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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. ...

Auction Records Set for American Folk Art Portraiture, Botero Sculpture, Yellow Diamond

ArtfixDaily / November 16th, 2011

Skinner's sold a rare 18th-century portrait for a record-setting $1,271,000 with commission (est. $150,000-250,000) on Nov. 5 in Boston. The portrait of Abigail Rose of North Branford, Conn., broke the previous record for American folk art portraiture...

Donations Save American Folk Art Museum

New York Times / September 22nd, 2011

The board of New York's American Folk Art Museum agreed on Wednesday evening to keep the institution operating from its current Lincoln Square location following the last-minute help of donations from trustees and the Ford Foundation.

American Folk Art Museum teeters towards dissolution

New York Times / September 19th, 2011

The board of New York's beleaguered American Folk Art Museum are set to vote this week on the future of its holdings of classic American folk art and 20th-century outsider art. Proposals are under consideration from...

An uncertain future for American Folk Art Museum

New York Times / August 25th, 2011

When the American Folk Art Museum sold its flagship building in Midtown Manhattan to the Museum of Modern Art in May that move did not save the cash-strapped institution from its woes. Now there is talk of dissolving...

Guilty plea for defendant in fake folk art case

ArtfixDaily / August 9th, 2011

The U.S. Attorney's office announced that Robert E. Lucky, Jr, 64, of New Orleans, pled guilty on Aug. 8 to mail fraud in connection with selling paintings falsely attributed to celebrated Southern folk artist Clementine Hunter (1886-1988).

Jeweler Ralph Esmerian gets 6-year prison sentence

Courthouse News Service / July 26th, 2011

The former owner of luxury jeweler Fred Leighton who was once a major donor to New York's American Folk Art Museum, Ralph O. Esmerian, was sentenced on July 22 to 6 years in federal prison for...

Copley sets auction records for Crowell decoys, A.L. Ripley painting

ArtfixDaily / July 26th, 2011

Copley Fine Art Auctions' July 21 to 22 sale, featuring over 700 lots of antique decoys, folk art, books, and American art, smashed auction record prices for bird carver A. Elmer Crowell (1862-1952) and sporting artist Aiden Lassell Ripley (1896-1969).

The legacy of folk artist Stephen Huneck

Valley Advocate / July 7th, 2011

His work is described as accesssible and recognizably bright. It is most often a witty rendition of a dog. A former antiques "picker," the late Vermont artist Stephen Huneck (1948-2010) left behind a charming and internationally-popular body of work. When the economic downturn began in 2008, ...

Last chance to visit American Folk Art Museum on West 53rd Street

ArtfixDaily / June 30th, 2011

Independence Day weekenders can soak up Americana, from Colonial portraiture to quilts, in Manhattan for one last stretch at the American Folk Art Museum's 45 West 53rd St. location. The museum will be moving to its home at 2 Lincoln Square on July 9.

Wayside Inn Antiques Show shines in second year

Antiques and the Arts / May 24th, 2011

Forty-six dealers assembled a fresh and inviting display of art and antiques, particularly strong in Americana and New England paintings, for the second annual Wayside Inn Antiques Show in Sudbury, Mass., from May 13 to 15. Guy Leblanc, the historic inn's Director of Marketing, cheerfully ...

MoMA to acquire building from American Folk Art Museum

artinfo / May 12th, 2011

New York's American Folk Art Museum is attempting to alleviate itself of a $32 million debt by selling its West 53rd Street flagship building to neighboring Museum of Modern Art. In a statement on Wednesday, MoMA told Artinfo, "This mutually beneficial arrangement between the two museums will ...

American Folk Art Museum passes fair to new owner

New York Times / May 7th, 2011

Ownership and management of the annual American Antiques Show, a ten-year-old fundraiser for New York's American Folk Art Museum, has been turned over to the Art Fair Company in an effort to stabilize the museum's finances. Faced with a default on nearly $32 million worth of bonds that it ...

American Folk Art Museum executive director quits

American Folk Art Museum / May 4th, 2011

Maria Ann Conelli, executive director of New York's American Folk Art Museum, announced on the museum's website on May 3 that she would be leaving in July to return to academia. The financially-troubled institution missed $3.7 million in payments to a debt service fund connected to bonds issued ...

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

Winterthur / April 18th, 2011

Delaware's Winterthur Museum recently acquired one of the earliest known American depictions of the Easter Bunny, which was sold at Pook & Pook auction house in Downingtown, Pennsylvania. Together with the Christmas tree, the custom of the Easter rabbit and colored eggs was brought to ...

Red, white quilts boldly blanket New York

ArtfixDaily / March 27th, 2011

In New York, the American Folk Art Museum has dramatically transformed the Park Avenue Armory’s 55,000-square-foot Wade Thompson Drill Hall with "Infinite Variety: Three Centuries of Red and White Quilts," an installation of 650 red and white American quilts. On view March 25 to 30, this free ...