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Cimabue Masterpiece Found in French Kitchen Fetches $26.6 Million

SFgate / October 28th, 2019

A 13th century work by Italian master Cimabue, rediscovered in a French kitchen earlier this year, brought 24 million euros ($26.6 million) at auction on Sunday. Dominique Le Coent of Acteon Auction House said the sale represented a "world record for a primitive, or a pre-1500 work." It was ...

Yayoi Kusama Balloon Design Will Float in Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

ArtfixDaily / October 24th, 2019

Wildly-popular Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama will take part in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade® in New York with her own balloon design. On Thursday, November 28, 2019, Kusama’s Love Flies Up to the Sky balloon will debut in the annual holiday tradition, seen by more than 3.5 ...

Mary Margaret 'Moo' Anderson, Pioneering Art Collector and Museum Donor, Remembered

Stanford News / October 24th, 2019

Art collector Mary Margaret “Moo” Anderson died Oct. 22 at her home in the San Francisco Bay Area, reports Stanford News. She was 92. Boston-born Moo Anderson was known for amassing a significant collection of post-World War II American art with her late husband, Harry "Hunk" Anderson ...

FBI Recovers Nazi-Looted American Painting in a New York Museum

BBC / October 24th, 2019

A painting taken from a Nazi-persecuted Jewish family in 1930s Germany was discovered in a New York museum and seized by the FBI on Sept. 10. The Arkell Museum at Canajoharie waived its rights to the painting when it was revealed that "Winter," by American artist Gari Melchers, was stolen by ...

Hollywood Exec Sues Art Dealers Over Rothko 'Total Forgery'

Hollywood Reporter / October 20th, 2019

NBCUniversal chairman Ron Meyer is suing two art dealers for $10 million in damages over the sale of a painting he says is a "total forgery." California-based art dealer Jamie Frankfort in 2001 introduced Meyer to New York dealer Susan Seidel. She sold him a "Mark Rothko" that Meyer says he was ...

Art Scammer's San Francisco Home Offered at $15 Million

SFGate / October 17th, 2019

The home of a notorious art scammer, an enviable Mediterranean style mansion in the posh Sea Cliff neighborhood of San Francisco, is now offered for sale at $15 million, after a previusly listing at $19 million. In 2015, Luke Brugnara,  a.k.a. "Lucky Luke," was sentenced to seven ...

Three Arrested for Theft of Cattelan's Gold Toilet From Blenheim Palace

Guardian / October 17th, 2019

Arrests have been made in the theft of an 18-karat solid gold toilet sculpture titled America -- part of a Maurizio Cattelan exhibition at Blenheim Palace in the UK -- that was stolen last month. The burglary took place in an overnight heist at the 18th-century palace, known ...

A Renaissance Woman Artist's 'Last Supper' Is Unveiled

ArtfixDaily / October 17th, 2019

Revealed this week after a multiyear restoration, an artist-nun's masterwork is now on public view at the Santa Maria Novella Museum in Florence some 450 years after it was created. The only known Last Supper by a female artist in the modern age, Plautilla Nelli’s 21-foot canvas is ...

Tim Burton Stages Site-Specific Exhibition at Neon Museum in Las Vegas

View images from Las Vegas Review-journal / October 15th, 2019

For the first time in nearly a decade, renowned American film director, producer, artist, writer and animator Tim Burton will stage an exhibition of his original fine art in the United States. Installed at the Neon Museum in Las Vegas, “Tim Burton @ the Neon Museum” comprises a combination of new ...

On Stage, 'The Independents' Probes the Colorful Relationship of Artists Mary Cassatt and Edgar Degas

ArtfixDaily / October 15th, 2019

A visit to the National Gallery of Art in DC five years ago sparked the imagination of playwright Christopher Ward. Inspired by the exhibition Degas/Cassatt, Ward researched and wrote a character-driven play that is historical fiction, spiced with authentic dialogue between the two legendary ...

