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Christina Nielsen

The Huntington Names Christina Nielsen as New Director of the Art Collections

Released: August 16, 2018

The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens has appointed Christina Nielsen as the Hannah and Russel Kully Director of the Art Collections, Karen R. Lawrence, The Huntington’s incoming president announced today. Nielsen, currently William and Lia Poorvu Curator of the Collection and Exhibition Program at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, assumes her new position on Oct. 15. Nielsen has worked for 20 years in curatorial and leadership roles in museums across the United States, including the Art Institute of Chicago, the J. Paul Getty Museum, and the Metropoli...


Naeem, Banta, and Anderson

Baltimore Museum of Art Appoints 3 New Curators

Released: August 15, 2018

The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) has announced the appointment of Asma Naeem as Chief Curator; Andaleeb Badiee Banta as Senior Curator of Prints, Drawings & Photographs; and Virginia Anderson as Curator of American Art. Naeem, Banta, and Anderson are joining the BMA at a time of rapid and systematic change throughout the museum, including the adoption of a new mission that places diversity, equity, and inclusion as central to the BMA’s vision. “We are committed to taking intentional steps towards evolving into an institution that emphasizes equity, excellence, and relevance in all p...


Atlanta

Bloomberg Philanthropies Selects 45 Cultural Organizations in Atlanta to Participate in $43 Million Arts Innovation and Management Training Program

Released: August 12, 2018

Bloomberg Philanthropies has announced that 45 cultural organizations in Atlanta have been selected to participate in the Arts Innovation and Management (AIM) program. A list of the organizations can be found here. The invitation-only program seeks to strengthen the organizational capacity and programming of small and midsize cultural organizations within seven U.S. cities: Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Denver, New Orleans, Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C. More than 200 cultural organizations have been selected to participate and will be announced on an individual basis per city throughout th...


New York Classical Rosewood Work Table

Fine Americana Included In Schwenke Auctioneers 400 Lot August 14th Fine Estates Auction

Released: August 12, 2018

Featuring Asian Decorative Arts, Early Continental Furniture and Decorations, Americana and Folk Art, Fine Art and Estate Oriental Rugs  Woodbury, CT – On Tuesday, August 14th Schwenke Auctioneers will hold its August Fine Estates Auction with an offering of over 400 lots of estate property which includes a broad selection of Asian decorative arts, American, English and Continental furniture and decorative arts, folk art and American country furniture, early English & other sterling silver, jewelry, fine art, miscellaneous decorative arts, and estate oriental rugs. According to owner...


One of JFK's iconic rocking chairs, this one used at the White House.  Sold for $60,000 at Eldred's.

ICONIC JOHN F. KENNEDY ROCKING CHAIR SELLS FOR $60,000 AT ELDRED’S AMERICANA & PAINTINGS AUCTION

Released: August 09, 2018

East Dennis, Mass. – A rocking chair used by President John F. Kennedy at the White House sold at auction for $60,000 August 3. The chair was part of a prominent collection of the president’s personal items that were auctioned at Eldred’s, an auction house located just 11 miles from both the Kennedy family’s famous compound in Hyannis Port, Mass., and the Cape Cod National Seashore that President Kennedy helped establish.   In fact, a fountain pen used by Kennedy to sign the bill that created the National Seashore, part of a collection of 15 pens Kennedy used to sign some of the most i...


A La Vieille Russie Returns to TEFAF Fall New York

Released: July 31, 2018

A La Vieille Russie (ALVR) is pleased to announce its return to TEFAF Fall New York this October at the Park Avenue Armory at 67th Street. The gallery’s presentation will include a carefully curated selection of rare works of antique and estate jewelry ranging from the 1800s through the 1970s with offerings from European and American designers such as Cartier, Flato, Tiffany & Co., and Van Cleef & Arpels. In addition, there will be works of art by Peter Carl Fabergé, the legendary Russian jeweler.   Peter Schaffer, Director of ALVR, comments, “We are thrilled to once again part...


