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The view from Thomas Cole's porch in the Catskills.

The Father of American landscape painting gets Webby award

Posted: April 19, 2010 22:33 Last Updated: | ArtfixDaily Staff

A 19th-century Hudson River School painter showcased in a high-tech platform has been named as one of the Honorees in the Arts category in the 14th Annual Webby Awards.  Official Honoree Explore Thomas Cole ( was among 8,000 entries competing for the distinction. Fewer than 15% of entered websites are recognized with a Webby, the award given for an outstanding caliber of work in website design. Part of the site's appeal is certainly the beauty and functionality present in the comprehensive Virtual Gallery of Cole's work. Filter the gallery by su...

Stephen B.  O'Brien, Jr.

Decoy Episode Airs SUNDAY APRIL 18th on TLC's Accidental Fortune

Posted: April 16, 2010 14:22 Last Updated: | Stephen B. O'Brien Jr.

I am happy to announce my cable TV debut this weekend! In February, I travelled to Texas to recreate my gallery for the filming of a TV show called ‘Accidental Fortune.’ We shipped out five boxes of decoys and artwork from Boston and I spent three days on location in San Antonio. The episode of Accidental Fortune will air at 8 PM and 11 PM on Sunday, April 18th on TLC. Tune in to watch the thrilling tale of discovery that surrounds several A.E. Crowell decoys!

Jean Wells, Cupcake.  Timothy Yarger Fine Art.

Los Angeles Art Show 2010: More than eye-candy

Posted: January 28, 2010 12:21 Last Updated: | ArtfixDaily Staff

Candy may be the art world's answer to the recession blues. Sweet and palatable images abounded at last week's Los Angeles Art Show: Wayne Theibaud's ice cream cones, Jean Wells' giant chocolate Kiss and pink cupcake sculptures, and gummi bears expertly captured in oil by Jeanne Vadeboncouer. Beyond the theme of edible delights, a wide range of art styles, from California impressionists to New York abstract expressionists, Arts and Crafts-era prints to cutting-edge video installations, gave the Fine Art Dealers Association's (FADA) 15th annual show breadth. This year, heavy rains and...

Palazzo Strozzi's exhibition 'Art and Illusion' featured Pere Borrell Del Caso's (1835-1910) Escaping Criticism, 1874.  Oil on canvas, 76 x 63 cm.  Collection of the Bank of Spain.

Most popular Fall 2009 press releases on ARTFIXdaily

Posted: December 31, 2009 12:19 Last Updated: | Julie Carlson Wildfeuer

The three most-read press releases on ARTFIXdaily, published in the ArtWire section between September 1 and December 31, 2009, highlighted museum exhibitions: 1. Art and Illusions, Masterpieces of Trompe-l'loeil from Antiquity to the Present. On view through January 24, 2010, this major exhibition at Palazzo Strozzi in Florence, Italy, explores the art of optical illusion with 140 artworks. From Roman antiquity to Old Masters to present-day painters, artists whose work masterfully "fools the eye" seems to perenially delight viewers. 2. Paintings by Jay Connaway on view at Portland Muse...

The Art of Aiden Lassell Ripley by Stephen O'Brien Jr.  and Julie Carlson Wildfeuer

"The Art of Aiden Lassell Ripley" is Now Available

Posted: November 10, 2009 17:01 Last Updated: | Julie Carlson Wildfeuer

Written by sporting art dealer Stephen O'Brien Jr. and ARTFIXdaily publisher Julie Carlson Wildfeuer, The Art of Aiden Lassell Ripley documents the artist's progression and growth, from his initial rise as an Impressionist to Realist depictions of his outdoor passions that continue to shape sporting art today. Over three years in the making, this is the most comprehensive book to date on the Massachusetts artist, chronicling paintings from his early life and work, illustrations and murals, landscapes and cityscapes, scenes of the South and his well-known sporti...

Chet Reneson - Winter Marsh

A Painter's Passions: Watercolors by Chet Reneson

Posted: October 19, 2009 12:39 Last Updated: | Stephen B. O'Brien Jr.

I am pleased to announce a new exhibition of paintings by renowned sporting artist Chet Reneson that will run from October 15 – December 15, 2009. The exhibition features a variety of subjects near and dear to Reneson, including five sporting scenes and four Bahamian paintings. I am particularly thrilled to present a snowy-blowy duck hunting scene that perfectly captures the bluster of a winter hunt, as well as a grouse shooting work and an intense image of two Bahamian fishermen hauling a great white shark into their boat.           &nbsp...

Galen Mercer - Tide Water Ducks

Galen Mercer Exhibition

Posted: September 24, 2009 08:20 Last Updated: | Stephen B. O'Brien Jr.

Through October 15, my gallery Stephen O’Brien Jr. Fine Arts will feature a solo exhibition of six major works by the artist, writer, and sportsman Galen Mercer.  The grandson of two painters and the son of another, Mercer excelled in formal technique at Thornton Hall Academy, a school specializing in the fine arts.  This exhibition demonstrates his impressive ability to apply that classic tradition to a bold, expressive palette.                 Any nature lover like myself will appreciate Mercer’s work...

George Inness, The Villa Borghese, Rome, 1871, at the James Julia auction.

