Warhol's Jackson portrait dropped from NY auction

  • Associated Press
  • July 14, 2009 01:02
Andy Warhol

EAST HAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) -- A New York art gallery has temporarily removed an Andy Warhol portrait of Michael Jackson from the auction block. The Vered Gallery in East Hampton says enormous interest prompted the decision. The auction was to close Sunday. The 30-by-26-inch painting shows a ...

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Obama brightens up White House with fresh art

  • The Independent
  • July 06, 2009 21:35
White house art

With every new administration comes a new era and with it, a new art collection to reflect the shifting sands of American cultural politics. In the Clinton years, it was a frothy portrait of Mamie Eisenhower clad in a pink debutante ballgown that took pride of place on the imperial walls of the ...

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Artists Get a Reality TV Show

  • LA Times Blogs
  • July 06, 2009 20:54
Sarah jessica Parker to produce art-related TV show

It was only a matter of time for art to jump on TV's reality bandwagon. A cable series focusing on the contemporary art scene is in the works at Bravo. The show (whose title has not yet been announced) is being produced by Sarah Jessica Parker. In the series, 13 contestants will compete for a ...

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$3 Million Jaguar Racer, 26 Ferraris & More on Offer in Monterey

  • The Luxist
  • July 06, 2009 20:11
Fine wheels come to Monterey for auction

On August 13-15 RM Auctions is holding its annual Sports & Classics of Monterey auction in California, starring an historic 1952 Jaguar C-Type sports racer (above) that was driven to victory in 1952 by the legendary Phil Hill and is expected to fetch over $3 million. 26 Ferraris and several ...

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OCMA's quiet sale of 18 paintings raises hackles

  • LA Times Arts
  • July 06, 2009 19:58

The sale of the California Impressionist paintings to a private collector is seen as a snub to some in art circles. The Orange County Museum of Art was tooling along, a sporty little contender in the contemporary art world, its reputation sparkling from the good reviews ...

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Museum Hosts an Enterprising Auction

  • The Detroit News
  • July 02, 2009 12:29
DIA hosts an art auction

In an unprecedented move to cope with a bad economy, the Detroit Institute of Arts is sponsoring an art auction to raise money for its operations. No, the museum's not selling off any of its treasures. Rather, it's inviting the public to contribute pieces of art valued at more than $250 that ...

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Presitigious Grosvenor House Fair to Close

  • Bloomberg
  • July 02, 2009 12:29
U.K.'s Grosvenor House Art & Antiques Fair to close.

The Grosvenor House Art & Antiques Fair, the most prestigious of the U.K.’s traditional antiques events, is to close, having celebrated its 75th anniversary this year, the British Antique Dealers’ Association said today in an e-mailed statement. The latest edition of the week-long event, ...

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Contemporary Art Sales Pick up a Pace

  • ArtInfo
  • July 02, 2009 12:29
Contemporary art sale

LONDON—Christie’s finished out the London evening-auction season with a reassuring sale of postwar and contemporary art that realized £19,063,350 ($31,778,604). That compares to pre-sale expectations of £17.4–24 million for the 40 lots offered, of which all but five sold, for an impressive sold ...

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Top-Dollar Bird Decoys Making News

  • NECN
  • June 30, 2009 14:07
Black-bellied plover by William Humphrey (1821-1880s), Toronto, Ontario, Canada, c.  1850 ($25/35,000)

(NECN) - A big auction is coming up this month in Plymouth, Massachusetts, for duck decoys, among other items! Some of the most prized decoys are from a Massachusetts man's collection that were carved in the early 1900's and have never before been put on the market. Joining Good Morning Live ...

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The High Life - Art Collecters in the Rockies

  • Artinfo
  • June 30, 2009 14:07
Aspen art collectors

Bob and Nancy Magoon have cultivated an eye-popping collection of contemporary art in their Rocky Mountain residence. In a corner of Bob and Nancy Magoon’s expansive living room in Aspen, Colorado, is a "portrait" of the couple. Composed entirely of phrases and dates stenciled on the wall in ...