Black leather crescent rocker designed by Wendell Castle (Am., 1932-2018) ($17,500).

Black leather crescent rocker designed by Wendell Castle brings $17,500 at Nye & Co. auction

Released: August 06, 2018

BLOOMFIELD, N.J. – It didn’t come with a sushi roll, ginger salad and miso soup, but a darling cinnabar bento box, offered together with a cloisonné teapot and dish, gaveled for $23,750 to take top lot honors at a two-day weekday auction held July 25th and 26th by Nye & Company Auctioneers. The sale was held online and in Nye’s gallery, at 20 Beach Street in Bloomfield.   Headlining the auction were items from the estate home in Cold Spring Harbor, Long Island known as “Wawapek” – the Queen Anne-style residence of the de Forests, a family so deeply rooted in New York history it dat...


Visitors enjoy the East Building Roof Terrace during a recent Evenings at the Edge program.  National Gallery of Art, Washington

Free After-Hours Evenings at the Edge Program Returns on September 13 for Six Thursdays in Fall and Spring

Released: July 20, 2018

Washington, DC–Beginning Thursday, September 13, the National Gallery of Art will once again welcome visitors for live music and dance performances, hands-on art-making, and other activities throughout the iconic East Building, free of charge. Held on the second Thursday of each month from 6:00–9:00 p.m., the 2018–2019 season will feature three events in the fall on September 13, October 11, and November 8, and three in the spring on March 14, April 11, and May 9. Each evening will celebrate a different theme and offer new and exciting experiences. Themes for the spring events will be an...


This Baird Coca-Cola advertising clock, circa 1889, with its original 12-inch paper dial featuring a Seth Thomas movement ($25/40,000) reads “Coca-Cola, The Ideal Brain Tonic - Delightful Summer and Winter Beverage, Specific for Headache.”

Clock Collection, Advertising & Country Store Items To Drive Fontaine’s Auction Aug. 25

Released: July 30, 2018

       It all started with the purchase of a roll-top desk and a clock to go with the desk. One clock became two, two became three and over the past 45 years, a collection was born.        A grouping of over 50 clocks from the Jerry Maltz collection of advertising clocks is going on the block during Fontaine’s Auction Gallery’s antiques, clocks and advertising auction on Saturday, Aug. 25, at 11 am, preceded by a discovery session of 100 uncatalogued lots at 10 am.      The main auction comprises 275 lots of antiques and accessories, including the Jerry Maltz collection along with over 100...


Scrimshaw whale's tooth by the Naval Monument Engraver sold for $396,00 at Eldred's Marine Sale.

Buyers Bite on Scrimshaw at Eldred's Marine Sale July 19-20

Released: July 26, 2018

East Dennis, Mass. –  Eldred’s, which already held the record for the most expensive piece of scrimshaw ever sold, nearly broke the record again when a whale tooth by the so-called Naval Monument Engraver sold for $396,000 at its Marine Sale, held July 19 and 20 at the firm’s headquarters in East Dennis, Mass. In a sale that saw strong results across the board, the Naval Monument Engraver example was one of four scrimshaw lots that broke the $100,000 mark and was just $60,000 off the world record price, held by an Edward Burdett tooth Eldred’s sold last July for $456,000.   “Wow,” said...


William Wendt (1865-1946), Patriarchs of the Grove, oil on canvas Painted in 1920 (estimate: $250,000-350,000)

AN IMPORTANT LANDSCAPE BY WILLIAM WENDT LEADS BONHAMS CALIFORNIA AND WESTERN PAINTINGS & SCULPTURE SALE

Released: July 26, 2018

Los Angeles – On August 7, Bonhams will present an exceptional auction of California and Western Paintings & Sculpture, which includes 142 California Impressionist, Fauvist and Tonalist styles by artists such as William Wendt, Guy Rose, Joseph Kleitsch, Joseph Raphael, Edgar Payne, Selden Connor Gile, Armin Hansen and Granville Redmond. The Pacific Northwest is also represented in a special collection of early 20th century Alaskan landscapes by Sydney Laurence and Eustace Paul Ziegler, and the American West with works by Joseph Henry Sharp, Maynard Dixon, and Edward Borein.   Leadi...


