Pasadena Museum of California Art Will Close This Fall

  • June 20, 2018 18:49
Grafton Tyler Brown, Cascade Cliffs, Columbia River, 1885.  Oil on canvas.  17 x 32 inches.  Courtesy of the Melvin Holmes Collection of African American Art.  Photo © John Wilson White Studio

Without mention of any reason, the 16-year-old Pasadena Museum of California Art (PMCA) announced this week that the Southern California institution will close its doors. On June 13, at a PMCA Board meeting, Chairman Jim Crawford recommended that the museum close after the current exhibitions ...

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Father Countersued Over Basquiat Painting Sale

  • Courthouse News Service
  • June 10, 2018 23:11

From Courthouse New Service: Claiming that her father’s lawsuit gutted the auction of a Basquiat masterpiece, the middle daughter in a family of art collectors brought a $100 million legal demand of her own Thursday in the latest swat of an ugly family dispute. “Flesh and Spirit” sold for ...

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Record Prices Abound at Sotheby's $392 Million Contemporary Art Sale

  • May 17, 2018 12:41
Kerry James Marshall's Past Times (1997) set a new record for a living African American artist of $21.1m with fees

On Wednesday, Sotheby's tallied $392.3m total with fees for contemporary art in New York, setting 15 artist records among the 75 lots offered. Just two works failed to sell—by Yayoi Kusama and Lucio Fontana. An Asian private collector won David Hockney's "Pacific Coast Highway and Santa ...

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Richard Gray, Noted Gallerist, Remembered

  • WTTW
  • May 17, 2018 12:06
Richard Gray

Richard Gray, a celebrated art dealer, civic leader, and philanthropist, died Wednesday morning at his home in Chicago, surrounded by family. He was 89 years old. In 1963, Gray founded the Richard Gray Gallery in Chicago and he later opened another gallery in New York City. With his wife Mary, ...

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Modigliani Nude Fetches $157.2 Million at Sotheby's

  • May 14, 2018 22:25
Amedeo Modigliani, “Nu couche (sur le cote gauche)," 1917.

Amedeo Modigliani's largest work and his greatest nude has become the most valuable artwork ever sold at Sothebys—selling for $157 million in the May 14 Impressionist & Modern Evening Sale. Nu couché was acquired by its previous owner, Irish billionaire John Magnier, at auction in 2003 for ...

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Protest Planned Outside Sotheby's Over Berkshire Museum Art Sales

  • May 12, 2018 17:09
Henry Moore – THREE SEATED WOMEN, 1942.

The grassroots citizens' group Save the Art – Save the Museum has invited fellow supporters to join a permitted protest at Sotheby’s on Monday, May 14 from 5:45 to 7 p.m. at 1334 York Avenue in New York City. The protest is timed to coincide with the auction of two of 40 deaccessioned works of ...

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Diego Rivera, American Art Hits Record Prices in $106 Million Rockefeller Sale

  • May 09, 2018 20:52
Diego Rivera, The Rivals, 1931, oil on canvas, sold for $9.76 million.

Bidders went bonkers for The Collection of Peggy and David Rockefeller on the second night of the sales series at Christie's in New York City's Rockefeller Center. The first two days of Rockefeller sales have totaled over $765 million, with more to go this week and jewelry in June. Provenance — ...

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Alleged Painting Slasher at Aspen Gallery Denies Doing It

  • Aspen Times
  • May 06, 2018 18:29
A screen shot from surveillance cameras inside an Aspen art gallery show the suspect right before he slashed a nearly $3 million painting in May 2017.

The British man accused by police of slashing a $3 million painting at an Aspen art gallery last year says he didn't do it. Nick Morley, 40, is named by police and prosecutors as the man dressed in black who walked in and cut the Christopher Wool artwork at Opera Gallery in May 2017. Morley ...

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Pacific Standard Time Boosted SoCal Economy by Over $430 Million

  • May 01, 2018 19:32
Judithe Hernández, The Purification , 2013.  Pastel mixed-media on archival wood board.  30 x 40 in.  © 2016 Judithe Hernández.  Part of "One Path Two Journeys" at Millard Sheets Art Center.

The Getty-funded, regional arts initiative Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA contributed around $430.3 million to the Southern California economy between September 2017 and January 2018, according to a new report from the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC). From the report's ...

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ARTFIXdaily Closed May 22 to 25

  • April 22, 2018 23:39
Yamashite Chair, part of National Portrait Gallery's 'Black Out: Silhouettes Then and Now' exhibition.

ARTFIXdaily will be closed from May 22 to 25. E-newsletter service will resume on May 28. Image: The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery now presents “Black Out: Silhouettes Then and Now,” the first major museum exhibition to explore the art form of cut-paper profiles in terms of their rich ...

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Artwork from La Salle University Collection Hits the Auction Block

  • The Inquirer
  • April 18, 2018 13:00
Dorothea Tanning (1910-2012), The Temptation of St.  Anthony, painted in 1945-1946.  Oil on canvas in the artist's painted frame.  47⅞ x 35⅞ in (121.4 x 91.2 cm).  Estimate: $400,000-600,000.  This work is offered in the Impressionist and Modern Art Day Sale on 16 May at Christie’s in New York

Philadelphia's La Salle University is unloading a trove of 46 American and European artworks from its museum collections through Christie's in a series of sales beginning in New York this week. School trustees say the sale proceeds will fund initiatives from La Salle University’s five-year ...

