Paul Allen, Microsoft Cofounder and Art Collector, Remembered

  • ARTnews
  • October 15, 2018 23:00
Milton Avery, Dancing Trees , 1960.  Oil on canvas, 52 x 66 in.  Paul G.  Allen Family Collection © 2015 Mi l ton Avery Trust / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Paul Allen, the multibillionaire technology entrepreneur and art collector, died on Monday at age 65. The cause was complications from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, according to his family. With his vast fortune built from cofounding Microsoft and investments, Allen was known for his philanthropy and ...

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Brexit Could Help the Case for Parthenon Sculptures to be Returned to Greece

  • Guardian
  • October 14, 2018 02:45
View of the Korai in the Acropolis Museum, with space for the one at the British Museum.

The Parthenon, crown jewel from the cradle of western civilization, needs its missing marbles. The Parthenon Museum in Athens is just over a decade old, a young and impressive institution in the shadow of the Parthenon itself, which is perched just above on the ancient Acropolis. The ...

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ARTFIXdaily Closed the Week of October 8

  • October 04, 2018 11:47
The Acropolis of Athens as seen from Mount Lycabettus.

ARTFIXdaily will be closed during the week of October 8. During the closure, readers may continue to browse the ArtWire for the latest news from the art world. Subscriber e-newsletter will resume on October 15. Αντίο!

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Russian Billionaire Rybolovlev Hits Sotheby's With $380 Million Lawsuit

  • Bloomberg
  • October 03, 2018 11:46
Amedeo Modigliani’s Nu Couché au Coussin Bleu (1917), for which Rybolovlev paid over $120 million including commission fees.  Bouvier had gotten the work for him at $95 million.

Bloomberg's Katya Kazakina reports: The epic international legal drama that has pitted a Russian billionaire against a Swiss art entrepreneur [Yves Bouvier] took a new turn on Tuesday with Dmitry Rybolovlev slapping Sotheby’s auction house with a $380 million lawsuit in New York. Rybolovlev ...

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Berkshire Museum to Sell More Art, And Search for New Director

  • October 01, 2018 22:52
The Last Arrow by Thomas Moran

The embattled Berkshire Museum in Massachusetts has announced that more artworks will be sold from its collections. Legal battles erupted over the museum's 2017 decision to sell artworks in order to bolster its endowment. So far, about $45 million has been raised by the Berkshire's art sales, ...

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Record Setting $65 Million Chinese Painting Tops Strong Sale in Hong Kong

  • CNN
  • October 01, 2018 15:43
Juin-Octobre 1985" by Zao Wou-ki.

CNN: A painting by the Chinese-French painter Zao Wou-Ki sold for a record 510 million Hong Kong dollars ($65 million) Sunday, leading one of Asia's largest ever art auctions. The artist's abstract work "Juin-Octobre 1985" is now the most expensive painting ever to go under the hammer in Hong ...

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Women Artists of the Hudson River School Featured in Exhibition at Worcester Art Museum

  • Telegram
  • September 26, 2018 12:35
Albert Bierstadt, Autumn Woods, 1886.

In 2010, Thomas Cole National Historic Site, with art dealer Jennifer C. Krieger of Hawthorne Fine Art, organized “Remember the Ladies: Women Artists of the Hudson River School”, the first known exhibition ever to focus solely on women artists associated with the 19th century landscape painting ...

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Artist Marina Abramovic Hit With a Painting in Italy Attack

  • Daily Beast
  • September 24, 2018 12:02

Performance artist Marina Abramovic was attacked at Italy's Palazzo Strozzi by a man wielding a framed painting. The artist was reportedly uninjured in the incident in which the man allegedly smashed his own artwork over her head in the Florence museum. Police are investigating. Abramovic told ...

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Japanese Billionaire Art Collector Will Invite Artists With Him to the Moon on Elon Musk's Rocket

  • New York Times
  • September 18, 2018 12:02
Screenshot of Yusaku Maezawa’s “Dear Moon” website.

In a press conference on Monday, the identity of the first lunar tourist was unveiled as Japanese fashion billionaire Yusaku Maezawa. Known in the U.S. as the art collector who bought Jean-Michel Basquiat's record-breaking $110.5 million painting in 2017, Maezawa is planning to make his space ...

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Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation Art Auction Raises $11 Million for Environmental Causes

  • Sonoma Magazine
  • September 16, 2018 23:23
Leonardo DiCaprio in 2014

Actor Leonardo DiCaprio's annual art benefit auction was held Sept. 15 in Sonoma County, Calif. with a roster of A-list celebrities attending. The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation (LDF) in partnership with Jackson Family Wines, sold 17 lots of experiences, collectibles and artworks by artists Ai ...

