Jimmy Carter Painting Brings Over Half Million Dollars at Auction

  • AJC
  • June 27, 2017 13:38
Former U.S.  President Jimmy Carter and former First Lady Rosalynn Carter shaking hands with children during the Indonesian elections June 5-9, 1999.

A painting by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, age 92, fetched $525,000 at auction last week. It was the top lot in a benefit sale that brought in more than $2.7 million for the Carter Center. Carter's oil “Monarchs and Milkweed” went to an unidentified buyer during the silent and live ...

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First-Ever Exhibitions of Gurlitt Art Trove Planned For This Fall

  • DW
  • June 27, 2017 13:00
Franz Marc's Pferde in Landschaft, one of the artworks discovered in the Gurlitt collection (probably 1911, gouache on coloured paper).

Bonn's Bundeskunsthalle and the Museum of Fine Arts Bern will finally exhibit works from the infamous stash of artworks known as the Gurlitt hoard more than five years after its astonishing discovery. Parts of the collection of Cornelius Gurlitt, son of the Nazi art dealer Hildebrand Gurlitt, ...

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Salvador Dali's Body to Be Exhumed in Paternity Case

  • BBC
  • June 27, 2017 12:28
Salvador Dali and his ocelot

A Madrid judge has ruled in favor of a Spanish woman to have the remains of surrealist artist Salvador Dali exhumed in a paternity case. The woman, Maria Pilar Abel Martínez, claims that her mother had an affair with the painter in 1955. Her mother worked in Cadaqués for a family that lived ...

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Dinner with Georgia O'Keeffe: Recipes, Art, Landscape

  • June 26, 2017 20:59
Dinner with Georgia O'Keeffe: Recipes,Art, Landscape by Robyn Lea

A new cookbook focused on Georgia O’Keeffe explores her artistic palette alongside her culinary palate. The New Mexico landscape served as O'Keeffe's preferred home for the second half of her long life, and her homes in Ghost Ranch and Abiquiú were elements in her creative process, from the ...

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$1.27 Million Fabergé Find Stuns on Antiques Roadshow

  • Daily Mail
  • June 25, 2017 23:17
Geoffrey Munn with the Faberge find.

BBC's Antiques Show unearthed a Fabergé piece estimated to be worth around £1million ($1.27 million). To a shocked audience, the appraisal of the rare piece came from jewelry expert Geoffrey Munn during a taping at Black Country Living Museum in the West Midlands. At nearly 4 inches tall, the ...

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Kandinsky Works Break Artist Record Twice in London Sale

  • Bloomberg
  • June 22, 2017 16:50
Bild mit weissen Linien by Wassily Kandinsky

Bloomberg reports: Wassily Kandinsky's 1913 canvas “Bild mit Weissen Linien (Painting With White Lines)” fetched 33 million pounds ($41.6 million) at Sotheby’s Impressionist and modern art sale in London. His lush 1909 landscape with a green house had just sold for $26.4 million, beating the ...

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ARTFIXdaily Closed for Maintenance, June 5-9

  • June 04, 2017 22:34
The Amon Carter Museum of American Art presents The Polaroid Project: At the Intersection of Art and Technology, through Sept.  3.  Mark Klett (b.  1952) Contemplating the view at Muley Point, Utah 1994, 1994.  Polaroid Type 55 negative.

ARTFIXdaily will be closed for maintenance from June 5 to 9. E-newsletter service resumes on June 12. ArtGuild members may continue to add content during the closure. Check the ArtWire for the latest art world news added in real-time by our members.

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Restored Renoir Home Will Open to the Public in June

  • May 24, 2017 14:38
Renoir, La Maison d’Essoyes (1906).  Private Collection.

A family home of French Impressionist Pierre-Auguste Renoir will open to the public on June 3 following a major restoration. Located in Essoyes, 120 miles southeast of Paris, the residence has been converted into a museum with climate-controlled exhibition space alongside the artist's renovated ...

