Record Prices Abound at Sotheby's $392 Million Contemporary Art Sale

  • May 17, 2018 12:41
Kerry James Marshall's Past Times (1997) set a new record for a living African American artist of $21.1m with fees

On Wednesday, Sotheby's tallied $392.3m total with fees for contemporary art in New York, setting 15 artist records among the 75 lots offered. Just two works failed to sell—by Yayoi Kusama and Lucio Fontana. An Asian private collector won David Hockney's "Pacific Coast Highway and Santa ...

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Richard Gray, Noted Gallerist, Remembered

  • WTTW
  • May 17, 2018 12:06
Richard Gray

Richard Gray, a celebrated art dealer, civic leader, and philanthropist, died Wednesday morning at his home in Chicago, surrounded by family. He was 89 years old. In 1963, Gray founded the Richard Gray Gallery in Chicago and he later opened another gallery in New York City. With his wife Mary, ...

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Man Busted in Fraud Scam After Offering Gardner Museum's Missing Masterpieces on Craigslist

  • Boston Herald
  • May 16, 2018 13:57
The Storm on the Sea of Galilee, from 1633, is the only seascape by the Dutch Golden Age painter Rembrandt van Rijn.  It was cut from its frame and stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1990.

A West Virginia man has pleaded guilty to wire fraud for offering online two stolen artworks from the Gardner Museum in Boston. Todd Andrew Desper was sentenced by a U.S. District Court judge to time served and three years of supervised release, three months of which will be spent in home ...

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Dutch Art Dealer Rediscovers a Rembrandt

  • Reuters
  • May 16, 2018 13:04
Jan Six with the rediscovered Rembrandt.

Dutch art dealer Jan Six says he knew right away that a painting catalogued as by an unknown artist, in the circle of Rembrandt van Rijn, was the work of the master himself. “I saw so many details pointing in Rembrandt’s direction, that I was totally convinced,” he said about previewing the ...

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Actress Portia de Rossi Launches a New Kind of Art Venture

  • AD
  • May 15, 2018 20:46
Synograph of Sarah Bird’s painting Inkberry Holly.

"Arrested Development" actress Portia de Rossi is working with Fujifilm to democratize art. And her company's motivation is also it's motto: Support Artists. Not Art. De Rossi's new venture, called General Public, collaborates with artists by recreating their original works as Synographs™ (or ...

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Museum in Jerusalem to Get $40 Million Expansion and Refreshed Content

  • Haaretz
  • May 15, 2018 20:46
Rendering of the renovated entrance for Tower of David Museum.

The Tower of David Museum of the History of Jerusalem is gearing up for a $40 million expansion in 2019. Part of the renovation will be an enhanced entrance, which will be repositioned on the west side, plus a new wing, archaeological digs, and expanded content including artworks, changing ...

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Modigliani Nude Fetches $157.2 Million at Sotheby's

  • May 14, 2018 22:25
Amedeo Modigliani, “Nu couche (sur le cote gauche)," 1917.

Amedeo Modigliani's largest work and his greatest nude has become the most valuable artwork ever sold at Sothebys—selling for $157 million in the May 14 Impressionist & Modern Evening Sale. Nu couché was acquired by its previous owner, Irish billionaire John Magnier, at auction in 2003 for ...

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Protest Planned Outside Sotheby's Over Berkshire Museum Art Sales

  • May 12, 2018 17:09
Henry Moore – THREE SEATED WOMEN, 1942.

The grassroots citizens' group Save the Art – Save the Museum has invited fellow supporters to join a permitted protest at Sotheby’s on Monday, May 14 from 5:45 to 7 p.m. at 1334 York Avenue in New York City. The protest is timed to coincide with the auction of two of 40 deaccessioned works of ...

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Diego Rivera, American Art Hits Record Prices in $106 Million Rockefeller Sale

  • May 09, 2018 20:52
Diego Rivera, The Rivals, 1931, oil on canvas, sold for $9.76 million.

Bidders went bonkers for The Collection of Peggy and David Rockefeller on the second night of the sales series at Christie's in New York City's Rockefeller Center. The first two days of Rockefeller sales have totaled over $765 million, with more to go this week and jewelry in June. Provenance — ...

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Alleged Painting Slasher at Aspen Gallery Denies Doing It

  • Aspen Times
  • May 06, 2018 18:29
A screen shot from surveillance cameras inside an Aspen art gallery show the suspect right before he slashed a nearly $3 million painting in May 2017.

The British man accused by police of slashing a $3 million painting at an Aspen art gallery last year says he didn't do it. Nick Morley, 40, is named by police and prosecutors as the man dressed in black who walked in and cut the Christopher Wool artwork at Opera Gallery in May 2017. Morley ...

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25,000 People Bought a Piece of One Picasso

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  • May 03, 2018 21:02
Detail, Picasso's Musketeer Bust, 1968.

