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Church considers $2 million offer for Tiffany windows

Luxist / March 30th, 2010

St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Paterson, New Jersey, is voting today on whether to sell 12 Louis Comfort Tiffany-designed windows, plus one by John La Farge. A private collector approached the church with an unsolicited $2 million offer for the stained glass beauties. The would-be buyer wants to ...

Washington portrait fetches over $1 million

WGRZ / March 28th, 2010

Cottone Auctions in Geneseo, New York, sold a George Washington painting by famous presidential portraitist Gilbert Stuart for $1.06 million (including 15% buyer's premium) on Saturday. Provenance was part of the appeal to buyers. The consignor, who descended from John Jacob Astor, traced the ...

Major collection of Maxfield Parrish works at Christie's

Artdaily / March 25th, 2010

A collection of 12 paintings and illustrations by beloved American artist Maxfield Parrish, including his celebrated 'Daybreak' (estimate: $4-7 million), will be offered by Christie's in New York on May 20. The collection, representing every period of his career, is estimated to exceed $15 ...

Thinking ahead about artist market values

Huffington Post / March 25th, 2010

The appreciation and market valuation of an artist's ouevre can sometimes boil down to estate planning. Lee Krasner, who managed her husband Jackson Pollock's estate until her death in 1984, provided an even flow of works onto the market in order to keep prices high and maintain a scarcity. ...

Women artists celebrated at Chrysler Museum

Hampton Roads / March 24th, 2010

A dazzling, impressionistic scene titled "Lilies, Lanterns, and Sunshine," painted by Helen M. Turner in 1923, is among more than 150 works by women artists now on view at the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, Virginia. "Women of the Chrysler: A 400-Year Celebration of the Arts" comes with a ...

Cy Twombly redecorates Louvre

Associated Press / March 23rd, 2010

Even after pop artist Jeff Koons ruffled French feathers with his inflatable 'Lobster' and giant balloon dogs---installed at Versailles in 2008---another American was invited to create a more permanent fixture at the Louvre. Cy Twombly, the first artist given the honor of decorating a Louvre ...

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 ...

Enthusiasm for Americana at TAAS

Maine Antique Digest / March 22nd, 2010

From William and Mary gate-leg tables to Art Deco silver, The American Antiques Show saw some swift sales last January, but nothing was selling like hotcakes, according to Maine Antique Digest's recap of the Americana Week event in New York. "It is a good time for savvy money to be in the ...

Pleissner to Paxson please bidders in Montana auctions

Great Falls Tribune / March 21st, 2010

Western Art Week in Great Falls, Montana, featured a trinity of auctions with the highest-grossing one, "The Russell," tallying $1.57 million. Popular lots included Grace Carpenter Hudson's (1865-1937) "Wip-on and the Poppies," which sold for $55,000; Ogden Minton Pleissner's (1905-1983) "Poling ...

Signature Winslow Homers in summer exhibition

artdaily / March 18th, 2010

Maine's Portland Museum of Art has organized "Winslow Homer and the Poetics of Place," on view June 5 through September 6, 2010, in honor of the centennial of the artist’s death in September. The exhibition will showcase 20 works from the museum’s collection, including rarely exhibited ...

The new generation of curators

New York Times / March 18th, 2010

A set of curators born in the digital age, now in their 30s and early 40s, is making strides at major American museums, bringing new and exciting ideas to their sometimes staid institutions. Harvard-educated Jen Mergel, for example, is the newly-appointed senior curator for contemporary art the ...

March in Montana Auction features Sharp paintings, Navajo weavings

Great Falls Tribune / March 16th, 2010

Nearly 650 pieces of artwork and artifacts, including two fine oils by J.H. Sharp, will be offered next weekend in the annual March in Montana Auction. About 225 lots come from the collection of Bob Praegitzer, a wealthy West Coast industrialist who was a fixture at the Russell Art Auction and ...

'Millard Sheets: The Early Years 1926-1944' at Pasadena Museum of California Art

LA Times / March 15th, 2010

The leading California exponent of so-called American Scene painting, Millard Sheets was a prolific artist whose bucolic pastoral images of farms, the shore, rural Mexico and Hawaii, in oils and, notably, watercolor, capture a picturesque view of the 20th century. His work has a sunny, quiet ...

'Geography of ideal': Henry James and the Hudson River School

The Daily Mail / March 15th, 2010

On Sunday, Dr. Linda Ferber, of the New-York Historical Society, presented a lecture based on her new-ish book “The Hudson River School: Nature and the American Vision.” Cedar Grove, the Thomas Cole National Historic Site in the Catskills, hosted this third of four Sunday Salon lectures. ...

Backstory on one of the American West's most important paintings

Old West New West / March 15th, 2010

Thomas Moran's 1875 oil "Mountain of the Holy Cross" has returned to the Autry National Center in Los Angeles, after serving a tour of duty in two traveling exhibitions. This iconic image of the West, a place viewed in the 19th century as monumental and grand, befitting the expansionism ideals of ...

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 ...

Abstract expressionists get splashed on stamps

NJ.com / March 11th, 2010

The U.S. Postal Service is printing 3 million sheets of stamps featuring bold works by 10 American artists of the mid-20th century. The 44-cent commemoratives showcase Hans Hoffman, Mark Rothko, Robert Motherwell, Jackson Pollock, Joan Mitchell, Arshile Gorky, Willem de Kooning, Clyford Still, ...

Museum sues art insurer over Salander's steals

Courthouse News Service / March 11th, 2010

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is suing AXA Art Insurance for not honoring a $1.5 million claim for two paintings consigned by the museum to a bankrupt New York art dealer. "The Harbor" by Maurice Prendergast and "Mountain Landscape" by Arthur B. Davies were given to Lawrence Salander, of ...

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 ...