SFMOMA Could Land Fisher's Modern Art Collection

  • Artinfo
  • July 27, 2009 14:42
Donald and Doris Fisher

Though rumors haven't been confirmed, word is that a firehouse could become a SFMOMA extension and the new home for the much-lauded art collection of Gap founders Donald and Doris Fisher.

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Factory Decoys Offer another Collecting Avenue

  • WorthPoint
  • July 27, 2009 14:42
A Wildfowler blackduck decoy is on the left and a low head pintail drake is on the right.  These decoys as a lot only went for $500 at a 2003 Guyette and Schmidt auction.  Photo courtesy of Guyette and Schmidt.

There are as many strategies to collecting decoys as there are decoys. For example, one can collect by area made, maker or species. One popular area of decoy collecting is the factory-made decoy. Factory decoys are those decoys commercially made by machine and advertised for sale in sporting ...

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'California Calling,' New Exhibit Features Left Coast Art

  • Santa Barbara Independent
  • July 27, 2009 14:42
Karl Benjamin, F.S.  #1, 1961 Oil on canvas Courtesy Santa Barbara Museum of Art.

The Santa Barbara Museum of Art continues to express the distinctive vision and character of the California art scene with this important show of postwar works from the museum’s permanent collection and private collections in Santa Barbara. In an era of highly conceptualized group shows and ...

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L.A.'s galleries reframe the recession

  • LA Times Arts
  • July 26, 2009 15:08

Art prices may be weakening, yet opportunities exist amid the challenges. Indeed, a surprising number of galleries have been able to grow. "Earthquakes, riots, fires," says art dealer Thomas Solomon, ticking off challenges of doing business in Los Angeles. And now a ...

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Winterthur Museum Benefits From the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Construction

  • Washington Post
  • July 26, 2009 15:08
Gilbert Stuart in 'Faces of a New Nation'

WINTERTHUR, Del. -- Among the rolling hills of Delaware's Chateau Country, a group of guests from Manhattan is being welcomed with open arms at the Winterthur Museum.

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'Mary McFadden: Goddesses' fuses fashion with fine art

  • Washington Post
  • July 26, 2009 15:08
Mary McFadden Wedding Dress from the "Collection Mongolia" 1999, worn with Mary's Tibetan emerald necklace with Macramé.  Photographed in the Hall of Tzars, St.  Petersburg, Russia, during a fashion show for the White Nights Festival.  Photo by Sven Arnstein

Mary McFadden, now 70 and a longtime force in American fashion, has collected fantastic art from all around the world, from every moment in history. She's got a stunning crown from China, encrusted with gold dragons and at least a thousand years old. She's got a golden funerary mask made in Peru ...

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Highbrow guides to historic sites rewritten to woo masses

  • London Times
  • July 26, 2009 15:08
English Heritage is rewriting its guides to historic sites

ENGLISH HERITAGE is to rewrite guides to its properties to ensure they can be understood by visitors with the reading age of a 10-year-old. For example, the description of an item as “Jacobean” might be changed to “made in the reign of King James I”.

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Sotheby's to Offer Sackler Works

  • Artinfo
  • July 26, 2009 15:08
Kandinsky’s oil painting “Dramatic and Mild” (1932) is the star of Sotheby’s fall sales of pieces amassed by the collector and philanthropist Arthur M.  Sackler.  An example of Kandinsky’s mature style, the work is expected to bring $6 million to $8 million.

 This upcoming fall and winter, the auction house will sell several hundred objects from the late collector and philanthropist Arthur M. Sackler's holdings.

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Vital staffers have been leaving LACMA

  • LA Times Arts
  • July 23, 2009 18:25

Already down a Chinese art specialist, five other curators have left or are leaving the museum this year. Amid a financial crunch that has forced painful cutbacks at arts institutions across the country, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art is forging ahead on many ...

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'Margaret Boozer: Dirt Drawings' at the American University Museum

  • Washington Post
  • July 23, 2009 18:25
Detail of Margaret Boozer's installation

Artist Margaret Boozer recalls her gut reaction upon seeing the "gorgeous" polished-concrete floors of the American University Museum, where her work is on view in a stunning first-floor installation: "Oh, I need to put some dirt on these floors."

