The French Resistance: Paris Art Market Defies the World

  • Luxist
  • July 20, 2009 18:20
Paris art market defies the world

In the first three months of the year, Paris put up better auction results than London or New York, thanks to the Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint-Laurent sale at the Grand Palais back in February. Historically, Paris has lagged these two cities. For the first quarter, art prices in France came down only ...

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The Museum of Modern Art: Amsterdam as Hub for Globetrotting Conceptualists

  • New York Times Art
  • July 20, 2009 17:53
“The Tuileries,” a room-size installation by Gilbert & George, at the Museum of Modern Art.

“In & Out of Amsterdam: Travels in Conceptual Art, 1960-1976” explores the relationship between early Conceptual art and globetrotting, with Amsterdam as a way station.

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Fontaine’s Civil War & Militaria Auction to be a Sure Fire Hit with Collectors

  • WorthPoint
  • July 20, 2009 17:53
Civil War and Antique Firearms are coming up at Fontaine's August 15 auction

PITTSFIELD, Mass. – More than 500 lots of important Civil War items, rare and vintage firearms and all manner of militaria will cross the block in an auction featuring the lifetime collection of the late George J. Bisacca, whose mainly Civil War collection was housed in the Eastover Resort ...

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White House and Cooper-Hewitt Kick Off Mini-Arts Week

  • UnBeige Mediabistro
  • July 20, 2009 17:53
Michelle Obama to host arts events

It's that time of year again, for the annual National Design Awards luncheon at the White House, now with an all new First Lady at the helm. With Michelle Obama running this Friday's luncheon...

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U.K. Government Funding Cutbacks May Hit Tate, British Museum Projects

  • Artinfo
  • July 20, 2009 17:53
The British Museum, London

The British culture minister says "there are too many schemes bidding for too little money."

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Art Auction Advances With Christie's iPhone Bidding App

  • Luxist
  • July 20, 2009 00:15
Chrisite's introduces iPhone bidding app

The iPhone will stand alongside the gavel, if all goes well, as the implement by which an auction is defined. Christie's hopes that a new bidding application will attract new money bidders to the auction house, ideally to pick up some of the lots that aren't moving and to possibly push prices up ...

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Schoolgirl samplers get high marks at auction

  • Auction Central News
  • July 19, 2009 20:19
Virginia Miles' 1844 sampler sold for $18,400 at Brunk Auctions

ASHEVILLE, N.C. - In a sale heavy with ornate Oriental carpets and elegant English and Tiffany silver, two humble Southern samplers topped all competitors at Brunk Auctions' sale on July 11.  The textile leader was a 17-line sampler by Buncombe County, N.C., resident Orry A. Alexander. Orry was ...

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Hundreds Try Out for Art-World Reality Show

  • New York Times Art
  • July 19, 2009 19:57
Sarah Jessica Parker is behind the new Bravo show

The Bravo network held a casting call in New York City for a show in which 13 artists will compete to win a gallery show and other related prizes. Produced by "Sex and the City" star Sarah Jessica Parker...

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An Offering Fit for the Emperors

  • New York Times Art
  • July 19, 2009 19:57

The British Museum has acquired the Percival David collection of Chinese ceramic vessels, one of the most dazzling displays of Chinese porcelain anywhere.

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Museum loses Meissen collection to recession

  • Auction Central News
  • July 17, 2009 21:34
An European version of a Chinese Shishi (half dog, half lion) adorns this richly worked Meissen plate from 1725-30 in the Hoffmeister Collection.  Below is a copy of Dieter Hoffmeister's two-volume, silk bound catalog Meissen Porcelain from the 18th century - the Hoffmeister Collection.  His book is much referenced by Meissen afficiandos.  Image courtesy Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg.

The Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe (MKG), Hamburg, is sad about July 31. That is the day the doors will close for good on the Hoffmeister Collection. The 400 pieces of exquisite Meissen Porcelain, which has been on long-term loan to the museum since 1999, is being repossessed by its owners, Horst ...

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Artist Investigated for Creating Nazi Gnomes

  • Daily News
  • July 17, 2009 21:30
Artist Ottmar Hoerl's Nazi gnomes may be against the law.

A 14-inch garden gnome is causing quite a stir in Germany. The tiny statue meant for beautifying lawns is offending many and breaking German law by giving the straight-armed Hitler salute, the Daily Mail reports.

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Museum Should Give Disneyana a Boost

  • New York Times Art
  • July 17, 2009 00:53

The international market for Disney collectibles, relatively quiet for a decade, is likely to be given a boost when the Walt Disney Family Museum opens in San Francisco on Oct. 1.

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Julius Shulman's photos promoted the allure of Southern California living

  • LA Times Arts
  • July 17, 2009 00:53

In conveying the sunny Los Angeles lifestyle, the photographer turned boosterism into an art form. If Southern California and its culture were built on salesmanship, Julius Shulman sold the place as well as anyone.  

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Unsolved Mysteries of Matisse the Austere

  • New York Times Art
  • July 17, 2009 00:53

A new study of his work, “Bathers by a River,” reveals much about the artist’s methods.

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'Japanese Mandalas': If You Go: Cosmic MapQuests to Enlightenment

  • New York Times Art
  • July 17, 2009 00:53

(NEW YORK) With Buddhist sculpture, portraits, and cosmiclike paintings, the Metropolitan Museum offers an homage to a spiritual leader.

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NY gallery resumes sale of Warhol's Jackson

  • Boston Globe 2
  • July 16, 2009 11:38
Andy Warhol, Michael Jackson

After a slew of publicity generated by the auction's delay, an Andy Warhol portrait of Michael Jackson is back on the block at an East Hampton, New York, art gallery. The work comes from a private collection.

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O'Keeffe Museum loses court appeal

  • AP
  • July 16, 2009 11:34
Georgia O'Keeffe, Ram's Head White Hollyhock and Little Hills, 1935, The Brooklyn Museum

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Georgia O'Keeffe Museum may represent the painter's estate but has no right to an art collection she donated to Fisk University, Tennessee's Court of Appeals has ruled. In the ruling filed Tuesday, the court said any right O'Keeffe had to most of the 101 works of art ...

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Scharf Bronze Could Sizzle at Summer Auction

  • Auction Central News
  • July 16, 2009 11:34
Ro Gallery will auction a signature Kenny Scharf bronze

NEW YORK - The dog days of summer aren't considered the peak season for selling art, but they have not kept Ro Gallery from assembling a noteworthy list of works for their Summer Sale of Modern and Contemporary Art on July 23. Of note, Kenny Scharf's "Yinyang Noseblock" bronze (estimate: ...

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Dealer who sold antiquities to Getty loses looting appeal

  • LA Times Arts
  • July 16, 2009 11:34

LOS ANGELES - Giacomo Medici, who Italian authorities say was a key conduit for looted ancient art that landed in museums, such as the Getty and New York's Met, still faces prison and a $14-million fine after his 2004 conviction was upheld today by an appeals court in Rome.  

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Sargent's Cornelius Vanderbilt Portrait Returns to Newport

  • Antiques & the Arts
  • July 15, 2009 17:42
Sargent's portrait of Cornelius Vanderbilt

Newport, R.I.: A John Singer Sargent portrait of Cornelius Vanderbilt II, painted in 1890, has returned to The Breakers, the former Vanderbilt summer cottage in Newport, a National Historic Landmark maintained by the Preservation Society of Newport County. The portrait was acquired in late May ...

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