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Defunct museum sued for trying to sell Ansel Adams collection

associated press / March 4th, 2010

The son of famed photographer Ansel Adams is suing California's Fresno Metropolitan Museum to keep the bankrupt museum from selling six works by his father. He says the sale would violate a donation agreement. Museum officials have been talking to various auction houses about selling ...

Bernard Goldberg to close Madison Ave. gallery

Bloomberg / March 3rd, 2010

The successful hotelier and art collector who became a dealer in 20th-century American art, Bernard Goldberg, 77, is exiting the business. His New York gallery's inventory of 175 artworks and furnishings, estimated at up to $10 million, will head to Christie's to be auctioned in several upcoming ...

School offers no guarantees on auctioned art

NJ.com / March 3rd, 2010

A landscape listed as the work of 19th c. American artist William Mason Brown was bought at a school fundraising auction by a New Jersey man in 2001. The catalog gave the 25-by-30-inch framed painting an estimate $18,000 to $25,000. He paid $16,000. Fast forward to 2009, the man takes the ...

The best of the best lures collectors to Maastricht

Financial Times / March 2nd, 2010

From a newly discovered “Winter Landscape with Skaters” (1611) by Adam van Breen – one of the earliest winter landscapes by any Dutch painter - offered by exhibitor John Mitchell, to a stunning Cycladic marble head from 2500-2400BC from dealer Rupert Wace, word is getting out about the treasures ...

"American Moderns on Paper" puts tucked-away treasures in full view

Star-Telegram / March 1st, 2010

Texas is in for a treat. About 100 works on paper by American masters from Georgia O'Keeffe to Andrew Wyeth---many rarely exhibited because of their delicate, light-sensitive constitutions---will be on view through May 30 at Fort Worth's Amon Carter Museum in a special loan exhibition from ...

Showdown of Western art auctions on the horizon

Great Falls Tribune / March 1st, 2010

Since 1969, the Great Falls Ad Club's annual Russell Auction has raised about $5.6 million for the C.M. Russell Museum, founded in honor of the great Western painter, in Montana. A controversial split with the Ad Club was orchestrated recently in an attempt to raise more funds ...

C.M. Russell's true story of the Wild West

Antiques & Arts Weekly / February 25th, 2010

"The Cowboy Artist" Charles M. Russell, who once worked as a cowpuncher, infused his work with details that only an artist with experience on the open range could capture. His paintings are prized for their genuine and sophisticated depictions of the American West's fading ...

TEFAF aggregates the world's best art for sale

Hello Magazine / February 25th, 2010

Over 30,000 works of art, from antiquities to modern paintings, much of it desirable for pedigree, rarity, and beauty, will descend upon the Dutch town of Maastricht from March 12 to 21. With 263 top-tier exhibitors bringing the best of their blue-chip art, plus special sections for design, works ...

Sign of the Times: A pared down Whitney Biennial

Reuters / February 24th, 2010

New York's Whitney Museum staged a smaller version of its influential annual show featuring up-and-coming American artists. Just 55 artists were showcased this year, a reduction due, in part, to the wobbly U.S. economy. The curators didn't give the show a theme, but commented that "creepy" and ...

Bradford painting, mocha pottery on the block in Boston

Auction Central News / February 23rd, 2010

A luminous William Bradford oil depicting a whaleship off New Bedford (est. $60,000-$80,000) is among the highlights in Skinner's March 7 Americana auction. Also of note is an elegant Simon Willard tall clock in a classic Roxbury case (est. $30,000-$50,000), an enormous collection of mocha ...

University faces more legal hurdles in art collection sale

Tennessean / February 23rd, 2010

Attorney General Bob Cooper issued a statement on Tuesday saying that a collection of 110 works of art, given by artist Georgia O'Keeffe to Fisk University, can not be moved. The Tennessee Supreme Court refused to hear the case so the fate of the artwork will be decided in chancery court within ...

Financial fortunes rise for Boston's Gardner Museum

Boston Business Journal / February 22nd, 2010

Rich in works by Old Masters and American impressionists, the palazzo-like Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum says its investment portfolio closed out the year valued at $161.6 million — some 53 percent higher than at the end of June, the close of its last fiscal year. A rise in the stock market and ...

Americana Dream: J.J. Astor progeny puts presidential portrait on the block

USA Today / February 18th, 2010

Estimated at $200,000 to $300,000, a Gilbert Stuart painting of George Washington, desirably unrestored, goes under the gavel at Cottone Auctions in Geneseo, New York, on March 27. The great-great-great-great-grandson of John Jacob Astor is selling this work by the first American ...

Mid-market art stolen from Europe often lands in U.S.

Naples News / February 18th, 2010

Robert Wittman, the de facto head of the FBI’s art theft program from 1988 until 2008, has tracked down stolen Goyas, a Rembrandt, and five Norman Rockwells, among many other multi-million dollar artworks.  Art and antiques originating in theft hotspots like Europe, South America, and ...

'Cezanne and American Modernism'

Washington Post / February 17th, 2010

A fascinating exhibition at the Baltimore Museum of Art traces the exuberant, all-over-the-map responses of 33 early 20th-century American artists to Cezanne's works in the decades when his oils and watercolors were more a matter of rumor than a mainstay of modern museums.

Signs of Rebound in Antiques Market

New York Times Art / February 17th, 2010

After 12 months in which antiques sales were down and prices fell, collectors and dealers again flocked to major antique shows last month in New York. Red dots were plentiful, but according to some of the shows' exhibitors, there are still good buys to be had in certain categories, such as ...

Lingering thoughts of Tiffany, other tantalizing treasures at Winter Antiques Show

Canadian Press / February 16th, 2010

January's Winter Antiques Show is still generating buzz. Among the unveilings at the presitigious New York fair was one of the most significant Tiffany lamps to come on the market in decades. The exquisite example, with cascading pastel lilies and a lily pad bronze base, ...

Everett Ruess: Enigmatic hiker-artist drawn into the wild

The Daily Sound / February 11th, 2010

When 20-year-old Everett Ruess trekked into the scorching canyon country of southern Utah in 1934, he likely had little notion that the fragments of his life that he’d left behind would serve as a mysterious reminder of his healthy lust for wilderness. Ruess disappeared, but the budding artist's ...

Leigh Keno's auction premiere to offer a boat-load of Americana

Hartford Courant / February 11th, 2010

Recently, American antiques expert Leigh Keno, of "Antiques Roadshow" fame, has been making many housecalls looking for objects for his newest venture — the inaugural auction of Keno Auctions, to be held at the Marriott Stamford (CT.) on May 1 and 2. He's already amassed an impressive sale ...

Two works by watercolor master Whorf on the block

Auction Central News / February 11th, 2010

Coming up at Jenack's Feb. 21 auction in Chester, New York, are two marine-themed watercolors by impressionist John Whorf (Massachusetts/California, 1903-1959). In The Sand Dunes, Provincetown, Mass., dated 1954, is estimated at $3,000-$5,000. The other work, Mediterranean Fishermen, is a vibrant ...