With Picasso's 'Musketeer Bust,' it's All for One, and One for All when 25,000 online buyers purchase the artwork. From Architectural Digest: QoQa is a Swiss website that typically offers discounted household items (like cooking utensils) or cheap airfare (like tickets to a number of North ...

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The Museum of Lost Art

  • Bloomberg
  • May 02, 2018 23:04
Rogier van der Weyden’s Justice of Trajan and Herkinbald was destroyed in a fire in the late 17th century.  A 15th century tapestry that had copied part of its design is all that remains.

In a new book, The Museum of Lost Art, (May 4, Phaidon, $35) author Noah Charney spotlights the great art that the world has lost. What’s been destroyed, Carney writes in the book’s introduction, includes “more masterpieces than all of the world’s museums combined.” In 280 pages, Carney ...

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Pacific Standard Time Boosted SoCal Economy by Over $430 Million

  • May 01, 2018 19:32
Judithe Hernández, The Purification , 2013.  Pastel mixed-media on archival wood board.  30 x 40 in.  © 2016 Judithe Hernández.  Part of "One Path Two Journeys" at Millard Sheets Art Center.

The Getty-funded, regional arts initiative Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA contributed around $430.3 million to the Southern California economy between September 2017 and January 2018, according to a new report from the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC). From the report's ...

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French Museum Discovers More Than Half of Its Art is Fake

  • BBC
  • April 30, 2018 12:54
'Collioure in the Pyrenees' by Étienne Terrus

Terrus museum in Elne in the south of France announced Friday that 82 works originally attributed to the Impressionist artist Étienne Terrus (1857-1922) are actually not by him. More than half the museum's collection is thought to be fake, prompting the town's mayor Yves Barniol to call the ...

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Christo to Float 150-Ton Barrel Sculpture on London Lake

  • April 29, 2018 22:53
Christo The Mastaba (Project for London, Hyde Park, Serpentine Lake) Drawing 2018 in two parts 15 x 96" and 42 x 96" (38 x 244 cm and 106.6 x 244 cm) Pencil, charcoal, wax crayon, enamel paint, hand-drawn map on vellum, technical data, mylar and tape Photo: André Grossmann © 2018 Christo

The latest work by artist Christo is under construction in London  – it's a carefully floating stack of 7,506 barrels. The Mastaba will be a temporary draw in Hyde Park where the piece will float on Serpentine Lake from June 18 (weather permitting) to September 23, 2018. The Guardian writes: Is ...

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First Statue of a Woman Enters London's Parliament Square

  • NPR
  • April 24, 2018 18:15
Deputy Mayor for Culture, Justine Simons, and artist Gillian Wearing stand with the statue of Millicent Fawcett.

The first statue of a woman, and the first to be created by a female artist, went up in London's Parliament Square on Tuesday. For 150 years, monuments to only male statesmen have populated the square, including Winston Churchill, Nelson Mandela, Abraham Lincoln, Mahatma Gandhi and seven others. ...

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Modigliani Nude Could Bring $150 Million in Blockbuster Auction Series

  • CNBC
  • April 24, 2018 13:17
Amedeo Modigliani, “Nu couche (sur le cote gauche)," 1917.

Record-breaking May sales are expected at the major New York auction houses with a nude painting by Amedeo Modigliani estimated to bring $150 million, representing the highest auction estimate ever. The two week sale series at the major auction houses could possibly total over $2 billion. A ...

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ARTFIXdaily Closed April 23 to 26

  • April 22, 2018 23:39
Yamashite Chair, part of National Portrait Gallery's 'Black Out: Silhouettes Then and Now' exhibition.

ARTFIXdaily will be closed from April 23 to 26. E-newsletter service will resume on April 27. Coming up: The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery will present “Black Out: Silhouettes Then and Now,” opening May 11, as the first major museum exhibition to explore the art form of cut-paper ...

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Antonio Banderas Portrays Picasso in 'Genius' Series

  • New York Times
  • April 19, 2018 23:05
Antonio Banderas plays Pablo Picasso in NatGeo's "Genius: Picasso" anthology series.

Actor Antonio Banderas, a native of Spain, seems to be perfectly cast as Pablo Picasso in National Geographic’s “Genius” Season 2, which premieres April 24. The first season of “Genius”, which starred Geoffrey Rush as Einstein, was nominated for 10 Emmys, and was watched by over 45 million ...

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Artwork from La Salle University Collection Hits the Auction Block

  • The Inquirer
  • April 18, 2018 13:00
Dorothea Tanning (1910-2012), The Temptation of St.  Anthony, painted in 1945-1946.  Oil on canvas in the artist's painted frame.  47⅞ x 35⅞ in (121.4 x 91.2 cm).  Estimate: $400,000-600,000.  This work is offered in the Impressionist and Modern Art Day Sale on 16 May at Christie’s in New York

Philadelphia's La Salle University is unloading a trove of 46 American and European artworks from its museum collections through Christie's in a series of sales beginning in New York this week. School trustees say the sale proceeds will fund initiatives from La Salle University’s five-year ...

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