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Master of Color and Composition, Abstract Artist Sean Scully Spotlighted in Major Exhibitions

  • September 11, 2018 17:54
Sean Scully’s acclaimed Landline series makes its U.S.  debut at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden this fall.  Sean Scully, Landline Bend Triptych, 2017.  Oil on aluminum.  Three panels, each 85 × 75 in.  (215.9 × 190.5 cm).  Private collection.

‘I have spent my life making the melancholic into something irresistible. Because the world has changed around me and become more regretful, my paintings have become more true.’- Sean Scully Irish-born artist Sean Scully (b. 1945) is in the limelight this year with 15 international exhibitions, ...

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Glenstone Museum Foundation Sued by Contractor for $24 Million

  • New York Times
  • September 09, 2018 17:53
Glenstone

The Glenstone Foundation in Potomac, Maryland, a museum that houses a top-tier post-war and contemporary art collection, has been sued for $24 million in damages by its contractor just weeks before its expansion debuts. HITT Contracting filed the lawsuit over the building project, alleging that ...

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Judy Garland's Ruby Slippers Found After Museum Theft 13 Years Ago

  • Star Tribune
  • September 04, 2018 13:41

The FBI announced Tuesday that they have found the stolen red sequined slippers worn nearly 80 years ago by actress Judy Garland as Dorothy in "The Wizard of Oz." Pilfered from a museum in the actress' hometown of Grand Rapids, Minn., the shoes have been missing for 13 years. On loan from ...

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Louvre Abu Dhabi Delays Display of Da Vinci's Salvator Mundi

  • BBC
  • September 04, 2018 13:41
Leonardo da Vinci, Salvator Mundi, c.1500, oil on walnut, 45.4 × 65.6 cm

In a surprise announcement, Abu Dhabi's Department of Culture and Tourism says the unveiling of Leonardo da Vinci's "Salvator Mundi"---the world's most expensive painting---will be indefinitely delayed at the Louvre Abu Dhabi. The painting was sold for a record $450.3 million at a Christie's ...

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Brazil's Oldest Museum Consumed by Fire

  • The Guardian
  • September 03, 2018 13:39
Screenshot from YouTube of the fire at Brazil's National Museum on Sept.  2, 2018.

A massive fire ripped through Brazil's oldest museum on Sunday night, possibly destroying some 20 million artifacts. The 200-year-old Museu Nacional (National Museum) housed natural history collections including fossils and indigenous artifacts found in Brazil as well as antiquities from Egypt ...

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Disneyland Memorabilia Collection Fetches $8.3 Million at California Auction

  • Mercury News
  • August 30, 2018 13:56
A Dumbo ride sold for $483,000.

Disneyland collectibles that a man had amassed since 1993 sold for $8.3 million at a Sherman Oaks, Calif., auction last weekend. The consignor, Hollywood agent Richard Kraft, offered up his 900-piece Disney collection, in part to help fund charities that benefit children with special needs, ...

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Is Another 'New' Rembrandt About to be Revealed?

  • Dutch News
  • August 28, 2018 12:26
SELF-PORTRAIT, REMBRANDT VAN RIJN, CA.  1628.  Collection Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

In November, an exhibition of early works by Dutch master Rembrandt van Rijn is scheduled to go on view in the artist's hometown of Leiden. A previously unknown work by Rembrandt will debut in the exhibition, says a Dutch curator. Christiaan Vogelaar, curator of old master paintings at the ...

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Italy Attempts to Foil The Frick's 'Most Important Painting Purchase' in Decades

  • August 26, 2018 22:42
François Gérard, Portrait of Prince Camillo Borghese (circa 1810).

In December, New York's Frick Collection revealed that it had made its most important painting purchase since 1991. Now, the Italian government says it didn't realize that the painting's subject was a prince, and officials want to keep the painting in the country. The Frick had announced its ...

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Museum Featuring Westervelt CEO Jack Warner's Collection Will Close, and More Art Sold

  • August 23, 2018 15:07
“Dawn Before Gettysburg” by Edward Hopper (1882-1967)

The Tuscaloosa Museum of Art in Alabama, housing the renowned collection of 17th-20th century American and Asian fine art, furniture and decorative arts formed by the late Westervelt Company CEO Jack Warner, will close on Aug. 31. In a statement the museum noted: "While The Westervelt Company ...

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SpaceX to Blast Artist Trevor Paglen's Shiny Sculpture Into Orbit

  • August 23, 2018 15:07
Trevor Paglen with a prototype of Orbital Reflector

Starry, starry night gets more bling... A fourteen-foot diameter Mylar balloon hanging in the Nevada Museum of Art is but a tiny model for a project by artist Trevor Paglen that is scheduled to be blasted into space this fall. In partnership with the Nevada Museum of Art and in collaboration ...

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