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Comments on the Art Market

Celebrating 18 Years Of Comments On The Art Market

Released: December 01, 2018

Rehs Galleries Inc., a New York gallery specializing in 19th and 20th-century works of art, announces the release of Comments on the Art Market – Volume 216.   The first edition of the gallery’s monthly newsletter Comments on the Art Market was released in January 2001. It began as a sort of instruction manual for people entering the art market.  Early volumes discussed authenticity, quality, condition, size, title, provenance, storage, insurance, etc.  By 2002, highlights from recent auction sales were included and as the years rolled on, auction reviews became a staple.   What st...


The top lot of the auction was this Diego Giacometti cast bronze,“Chat maitre-d’hotel,” circa 1967, in a pleasing reddish-brown patina, that earned $81,250.  It and many of the sale’s other top lots came from the collection of Eugene V.  and Clare E.  Thaw.

Storied Provenance Drives Millea Bros. Select Auction

Released: December 05, 2018

Realtors like to say it’s all about location, location and location. For Millea Bros., their November 15-17 Select auction was all about provenance, provenance and provenance. Renowned art dealer, collector and philanthropist Eugene Thaw died at age 90 in January, leaving behind a large estate that was auctioned at Christie’s and Millea Bros. His wife, Clare, had died in 2017. The treasure trove on offer here evinces Thaw’s keen eye and includes fine antiques, American folk art, European art spanning antiquities to Impressionism, Victorian era architectural models, and post-Impressionist...


Hilda May Gordon's Cremation of King Rama IV of Siam (1924), from the exhibition "Hilda May Gordon: Artist, Adventurer" at Martyn Gregory.

From Minnekästchen to Mary Shelley Memorabilia, A Checklist of Must-See Works During London Art Week 2018

Released: November 27, 2018

From Thursday 29 November to Friday 7 December, London Art Week includes events at 32 galleries and auction houses in St. James’s and Mayfair. Portrait Stars  There is a flowering of interest in Old Master portraiture, and LAW Winter 2018 provides plenty of inspiration.  As Cesare Lampronti of Lampronti Gallery, says: “Man’s desire to celebrate his appearance through portraiture in order to present individuality and uniqueness remains a relevant theme that continues to define our time.” Works by Annibale Carracci, a youthful Anthony Van Dyck, and Giovanni Battista Moroni, are stars...


Christ as the Man of Sorrows, 1520-30, oil on panel, 19 ½ x 14 ½ inches, Quentin Metsys (Netherlandish, 1465 or 1466 – 1530) [pre-conservation]

Getty Acquires 16th-Century 'Christ as the Man of Sorrows' by Metsys From a Private Collection

Released: November 27, 2018

The compelling Christ as the Man of Sorrows (1520-30) was in private collection for centuries The J. Paul Getty Museum announced the acquisition of Christ as the Man of Sorrows, painted between 1520-30 by the great Netherlandish master Quentin Metsys (1465 or 1466 – 1530; variously spelled Massys, Matsys, Metsijs; Quinten). The painting has been in a private collection for centuries and was previously unknown to art historians. Its discovery and attribution expands the oeuvre of one of the leading painters in early sixteenth-century Antwerp. “Christ as the Man of Sorrows is a powerful ...

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Unsigned oil on canvas painting attributed to John Singer Sargent (American, 1856-1925), titled Porta della Carta of the Doge’s, in a 19 ¾ inch by 26 ½ inch frame (est.  $80,000-$120,000).

Oil painting attributed to John Singer Sargent will be in Woodshed's next fine art auction, December 6th

Released: November 26, 2018

FRANKLIN, Mass. – A special selection of art by Latin American and Spanish artists, as well as paintings and drawings by (and attributed to) master artists such as John Singer Sargent, Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat will all be part of a 208-lot fine art sale slated for Thursday, December 6th, by Woodshed Art Auctions, beginning at 5:30 pm Eastern time.   The auction will be held online and live in the 500 Gallery, at 475 Franklin Village Drive in Franklin. People can register and bid now, at www.woodshedartauctions.com. Previews will be held at the 500 Gallery sta...


