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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Vote on the Hope Diamond's new setting

  • NPR 1
  • August 24, 2009 18:22
the Hope Diamond in its current setting

The Hope Diamond might be the most famous gemstone on Earth. For the first time in nearly a century, it's getting a makeover — and you get to choose the new setting by casting your vote on the Smithsonian Channel website. Most of the 7 million or so people trooping through the National Museum of ...

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NY rental with a Keith Haring mural, for $35K

  • New York Observer
  • August 24, 2009 18:17
New York rental with a Keith Haring mural

Even zippy, adorable, deified pop artists can’t save Manhattan’s luxury real estate these days. A $13.25 million listing for the 8,300-square-foot triplex at 260 West Broadway, famous for its in-house Keith Haring mural—discovered on a concrete wall behind a coat closet—has come off the market. ...

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Think outside the box: Buy a bronze of cardboard at Christie's

  • LA Times
  • August 24, 2009 18:17
Gavin Turk's Brillo 5 at Christie's, Sept.  23

Gavin Turk's "Brillo 5" (2003) is a bronze sculpture painted to look like a cardboard box. The work, which is less than 2 feet tall, goes on sale Sept. 23 at Christie's in New York as part of a postwar and contemporary art auction. The work is estimated at $20,000 to $30,000. The auction will ...

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Picasso Museum closes for two-year renovation

  • AFP
  • August 24, 2009 18:17
Picasso Museum, Paris

PARIS — Paris's Picasso museum closed on Monday for a two-year, 30-million-euro (43-million-dollar) renovation of one of the world's major galleries devoted to the Spanish-born master. On the eve of the closure more than 5,800 people seized a last chance to view the collections, housed in a ...

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New Tampa Museum debuts with Matisse, impressionists, video artists

  • The Tampa Tribune
  • August 24, 2009 18:17
the Tampa Museum of Art lobby, opening in 2010

With an ambitious exhibit schedule that ranges from the celebrated works of Henri Matisse to introducing video artists, the new Tampa Museum of Art will try to redefine itself as a vibrant urban destination, according to executive director Todd Smith. Rounding out 2010, from September to early ...

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'Sargent and the Sea' opens at the Corcoran

  • Art Knowledge News
  • August 24, 2009 18:17
Corcoran Gallery of Art

Washington, D.C. - In "Sargent and the Sea", the Corcoran Gallery of Art brings together for the first time more than 80 seascapes and coastal scenes from the early career of John Singer Sargent (1856-1925), America's pre-eminent exaptriate painter of the late 19th century. The Corcoran’s ...

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Sotheby's withdraws sculptures of Aborigines' ancestors amid protests

  • The Australian
  • August 24, 2009 18:17
Protestors decry the sale of Aboriginal ancestor busts at Sotheby's

An outcry from Tasmanian Aborigines prompted Sotheby's to pull a pair of busts from auction just hours before the sale in Melbourne. Woureddy, An Aboriginal Chief of Van Diemen's Land and Trucaninny, Wife of Woureddy, by the English artist Benjamin Law, were expected to set a record price for ...

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Acclaimed collection of African-American art travels

  • Temple Daily Telegram
  • August 24, 2009 18:17
The Harmon and Harriet Kelley collection viewed at the Amon Carter Museum by former First Lady Laura Bush and artist Ron Adams whose work is shown.

Cultivated collectors Dr. Harmon Kelley and wife, Harriet, of San Antonio, Texas, have assembled one of the nation’s most impressive collections of art by African-Americans, with works by Horace Pippin, Henry O'Tanner, and more. The couple has shared their collection through numerous loan ...

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R.A.D Miller Painted a Darker Shade of New Hope

  • Philadlephia Inquirer
  • August 23, 2009 21:38
R.A.D.  Miller at Michener Art Museum

Robert Alexander Darrah Miller (1906-1966), known as R.A.D., isn't one of the more familiar names associated with Pennsylvania's New Hope art colony, perhaps because he wasn't an impressionist. Mentored by Daniel Garber, Miller's paintings could be categorized as modernist or realist with dark ...

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S.F. dealer accused of selling fake Miró prints

  • San Francisco Gate
  • August 22, 2009 16:28
Miro

Veteran San Francisco art dealer Pasquale Iannetti, 69, who runs Pasquale Iannetti Art Galleries Inc. on Sutter Street, was indicted Thursday by a grand jury on charges of wire and mail fraud for allegedly shipping prints that purportedly had been authorized by Miró (shown here)...

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Forklift Misfortune: $3 million Brice Marden painting rendered worthless

  • Reuters
  • August 22, 2009 16:28
Brice Marden, "Au Centre"

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A $3 million painting by American abstract artist Brice Marden was destroyed while being moved from Moscow to New York due to the negligence of Lufthansa Cargo and others involved in its transport, a lawyer said on Friday. Gagosian Gallery had planned to sell the work at ...

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Gov't Crackdown: Indian Artifact Dealers on Edge

  • AP
  • August 21, 2009 12:16
Sioux beaded vest sold in 2004 by Cowan's Auctions.

SANTA FE, N.M. — An intensifying federal investigation into the sale of Native American artifacts has brought fear and uncertainty to one of the nation's largest and longest-running Indian artifact shows. At the 31st Annual Whitehawk Antiques Show, wealthy collectors were more cautious about ...

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X-Rays Expose N.C. Wyeth Painting Hidden Under Another

  • FOX News
  • August 21, 2009 12:16
The Wyeth painting from the collection of Brandywine River Museum.

A new X-ray technique has revealed the colorful details of a painting hidden underneath another painting by famed American artist N.C. Wyeth. Jennifer Mass, a scientist at Winterthur Museum, presented her findings on Wed. at the National Meeting of the American Chemical Society...

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