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Greece and UK to Talk About Parthenon Marbles in Formal Dialogue

ArtfixDaily / May 19th, 2022

Greece and the UK have agreed to formally discuss the contested Parthenon marbles, UNESCO announced this week. Acquired from the Acropolis in Athens by Lord Elgin, key sculptural elements from the Parthenon were sold to the British government and have been housed in London’s British Museum since ...

Rare Mercedes Zooms to Record-Setting $142 Million at Secret Auction

CNBC / May 19th, 2022

A rare Mercedes-Benz race car sold for $142 million on May 5, securing its place as the most expensive car ever sold. RM Sotheby’s announced the sale of the 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupe for 135 million euros, or about $142 million, at the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart, ...

Simmons Collection of Postwar American Prints Spotlighted at Saint Louis Art Museum

ArtfixDaily / May 19th, 2022

The Saint Louis Art Museum next month will open “Catching the Moment: Contemporary Art from the Ted L. and Maryanne Ellison Simmons Collection,” an exhibition celebrating the 2020 acquisition of more than 800 works of art that has elevated the museum’s holdings of postwar American prints. ...

Schwenke Thirteenth Anniversary Auction Features Multiple Estates, Over 700 Unreserved Lots Selling Sunday, May 22nd

ArtfixDaily / May 18th, 2022

On Sunday, May 22nd Schwenke Auctioneers will auction a diverse group of over 700 lots consigned from 49 separate estates and consignors from Maine, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Florida, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Connecticut and New York. The auction includes over 100 lots of Asian decorative ...

Evan Spiegel, Miranda Kerr Surprise Art School Graduates with Student Loan Pay Off

ArtfixDaily / May 18th, 2022

Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles received a significant donation from model and KORA Organics CEO Miranda Kerr and Snap Inc. CEO Evan Spiegel through the couple's Spiegel Family Fund. The donation will allow for the repayment of the outstanding student debt of students in the ...

Art Collector Steve Wynn Sued by US to Register as Foreign Agent

Bloomberg / May 18th, 2022

Former casino CEO Steve Wynn, who is well-known for his blue-chip art purchases, has been sued by the Department of Justice. Wynn is accused of lobbying Donald Trump in 2017 on behalf of the Chinese government in an effort to extradite a dissident residing in the U.S., according to a lawsuit in ...

The Shape of Freedom: International Abstraction After 1945

ArtfixDaily / May 17th, 2022

The role of the artist, of course, has always been that of image-maker. Different times require different images. ... To my mind certain so-called abstraction is not abstraction at all. On the contrary, it is the realism of our time. - Adolph Gottlieb, 1947 The Shape of Freedom: International ...

Pioneering American Abstract Expressionist Perle Fine Featured in London Exhibition

ArtfixDaily / May 16th, 2022

From May 20 to June, 25, 2022, Gazelli Art House in London will present a retrospective exhibition spanning the career of pioneering artist Perle Fine (1905-1988) – the first retrospective dedicated to the artist in the UK. Represented by the gallery, this will be Fine’s second exhibition with ...

Howard University Acquires 252 Gordon Parks Photographs Spanning Five Decades

ArtfixDaily / May 16th, 2022

Howard University and The Gordon Parks Foundation have announced a historic acquisition of 252 photographs representing the arc of Gordon Parks’s career over five decades. The breadth of the collection--which spans Parks’s earliest photographs in the 1940s through the 1990s--makes it one of the ...

Macklowe Collection Brings Record-Setting Total of $922 Million at Auction

New York Times / May 16th, 2022

The Macklowe Collection realized $246.1 million at Sotheby's on Monday night, part of a $922.2 million total across two auctions — making it the the most valuable collection ever sold at auction. The Macklowe's art beat the Rockefeller Collection as the priciest collection at auction, surpassing ...

