson
  • August 15, 2017 12:55
Staff members evaluate the recovered de Kooning.

A Willem de Kooning painting that had been stolen more than 31 years ago from the University of Arizona Museum of Art has been found and returned. A Silver Spring, New Mexico, antiques and furniture dealer discovered the work in an estate sale. Dealer David Van Auker says he bought the work ...

Read More


Berkshire Museum to Sell $50 Million in Art to Fund "Reinvention Plan"

  • Berkshire Museum
  • July 16, 2017 16:53
Rendering for a new exhibit space at Berkshire Museum.

On Wednesday, July 12, 2017, the Berkshire Museum in Massachusetts announced a $60 million "reinvention plan" that includes deaccessiong two artworks by Norman Rockwell, among 40 pieces from its 40,000-object permanent collection slated to be sold at auction. The plan is for a renovation that ...

Read More


ARTFIXdaily Closed for Holiday, July 3-7

  • July 02, 2017 23:30
Ralph Griffin (1952-1992), "Noah's Ark," ca.  1980.  Found wood, nails, paint, 18.75 x 68.75 x 14.5 in.Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, museum purchase, American Art Trust Fund, and gift of the Souls Grown Deep Foundation from the William S.  Arnett Collection.  Artwork: © Estate of Ralph Griffin.

ARTFIXdaily will be closed from July 3 to 7, and the subscriber e-newsletter service will resume on July 10. ArtGuild members may continue to add press releases and events. View the ArtWire for the latest news from our members. The image shown is from Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco ...

Read More


Los Angeles City Council Approves $1.5 Billion Lucas Museum

  • Variety
  • June 28, 2017 12:31

Star Wars creator and art collector George Lucas will finally get his museum built after years of delay when San Francisco and Chicago could not accomodate his plans. Los Angeles City Council voted to approve the $1.5 billion Lucas Museum of Narrative Art on Tuesday. Lucas and his wife, Mellody ...

Read More


Dinner with Georgia O'Keeffe: Recipes, Art, Landscape

  • June 26, 2017 20:59
Dinner with Georgia O'Keeffe: Recipes,Art, Landscape by Robyn Lea

A new cookbook focused on Georgia O’Keeffe explores her artistic palette alongside her culinary palate. The New Mexico landscape served as O'Keeffe's preferred home for the second half of her long life, and her homes in Ghost Ranch and Abiquiú were elements in her creative process, from the ...

Read More


Edward Hopper Paintings Come to Life to Mark 50 Years Since the Artist's Death

  • May 14, 2017 19:58
Hopper, Nighthawks

May 15 marks the 50th anniversary of Edward Hopper's death. New York native Hopper (1882-1967) is widely regarded as one of the greatest American artists. His realist works---ranging from watercolors to printmaking and etching---capture the essence of the early decades of the 20th century.  In ...

Read More


Resident Curator at the White House Will Leave His 'Dream Job' in June

  • May 11, 2017 18:04
The East Room of the White House, 1990s.

White House curator William G. Allman will retire on June 1, as first reported by CNN and announced officially on Tuesday in a White House statement issued from the East Wing. The curator is among the White House resident staff positions that are considered non-political. First lady Jacqueline ...

Read More


Lawsuit Settled Against Art Historian in Knoedler Case

  • Art Newspaper
  • April 12, 2017 22:21
A fake Rothko painting that Sotheby's chairman Domenico De Sole and his wife bought at Knoedler and settled over in another claim against the gallery and its former director Ann Freedman.

One of ten lawsuits filed against now-defunct Knoedler gallery in New York has been settled out of court, first reported The Art Newspaper. Terms of the settlement in Manhattan federal court on April 11 were not disclosed. The painting in the claim was a fake Mark Rothko, one of 40 known fakes ...

Read More


3 Museums Receive Gifts of Artwork from DuPont Collection

  • Philly
  • March 23, 2017 12:16
N.C.  Wyeth's Island Funeral

Prior to its merger with Dow Chemical, DuPont Co. is gifting nearly two dozen works by N.C., Andrew, and Jamie Wyeth as well as other Brandywine River Valley-based artists to museums, reports Philly.com. The artwork was selected from a collection at the company's former Wilmington, Del., ...

Read More