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'Artful Animals' at the National Museum of African Art

Washington Post / July 30th, 2009

If the lion is king of the jungle, then what's that rooster doing wearing his crown? The exhibition 'Artful Animals' unlocks the mystery...

Photographer Annie Leibovitz sued over $24 million loan

Bloomberg / July 30th, 2009

The photographer Annie Leibovitz was sued by Art Capital Group Inc. and accused of failing to live up to the terms of agreements for loans of $24 million. Leibovitz approached the firm last year over her “dire financial condition” arising from tax liens and debts...

Louvre online database now in English

CBCNews / July 29th, 2009

The Louvre museum in Paris has launched an English-language version of the online database that catalogues most of its works of art and antiquities. About 22,000 of the Paris-based museum's 35,000 works are shown in high-resolution images, with text that describes their provenance and location in ...

Lehman Mounts Art Bargain Auction With Lichtenstein, Bourgeois

Bloomberg / July 29th, 2009

Roy Lichtenstein’s 1982 print of the Statue of Liberty, once wall candy at Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc., is expected to contribute about $30,000 to the bankrupt company’s coffers when it’s offered for auction in November. Lehman will begin selling its multimillion-dollar corporate art collection ...

Pavilion of Art & Design Show to Debut in London

Artinfo / July 29th, 2009

Timed to coincide with the Frieze Art Fair, the new show is signing up international dealers in contemporary art.

NY museum exhibit to show unseen Tim Burton works

Reuters / July 29th, 2009

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Films, paintings and drawings by film director and artist Tim Burton, which have never been seen before by the public, will be shown in a new exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art.    

Bargain Warhols, Blue Rothkos Bring Collectors to Private Art Sales

Bloomberg / July 28th, 2009

Chelsea art dealer Leo Koenig used to negotiate private sales by bringing buyers and sellers together. Now, he has to buy the artwork to make a sale happen. “The super-deals are there for a second,” said Koenig, who owns a gallery on West 23rd Street in Manhattan. “You need to have a check ...

Boy-king Blockbuster: King Tut dazzles again

Robb Report Blog / July 28th, 2009

San Francisco’s de Young Museum is delighting visitors with the exhibition "Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs," on display through March 2010. For those who remember the 1970's blockbuster Tut exhibit in New York, this popular show is a deja vu, drawing huge crowds and rave ...

Museum overseers sue to halt Rose Art Museum closing

Boston Globe / July 28th, 2009

(Waltham, Mass.) - Three overseers of Brandeis University's Rose Art Museum, one of New England's most important repositories of post-War and modern art, are suing the college to prevent the sale of artwork.

With British Museum Plans Canceled, Richard Rogers Loses Second Big Project to Anti-Modern Forces

UnBeige Mediabistro / July 28th, 2009

  Starchitect Richard Rogers seems neck and neck in competition with Frank Gehry for popular architect most raked over the coals in 2009. Last week, Rogers was back on top with the news that an unprecedented two of his projects had been shortlisted for the Stirling Prize. But now the bad ...

'California Calling,' New Exhibit Features Left Coast Art

Santa Barbara Independent / July 27th, 2009

The Santa Barbara Museum of Art continues to express the distinctive vision and character of the California art scene with this important show of postwar works from the museum’s permanent collection and private collections in Santa Barbara. In an era of highly conceptualized group shows and ...

Factory Decoys Offer another Collecting Avenue

WorthPoint / July 27th, 2009

There are as many strategies to collecting decoys as there are decoys. For example, one can collect by area made, maker or species. One popular area of decoy collecting is the factory-made decoy. Factory decoys are those decoys commercially made by machine and advertised for sale in sporting ...

SFMOMA Could Land Fisher's Modern Art Collection

Artinfo / July 27th, 2009

Though rumors haven't been confirmed, word is that a firehouse could become a SFMOMA extension and the new home for the much-lauded art collection of Gap founders Donald and Doris Fisher.

Sotheby's to Offer Sackler Works

Artinfo / July 24th, 2009

 This upcoming fall and winter, the auction house will sell several hundred objects from the late collector and philanthropist Arthur M. Sackler's holdings.

Highbrow guides to historic sites rewritten to woo masses

London Times / July 25th, 2009

ENGLISH HERITAGE is to rewrite guides to its properties to ensure they can be understood by visitors with the reading age of a 10-year-old. For example, the description of an item as “Jacobean” might be changed to “made in the reign of King James I”.

'Mary McFadden: Goddesses' fuses fashion with fine art

Washington Post / July 25th, 2009

Mary McFadden, now 70 and a longtime force in American fashion, has collected fantastic art from all around the world, from every moment in history. She's got a stunning crown from China, encrusted with gold dragons and at least a thousand years old. She's got a golden funerary mask made in Peru ...

Winterthur Museum Benefits From the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Construction

Washington Post / July 25th, 2009

WINTERTHUR, Del. -- Among the rolling hills of Delaware's Chateau Country, a group of guests from Manhattan is being welcomed with open arms at the Winterthur Museum.

L.A.'s galleries reframe the recession

LA Times Arts / July 26th, 2009

Art prices may be weakening, yet opportunities exist amid the challenges. Indeed, a surprising number of galleries have been able to grow. "Earthquakes, riots, fires," says art dealer Thomas Solomon, ticking off challenges of doing business in Los Angeles. And now a ...

Christie's Reports a Steep Drop in First-Half Sales

Artinfo / July 23rd, 2009

Contemporary art was hit particularly hard, with totals dropping to $128.2 million from $408 million a year ago.

The eternity of feminine beauty

Boston Globe 2 / July 23rd, 2009

PORTLAND, Maine - More than a century separates the photographs of Julia Margaret Cameron from those of Joyce Tenneson. Yet their affinity is plain. Both present feminine beauty as something ethereal and spiritual. Both traffic in allegory and an air of otherworldliness. Both try, in a sense, to ...