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From Abstraction Innovators to Protest Art, Art Basel Miami Beach Mixes Up Eclectic Offerings

ArtfixDaily / December 4th, 2017

From December 7 to December 10, with a VIP preview on Dec. 6, Art Basel's 16th edition in Miami Beach features 268 leading galleries within a more-spaciously redesigned floorplan at the Miami Beach Convention Center (MBCC).  2017 is an important year for the cultural scene in ...

LACMA Curator Receives Mysterious Letter from a Missing Painting

Hyperallergic / October 25th, 2017

A mysterious letter penned in a first-person style, as if a painting is speaking, was sent to a curator at Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), reported the Los Angeles Times. The painting at the center of the letter is “Española” (Spanish girl), the final, missing work in a set of ...

Gallerist Gary Nader to Sell $100 Million of His Art to Fund Museum

Miami New Times / October 12th, 2017

Art dealer Gary Nader plans to sell about $100 million worth of works from his collection to fund the building of a new museum in downtown Miami. Several blue-chip works---by the likes of Picasso and Botero---from Nader's personal collection are set to be sold during Art Basel Miami Beach in ...

Court Rules Miami-Dade College to Pay Art Dealer's Legal Fees Over Disputed Museum Bid

Miami Herald / October 26th, 2016

Miami Herald reports that "Miami-Dade College must pay art dealer Gary Nader’s legal fees in litigation related to his frustrated bid to build a cultural center at the school’s downtown campus, a state appeals court has ruled." An unsolicited bid for a Latin American art museum topped with ...

Diego Rivera Painting Sells Privately for Record Price

CNBC / May 22nd, 2016

A Diego Rivera painting has sold privately for $15.7 million, setting a world record price for any Latin American work of art, Phillips auction house said Friday. The price for "Dance in Tehuantepec" nearly doubles the figure paid at auction last week for a painting by Frida Kahlo, Rivera's ...

Kahlo Painting Sets Record at Christie's $141 Million Sale

ArtfixDaily / May 12th, 2016

An intimate and compelling work by Frida Kahlo, dating from 1939, resonated with a telephone bidder at Christie's Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale on May 12. The sale's total slid to $141,532,000 with sell-through rates of 86% by lot and 89% by value. The total beat its $134.3 ...

Ecuador Repatriates 567 Cultural Objects From Argentina and Spain

culturaypatrimonio / February 8th, 2016

Some 567 cultural objects have been returned to Ecuador by Argentina and Spain, according to minister of culture and heritage in Ecuador, Guillaume Long. Long announced on Feb. 3 that the objects were formally handed over in Quito, in a ceremony with Argentina’s ambassador to ...

Frida Kahlo Exhibition at New York Botanical Garden Set to Draw Record Half-Million Visitors

ArtfixDaily / September 30th, 2015

New York Botanical Garden has struck a chord with audiences who have flocked for five months to see the current exhibition "Frida Kahlo: Art. Garden. Life." Beyond an art exhibition, this is an immersive experience in the artist's life and culture, combining garden ...

Painting the Divine: Images of Mary in the New World

Amazon / December 22nd, 2014

A rich tradition of painting in the New World revolved around depicting the Virgin Mary in various phases of her life, utilizing styles unique to the Southwest and other locales in the Americas.

Mexican Government Claims US Auction House Sold Fake and Stolen Items

NPR / November 13th, 2014

Nearly half of 100 pre-Hispanic artifacts sold at a New York auction on Wednesday were fake or stolen, claim Mexican government officials.

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.

Houston Couple Donates $10 Million Latin American Art Collection to Blanton Museum

Houston Chronicle / August 27th, 2014

A gift of 120 modern and contemporary Latin American artworks from Houston residents Charles and Judy Tate has significantly boosted the holdings of Blanton Museum of Art.

Detroit Institute of Art to Showcase Rivera, Kahlo Works

ArtfixDaily / May 5th, 2014

Detroit Institute of Arts is planning an exhibition of works by Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo for 2015. The show will focus on...

Anonymous Donor Gives $15 Million to Miami's Art Museum

Miami Herald / May 19th, 2013

An anonymous donor has pledged $12 million in cash and $3 million in art to the future Perez Art Museum Miami. On Friday, officials from the Miami Art Museum announced...

Frida Kahlo's Influential Style Examined in Exhibition

ABC / October 4th, 2012

Fashion and art circles have long been fascinated by the aesthetic sense of Mexican surrealist painter Frida Kahlo. She had an unforgettable personal style: peasant blouses, flowing skirts, floppy ribbons, braided-hair, monobrow.

Rivera, Matta Could Continue the 'May Madness' at Auctions

Chicago Tribune / May 21st, 2012

In the wake of record-breaking sales that took place earlier this month, both Christie’s and Sotheby’s will be conducting auctions of Latin American art this week. Leading the Sotheby’s line up is...

"The Splendor of Cuba: 450 Years of Architecture and Interiors," a Rewarding Peak at a Rich Culture

ArtfixDaily / December 5th, 2011

This lavishly-illustrated tome, written by West Indian decorative arts specialist Michael Connors, is an unprecedented tour of stunning and architecturally significant Cuban palacios, mansions, and private homes that have been meticulously preserved, previously un-photographed, and inaccessible to ...

Houston Fine Art Fair Debut Totals $6 Million in Sales

ArtfixDaily / September 21st, 2011

The inaugural Houston Fine Art Fair found a ready audience in Texas over the weekend. The gate topped 10,500 with 3,000 attending the opening night of this new 80-dealer show. Sales of artwork were reported to be about $6 million total.

Tate Modern going global with acquisitions

ArtfixDaily / May 25th, 2010

A decade after its inception, Tate Modern has displayed some 880 new acquisitions, both gifts and purchases. In a press release, Britain's bastion of modern and contemporary art states that it will continue to aggressively pursue new artworks from regions other than Europe and North America. ...

Latin American art collection enlivens Florida museum

Sun Sentinel / May 10th, 2010

The walls of the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale are quietly, elegantly pulsating with passion, politics, controversy, violence, magic, humor, grief, longing and hard work. A vivid Diego Rivera painting of a stone cutter is part of the museum's new exhibit, "Latin American Art From the Collection ...