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First $1 million find for U.S. Antiques Roadshow

  • Reuters
  • June 30, 2009 10:34
Antiques Roadshow discovery

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A woman who inherited some Chinese carved jade from her father has scored the first $1 million appraisal from experts on the U.S. television program "Antiques Roadshow," the producers said on Monday.    

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Art review: 'Your Bright Future' at LACMA

  • LA Times Arts
  • June 30, 2009 10:34

If you miss the 1990s, you'll love “Your Bright Future: 12 Contemporary Artists from Korea.” Despite the forward-looking title, the new exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art seems locked in a wheezing, pre-millennial artistic frame of mind. The 1990s is the decade when ...

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Art: A Round Peg

  • New York Times Art
  • June 30, 2009 10:34

HERE’S a good art-world quiz question, one that could stump many an astute insider: What do Sol LeWitt, Sonic Youth, Dean Martin, Mel Brooks, Merle Haggard, Hudson River School painting and midcentury New Jersey tract housing have in common?

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Julien's hammers down Michael Jackson memorabilia

  • AP
  • June 29, 2009 06:57
Michael Jackson frock

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A crystal-studded shirt worn onstage by Michael Jackson: $52,500. A young Jackson's painting of Mickey Mouse: $25,000. Owning a piece of a pop icon who died before his time: Priceless. Or, at least, very expensive. Twenty-one items once owned by Jackson sold at auction Friday ...

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Women Artists in 'Illumination' at the Orange County Museum of Art

  • LA Times Arts
  • June 26, 2009 13:39

The kernel of a powerful idea resides within “Illumination,” an exhibition of abstract paintings by four women who worked in the deserts of the American Southwest and whose careers pretty much spanned the 20th century. But the kernel never really pops. One reason is that the modest galleries of ...

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Christie's Kicks Off London Season with Solid Sales

  • Artinfo.com
  • June 26, 2009 10:10
Christie's London sale

LONDON—Christie’s kicked off the London June sale season tonight with a decent result, selling the most expensive of its offerings but having more trouble with middle-range works, a difficulty that affected the buy-in rate. It was a sale dominated by European and U.K.-based bidders, who bought ...

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Cartier's 100 Years in North America

  • Antiques & the Arts
  • June 25, 2009 13:20
First sold in the Seventeenth Century, the violet-colored Hope diamond was roughly cut and weighed more than 112 carats.  In 1910, Evalyn Walsh McLean of Washington D.C., viewed it while in Paris at Cartier.  Deciding that she did not like the setting, Pierre Cartier had the diamond reset and took it to the United States where he left it with McLean for a weekend.  The sale was completed in 1911 with the diamond mounted as a headpiece amid three tiers of large white diamonds.  It later became th

Manhattan's Fifth Avenue has long been the avenue of elegance, but Cartier bumped up the glamour and glitz tenfold for its exhibition "Cartier's 100th Anniversary in America." In 1909, Pierre Cartier opened a flagship boutique in New York City catering to those clients the company had been ...

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Fruitlands Museum Official Charged with Embezzlement

  • WBZ News Radio (AP)
  • June 24, 2009 09:12
The Shaker Museum at Fruitlands, Harvard, Mass.

Worcester (AP)  -- A former chief financial officer of a Massachusetts museum has been indicted in connection with an alleged embezzlement of more than $1.3 million. Attorney General Martha Coakley's office announced Tuesday that 58-year-old Peggy Kempton, of Hollis, N.H., turned herself in ...

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American Grandeur - Hudson River School at PAFA

  • Urban Art & Antiques
  • June 23, 2009 11:13
American Grandeur on view at PAFA

Although most of the Hudson River school artists were associated with Hudson River Valley and its surrounding areas and won their fame in New York city, the current exhibition — Public Treasures/Private Visions: Hudson River School Masterworks from the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Private ...

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Greeks Continue to Pressure British to Return Elgin Marbles

  • Washington Post
  • June 23, 2009 10:41
Elgin Marbles wanted back by Greece.

ATHENS -- Greek President Carolos Papoulias ramped up pressure on Britain over the weekend to return priceless statues from antiquity taken more than 200 years ago. His comments came as the new Acropolis Museum opened in Athens.

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