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"The Sacred Made Real": Spanish Painting and Sculpture, 1600-1700

Guardian / October 25th, 2009

This is the most powerful show London's National Gallery is ever likely to hold. One can say that without overstatement. It is not common for people to weep at a press view, nor to fall silent with awe, but both happened this week at "The Sacred Made Real." El Greco to Velázquez, forgotten ...

Style-Mixing Guru: Designer Suzanne Tucker will speak at SF Fall Antiques Show

San Francisco Chronicle / October 25th, 2009

At this year's San Francisco Fall Antiques Show, which will be held Thursday through Nov. 1, interior designer Suzanne Tucker will reveal her creative insights in a lecture based on her new book "Rooms to Remember: The Classic Interiors of Suzanne Tucker." Tucker is known as especially adept at ...

Distress Sale: Financier sends $40 million worth of art to auction

Bloomberg / October 21st, 2009

A collection of 39 major modern and Impressionist artworks, including paintings by Monet, de Chirico, Degas and Picasso, will be offered by Dutch financier Louis Reijtenbagh, who resolved three legal claims earlier this year. The works will be auctioned in New York on Nov. 4 and 5 and may fetch ...

At Buckingham Palace: Exhibition exposes Queen Victoria's passions

Daily Mail / October 15th, 2009

By Victorian standards, it is rather daring. Even more so when one realises that the lovely young woman languorously baring her shoulders is none other than Queen Victoria. The Winterhalter portrait, known as ‘the secret picture’, was commissioned by the young Queen in 1843 as a 24th birthday ...

"No Love Lost": Damien Hirst's return to painting

AP / October 13th, 2009

Damien Hirst has made a fortune and become an art-world brand by peering at life's dark side. Rows of skulls stare sightless from deep blue backgrounds in a new exhibition by the man who turned pickled sharks and rotting cows' heads into multimillion-dollar works of art. The most striking thing ...

Bailed-out Must Share Art: Royal Bank of Scotland to display hidden collection

Guardian / October 12th, 2009

The Royal Bank of Scotland is to open one of the largest collections of British art in private hands to the public after it was accused of hiding its collection in its corporate offices and vaults. RBS, which is 70% owned by the taxpayer, has 2,200+ pieces, including work by David Hockney and Sir ...

London News: Richard Green makes a stand on Bond Street

Telegraph / October 6th, 2009

LONDON - The old names of Bond Street have taken a pounding over the last year. But although Agnew’s may have moved out, and Partridge closed down, at 32 and 33 New Bond Street, painting purveyor Richard Green is expanding with grand plans for the entire building. On view will be Old ...

Souvenir Painting Appeals: 'School of Canaletto' reaches six-figures in Maryland

Washington Post / October 1st, 2009

An 18th-century unsigned oil painting of the Grand Canal in Venice, estimated at a modest $6,000 to $8,000, sold for $687,125 Sunday afternoon at Sloans & Kenyon auction house in Chevy Chase. It is believed to be the most expensive painting ever sold at a Washington area auction. Thirteen ...

Founder's Vision vs. Bottom Line: New documentary on Barnes Foundation relocation debuts

Wall Street Journal / September 29th, 2009

In 2004, a judge gave permission for the Barnes Foundation, with its unparallelled collection of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist and Early Modern paintings by Renoir, Cézanne, Matisse and others, to relocate its gallery from suburban Merion, Pa., to downtown Philadelphia. More than a decade of ...

Master Forger's 'Fake' now Deemed Real: A Dutch masterpiece emerges, possibly from Vermeer's home

The Independent / September 28th, 2009

LONDON - He made his name as the world's most ingenious art forger. So when the Courtauld Institute of Art was presented with a copy of a Dutch Golden Age painting by the arch-counterfeiter Hans van Meegeren, the gallery's director accepted the work as a fake of the highest order. Now, 50 years ...