Pulpit by Giovanni Pisano, 1301.  Church of Sant’ Andrea in Pistoia, Italy.

Pulpit by Giovanni Pisano in Church of Sant' Andrea in Tuscany under conservation thanks to Friends of Florence

Released: November 12, 2018

For Immediate Release PULPIT BY GIOVANNI PISANO, AN EARLY RENAISSANCE MASTERPIECE IN THE CHURCH OF SANT’ ANDREA, IN PISTOIA, ITALY, IS UNDERGOING EXTENSIVE STUDY AND CONSERVATION THANKS TO FRIENDS OF FLORENCE November 12, 2018, Florence, Italy… The distinctive pulpit created by Giovanni Pisano (1230–c. 1315), an early Renaissance masterpiece completed in 1301 in the church of Sant’ Andrea in Pistoia, Italy, will undergo a two-year, intensive monitoring program with stability studies followed by a conservation process thanks to support from Friends of Florence totaling €230,000 ($262,5...


‘Les coteaux de Sèvres’.  Oil on canvas.  Albert-Charles LeBourg (1849-1928).  40 x 71 cm.  Courtesy of Walker Galleries © Walker Galleries

BADA 2019 Adds Exhibitors for 27th Edition in London Next Spring

Released: November 13, 2018

BADA, the British Antique Dealers’ Association, has announced that it will be returning to Duke of York Square in March for the 27th edition of its annual celebration of fine art, design and antiques, BADA 2019. Showcasing more than 5,000 objects, spanning ancient antiquity to modern and contemporary, BADA 2019 will offer collectors, curators and art lovers the opportunity to browse and buy exceptional items of incomparable craftsmanship and provenance from 100 of the UK’s finest dealers. Among the leading galleries exhibiting at BADA 2019 will be Godson & Coles, specialists in Engli...


7 Centuries and 36 City Blocks from Van Gogh To Van Dongen

Released: November 08, 2018

Master Drawings New York returns to the Upper East Side Saturday, January 26 through Saturday, February 2, 2019 Preview: Friday, January 25, 4-8 PM Highlights of the Week include Metropolitan Museum of Art Lecture, Special Loan Exhibition from Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University and Master Drawings Journal Symposium Thirty of the world’s leading international art dealers will exhibit an outstanding array of drawings, paintings, watercolors, sculpture and oil sketches from the 14th to the 21st centuries during the 2019 edition of Master Drawings New York (MDNY) from Saturda...


Attributed to, Joseph Oldof Pierre, Haitian, 1955– 1984, Vodou Flag or Banner (Erzulie Danthor), early 1980s, satin, sequins, and glass beads; Collection of the Art Fund, Inc.  at the Birmingham Museum of Art; Robert Cargo Folk Art Collection; Gift of Caroline Cargo, AFI.235.2013

'Imagining Jesus Through the Ages' Spans 500 Years of Artistic Interpretation

Released: November 07, 2018

This winter, Birmingham Museum of Art in Alabama, presents Embodying Faith: Imagining Jesus Through the Ages (Dec. 8, 2018, to April 22, 2019). Through the ages and across the globe, art has reflected faith. For centuries, artistic production in Europe, and elsewhere, was dominated by Christian themes. This religious art served many purposes, from embellishing altars and aiding in private devotion, to educating the faithful and acting as propaganda either for or against the church during the Protestant Reformation. Jesus is Christianity’s central figure, and Christians believe he is th...


