Press Releases tagged with American art

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William Merritt Chase

W. M. Chase Landscape “Merritts” Attention at Clarke

Released: May 22, 2015

On Monday, June 1st, Clarke Auction will offer a fine assortment of paintings, drawings, and graphic works from important New York area collections and estates. The auction will feature an impressionist summer landscape by the distinguished American painter, William Merritt Chase. The painting, which had been held in a private collection in Weston, CT for over 30 years, was purchased by the consignor for its pleasant palette and calming composition, with little regard for the artist who painted it. Clarke Auction was called in to appraise and sell the Weston art collection in October of...

Michael Corrine West (1908-1991) The Wiz Signed and dated lower left West 1976 Oil on canvas 78 x 48 in.  Painted in 1976

The Hans Hofmann School Featuring Michael Loew, Michael Goldberg, John Little, and Michael Corrine West

Released: May 21, 2015

Heather James Fine Art has opened The Hans Hofmann School, an exhibition featuring paintings by five of its namesake’s students: Michael Loew, Michael Goldberg, John Little, and Michael Corrine West. The exhibition continues through June 30. Hofmann (1880-1966) left not only a body of groundbreaking paintings, but also a legacy of students who became great Abstract Expressionist artists. The German-born artist was as prolific a teacher as he was a studio artist. He taught briefly at University of California, Berkeley; Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles; and the Art Students League o...

Eleanor Hughes

Eleanor Hughes Joins Walters as Deputy Director for Art and Program

Released: May 21, 2015

Julia Marciari-Alexander, the Andrea B. and John H. Laporte Director of the Walters Art Museum, is pleased to announce the appointment of Eleanor Hughes as Deputy Director for Art & Program. In this new position, Hughes will provide strategic direction and leadership for a program of collection installations, special exhibitions, conservation and technical research of objects, and education/public programs that engages diverse audiences and builds support for the Walters. She will oversee a division encompassing the departments of curatorial (which includes exhibition planning/ design ...

Kathleen Brennan, Reclining Figure III

Sculpted Spaces, Historic Places opens June 5 at Maine's Sarah Orne Jewett House

Released: May 21, 2015

Sculpted Spaces, Historic Places, a juried exhibition of contemporary sculpture, opens at Governor John Langdon House in Portsmouth, N.H., and the Sarah Orne Jewett House and Visitor Center in South Berwick, Maine, on June 5. Organized by two regional cultural organizations Historic New England and the New England Sculptors Association, Sculpted Spaces, Historic Places, presents forty-three sculptures from thirty-six artists working in granite, marble, metal, stone, tile, wood, and other material. The work will be on display in the historic rooms at Governor John Langdon House and on th...

Edward Hopper (American, 1882–1967), Night Shadows, 1921, etching

Alabama Collectors Share Private Holdings in their Community

Released: May 21, 2015

Members of the Auburn, Alabama community are sharing two private fine art collections with visitors to Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, Auburn University. The museum will present “Between the Black and Caspian Seas: Antique Rugs from the Caucasus––Selections from the Collection of Larry Gerber” and “The Greatest Poem”––American Art in the Robert B. Ekelund, Jr. and Mark Thornton Collection” from May 23, 2015 to Sept. 6, 2015. The antique carpets date from the late 19th and early 20th centuries—a period art historians describe as an exceptional time of productivity, referencing man...

Whitney Museum of American Art.  Photograph by Ed Lederman

Whitney Museum Names Scott Rothkopf as Chief Curator, Donna De Salvo as Senior Curator

Released: May 20, 2015

Adam D. Weinberg, Alice Pratt Brown Director of the Whitney Museum of American Art, has announced that the Museum is expanding its leadership team by appointing Donna De Salvo to Deputy Director for International Initiatives and Senior Curator, and Scott Rothkopf to Deputy Director for Programs and Nancy and Steve Crown Family Chief Curator, effective July 1, 2015. The move bolsters the Whitney’s leadership in response to the recent growth of the Museum, the programmatic opportunities available in its new building, and in anticipation of the greater role the Museum expects to play internat...

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Anne Pasternak

Brooklyn Museum Appoints Anne Pasternak as New Director

Released: May 20, 2015

The Brooklyn Museum announced today that Anne Pasternak has been named its Shelby White and Leon Levy Director. Pasternak will join the Museum after more than 20 years as the accomplished President and Artistic Director of Creative Time, a non-profit arts organization that has commissioned and presented major public art projects with hundreds of artists throughout New York City, across the United States, and internationally. Pasternak will succeed Arnold L. Lehman, who announced last year his plans to retire in 2015 after 17 years as the Brooklyn Museum’s Director. Pasternak was elected by...

'Bamana Beyonce', 2010.  Oil and cold wax on canvas, and wood and metal african mask, 48 x 36 inches.

