The Guggenheim At 50: A Legacy Spirals On Fifth

  • NPR 1
  • August 05, 2009 13:19
Guggenheim turns 50

A half-century ago, an eye-popping object landed on Fifth Avenue in New York City. It looked like it had dropped from outer space, and was treated as such. It was the Guggenheim museum, and today, tourists come from around the world to marvel at it.

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RISD Museum of Art's Director Unexpectedly Resigns

  • UnBeige Mediabistro
  • August 05, 2009 13:19
RISD's Hope Alswang

Rhode Island School of Design's Museum of Art's director Hope Alswang has announced that she is resigning, effective immediately, to pursue other opportunities.   

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Sporting Art, Decoys take in $4.15 million at Copley's Auction

  • Antiques & the Arts
  • August 05, 2009 13:19
The top lot of the sporting art was a Frank Benson watercolor titled "Canada Geese” that sold for $80,500.

PLYMOUTH, MASS. - Copley Fine Art Auction's July 15 to 16 sale grossed an impressive $4,158,929; even more impressive is the fact that $1.8 million of that total came from the six of the seven Crowell decoys from the Long collection...

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New Orleans Auction Galleries serves up Southern estates

  • Auction Central News
  • August 05, 2009 13:19
London silversmith John Christopher Romer crafted this early George III sterling epergne in 1765-1766.  Weighing 159.53 troy ounces, the rococo silver masterpiece has an estimate of $18,000-$25,000.  Image courtesy New Orleans Auction Galleries.

Summer heat and humidity in the Crescent City hasn't stopped New Orleans Auction Galleries Inc. from putting together an August sale that will have auction-goers wiping their brows as bidding intensifies. The auction Aug. 8-9 will feature art, antiques and curios from numerous Southern estates ...

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'The Chimaera of Arezzo' at the Getty Villa

  • LA Times Arts
  • August 04, 2009 15:00

The Getty features an exhibition featuring the masterpiece of Etruscan bronzework known as the Chimaera of Arezzo and traces the myth of Bellerophon and the Chimaera over five centuries of classical art.  

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Eyeing Provincetown's place in American art

  • Boston Globe 2
  • August 04, 2009 15:00
Boston's Acme Fine Art exhibits Provincetown masters

Some of the great artists of the 20th century put paint to canvas at the Days Lumberyard studios in Provincetown. Robert Motherwell was there, and Helen Frankenthaler, Hans Hofmann, and George McNeil, among others. “Days Lumberyard Studios 1915-1972,’’ a rewarding exhibit at Acme Fine Art, offers ...

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What they painted on the summer vacations

  • Boston Globe
  • August 04, 2009 15:00
Rockwell Kent's "Wreck of the D.T.  Sheridan" is on view at the Portland Museum of Art's "Call of the Coast" exhibition.

PORTLAND, Maine - Breezy and to the point, “Call of the Coast: Art Colonies of New England’’ is an ideal, if flawed, summer exhibition at the Portland Museum of Art. Ideal, because a century ago, painters flocked to New England shores each summer...

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Changing of the Guard at Maine Museums

  • Down East Magazine
  • August 04, 2009 15:00
Down East Magazine reports major changes at Maine museums

As improbable as it seems, Sharon Corwin, director of the Colby College Museum of Art, may be Maine’s longest-serving art museum director. She’s been in her job for three years. In what some see simply as an extra-ordinary coincidence, the leadership of virtually every other Maine art institution ...

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Book reveals Jasper Johns, the Jokester

  • UnBeige Mediabistro
  • August 03, 2009 13:23
Jasper Johns

Artist Jasper Johns tends to confront cameras with an expression of steely bemusement that stops just short of a glower. But don't mistake Johns's intensity for humorlessness, notes James Rosenquist in his memoir, Painting Below Zero, due out in October from Knopf...  

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"Vivid pink" diamond could rock market

  • Reuters
  • August 03, 2009 13:08
"The Vivid Pink" shows no traces of a secondary color, displays even color depth and distribution, as well as balanced saturation and tone, qualifying the stone for a Fancy Vivid color grading from the Gemological Institute of America.  Only one in 100,000 diamonds possess a color deep enough to qualify as fancy.