Rockefeller Auction Pushes Christie's to $4 Billion in First-Half Sales

Released: July 25, 2018

Continued global demand, audience engagement with the diversity of collecting categories and the historic Rockefeller sales helped drive a 26% rise in Christie’s overall sales to almost £3bn ($4bn, up 35%) compared to £2.35bn in the first half of 2017. Auction sell-through rates across all lots bands increased to 84%. Sales were up across all three selling platforms, with auction sales increasing 20% to £2.65bn ($3.61bn, up 28%), private sales up 135% totalling £287m ($390.3m, up 151%) and online-only auction sales up 40% to £27.7m ($37.7m, up 50%). Highlights at Auction: 80% of the ...


Marsden Hartley (1877–1943), Songs of Winter, Oil on board laid down on canvas, 12¼ x 11⅜ inches.

Annual Boston International Fine Art Show Returns for 22nd Year to the Cyclorama, October 18 – 21 Gala Preview to benefit The Art for Justice Fund

Released: July 18, 2018

Boston, MA – Tony Fusco and Robert Four are proud to announce the 22nd Annual Boston International Fine Art Show.  Featuring the work of 40 galleries from around the world, this year’s Boston International Fine Art Show will offer original works of art that satisfy a wide array of collectors, tastes and price ranges.  The show takes place October 18-21, opening with a Gala Preview to benefit the groundbreaking Art for Justice Fund on Thursday, October 18 at the Cyclorama Boston Center for the Arts.  www.FineArtBoston.com. The Gala Preview is an elegant evening where attendees have first ...


Robert Crumb (artist, author), Apex Novelties (publisher), Zap #1, 1968, 28-page paperback bound volume with half-tone and offset lithograph illustrations in black and cover in full color, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Gift of William and Abigail Gerdts

Exhibition Celebrating History of Humor in Prints and Drawings Opens at National Gallery of Art on July 15

Released: May 25, 2018

Washington, DC—Prints and drawings have consistently served as popular media for humor in art. Prints, which can be widely replicated and distributed, are ideal for institutional mockery and social criticism, while drawings, unmediated and private, allow for free rein of the imagination. Sense of Humor will celebrate the rich yet often overlooked tradition of humor in works on paper, ranging from the 15th to 20th century. On view in the West Building of the National Gallery of Art, Washington, from July 15, 2018, through January 6, 2019, the exhibition is organized broadly chronologically,...


Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot The Muse: History, c.  1865 oil on canvas overall: 46 × 35.2 cm (18 1/8 × 13 7/8 in.) framed: 73.7 × 61 × 11.5 cm (29 × 24 × 4 1/2 in.) Lent by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, H.O.  Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs.  H.  O.  Havemeyer, 1929

Major Exhibition of Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot's Paintings of Women; National Gallery of Art is the Only Venue, September 9 through December 31, 2018

Released: May 11, 2018

Washington, DC—Dressed in rustic Italian costume or nude on a grassy plain, rendered with a sophisticated use of color and a deft, delicate touch, Corot's women convey a mysterious sense of their inner lives. Corot: Women features 44 paintings created between the 1840s and the early 1870s: nudes, individual figures in costumes, and an allegorical series of the model in the studio. The National Gallery of Art is the only venue for Corot: Women, on view from September 9 through December 31, 2018. "Recognized as a great master of landscape painting, Corot is among the best represented artist...


Left: Claude Monet, The Artist's Garden at Vétheuil, 1881, oil on canvas, The Norton Simon Foundation; right: Claude Monet, The Artist's Garden at Vétheuil, 1880, oil on canvas, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Ailsa Mellon Bruce Collection.

