Sotheby's Releases Estimates for Berkshire Museum Artworks

  • September 12, 2017 12:16
Norman Rockwell’s Shuffleton’s Barbershop (1950)

The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Mass., appears to be going forward with its planned sale of 40 artworks from its collections despite protests from museum professional organizations and art lovers. Over $50 million is estimated to be generated from the sales, and the museum has a ...

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Antonio Banderas Stars as Picasso in NatGeo's 'Genius' Series

  • Variety
  • September 11, 2017 22:22
Antonio Banderas

Actor Antonio Banderas will portray Pablo Picasso in National Geographic’s “Genius” Season 2. The first season of “Genius”, which starred Geoffrey Rush as Einstein, was recently nominated for 10 Emmys, and was watched by over 45 million viewers globally, according to Variety. Picasso worked for ...

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Hemingway Museum Curators, Cats Ride Out Hurricane in Key West

  • Forbes
  • September 11, 2017 15:25
Hemingway House & Museum image

Surrounded by lush gardens, the Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum became a fortress to 11 staff members when Hurricane Irma made a direct hit on the Florida Keys over the weekend. Curator Dave Gonzales and 10 staff members, along with 54 cat descendants of Ernest Hemingway's own cat, stayed on ...

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Ancient Egyptian Tomb With Artifacts Rediscovered Near Luxor

  • CNN
  • September 10, 2017 16:08

Egyptian authorities unveiled a previously undiscovered ancient tomb belonging to a goldsmith and his wife near Luxor in southern Egypt on Saturday, reports CNN. The tomb, at the Draa Abul Nagaa necropolis, contains "mummies, sarcophagi, statuettes, pots and other artifacts," according to ...

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Berkshire Museum Ends Smithsonian Partnership Following Art Sale Controversy

  • Berkshire Eagle
  • September 06, 2017 11:41
Frederic Church, Valley of the Santa Ysabel, 1875.

The Berkshire Eagle reports that the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Mass., will cut ties with the Smithsonian in a mutual decision stemming from the controversy over its plan to deaccession artworks. Berkshire Museum was a Smithsonian affiliate since 2013, allowing for reciprocal admissions ...

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'Fake' Painting Is Authenticated as Long Lost Work by Australia's Father of Impressionism

  • Guardian
  • September 04, 2017 20:38
Tom Roberts, Rejection

An Australian couple bought a "fake" painting for £7500 ($10,000) that is now thought to be by one of Australia’s greatest artists and worth well over $300,000. Joe and Rosanna Natoli won the painting, which is titled Rejection, with an online bid in 2013 from an English auction house. The work ...

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400 Viking Artifacts Stolen from Museum in Norway

  • Newsmax
  • August 21, 2017 14:08

Some 400 objects of Viking origin were stolen from a museum in Norway sometime between Aug. 11 and 13. The pieces were due to be transferred to a more secure location on Aug. 14. "If the stolen objects are not returned, this is by far the most terrible event in the 200 years of Norwegian museum ...

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A Peek at Rare 1854 Solar Eclipse Images, and a Full Look at the Friedman Collection of Photography

  • August 17, 2017 14:12
William Langenheim (American, born Germany, Schöningen 1807-1874) and Frederick Langenheim (American, born Germany, Schöningen 1809-1879), Eclipse of the Sun, 1854, Daguerreotype.  The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gilman Collection, Gift of The Howard Gilman Foundation, 2005.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art owns the only surviving images of the solar eclipse that occurred on May 26, 1854—the first total eclipse of the sun visible in North America since the invention of photography. The images are out of public view, but are shown above and available online. Currently ...

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After $3.5 Million Renovation, JMW Turner's Picturesque Cottage Opens to Visitors

  • Guardian
  • August 16, 2017 20:21
Sandycombe Lodge, 1814, W.  B.  Cooke after William Havell - Tate Britain.

In 1813 England’s great landscape painter JMW Turner built a small villa, Sandycombe Lodge, on a large plot near the Thames at Twickenham. Here, the painter became an architect, guided by the hand of his friend John Soane, notes the home's website. Now, a $3.5 million renovation has made ...

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Stolen De Kooning Painting Returned to Museum After 3 Decades

  • Tucson
  • August 15, 2017 12:55
Staff members evaluate the recovered de Kooning.

A Willem de Kooning painting that had been stolen more than 31 years ago from the University of Arizona Museum of Art has been found and returned. A Silver Spring, New Mexico, antiques and furniture dealer discovered the work in an estate sale. Dealer David Van Auker says he bought the work ...

