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.

Read More


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 ...

Read More


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.  

Read More


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.

Read More


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 ...

Read More


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.

Read More


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.  

Read More


Bankruptcy looms for venerable London antiques dealer

  • The Times
  • July 21, 2009 21:40
The Partridge booth at the Palm Beach Fair

(LONDON) Partridge Fine Art, the dealership set up in 1902 to buy antiques for Queen Mary, will be run by a bankruptcy specialist as the firm struggles with the global recession. The business, which sells to private clients, designers and institutions such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, ...

Read More


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 ...

Read More


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.

Read More


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 ...

Read More


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...

Read More


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."

Read More


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 ...

Read More


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 ...

Read More


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...

Read More


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.

Read More


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 ...

Read More


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.

Read More


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.

Read More