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Hokusai's 'Great Wave' Print Fetches Record $1.6 Million at Christie's; $35 Garage Sale Find Brings Over $700k at Sotheby's

ArtfixDaily / March 17th, 2021

Christie’s Tuesday sale of Japanese Art and Korean Art achieved a total of $9,712,250 with 85% sold by lot and 197% hammer above low estimate. There was global participation with registered bidders from 35 countries and 51% of lots sold to online buyers. The top lots of the sale were a hanging ...

France's Only Klimt Painting Will Be Returned to Nazi-Persecuted Owner's Heirs

New York Times / March 16th, 2021

A landscape painting by Gustav Klimt will be restituted more than 80 years after the Nazis looted the work from a Jewish family in Austria. Klimt's "Rosebushes Under the Trees," an oil dating to 1905, has been displayed in the Musée d’Orsay in Paris for decades. The provenance for the ...

Ed Sheeran 'Jackson Pollocky' Painting Raises $70k For Charity

BBC / March 16th, 2021

A Vermont woman won an Ed Sheeran painting in a raffle that raised more than £51,000 ($70,000) for a cancer charity. The pop singer's abstract artwork, titled Splash Planet, went to Claire Faynor, who paid £20 for a raffle ticket. The Cancer Campaign in Suffolk (CCiS) ...

A New Discovery Brings Clout To Kirkland Museum's Upcoming Exhibition 'Truth, Beauty and Power: Christopher Dresser and The Aesthetic Movement'

ArtfixDaily / March 16th, 2021

Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art in Denver has announced findings from new research attributing the design of a beautiful five-legged chair to famous British designer Christopher Dresser. Kirkland Museum is likely the first museum in the United States to display this chair with this ...

Spring Forward With Timely Books on Influential Artists Alice Neel, Yayoi Kusama

ArtfixDaily / March 15th, 2021

For your book wish list this Women's History Month, these two publications share the stories of important women artists — Alice Neel and Yayoi Kusama — as major exhibitions feature their work in 2021. Opening at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on March 22nd, Alice Neel: People ...

Collection of Ted and Maryanne Simmons Strengthens the Saint Louis Art Museum’s Postwar Holdings With 833 Works

ArtfixDaily / March 15th, 2021

The Saint Louis Art Museum has acquired a collection of 833 works of contemporary art assembled by Ted L. and Maryanne Ellison Simmons. The collection represents a transformative addition to the museum’s collection, particularly in the area of postwar works on paper. Comprised predominately of ...

Huffman Gifts of Contemporary Southern Folk Art To Go On View At Asheville Art Museum

ArtfixDaily / March 15th, 2021

Huffman Gifts of Contemporary Southern Folk Art features gifts of contemporary southern folk art including paintings, ceramics, and more from the collection of Allen and Barry Huffman. The exhibition will be on view in the Asheville Art Museum’s Judith S. Moore Gallery from April 7 through ...

'Ralston Crawford: Air + Space + War' Traveling Exhibition of American Modernism Debuts At Brandywine River Museum of Art in June

ArtfixDaily / March 15th, 2021

Coming this June, the Brandywine River Museum of Art will present Ralston Crawford: Air + Space + War, a remarkable exploration into U.S. aviation and military history through the art and personal experiences of American Modernist Ralston Crawford. Organized by the Vilcek Foundation, this ...

Groups Buy Up Memorabilia From San Francisco's Cliff House After the Historic Restaurant Closes

KQED / March 14th, 2021

“If one tires of the drudgeries and scenes of the city, and would breathe the fresh air of the sea, let him take the cars and omnibuses, or, better still, a buggy and pleasant steed, and, ere, the sea breeze sets in, glide out to the Cliff House…”  - Mark Twain, the San Francisco Daily ...

U.S. Museum Debut of 'Calder Picasso' Now On View at the de Young

ArtfixDaily / March 14th, 2021

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco are presenting the U.S. debut of Calder-Picasso at the de Young museum, now through May 23, 2021. Conceived by the artists’ grandsons Alexander S. C. Rower and Bernard Ruiz-Picasso, it is the first major museum exhibition to explore the artistic ...

