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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 ...

New York Observer's Top 50 Art Collectors

New York Observer / February 3rd, 2011

From stockpiles of Matisses to flocks of duck decoys, early works by Koons to ravishing Rothkos and Renoirs and rooms full of Chippendale and Biedermeier furniture, or even Damien Hirst's infamous shark, New York's leading collectors have amassed a wide array of art and antiques. View the New ...

Antiques Week in New York: Showstoppers at the fairs

New York Times / January 20th, 2011

A bevy of antiques shows, auctions, museum exhibitions and gallery events are underway in New York City through this weekend. At the Park Avenue Armory, 75 dealers in the Winter Antiques Show (through Jan. 30) represent the creme-de-la-creme of high-end antiques. Among this year's show ...

Kentucky butter churn fetches auction record of $55,200

Maysville Online / December 28th, 2010

In October, Knoxville-based Case Antiques Inc., Auctions and Appraisals sold an eight gallon stoneware butter churn, made and decorated in Maysville, Kentucky, by Isaac Thomas, for $55,200, a record price for Kentucky pottery.

Custer's last flag won for $2.2m at auction

Boston Globe / December 12th, 2010

The only surviving American flag from General Custer’s Last Stand at the Battle of Little Bighorn sold at a Sotheby's sale for $2.2 million on Saturday. Custer and 200 of his troops perished in their famous battle against Lakota Sioux and Northern Cheyenne warriors in 1876. The war-torn U.S. ...

Preview the new wing at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Boston Globe / November 14th, 2010

The much-anticipated $500 million Art of the Americas Wing at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, is set to open to the puplic on Saturday, Nov. 20. Admission is free that day. The 53 new galleries, designed by Foster + Partners, holds about 5,000 works from the museum’s American collections, more ...

Solid sales at Baltimore Summer Antiques Show

ArtfixDaily / September 4th, 2010

The 30th Annual Baltimore Summer Antiques Show, from September 2 to 5, sustained a high gate as well as notable retail and trade business over Labor Day weekend. More than 550 exhibitors displayed nearly 200,000 objects from antiquarian books, fine art, jewelry, and silver, to textiles, ...

Patriotic Expressions: Flag imagery in antique folk art

ArtfixDaily / August 9th, 2010

 Old Glory has proven to be a long-popular image in antique American folk art. Far before Jasper Johns's iconic 'Flag' painting made headlines in May, when one version fetched $28.6 million at a Christie's auction, the American flag in actual or stylized form has consistently been ...

Ralph Cahoon's mermaids showcased in new exhibit

Cape Cod Times / August 8th, 2010

"Chasing the Mermaids," a special exhibition dedicated to the most popular subject matter of Cape Cod folk artist Ralph Cahoon (1910-1982), is on view through Sept. 18 at the Cahoon Museum of American Art in Cotuit, Massachusetts. The museum was Ralph and Martha Cahoons' home and studio from 1945 ...

Circus Day in America

ArtfixDaily / July 15th, 2010

A lively exhibition at Vermont's Shelburne Museum is a multi-sensory experience celebrating Circus Day, the once-popular holiday which brought entire communities together. During the Golden Age of the American circus (1870-1950) schools closed, factories shut down, and farmers left their fields ...

Fusco & Four to relaunch Ellis Boston Antiques Show

ArtfixDaily / June 24th, 2010

The Ellis Antiques Show, Boston's premier fair which ran for 49 years through 2008, will be resurrected for a comeback, October 13 to 16, 2011. Show producers Fusco & Four will relaunch the show at The Cyclorama, Boston Center for The Arts, with 40 exhibitors of the highest quality, drawn ...

Functional Beauties: Hooked rugs cover Maine this summer

ArtfixDaily / June 13th, 2010

Antique hooked rugs are a folk art form prized by collectors for their originality and artistry. This summer, both the Farnsworth Art Museum and renowned textiles specialist Laura Fisher are celebrating the best of historic hooked rugs in separate, special exhibitions on the Maine coast. Since ...

Top ten things to know about the American flag

ArtfixDaily / June 3rd, 2010

Many people think that the flag we love so much as Americans was born alongside the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, 1776, or at least in the general vicinity of that day, but it was actually brought to life by the Flag Act of 1777, passed by Congress on June 14th of that year. York, ...

Antiques found in Silicon Valley; Ceramics, Americana to feature in two fairs

ArtfixDaily / May 24th, 2010

"Antiques Roadshow" will air its last episode taped in San Jose on Thursday night. The heart of the high-tech region yielded up some treasures including a circa 1815 chronometer and a suite of lithographs by marine artist Frederic Cozzens (1846-1928). Also in San Jose, the new Vintage Glass, ...