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Upscale & Upbeat: Baltimore Antiques Show expects high turn-out, strong sales

Maryland Daily Record / September 3rd, 2009

Expectations are high for this weekend's 29th annual Baltimore Summer Antiques Show, the largest indoor antiques shows in the world, featuring 550 top-tier dealers. "The industry overall has been soft but nobody’s giving anything away — prices haven’t fallen,” said Kris Charamonde of the Palm ...

Recession Reaction: Art insurers say fraudulent claims on the rise

The Art Newspaper / September 3rd, 2009

The insurance industry is on red alert. The number of fraudulent claims is rising rapidly and experts predict they will continue to increase until the economic situation improves. According to the Association of British Insurers (ABI), in 2008 there was a 17% rise in fraudulent claims compared ...

Rants against Landmarks: FOX's Glenn Beck turns into an art critic

UnBeige Mediabistro / September 3rd, 2009

Everyone's favorite screamer Glenn Beck last night decided to expose the fascist/communist art at Rockefeller Plaza in New York. He explained that NBC, the Rockefeller family, and everyone else who happens to pass by the building is a raving communist and/or fascist (probably both). View the ...

"Portfolio from the Past": Antique furniture is a solid (wood) investment

CNBC / September 2nd, 2009

Though things may be looking up for the stock market, the next time the Dow Industrials drop 500 points, you may want to consider pulling funds out of the market and putting them in your bed. It may not be a bad idea if your resting place is part of an exceptional Louis XV-style bedroom suite by ...

Image Library at Risk: Art trade bemoans budget cuts at Courtauld

Guardian / September 2nd, 2009

The Courtauld Institute of Art in London, one of the most esteemed colleges in the world for the study of art history, is at the center of a storm over the upkeep of its photographic libraries - a hugely valuable resource for both art historians and the international art trade. A ...

Weekend at Bernie's: The AP looks inside the Madoff beach house

AP / September 2nd, 2009

A court-appointed trustee is dispersing of Bernie Madoff's assets in order to pay back investors a portion of their losses. Among the three homes of the fallen Ponzi schemer is a Montauk, New York, beach bungalow listed by The Corcoran Group for $8.75 million. The Madoffs' collections catalogued ...

Channeling Artists: Funnyman Fallon imagines the voice of Georgia O'Keeffe

UnBeige Mediabistro / September 2nd, 2009

With Georgia O'Keeffe-mania sweeping the nation, actress Joan Allen, who plays the artist in the late September Lifetime biopic, was the lead guest on Tuesday's episode of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Fallon admitted to not knowing much about the artist, including how she acted or spoke. "I ...

Quilts come in from the cold, with V&A collection as an art show

London Times / September 2nd, 2009

It is one of the common threads that runs through the great art collections of the world — among the masterpieces of Velázquez and Manet, Rennaissance frescoes, and the Venus de Milo, you are unlikely ever to come across a quilt. Now, though, the craft once disparaged as a pastime for bored women ...

Indian Art: "Everything is sensuality, luxury and ease" in the royal paintings of Jodhpur

Financial Times / September 2nd, 2009

The British Museum has decided to extend its superb exhibition of Indian paintings from the palace at Jodhpur into October. Three rulers of Marwar, each with their very different interests and temperaments, commissioned these works from the 17th to 19th centirues. One of these warrior maharajas, ...

Up Close with Chuck Close: The contemporary art legend is feted at Akron Art Museum

Cleveland Plain Dealer / September 2nd, 2009

Chuck Close took the first step toward becoming one of America's most famous contemporary artists in 1967 by throwing away his brushes. Limiting himself to an airbrush and a few spoonfuls of acrylic paint, Close launched an extensive series of photo-based portraits that have been collected avidly ...

Chinese Stamp Rarity; Philatelic flub may bring auction record

Reuters / August 31st, 2009

Hong Kong - More than 1,500 lots of rare Asian stamps with an estimated value of over $HK12 million ($1.55 million) will be auctioned by Zurich Asia, Sept. 18-19. The star lot is the 1897 Three Cents Red Revenue stamp, showing the value overprinted to one dollar with tiny Chinese characters. One ...

Woes at Ritchie's: Canada's biggest auction house is struggling within

Toronto Star / August 31st, 2009

When Sotheby's dropped Ritchie's as an auction partner this summer, the talk was that the ailing auction house would soon close. But the saga continues. Stephen Ranger, the firm's expert on Persian rugs, eventually its president and, this summer, on the losing side of a power struggle that has ...

Art Market Comeback?; Fall sales will confirm or deny recovery

Luxist / August 31st, 2009

The Art Price Global Index suggests that the art market started to turn at the middle of the year, but it's going to take the autumn art season to confirm whether this is a false positive or the start of a new trend. Art prices increased by 4.97 percent at the end of the second quarter, according ...

Old Style Syria Made New; Historic preservation versus the bottom line

CS Monitor / August 31st, 2009

Damascus is rediscovering its architectural gems, but hasty restoration puts history at risk. Layers of civilization are slowly peeled back to reveal such historic treasures as colonnaded Roman roads and late-Ottoman era houses, three of which are being restored as a boutique hotel for $20 ...

Naked Man Wins; Art Of Photography Show judged by Charlotte Cotton

NPR 1 / August 31st, 2009

Charlotte Cotton (shown here), head curator of the photography department at the Los Angeles County Museum, was the sole judge of the Art of Photography Show held in San Diego last weekend. She chose an image of a 53-year-old naked man, hunched on a child's chair, for first place. The work beat ...

17th c. Hidden Pig: Restorer finds painted-over swine with connections

Chicago Tribune / August 31st, 2009

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -  Chicago art conservator Barry Bauman discovered a hidden image of a butchered pig in a 17th century Dutch painting from the collection of Michigan's Calvin College. While he cleaned "Barn Interior" by Egbert van der Poel ...

Amazing Million-dollar Discovery; Declaration of Independence copy found at flea market

Philly.com / August 31st, 2009

A Philadelphia financial analyst was browsing an Adamstown, Pennsylvania, antique market when he spotted a painting he liked for its frame. He invested $4 in it. When he took the frame off, an original edition of the Declaration of Independence was hidden underneath, in a clean and well-preserved ...

Michael Mazur Dies; Yale-educated artist, prominent printmaker

Cape Cod Online / August 30th, 2009

Abstract painter and printmaker Michael Mazur, of Provincetown and Cambridge, Massachusetts, died last Tuesday at age 73. He was married to poet Gail Mazur. The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston held a retrospective exhibition of his work in 2000. His work has also been exhibited at The Museum of ...

Museum News Round-Up; Salary surprises, banks as curators, hot dog vendors not welcome

UnBeige Mediabistro / August 28th, 2009

First, the news outlets continue to fixate on museum officials' salaries. The focus lately is Ellen Futter of the American Museum of Natural History in New York who reels in about $1 million. Second, with museums across the country in financial straits, the NY Times reports that massive financial ...

Grand Theft of Granville Redmond; Sticky-fingered Florida man wanted for gallery robbery

KTLA News / August 30th, 2009

Los Angeles - The Los Angeles Police Dept. is looking for Vero Beach, Florida, resident Matthew Taylor, a man they say stole a work by California impressionist Granville Redmond from the L.A. Fine Art Gallery. He then sold the painting to art dealer William Karges for $85,000, saying the artwork ...