Monet's Study for "The Artist's Garden at Vétheuil" Shown with National Gallery of Art Painting for First Time as Part of Norton Simon Loan Exchange

Released: May 10, 2018

Washington, DC—Two of Claude Monet's paintings of the garden at his home in Vétheuil, France, will be on view together for the first time since they were created more than 100 years ago as part of a long-term series of loan exchanges between the National Gallery of Art, Washington, and the Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena. On view in the French impressionism galleries of the West Building from May 19 through August 8, 2018, the Norton Simon version of The Artist's Garden at Vétheuil (1881) is believed to have served as the basis for the Gallery's canvas of the same title. The paintings are th...


Unknown British photographer, Photo of Giorgione's The Adoration of the Shepherds (1505/1510) while in the collection of Lord Allendale, gelatin silver print, 1935.  Department of Image Collections, National Gallery of Art Library

Major Photographic Archive of Art and Architecture Celebrates 75th Anniversary with Installation at National Gallery of Art

Released: April 18, 2018

Washington, DC—One of the largest archives of art and architecture images in the world will be celebrated in a new installation at the National Gallery of Art, Washington. On view from May 7 through August 24, 2018, In the Library: The Richter Archive at 75, an exhibition of works drawn from the founding collection of 60,000 archival photographs, showcases the breadth of George M. Richter's priceless image archive on the 75th anniversary of its 1943 acquisition by the Gallery. The installation traces the history and development of the Richter Archive and its role in authenticating works of...


Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, Bacchus and Ariadne, c.  1743/1745, oil on canvas, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Timken Collection

Major Conservation Treatment of Tiepolo's Monumental Bacchus and Ariadne Reveals Hidden Details

Released: May 25, 2018

Washington, DC—Following a four-year-long conservation treatment, Giovanni Battista Tiepolo's Bacchus and Ariadne (c. 1743/1745) will return to public view in the West Building of the National Gallery of Art, Washington, on June 14, 2018. The comprehensive restoration has revealed elements by the Venetian master hidden from view since the work was removed from its original location at the end of the 18th century. The dramatic results provide viewers with a new sense of the immense painting's appearance at the time of its creation. "The conservation of this remarkable work reveals signifi...


Gordon Parks, Trapped in abandoned building by a rival gang on street, Red Jackson ponders his next move, 1948, gelatin silver print, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Corcoran Collection (The Gordon Parks Collection)

First Exhibition to Chronicle Formative Beginning of Gordon Parks's Career Premieres at the National Gallery of Art on November 4, 2018

Released: May 25, 2018

Washington, DC—Within just a decade, Gordon Parks (1912–2006) grew from a self-taught portrait photographer and photojournalist in Saint Paul and Chicago to a visionary professional working in New York for Ebony and Glamour, before becoming the first African American photographer at Life magazine in 1949. For the first time this lesser-known yet incredibly formative period of Parks's long and illustrious career is the subject of an exhibition, Gordon Parks: The New Tide, Early Work 1940–1950. On view in the West Building of the National Gallery of Art, Washington, from November 4, 2018, ...


Ugo da Carpi, after Parmigianino Diogenes, c.  1527–1530 chiaroscuro woodcut from four blocks in light green, medium green, brown, and dark brown, state iii/iii sheet: 47.9 x 34 cm (18 7/8 x 13 3/8 in.) National Gallery of Art, Washington, Pepita Milmore Memorial Fund

First Comprehensive Exhibition of Chiaroscuro Woodcuts from Italian Renaissance on View at National Gallery of Art, October 14, 2018, through January 20, 2019

Released: June 22, 2018

Washington, DC—Chiaroscuro woodcuts are among the rarest and most beautiful prints that flourished throughout Renaissance Italy. This exhibition, with its accompanying catalog, addresses all aspects of this remarkable art form, from attribution and chronology to materials and processes, intention and reception. The first comprehensive study devoted to the Italian chiaroscuro woodcut, the exhibition is based on new art-historical and technical research carried out over the last decade. Presenting some 100 of the finest impressions from American and British collections, The Chiaroscuro Woodc...


