Why Risk Losing Your Art Collection?

  • The Huffington Post
  • June 23, 2009 10:41
The value of estate planning.

It's become pretty clear to me, working as the Director of the Briddge Group's Chicago office, that there are an awful lot of risks inherent in having a decent (or better) art collection. I think it's important to look at these risks and to consider the value of working with some really ...

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Francis Bacon's Strange Sizzle

  • New York Observer
  • June 22, 2009 14:01
Francis Bacon hogs the spotlight.

"Francis Bacon,” a retrospective timed to the centenary anniversary of the artist’s birth (he died in 1992 at the age of 83) is on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, hs toothy monsters, humping, anonymous men and slabs of meat installed directly off the European wing, a stone’s throw from ...

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Bedroom, kitchen, art gallery

  • CS Monitor
  • June 22, 2009 14:01
Art galleries are popping up closer to home.

Homes, gas stations, hair salons house art exhibits and musical performances in hard times.

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OCMA director won't keep art-buyer's identity secret from other museums

  • LA Times Arts
  • June 22, 2009 14:01

If you want to know who the private collector was who got what many consider a great deal on 18 California Impressionist paintings from the Orange County Museum of Art, just ask Dennis Szakacs, OCMA’s director.  

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A Must-See Dream House

  • LA Times
  • June 06, 2009 17:58
Casa del Herrero in Montecito, Calif.

Recently designated a National Historic Landmark, the 1925 Spanish Colonial named Casa del Herrero, or House of the Blacksmith, in Montecito, Calif., is a breathtaking example of the American Country Place era. Munitions manufacturer George Fox Steedman built this Moorish-inspired house, long ...

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Art's Biggest Party

  • The Daily Beast
  • June 05, 2009 23:26
Venice Biennale 2009

More than a year in the making, the 2009 Venice Biennale kicks off this week with high expectations. The ailing art world needs a shot in the arm right now and everyone is looking to the 53rd International Art Exhibition, which runs through November 22, to provide it. Some 6,000 members of the ...

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Satisfyingly Surreal: New Magritte Museum Opens

  • Bloomberg
  • June 02, 2009 23:18
Opening June 2 in Brussels, the Musee Magritte Museum.

The lady with violets in her mouth, the gents in bowler hats, the pipe that isn’t a pipe, the breast that isn’t a breast: They’re all here. Rene Magritte, one of Belgium’s best-known artists, finally has a standalone museum devoted to his work, opening today in Brussels. The place has a spooky ...

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American Art Sales Show Vital Signs

  • Artinfo
  • May 28, 2009 17:01
Potthast at Christie's

The May 20 American art sales at Sotheby's and Christie's had a pulse, but were far from robust. One stand-out was Milton Avery's "Sketching by the Sea," which doubled its high estimate at Christie's, raking in a strong $2,210,500. The work hadn't been on the market for 60 years. In addition, ...

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Gardner museum expansion approved

  • Boston Globe
  • May 28, 2009 12:25
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston

Trustees of Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum have approved a plan to move forward with a building designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano. The expansion, reportedly to cost in the $100 million range, calls for the destruction of a 1907 carriage house built by Gardner.

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New American Wing at the Huntington Library

  • Examiner.com
  • May 24, 2009 23:56
Thomas Hart Benton at Huntington Library.

Much-lauded openings of refurbished American wings at both the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Nelson-Atkins Museum in recent weeks are followed by a West Coast unveiling to be reckonend with. The Huntington Library and Art Gallery in San Marino, Calif., will reveal its freshly made-over ...

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Americana Takes Flight at the MET

  • Gothamist
  • May 24, 2009 23:25
The Met's new American Wing opened May 19.

On May 19th the Metropolitan Museum of Art's newly renovated American Wing opened to visitors. After two years of construction, a flurry of fanfare marked the celebratory opening, starting with a ribbon cutting-ceremony featuring First Lady Michelle Obama. Besides a pleasing aesthetic, the re-do ...

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Living with Frank Lloyd Wright

  • CBS News
  • May 19, 2009 10:22
Author T.C.  Boyle's latest novel, a tale of architect Frank Lloyd Wright and his affairs, was inspired by living in a Wright-designed house.  (AP/Viking Penguin, Milo Boyle)

Author T.C. Boyle found the tranquility he needed to write his latest book, "The Women," in the peaceful Montecito, California, setting of his 1909 Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home. "This is organic architecture," he said. "It blends in with the environment, everywhere you look, you're looking ...

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Peter Brant's Smashing New Art Museum

  • Wall Street Journal Magazine
  • May 17, 2009 00:52
Peter Brant

Billionaire art collector and publisher Peter Brant is now dazzling the art world with his new contemporary art museum housed in a re-designed apple barn. Even as the tabloids cover his freshly bitter divorce with supermodel Stephanie Seymour, Brant's A-list art collection is snagging headlines.

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