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Sotheby's Loses $12 Million on Taubman Sale, But Wins Top Auction Price For Americana Week

ArtfixDaily / January 25th, 2016

Sotheby’s secured an overall total of $18.9 million for its Americana Week auctions ending Sunday. The news came after Friday's announcement that the auction house had an estimated $12 million loss in the fourth quarter of 2015 as a result of the A. Alfred Taubman sale, featuring ...

William Edmondson Sculpture Fetches Auction Record for Outsider Art

ArtfixDaily / January 23rd, 2016

Christie's inaugural sale of self-taught artists on Friday was led by William Edmondson’s Boxer, which brought $785,000, well above its $150,000-250,000 estimate. The price set a record in the category, according to Christie's, surpassing the previous top price set ...

Quirky to Classic Americana Served Up at Sotheby's

Sotheby's / January 21st, 2016

Cornelius Vanderbilt's gold cigar case. A New Orleans Voodoo Clock. And "one of the greatest collections of Americana ever assembled" are what Sotheby's says are on offer this week as part of Americana Week in New York. City-wide auctions, shows, exhibitions and events kicked off on ...

San Francisco Fall Antiques Show Highlights Something Old, Something New Aesthetic

ArtfixDaily / October 22nd, 2015

Rooted in Victorian times and infused with the energy of today's tech industry, San Francisco is a place where old and new, tradition and innovation, blend seamlessly. West Coast art collectors and designers just as easily mix styles and periods, and flock ...

$45M Paves Way for 'Totally Immersive' Arts Museum in Mississippi

Meridian Star / October 5th, 2015

Officials broke ground Saturday on a $45-million, 58,500 sq. foot facility devoted to Mississippi artists in film, literature, music, arts, dance, theater and visual arts to be named the Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Experience. An opening date in November 2017, ...

Adirondack Museum's Antiques Show and Sale Opens This Weekend

ArtfixDaily / September 13th, 2015

On the heels of its popular Rustic Furniture Fair last weekend, the Adirondack Museum will host the country's top dealers in art, antiques and vintage pieces embodying the mountain "Great Camp" style this Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 19 and 20, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Ablaze in ...

Billionaire William Louis-Dreyfus to Gift Art Collection to Harlem Nonprofit

Barron's / March 4th, 2015

Some fifty years of collecting 3,500 artworks will culminate in a grand gift to a Harlem school. Paris-born billionaire William Louis-Dreyfus, 82, says his collection will be sold periodically to benefit school children. His bequest includes works by about 170 artists, from big names ...

Museum Seeks Art Covering Destroyed Ferguson Storefronts

St. Louis Today / December 7th, 2014

When riots ensued over the Nov. 24 grand jury annoncement that there would be no indictment of the officer who killed Michael Brown, many storefronts and businesses in Ferguson, Missouri, and on South Grand Boulevard in St. Louis were damaged.  Up went plywood to cover shattered windows. And ...

Billionaire Scaife's Collection of Sailor's Valentines at Auction

Tribune Review / October 6th, 2014

Intricate 19th-century shellwork folk art from the Nantucket home of the late billionaire publisher Richard Mellon Scaife comes to auction this week.

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.