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Judge Rules for Berkshire Museum Sales of Norman Rockwell, Other Artworks

  • New York Times
  • April 06, 2018 14:33
THOMAS WILMER DEWING, The White Dress.  Oil on canvas.

A Massachusetts judge on Thursday gave the final approval for Berkshire Museum's controversial plan to sell artworks from its collections, including a significant Norman Rockwell painting that the artist gifted to the Pittsfield, Mass., institution.  The decision comes after a seven month ...

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Art Dealer Graham Arader Lists His Antiques-Filled Hudson River Estate

  • Bloomberg
  • April 01, 2018 22:39

New York-based antique map, book, and print specialist W. Graham Arader has listed his 1850s Italianate Victorian residence in Nyack, New York, one of several of his historic residences. “I own the seventh-oldest house in San Francisco,” he told Bloomberg, “I own the only pristine beaux-arts ...

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NYC Public Art Project Spotlights Climate Change, Birds and Audubon

  • March 21, 2018 12:19
Townsend’s Warbler by ATM.  Location: 601 W.  162 St.

In New York City over the last few years, North American birds have been slowly appearing --- in large-scale murals --- to emphasize that threatented birds might be disappearing. The Audubon Mural Project is bringing attention to endangered birds with dozens of public murals, a fitting ode to the ...

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New Contemporary Art Museum to Debut in Florence

  • Firenze
  • March 18, 2018 19:53
Giorgio Morandi Natura morta, 1958 oil on canvas, 11 3/4 × 13 3/4 in Paesaggio, 1942 oil on canvas, 19 5/8 × 17 3/4 in © Giorgio Morandi, by SIAE 2018

Art collector Roberto Casamonti, founder of the Tornabuoni Art gallery, will open a contemporary art museum in Florence, Italy, on March 24. Housed in the Palazzo Bartolini Salimbeni, a Renaissance building overlooking Santa Trinita square, the museum will bring 20th century to contemporary ...

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Nearly $2 Million in Hudson River School Paintings Stolen From Warehouse

  • New York Daily News
  • March 13, 2018 22:57
Missing painting

An art owner notified police last summer that his collection of 19th-century paintings worth nearly $2 million was missing from a Brooklyn storage facility. The Hudson River School works were stored within the Crozier Fine Arts warehouse, which was sold to Iron Mountain in 2015. NYPD is ...

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Major Gift Expands Mennello Museum of American Art

  • Orlando Sentinel
  • March 04, 2018 19:57
"Coopers Lake, Woodstock," an oil on panel, was painted by George Wesley Bellows in 1924.  The work was one of a collection valued at more than $8.75 million, donated in 2018 by Michael A.  Mennello to the Mennello Museum of American Art in Orlando.  (Credit: Collection of the Mennello Museum of American Art, 2018.  Gift of Michael A.  Mennello)

A new donation of artwork — the biggest in the history of the Mennello Museum of American Art — will help spur growth in Orlando's downtown, according to the Orlando Sentinel. The over $8.75 million donation in art from museum co-founder Michael A. Mennello was announced Saturday. Orlando mayor ...

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ARTFIXdaily Closed for Maintenance, Feb. 26 Week

  • February 25, 2018 22:48
The 24th edition of The Armory Show will open on Piers 92 & 94 in Manhattan with a VIP Preview Day on Wednesday, March 7; the fair will be open to the public March 8–11.  Featuring 198 galleries from 31 countries, The Armory Show presents artworks that range from historical masterpieces to the latest contemporary projects by established and emerging artists.

ARTFIXdaily will be closed for maintenance from Feb. 26 to March 2. Subscriber e-newsletter service will resume on March 5. Coming up: Armory Week in New York. This year, the fair dates have shifted, causing a spread over two weeks for the suite of popular art fairs. The Armory Show will now ...

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Before Twitter, There Was 'The Tiff,' a Cutting-Edge Painting that Captured a Moment

  • February 22, 2018 18:00
William Merritt Chase (American, 1849-1916), Sunlight and Shadow, 1884, oil on canvas, Collection of Joslyn Art Museum, Gift of the Friends of Art, 1932.4

A brief exchange, perhaps heated, executed quickly to capture a moment. Sounds like a Twitter tweetstorm, but the subject here is a 19th-century painting once titled The Tiff, painted en plein air, a direct rendering out-of-doors of a couple's conversation in a sun-dappled garden. Executed at ...

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Locals to Continue the Fight Against Berkshire Museum Art Sales

  • Berkshire Eagle
  • February 13, 2018 19:25
Frederic Church, Valley of the Santa Ysabel, 1875.

A group of locals from Lenox, Mass., who were blocked from a legal challenge of the Berkshire Museum's plan to sell 40 artworks, are "stunned" by the state attorney general's agreement on Friday to allow up to $55 million in art sales, pending court approval. The residents plan to continue the ...

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