Dawoud Bey Mary Parker and Caela Cowan, 2012 2 inkjet prints mounted to dibond overall: 101.6 x 162.56 cm (40 x 64 in.) National Gallery of Art, Washington, Gift of the Collectors Committee and Alfred H.  Moses and Fern M.  Schad Fund

Dawoud Bey's Poignant "The Birmingham Project" on View at National Gallery of Art, September 12, 2018, through March 17, 2019

Released: July 22, 2018

Washington, DC—For more than 40 years photographer Dawoud Bey (b. 1953) has portrayed American youth and those from marginalized communities with an unusual degree of sensitivity and complexity. Dawoud Bey: The Birmingham Project celebrates the National Gallery of Art's recent acquisition of four large-scale photographs and one video from Bey's most important series, "The Birmingham Project," a deeply felt and conceptually rich monument to the victims of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham, Alabama, on September 15, 1963. Coinciding with the 55th anniversary of this traged...


Five-ounce Chinese 'Beloved Unicorn' gold coin, one of only 99 minted and in proof condition ($32,535).

Five-ounce Chinese 'Beloved Unicorn' gold coin brings $32,535 at Holabird's June 22-26 auction

Released: July 17, 2018

RENO, Nev. – Who says there’s no such things as unicorns? A five-ounce Chinese ‘Beloved Unicorn’ gold coin sold for $32,535 to take top lot honors at Holabird Western Americana Collections’ five-day June Treasures from Pacific Shores auction held June 22-26 in Reno. The runner-up lot was an astounding ore specimen collection from Nevada’s mining past ($15,625).   The auction was loaded with nearly 3,600 lots covering many categories, including numismatics, mining, minerals, general Americana, railroad, tokens, antique bottles, gaming, firearms and weaponry, Wells Fargo and Express coll...


Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art opened its redesigned Early American Art Galleries in March.  The museum will develop an AR enhanced audio tour with funds from the Knight Foundation.

Knight Prototype Funds 12 Projects to Connect People With Art Through Technology

Released: July 14, 2018

Twelve projects designed to harness the power of technology to engage people with the arts will receive $600,000 from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.  The projects will receive $50,000 each to uncover new, potentially-replicable strategies for cultural organizations to adapt to and thrive in the digital era. Several of the projects are led by cultural organizations, while other winning ideas stemmed from technology-focused organizations including: Wikimedia, the nonprofit that operates Wikipedia; Alley Interactive, a digital consultancy; and the Massachusetts Institute of Tec...


Original calendar art by Howard Pyle (Am., 1853-1911), signed "H.  Pyle" lower left and depicting a woman with a jug and ravens, plus 11 loose calendar pages.

Original calendar art by Howard Pyle (Am., 1853-1911) will be in Nye & Company's July 25-26 auction

Released: July 13, 2018

BLOOMFIELD, N.J. – Items from the estate home in Cold Spring Harbor, Long Island known as “Wawapek” – the Queen Anne-style residence of the de Forests, a family so deeply rooted in New York history it dates back 300 years to the days of the early Huguenot settlers in Manhattan – will come up for bid in a two-day sale planned for July 25-26 by Nye & Company Auctioneers.   The auction will be held in Nye & Company’s gallery, located at 20 Beach Street in Bloomfield. The full catalog is available for viewing now, at www.nyeandcompany.com, as well as on the internet bidding platfor...


Pair of masterpiece scrimshaw whale's teeth by whaleman Eli Bangs, Jr.

Eldred's Landmark Marine Sale Scheduled for July 19 and 20

Released: July 12, 2018

East Dennis, Mass. –  A pair of masterpiece scrimshaw whale’s teeth by Eli Bangs, Jr., a China Trade ship portrait that descended in the family of a Cape Cod ship captain and a complete eight-volume set of Captain Cook’s Voyages are some of the highlights in Eldred’s Marine Sale, a 750-lot auction scheduled for July 19 and 20 at the firm’s headquarters in East Dennis, Massachusetts, on Cape Cod.   Following very strong marine sales in 2016 and 2017, the firm has positioned itself as the nation’s leading marine art auction house. “In 2016 we had the Mittler Collection, and at last summe...


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