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An uncertain future for American Folk Art Museum

New York Times / August 25th, 2011

When the American Folk Art Museum sold its flagship building in Midtown Manhattan to the Museum of Modern Art in May that move did not save the cash-strapped institution from its woes. Now there is talk of dissolving...

Guilty plea for defendant in fake folk art case

ArtfixDaily / August 9th, 2011

The U.S. Attorney's office announced that Robert E. Lucky, Jr, 64, of New Orleans, pled guilty on Aug. 8 to mail fraud in connection with selling paintings falsely attributed to celebrated Southern folk artist Clementine Hunter (1886-1988).

Jeweler Ralph Esmerian gets 6-year prison sentence

Courthouse News Service / July 26th, 2011

The former owner of luxury jeweler Fred Leighton who was once a major donor to New York's American Folk Art Museum, Ralph O. Esmerian, was sentenced on July 22 to 6 years in federal prison for...

Copley sets auction records for Crowell decoys, A.L. Ripley painting

ArtfixDaily / July 26th, 2011

Copley Fine Art Auctions' July 21 to 22 sale, featuring over 700 lots of antique decoys, folk art, books, and American art, smashed auction record prices for bird carver A. Elmer Crowell (1862-1952) and sporting artist Aiden Lassell Ripley (1896-1969).

The legacy of folk artist Stephen Huneck

Valley Advocate / July 7th, 2011

His work is described as accesssible and recognizably bright. It is most often a witty rendition of a dog. A former antiques "picker," the late Vermont artist Stephen Huneck (1948-2010) left behind a charming and internationally-popular body of work. When the economic downturn began in 2008, ...

Last chance to visit American Folk Art Museum on West 53rd Street

ArtfixDaily / June 30th, 2011

Independence Day weekenders can soak up Americana, from Colonial portraiture to quilts, in Manhattan for one last stretch at the American Folk Art Museum's 45 West 53rd St. location. The museum will be moving to its home at 2 Lincoln Square on July 9.

Wayside Inn Antiques Show shines in second year

Antiques and the Arts / May 24th, 2011

Forty-six dealers assembled a fresh and inviting display of art and antiques, particularly strong in Americana and New England paintings, for the second annual Wayside Inn Antiques Show in Sudbury, Mass., from May 13 to 15. Guy Leblanc, the historic inn's Director of Marketing, cheerfully ...

MoMA to acquire building from American Folk Art Museum

artinfo / May 12th, 2011

New York's American Folk Art Museum is attempting to alleviate itself of a $32 million debt by selling its West 53rd Street flagship building to neighboring Museum of Modern Art. In a statement on Wednesday, MoMA told Artinfo, "This mutually beneficial arrangement between the two museums will ...

American Folk Art Museum passes fair to new owner

New York Times / May 7th, 2011

Ownership and management of the annual American Antiques Show, a ten-year-old fundraiser for New York's American Folk Art Museum, has been turned over to the Art Fair Company in an effort to stabilize the museum's finances. Faced with a default on nearly $32 million worth of bonds that it ...

American Folk Art Museum executive director quits

American Folk Art Museum / May 4th, 2011

Maria Ann Conelli, executive director of New York's American Folk Art Museum, announced on the museum's website on May 3 that she would be leaving in July to return to academia. The financially-troubled institution missed $3.7 million in payments to a debt service fund connected to bonds issued ...

Winterthur Museum acquires one of the earliest known American depictions of the Easter Bunny

Winterthur / April 18th, 2011

Delaware's Winterthur Museum recently acquired one of the earliest known American depictions of the Easter Bunny, which was sold at Pook & Pook auction house in Downingtown, Pennsylvania. Together with the Christmas tree, the custom of the Easter rabbit and colored eggs was brought to ...

Red, white quilts boldly blanket New York

ArtfixDaily / March 27th, 2011

In New York, the American Folk Art Museum has dramatically transformed the Park Avenue Armory’s 55,000-square-foot Wade Thompson Drill Hall with "Infinite Variety: Three Centuries of Red and White Quilts," an installation of 650 red and white American quilts. On view March 25 to 30, this free ...

New York Observer's Top 50 Art Collectors

New York Observer / February 3rd, 2011

From stockpiles of Matisses to flocks of duck decoys, early works by Koons to ravishing Rothkos and Renoirs and rooms full of Chippendale and Biedermeier furniture, or even Damien Hirst's infamous shark, New York's leading collectors have amassed a wide array of art and antiques. View the New ...

Antiques Week in New York: Showstoppers at the fairs

New York Times / January 20th, 2011

A bevy of antiques shows, auctions, museum exhibitions and gallery events are underway in New York City through this weekend. At the Park Avenue Armory, 75 dealers in the Winter Antiques Show (through Jan. 30) represent the creme-de-la-creme of high-end antiques. Among this year's show ...

Kentucky butter churn fetches auction record of $55,200

Maysville Online / December 28th, 2010

In October, Knoxville-based Case Antiques Inc., Auctions and Appraisals sold an eight gallon stoneware butter churn, made and decorated in Maysville, Kentucky, by Isaac Thomas, for $55,200, a record price for Kentucky pottery.

Custer's last flag won for $2.2m at auction

Boston Globe / December 12th, 2010

The only surviving American flag from General Custer’s Last Stand at the Battle of Little Bighorn sold at a Sotheby's sale for $2.2 million on Saturday. Custer and 200 of his troops perished in their famous battle against Lakota Sioux and Northern Cheyenne warriors in 1876. The war-torn U.S. ...

Preview the new wing at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Boston Globe / November 14th, 2010

The much-anticipated $500 million Art of the Americas Wing at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, is set to open to the puplic on Saturday, Nov. 20. Admission is free that day. The 53 new galleries, designed by Foster + Partners, holds about 5,000 works from the museum’s American collections, more ...

Solid sales at Baltimore Summer Antiques Show

ArtfixDaily / September 4th, 2010

The 30th Annual Baltimore Summer Antiques Show, from September 2 to 5, sustained a high gate as well as notable retail and trade business over Labor Day weekend. More than 550 exhibitors displayed nearly 200,000 objects from antiquarian books, fine art, jewelry, and silver, to textiles, ...

Patriotic Expressions: Flag imagery in antique folk art

ArtfixDaily / August 9th, 2010

 Old Glory has proven to be a long-popular image in antique American folk art. Far before Jasper Johns's iconic 'Flag' painting made headlines in May, when one version fetched $28.6 million at a Christie's auction, the American flag in actual or stylized form has consistently been ...

Ralph Cahoon's mermaids showcased in new exhibit

Cape Cod Times / August 8th, 2010

"Chasing the Mermaids," a special exhibition dedicated to the most popular subject matter of Cape Cod folk artist Ralph Cahoon (1910-1982), is on view through Sept. 18 at the Cahoon Museum of American Art in Cotuit, Massachusetts. The museum was Ralph and Martha Cahoons' home and studio from 1945 ...