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OCMA director won't keep art-buyer's identity secret from other museums

LA Times Arts / June 19th, 2009

If you want to know who the private collector was who got what many consider a great deal on 18 California Impressionist paintings from the Orange County Museum of Art, just ask Dennis Szakacs, OCMA’s director.  

A Must-See Dream House

LA Times / June 6th, 2009

Recently designated a National Historic Landmark, the 1925 Spanish Colonial named Casa del Herrero, or House of the Blacksmith, in Montecito, Calif., is a breathtaking example of the American Country Place era. Munitions manufacturer George Fox Steedman built this Moorish-inspired house, long ...

Art's Biggest Party

The Daily Beast / June 5th, 2009

More than a year in the making, the 2009 Venice Biennale kicks off this week with high expectations. The ailing art world needs a shot in the arm right now and everyone is looking to the 53rd International Art Exhibition, which runs through November 22, to provide it. Some 6,000 members of the ...

Satisfyingly Surreal: New Magritte Museum Opens

Bloomberg / June 1st, 2009

The lady with violets in her mouth, the gents in bowler hats, the pipe that isn’t a pipe, the breast that isn’t a breast: They’re all here. Rene Magritte, one of Belgium’s best-known artists, finally has a standalone museum devoted to his work, opening today in Brussels. The place has a spooky ...

American Art Sales Show Vital Signs

Artinfo / May 28th, 2009

The May 20 American art sales at Sotheby's and Christie's had a pulse, but were far from robust. One stand-out was Milton Avery's "Sketching by the Sea," which doubled its high estimate at Christie's, raking in a strong $2,210,500. The work hadn't been on the market for 60 years. In addition, ...

Gardner museum expansion approved

Boston Globe / May 28th, 2009

Trustees of Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum have approved a plan to move forward with a building designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano. The expansion, reportedly to cost in the $100 million range, calls for the destruction of a 1907 carriage house built by Gardner.

New American Wing at the Huntington Library / May 24th, 2009

Much-lauded openings of refurbished American wings at both the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Nelson-Atkins Museum in recent weeks are followed by a West Coast unveiling to be reckonend with. The Huntington Library and Art Gallery in San Marino, Calif., will reveal its freshly made-over ...

Americana Takes Flight at the MET

Gothamist / May 24th, 2009

On May 19th the Metropolitan Museum of Art's newly renovated American Wing opened to visitors. After two years of construction, a flurry of fanfare marked the celebratory opening, starting with a ribbon cutting-ceremony featuring First Lady Michelle Obama. Besides a pleasing aesthetic, the re-do ...

Living with Frank Lloyd Wright

CBS News / May 19th, 2009

Author T.C. Boyle found the tranquility he needed to write his latest book, "The Women," in the peaceful Montecito, California, setting of his 1909 Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home. "This is organic architecture," he said. "It blends in with the environment, everywhere you look, you're looking ...

Peter Brant's Smashing New Art Museum

Wall Street Journal Magazine / May 17th, 2009

Billionaire art collector and publisher Peter Brant is now dazzling the art world with his new contemporary art museum housed in a re-designed apple barn. Even as the tabloids cover his freshly bitter divorce with supermodel Stephanie Seymour, Brant's A-list art collection is snagging headlines.