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A fight to preserve Edward Hopper's landscape

Cape Cod Times / April 15th, 2010

A Massachusetts land court judge has ordered construction to cease on a large house that neighbors say spoils the Cape Cod coastline views that inspired American painter Edward Hopper. Property owners near the planned 8,333-sq.-ft. mansion, assessed at $4.5 million, instigated a lawsuit when ...

Dealers drop hints about Philadelphia show-stoppers

Main Line Media / April 14th, 2010

Philadelphia Antiques Show exhibitors are leaking a few of their booth highlights for the much-anticipated show which opens Friday night with a preview gala. New exhibitor Avery Galleries is bringing a large Emil Carlsen still-life painting and two Winslow Homer watercolors, valued between ...

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.  ...

Buzzworthy Americana at Philadelphia Antiques Show, Apr. 17-20

Phillyburbs.com / April 13th, 2010

Exhibitor Todd Prickett, of C.L. Prickett, will showcase a "phenomenal" tall case clock made by Matthew Egerton. Prickett says, "It's the finest form, and...original feet, original surface."

Steven Spielberg's art dealer exonerated in lawsuit over stolen Norman Rockwell

RFT blogs / April 13th, 2010

Rhode Island-based Judy Goffman Cutler is now free from a costly and drawn-out legal battle over a Norman Rockwell painting titled Russian Schoolroom that was stolen from a St. Louis art gallery back in 1973. Cutler, who is a well-known specialist in American illustration art, had bought the ...

Bank removes art from Berry-Hill Galleries

DNA Info / April 12th, 2010

Handlers took away artwork by renowned American painters from Berry-Hill Galleries last Tuesday after its owners defaulted on a $9.5 million loan, the Wall Street Journal reported. Boxes were carried out of the Upper East Side gallery with the names of artists H. Frishmuth, for Harriet Whitney ...

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 ...

Oakland Museum interprets the California experience in art

San Francisco Chronicle / April 12th, 2010

To better engage its visitors, California's Oakland Museum of Art has mixed up the traditional manner of art display, replacing chronological order with high-interest thematic groupings. Re-opening May 1 after a two-year renovation, the museum, for example, has a California landscape section ...

Warhol's pretty Polaroids on view

San Jose Mercury News / April 11th, 2010

The new exhibit "Andy Warhol's Quick Pix and Pop Icons," at the Hearst Art Gallery at Saint Mary's College of California, suggests, there's still much to discover about Warhol and his art. Beyond some of his brash and commercial screen prints, "Warhol was also capable of great artistic ...

Whitney Museum board debates move downtown

New York Times / April 11th, 2010

When the cosmetics heir Leonard A. Lauder gave $131 million to the Whitney Museum of American Art two years ago, it was the biggest donation in the institution’s history, and it came with one important stipulation: The Whitney could not sell its popular but cramped home on Madison Avenue in ...

Self-taught artist Winfred Rembert featured at Adelson Galleries

Art Knowledge News / April 8th, 2010

After a youth spent in the cotton fields of Georgia, an arrest after a 1960s civil rights march, and a near-lynching, Wilfred Rembert became an artist whose work is now being shown in Manhattan. Adelson Galleries and Peter Tillou Works of Art have collaborated to present the first major solo ...

Boston artist John Wilson's work is strong on character

Boston Globe / April 8th, 2010

John Wilson was a master in figure drawing at an early age. Throughout his nearly seven-decade-long career, he has successfully married bold figuration with a sophisticated take on abstraction. But what stands out about the 88-year-old artist’s work is the humanity. “John Wilson: Prints & ...

Artist in her element on O'Keeffe's land

New York Times / April 8th, 2010

Ex-New Yorker Susan Rothenberg is an artist painting in New Mexico, amidst the same striking scenery that inspired Georgia O'Keeffe to produce some of her best work. Many parallels exist between the lives of the two artists. Each exited the city for the desert, a quiet place "with no grid," ...

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 ...

Bohemian Club's PR boosted landscape artist

Santa Barbara Independent / April 6th, 2010

By the time of his death in Santa Barbara in 1919, Thaddeus Welch was considered one of California’s finest landscape painters. He achieved this success despite the disapproval of his father, criticism from his mentors, and decades of grinding poverty. He had triumphed over it all. Welch's ...

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 ...

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 ...

PAFA acquires a trio of diverse works

Art knowledge News / April 3rd, 2010

The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) in Philadelphia recently acquired three works for its American art collection, including Mark Bradford's "Untitled (Dementia)," 2009; Philip Evergood's "Mine Disaster", 1933/37; and Lilly Martin Spencer's "Mother and Child by the Hearth," ...

A paradise of garden pictures at Cheekwood

The Tennessean / March 30th, 2010

"The American Impressionists in the Garden," now at Tennessee's lush garden museum Cheekwood, showcases about 40 top-notch garden paintings by such artists as Mary Fairchild MacMonnies, Childe Hassam, John Singer Sargent, and Carl Frederick Frieseke. Among the few American interlopers on ...