New York's Pier 57 may host Auction House, Galleries

  • Artinfo
  • August 03, 2009 13:08
Pier 57 will include space for an auction house, galleries, and more arts venues.

NEW YORK - The newly chosen developer's plan includes a Contemporary Culture Center with a mix of auction, exhibition, gallery, and entertainment space. Auctioneer Phillips de Pury is part of the picture...

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Nantucket scrimshaw art losing its bite

  • Cape Cod Times 1
  • August 03, 2009 13:08
Scrimshaw artists today have a very limited supply of material to work with.

NANTUCKET — Michael Vienneau peers through a bright, white magnifying glass to the polished whale tooth in his hand. He is one of the few remaining scrimshaw artists left on the island of Nantucket...

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The Met spotlights Artful Objects from Afghanistan

  • MET podcast
  • August 03, 2009 13:08
The Met dazzles with Afghani art

Afghanistan’s ambassador to the United States, His Excellency Said Tayeb Jawad, speaks about the rich culture and history of Afghanistan at the inauguration of the exhibition “Afghanistan: Hidden Treasures from the National Museum, Kabul.” Introduction by Met Director Thomas P. Campbell.

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Eric Owen Moss wants to piece together L.A.'s fragments

  • LA Times Arts
  • August 02, 2009 21:51

(Los Angeles) The architect hopes his latest projects will help bring the city closer to a new vision. The neighborhood around the office of Eric Owen Moss feels first like Mayberry, then a bit like "Killer of Sheep." And just after the block of tree-shaded single family homes runs into a ...

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At the Wolfsonian, Life's a Beach

  • UnBeige Mediabistro
  • August 02, 2009 21:51
"Beauty on the Beach" at the Wolfsoninan

 The Wolfsonian, the wonderfully eclectic Miami institution, didn't have to look far for the inspiration behind its new summer exhibitions, both of which center around the beach (just a few blocks away). Curated by The Wolfsonian's Marianne Lamonaca, "Beauty on the Beach: A Centennial Celebration ...

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A Nazi's Hoard in New Catalog of Looted Art

  • Bloomberg
  • August 02, 2009 21:51
Hitler's right hand man, Goering, checks out some toys.

Quantity took priority over quality in Hermann Goering’s sprawling art collection, much of it plundered from Jews. His gluttony for oil canvases becomes clear in Nancy Yeide’s “Beyond the Dreams of Avarice: The Hermann Goering Collection,” the first comprehensive catalog of as many as 1,800 ...

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A bumper crop of country Americana at Skinner's, Aug. 9

  • Auction Central News
  • August 02, 2009 21:51
Skinner's Country Americana sale is Aug.  9

(Marlborough, Mass.) Skinner's 787-lot sale featuring American country furniture and decorative arts, folk art, paintings, rare clocks, American textiles, needlework and even early cast-iron banks, will take place on Sunday, Aug. 9, at the company's spacious new gallery in Marlborough, Mass., 40 ...

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Dillinger's Derringer blasts by auction estimate

  • About.com
  • July 30, 2009 13:38
Dillinger's Derringer sold at Heritage Auctions

This week Heritage Auction Galleries in Dallas sold the pistol gangster John Dillinger hid in his sock the day he was arrested in Tucson, Arizona 75 years ago, just six months prior to being gunned down in Chicago. The Remington .41 caliber Double Derringer sold for $95,600 including Buyer’s ...

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Photographer Annie Leibovitz sued over $24 million loan

  • Bloomberg
  • July 30, 2009 13:38
Annie Leibovitz with her famous Vanity Fair magazine cover of a nude and pregnant Demi Moore.

The photographer Annie Leibovitz was sued by Art Capital Group Inc. and accused of failing to live up to the terms of agreements for loans of $24 million. Leibovitz approached the firm last year over her “dire financial condition” arising from tax liens and debts...