Iconic Man Ray Photograph Fetches Auction Record for Category

The Value / May 16th, 2022

A defining image of 20th-century Surrealism, Man Ray’s Le Violon d’Ingres brought $12.4 million at Christie’s New York on Saturday – leaping high above the previous record price for a photograph sold at auction. The original image was part of the Surrealist World of Rosalind Gersten Jacobs ...

'This Present Moment: Crafting a Better World' Examines the State of Contemporary Craft in America Today

ArtfixDaily / May 16th, 2022

“This Present Moment: Crafting a Better World” showcases the dynamic landscape of American craft with 171 artworks from the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s extensive holdings of modern and contemporary craft, including 135 recently acquired works made by a broadly representative and ...

$15.2 Million Ernie Barnes Painting Among Record-Setters in Christie's Over Billion-Dollar Auction Week

ArtfixDaily / May 13th, 2022

Christie’s Spring 2022 Marquee Week held its final evening sales on Thursday, May 12 with three blockbuster auctions: The Collection of Anne H. Bass achieved $363.1 Million, The 20th Century Evening Sale achieved $468.2 Million, and The Raptor sold for $12.4 Million. The night achieved $843.7 ...

Coral Gables Museum Presents Ukrainian Exhibition Dedicated to Kyiv’s Art Revival

ArtfixDaily / May 13th, 2022

The Coral Gables Museum will be the first stop of a traveling exhibition titled Painting in Excess: Kyiv's Art Revival, 1985 - 1993, a series of Ukrainian avant-garde works revealing freedom during the transitional time when Ukraine came out from under the rule of the former Soviet ...

'At First Light' Exhibition Surveys Maine as an Essential Site of Inspiration for Artists Across Two Centuries

ArtfixDaily / May 13th, 2022

This summer, the Bowdoin College Museum of Art (BCMA) in Brunswick, Maine, will present At First Light: Two Centuries of Artists in Maine, an expansive exploration of how artists have shaped our understanding—and often, quite literally how we see—Maine’s landscapes, communities, and people. At ...

'The Art of Winold Reiss: An Immigrant Modernist' Brings Together Visionary Works at New-York Historical Society

ArtfixDaily / May 5th, 2022

This summer, the New-York Historical Society presents an exhibition of German American artist Winold Reiss’ work, spanning the fields of painting, drawing, graphic design, interior design, and decorative arts. The Art of Winold Reiss: An Immigrant Modernist, on view July 1 – October 9, 2022, ...

'At the Dawn of a New Age: Early Twentieth-Century American Modernism' Offers a Broad Perspective at The Whitney

ArtfixDaily / May 5th, 2022

Opening this weekend, At the Dawn of a New Age: Early Twentieth-Century American Modernism, an exhibition of over sixty works by more than forty-five artists that highlights the complexity of American art produced between 1900 and 1930, at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. The ...

$246 Million Expansion of Art Gallery of New South Wales Bolsters Cultural Development of Sydney Harbor

ArtfixDaily / April 28th, 2022

Art Gallery of New South Wales is the city’s largest cultural development since the Sydney Opera House The transformation of the Art Gallery of New South Wales—the Sydney Modern Project—will open to the public on December 3, 2022, following a AU$344 million ($246 million) expansion. Located ...

Ira Simon Collection Outstrips Expectations in Toomey & Co.'s 'White Glove Sale' to Benefit Art Institute of Chicago

ArtfixDaily / April 28th, 2022

The sale benefitting the Art Institute of Chicago more than doubled highest estimate. Total with premium was nearly $1.9 million, exceeding the cumulative high estimate of $772,450. Known as a “white glove sale,” rare in the auction world, every lot sold. On Wednesday, April 27, 2022, Toomey ...

Vast Trove of Andrew Wyeth Artworks—Many Unseen by the Public—Enter Into New Collections Sharing Agreement

ArtfixDaily / April 27th, 2022

Some 7,000 works by Andrew Wyeth, only 15 percent of which have been previously exhibited, will be made accessible for exhibition, scholarship and loans through a new partnership, notes the New York Times. The Wyeth Foundation for American Art has established a collection-sharing arrangement ...