Byzantine Bronze Cross, 6th / 10th Century,

Lark Mason Associates European Furniture and Decorative Arts Sale Now Open for Bidding on iGavel Auctions

Released: November 01, 2018

Lark Mason Associates is pleased to offer a diverse selection of works of art, paintings, furniture, textiles, metalwork, and ceramics from the Byzantine period through the early 20th century. The auction is now online at www.iGavelauctions.com, and runs through November 14, 2018. The exhibitions can be seen at two locations: 210 West Mill Street in New Braunfels, Texas and in New York at 227 East 120th Street. Says Lark Mason: “This is a fantastic sale that includes wide swathe of period furniture and decorative arts. Many of the lots are being offered without reserve, giving new collec...


Beatriz Milhazes's "Purple Dahlia," 2015, was a highlight sold at the Fine Art Print Fair

From Unique Masterworks to New Editions: A World of Discovery at the 2018 Fine Art Print Fair

Released: October 30, 2018

The Fine Art Print Fair, the largest fair devoted to printmaking, concluded its 27th annual run on Sunday, October 28th, showcasing works from 80 exhibitors, spanning old master to contemporary, unique masterworks to new editions. 27 international exhibitors participated from the United Kingdom, Spain, France, Germany, Mexico, Switzerland, Denmark, Italy and Ireland, as well as five distinguished first-time exhibitors. Artist highlights include Vija Clemins, Eugené Delacroix, Edvard Munch, Carmen Herrera, Kiki Smith, and Bruce Nauman. Exhibitors sold a wide variety of works across the boar...


888 Auctions’ 2-Day Auction Features Fine Art, Modern Paintings & Asian Art Nov. 8 and Nov. 9

Released: October 29, 2018

Richmond Hill, ON – 878 fresh to market items will be available to the highest bidder in 888 Auctions’ 2-day auction featuring the best in Fine Art, Modern Paintings & Asian Art. Taking place in the afternoon, November 8 to November 9, knowledgeable collectors and discerning buyers will be able to participate in the first winter auction of the season. Competing against one another over a quality assortment of items on display at 888 Auctions, there will be incredible interest in the items set to be offered to the highest bidder.   The star lot of the auction is an attributed Fei Yi...


A Passion for Prints: The Fine Art Print Fair Opens With Packed VIP Preview, Curators & Collectors Breakfast, Award Winners and Museum-Quality Works of Art

Released: October 25, 2018

The Fine Art Print Fair, the largest fair devoted to printmaking, made its return to the River Pavilion, Javits Center, opening its doors to a passionate community of new and seasoned collectors alike. The packed VIP Preview on Wednesday evening, welcomed over 2,600 private collectors, museum curators and connoisseurs from all over the world, who perused the booths set in the light and airy River Pavilion. The Fair, which runs through Sunday, October 28, showcases works from 80 exhibitors, spanning old master to contemporary, unique masterworks to new editions. "The energy of the prin...


Regency Japanned and Parcel-Gilt Cabinet, 1808

The Little Antiques Show That Could: AADLA Fine Art & Antiques Show Proudly Takes Its Place with the Big Guys

Released: October 24, 2018

Now that The Winter Show, the stalwart of antique shows, has eliminated the “A” word from its name, it might appear that the future use of this word might be in jeopardy. And designers are voicing their opinions. According to Thomas Jayne, “It’s cooler to be an antiques show than to be a polyglot,” adding, “The addition of antiques to a room imbues a depth and texture that’s unmatched. It’s the contrast of antiques juxtaposed with the more modern elements that makes the room extraordinary.” Whether on the hunt for an ancient Aztec serpent god, a killer Carlo Bugatti parchment cabinet or ...


The Athénienne Murat , a Tripod vase in red Egyptian porphyry and gilt bronze, Paris, circa 1810

Celebrating October Art Week, An Upper East Side Gallery Crawl For Art Enthusiasts

Released: October 23, 2018

New York: On October 25, over a dozen blue-chip galleries will open their doors on New York’s Upper East Side to kick-off October Art Week. Organized to coincide with TEFAF New York and Christie’s Classic Art Week of auctions and selling exhibitions, these pre-eminent fine art dealers add to the week’s whirlwind activities by curating and hosting special exhibitions—all within strolling distance of one another. Here is an overview of some of the prime highlights that deserve special notice: Didier Aaron, Inc., showcases Study for ‘The Greeks and Trojans fighting over the body of Patroc...


