Life Can't Imitate Art; Model arrested for nudity at the Met

  • Guardian
  • August 30, 2009 22:46
Met

New York - Apparently, nudes can be viewed in oils or bronze, but not in the flesh, dancing in the arms & armor department of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Model Kathleen "KC" Neill, 26, was nabbed by police last week and charged with public lewdness after posing naked in the museum for ...

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Prized Pennsylvania Decoy Discovered; Rare 19th c. goose carving emerges from Argentina

  • AP
  • August 30, 2009 22:46
Canada Goose decoy, at Christies this fall

Christie's experts got a surprising e-mail from a man in Argentina. He wondered if the hand-carved Canada Goose that sat on his parents' mantel for decades had any value. Turns out the piece was part of a rare 19th-century working rig that once plied Pennsylvania's Susquehanna River before being ...

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Grand Theft of Granville Redmond; Sticky-fingered Florida man wanted for gallery robbery

  • KTLA News
  • August 30, 2009 22:46
Matthew Taylor

Los Angeles - The Los Angeles Police Dept. is looking for Vero Beach, Florida, resident Matthew Taylor, a man they say stole a work by California impressionist Granville Redmond from the L.A. Fine Art Gallery. He then sold the painting to art dealer William Karges for $85,000, saying the artwork ...

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Museum News Round-Up; Salary surprises, banks as curators, hot dog vendors not welcome

  • UnBeige Mediabistro
  • August 30, 2009 22:46
Museum columns

First, the news outlets continue to fixate on museum officials' salaries. The focus lately is Ellen Futter of the American Museum of Natural History in New York who reels in about $1 million. Second, with museums across the country in financial straits, the NY Times reports that massive financial ...

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Michael Mazur Dies; Yale-educated artist, prominent printmaker

  • Cape Cod Online
  • August 30, 2009 22:46
Michael Mazur catalogue raisonne

Abstract painter and printmaker Michael Mazur, of Provincetown and Cambridge, Massachusetts, died last Tuesday at age 73. He was married to poet Gail Mazur. The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston held a retrospective exhibition of his work in 2000. His work has also been exhibited at The Museum of ...

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Insinuating Brushwork: Abstract Expressionist Jack Tworkov revisited at UBS Art Gallery

  • New York Observer
  • August 27, 2009 18:10
Jack Tworkov

That there should still be, in 2009, degrees of neglect in an artistic movement as heavily studied as Abstract Expressionism may be a surprise. But the artist Jack Tworkov certainly belongs in that category. Born in Poland, in 1900, the artist emigrated to New York at the age of 13 and spent most ...

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"Retail is for rednecks": Bargains to be found at Baltimore Summer Antiques Show

  • Metro Weekly
  • August 27, 2009 18:10
Baltimore Summer Antiques Show

From Sept. 3 to 6, more than 30,000 people are expected to attend Baltimore's 29th Summer Antiques Show. Billed as the largest indoor antiques show in the U.S., over 550 international jewelry, art, and antiques dealers converge. Highlights include a 70-dealer antiquarian book fair and a slew of ...

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Heave-ho to Heirlooms: Recession is boom time for antiques appraisers

  • BND.com
  • August 27, 2009 18:10
Louis XV style buffet in rosewood with tulipwood, lemonwood and tinted rosewood marquetry and bre'che royal marble top.  From Jean-Marc Fray Antiques.

Charlotte, N.C. - A North Carolina stay-at-home mom had her dining room set appraised for insurance purposes. When the appraiser came back with a valuation of $32,000 for a marble-top Louis XV buffet in her foyer, the homemaker and her husband considered selling it. The economy had diminished ...

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The Bouguereau Blow-up: New lawsuit entails from nuns' sale to art dealers

  • Maine Antiques Digest
  • August 27, 2009 18:10
William Adolfe Bouguereau, "Notre Dame des Anges."

Last April news broke about a group of cloistered nuns from upstate New York who sold a major work by French artist William Adolphe Bouguereau. The buyer was art dealer Mark LaSalle, who was representing Santa Fe dealer Mark Zaplin. After $50,000 of restoration work to the painting, Zaplin ...

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Roman Ruins Re-hashed: German discovery of 2,000-yr-old horse statue

  • Reuters
  • August 27, 2009 18:10
The recently discovered gold and bronze Roman-era horse head was revealed in Frankfurt.

BERLIN (Reuters) - German archaeologists on Thursday unveiled a bronze and gold horse's head they said was believed to be a remnant of a 2000-year-old Roman statue. A team digging at a former Roman town near Waldgirmes in central Germany found the life-sized head along with the foot of a rider on ...