Today in Maine: Stanford White's Inness, re-discovered Heade under the hammer

Posted: August 25, 2009 23:43 Last Updated: | ArtfixDaily Staff

A horde of top-notch American and European paintings and decorative arts goes to the auction block in the middle of Maine from August 25 to 28. Auctioneer James D. Julia, Inc., has returned this popular end-of-summer sale to their new state-of-the-art facilities in Fairfield, Maine, after conducting the sale off-site for twenty-one years. Among the Session II stand-outs, within this 2,200-lot sale, is an extraordinary, mid-career work by George Inness (1825-1894), famed as an American tonalist painter. Titled “The Villa Borghese, Rome, 1871,” the Italian landscape depicts over forty fig...

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Dine under Jacobsen paintings at "The Gris."

Perennial Favorite: Getaway to 'The Gris'

Posted: August 20, 2009 00:11 Last Updated: | ArtfixDaily Staff

As much a museum as it is an authentic Colonial tavern, Connecticut's Griswold Inn famously houses the largest privately-owned collection of paintings by Antonio Jacobsen (1850-1921), America's most prolific marine artist.   Since 1776, travelers have clamored here to dine, sleep, and sing sea shanties. The current owners, the Paul family, have extended the art collection and lately, added a wine bar which has kindled its own audience. New York magazine toasted the inn's cozy Tap Room, clad in maritime antiques: "It just may be the best drinking room anywhere in America." ...

Franz Bischoff, Roses, 1912, brought a record-breaking $798,000 at Bonhams & Butterfields' Aug.  3 sale.

Record-breaking Roses: Bischoff's best bouquet sold

Posted: August 18, 2009 23:08 Last Updated: | ArtfixDaily Staff

Even while the state of California is in an economic tailspin, prices for art by California impressionists (dead ones) are soaring to new heights. A masterwork titled "Roses" by early 20th-century impressionist Franz Bischoff inspired heated bidding in Los Angeles on August 3. The 1912 oil on canvas was the top lot in Bonhams & Butterfields' sale of California and American Paintings and Sculpture which featured many fresh-to-the-market works, with several paintings reaching six-figures. "Roses" (est. $600,000-$800,000) garnered $798,000, the highest price ever paid for a Bischoff w...

Art Basel Miami Beach, the sister show to Art Basel in Switzerland, is a major annual contemporary art fair enjoyed by some members of the fund.

Investors eschew Wall St. for Wall Art

Posted: August 12, 2009 18:55 Last Updated: | Julie Carlson Wildfeuer

Inflation may be lurking around the what are stock market-skittish Americans considering as investments? Oil, gold, and great art---assets which some experts consider positioned to perform well in the next market upswing. For aesthetically-inclined investors, The Collectors Fund is a novel approach to both enjoying art in the home and diversifying a financial portfolio. With a minimum $120,000 investment, members buy-in to the two-year-old art fund. It's a long-term play with a bit of instant gratification. Members bid (using votes derived from the level of their investme...

A Gustav Stickely Tall-back rocker, estimate $12,000-$15,000, from the Barbra Streisand auction Oct.  17-18.

Barbra Streisand's Collection Heads to Auction (again)

Posted: August 10, 2009 12:24 Last Updated: | ArtfixDaily Staff

Following the media-frenzy associated with the Michael Jackson auction that never happenend, Los Angeles-based Julien's Auctions once again offers up a dazzling celebrity cache. Fine and decorative arts from award-winning star Barbra Streisand’s New York, Beverly Hills, and Malibu residences will be auctioned on October 17 and 18 at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills. Proceeds will benefit Streisand's humanitarian foundation. The 400-lot selection features 19th-century American furnishings, Art Deco fixtures, Oriental rugs, Native American baskets, and Barbra's personal Yamaha Baby ...

Canvasback Pair by John “Daddy” Holly (1819-1892) or James T.  Holly (1855-1935), Havre de Grace, MD, c.  1885 ($155,250)

Records tumble at Copley’s 2009 $4.16 million Sporting Sale

Posted: August 07, 2009 09:41 Last Updated: | Stephen B. O'Brien Jr.

On July 15 and 16, Copley Fine Art Auctions held its annual sporting sale in Plymouth, Massachusetts. The 2009 auction shot over its $3.5 million low estimate settling in at $4.16 million, making it the most successful in the company’s history. In this landmark sale, 23 of the 25 highest estimated lots sold. Commenting on the auction, Copley Chairman Stephen B. O’Brien Jr. said, “To be up thirty percent from last year’s totals in this economy is a testament to the hard work of our entire staff, and the trust that our clients place in us. We make every effort to deliver a pleasurable experi...

Edmund Tarbell's "An Opal" sizzled up to six-figures at Copley auction

Tarbell's "An Opal" Shimmers at Auction

Posted: August 05, 2009 12:36 Last Updated: | Julie Carlson Wildfeuer

Within the wide selection of Frank Benson bird etchings and Ogden Pleissner sporting scenes in Copley Fine Art Auctions' two-day Annual Sporting Sale, July 15-16, was a softly-rendered, warmly-lit portrait by Boston School artist Edmund Tarbell (1862-1938). Tarbell's "An Opal: Study of Yellow and White Light" pictured a confident Victorian lady. At the Plymouth, Massachusetts, sale Copley hammered down this alluring image for a strong $120,750 (estimate: $100,000-$200,000), part of the auction house's $4.15 million total take, a 30% increase over last year's sales results. The sitter's...

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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