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John Marin, Marin Island, Small Point, Maine, 1915, at Alexandre Gallery

Destination Maine: Artists' Vacationland

Posted: August 04, 2009 14:27 Last Updated: | Julie Carlson Wildfeuer

Rugged and wild, the coast of Maine has inspired generations of painters to capture its primeval forests and rocky shores in all artistic mediums. Two idyllic rental cottages in Maine offer vacationers dramatic scenery once enjoyed and painted by renowned American artists John Marin and the family dynasty of N.C., Andrew, and James Wyeth. With a documentary on Marin and a feature film on the Wyeths currently in production, these artist hideouts will soon be in the limelight. Cape Split is as remote and quiet today as during the 1930s when painter and printmaker John Marin (1870-1953)...

Eli Broad, on Forbes' Top Billionaire Art Collector list

Forbes' Top Billionaire Art Collectors

Posted: July 27, 2009 15:44 Last Updated: | Julie Carlson Wildfeuer

Forbes revealed its list of "Top Billionaire Art Collectors" on Friday. Even with the world's wealthist folks losing 23% on average of their net worth last year, these collections made the cut with values ranging from $700 million to $2 billion for an array of fine art. View the slide show of each collectors' art interests from Microsoft chairman Paul Allen's French Impressionists to the estimated $2 billion collection of modern masters amassed by Philip Niarchos, son of the late shipping magnate Stavros Niarchos, who tops the ranks. The list is limited to private collections. Exclud...

New Orleans Auction, St.  Charles Gallery, Inc.  recently auctioned William Woodward (American/New Orleans, 1859-1939) "Sunlit View of the Mission Santa Barbara, California", 1926, oil on canvas board, signed and dated lower left "W.  Woodward '26", frame retains label "Francis Hendricks Co., Inc., Syracuse, New York", 13-3/4" x 19-7/8".  Presented in a giltwood frame.

Jazz Age Artists flocked to Santa Barbara

Posted: July 23, 2009 15:04 Last Updated: | Julie Carlson Wildfeuer

Before Hollywood claimed the role of movie-making capital, Santa Barbara, California, ninety miles north of Los Angeles, was the epicenter of the burgeoning film industry. Surrounded by picturesque mountains, a sparkling ocean, and lovely streets lined with various revival-style architecture, this small city provided the ideal backdrop for nearly 1,200 silent films made by Flying A Studios before the production company moved to Los Angeles. Around this time, known as the Jazz Age period between 1918 and 1930, leading artists, architects, landscape designers, and craftsmen flocked to ...

Jamie Wyeth Pride (Detail), 2008, Combined mediums on hand-wove, toned paper mounted on archival board, Private collection, Courtesy Adelson Galleries, NYC

On Fire: Jamie Wyeth's "Seven Deadly Sins"

Posted: July 20, 2009 21:34 Last Updated: | Julie Carlson Wildfeuer

What's hot with museum-goers this summer? Images evoking the sins of pride, envy, anger, greed, sloth, gluttony, and lust. A fresh look at human frailty is on view at the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland, Maine, through August 30th, in the powerful series of Jamie Wyeth paintings titled "The Seven Deadly Sins." Free of the iconography associated with historical Christian art, Wyeth gives the subject of sin a new twist. Seagulls, a species the artist has long observed from his Maine studio, act out the sins in dramatic tableaux. Wyeth explained in the exhibition catalog that “gulls a...

Nesting Canada Goose by A.  Elmer Crowell (1862-1952), East Harwich, MA, c.1900-1912, estimate: $600,000-900,000, at Copley's July 15-16 auction

Elmer Crowell Decoys Star on Cable News

Posted: July 12, 2009 22:39 Last Updated: | Stephen B. O'Brien Jr.

Copley Fine Art Auctions' 660-lot Sporting Sale, including important Elmer Crowell carved birds from the Harry V. Long Collection as well as a fine selection of decoys, sporting art, folk art, and American paintings, will hit the auction block July 15-16, at the Radisson Hotel, in Plymouth, Massachusetts. New England Cable News (NECN) reported on June 30: "A big auction is coming up this month in Plymouth, for duck decoys, among other items! Some of the most prized decoys are from a Massachusetts man's collection that were carved in the early 1900's and have never before been put on ...

Childe Hassam, Up the Avenue from Thirty-fourth Street

Brooke Astor's Favorite Painting at Heart of Trial

Posted: July 06, 2009 00:51 Last Updated: | Julie Carlson Wildfeuer

UPDATE (Oct. 8, 2009) - Jurors convicted Anthony Marshall, Brooke Astor's son, of 14 criminal counts, including fraud and grand larceny. He was found not guilty on charges of larceny, relating to the sale of his mother's Childe Hassam painting, and falsifying business records. The 85-year-old Marshall faces up to 25 years in prison. His sentencing is set for Dec. 8.  Read more on ABC News. **** A quintessential American painting, a coastal Maine summer house, one $920,000 yacht, and $60 million earmarked for charity: all enviable assets. And the source of controversy in the much...

Potthast at Sullivan Goss

Edward Potthast Painted California

Posted: April 27, 2009 10:21 Last Updated: | ArtfixDaily Staff

Listen (link below) to Frank Goss of Santa Barbara’s Sullivan Goss Gallery tell of his discovery of a previously unknown Edward Potthast (American, 1857-1927) painting featuring a Spanish Colonial-era California landmark. Potthast is beloved for his impressionist East Coast beach scenes, often depicting children playing on beaches, but California scenes such as this are quite rare for the New York-based artist. The 20 by 24 oil depicting Santa Barbara’s historic mission required a bit of research by the gallery. Historic photographs pointed to Potthast havin...

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