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Book reveals Jasper Johns, the Jokester

UnBeige Mediabistro / August 3rd, 2009

Artist Jasper Johns tends to confront cameras with an expression of steely bemusement that stops just short of a glower. But don't mistake Johns's intensity for humorlessness, notes James Rosenquist in his memoir, Painting Below Zero, due out in October from Knopf...  

"Vivid pink" diamond could rock market

Reuters / August 3rd, 2009

HONG KONG - A rare, 5-carat pink diamond will be sold in Hong Kong this December by Christie's, which expects the stone to hover near world record prices, thanks in part to the buying prowess of top Asian jewelry collectors.  

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

Artinfo / August 3rd, 2009

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...

Nantucket scrimshaw art losing its bite

Cape Cod Times 1 / August 2nd, 2009

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...

The Met spotlights Artful Objects from Afghanistan

MET podcast / August 3rd, 2009

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.

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

LA Times Arts / August 2nd, 2009

(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 ...

At the Wolfsonian, Life's a Beach

UnBeige Mediabistro / July 30th, 2009

 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 ...

A Nazi's Hoard in New Catalog of Looted Art

Bloomberg / August 2nd, 2009

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 ...

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

Auction Central News / August 2nd, 2009

(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 ...

Dillinger's Derringer blasts by auction estimate

About.com / July 30th, 2009

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 ...

Photographer Annie Leibovitz sued over $24 million loan

Bloomberg / July 30th, 2009

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...

'Artful Animals' at the National Museum of African Art

Washington Post / July 30th, 2009

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

Palm Springs Museum gets bonanza of contemporary art

LA Times Arts / July 29th, 2009

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...  

NY museum exhibit to show unseen Tim Burton works

Reuters / July 29th, 2009

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.    

Pavilion of Art & Design Show to Debut in London

Artinfo / July 29th, 2009

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

Lehman Mounts Art Bargain Auction With Lichtenstein, Bourgeois

Bloomberg / July 29th, 2009

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 ...

Louvre online database now in English

CBCNews / July 29th, 2009

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 ...

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

UnBeige Mediabistro / July 28th, 2009

  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 ...

Museum overseers sue to halt Rose Art Museum closing

Boston Globe / July 28th, 2009

(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.

Boy-king Blockbuster: King Tut dazzles again

Robb Report Blog / July 28th, 2009

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 ...