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Picasso Museum closes for two-year renovation

AFP / August 24th, 2009

PARIS — Paris's Picasso museum closed on Monday for a two-year, 30-million-euro (43-million-dollar) renovation of one of the world's major galleries devoted to the Spanish-born master. On the eve of the closure more than 5,800 people seized a last chance to view the collections, housed in a ...

Think outside the box: Buy a bronze of cardboard at Christie's

LA Times / August 24th, 2009

Gavin Turk's "Brillo 5" (2003) is a bronze sculpture painted to look like a cardboard box. The work, which is less than 2 feet tall, goes on sale Sept. 23 at Christie's in New York as part of a postwar and contemporary art auction. The work is estimated at $20,000 to $30,000. The auction will ...

NY rental with a Keith Haring mural, for $35K

New York Observer / August 24th, 2009

Even zippy, adorable, deified pop artists can’t save Manhattan’s luxury real estate these days. A $13.25 million listing for the 8,300-square-foot triplex at 260 West Broadway, famous for its in-house Keith Haring mural—discovered on a concrete wall behind a coat closet—has come off the market. ...

R.A.D Miller Painted a Darker Shade of New Hope

Philadlephia Inquirer / August 23rd, 2009

Robert Alexander Darrah Miller (1906-1966), known as R.A.D., isn't one of the more familiar names associated with Pennsylvania's New Hope art colony, perhaps because he wasn't an impressionist. Mentored by Daniel Garber, Miller's paintings could be categorized as modernist or realist with dark ...

Forklift Misfortune: $3 million Brice Marden painting rendered worthless

Reuters / August 22nd, 2009

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A $3 million painting by American abstract artist Brice Marden was destroyed while being moved from Moscow to New York due to the negligence of Lufthansa Cargo and others involved in its transport, a lawyer said on Friday. Gagosian Gallery had planned to sell the work at ...

S.F. dealer accused of selling fake Miró prints

San Francisco Gate / August 22nd, 2009

Veteran San Francisco art dealer Pasquale Iannetti, 69, who runs Pasquale Iannetti Art Galleries Inc. on Sutter Street, was indicted Thursday by a grand jury on charges of wire and mail fraud for allegedly shipping prints that purportedly had been authorized by Miró (shown here)...

X-Rays Expose N.C. Wyeth Painting Hidden Under Another

FOX News / August 21st, 2009

A new X-ray technique has revealed the colorful details of a painting hidden underneath another painting by famed American artist N.C. Wyeth. Jennifer Mass, a scientist at Winterthur Museum, presented her findings on Wed. at the National Meeting of the American Chemical Society...

Gov't Crackdown: Indian Artifact Dealers on Edge

AP / August 21st, 2009

SANTA FE, N.M. — An intensifying federal investigation into the sale of Native American artifacts has brought fear and uncertainty to one of the nation's largest and longest-running Indian artifact shows. At the 31st Annual Whitehawk Antiques Show, wealthy collectors were more cautious about ...

Art Dealer to Actress: You Baroque My Reputation

TMZ / August 21st, 2009

Actress Claire Forlani is accused of wielding a pen that is indeed mightier than the sword ... and killing the reputation of an art dealer in the process. The former "CSI NY" star is being sued for allegedly crushing the "fragile and intangible" reputation of art dealer Paul Rusconi in a mass ...

Hitler watercolours under the hammer in Germany

Reuters / August 20th, 2009

BERLIN (Reuters) - A German auction house intends to sell three watercolor paintings attributed to Nazi leader Adolf Hitler at the start of next month.  

Third man arrested in £40 million Graff gem heist

London Times / August 20th, 2009

A third man has been arrested by detectives investigating Britain’s biggest diamond robbery, police confirmed yesterday.

Nude Jackie O. photo found in Warhol's stuff

Aol News / August 20th, 2009

A cardboard lid is lifted and four archivists peer inside. A piece of crusty wedding cake. Whose? Another box: $17,000 in cash. Yet another: An autographed picture of a naked Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. These are some of the many items workers have uncovered as they sift through 610 cardboard ...

Appeals court overturns California's Holocaust looted-art law

LA Times Arts / August 19th, 2009

But woman's suit with Norton Simon Museum over $24 million Adam and Eve paintings stays alive...  

Basel blockbuster: Van Gogh's landscapes helped ease his mind

Reuters / August 20th, 2009

BASEL, Switzerland - "In landscapes, Van Gogh found the peace of mind and balance that was missing from his own life."  

Starry-eyed Speculation: Warhol's Michael Jackson sells super high

Forbes / August 19th, 2009

A speculating buyer is betting that Michael Jackson's portrait will have more than fifteen minutes of fame. On Aug. 18, the Vered Gallery in East Hampton, N.Y., sold a silk-screened image of the superstar, created by pop art icon Andy Warhol in 1984, for "a little more than $1 million," says ...

Sketchy Sculptures: German police confiscate fake Giacomettis

AP / August 19th, 2009

BERLIN — German police have confiscated hundreds of bronze and plaster statues alleged to be the works of Alberto Giacometti and arrested an art dealer and two others on suspicion of selling the fakes across the globe.

Hammer Time: Americana guru Leigh Keno now auctions

Maine Antique Digest / August 19th, 2009

Leigh Keno, the New York City antiques dealer and Antiques Roadshow star, has opened an auction house. "We packed up four estates in New England," Keno told Maine Antique Digest. "We will have our first sale in May." Highlights will be shown on the second floor of his Manhattan gallery during the ...

21st-century Tactic: Phillips de Pury restyles auctions

Robb Report / August 19th, 2009

London-based Phillips de Pury and Company has created a series of themed auctions focused on areas of contemporary art, photography, and design, beginning with a sale in London of carefully vetted works created after the turn of the millennium. “Now: Art of the 21st Century” will begin in the ...

Save Old Buildings: New master's degree program for preservationists

iberkshires.com / August 18th, 2009

PITTSFIELD, Mass. – UMass Amherst and Hancock Shaker Village have announced a groundbreaking partnership that will create a new two-year master’s degree program that combines the university’s strengths in architecture and public history with on-site training and courses utilizing the Village’s ...

Some like it Hot: New Interpol stolen art database is online

CCTV / August 18th, 2009

(PARIS) Online access to an international database of stolen art works has been established, fighting against the illicit traffic of stolen art work and cultural property, global police agency Interpol said on Monday. Access will be open to law enforcement agencies, governments, museums, auction ...