Teenage Michelangelo's Masterpiece: Recent attribution brings the Renaissance superstar to Texas

Star-Telegram / September 26th, 2009

FORT WORTH - After recent research revealed the artist's identity, Kimbell Art Museum has hung a stunning discovery. "We have the only Michelangelo painting in the Western Hemisphere," Kimbell Director Eric M. Lee said. "There are only four known easel paintings that he created. That’s as rare as ...

Grand Rivals: JMW Turner versus the masters at Tate Britain

Guardian / September 21st, 2009

LONDON - Preview 'Turner and the Masters,' a major new show that places paintings by JMW Turner alongside the masterpieces that inspired them. Turner repeatedly pitted himself directly against both the old masters and his contemporaries, including Titian, Poussin, Rembrandt, Rubens, Watteau and ...

Richly-storied Rembrandt: Old Master headliner with record price estimate

NY Times / September 20th, 2009

Polish-born collector Barbara Piasecka Johnson, widow of the heir to the Johnson & Johnson pharmaceutical fortune, is parting with her monumental Rembrandt. “Portrait of a Man, Half-Length, With His Arms Akimbo,” from 1658, not seen by the public for nearly 40 years, is being sold at ...

Recession-busting Blockbusters: Ohio museums serve up crowd-pleasing shows, even on small budgets

Cleveland Plain Dealer / September 14th, 2009

Paul Gauguin, Chuck Close, and Dale Chihuly are just a few exhibition headliners this fall in Ohio where blockbusters are keeping the visual arts scene lively. Of note, Cincinnati Art Museum is showing "Roaring Tigers, Leaping Carp: Decoding the Symbolic Language of Chinese Animal Painting" with ...

St. John Stars This Fall: Old Master masterpiece a rarity in today's market

Bloomberg / September 10th, 2009

LONDON - The family that controls Glyndebourne opera house is to sell an Old Master painting with an estimate of up to 10 million pounds ($16.5 million). The 9-foot “St. John the Evangelist” by 17th-century Italian artist Domenichino is being offered by the Christie family, no relation to auction ...

Dispute over Prized Pissarro: Holocaust survivor can sue Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum

AP / September 9th, 2009

LOS ANGELES — The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that 88-year-old Holocaust survivor Claude Cassirer's case against the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum in Madrid and the Spanish government can go forward. Cassirer, of San Diego, claimed his grandmother was forced to sell the 1897 ...

Restitution Win: Sweden settles with Jewish heirs over Nazi-looted painting

Bloomberg / September 9th, 2009

Sweden’s Moderna Museet and the heirs of a Jewish businessman forced to flee Germany before World War II settled a seven-year dispute over a Nazi-looted Emil Nolde painting titled "Blumengarten" (Flower Garden) in the museum’s collection. Under the terms agreed between the museum and ...

Pastoral Pre-War Watercolors: Adolf Hitler's artwork auctioned in Nuremberg

NY Daily News / Reuters / September 7th, 2009

Three watercolors supposedly painted by a young Adolf Hitler were auctioned off for a total of $60,000 in the Bavarian city of Nuremberg Saturday. German auctioneer Herbert Weidler said the paintings were sold to three different phone bidders. Although the exact number of Hitler artworks is ...

Upscale & Upbeat: Baltimore Antiques Show expects high turn-out, strong sales

Maryland Daily Record / September 3rd, 2009

Expectations are high for this weekend's 29th annual Baltimore Summer Antiques Show, the largest indoor antiques shows in the world, featuring 550 top-tier dealers. "The industry overall has been soft but nobody’s giving anything away — prices haven’t fallen,” said Kris Charamonde of the Palm ...

17th c. Hidden Pig: Restorer finds painted-over swine with connections

Chicago Tribune / August 31st, 2009

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -  Chicago art conservator Barry Bauman discovered a hidden image of a butchered pig in a 17th century Dutch painting from the collection of Michigan's Calvin College. While he cleaned "Barn Interior" by Egbert van der Poel ...