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Museums' new mantra: Connect with community

CS Monitor / July 21st, 2009

(LOS ANGELES) Relevance, responsiveness, interactivity is the new road map to success. From San Francisco to Jerusalem, museums are bustling with new construction – and new visions, strategic plans, and ambitious initiatives, not to mention visitors.  

Bankruptcy looms for venerable London antiques dealer

The Times / July 21st, 2009

(LONDON) Partridge Fine Art, the dealership set up in 1902 to buy antiques for Queen Mary, will be run by a bankruptcy specialist as the firm struggles with the global recession. The business, which sells to private clients, designers and institutions such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, ...

The French Resistance: Paris Art Market Defies the World

Luxist / July 20th, 2009

In the first three months of the year, Paris put up better auction results than London or New York, thanks to the Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint-Laurent sale at the Grand Palais back in February. Historically, Paris has lagged these two cities. For the first quarter, art prices in France came down only ...

The Museum of Modern Art: Amsterdam as Hub for Globetrotting Conceptualists

New York Times Art / July 20th, 2009

“In & Out of Amsterdam: Travels in Conceptual Art, 1960-1976” explores the relationship between early Conceptual art and globetrotting, with Amsterdam as a way station.

Fontaine’s Civil War & Militaria Auction to be a Sure Fire Hit with Collectors

WorthPoint / July 20th, 2009

PITTSFIELD, Mass. – More than 500 lots of important Civil War items, rare and vintage firearms and all manner of militaria will cross the block in an auction featuring the lifetime collection of the late George J. Bisacca, whose mainly Civil War collection was housed in the Eastover Resort ...

White House and Cooper-Hewitt Kick Off Mini-Arts Week

UnBeige Mediabistro / July 20th, 2009

It's that time of year again, for the annual National Design Awards luncheon at the White House, now with an all new First Lady at the helm. With Michelle Obama running this Friday's luncheon...

U.K. Government Funding Cutbacks May Hit Tate, British Museum Projects

Artinfo / July 20th, 2009

The British culture minister says "there are too many schemes bidding for too little money."

Art Auction Advances With Christie's iPhone Bidding App

Luxist / July 20th, 2009

The iPhone will stand alongside the gavel, if all goes well, as the implement by which an auction is defined. Christie's hopes that a new bidding application will attract new money bidders to the auction house, ideally to pick up some of the lots that aren't moving and to possibly push prices up ...

Schoolgirl samplers get high marks at auction

Auction Central News / July 19th, 2009

ASHEVILLE, N.C. - In a sale heavy with ornate Oriental carpets and elegant English and Tiffany silver, two humble Southern samplers topped all competitors at Brunk Auctions' sale on July 11.  The textile leader was a 17-line sampler by Buncombe County, N.C., resident Orry A. Alexander. Orry ...

Hundreds Try Out for Art-World Reality Show

New York Times Art / July 19th, 2009

The Bravo network held a casting call in New York City for a show in which 13 artists will compete to win a gallery show and other related prizes. Produced by "Sex and the City" star Sarah Jessica Parker...

An Offering Fit for the Emperors

New York Times Art / July 19th, 2009

The British Museum has acquired the Percival David collection of Chinese ceramic vessels, one of the most dazzling displays of Chinese porcelain anywhere.

Museum loses Meissen collection to recession

Auction Central News / July 17th, 2009

The Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe (MKG), Hamburg, is sad about July 31. That is the day the doors will close for good on the Hoffmeister Collection. The 400 pieces of exquisite Meissen Porcelain, which has been on long-term loan to the museum since 1999, is being repossessed by its owners, Horst ...

Artist Investigated for Creating Nazi Gnomes

Daily News / July 17th, 2009

A 14-inch garden gnome is causing quite a stir in Germany. The tiny statue meant for beautifying lawns is offending many and breaking German law by giving the straight-armed Hitler salute, the Daily Mail reports.

Museum Should Give Disneyana a Boost

New York Times Art / July 16th, 2009

The international market for Disney collectibles, relatively quiet for a decade, is likely to be given a boost when the Walt Disney Family Museum opens in San Francisco on Oct. 1.

Julius Shulman's photos promoted the allure of Southern California living

LA Times Arts / July 17th, 2009

In conveying the sunny Los Angeles lifestyle, the photographer turned boosterism into an art form. If Southern California and its culture were built on salesmanship, Julius Shulman sold the place as well as anyone.  

Unsolved Mysteries of Matisse the Austere

New York Times Art / July 16th, 2009

A new study of his work, “Bathers by a River,” reveals much about the artist’s methods.

'Japanese Mandalas': If You Go: Cosmic MapQuests to Enlightenment

New York Times Art / July 16th, 2009

(NEW YORK) With Buddhist sculpture, portraits, and cosmiclike paintings, the Metropolitan Museum offers an homage to a spiritual leader.

NY gallery resumes sale of Warhol's Jackson

Boston Globe 2 / July 16th, 2009

After a slew of publicity generated by the auction's delay, an Andy Warhol portrait of Michael Jackson is back on the block at an East Hampton, New York, art gallery. The work comes from a private collection.

O'Keeffe Museum loses court appeal

AP / July 16th, 2009

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Georgia O'Keeffe Museum may represent the painter's estate but has no right to an art collection she donated to Fisk University, Tennessee's Court of Appeals has ruled. In the ruling filed Tuesday, the court said any right O'Keeffe had to most of the 101 works of art ...

Scharf Bronze Could Sizzle at Summer Auction

Auction Central News / July 16th, 2009

NEW YORK - The dog days of summer aren't considered the peak season for selling art, but they have not kept Ro Gallery from assembling a noteworthy list of works for their Summer Sale of Modern and Contemporary Art on July 23. Of note, Kenny Scharf's "Yinyang Noseblock" bronze (estimate: ...