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Leonardo DiCaprio to Play Da Vinci in Film Adaptation of Walter Isaacson Book

  • Deadline
  • August 14, 2017 22:59

Paramount won a seven-figure bidding battle against Universal for the film rights to the latest Walter Isaacson book Leonardo da Vinci, reported Deadline. The Hollywood biopic will star none other than Leonardo DiCaprio. Legend has it that the star's pregnant mother was looking at a da Vinci ...

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ARTFIXdaily Closed for Maintenance, Aug. 7-11

  • August 06, 2017 16:57
Walker Evans, Truck and Sign, 1928–30; private collection, San Francisco; © Walker Evans Archive, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

ARTFIXdaily will be closed from August 7 to 11. E-newsletter service will resume on August 14. Browse the ArtWire for latest news posted by our ArtGuild members. The image shown here is from the traveling exhibition on the great 20th century photographer Walker Evans, which is coming to ...

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Antiquities Dealers Arrested in Hobby Lobby Probe

  • PBS
  • August 03, 2017 18:17
One of the objects seized during Sunday's arrest of antiquities dealers in Jerusalem.

On Sunday, Israeli authorities arrested 5 Palestinian antiquities dealers in Jerusalem. Officials contend that the dealers are connected to the illegal sales of antiquities to Hobby Lobby, the U.S. arts and crafts supply chain that has been acquiring thousands of ancient objects. Israeli ...

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Met Museum Hands Over Two Ancient Objects to Authorities

  • AD
  • August 03, 2017 18:17
Marble Head of a Bull, ca.  500–460 B.C.  Greek.  H.  13 in.  (33 cm).  Image © The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Last week, the Metropolitan Museum of Art gave up a large painted terracotta vase that had been illegally excavated from an ancient burial ground in Italy to the district attorney. The ancient Greek vessel, a krater, shows Dionysus, god of the grape harvest, riding in a cart. In a second ...

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Thieves Steal Neil Armstrong's Solid Gold Cartier-Made Lunar Lander Model

  • Smithsonian
  • August 01, 2017 16:52
One of the three Cartier solid gold replicas of the Lunar Excursion Module.

On Friday, thieves targeted the Armstrong Air & Space Museum in Wapakoneta, Ohio, the hometown of Neil Armstrong, the first person to walk on the moon. Missing is a five-inch tall solid-gold replica of the Lunar Excursion Module, along with award medals and presentation coins in the same ...

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Instagram Drives Sales in Vintage Watch Market

  • New York Times
  • August 01, 2017 16:52
A 1969 Rolex ‘Paul Newman’ Daytona Reference 6241, sold via Instagram for $175,000.00

Facebook's Instagram, with its 700 million users worldwide, is the popular image-centric platform that is now catapulting sales of vintage watches, reports the New York Times. In one recent case, Hodinkee posted a photo of a 1969 Rolex "Paul Newman" Daytona Reference 6241 on Instagram. Amidst a ...

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ARTFIXdaily Closed for Maintenance, July 24-28

  • July 23, 2017 23:06
Gustav Klimt, "The Arts, Paradise Choir, and The Embrace (detail of Beethoven Frieze)," 1902.  Casein paint, chalk, graphite, applied plaster, and various appliqué materials, 84.7 x 189.4 in.  (215 x 481 cm).  Oesterreichische Galerie im Belvedere, Vienna, Austria © Belvedere, Vienna

ARTFIXdaily will be closed from July 24 to 28, and the subscriber e-newsletter service will resume on July 31. ArtGuild members may continue to add press releases and events. View the ArtWire for the latest news from our members. The images are from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco ...

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3 Stolen Francis Bacon Paintings Recovered by Police in Spain

  • Daily Star
  • July 20, 2017 13:08
Image of stolen Francis Bacon works.

Spanish police announced the recovery of three of five stolen paintings by Francis Bacon on Thursday. Five Bacon paintings valued at more than 25 million euros ($29 million) along with a safe with jewels and coins were taken from a Madrid residence in July 2015. The works were stolen from a ...

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New York Man Believes He Owns a Missing Michelangelo

  • AP
  • July 20, 2017 12:19
Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel Ceiling, 1508-12.

A man in New York state thinks he has a painting by Michelangelo that hung for years in his living room. Martin Kober has moved the painting to secure storage while he works on getting the 9-by-25-inch (48-by-64-centimeter) painting of Jesus with the Virgin Mary authenticated.  Kober's ...

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Antiquities Dealer Sues Wall Street Journal Over Article on ISIS Link

  • Courthouse News Service
  • July 18, 2017 12:44
Odysseus hiding under a ram to escape from the cave of Polyphemus, part of the Torlonia Collection.

An antiquities dealer has sued the Wall Street Journal over an article linking his family-run art gallery to ISIS, reports Courthouse New Service. It is the second major lawsuit instigated by the gallery this year. Hicham Aboutaam, head of the Manhattan-based Electrum, the agent for Phoenix ...

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