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Family Feud Sends Masterpieces Missing from C.C. Wang Collection of Chinese Art

New York Times / October 19th, 2014

One of the most important collections of Chinese art ever assembled has been the center of a long-running legal battle between family members. Now some of the most historically-significant pieces from the estate of C.C. Wang are missing.

Architect Jean Nouvel Reveals Big Plans for National Art Museum of China

ArtfixDaily / September 22nd, 2014

Spanning 1,399,308 square feet, more than double the size of the Louvre, a new National Art Museum of China (NAMOC) has been conceived by French architect Jean Nouvel.

Ai Weiwei Fills Alcatraz with 1.2 Million Legos in Major Exhibition

ArtfixDaily / September 22nd, 2014

Perhaps one of the biggest art exhibitions of the year will not be attended by the artist behind its creation. Chinese dissident artist...

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.

Artist Pleads Guilty to Smashing Ai Weiwei Vase

ArtfixDaily / August 14th, 2014

A Florida artist has pleaded guilty to a criminal mischief charge for destroying a $1-million vase that was part of ...

Florida Collector of Asian Art Sues Ringling Museum

Herald Tribune / July 31st, 2014

A new building at the Ringling museum in Florida might open as scheduled in January 2016 without the $30 million collection meant to go inside.

Chinese Collector Ruffles Feathers After Drinking from "Chicken Cup"

Examiner / July 28th, 2014

When billionaire art collector Liu Yiqian was photographed sipping tea from a $36.6 million cup, he sparked a wave of controversy.

Zhang Xiaogang's Painting of Little Red Guard Brings Record $12.1 Million

ArtfixDaily / April 6th, 2014

Auction records were smashed for Chinese contemporary artist Zhang Xiaogang and seven other Asian artists at Sotheby’s HK$670 million ($86 million) Hong Kong evening sale over the weekend.

Korean Art Treasure Discovered in Vault of Honolulu Museum of Art

ArtfixDaily / February 20th, 2014

A valuable and historically-important 425-year-old scroll was found in the basement of the Honolulu Museum of Art. The relic was discovered by...

Christie's Inaugural Sale in Mainland China Brings $25 Million

ArtfixDaily / September 26th, 2013

Christie's International auction house debuted in mainland China on Thursday with a sale of art, jewelry, watches and wine that brought a total $25 million for 43 lots.

Smithsonian Receives $1 Million Grant for Chinese Painting Conservation

ArtfixDaily / September 11th, 2013

The Mellon Foundation has given the Smithsonian a $1 million grant to endow the next generation of conservators of Chinese painting.

California Couple Gifts $25 Million Japanese Art Collection to Minneapolis Institute of Arts

ArtfixDaily / June 9th, 2013

A California cattle breeder who amassed a top-notch collection of Japanese art worth $25 million has gifted it to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Nearly 1,700 objects spanning 1,000 years...

Diamond, Qianlong Vases Boost $418 Million Hong Kong Auction

ArtfixDaily / May 30th, 2013

Christie's five-day auction in Hong Kong ended with total sales of HK$3.2 billion ($418 million), indicating a renewed uptick in the Asian market. Chinese buyers were back to a more competitive stance, bidding up...

Google Adds 20 More Museums to its Online Art Project

ArtfixDaily / May 26th, 2013

Google Art Project recently added 20 more museums to its online display of more than 40,000 total artworks from 250+ cultural organizations around the globe. Now online visitors can take a "Street View" virtual tour of the Mark Rothko galleries at...

Chinese Bowl Breaks Auction Record Price in Hong Kong

ArtfixDaily / April 9th, 2013

A new world record price was set for a rare red "lotus bowl" from the Chinese emperor Kangxi period of 1662-1722 when it went for $9.5 million at auction in Hong Kong, making it the highest price for any Chinese porcelain from the Kangxi period during the Qing dynasty.

$3 Chinese Bowl at Garage Sale Fetches $2.2 Million at Auction

ArtfixDaily / March 20th, 2013

A Northern Song Dynasty bowl reportedly bought at a garage sale for $3 soared to $2.2 million on Tuesday at a Sotheby's sale in New York.

Tacoma Art Museum Auction of Chinese Items Upsets Donors

Seattle Times / March 4th, 2013

Donors to the Tacoma Art Museum have been stung by the auction of Chinese jades and robes gifted to the museum's collection. The Young family gave pieces in the 1970s that the museum has sold off, except for a few remaining items that are now slated for sale.

China's Top Auction Houses See Sales Down by Half

The Art Newspaper / February 4th, 2013

China’s two leading auction houses—Poly Auction and China Guardian— experienced sales totals plummet by more than a half during 2012.

Yale University Art Gallery Unveils $135 Million Renovation

New Haven Register / December 4th, 2012

Stretching across city blocks and combining three major buildings of varying architectural styles, Yale University Art Gallery will unveil its $135 million renovation project on Dec. 12. Monets and Basquiats...

Google Art Project Hits 15 Million Viewers, 35,000 Artworks

ArtfixDaily / October 30th, 2012

The Phillips Collection, Palazzo Vecchio Museum, and the Clyfford Still Museum are just a few notable art institutions to join the ranks of image collections on Google Art Project. The site now boasts...