Asian Art Museum Clinches Guinness World Record for Largest Human Flower Art

  • July 17, 2017 14:33
Humans form a record- sized lotus flower on July 15, 2017, in Lotus Live organized by the Asian Art Museum, SF.

A Guinness World Record was set Saturday when the Asian Art Museum organized 2,405 people at San Francisco's Civic Center to form a huge green and pink lotus flower together.  Dubbed Lotus Live, the event created the largest recorded human flower art and was meant to mark the 50th anniversary ...

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$600 Million Historical Art Collection Heads to a Contemporary Art Museum

  • New York Times
  • July 17, 2017 13:29

Near Turin, Italy, a private art collection with notable works spanning the 13th-to-20th centuries, and valued at $600 million, will radically transform a contemporary art museum, reports the New York Times. In a statement, the Fondazione Francesco Federico Cerruti per l’Arte, Castello di ...

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Berkshire Museum to Sell $50 Million in Art to Fund "Reinvention Plan"

  • Berkshire Museum
  • July 16, 2017 16:53
Rendering for a new exhibit space at Berkshire Museum.

On Wednesday, July 12, 2017, the Berkshire Museum in Massachusetts announced a $60 million "reinvention plan" that includes deaccessiong two artworks by Norman Rockwell, among 40 pieces from its 40,000-object permanent collection slated to be sold at auction. The plan is for a renovation that ...

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Italian Authorities Seize 21 Paintings from Modigliani Exhibition

  • Telegraph
  • July 16, 2017 16:53
Palazzo Ducale, Genoa

Some 21 paintings in an exhibition of works by famed modernist Amedeo Modigliani (1884-1920) were seized by Italian authorities as part of an investigation into their authenticity. Displayed at the historic Doge’s Palace (Palazzo Ducale) in Genoa, the works were first called into question by ...

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Pablo Escobar Mansion Reborn as Art-Filled Boutique Hotel

  • Cool Hunting
  • July 10, 2017 21:55
Casa Malca

Art lovers, serenity seekers, and fans of the Netflix series Narcos might be among those visiting Tulum, Mexico, to occupy a residence of the notorious Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar. Escobar's estate there has been slowly developed into an eco-friendly 35-room boutique hotel by New ...

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UK Antiques Dealer's Murder Linked to First Edition of The Wind in the Willows

  • Huffington Post
  • July 10, 2017 21:55

A new documentary reveals the mystery behind a vicious crime that took the life of UK historian and antiquarian book dealer Adrian Greenwood last April. Greenwood's body was found in his Oxford home with 30 stab wounds by his house cleaner. Missing from his book inventory was a £50,000 first ...

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Gems Worth $3.9 Million Stolen From Masterpiece Art Fair

  • Telegraph
  • July 09, 2017 20:48
Arriving on the red carpet of Masterpiece London.  Photography by Andy Barnham

Gems reportedly worth 3 million pounds, or $3.9 million, were mysteriously swiped from the Masterpiece art fair in London last week. Even with high security, the crime went undetected at the stand of Swiss jeweller Boghossian. Staff discovered the gems were missing early on Wednesday morning. ...

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ARTFIXdaily Closed for Holiday, July 3-7

  • July 02, 2017 23:30
Ralph Griffin (1952-1992), "Noah's Ark," ca.  1980.  Found wood, nails, paint, 18.75 x 68.75 x 14.5 in.Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, museum purchase, American Art Trust Fund, and gift of the Souls Grown Deep Foundation from the William S.  Arnett Collection.  Artwork: © Estate of Ralph Griffin.

ARTFIXdaily will be closed from July 3 to 7, and the subscriber e-newsletter service will resume on July 10. ArtGuild members may continue to add press releases and events. View the ArtWire for the latest news from our members. The image shown is from Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco ...

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Supreme Court to Decide Case on Seizing Iranian Artifacts

  • CNS
  • June 29, 2017 22:41

The Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to decide whether Americans injured in a 1997 Hamas suicide bombing can seize Iranian artifacts from the University of Chicago to satisfy a $71 million judgment, reports Courthouse New Service. Injured Americans in the Hamas attack on a Jerusalem mall were ...

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Los Angeles City Council Approves $1.5 Billion Lucas Museum

  • Variety
  • June 28, 2017 12:31

Star Wars creator and art collector George Lucas will finally get his museum built after years of delay when San Francisco and Chicago could not accomodate his plans. Los Angeles City Council voted to approve the $1.5 billion Lucas Museum of Narrative Art on Tuesday. Lucas and his wife, Mellody ...

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Jimmy Carter Painting Brings Over Half Million Dollars at Auction

  • AJC
  • June 27, 2017 13:38
Former U.S.  President Jimmy Carter and former First Lady Rosalynn Carter shaking hands with children during the Indonesian elections June 5-9, 1999.