HONG KONG - A rare, 5-carat pink diamond will be sold in Hong Kong this December by Christie's, which expects the stone to hover near world record prices, thanks in part to the buying prowess of top Asian jewelry collectors.  

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New York's Pier 57 may host Auction House, Galleries

  • Artinfo
  • August 03, 2009 13:08
Pier 57 will include space for an auction house, galleries, and more arts venues.

NEW YORK - The newly chosen developer's plan includes a Contemporary Culture Center with a mix of auction, exhibition, gallery, and entertainment space. Auctioneer Phillips de Pury is part of the picture...

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Nantucket scrimshaw art losing its bite

  • Cape Cod Times 1
  • August 03, 2009 13:08
Scrimshaw artists today have a very limited supply of material to work with.

NANTUCKET — Michael Vienneau peers through a bright, white magnifying glass to the polished whale tooth in his hand. He is one of the few remaining scrimshaw artists left on the island of Nantucket...

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The Met spotlights Artful Objects from Afghanistan

  • MET podcast
  • August 03, 2009 13:08
The Met dazzles with Afghani art

Afghanistan’s ambassador to the United States, His Excellency Said Tayeb Jawad, speaks about the rich culture and history of Afghanistan at the inauguration of the exhibition “Afghanistan: Hidden Treasures from the National Museum, Kabul.” Introduction by Met Director Thomas P. Campbell.

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Eric Owen Moss wants to piece together L.A.'s fragments

  • LA Times Arts
  • August 02, 2009 21:51

(Los Angeles) The architect hopes his latest projects will help bring the city closer to a new vision. The neighborhood around the office of Eric Owen Moss feels first like Mayberry, then a bit like "Killer of Sheep." And just after the block of tree-shaded single family homes runs into a ...

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At the Wolfsonian, Life's a Beach

  • UnBeige Mediabistro
  • August 02, 2009 21:51
"Beauty on the Beach" at the Wolfsoninan

 The Wolfsonian, the wonderfully eclectic Miami institution, didn't have to look far for the inspiration behind its new summer exhibitions, both of which center around the beach (just a few blocks away). Curated by The Wolfsonian's Marianne Lamonaca, "Beauty on the Beach: A Centennial Celebration ...

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A Nazi's Hoard in New Catalog of Looted Art

  • Bloomberg
  • August 02, 2009 21:51
Hitler's right hand man, Goering, checks out some toys.

Quantity took priority over quality in Hermann Goering’s sprawling art collection, much of it plundered from Jews. His gluttony for oil canvases becomes clear in Nancy Yeide’s “Beyond the Dreams of Avarice: The Hermann Goering Collection,” the first comprehensive catalog of as many as 1,800 ...

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A bumper crop of country Americana at Skinner's, Aug. 9

  • Auction Central News
  • August 02, 2009 21:51
Skinner's Country Americana sale is Aug.  9

(Marlborough, Mass.) Skinner's 787-lot sale featuring American country furniture and decorative arts, folk art, paintings, rare clocks, American textiles, needlework and even early cast-iron banks, will take place on Sunday, Aug. 9, at the company's spacious new gallery in Marlborough, Mass., 40 ...

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Dillinger's Derringer blasts by auction estimate

  • About.com
  • July 30, 2009 13:38
Dillinger's Derringer sold at Heritage Auctions

This week Heritage Auction Galleries in Dallas sold the pistol gangster John Dillinger hid in his sock the day he was arrested in Tucson, Arizona 75 years ago, just six months prior to being gunned down in Chicago. The Remington .41 caliber Double Derringer sold for $95,600 including Buyer’s ...

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Photographer Annie Leibovitz sued over $24 million loan

  • Bloomberg
  • July 30, 2009 13:38
Annie Leibovitz with her famous Vanity Fair magazine cover of a nude and pregnant Demi Moore.

The photographer Annie Leibovitz was sued by Art Capital Group Inc. and accused of failing to live up to the terms of agreements for loans of $24 million. Leibovitz approached the firm last year over her “dire financial condition” arising from tax liens and debts...

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'Artful Animals' at the National Museum of African Art

  • Washington Post
  • July 30, 2009 13:38

If the lion is king of the jungle, then what's that rooster doing wearing his crown? The exhibition 'Artful Animals' unlocks the mystery...

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