Study attributed to Thomas Gainsborough (1727-1788), for perhaps the renowned English painter’s most intricate and recognizable composition – The Honourable Mrs.  Graham.

Oil study attributed to Thomas Gainsborough (Br., 1727-1788) will headline Woodshed's Nov. 1st auction

Released: October 23, 2018

FRANKLIN, Mass. – An oil study attributed to Thomas Gainsborough (1727-1788), for perhaps the renowned English painter’s most intricate and recognizable composition – The Honourable Mrs. Graham – one of the finest examples of 18th century portraiture, is an expected headliner in Woodshed Art Auctions’ next fine art auction, titled Gainsborough, Monet, Warhol & Friends.   The auction will be held on Thursday, November 1st, online and live in the 500 Gallery, at 475 Franklin Village Drive in Franklin. Live bidding will begin promptly at 5:30 pm Eastern time. People can register and b...


Eugène Delacroix (1798-1863), Portrait of Charles-Etienne-Raymond Victor de Verninac (1803-1834), the Artist's Nephew.  Est.  $300,000-400,000.

Portrait by Delacroix Highlights Doyle’s Old Master Auction on October 31

Released: October 22, 2018

Doyle will hold an auction of Old Master Paintings on Wednesday, October 31 at 10am in New York. The sale offers landscapes, still lifes, portraits and religious subjects by European artists from the Renaissance through the early 19th century. Highlighting the sale is an early portrait by the great Romantic master Eugène Delacroix (1798-1863) whose work is currently the subject of an important exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The portrait depicts the artist's nephew, Charles de Verninac (est. $300,000-400,000). Charles-Etienne-Raymond-Victor de Verninac was the o...


Wes Anderson & Juman Malouf Picture Gallery, Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna © KHM-Museumsverband

Filmmaker Wes Anderson and Designer Juman Malouf Curate a Curious Museum Exhibition

Released: October 18, 2018

Continuing the exhibition series that began with Ed Ruscha (2012) and Edmund de Waal (2016), the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna has invited the acclaimed American filmmaker Wes Anderson and his partner Juman Malouf, a celebrated author and costume designer, to curate a very special exhibition at the museum. The invitation was a simple but daunting one: to comb through more than four million objects, both on public display and tucked away in the museum’s labyrinthine storage rooms, and to select their favourites. "Spitzmaus Mummy in a Coffin and Other Treasures from the Kunsthistori...


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ARC Select: The Modern Muse

Released: October 16, 2018

There is also a third kind of madness, which is possession by the Muses, enters into a delicate and virgin soul, and there inspiring frenzy, awakens lyrical.... But he, who, not being inspired and having no touch of madness in his soul, comes to the door and thinks he will get into the temple by the help of art--he, I say, and his poetry are not admitted; the sane man is nowhere at all when he enters into rivalry with the madman. - Excerpt from Phaedrus by Plato The notion of the muse, originating in ancient Greece, stems from the mythological group of sister goddesses said to inspire...


Lot 190: FERNANDO BOTERO Italian b.  1932 Oil on Canvas

Fernando Botero (Columbian, born 1932)

Released: October 05, 2018

Richmond Hill, ON – 491 fresh to market items will be available to the highest bidder Thursday, October 11, 2018 with knowledgeable collectors and discerning buyers participating and competing against one another over a quality assortment of items on display at 888 Auctions. With modern art, postwar contemporary paintings and Asian antiques dotting the sale, there will be incredible interest in the items set to be offered to the highest bidder.   The star piece of the auction features an oil on canvas featuring a two figures dancing and attributed to Fernando Botero (Columbian, born 19...


