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Astor Trial Update: Closing arguments on the Hassam sale, will amendments

NY Times / September 16th, 2009

The changes that Brooke Astor made to her will giving her son a greater share of her fortune reflected the clearheaded love of a mother, not a failing mental state that allowed her to be easily exploited, a lawyer for her son said in his closing argument on Tuesday. The defense pointed to ...

'When I Paint My Masterpiece': Bob Dylan's artwork on view in Denmark

Artdaily / September 16th, 2009

COPENHAGEN - The National Gallery of Denmark (Statens Museum for Kunst) is preparing for an autumn 2010 special exhibition of 100 paintings by award-winning singer-songwriter Bob Dylan. The exhibition will include the first major presentation of Dylan’s most recent works: large-format acrylic ...

Asian Art this Fall: Stellar provenance may buoy Sotheby's sales

Reuters / September 15th, 2009

Sotheby's kicks off its sales of Chinese and Indian works of art this week in New York confident that despite the worst recession in 70 years prices for Asian art will be buoyant. Works from the collections of the widow of Nelson Rockefeller, Dr. Arthur Sackler, and other prominent collectors ...

On View at U.K. Museums: Works from the collector who kissed $160 million profit good-bye

Bloomberg / September 15th, 2009

Former London art dealer Anthony D’Offay sent shock waves through the art world first in 2002 when he closed his powerhouse gallery and then last year with he sold 725 postwar and contemporary works to the U.K. government at the price he paid for them. He spent 26.5 million pounds for art by ...

Auction Fundraiser: Maine museum's creative campaign to support Wyeth legacy

AP / September 15th, 2009

Maine's Farnsworth Art Museum has announced a $12 million endowment campaign to sustain the artistic legacy of Andrew Wyeth. The Andrew Wyeth Memorial Endowment campaign will be funded by a Sotheby's auction in New York of museum-quality art works donated by Wyeth family members, artists, ...

'The World in Black & White': National Geographic offers photographs from its archives

NPR 2 / September 15th, 2009

Perhaps National Geographic is feeling wistful in its old age: it has recently decided to not only dust off some treasures from its vaults, but also — for the first time — to offer a limited series of photographs and illustrations for purchase. New York's Steven Kasher Gallery is showing the 150 ...

Caricature, Denounced: Damien Hirst irritated by teenage artist's emulation

Guardian / September 15th, 2009

Uber-successful artist Damien Hirst's feud with teenage street artist Cartrain has turned into a story of how a rich man used his power to bully someone who, after all, is just trying to emulate him. Presumably, what irks Hirst is that Cartrain used Hirst's famous diamond skull in a series of ...

Sublime Scenes: Awe-inspiring 19th century New York landscapes on view

NY Times / September 14th, 2009

Every now and then, an exhibition comes along that is so perfectly lovely that you want to shout its merits from the closest rooftop, or in this case mountain. Peaks and valleys are among the predominant subjects of the 45 paintings exhibited in “The Hudson River to Niagara Falls: 19th Century ...

Recession-busting Blockbusters: Ohio museums serve up crowd-pleasing shows, even on small budgets

Cleveland Plain Dealer / September 14th, 2009

Paul Gauguin, Chuck Close, and Dale Chihuly are just a few exhibition headliners this fall in Ohio where blockbusters are keeping the visual arts scene lively. Of note, Cincinnati Art Museum is showing "Roaring Tigers, Leaping Carp: Decoding the Symbolic Language of Chinese Animal Painting" with ...

Old Shards to New Video: LACMA exhibits 1,000 years of Korean history

LA Times Arts / September 13th, 2009

In May 1965, two months after the Los Angeles County Museum of Art opened its doors, Yook Young-soo, the wife of Park Chung-hee, president of the Republic of Korea, paid a visit. She was so disappointed with the paltry display of Korean art that she gave the fledgling institution 23 ceramic ...

Penchant for Porcelain: Collectors keep clamoring for ceramics

New York Times Art / September 11th, 2009

A Bonhams sale of English pottery and porcelain demonstrated last week that ceramics is one of the few areas of the art market still immune from financial speculation.

Napoleonic Tendencies: Cherie Blair buys a pile of antique furniture

Daily Mail / September 13th, 2009

When her husband was Prime Minister she famously shopped for 99p bargains on eBay. But now Cherie Blair has discovered a taste for classic furniture, especially Napoleonic period pieces. She has recently spent more than £250,000 on antiques from Christie's and Sotheby's to furnish the family's ...

"It Hurts Me": Chicago art dealer Richard Love facing lawsuits

Crain's Chicago Business / September 13th, 2009

CHICAGO - Richard Love, a charismatic art dealer with a prominent Michigan Avenue gallery, has been sued before. But the past two years have yielded a half-dozen lawsuits totaling at least $3 million that paint a picture of a man who reneges on promises, fails to make payments and stonewalls ...

Warhol Horde Stolen: $1 million reward for return

The Independent / September 13th, 2009

As multimillion-pound art heists go, it's on a par with the Thomas Crown Affair. There was no shoot-out or dramatic getaway: not so much as a motion sensor was disturbed when thieves entered the Los Angeles mansion of investment banker-turned-art collector Richard Weisman. They stole a series of ...

Missing Masterpieces, "Middle East Millionairess": Mystery benefactor defense used by U.K. dealer

Guardian / September 13th, 2009

For 30 years, Robin Symes and Christo Michailidis were inseparable as the power couple of the global antiquities trade. Yet since the death of Michailidis a decade ago, Symes and the Greek family of his late partner have been embroiled in a rancorous legal battle over ownership of the men's ...

St. John Stars This Fall: Old Master masterpiece a rarity in today's market

Bloomberg / September 10th, 2009

LONDON - The family that controls Glyndebourne opera house is to sell an Old Master painting with an estimate of up to 10 million pounds ($16.5 million). The 9-foot “St. John the Evangelist” by 17th-century Italian artist Domenichino is being offered by the Christie family, no relation to auction ...

Big on Modernism: Pennsylvania museum gets an infusion of 20th century art

Chicago Tribune / September 10th, 2009

ALLENTOWN, Penn. - The Allentown Art Museum has received one of its largest gifts ever -- about 500 works plus the Long Island home and studio and Manhattan apartment of the modernist artist Peter Grippe. The collection of sculptures, drawings, and prints by Grippe, given by his widow, came along ...

Stolen "Himalayas": Brooklyn couple nabbed for trying to sell museum painting

New York Post / September 10th, 2009

NEW YORK - Denis Ryjenko, 35, and his girlfriend, Natella Croussouloudis, 42, were arrested Sept. 3 as they tried to unload a small masterpiece, "Himalayas," by the prolific early 20th-century Russian artist Nicholas Roerich and valued at $125,000. One of them even told the "buyer," an undercover ...

Collecting Fine China: Antiquities market has a new dynamic

Forbes / September 10th, 2009

The market for ancient Chinese works of art--terra-cotta horses, ceramic vessels, bronzes, jades, and Buddha statues that predate the Tang dynasty (a.d. 618 to 907)--is largely undervalued, and there's still a plentiful supply, from rarities with significant provenance to pieces that simply make ...

Dispute over Prized Pissarro: Holocaust survivor can sue Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum

AP / September 9th, 2009

LOS ANGELES — The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that 88-year-old Holocaust survivor Claude Cassirer's case against the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum in Madrid and the Spanish government can go forward. Cassirer, of San Diego, claimed his grandmother was forced to sell the 1897 ...