Alice Walton appoints new director of Crystal Bridges

  • LA Times Arts
  • August 17, 2009 22:56
Crystal Bridges

Currently director of the Toledo Museum of Art in Ohio, Don Bacigalupi will take charge of the fledgling American art museum in late October.  

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Important 1734 Henry Popple Maps of Colonial North America to Sell Online

  • WorthPoint
  • August 17, 2009 22:56
Popple Map

SEDONA, Ariz. – One of the most important maps of Colonial North America—Henry Popple’s “Map of the British Empire in North America,” published in 1734—will be the highlight of an online sale featuring hundreds of antique maps, atlases and other cartographic-related items. The exceedingly rare ...

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Museum Director Shake-up

  • UnBeige Mediabistro
  • August 17, 2009 22:56
Cleveland Museum of Art

There's been some major shifts at the Cleveland Museum of Art. The museum has named Deborah Gribbon as their interim director, who will take over for current director Timothy Rub this September as he leaves to take over the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Gribbon, you might remember, used to be the ...

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Developers Threaten To Boot Artist Squatters In Berlin

  • NPR 1
  • August 16, 2009 22:39
Berlin artist

Increasing gentrification in Berlin is putting the city's famous and raucous alternative art scene at risk. Artists who have squatted in a ramshackle building for nearly 20 years now face eviction by corporate owners who want to turn the site into high-end apartments.

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UCLA has arts library on the chopping block

  • LA Times Arts
  • August 16, 2009 22:39

Budget cuts are forcing the university to consider merging the collection with an existing branch.  

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Da Vinci's lion prowls again after 500 years

  • Reuters
  • August 16, 2009 22:39
da Vinci's lion

AMBOISE, France (Reuters) - A mechanical lion invented by Leonardo da Vinci to entertain the King of France has sprung back to life in the Renaissance genius's last home.  

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Framing Rockwell's vision of America

  • Boston Globe 1
  • August 16, 2009 22:39
No Swimming ©1921 SEPS: Licensed by Curtis Publishing, Indianapolis, IN

STOCKBRIDGE, MASS. - To take the drive out through the Berkshires and onto the bucolic grounds of the Norman Rockwell Museum is to glide into a dream of America that may well never have existed, and yet it retains its power to seduce.

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Boston Globe critic picks "Prendergast in Italy"

  • Boston Globe 1
  • August 16, 2009 22:39
Maurice Prendergast (American, 1858–1924) Canal, Venice, ca.  1898–99 watercolor and pencil on paper Credit line: Abby & Alan D.  Levy Collection, Los Angeles

Not to miss this summer is PRENDERGAST IN ITALY an exhibition of Maurice Prendergast’s views of Rome, Siena, Venice, and Capri as well as fascinating archival material from the artist’s two trips to Italy in 1898 and 1911. On view through Sept. 20 at Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, ...

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Celebrated British jeweler quits London's Bond St.

  • Reuters
  • August 13, 2009 22:42
Damien Hirst

LONDON (Reuters Life!) - The luxury London jeweler which created British artist Damien Hirst's diamond-encrusted skull and provides jewels to the royal family is moving house.  

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Museum patrons see their gala gift bags shrink

  • Bloomberg
  • August 13, 2009 22:35
Museum gift bags

Guests at the Parrish Art Museum’s 2005 summer gala received a limited-edition bag from Coach Inc. This year, Kelsey Grammer, Joel Grey and some 500 other attendees got a nylon bag, a journal and a cookbook.

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New book reveals how 'genuine fakes' fooled art world

  • Christian Science Monitor
  • August 13, 2009 22:35
Provenance

Provenance: How a Con Man and a Forger Rewrote the History of Modern Art details the sordid tale of the stealthy U.K. duo who unleashed about 200 fake paintings, with plausible provenances, into the art market. To date, only 73 of these forgeries have been revealed...

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"Iran Inside Out" Shocks and Provokes at the Chelsea Art Museum

  • Huffington Post
  • August 13, 2009 22:35
Iran Inside Out at Chelsea Art Museum

Iran Inside Out offers a veritable platter of provocative work that begs for discussion, debate and perhaps most importantly, an open mind.

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Billionaire Eli Broad speaks about his plans for a new museum

  • LA Times Arts
  • August 13, 2009 22:35
Eli Broad

Even though Eli Broad lost $1.5 billion of his fortune in 6 months when AIG stock plummeted, he is still a multibillionaire with a heart for art. His museum plans are rolling out. 'Our first choice is the Beverly Hills site,' he says, but 'there are a lot of issues that we are working on.' ...

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German cult sausage gets own museum

  • Reuters
  • August 13, 2009 22:35
currywurst

BERLIN (Reuters Life!) - In the year that Berlin's best loved sausage, the Currywurst, celebrates its 60th Birthday a new museum showcasing the cult snack will open in the capital this weekend.  

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Arrest in $65 million Graff jewelry heist

  • AP
  • August 13, 2009 22:35
Graff

LONDON - Police said Wednesday they have arrested a suspect in connection with a daring daytime heist that netted $65 million worth of jewelry from a prominent London diamond merchant last week.

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Twilight time for Canadian Auctioneer: Ritchies Doors Closed

  • Artinfo
  • August 12, 2009 22:41
Ritchies

A sign posted at the trouble-plagued auction house says it's on summer vacation until next week. Two weeks ago, Ritchies laid off its entire staff of 25...

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Gem expert Campbell Bridges killed by Kenyan mob

  • London Times
  • August 12, 2009 22:02
Tanzanite

A renowned Scottish gem expert has been murdered in Kenya by a mob wielding knives, clubs, spears and bows and arrows. Campbell Bridges was known for introducing Tsavorite and Tanzanite, a gem that is one thousand times rarer than diamonds, to the marketplace...

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N.Y. lawmakers may curtail museum de-accessions

  • Luxist
  • August 12, 2009 22:02
Gifford's Mount Mansfield

Endowments are losing money, which means art museums have less to pay their staff and run their galleries. The solution? Well, they can fire some of their staff, or they can sell off some of their art. In the wake of the National Academy of Design Museum's controversial sale of Hudson River ...

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Dirty Dark Ages Freshen Up in Paris Exhibit on Bathing

  • Bloomberg
  • August 12, 2009 22:02
Roman bath

In the Middle Ages, most people got married in June because they took their yearly bath in May and still smelled reasonably good at the wedding. Or so the old story goes. “The Bath and the Mirror,” an exhibition at the Musee de Cluny in Paris, strives to debunk the myth of the filthy Dark ...

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Christie’s Offers $5.7 Million More of Yves Saint Laurent's Stuff

  • Bloomberg
  • August 12, 2009 22:02
yves saint laurent auction, sale II

Following a record-breaking, 342.5 million euro auction last February, a second group of artworks from the collection of the late fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent and his auction-house-owning partner Pierre Berge is expected to fetch up to 4 million euros ($5.7 million) when it appears for ...

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