SFMOMA Announces Major Gift from the Pamela J. Joyner and Alfred J. Giuffrida Collection Celebrating Black American Artists of the 20th Century

ArtfixDaily / March 14th, 2021

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) has announced a major gift of 31 paintings, sculptures and drawings by 20 American artists from the Pamela J. Joyner and Alfred J. Giuffrida Collection—celebrated for its intergenerational holdings of abstract art of the African diaspora. The ...

Gropius Bau's Postponed Yayoi Kusama Retrospective To Open in April Featuring Her Groundbreaking Work Spanning 80 Years

ArtfixDaily / March 11th, 2021

"Yayoi Kusama’s work is characterized by revolutionary interventions driven by the desire for an immersive union of body and artwork, and an urge to redefine the role of women in art," says Stephanie Rosenthal, Director of Gropius Bau in Berlin. Postponed last fall due to the pandemic, the ...

(Updated) Picasso, Rembrandt, Rothko...Beeple? Christie's Market Test For Digital NFT Artwork Brings In Record-Smashing $69.3 Million

Forbes / March 10th, 2021

Picasso and other masters regularly fetch tens of millions at auction. A purely digital NFT artwork by Beeple just headed into that price stratosphere. The final bid of $69.3 million is the third highest price for a living artist at auction, a new world record for any work of digital art, the ...

A Magnificent Greene and Greene-Designed Estate Hits the Market in California For $135 Million

ArtfixDaily / March 10th, 2021

A historic 74-acre compound in the hills above Silicon Valley has come on the market for the first time ever. Held in the same family for five generations, the property is one of the largest privately owned tracts of land offered in picturesque Woodside, California, a pricey enclave just 30 miles ...

Smithsonian American Art Museum Receives Major Gift of Extraordinary Amish Quilts from the Collectors Faith and Stephen Brown

ArtfixDaily / March 9th, 2021

Textile Masterpieces Will Be Featured in an Exhibition in 2024  The Smithsonian American Art Museum has received an extraordinary gift of masterpiece Amish quilts from the collection of Faith and Stephen Brown. The group of quilts is the largest and most significant collection of ...

Decorative Arts Trust Announces Inaugural Recipients of IDEAL Internship Grants

ArtfixDaily / March 9th, 2021

IDEAL Internship Grants Awarded to the Atwater Kent Collection at Drexel University, The Historic New Orleans Collection and the Backstreet Cultural Museum, MFA Boston, and Newport Restoration Foundation — Inaugural Decorative Arts Trust Grants Support Young Scholars The Decorative Arts Trust ...

The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art Receives the Extraordinary American Art Collection of Theodore E. Stebbins Jr. and Susan Cragg Stebbins

ArtfixDaily / March 9th, 2021

Theodore E. Stebbins Jr. and Susan Cragg Stebbins have given their outstanding collection of American art to The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art in Winter Park, Florida. The couple have made their gift in honor of Mrs. Stebbins’s parents, Evelyn and Henry Cragg, longtime residents of ...

'Cross Pollination' Traveling Exhibition and VR Experience Mixes Contemporary Art, 19th-Century Paintings and Ecology

ArtfixDaily / March 8th, 2021

The exhibition travels in 2021 (see full schedule below); a VR experience is available from Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art The Olana Partnership, Olana State Historic Site, and the Thomas Cole National Historic Site have announced that “Cross Pollination: Heade, Cole, Church, and Our ...

Get A Sneak Peek Of The Frick Collection Newly Installed At The Breuer Building

ArtfixDaily / March 4th, 2021

The Frick Reframed: The Frick Collection Presents Highlights Reconsidered at Frick Madison A temporary move during The Frick's renovation posits the collection in an iconic modernist building  On Thursday, March 18, 2021, The Frick Collection launches Frick Madison, the long-awaited ...

Christopher Monkhouse, Renowned Curator, Remembered

Apollo / March 4th, 2021

Morrison Heckscher, Curator Emeritus of the American Wing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, writes for Apollo Magazine: "With the death of Christopher Monkhouse (b. 1947), after a brief illness, on 12 January 2021, the Anglo-American decorative arts and architecture world has lost ...