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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 ...

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ArtfixDaily / November 4th, 2010

SALE STYMIED: British authorities have stalled the sale of J.M.W. Turner's 1839 painting "Modern Rome — Campo Vaccino" to the J. Paul Getty Trust. At a Sotheby's auction in London last July, California's Getty placed the high bid of $44.9 million for the work. Yet on Wednesday, Great Britain's ...

Photographer Massimo Vitali exposes people at play

ArtfixDaily / September 1st, 2010

Massimo Vitali's unique views of the rites and rituals of modern-day leisure are on display in his third exhibition at M+B in Los Angeles, from September 11 to October 16, 2010. Featuring new work from 2009 and 2010, the exhibition includes eight large-scale color photographs from Austria, ...

Ansel Adams trust sues Rick Norsigian

LA Times blog / August 26th, 2010

The Fresno, Calif., man who says he bought a stack of glass-plate negatives created by Ansel Adams at a garage sale for $45 is being sued by the famed nature photographer's trust. Rick Norsigian assembled a team of various specialists, although none are known photography experts, to ...

Ansel Adams's trust says rediscovered photographs phony

AP via Boston Globe / July 28th, 2010

The 65 glass negatives bought for $45 a decade ago at a garage sale by Fresno, California, painter Rick Norsigian are not by Ansel Adams (d. 1984), according to the photographer's trust. Norsigian's lawyer announced Tuesday that the images of places such as Yosemite and Carmel were long-lost ...

Newly authenticated Ansel Adams cache valued at $200 million

ArtfixDaily / July 27th, 2010

Rick Norsigian, a painter from Fresno, California, bought two boxes containing 65 glass negatives by famed nature photographer Ansel Adams ten years ago. His $45 garage sale find may be worth up to $200 million, says one expert. "You look at these photographs and they take your breath away," ...

American Modern: Abbott, Evans, Bourke-White

ArtfixDaily / July 26th, 2010

On October 2, the Amon Carter Museum of American Art presents 'American Modern: Abbott, Evans, Bourke-White.'  This special exhibition explores the work of three of the foremost photographers of the twentieth-century and the golden age of documentary photography in America.  ...

Johnnie Shand Kydd photographs expose the irresistible Siren City

ArtfixDaily / June 29th, 2010

Tough, dirty, and noisy, Naples is nevertheless a charming city that never fails to make you laugh. Fifty black and white photographs present an evocative tableaux of southern Italian life in "Siren City: Photographs of Naples by Johnnie Shand Kydd," an exhibition opening on June 30, at the ...

Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Modern Century

ArtfixDaily / June 27th, 2010

The High Museum of Art will host “Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Modern Century,” the first major retrospective in the U.S. in more than 30 years of one of photography’s most original and influential masters. On view from February 19 through May 29, 2011, the exhibition comprises more than 250 ...

Sotheby's scores with Polaroid Collection

ArtfixDaily / June 22nd, 2010

The Sotheby's sale of 1,200 photographs from the collection of bankrupt Polaroid Corporation whipped up $12.47 million, well past its $10.7 million high estimate. Self-portrait photographs by artists were among the works soaring past estimates. Andy Warhol's image of himself with ...

June Auctions: 10 hot lots

ArtfixDaily / June 14th, 2010

A dazzling array of artwork is coming to the auction block this June. Sellers are seemingly confident that the upper level of the market is steady and ready for top tier works of art to be sold. "The best of the best" in all categories is in high demand. So far, 2010 has seen the world record ...

MOCA exhibition now a tribute to Dennis Hopper

ArtfixDaily / June 1st, 2010

On Saturday, actor, director, and artist Dennis Hopper passed away at age 74. As ARTFIXdaily wrote last Friday, his artwork will be showcased in the upcoming retrospective "Dennis Hopper Double Standard," curated by artist-film director Julian Schnabel as the debut exhibition under new Museum of ...

Tate Modern going global with acquisitions

ArtfixDaily / May 25th, 2010

A decade after its inception, Tate Modern has displayed some 880 new acquisitions, both gifts and purchases. In a press release, Britain's bastion of modern and contemporary art states that it will continue to aggressively pursue new artworks from regions other than Europe and North America. ...

Shelburne Museum rolls out 11 new summer exhibitions

ArtfixDaily / May 24th, 2010

From luminist marine paintings to Ogden Pleissner sporting art, New England landscapes by Jay Hall Connaway to Victorian crazy quilts, Vermont's venerable Shelburne Museum, which touts its many "collections within collections," has organized a near-dozen diverse exhibitions for the summer ...

Irving Penn photos sold-out at Christie's auction

Artinfo / April 15th, 2010

A large collection of photographs owned by Irving Penn’s assistant Patricia McCabe soared to $3.85 million this week, with 70 lots earning 100 percent sell-through rates by lot and by value, at Christie's in New York. The top lot of the collection was Penn's striking 1977 ...

'Ansel Adams: Early Works' exhibit a circulating crowd-pleaser

/ April 14th, 2010

Ansel Adams once said, "Sometimes I do get to places just when God’s ready to have somebody click the shutter." This quote belies the fact that Adams hiked in the wilderness for days in search of scenery and labored in the darkroom day and night to yield "a good crop" of about one dozen ...

Cartier-Bresson photographs are a 20th-century 'world diary'

Reuters / April 11th, 2010

From portraits of modern artists to scenes of everyday life, "Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Modern Century" includes about 300 powerful photographs, the majority on loan from the Henri Cartier-Bresson Foundation in Paris. The exhibit, which opened at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) on Sunday, is ...

Annie Leibovitz gets help with her debts

Montreal Gazette / March 9th, 2010

Photographer Annie Leibovitz has turned to a private equity firm to help restructure her enormous debt load. Last summer the celebrity photographer narrowly averted foreclosure after she missed a payment deadline for her $24 million loans owed to Art Capital Group. Her properties and archives ...

Defunct museum sued for trying to sell Ansel Adams collection

associated press / March 4th, 2010

The son of famed photographer Ansel Adams is suing California's Fresno Metropolitan Museum to keep the bankrupt museum from selling six works by his father. He says the sale would violate a donation agreement. Museum officials have been talking to various auction houses about selling ...

The modernist photographs of Irving Penn

Guardian / February 22nd, 2010

In his famously bare and basic studio, Irving Penn captured many 20th-century icons with a masterful mixture of austerity and playfulness. Alfred Hitchcock, for instance, was portrayed in profile on a mound of grey carpet, looking both plump enough to burst out of his suit and absurdly ...