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This Week's New York Art Fairs in a Nutshell

New York Times / March 1st, 2016

The New York Times delivers a succinct guide to this week's several art fairs --- featuring modern masters to emerging artists --  in New York. Art critic Ken Johnson notes these fairs "provide the chance to take the temperature of global culture." Visit the show's websites to ...

Heirs of Famed Designer Viktor Schreckengost Scrap Museum Plans In Favor of Auction, Donations / February 29th, 2016

The heirs of industrial designer, artist, and sculptor Viktor Schreckengost (1906-2008) have dropped the idea of creating a new museum to house his legacy in Cleveland and have decided instead to auction key pieces and to donate others to the Western Reserve Historical Society. ...

Frank Lloyd Wright Sturges House Withdrawn From Auction, Its Contents Snapped Up

ArtfixDaily / February 23rd, 2016

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA) withdrew the George D. Sturges Residence, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1939, from its February 21 sale of Modern Art & Design. The cantilevered redwood-and-brick residence, the only Californian example of Wright's Usonian housing, carried a ...

Tacoma Art Museum Gifted 225 Artworks, Plus $14 Million

Seattle Times / January 14th, 2016

Tacoma Art Museum has received a surprise donation of 225 artworks and $14 million from Becky Benaroya, for her 93rd birthday. Benaroya gave her family's collection -- mostly glassworks amassed with her husband Jack, a real-estate developer -- and the funds to expand the museum's footprint by a ...

Museum Mishaps: Kids Accidentally Break Baroque Painting, 2,000-Year-Old Vase in Separate Incidents

Haaretz / August 25th, 2015

Two kids had their worst museum visits ever this week. A 12-year-old boy on a school field trip to Taipei's Huashan 1914 Creative Park tripped and accidentally punched a hole through a Paolo Porpora floral still-life valued at $1.5 million.  The work was a casualty on the group's ...

Former Employee of Dale Chihuly Charged in $3M Theft

USAToday / June 3rd, 2015

Authorities in Washington State have charged a former employee of glass artist Dale Chihuly with first degree theft and three counts of first-degree trafficking of stolen property. Pierce County Prosecutor's Office has accused Christopher Robert Kaul with stealing 90 pieces worth over $3 ...

O'Keeffe Flower Painting, Tiffany Glass Lead Sotheby's Sales

ArtfixDaily / May 20th, 2015

Masterworks of Tiffany and Prewar Design from the Warshawsky Collection led Sotheby's sale on May 19 to $8 Million total, topped by a Tiffany "Oriental Poppy" Floor Lamp which sold for $1.1 Million, an auction record for the model. The next day American Art fetched a total $38.3 million, just ...

Lalique Partners with Damien Hirst on Crystal Butterfly Limited Editions

Lalique / January 25th, 2015

Lalique announced Friday a new collaboration with British artist Damien Hirst that celebrates the butterfly motif in crystal form.

Four Charged by Denver DA in Dale Chihuly Theft

Denver Post / January 25th, 2015

Four people have been charged in the theft of Dale Chihuly glasswork from a Denver Botanic Gardens exhibit last summer.

"Revival and Reform—Eclecticism in the 19th-Century Environment" to Open at Morse Museum

ArtfixDaily / October 8th, 2014

The Arts window, a neoclassical masterpiece by J. & R. Lamb Studios, makes its debut at the Morse Museum of American Art, in Winter Park, Florida, as the centerpiece of a major new exhibition.

Detroit Hit With a $4 Billion Proposal for City's Art

New York Times / August 27th, 2014

New York-based Art Capital has offered Detroit a loan of up to $4 billion in a new proposal that leaves the city's museum intact with its art used as collateral.

Lalique: First Boutique Opened in a Century, Founder's Home to Become Luxury Hotel

Forbes / July 10th, 2014

Returning to its roots the French luxury brand, Lalique, recently opened its first boutique dedicated to jewelry since the company’s founding almost 110 years ago.

Revel in L.C. Tiffany's Spring Flowers at Morse Museum

ArtfixDaily / March 26th, 2014

In Winter Park, Florida, a gem of a museum offers an ideal spring getaway. The Morse Museum of American Art boasts the world’s most comprehensive collection of works by Louis Comfort Tiffany...

Rarities at 2012 Auctions to go on Public Display

New York Times / January 1st, 2013

Private collectors and museum storage units yielded up several unusual pieces at auctions in 2012 that are now headed for public view.

Chihuly Garden and Glass Opens in Seattle

Seattle Times / May 23rd, 2012

At the base of Seattle's famous Space Needle, the 45,000-square-foot Chihuly Garden and Glass opened on Monday transforming 1.5 acres of city asphalt into a glass garden oasis. Controversy has swirled around...

Museum launches public appeal to buy Dale Chihuly piece

Boston Globe / July 26th, 2011

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, has begun a campaign to raise more than $1 million to acquire the 42-foot-tall “Lime Green Icicle Tower,’’ a signature work by glass artist Dale Chihuly...

Quick tour of the new wing at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

ArtfixDaily / December 1st, 2010

With only three hours to take in the magnificent, $504 million-dollar Art of the Americas Wing addition to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, first impressions made all the difference. Beginning in the clean-lined and airy Ruth and Carl J. Shapiro Family Courtyard, an impressive new feature ...

Early 20th c. decorative arts soar at Rago auction

ArtfixDaily / October 8th, 2010

Rago Arts and Auction Center totalled a strong $5.6 million for 1,380 lots in its 20th c. Design sale, from October 1 to 3. Pieces dating from the early 20th century, including Roycroft furniture and metalwork, which completely sold-out, elicited fierce bidding "at levels not seen since 2007," ...

Estate auction offers 2,000 lots from 10 generations

ArtfixDaily / September 9th, 2010

From Thomas Jefferson letters to Tiffany glass, a George Inness landscape to 1860s gowns, the personal property of ten generations of descendants from Thomas Green (born 1640) are part of a huge four-day auction underway through Sept. 12. The R.W. Oliver auction takes place at the DCU Center in ...

A taste of SOFA WEST: Santa Fe 2010

ArtfixDaily / July 8th, 2010

Twenty-eight premier galleries and dealers converge this weekend in Santa Fe for the second annual SOFA WEST, a hotbed of cutting edge design and decorative arts. On offer are fresh works drawn from traditional artisan materials and methods just as much as they reach for new heights in artistic ...