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Archaeologists find graveyard of sunken Roman ships

  • Reuters
  • July 23, 2009 18:25
Roman ship model by artist David Exton

ROME (Reuters) - A team of archaeologists using sonar technology to scan the seabed have discovered a "graveyard" of five pristine ancient Roman shipwrecks off the small Italian island of Ventotene.    

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The eternity of feminine beauty

  • Boston Globe 2
  • July 23, 2009 18:25
Julia Margaret Cameron, The Kiss of Peace, 1869, 9 1/2 x 12 3/4 inches.  From the collection of Michael Mattis and Judith Hochberg.

PORTLAND, Maine - More than a century separates the photographs of Julia Margaret Cameron from those of Joyce Tenneson. Yet their affinity is plain. Both present feminine beauty as something ethereal and spiritual. Both traffic in allegory and an air of otherworldliness. Both try, in a sense, to ...

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Christie's Reports a Steep Drop in First-Half Sales

  • Artinfo
  • July 23, 2009 18:25
This Franz Ackermann (b.  1963)brought £91,250 (est.  £80,000 - £120,000) at Christie's July 1 London sale

Contemporary art was hit particularly hard, with totals dropping to $128.2 million from $408 million a year ago.

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For New Leader of the Arts Endowment, Lessons From a Shaky Past

  • New York Times Art
  • July 22, 2009 21:21

Political goodwill toward the National Endowment for the Arts is on the rise, and many are wondering if Rocco Landesman will be able to lead it, finally, into a new era.

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LACMA learns to tweet en Español

  • LA Times Arts
  • July 22, 2009 21:21

Today, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art officially went bilingual on Twitter.  The museum launched a Twitter account, @enLACMA, that will provide Spanish-language tweets to online users. "We were looking for new ways for Spanish speakers to engage in the museum, and this is the next natural ...

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Christie's to sell Annenberg's 32-carat diamond

  • Reuters
  • July 22, 2009 21:21
Christie's will auction Lenore Annenberg's diamond ring

NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - A giant gem will hit the auction block in New York this autumn with the sale of the 32-carat emerald-cut Annenberg diamond, which is expected to fetch as much at $5 million, Christie's said on Wednesday.  

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LiveAuctioneers launches iPhone app with auction-bidding capability

  • Auction News Central
  • July 22, 2009 21:21
Live Auctioneers and Christie's have both announced iPhone apps to aid bidding

NEW YORK - In a move that is expected to revolutionize the auction-bidding process, Manhattan-based LiveAuctioneers.com announces the debut of its custom-designed, downloadable iPhone application. On July 15 Christie's also divulged news of its own iPhone app.

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Surf auction catches bidders' waves

  • AP
  • July 21, 2009 21:40
Auction brings surfboards to a new level

(HONOLULU) A surfboard more than a half-century old has sold for a record $40,000. Overall, the Hawaiian Islands Vintage Surf Auction on Sunday brought in more than $767,000 from 379 bidders from around the world for surfboards and memorabilia. The most expensive item was an 11-foot Bob Simmons ...

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Six Elmer Crowell Decoys Tally $1,817,000 At Copley

  • Antiques and the Arts
  • July 21, 2009 21:40
Seven Elmer Crowell decoys take in $1.8 million at Copley auction

(PLYMOUTH, MASS.) The preening pintail drake and the "snakey-neck" nesting Canada goose, two exceptional decoys carved by Elmer Crowell for one of his most discerning patrons, broke more than a half-million dollars each when auctioned by Copley Fine Art Auctions on Wednesday, July 15.

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Museums' new mantra: Connect with community

  • CS Monitor
  • July 21, 2009 21:40
Image courtesy Simon Wiesenthal Center Israel’s High Court of Justice has allowed construction to proceed on Jerusalem’s Museum of Tolerance, designed by Frank Gehry and backed by the Los Angeles–based Simon Wiesenthal Center.

(LOS ANGELES) Relevance, responsiveness, interactivity is the new road map to success. From San Francisco to Jerusalem, museums are bustling with new construction – and new visions, strategic plans, and ambitious initiatives, not to mention visitors.  

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