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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Pre-Raphaelites back with London show

  • Reuters
  • June 23, 2009 10:41
London dazzled by Pre-Raphaelites.

LONDON (Reuters Life!) - Victorian art is making a comeback in London this summer with a major exhibition, and the biggest retrospective to date, of works by John William Waterhouse, who died in 1917.    

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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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