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Parisian curators spotlight dark-themed art

Bloomberg / March 24th, 2010

The Musee d’Orsay in Paris has assembled more than 400 paintings, prints, drawings, posters and photographs under the title “Crime and Punishment.” Sinister works, with subjects from serial killers to femmes fatales, by artists from David to Degas, comprise this thematic exhibition which also ...

'Matisse: Radical Invention, 1913-1917' on view at the Art Institute of Chicago

LA Times Arts / March 22nd, 2010

This exhibition, on through June 30, includes some of the greatest, most enigmatic works of Henri Matisse's long career, as the artist responded to the cruel chaos of World War I. Among the 117 works in the show, a weirdly beautiful 1913 still life, "Flowers and Ceramic Plate," an almost ...

Excellence sells in Maastricht

Bloomberg / March 22nd, 2010

The 10-day Dutch art fair Tefaf attracted 72,500 visitors, an increase of 7 percent on 2009, say the organizers. Most were white, middle-aged Americans and Europeans, and they were in a buying mood. Middle market sales were soft, but the seven-figure sales soared. For example, Basquiat’s 1982 ...

Behind one of Boston's big museum expansions

Wall Street Journal / March 22nd, 2010

Anne Hawley, Director of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, says her slogan is 'Elitism for all.' She believes the public is hungry for 'real meaning,' which the Gardner translates into scholarly art shows. Now, Hawley is going full steam ahead with ambitious (and controversial) plans to ...

Larry Salander pleads guilty, ordered to pay $120 million

New York Post / March 21st, 2010

Last Thursday, the debacle perpetuated by bankrupt Manhattan gallery owner Lawrence Salander culminated in a guilty plea. His $120 million fraud scheme included duping clients such as actor Robert De Niro, tennis star John McEnroe as well as the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Salander's crimes ...

Young art dealer, Old Master heritage

Financial Times / March 21st, 2010

Jan Six XI, age 31, has opened a new gallery in Amsterdam specialising in Dutch and Flemish Old Master. In a promising powerhouse move, Jan Six Fine Art has teamed up with London art dealership Hazlitt, Gooden & Fox, famous for identifying a long-lost Rembrandt self-portrait in 2007. Six, ...

Irish beauties, rarities on the block

Seattle PI blog / March 17th, 2010

The Irish Sale on March 23 at New York's Bloomsbury Auctions includes such star lots as Sir John Lavery's 1936 oil on canvas "Sunbathers" (estimate: $350,000 to $450,000) and the only known full-sized tricolor flag from the 1916 uprising (estimate: $500,000 to $700,000). For book lovers, there's ...

Picasso's Absinthe Drinker under the gavel

The Australian / March 17th, 2010

Christie's in London will sell a coveted Blue Period Picasso portrait, owned by the composer Andrew Lloyd Webber's Art Foundation, with a conservative estimate of between ₤30 million ($49.8 million) and ₤40 million, the highest for a work of art offered at auction in Europe. The June 23 sale of ...

Van Gogh's 'The Bedroom' gets a blog

Mediabistro Unbeige blog / March 17th, 2010

The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam is restoring one of Vincent Van Gogh's most famous works. While "The Bedroom" is out of view, the museum's staff will keep the painting in the public eye with a blog about the restoration process. The new blog, called "Bedroom Secrets; Restoration of a ...

FBI seeks help of Boston commuters in art heist

Boston Globe / March 16th, 2010

Rembrandt’s “The Storm on the Sea of Galilee,’’ his only seascape, has been plastered on Massachusetts billboards along two interstates in an effort by the FBI to publicize the Gardner Museum theft two decades after it transpired. In 1990, two men disguised as Boston police officers talked ...

Steady sales at The European Fine Art and Antiques Fair

Telegraph / March 16th, 2010

American museums have prowled TEFAF, the Maastricht art fair on through the end of this week, and made significant purchases. Washington's National Gallery of Art bought a 17th-century winter landscape with skaters by Adam van Breen for €910,000 (£830,000). The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of ...

Auction ahead to pay creditors in Salander fiasco

Bloomberg / March 15th, 2010

Inventory from New York's bankrupt Salander-O’Reilly Galleries LLC, including European art from the 12th century to about 1725, will be auctioned, possibly by Christie's in June. Last year, proprietor Lawrence Salander was charged with 103 counts of fraud, forgery and other crimes, in relation ...

Botero copies used to conceal Europe-bound drugs

Yahoo News / March 15th, 2010

Replicas of sculptures by Colombia's most recognized artist, Fernando Botero, were used to stash 16 kilograms (35 pounds) of cocaine intended for shipment to Spain, Colombian police said. The contraband was discovered by police on Saturday inside the sculptures held in a shipping warehouse. No ...

Treasure hunt on in Maastricht

New York Times / March 14th, 2010

The talk of TEFAF, so far, are a pearl-dropping neoclassical clock, a $25 million Giacometti sculpture, and the new works on paper section including such gems as Gainsborough drawings and Irving Penn photographs. Opening night, some collectors grumbled that there were no big-ticket paintings ...

Reward, but not ransom, offered in Gardner case

Boston Globe / March 14th, 2010

Twenty years ago this week, 13 major artworks by Vermeer, Rembrandt, Degas, Manet, and others were swiped from Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. The world's biggest art heist still baffles investigators who have no viable leads. A $5 million reward is offered for the recovery of all, or ...

Famous forger de Hory gets a museum show

Star-Tribune / March 14th, 2010

In 1969, Mark Forgy was a young, backpacking Minnesotan in Europe when he met a debonair Hungarian who happenend to be one of the world's most notorious art forgers. Elmyr de Hory was a master faker of Picasso, Renoir, Matisse, and especially Modigliani. Before he was caught, de Hory let loose ...

Striking masterpieces on view at the Frick

New York Post / March 11th, 2010

Gainsborough, Rembrandt, and Canaletto are a few of the European masters on loan from London's Dulwich Picture Gallery to New York's Frick Collection. View treasures such as the 1771-72 portrait of the lovely Linley sisters, before scandal and tragedy marred their lives, expertly captured by ...

Experts divided over Degas discovery

The Art Newspaper / March 10th, 2010

The Art Newspaper's Martin Bailey delves into the story of a set of plasters, uncovered in France, with a possible link to Degas. If the attribution rings true, this cache could represent one of the greatest of recent art finds. The unauthenticated plasters have already been cast ...

High hopes for blue-chip art sales at TEFAF

Luxist / March 10th, 2010

The Dutch city of Maastricht is now hosting 263 top dealers, bringing about $2.7 billion worth of art and antiques to the world's biggest art fair, TEFAF. Opening night, this Thursday, may be a litmus test for how buyers will react to such offerings as a $15 million ...

Bonhams eyes Asia for expansion opportunities

Wall Street Journal / March 8th, 2010

Following last week's announcement that Bonhams will open an outpost in Tokyo, Robert Brooks, the London-based chairman of the international auction house, now plans to relaunch a branch in Australia. Bonhams already has a presence in Hong Kong, where rivals Christie's and Sotheby's have also set ...