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Detroit Hit With a $4 Billion Proposal for City's Art

New York Times / August 27th, 2014

New York-based Art Capital has offered Detroit a loan of up to $4 billion in a new proposal that leaves the city's museum intact with its art used as collateral.

Watchmaker Breguet Helps Reopen Louvre's 18th c. Decorative Arts Galleries

Forbes / August 18th, 2014

Swiss watchmaker Breguet has funded a lavish new display of 18th-century French decorative arts in the Louvre Museum in Paris.

Scrap Metal Mogul Donates Antiques Trove to NY Museum

Times Union / June 16th, 2014

Adam Weitsman, who runs a $1 billion scrap metal empire in New York State, has amassed one of the world's largest private collections of...

Americana Week: Buyers Find Plenty of Treasures, from Folk to Fancy

ArtfixDaily / January 27th, 2014

For collectors and curators looking for the unusual, the beautiful, the "best of the best," or simply a take-home slice of Americana, Antiques Week in New York offered it all.

Sotheby's to Sell Important Folk Art from Esmerian Collection

ArtfixDaily / November 3rd, 2013

Sotheby's will offer Visual Grace: Important American Folk Art from the Collection of Ralph O. Esmerian in a dedicated auction in New York on January 25, 2014. The sale comprises more than...

Catherine Sweeney Singer to Take Helm of Philadelphia Antiques Show

ArtfixDaily / July 31st, 2013

Executive director of New York City's prestigious Winter Antiques Show, Catherine Sweeney Singer has now been named Director of the Philadelphia Antiques Show.

Sotheby's Slated to Sell Artwork from American Folk Art Museum

ArtfixDaily / April 25th, 2013

Over 200 artworks once promised to New York's American Folk Art Museum are reportedly coming up for auction at Sotheby's.

Architects Publicly Oppose MoMA Plans for Folk Art Museum Demolition

New York Times / April 22nd, 2013

Leading architects have publicly denounced the Museum of Modern Art's recent decision to demolish the former American Folk Art Museum building.

Former American Folk Art Museum Building to be Demolished

New York Times / April 11th, 2013

The Museum of Modern Art will raze the celebrated building bought from the American Folk Art Museum in 2011.

Winterthur Museum boasts one of the earliest known American depictions of the Easter Bunny

ArtfixDaily / March 28th, 2013

Two years ago, Delaware's Winterthur Museum acquired one of the earliest known American depictions of the Easter Bunny, from Pook & Pook auction house in Downingtown, Pennsylvania.

A Case for Mixing Folk and Academic Art

New York Times / January 31st, 2013

After several major museums have renovated and expanded their American art galleries, the trend continues to separate folk and outsider art from academic art. Usually, folk art is relegated to a smaller, lesser space than more realistic, academic artworks.

American Folk Art Museum to Return Most of Esmerian Gift

ArtfixDaily / January 2nd, 2013

Last month, a motion was filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for New York's American Folk Art Museum to relinquish 210 objects promised by former benefactor Ralph Esmerian.

Wendell D. Garrett, Decorative Arts Specialist, Remembered

Antiques & the Arts Weekly / November 20th, 2012

Wendell D. Garrett, well-known as an American decorative arts expert on the TV series "Antiques Roadshow" and as an editor of The Magazine Antiques, died in Williston, Vermont, on Nov. 14. He was 83.

Saint Louis Art Museum Restores an American Treasure

ArtfixDaily / April 24th, 2012

This summer, the Saint Louis Art Museum unveils "Restoring an American Treasure: The Panorama of the Monumental Grandeur of the Mississippi Valley." The second of a two-part exhibition series, this behind-the-scenes look at conservation of the 348-foot Panorama is a continuation of work begun in ...

Americana Week Tops $47 Million in Auction Sales

Antiques and the Arts / January 26th, 2012

Nearly $47 million was spent on American art and antiques at five auction houses during Americana Week in New York. About 2,000 lots were offered in sales from January 16 to 22 during the focused series of events that includes a host of related antiques fairs, gallery shows, and museum exhibitions. Five highlights from the sales:

American Folk Art Museum Rings in 2012 with New Exhibit, Major Donations

ArtfixDaily / January 20th, 2012

A recent $3.5 million in gifts is allowing the American Folk Art Museum to keep its doors open in Lincoln Square on New York's Upper West Side. Last week, a new exhibit opened, "Jubilation/Rumination, Life: Real and Imagined," in the 5,000 square foot space. The 100-piece exhibit is drawn from ...

$1 Million Dollar Sampler, $3.5 Million Highboy Star at Sotheby's

ArtfixDaily / January 22nd, 2012

A John Townsend high chest, inscribed Newport 1756, had it all: original finish, hardware, and finial; impeccable provenance; and style representing the pinnacle of colonial American craftsmanship. From a $2-3 million presale estimate, the piece soared to $3,554,500 at Sotheby's Important ...

American Folk Art Museum May Exhibit at Seaport Museum

GalleristNY / December 20th, 2011

Two New York museums that have narrowly survived the current economic times will possibly partner together in a series of exhibitions hosted by the Seaport Museum in 2012. Earlier this year, the American Folk Art Museum was forced to...

First Retrospective of Early African American Artist Julien Hudson at Worcester Art Museum

ArtfixDaily / December 13th, 2011

A groundbreaking exhibition opened Dec. 9 at the Worcester Art Museum entitled “In Search of Julien Hudson: Free Artist of Color in Pre-Civil War New Orleans.” Julien Hudson (1811-1844) is the second-earliest documented portrait painter of African descent to work in the United States. ...

New Tuscaloosa Museum of Art to Showcase Important American Art

ArtfixDaily / December 12th, 2011

Last week, the Tuscaloosa Museum of Art opened its doors, finally giving a home to the art collection assembled by Jack Warner. Earlier this year, the Jack Warner Foundation and Westervelt Company separated, leaving the fate undetermined as to where their respective collections would be housed. ...