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Sotheby's to sell Vollard's art collection

Mail online / April 22nd, 2010

About $26 million (£16million) worth of paintings once owned by legendary Parisian art dealer Ambroise Vollard, who died in 1939, will go under the hammer this June after decades in a bank vault. The 141 paintings, including works by Paul Cezanne, Pablo Picasso and Andre Derain, will be sold ...

Undercover agent in Gardner heist spills the beans

New York Times blog / April 21st, 2010

Robert K. Wittman, a retired F.B.I. special agent, has a book coming out that asserts his efforts to recover masterpieces stolen from Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum were undone by infighting at the bureau. Wittman says he had a lead in the biggest art heist in U.S. history, in which ...

Country house sale: Givenchy gowns to sporting art

Luxist / April 21st, 2010

The contents of billionaire Patricia Kluge's Albemarle House, a lavish take on high-style country living in the English tradition, will be auctioned by Sotheby's on June 8 and 9. The grand 45-room estate in Albermarle County, Va., will be open May 31 for buyers of the auction catalog to preview ...

Museum mistakes exposed in London show

Guardian / April 20th, 2010

The National Gallery in London will be showing off some embarrassing acquistions and misleading gifts in its major exhibition called Close Examination opening in June. Works once-removed from the gallery's walls for their dubious nature are being exhumed from the vaults. One of the museum's ...

LACMA committee steps up for new acquisitions

LA Times / April 19th, 2010

More than six dozen couples helped raise $1.8 million for new acquistions to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art collections over the weekend. The Annual Collectors Committee Weekend has been likenend to an "American Idol" competition with several curators taking stage to passionately promote ...

John Deere art collection revealed

Quad Cities Online (PR) / April 19th, 2010

Coming to public view for the first time, the John Deere company's art collection will be unveiled April 24, in Davenport, Iowa, at the David Chipperfield-designed Figge Art Museum. Begun in 1965, the collection includes works by such artists as Grant Wood, Edward Curtis, Joan Miro, Henri de ...

High Museum holdings boosted by gift of French art

Atlanta Business Journal / April 14th, 2010

Atlanta's High Museum of Art will receive 47 works of art, dating from fin-de-siécle Paris, including prized examples by Toulouse-Lautrec, Gauguin and Degas. One highlight of the gift, which is strong in French drawings and prints, is Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec's “La Clownesse au Moulin Rouge” ...

Artnet pushes for profits in online auctions

Skate's Market Notes / April 13th, 2010

After reviewing artnet's 2009 annual report, Skate's remains skeptical of the company's online auction strategy as a revenue source. Revenues, which are largely based on its price database, advertising and a gallery network, were down 5.6% compared to 2008 due to the auction segment.  ...

All eyes on Spring art auctions

Luxist / April 12th, 2010

The May and June sales at the major auction houses will be closely watched to see if the art market is truly rebounding from the credit crisis-induced slump. Following the winter surprise of the record-smashing $104.3 million Giacometti price, hopes are high for strong sales of important ...

National Gallery of Art's "Hendrick Avercamp: The Little Ice Age"

Washington Post / April 7th, 2010

Icy snow is a visual treat in Washington, D.C. this Spring, at least in pictures. On view at the National Gallery is the work of Dutch artist Hendrick Avercamp (1585-1634) whose paintings of winter wonderlands depict people of all classes cavorting and working outdoors. Part landscape, part ...

Six museum (re)openings keep art fresh this Spring

MSNBC / April 6th, 2010

New or newly expanded museums around the country this spring will showcase everything from Tiffany lamps to Wyeth paintings, as well as some cutting-edge new architecture to house it all. “Wyeth: An American Legacy, Treasures from the Farnsworth Art Museum” and Japanese woodblock prints are on ...

Ted Pillsbury left a legacy rich in art

The Dallas Morning News / April 6th, 2010

The death last month of Edmund P. "Ted" Pillsbury, a major player on the American art museum scene, was a suicide, his family said Monday. An earlier statement said his March 25 death was due to a heart attack. Dr. Pillsbury, 66, was chairman of fine arts at Heritage Auction Galleries in ...

Los Angeles Antiques Show adds more Continental furniture dealers

Culture Kiosque / April 5th, 2010

New exhibitors to the Los Angeles Antiques Show this year are Bernard Steinitz of Paris and Carlton Hobbs of New York, both respected dealers of Continental furniture. From April 21 to 25, sixty-five exhibitors from across the U.S. and Europe will be featured in room-setting vignettes ...

Tiny masterpieces re-examined in Russian exhibition

The Moscow Times / April 5th, 2010

Little known in his native Russia, Ivan Pokhitonov (1850-1923) won fame in France for his delicate miniature paintings of landscapes. The Tretyakov Gallery, a Russian national museum, is now providing audiences with a chance to re-evaluate the artist with the exhibit “Painter-Sorcerer” — timed to ...

Hottest museum shows of 2009

The Art Newspaper / April 3rd, 2010

The Art Newspaper has listed the 30 most visited museum exhibitions worldwide for the 2008- 2009 season. Topping the list are four blockbusters at Japanese museums. Shows on twentieth-century masters ranked high including Kandinsky at the Centre Pompidou in Paris and Joan Miró at MoMA in New ...

Crichton art collection may exceed $75 million at Christie's

Washington Post / April 3rd, 2010

Popular thriller writer Michael Crichton, of "ER" and "Jurassic Park" fame, died in 2008. He left behind a top-notch art collection which his family is selling 80% of at Christie's in New York on May 11-12. Among the works to watch for record-setting status is Jasper Johns' "Flag," which ...

Princess Diana family to offer Rubens masterpiece

Reuters / March 29th, 2010

Earl Spencer, Diana's brother, is planning to sell works from the family's collection of paintings, furniture, porcelain and horse-drawn carriages at Christie's in London on July 6. The auction may raise about $30 million. Highlights in the sale include Peter Paul Rubens's "A Commander being ...

Tulipmania revived in Amsterdam

New york Times / March 28th, 2010

Tulips were once a hot commodity, an integral part of the Dutch Golden Age, and a perenially popular subject for Dutch artists of the 17th and 18th centuries. Fortunes tumbled when, in 1637, the “tulip bubble” burst, leaving speculators with hands full of worthless bulbs. Opening June 1 at the ...

Turner's 'Modern Rome' masterpiece poised to be record-breaker

Times Online / March 28th, 2010

Sotheby's is touting Modern Rome — Campo Vaccino as "arguably the finest" J.M.W. Turner painting left in private hands. With rarity, condition, and provenance adding to its allure as a work of art, this painting, by one of Britain's most beloved artists, may easily exceed the estimate of £12 ...

Artists' estates complicate collecting their work

Financial Times / March 27th, 2010

Georgiana Adams writes about the bitter battle over the Victor Vasarely (1906–1997) estate. Prices for his pioneering op-art compositions are re-heating as is the complex story about ownership issues. Also, Adams notes that German auctioneer Robert Ketterer is trying to raise money for a ...