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Auction Fundraiser: Maine museum's creative campaign to support Wyeth legacy

AP / September 15th, 2009

Maine's Farnsworth Art Museum has announced a $12 million endowment campaign to sustain the artistic legacy of Andrew Wyeth. The Andrew Wyeth Memorial Endowment campaign will be funded by a Sotheby's auction in New York of museum-quality art works donated by Wyeth family members, artists, ...

Sublime Scenes: Awe-inspiring 19th century New York landscapes on view

NY Times / September 14th, 2009

Every now and then, an exhibition comes along that is so perfectly lovely that you want to shout its merits from the closest rooftop, or in this case mountain. Peaks and valleys are among the predominant subjects of the 45 paintings exhibited in “The Hudson River to Niagara Falls: 19th Century ...

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 ...

American Patriot For Sale: Hindman will hammer down Nathan Hale sculpture

Auction Central News / September 9th, 2009

On Sunday, Sept. 13, Chicago-based Leslie Hindman will host a 220-lot auction featuring postwar, Contemporary, American and European art. The top lot is an 1890 Frederick William MacMonnies bronze of American patriot Nathan Hale. Considered the State Hero of Connecticut, and widely acknowledged ...

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 ...

Michael Mazur Dies; Yale-educated artist, prominent printmaker

Cape Cod Online / August 30th, 2009

Abstract painter and printmaker Michael Mazur, of Provincetown and Cambridge, Massachusetts, died last Tuesday at age 73. He was married to poet Gail Mazur. The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston held a retrospective exhibition of his work in 2000. His work has also been exhibited at The Museum of ...

Grand Theft of Granville Redmond; Sticky-fingered Florida man wanted for gallery robbery

KTLA News / August 30th, 2009

Los Angeles - The Los Angeles Police Dept. is looking for Vero Beach, Florida, resident Matthew Taylor, a man they say stole a work by California impressionist Granville Redmond from the L.A. Fine Art Gallery. He then sold the painting to art dealer William Karges for $85,000, saying the artwork ...

The rescue of Gilbert Stuart's Washington: Decendants of a slave see the painting he saved

NPR / August 25th, 2009

Washington, D.C. - During the War of 1812, on Aug. 24, 1814, British troops set fire to the White House. Before they did, Paul Jennings, who was born into slavery at Montpelier, James Madison's Virginia mansion, helped save a now-famous portrait of George Washington, painted by Gilbert Stuart. ...

R.A.D Miller Painted a Darker Shade of New Hope

Philadlephia Inquirer / August 23rd, 2009

Robert Alexander Darrah Miller (1906-1966), known as R.A.D., isn't one of the more familiar names associated with Pennsylvania's New Hope art colony, perhaps because he wasn't an impressionist. Mentored by Daniel Garber, Miller's paintings could be categorized as modernist or realist with dark ...

Forklift Misfortune: $3 million Brice Marden painting rendered worthless

Reuters / August 22nd, 2009

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A $3 million painting by American abstract artist Brice Marden was destroyed while being moved from Moscow to New York due to the negligence of Lufthansa Cargo and others involved in its transport, a lawyer said on Friday. Gagosian Gallery had planned to sell the work at ...

X-Rays Expose N.C. Wyeth Painting Hidden Under Another

FOX News / August 21st, 2009

A new X-ray technique has revealed the colorful details of a painting hidden underneath another painting by famed American artist N.C. Wyeth. Jennifer Mass, a scientist at Winterthur Museum, presented her findings on Wed. at the National Meeting of the American Chemical Society...

Art Dealer to Actress: You Baroque My Reputation

TMZ / August 21st, 2009

Actress Claire Forlani is accused of wielding a pen that is indeed mightier than the sword ... and killing the reputation of an art dealer in the process. The former "CSI NY" star is being sued for allegedly crushing the "fragile and intangible" reputation of art dealer Paul Rusconi in a mass ...

Nude Jackie O. photo found in Warhol's stuff

Aol News / August 20th, 2009

A cardboard lid is lifted and four archivists peer inside. A piece of crusty wedding cake. Whose? Another box: $17,000 in cash. Yet another: An autographed picture of a naked Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. These are some of the many items workers have uncovered as they sift through 610 cardboard ...

Alice Walton appoints new director of Crystal Bridges

LA Times Arts / August 17th, 2009

Currently director of the Toledo Museum of Art in Ohio, Don Bacigalupi will take charge of the fledgling American art museum in late October.  

New Orleans Auction Galleries serves up Southern estates

Auction Central News / August 5th, 2009

Summer heat and humidity in the Crescent City hasn't stopped New Orleans Auction Galleries Inc. from putting together an August sale that will have auction-goers wiping their brows as bidding intensifies. The auction Aug. 8-9 will feature art, antiques and curios from numerous Southern estates ...

Sporting Art, Decoys take in $4.15 million at Copley's Auction

Antiques & the Arts / August 5th, 2009

PLYMOUTH, MASS. - Copley Fine Art Auction's July 15 to 16 sale grossed an impressive $4,158,929; even more impressive is the fact that $1.8 million of that total came from the six of the seven Crowell decoys from the Long collection...

What they painted on the summer vacations

Boston Globe / August 4th, 2009

PORTLAND, Maine - Breezy and to the point, “Call of the Coast: Art Colonies of New England’’ is an ideal, if flawed, summer exhibition at the Portland Museum of Art. Ideal, because a century ago, painters flocked to New England shores each summer...

Book reveals Jasper Johns, the Jokester

UnBeige Mediabistro / August 3rd, 2009

Artist Jasper Johns tends to confront cameras with an expression of steely bemusement that stops just short of a glower. But don't mistake Johns's intensity for humorlessness, notes James Rosenquist in his memoir, Painting Below Zero, due out in October from Knopf...  

Winterthur Museum Benefits From the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Construction

Washington Post / July 25th, 2009

WINTERTHUR, Del. -- Among the rolling hills of Delaware's Chateau Country, a group of guests from Manhattan is being welcomed with open arms at the Winterthur Museum.