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Fund-raising & Feather-ruffling: Backlash for jet-setting museum director

LA Times Arts / August 18th, 2009

A high-paid Los Angeles museum director is scrutinized by the LA Times for living ten percent of his time in New York. While enjoying a near million dollar salary, the LACMA director was paid to stay in his own New York pad...  

Strange Stuff: Guccione's goods barely entice bidding

Huffington Post / August 18th, 2009

Ranging from the bizarre to quaint, remnant items from former Penthouse magazine publisher Bob Guccione's seized mansion were auctioned in Connecticut by Braswell Galleries on Monday. Lionel toy trains and a Coney Island carousel horse were among the more collectible of the 374 lots of ...

Museum Director Shake-up

UnBeige Mediabistro / August 17th, 2009

There's been some major shifts at the Cleveland Museum of Art. The museum has named Deborah Gribbon as their interim director, who will take over for current director Timothy Rub this September as he leaves to take over the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Gribbon, you might remember, used to be the ...

Important 1734 Henry Popple Maps of Colonial North America to Sell Online

WorthPoint / August 17th, 2009

SEDONA, Ariz. – One of the most important maps of Colonial North America—Henry Popple’s “Map of the British Empire in North America,” published in 1734—will be the highlight of an online sale featuring hundreds of antique maps, atlases and other cartographic-related items. The exceedingly rare ...

Alice Walton appoints new director of Crystal Bridges

LA Times Arts / August 17th, 2009

Currently director of the Toledo Museum of Art in Ohio, Don Bacigalupi will take charge of the fledgling American art museum in late October.  

Art Sleuth Hunts Down Hidden Rembrandts, Fake Rockwells

/ August 17th, 2009

In his new book "Sleuth," London art dealer Philip Mould introduces us to a colorful cast: an eccentric collector who hoards portraits in a disused church in the wilds of Vermont; a father who forges paintings by Norman Rockwell to avoid losing the originals in a divorce; and Damien Hirst’s ...

Hats off to Northeast Auctions' $7.9 million Marine Sale

Antiques & the Arts / August 17th, 2009

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. - Northeast Auctions cast another blockbuster marine, China Trade and sporting art auction from August 15 to 17. The 1,750-plus lots tallied a whopping $7.9 million with a bid of $458,000 for a rare Audubon watercolor of squirrels and $337,000 for a dapper "Jack Tar"...

An American Beauty Fetches $7.25 Million at Auction

edmunds insideline / August 17th, 2009

MONTEREY, California — Almost 45 years since the 1965 Shelby Daytona Cobra Coupe made history in France, it made history again, selling for $7.25 million, the highest price ever paid at public auction for an American car. The auctioned car is the same one that clinched the Formula 1 World ...

Boston Globe critic picks "Prendergast in Italy"

Boston Globe 1 / August 15th, 2009

Not to miss this summer is PRENDERGAST IN ITALY an exhibition of Maurice Prendergast’s views of Rome, Siena, Venice, and Capri as well as fascinating archival material from the artist’s two trips to Italy in 1898 and 1911. On view through Sept. 20 at Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, ...

Framing Rockwell's vision of America

Boston Globe 1 / August 15th, 2009

STOCKBRIDGE, MASS. - To take the drive out through the Berkshires and onto the bucolic grounds of the Norman Rockwell Museum is to glide into a dream of America that may well never have existed, and yet it retains its power to seduce.

Da Vinci's lion prowls again after 500 years

Reuters / August 14th, 2009

AMBOISE, France (Reuters) - A mechanical lion invented by Leonardo da Vinci to entertain the King of France has sprung back to life in the Renaissance genius's last home.  

UCLA has arts library on the chopping block

LA Times Arts / August 15th, 2009

Budget cuts are forcing the university to consider merging the collection with an existing branch.  

Developers Threaten To Boot Artist Squatters In Berlin

NPR 1 / August 14th, 2009

Increasing gentrification in Berlin is putting the city's famous and raucous alternative art scene at risk. Artists who have squatted in a ramshackle building for nearly 20 years now face eviction by corporate owners who want to turn the site into high-end apartments.

Celebrated British jeweler quits London's Bond St.

Reuters / August 13th, 2009

LONDON (Reuters Life!) - The luxury London jeweler which created British artist Damien Hirst's diamond-encrusted skull and provides jewels to the royal family is moving house.  

Arrest in $65 million Graff jewelry heist

AP / August 13th, 2009

LONDON - Police said Wednesday they have arrested a suspect in connection with a daring daytime heist that netted $65 million worth of jewelry from a prominent London diamond merchant last week.

German cult sausage gets own museum

Reuters / August 13th, 2009

BERLIN (Reuters Life!) - In the year that Berlin's best loved sausage, the Currywurst, celebrates its 60th Birthday a new museum showcasing the cult snack will open in the capital this weekend.  

Billionaire Eli Broad speaks about his plans for a new museum

LA Times Arts / August 13th, 2009

Even though Eli Broad lost $1.5 billion of his fortune in 6 months when AIG stock plummeted, he is still a multibillionaire with a heart for art. His museum plans are rolling out. 'Our first choice is the Beverly Hills site,' he says, but 'there are a lot of issues that we are working on.' ...

"Iran Inside Out" Shocks and Provokes at the Chelsea Art Museum

Huffington Post / August 13th, 2009

Iran Inside Out offers a veritable platter of provocative work that begs for discussion, debate and perhaps most importantly, an open mind.

New book reveals how 'genuine fakes' fooled art world

Christian Science Monitor / August 13th, 2009

Provenance: How a Con Man and a Forger Rewrote the History of Modern Art details the sordid tale of the stealthy U.K. duo who unleashed about 200 fake paintings, with plausible provenances, into the art market. To date, only 73 of these forgeries have been revealed...

Museum patrons see their gala gift bags shrink

Bloomberg / August 13th, 2009

Guests at the Parrish Art Museum’s 2005 summer gala received a limited-edition bag from Coach Inc. This year, Kelsey Grammer, Joel Grey and some 500 other attendees got a nylon bag, a journal and a cookbook.