A painting by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, age 92, fetched $525,000 at auction last week. It was the top lot in a benefit sale that brought in more than $2.7 million for the Carter Center. Carter's oil “Monarchs and Milkweed” went to an unidentified buyer during the silent and live ...

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First-Ever Exhibitions of Gurlitt Art Trove Planned For This Fall

  • DW
  • June 27, 2017 13:00
Franz Marc's Pferde in Landschaft, one of the artworks discovered in the Gurlitt collection (probably 1911, gouache on coloured paper).

Bonn's Bundeskunsthalle and the Museum of Fine Arts Bern will finally exhibit works from the infamous stash of artworks known as the Gurlitt hoard more than five years after its astonishing discovery. Parts of the collection of Cornelius Gurlitt, son of the Nazi art dealer Hildebrand Gurlitt, ...

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Salvador Dali's Body to Be Exhumed in Paternity Case

  • BBC
  • June 27, 2017 12:28
Salvador Dali and his ocelot

A Madrid judge has ruled in favor of a Spanish woman to have the remains of surrealist artist Salvador Dali exhumed in a paternity case. The woman, Maria Pilar Abel Martínez, claims that her mother had an affair with the painter in 1955. Her mother worked in Cadaqués for a family that lived ...

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Dinner with Georgia O'Keeffe: Recipes, Art, Landscape

  • June 26, 2017 20:59
Dinner with Georgia O'Keeffe: Recipes,Art, Landscape by Robyn Lea

A new cookbook focused on Georgia O’Keeffe explores her artistic palette alongside her culinary palate. The New Mexico landscape served as O'Keeffe's preferred home for the second half of her long life, and her homes in Ghost Ranch and Abiquiú were elements in her creative process, from the ...

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$1.27 Million Fabergé Find Stuns on Antiques Roadshow

  • Daily Mail
  • June 25, 2017 23:17
Geoffrey Munn with the Faberge find.

BBC's Antiques Show unearthed a Fabergé piece estimated to be worth around £1million ($1.27 million). To a shocked audience, the appraisal of the rare piece came from jewelry expert Geoffrey Munn during a taping at Black Country Living Museum in the West Midlands. At nearly 4 inches tall, the ...

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Kandinsky Works Break Artist Record Twice in London Sale

  • Bloomberg
  • June 22, 2017 16:50
Bild mit weissen Linien by Wassily Kandinsky

Bloomberg reports: Wassily Kandinsky's 1913 canvas “Bild mit Weissen Linien (Painting With White Lines)” fetched 33 million pounds ($41.6 million) at Sotheby’s Impressionist and modern art sale in London. His lush 1909 landscape with a green house had just sold for $26.4 million, beating the ...

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ARTFIXdaily Closed for Maintenance, June 5-9

  • June 04, 2017 22:34
The Amon Carter Museum of American Art presents The Polaroid Project: At the Intersection of Art and Technology, through Sept.  3.  Mark Klett (b.  1952) Contemplating the view at Muley Point, Utah 1994, 1994.  Polaroid Type 55 negative.

ARTFIXdaily will be closed for maintenance from June 5 to 9. E-newsletter service resumes on June 12. ArtGuild members may continue to add content during the closure. Check the ArtWire for the latest art world news added in real-time by our members.

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Restored Renoir Home Will Open to the Public in June

  • May 24, 2017 14:38
Renoir, La Maison d’Essoyes (1906).  Private Collection.

A family home of French Impressionist Pierre-Auguste Renoir will open to the public on June 3 following a major restoration. Located in Essoyes, 120 miles southeast of Paris, the residence has been converted into a museum with climate-controlled exhibition space alongside the artist's renovated ...

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Trump's Official Budget Proposal Eliminates NEA

  • May 23, 2017 15:16
Military man and his daughter looking at art at San Antonio Museum of Art, in the program Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to the nation’s service members.

Similar to a "blueprint" set forth in March, President Donald Trump's official 2018 budget proposal released Tuesday would shutter the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities with $29 million to wind down the programs. The NEH chairman resigned on Monday. A ...

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Pair of Diamond Earrings Fetch Record $57.4 Million

  • May 17, 2017 15:07
"The Apollo Blue" earring went for $42.1 million, and "The Artemis Pink" diamond sold for $15.3 million.

A mis-matched pair of fancy colored diamond earrings sold together for $57.4 million at a Geneva auction Tuesday, setting a new record. A single anonymous buyer won both of the pear-shaped earrings which were auctioned separately by Sotheby's. The lots were expected to bring $50 to $70 million ...

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