Pieter Bruegel the Elder (c.  1525/30 Breugel or Antwerp? – 1569 Brussels) The Tower of Babel 1563, oak panel, 114 × 155 cm Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna, Picture Gallery © KHM-Museumsverband

Bruegel Blockbuster Offers Rare Look at 90 Works Together by the 16th-Century Master

Released: October 02, 2018

From October 2 to January 13, 2019, the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna presents the first-ever major monograph show dedicated to the greatest Netherlandish painter of the sixteenth century: Pieter Bruegel the Elder (c. 1525/30‒1569). The exhibition commemorates the 450th anniversary of his death. During his lifetime, Pieter Bruegel the Elder was already among the period’s most sought-after artists, with his works achieving exceptionally high prices. Only about forty paintings and sixty prints by him are all that has come down to the present day. The twelve panels in the Kunsthistoris...


View of The Winter Show 2018, Courtesy The Winter Show.  Photo by Simon Cherry

The 65-Year-Old Winter Antiques Show Gets a Reboot With New Name, Executive Director and Exhibitors

Released: October 01, 2018

The Winter Show, previously known as The Winter Antiques Show, has announced the participating exhibitors of its 2019 edition, to be held at the historic Park Avenue Armory in New York City from January 18-27, 2019. Under the leadership of new Executive Director Helen Allen, New York’s longest-running art, antiques, and design fair celebrates its 65th Anniversary Sapphire Jubilee. The 2019 edition will feature 70 exhibitors presenting a dynamic mix of fine and decorative arts from around the world, dating from ancient times through the present day. In 2018, The Winter Show changed its name...


THE FINE ART PRINT FAIR ANNOUNCES 2018 SPEAKERS FOR THE JORDAN SCHNITZER FAMILY FOUNDATION LECTURE

Released: September 11, 2018

New York, September 11, 2018 – The International Fine Print Dealers Association (IFPDA) is pleased to announce the speakers for the 2018 Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation Lecture series. This year, the Fine Art Print Fair is delighted to welcome featured artist Christiane Baumgartner, who will be joined in conversation by Associate Curator in the Department of Drawings and Prints at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Jennifer Farrell.   Free and open to the public through the generous support of the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation, the artist in conversation series aims to honor and r...


ZORAN MUSIC Gorizia/Görz 1909 - 2005 Venedig MOTIVO DALMATA, 1952 
Oil on canvas, 13 x 16 inch (33 x 40.6 cm)


October Art Week Announces Its Roster of Blue-Chip Galleries on New York’s Upper East Side

Released: September 24, 2018

Coinciding with TEFAF New York and Christie’s Classic Art Week of auctions and selling exhibitions, the third edition of October Art Week will kick off on Thursday, October 25th. On that evening, from 5 to 9 p.m., more than a dozen of the world’s pre-eminent galleries will be hosting open houses and gallery receptions on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Open to the public and within walking distance from one another, the October Art Week events, which runs through November 1st, confer a festive atmosphere to the neighborhood and contributes to the overall excitement of autumn in New York. Pa...


Aphrodite, (first century A.D.).  White marble.  Before (left) and after (right) restoration.  Photo courtesy of Friends of Florence.

"Rediscovered Aphrodite" in Italy's National Archeology Museum restored thanks to Friends of Florence

Released: September 19, 2018

THE POLO MUSEALE DELLA TOSCANA AND THE MUSEO ARCHEOLOGICO NAZIONALE IN FLORENCE PRESENT THE “REDISCOVERED APHRODITE” RESTORED THANKS TO THE GENEROSITY OF FRIENDS OF FLORENCE September 19, 2018, Florence, Italy…The recently restored statue of Aphrodite housed in the Museo Archeologico Nazionale (National Archeological Museum/the Museum) in Florence, Italy, was unveiled in a public celebration on September 11, 2018. Funded by Friends of Florence with a donation by Michael and Sandy Collins, the cleaning and restoration process revealed a surprising development. Long thought to be a represe...


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