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'Artful Animals' at the National Museum of African Art

  • Washington Post
  • July 30, 2009 13:38

If the lion is king of the jungle, then what's that rooster doing wearing his crown? The exhibition 'Artful Animals' unlocks the mystery...

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Palm Springs Museum gets bonanza of contemporary art

  • LA Times Arts
  • July 30, 2009 13:38

The Palm Springs Art Museum's contemporary art collection will rise to a new level with a major gift of works assembled by Donna and Cargill MacMillan. Composed of 116 pieces by 66 artists, the international trove is particularly strong in sculpture...  

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NY museum exhibit to show unseen Tim Burton works

  • Reuters
  • July 29, 2009 22:18
Tim Burton's paintings will be revealed at MoMA.

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Films, paintings and drawings by film director and artist Tim Burton, which have never been seen before by the public, will be shown in a new exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art.    

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Pavilion of Art & Design Show to Debut in London

  • Artinfo
  • July 29, 2009 22:18
Gerhard Richter at the Pavilion of Art and Design, London

Timed to coincide with the Frieze Art Fair, the new show is signing up international dealers in contemporary art.

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Lehman Mounts Art Bargain Auction With Lichtenstein, Bourgeois

  • Bloomberg
  • July 29, 2009 22:18
Part of the art collection of former global financial services firm, Lehman Brothers, is up for sale at Freeman's this fall.

Roy Lichtenstein’s 1982 print of the Statue of Liberty, once wall candy at Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc., is expected to contribute about $30,000 to the bankrupt company’s coffers when it’s offered for auction in November. Lehman will begin selling its multimillion-dollar corporate art collection ...

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Louvre online database now in English

  • CBCNews
  • July 29, 2009 22:18
The Louvre

The Louvre museum in Paris has launched an English-language version of the online database that catalogues most of its works of art and antiquities. About 22,000 of the Paris-based museum's 35,000 works are shown in high-resolution images, with text that describes their provenance and location in ...

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With British Museum Plans Canceled, Richard Rogers Loses Second Big Project to Anti-Modern Forces

  • UnBeige Mediabistro
  • July 28, 2009 13:10
Richard Rogers, architect

  Starchitect Richard Rogers seems neck and neck in competition with Frank Gehry for popular architect most raked over the coals in 2009. Last week, Rogers was back on top with the news that an unprecedented two of his projects had been shortlisted for the Stirling Prize. But now the bad has ...

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Museum overseers sue to halt Rose Art Museum closing

  • Boston Globe
  • July 28, 2009 13:10
Rose Art Museum

(Waltham, Mass.) - Three overseers of Brandeis University's Rose Art Museum, one of New England's most important repositories of post-War and modern art, are suing the college to prevent the sale of artwork.

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Boy-king Blockbuster: King Tut dazzles again

  • Robb Report Blog
  • July 28, 2009 13:10
King Tut is at the de Young Museum

San Francisco’s de Young Museum is delighting visitors with the exhibition "Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs," on display through March 2010. For those who remember the 1970's blockbuster Tut exhibit in New York, this popular show is a deja vu, drawing huge crowds and rave ...

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Bargain Warhols, Blue Rothkos Bring Collectors to Private Art Sales

  • Bloomberg
  • July 28, 2009 13:10
In June, a $310 million private sale of paintings by Mark Rothko and other artworks owned by financier Ezra Merkin suggested that there’s still appetite and cash for great art.

Chelsea art dealer Leo Koenig used to negotiate private sales by bringing buyers and sellers together. Now, he has to buy the artwork to make a sale happen. “The super-deals are there for a second,” said Koenig, who owns a gallery on West 23rd Street in Manhattan. “You need to have a check ...

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SFMOMA Could Land Fisher's Modern Art Collection

  • Artinfo
  • July 27, 2009 14:42
Donald and Doris Fisher

Though rumors haven't been confirmed, word is that a firehouse could become a SFMOMA extension and the new home for the much-lauded art collection of Gap founders Donald and Doris Fisher.

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