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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 ...

Prized Pennsylvania Decoy Discovered; Rare 19th c. goose carving emerges from Argentina

AP / August 30th, 2009

Christie's experts got a surprising e-mail from a man in Argentina. He wondered if the hand-carved Canada Goose that sat on his parents' mantel for decades had any value. Turns out the piece was part of a rare 19th-century working rig that once plied Pennsylvania's Susquehanna River before being ...

Life Can't Imitate Art; Model arrested for nudity at the Met

Guardian / August 30th, 2009

New York - Apparently, nudes can be viewed in oils or bronze, but not in the flesh, dancing in the arms & armor department of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Model Kathleen "KC" Neill, 26, was nabbed by police last week and charged with public lewdness after posing naked in the museum for ...

Lester Glassner Passes Away; Major collector of dimestore delights and pop culture

LA Times / August 30th, 2009

In the early 1960s, Lester Glassner, of New York, picked up a Mickey Mouse lamp at a junk shop and was on his way to forming a massive collection. From his first Disney character, Glassner moved onto a diverse range of objects: vintage movie memorabilia (250,000 movie stills), rare celluloid ...

What Saatchi Says Sticks; The contemporary art tastemaker talks

Guardian / August 30th, 2009

London art collector and dealer Charles Saatchi acknowledges that young, contemporary artists need collectors like him. Saatchi also tells U.K.'s Guardian, "Art collectors are pretty insignificant in the scheme of things. What matters and survives is the art." Yet, Saatchi's influence is ...

Behold the Barbarians' Loot: £1m Viking hoard exhibited for first time

London Times / August 27th, 2009

The largest and most important Viking hoard of jewels and coins found in Britain for over 150 years has gone on display for the first time. Unearthed by a father and son team of treasure hunters in a field, their 2007 find of 617 coins and gilt goodies is dated at more than 1,000 years old. The ...

Art Talks: "Mona Lisa" speaks Mandarin in high-tech exhibit

Reuters / August 27th, 2009

BEIJING (Reuters) - For centuries, Leonardo da Vinci's "Mona Lisa" and her enigmatic smile have inspired as much speculation as admiration. Now she's ready to answer questions -- in Mandarin. A digital, interactive version of the renowned 16th century painting is one of 61 high-tech replicas ...

Roman Ruins Re-hashed: German discovery of 2,000-yr-old horse statue

Reuters / August 27th, 2009

BERLIN (Reuters) - German archaeologists on Thursday unveiled a bronze and gold horse's head they said was believed to be a remnant of a 2000-year-old Roman statue. A team digging at a former Roman town near Waldgirmes in central Germany found the life-sized head along with the foot of a rider on ...