Jeff Koons: 'We Are Ourselves Inflatables'

  • UnBeige Mediabistro
  • August 09, 2009 16:30
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Jeff Koons oozes the wild charisma usually reserved for successful dictators. Be glad that he's using his powers for shiny, happy, multi-million-dollar good (and the odd invasion of Versailles)...

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U.K.'s Government Art Collection Adorns Offices

  • bloomberg
  • August 09, 2009 16:30
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There is a deceptive John Le Carre feeling about the U.K. Government Art Collection (or GAC). This collection -- equivalent to a small museum -- contains works by such well-known figures as William Hogarth, Lucian Freud, David Hockney and Andy Warhol. The last is an exception...

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Tea Table Primer

  • About.com
  • August 06, 2009 10:54
A Pennsylvania mahogany ball & claw foot tea table with suppressed ball standard, Circa 1770.

Through the 18th century right up until the 1770s, a good number of small rectangular tables and round tilt-top tables were crafted in Colonial America, especially in Queen Anne and Chippendale styles. We usually refer to them as “tea tables,” but did they really have much to do with tea?

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Serenity now: Chinese Buddha heads Jenack auction

  • Auction Central News
  • August 06, 2009 10:54
Buddha head at Jenack

CHESTER, N.Y. - William Jenack Auctioneers will conduct a 395-lot Fine Art & Antiques auction, featuring a special selection of Asian art, on Aug. 9. Highlights include a Chinese carved limestone head of Buddha, Sui (581-618 A.D.) with an estimate of $4,000 to $6,000...

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Cartier-Bresson finally gets the focus

  • Bloomberg
  • August 06, 2009 10:54
Cartier-Bresson'w work is on view in Paris, reports Bloomberg.

Better late than never. Two shows in Paris celebrate the centenary of the French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson, who was born in 1908.

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Swell Summerhouse: Coliseum-builder's own ruins

  • Bloomberg
  • August 06, 2009 10:54
Greek ruins

Italian archeologists may have uncovered the summer villa of the Roman Emperor Vespasian near his birthplace in the mountains northeast of Rome, La Stampa newspaper reported.

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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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