'Margaret Rose Vendryes: The African Diva Project' on exhibit at Childs Gallery

Released: May 18, 2015

Margaret Rose Vendryes’ African Diva Project confronts issues surrounding cultural and gender identity through the marriage of popular western and traditional African imagery.  Each canvas in the series is modelled after an LP cover or promotional image featuring a famous black female performer.  The figures wear African masks, chosen specifically for each Diva based upon compatibility of character and aesthetic.  Traditionally, such masks are worn almost exclusively by men to dance the parts of both male and female deities and ancestors; by placing these masks on female mus...

Comes from the Richard Mellon Scaife Estate of Ligonier, PA, this highlight of the furniture offerings will be this early 19th century museum quality Regency ormolu mounted rosewood, and parcel gilt side cabinet, attributed to Gillows of Lancaster, estimated at $30,000-$40,000.


Released: May 18, 2015

On Saturday and Sunday, May 30 and 31, 2015, Clars will host their Fine Art, Decorative Art, Furniture, Jewelry/Timepieces and Asian Art Auction. Property from very significant collections will be offered including the Hirschhorn Museum (Washington D.C.), the Richard Mellon Scaife Estate, the Lillian Kornbluth Estate and 18th and 19th century antiques from legendary Trotter’s Antiques of Pacific Grove, CA. Overall, the importance of the offerings will attract worldwide attention and is anticipated to be one the firm’s largest sales in their history.  FINE ART Clars auction on Ma...

Vivienne Westwood, Dress Up Story – 1990 Until Now On View May 19 through September 13, 2015, at SCAD.

The SCAD Museum of Art presents Vivienne Westwood Exhibition, Curated by André Leon Talley, With Backdrop of European and American Paintings

Released: May 18, 2015

The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) is pleased to announce a premiere exhibition honoring acclaimed fashion designer Dame Vivienne Westwood, Dress Up Story – 1990 Until Now, curated by SCAD Trustee André Leon Talley, at the SCAD Museum of Art.   From Dame Vivienne’s groundbreaking Spring/Summer ’91 collection Cut, Slash, and Pull through the current collections, Dress Up Story highlights more than 33 designs realized in collaboration with her creative partner and husband Andreas Kronthaler.    Dame Vivienne is known as a nonconformist, artist, and an activist. ...

This late 19th century red weave Navajo blanket with swastika design, 39 inches by 64 inches, carries a minimum bid of $500.

Antique Navajo blanket with swastika design, American Plains Indian pipe tomahawk will lead Mohawk Arms' Auction #73

Released: May 20, 2015

BOUCKVILLE, N.Y. – A mid-19th century American Plains Indian pipe tomahawk in overall very good condition, with a nice aged patina, is an expected top lot at Mohawk Arms’ Auction #73, online soon (at and and live, in Mohawk Arms’ Bouckville gallery, located on Route 20 in central New York state, not far from I-90 and I-81. The auction, originally scheduled to end in early June, will now conclude June 26-27, as a steady stream of rare and important consignments continued to come in, forcing the postponement. “We already knew we had a very good auct...

Arlene Silvers

Rago Open House on June 4 Features a Talk on "Contemporary Glass: Life Beyond Chihuly"

Released: May 18, 2015

RAGO OPEN HOUSE ON JUNE 4 FEATURES A TALK ON "CONTEMPORARY GLASS: LIFE BEYOND CHIHULY"   Lambertville, NJ:  The Rago Arts and Auction Center hosts an open house on Thursday, June 4, featuring Arlene Silvers PhD, Curator of Contemporary Glass for the National Liberty Museum, speaking on, "Contemporary Glass: Life Beyond Chihuly," at 6 p.m.   Dr. Silvers, Curator of Contemporary Glass for the National Liberty Museum, will provide an informative survey of contemporary glass (often called studio glass), ranging from the processes used to make glass to how history has...

Branko Miskovic.  He Cracked.  Ceramic and Steel.  53.5"x38"x40"

Bodies and Spaces: Two Collective Exhibitions at Agora Gallery

Released: June 1, 2015

This June, Agora Gallery will host two collective exhibitions that take on the challenge of redefining figures and spaces through a variety of artistic techniques. The artists featured in the exhibition In Reverie of Form tackle subjects of flora, fauna, and the human body, to examine various phenomena with their representations. Culture, psychology, and natural beauty are all considered by this talented array of artists, and are given a comprehensive re-examination through sheer technical mastery. Sharing the gallery, the artists in Spatial Articulation take their color, patterns, and geo...

This stunning oil on canvas Yosemite scene by Thomas Hill (Am., 1829-1908) was the top lot of the auction, selling for a robust $180,000.