Global Art Market Slows in First Half of 2019

Barron's / October 14th, 2019

The global art market slowed due to political and economic uncertainty in the first half of 2019, according to Deloitte’s Art & Finance Report. Brexit woes, the U.S. trade war with China, and the Hong Kong protests are among the factors affecting the art market, the report states. In the ...

MIT Engineers Prove Leonardo da Vinci Was a Master...at Bridge Design

ArtfixDaily / October 10th, 2019

Some 500 years after his death, Leonardo da Vinci is still well-known as a Renaissance master artist and prolific inventor. MIT engineers have also just proven his engineering prowess in bridge design. In 1502, da Vinci submitted an innovative bridge design for a contest to connect ...

Banksy 'Devolved Parliament' Snags a Bananas Record Price of $12.2 Million at Auction

Guardian / October 3rd, 2019

As Brexit looms on Halloween, a painted satire of Britain's House of Commons filled with arguing chimpanzees brought an auction record of £9,879,500 ($12,200,000) for street artist Banksy. At the Sotheby's sale in London on Thursday, "Devolved Parliament" jumped well beyond tne ...

A New Kind of 'Art Hub' to Debut in London With Flexible Exhibition and Work Spaces for Members

Evening Standard / September 30th, 2019

A £20 million renovation of 5 historic buildings in London will create an innovative way to work and sell for professionals in the visual arts. Opening in May 2020, Cromwell Place is a new art center and membership organization with 14 gallery spaces set in the heart of South Kensington’s ...

Hidden for 450 Years, A Renaissance Woman Artist's Version of 'The Last Supper' to be Unveiled Next Month

Guardian / September 29th, 2019

2019 is the widely publicized 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci's death and major museums are noting the great Renaissance master's genius with exhibitions, including the reservations-only blockbuster at the Louvre opening on October 24. The Paris show will have, after intense negotiations, ...

Last House Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright Comes to Auction

ArtfixDaily / September 29th, 2019

Circular Sun House, the last residence designed by America's pre-eminent 20th-century architect Frank Lloyd Wright, will be offered at auction next month. One of 14 circular homes Wright created, and his last design before he died in April 1959, the residence will be sold at a live, on-site ...

The Met Returns $4 Million Egyptian Sarcophagus After Investigators Discover It Was Looted

ArtfixDaily / September 26th, 2019

Earlier this week, an ancient Egyptian gilded cartonnage coffin from the first century B.C. that the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York purchased for about $4 million over a year ago was given back to Egypt. The prized new acquisition was stolen, said investigators.  ...

5 Finds to Preview From 2019's AADLA Fine Art & Antique Dealers Show in NYC, Oct. 31-Nov. 4

ArtfixDaily / September 26th, 2019

{{image}} The Art & Antique Dealers League of America (AADLA) will present their third annual Fine Art & Antiques Show—with 24 dealers—for a 5-day run starting Thursday October 31st at the St. Ignatius Loyola Church in Wallace Hall, 980 Park Avenue on New York’s Upper East Side. ...

13 Haunting Art Exhibitions to See Ahead of Halloween

ArtfixDaily / September 25th, 2019

{{image}} Spooky, fanciful or simply autumnal in feeling, here are ARTFIXdaily's picks for October art exhibitions that deliver heftily on Halloween spirit. These 13 shows span the globe, from Andrew Wyeth's witches in Maine to a "resin lady" ancient corpse on view in the UK. {{image}} ...

'Mocking of Christ': Cimabue's $6 Million Masterpiece Is Rediscovered in French Woman's Kitchen

CNN / September 24th, 2019

A long-lost work by 13th century Florentine master Cenni di Pepo, known as Cimabue (active 1272-1302), has been found to be hanging over a kitchen hot plate in France. Cimabue's "Mocking of Christ" could bring around 6 million Euros ($6.59 million) at auction next month, according ...