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Wharton Esherick Museum Receives a Surprise Gift of $10 Million

Inquirer / December 13th, 2020

The Wharton Esherick Museum in Malvern, Penn., received an unexpected endowment gift of $10 million. The museum made the public announcement on Friday, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. The news of the gift was shared earlier with the museum's co-founder shortly before he passed away this ...

Toomey & Co. Auctioneers Sets Auction Records for Historic Works by Chicago Artists and Makers

ArtfixDaily / December 9th, 2020

Toomey & Co. Auctioneers has often found considerable success selling art and design of historic importance by Chicago artists and makers or those with local ties. In its Tradition & Innovation sale on Thursday, December 3, in which just 65 lots combined to realize $1.24 ...

Paul Manship Exhibition at the Wadsworth Atheneum Examines the Artist's Conversation with Antiquity

ArtfixDaily / December 9th, 2020

One of the most celebrated American sculptors of the early-twentieth century, Paul Manship (1885-1966) blended ancient motifs to fit modern sensibilities. After studying at the American Academy in Rome (1909-12), Manship returned to New York City, where his dramatic, energetic works in bronze ...

Craft in America Awarded $100,000 Inaugural Prize for Excellence and Innovation by the Decorative Arts Trust

ArtfixDaily / December 7th, 2020

As part of the Decorative Arts Trust's dedication to nurturing academic and educational programs, Executive Director Matthew A. Thurlow announced Craft in America as the recipient of the inaugural Prize for Excellence and Innovation in a special presentation last evening. Established in 2020, the ...

Spencer Helfen, California Art Dealer, Remembered

ArtfixDaily / December 6th, 2020

Spencer Helfen, a specialist in California and American Modernist art, died on November 22 at age 59. He was the founder and director of Spencer Helfen Fine Arts in Beverly Hills, California. Born in 1961, Spencer grew up “in a home filled with art and art books,” he wrote on the ...

ARTFIXdaily's Holiday Gift Guide 2020

ArtfixDaily / November 29th, 2020

Find a selection of holiday gift ideas here, for your favorite people or to enhance your own collection, from upcoming auction sales, museum stores and gallery selections. {{image}} Color As The "Strongest Joy" New York-based Berry Campbell Gallery is participating in the 31st edition of ...

Incredible Ice Age Rock Art Featuring Extinct Animals Discovered In The Amazon

CNN / December 3rd, 2020

Researchers from Colombia and the U.K. have found nearly eight miles of ancient rock art depicting numerous now-extinct Ice Age beasts, from mastodons to giant sloths. The Amazon rainforest discovery in the Serranía La Lindosa (Colombia) is thought to be made around 11,800 to 12,600 years ago. ...

View Highlights Of The Connecticut Art Trail Collaborative Exhibition at The Wadsworth Atheneum

ArtfixDaily / December 2nd, 2020

One of the first tourism trails in the state--The Connecticut Art Trail--is celebrating 25 years of guiding art aficionados on a journey that includes 22 worldclass museums and historic sites. Originally launched in 1995 as the Connecticut Impressionist Art Trail, encompassing 10 museums, today ...

Church and Rothko Pairings Prove Sublime In This Gallery Exhibition

ArtfixDaily / December 2nd, 2020

A current exhibition titled Church & Rothko: Sublime at Mnuchin Gallery in New York pairs the Hudson River School paintings of Frederic Edwin Church (1826-1900) with the Color Field canvases of Mark Rothko (1903-1970). The gallery collaborated with Michael N. Altman and Christopher Rothko, ...

'Dancing in the Light: Masterworks from the Age of American Impressionism' Exhibition Brings Together Seldom-Seen Artworks From Private and Public Collections

ArtfixDaily / December 2nd, 2020

Dancing in the Light: Masterworks from the Age of American Impressionism is a new exhibition (and catalogue) featuring works of American Impressionism, from 1878 to circa 1930, with a focus on the "uniquely American" medium of watercolor.  The exhibition (through March 7, 2021) at Canton ...

Human Evaluators Fooled By Princeton Student's AI Generated Chinese Paintings

Synched / December 1st, 2020

A college student's thesis work has made strides in machine-original art generation — at least in artistic styles that emphasize edge definition. The student created a data set of over 2,000 traditional Chinese landscape paintings from museum collections to train the model.  Synched ...

Take a Virtual Tour of Philip Johnson's The Glass House in Connecticut

The Glass House / December 1st, 2020

The Glass House has launched Texture + Transparency, a series of six free virtual tours that offer an exploration of the Connecticut landmark, a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The Philip Johnson-designed property (now closed for the winter) in New Canaan, Conn., comprises ...

What Does a Billion-Dollar Government Investment in the Arts Look Like? Sneak Peek Melbourne's Reimagined Arts Precinct

ArtfixDaily / December 1st, 2020

Australia’s National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) will build a new gallery to present Australian and international contemporary art, design and architecture. When complete, at over 30,000 sqm (320,000 sq ft), NGV Contemporary will be the country’s largest gallery dedicated to contemporary art and ...

Anything but Simple: Shaker Gift Drawings and the Women Who Made Them

ArtfixDaily / November 30th, 2020

As a part of its 2020/20+ Women @ NBMAA initiative, The New Britain Museum of American Art (NBMAA) in Connecticut is now presenting Anything but Simple: Shaker Gift Drawings and the Women Who Made Them, through January 10, 2021. Organized by Hancock Shaker Village, Pittsfield, MA, Anything but ...

10 Holiday Gift Finds From U.S. Museum Stores

ArtfixDaily / November 25th, 2020

While November 29 was Museum Store Sunday, organized by the Museum Store Association, the online shopping opportunities continue this holiday season. Consider a membership or gift cards to a local museum, or browse these selections from U.S. museum stores to discover artist-made, art-inspired and ...

Schwenke December 6th Auction Features Furniture and Decorations From Shagbark Farm, Washington CT Country Estate

ArtfixDaily / November 29th, 2020

Woodbury, CT – On Sunday, December 6th Schwenke Auctioneers will hold a Holiday Fine Estates Auction comprising over 400 lots of diverse and eclectic decorations and antiques sourced from various local and regional estates and collections. Shagbark Farm The sale features over 180 lots from ...

'American Impressionism: Treasures from the Daywood Collection' Will Travel to Several Museums

ArtfixDaily / November 29th, 2020

Drawn from the collection of West Virginia's Huntington Museum of Art, the traveling exhibition American Impressionism: Treasures from the Daywood Collection features 41 elegant American paintings, originally from the private collection of Arthur Dayton and Ruth Woods Dayton. The Daytons ...

That Mystery Monolith in the Utah Desert Has Disappeared

New York Times / November 29th, 2020

Art lovers speculated that it was a sculpture by the late Minimalist artist John McCracken. Others were convinced it was an alien marker. Now the shiny, metal monolith that caused a stir after being discovered in the Utah desert last Monday has vanished. The over ten-foot-tall mystery object ...

Artist Cole Sternberg Conjures Up The Free Republic of California

ArtfixDaily / November 23rd, 2020

For ESMoA’s Experience #47 FREESTATE, an art experience in Southern California, artist Cole Sternberg created an agitprop public movement via exhibition, dedicated website and propaganda factory that conjures into conceptual existence The Free Republic of California. Taking place both inside ...

'Radical Tradition: American Quilts and Social Change' Opens at Toledo Museum of Art

ArtfixDaily / November 23rd, 2020

American quilts have long been connected with notions of tradition, with patterns and techniques passed down for generations in communities throughout the country. As nostalgic symbols of the American past, quilts have been viewed as antidotes to upheaval during times of change. Disrupting our ...