Oil on canvas Yosemite scene by Thomas Hill (Am., 1829-1908) fetches $180,000 at Shannon's April 23 auction

Released: May 18, 2015

MILFORD, Conn. – An oil painting by the renowned 19th century American landscape artist Thomas Hill (1829-1908), titled Fishing on the Merced River, signed and dated 1891 lower right, sold for $180,000 at a fine art auction held April 23 by Shannon’s Fine Art Auctioneers, in the firm’s Milford gallery. The painting was the auction’s top earner. In all, 245 works came up for bid in an array of categories, to include many fine examples from the Hudson River School, European from Old Masters through Modern, the New Hope School, American coastal views, Western, American Moderns, Orientalist...

Gemr Continues Record-Setting Growth With the Acquisition of

Released: May 15, 2015

Gemr (, a pioneering ecommerce and social community, today announces the acquisition of, the preeminent marketplace for buying and selling antiques, art, and vintage collectibles. As part of the     acquisition, Gemr will integrate the GoAntiques community of 200,000+ users and more than 350,000 items available online and via the Gemr iOS and Android mobile apps.   “Gemr is a social marketplace for all collectors, but the antiques community has always been at the forefront of our focus - antique and vintage items are woven int...

James McNeill Whistler (American, active in England and France, 1834–1903), Arrangement in Grey and Black, No.  1 (Portrait of the Artist's Mother), 1871.  Oil on canvas, 56 4/5 x 64 in.  (144.3 x 162.5 cm).  Musée d'Orsay, Paris © RMN-Grand Palais / Art Resource, NY (photo: Jean-Gilles Berizzi)

Iconic Whistler's Mother Arrives at Clark Art Institute on July 4

Released: May 14, 2015

Independence Day brings an American icon to the Clark Art Institute with the arrival of Arrangement in Grey and Black No. 1 (Portrait of the Artist’s Mother) (1871) by James McNeill Whistler as part of the exhibition Whistler’s Mother: Grey, Black, and White, on view July 4 through September 27, 2015. Better known as Whistler’s Mother, the painting has been owned by the French state since 1891 and is in the collection of the Musée d’Orsay, Paris. It is one of the most renowned works of art by an American artist and is considered by many to be the most important American painting not h...

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Aaron Douglas (American, 1899–1979).  Let My People Go, ca.  1934–39.  Oil on board.  48 × 36 in.  Purchase, Lila Acheson Wallace Gift, 2015, The Metropolitan Museum of Art (2015.42).  © Heirs of Aaron Douglas/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

Met Museum and National Gallery of Art, Washington, Each Acquire Significant Work by Leading Harlem Renaissance Artist Aaron Douglas

Released: May 14, 2015

he Metropolitan Museum of Art and the National Gallery of Art have each acquired a significant work by the leading visual artist of the Harlem Renaissance, Aaron Douglas (American, 1899–1979). The two paintings Let My People Go (ca. 1935–1939, Metropolitan Museum of Art) and The Judgment Day (1939, National Gallery of Art) derive from the acclaimed series Douglas created for James Weldon Johnson’s 1927 publication God's Trombones: Seven Negro Sermons in Verse. Together, these critical acquisitions assure that the artist’s rare easel paintings are represented in two...

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Jill Nathanson, Brass Instrument, 2015 Acrylic and polymers on panel, 60 x 60 in.

Jill Nathanson | Fluid Measure

Released: May 28, 2015

Berry Campbell is pleased to announce the opening on May 28th, 2015 of an exhibition featuring Jill Nathanson, an artist who has worked to reimagine the tradition of Color Field painting. Using a technique of pouring acrylic polymers, Nathanson’s paintings are characterized by coloristic inventiveness, as the pours create new hues by overlapping layers of translucency. Her paintings evoke what she calls “color desire,” as the fluidity of the forms engage us in seeking color resolutions across the pictorial field, while drawing us to the different spaces that the colors occupy and the ways ...

Agnes Martin (Canadian/American, 1912-2004) Blue Flower, 1962 (Lot 397, Estimate $1,500,000-$2,000,000)

Skinner Spotlights Iconic Artists during American & European Works of Art Auction

Released: May 13, 2015

On May 29th, Skinner, Inc. will host an outstanding auction of American & European Works of Art, beginning with a superb range of prints and photographs at 12 P.M., followed by a strong grouping of fine paintings, sculpture, and drawings at 4 P.M. An accompanying online auction of Fine Art, covering sculpture, prints, paintings, and photographs, will take place from May 26 through June 1. “This auction features a robust assortment of American works, with several fresh to market items that are sure to excite buyers,” said Robin Starr, Director of American & European Works of Art ...

