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Following the Morozov Collection Blockbuster, Fondation Louis Vuitton Debuts 2 New Major Exhibitions

ArtfixDaily / May 22nd, 2022

Following the resounding success of the Morozov Collection exhibition (recently returned to Russia after 1.25 million visitors saw the show in Paris), the Fondation Louis Vuitton inaugurates two new exhibitions, “Simon Hantaï (1922-2008) – the Centenary Exhibition,” and “Fugues In Color”, on view ...

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 ...

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 ...

$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 ...

This Artist's House For Sale in the Hills of Tuscany Is a Draw

ArtfixDaily / April 25th, 2022

The sea is black, you are transparent, the sky is black you are deep, ciao - excerpt of a note from Lucio Fontana to Diana Baylon In the hills above Florence, a house-museum in which Abstract Expressionist artist Diana Baylon (1920-2013) lived and worked is for sale. Baylon set up her Tuscan ...

Bruce Museum to Receive Promised Gift of a Major Collection of European and American Art

ArtfixDaily / April 26th, 2022

The identities of the collectors of this transformative gift of 70 artworks—which includes Edward Hopper’s seminal final painting Two Comedians (1966)—have been guessed at, but not revealed, according to ARTnews. The Bruce Museum in Greenwich, Conn., announced the promised gift of a major ...

Ohio Museum Deaccessions Artworks That Could Raise Over $60 Million at Auction

ArtfixDaily / April 25th, 2022

In an effort to bolster its acquisition fund to diversify collections, the Toledo Museum of Art (TMA) in Toledo, Ohio, will offer up for sale three major Impressionist paintings expected to fetch up to $64 million in Sotheby's Modern Evening sale on May 17. The deaccessions include Nu ...

Three Major Institutions Collaborate on First Major Exhibition Devoted to Matisse in the 1930s

ArtfixDaily / April 19th, 2022

The Philadelphia Museum of Art, in collaboration with the Musée de l’Orangerie in Paris and the Musée Matisse Nice, will present the first exhibition ever dedicated to the pivotal decade of the 1930s in the art of Henri Matisse (1869–1954), one of the giants of twentieth-century art. Opening ...

Finland Seizes $46 Million in Art Returning to Russia; Paris Mayor Calls for 'Freezing' Morozov Collection

ArtfixDaily / April 7th, 2022

Finland seized artwork en route to Russia in accordance with sanctions imposed by the European Union over Russia's brutal invasion of Ukraine. The haul of paintings and sculptures is valued at around 42 million euros ($46 million), the agency said. The artwork was on loan from Russia to ...

An Olfactory Exhibition at the Prado Invites Visitors to Smell the Rubens and Brueghel

ArtfixDaily / April 5th, 2022

Jasmine, ambergris, orange blossom...visitors can breathe in the heady scents represented in a 17th-century garden scene painting in this fresh exhibition. On display until July 3 at the Prado in Madrid, The Sense of Smell, a painting by Jan Brueghel and Peter Paul Rubens, is the focus ...

Trailblazing 18th-Century Woman Artist's Work Goes On Public View For First Time in Over 230 Years in San Francisco

ArtfixDaily / April 4th, 2022

In 1791 artist Marie-Guillemine Benoist set out to defy expectations, to prove to all of Paris that a woman could indeed “compose history paintings.” Exhibiting Psyche Bidding Her Family Farewell at that year’s Salon, the official exhibition of the Royal Academy of Arts, she became the ...

Louvre Halts Sale of Record-Smashing Strawberries Painting by Chardin

The Art Newspaper / April 3rd, 2022

A still-life by 18th-century French painter Jean Siméon Chardin sold to a U.S. art dealer for an artist record of €24.3m ($26.8 million) in Paris last week. The sale has now been put on hold by the Louvre. The Louvre’s director, Laurence des Cars, told Le Figaro that she has requested ...

MGM Resort's New Acquisitions Reshape Its Public Fine Art Collection

ArtfixDaily / March 29th, 2022

In October, MGM Resorts sold 11 works by Pablo Picasso, some decades-long fixtures in the casino restaurant, for a total of $108 million. Sotheby's conducted the sale on-site at the MGM Bellagio in Las Vegas, and while several works by Picasso remain in the collection, the resort entity now aims ...

Russian Art Auctions Cancelled by Sotheby's, Christie's and Bonhams

The Art Newspaper / March 16th, 2022

In light of Russia's attack on Ukraine, sales of Russian art scheduled for June in London have been called off by Bonhams, Sotheby's and Christie's, reported The Art Newspaper.  “Sotheby’s will not be holding Russian art sales in June,” a spokesperson for the auction house says in a ...

'Our Blue Planet: Global Visions of Water' Exhibition Opens at Seattle Art Museum

ArtfixDaily / March 15th, 2022

The Seattle Art Museum (SAM) presents Our Blue Planet: Global Visions of Water (March 18–May 30, 2022), exploring the many ways artists around the world have engaged with the theme of water. The exhibition features works from SAM’s collection and three local lenders, with over 80 works of art ...

New Monograph Along With Exhibition of Lesser-Known Works By Käthe Kollwitz Revisit Her Powerful Art

ArtfixDaily / March 14th, 2022

“I want to have an effect during this age in which people are so perplexed and in need of help.” - Käthe Kollwitz, diary entry from 1922 Käthe Kollwitz (1867–1945), considered one of the most important German artists of the first half of the 20th century, famously addressed themes of war, ...

Investigators Probe Cold Case Murder for Clues to Gardner Museum Heist

Smithsonian Magazine / March 3rd, 2022

An unsolved murder in 1991 is being revisited by authorities for possible clues into the infamous art heist at Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, reports Bob Ward for Boston 25 News. In the over three decades since thieves made off with treasured artworks valued then at $500 million, ...

Magritte Masterwork Fetches Record $79.8 Million

ArtfixDaily / March 2nd, 2022

Described as one of the most "definitive images of Surrealist art," René Magritte’s L’empire des lumières captured an artist record price of £59.4 million ($79.8 million) at Sotheby’s on Wednesday. The Belgian Surrealist's previous record was $26.8 million, landed by Le Principe du ...