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Julien's hammers down Michael Jackson memorabilia

AP / June 29th, 2009

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A crystal-studded shirt worn onstage by Michael Jackson: $52,500. A young Jackson's painting of Mickey Mouse: $25,000. Owning a piece of a pop icon who died before his time: Priceless. Or, at least, very expensive. Twenty-one items once owned by Jackson sold at auction Friday ...

Women Artists in 'Illumination' at the Orange County Museum of Art

LA Times Arts / June 22nd, 2009

The kernel of a powerful idea resides within “Illumination,” an exhibition of abstract paintings by four women who worked in the deserts of the American Southwest and whose careers pretty much spanned the 20th century. But the kernel never really pops. One reason is that the modest galleries of ...

Christie's Kicks Off London Season with Solid Sales / June 26th, 2009

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 ...

Cartier's 100 Years in North America

Antiques & the Arts / June 25th, 2009

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 ...

Fruitlands Museum Official Charged with Embezzlement

WBZ News Radio (AP) / June 24th, 2009

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 ...

American Grandeur - Hudson River School at PAFA

Urban Art & Antiques / June 23rd, 2009

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 ...

Why Risk Losing Your Art Collection?

The Huffington Post / June 23rd, 2009

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 ...

Pre-Raphaelites back with London show

Reuters / June 23rd, 2009

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.    

Greeks Continue to Pressure British to Return Elgin Marbles

Washington Post / June 21st, 2009

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.

OCMA director won't keep art-buyer's identity secret from other museums

LA Times Arts / June 19th, 2009

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.  

Bedroom, kitchen, art gallery

CS Monitor / June 22nd, 2009

Homes, gas stations, hair salons house art exhibits and musical performances in hard times.

Francis Bacon's Strange Sizzle

New York Observer / June 19th, 2009

"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 ...

A Must-See Dream House

LA Times / June 6th, 2009

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 ...

Art's Biggest Party

The Daily Beast / June 5th, 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 ...

Satisfyingly Surreal: New Magritte Museum Opens

Bloomberg / June 1st, 2009

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 ...

American Art Sales Show Vital Signs

Artinfo / May 28th, 2009

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, ...

Gardner museum expansion approved

Boston Globe / May 28th, 2009

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.

New American Wing at the Huntington Library / May 24th, 2009

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 ...

Americana Takes Flight at the MET

Gothamist / May 24th, 2009

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 ...

Living with Frank Lloyd Wright

CBS News / May 19th, 2009

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 ...