Lot 102: Frederick H.  Rhead/University City, Peacock Tile Panel, $250,000 – $350,000

Paul Evans, George Nakashima, Harry Bertoia, Frederick Rhead, Lino Tagliapietra, Dale Chihuly, and Yoichi Ohira among Highlights of Rago’s June 5-7 Auctions

Released: May 13, 2015

Lambertville, NJ: On Friday, June 5, Saturday, June 6, and Sunday, June 7, the Rago Arts and Auction Center will hold auctions of Early 20th Century Decorative Arts and Modern Design.   Early 20th C. Decorative Arts: Friday, June 5, 11 am, 324 lots Ceramics by Newcomb College, Grueby, Teco, Walrath, Overbeck, Marblehead, Rookwood, and George Ohr. A fine group of Fulper from the Collection of Robert A. Ellison. European pottery by Zsolnay, Edmond Lachenal, Auguste Delaherche, and Emile Diffloth. Furniture by Gustav Stickley, Limbert, Roycroft, Emile Galle, and Louis Majorelle....

Tiffany scenic leaded window and lamps, plus Howard & Davis and Seth Thomas clocks will headline Fontaine's May 30th auction

Released: May 14, 2015

PITTSFIELD, Mass. – A one-of-a-kind Howard & Davis astronomical regulator clock and a rare Seth Thomas No. 20 standing regulator clock with Grande Sonnerie strike and repeat could both reach or surpass $100,000 at a cataloged antique auction scheduled for Saturday, May 30th, by Fontaine’s Auction Gallery, at 1485 West Housatonic Street, starting at 11 a.m. Eastern time. The clocks are part of a massive assemblage of more than 500 items in many categories. In addition to over 200 antique clocks (a specialty of Fontaine’s), these categories will include antique lamps by makers such as...

Andy Warhol’s iconic screenprint Moonwalk, 1987, from the Buzz Aldrin Collection.

Andy Warhol’s Moonwalk from Buzz Aldrin Collection highlights Modern and Contemporary Art at Heritage Auctions

Released: May 12, 2015

Andy Warhol’s iconic screenprint Moonwalk, 1987  – directly from the private collection of the moonwalker himself, Buzz Aldrin  – highlights  nearly 350 artworks by luminaries such as David Park and Ed Ruscha, and regional standout artists such as David Michael Bates in Heritage Auctions’ Modern & Contemporary Art Auction May 30 in Dallas. One of the last works Warhol completed before he passed away, Moonwalk (est. $40,000-$60,000) hung in the home of Buzz and Lois Aldrin home since 1988. This work was to be part of a series entitled "The History of TV," highligh...

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William Sidney Mount, Apples on a Tin Cup, 1864.  Oil on academy board, 6 1/2 × 9 1/16 inches.  Collection of the Daniel J.  Terra Foundation, Terra Foundation for American Art

Crystal Bridges announces last exhibition in a four-part collaboration, American Encounters: The Simple Pleasures of Still Life

Released: May 12, 2015

This week,  Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art unveils American Encounters: The Simple Pleasures of Still Life, the final installation in a four-part collaboration with the Musée du Louvre in Paris, France, the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Ga, and the Terra Foundation for American Art, Chicago, Ill. The culminating exhibition, The Simple Pleasures of Still Life will be on view at Crystal Bridges May 16 – September 14, 2015, at no cost for admission. Prior to Crystal Bridges, The Simple Pleasures of Still Life was on view at the Musée du Louvre from February 5 – April 27, and wi...

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Large circa-1770 oil painting of a courtship scene with animals, possibly country French School.

Fine art, French furniture, sterling silver and more will be sold May 25th by Edens Auctions in Flowood, Miss.

Released: May 13, 2015

FLOWOOD, Miss. – A multi-estate auction featuring 521 lots of fine French period furniture, original artwork, sterling silver, antique clocks, decorative accessories and more will be held on Monday, May 25th (Memorial Day), by Edens Auctions, in the firm’s gallery at 3720 Flowood Drive, at 10 a.m. Central time. Flowood is located north and east of Jackson, near I-55 and I-20. It is the 8th annual Memorial Day sale for Edens Auctions and it could very well be their best one yet. “This promises to be a truly amazing auction, one that includes many remarkable items from France, plus other ...

Lot 552, Alexander Calder, Nuages, sold for $75,000

Winning Works from Calder, Chamberlain and Pene Du Bois Propel Rago's May Fine Art Auction to $1.9 Million

Released: May 11, 2015

Lambertville, NJ: Rago Arts and Auction Center’s 19th-20th C. American and European Art and Post-War and Contemporary Art auctions on May 7 brought $1,963,313 million in sales.   HIGHLIGHTS/STATS Both Sessions Hammer:  $ 1,570,650 Hammer + bp:  $ 1,963,313 Number of Lots: 539 In-House: 44 Internet Bidders: 968 from the USA, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Venezuela, Columbia, Ecuador, UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Lithuania, Belgium, Netherlands, Switzerland, Norway, Spain, Portugal, Austria, Czech Republic, Russia, China, South Korea, Israel, Ja...

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