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Art Talks: "Mona Lisa" speaks Mandarin in high-tech exhibit

  • Reuters
  • August 27, 2009 18:10
Mona Lisa

BEIJING (Reuters) - For centuries, Leonardo da Vinci's "Mona Lisa" and her enigmatic smile have inspired as much speculation as admiration. Now she's ready to answer questions -- in Mandarin. A digital, interactive version of the renowned 16th century painting is one of 61 high-tech replicas ...

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Behold the Barbarians' Loot: £1m Viking hoard exhibited for first time

  • London Times
  • August 27, 2009 18:10
Viking hoard found in 2007.

The largest and most important Viking hoard of jewels and coins found in Britain for over 150 years has gone on display for the first time. Unearthed by a father and son team of treasure hunters in a field, their 2007 find of 617 coins and gilt goodies is dated at more than 1,000 years old. The ...

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Condos & Princes: Russian dealer sues New York gallery over $3 million art agreement

  • Bloomberg
  • August 26, 2009 23:48
Condo's painting "God"

New York - New York’s Luhring Augustine Gallery has been sued by Moscow art dealer Gary Tatintsian for an alleged breach an agreement over a complicated series of transactions involving works by artists George Condo and Richard Prince. According to a complaint filed Aug. 11 in Manhattan, ...

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Fabulous Finds vs. Disappointing Duds: U.K.'s 'Antiques Roadshow' still stokes viewers' interest

  • Daily Record
  • August 26, 2009 23:48
Antiques Roadshow

U.K. - From Chippendale chairs to Anthony Gormley paintings, Britain's popular television series "Antiques Roadshow" has unsurfaced a treasure trove of exciting attic finds. But more often than not, there is a budding collector who is disappointed by the show's expert appraisals. Recently, a ...

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SFMOMA Focues East: A New Look at Asian Photography

  • NPR 1
  • August 26, 2009 23:48
SFMOMA will feature two exhibitions on Asian photography this fall.

San Francisco - Ansel Adams, Richard Avedon and Henri Cartier-Bresson are a few 20th-century photographers most widely noted as masters. An entire hemisphere of photographic history is often overlooked. Two upcoming fall exhibitions at SFMOMA will examine stunning photography from Japan, China, ...

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Sharing Art to Make Money: The Collectors Fund offers artful investing

  • Portfolio
  • August 26, 2009 23:48
Wayne Thiebaud's Four Cakes

Kansas City, Missouri - Art enthusiasts who have invested in The Collectors Fund have happily observed their money outperform the stock market. The added value of the fund is a rotating art collection of 130 works, currently valued at $17 million, which fund members enjoy in their own homes. ...

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Featuring the original 'American Idol': Washington-signed Society of Cincinnati document

  • Auction Central News
  • August 25, 2009 22:40
Washington-signed document at Early American in Rancho Santa Fe, CA.

Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. - A rare and important Society of Cincinnati diploma signed by George Washington in a strong hand with rich, brown ink comes to auction Aug. 30. Founded in 1783, the society sought to preserve the ideals and fellowship of the Revolutionary War's officers, and to influence ...

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Frenzy for fresh-to-the-market: Rare and early Derby ceramics smash auction records

  • Derby Telegraph
  • August 25, 2009 22:40
Winterton sold this hare in a record-breaking sale of Derby ceramics

Lichfield, U.K. - A huge private collection of rare Derby ceramics estimated to fetch up to £80,000 at auction was hammered down for a record-breaking £250,000 on Aug. 20. Around 250 figurines, vases and tableware, some dating back to the 1750s, were sold by Richard Winterton Auctioneers, in ...

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The rescue of Gilbert Stuart's Washington: Decendants of a slave see the painting he saved

  • NPR
  • August 25, 2009 22:40
Gilbert Stuart, Landsdowne portrait of Washington

Washington, D.C. - During the War of 1812, on Aug. 24, 1814, British troops set fire to the White House. Before they did, Paul Jennings, who was born into slavery at Montpelier, James Madison's Virginia mansion, helped save a now-famous portrait of George Washington, painted by Gilbert Stuart. ...

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Americana ascends: Schoolgirl sampler soars to $465,000 at Maine auction

  • Antiques & the Arts
  • August 25, 2009 22:40
Thomaston Place Auction sold this schoolgirl sampler for $465,000.

Thomaston, Maine - From a $40,000-$60,000 estimate, an early American craft swept bidders away to a final six-figure sum that silenced the audience at Thomaston Place Auctions' Aug. 22 sale. Old Lyme, Conn., textile specialist Stephen Huber was all over the 18th-century Boston schoolgirl sampler ...

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