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Trump's Official Budget Proposal Eliminates NEA

  • May 23, 2017 15:16
Military man and his daughter looking at art at San Antonio Museum of Art, in the program Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to the nation’s service members.

Similar to a "blueprint" set forth in March, President Donald Trump's official 2018 budget proposal released Tuesday would shutter the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities with $29 million to wind down the programs. The NEH chairman resigned on Monday. A ...

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Pair of Diamond Earrings Fetch Record $57.4 Million

  • May 17, 2017 15:07
"The Apollo Blue" earring went for $42.1 million, and "The Artemis Pink" diamond sold for $15.3 million.

A mis-matched pair of fancy colored diamond earrings sold together for $57.4 million at a Geneva auction Tuesday, setting a new record. A single anonymous buyer won both of the pear-shaped earrings which were auctioned separately by Sotheby's. The lots were expected to bring $50 to $70 million ...

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Brancusi Fetches Record-Setting $57 Million, Nazi-Seized Picasso Makes $45 Million at Christie's

  • May 16, 2017 20:32
Constantin Brancusi, La muse endormie (1913)

New York's auction "gigaweek" is underway with Impressionist, Modern, and contemporary art offered over four days. Christie's started it off with a solid sale total of $289.2 million, above the $200 million expected. Two notable works soared of the 55 lots offered; in all 78 percent of the lots ...

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The Living Museum Within Bears Ears National Monument

  • May 15, 2017 20:42
Indian Creek and Cliffside, Bears Ears National Monument

Southeast Utah's Bears Ears National Monument has been called the "Sistine Chapel" of the West for its ancient wall etchings, notes the New York Times. Some 100,000 archaeological sites comprise this 1.3-million acre landscape known for its cultural significance as a living museum, its ...

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Edward Hopper Paintings Come to Life to Mark 50 Years Since the Artist's Death

  • May 14, 2017 19:58
Hopper, Nighthawks

May 15 marks the 50th anniversary of Edward Hopper's death. New York native Hopper (1882-1967) is widely regarded as one of the greatest American artists. His realist works---ranging from watercolors to printmaking and etching---capture the essence of the early decades of the 20th century.  In ...

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Resident Curator at the White House Will Leave His 'Dream Job' in June

  • May 11, 2017 18:04
The East Room of the White House, 1990s.

White House curator William G. Allman will retire on June 1, as first reported by CNN and announced officially on Tuesday in a White House statement issued from the East Wing. The curator is among the White House resident staff positions that are considered non-political. First lady Jacqueline ...

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Banksy Delivers First Anti-Brexit Mural on Dover Wall

  • BBC
  • May 08, 2017 22:41
Mural of EU flag, Dover, by Bansky

Street artist Banksy over the weekend left a new mural on a wall in the English city of Dover on the Channel. Posited overnight at the Dover ferry terminal, the image depicts a worker chiselling a star from the EU flag. Commentators pointed out on social media that the work is a bit late to ...

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Man Slashes $3 Million Painting in Aspen Gallery

  • Aspen Times
  • May 04, 2017 22:36
Screen shot from surveillance camera at Opera Gallery

An unidentified man entered an art gallery in Aspen, Colo., and slashed a painting with a blade on Tuesday. Wearing sunglasses and a hat, the bearded vandal lingered outside the Opera Gallery before entering to specifically harm the artwork by contemporary abstract artist Christopher Wool. ...

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Cab Driver Returns $1.6 Million Painting Left Behind in Paris Taxi

  • T+L
  • May 03, 2017 15:10
Lucio Fontana

An unidentified art dealer on his way to visit a client in Paris left behind a $1.6 million painting in the trunk of a taxi cab. The work is by Argentina-born Italian sculptor and painter Lucio Fontana, from his famed series of pierced abstractions entitled "Concetto spaziale.” Distracted by ...

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Spending Bill Proposes Uptick in Federal Arts Funding, For Now

  • Spending Bill
  • May 02, 2017 12:30
The Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, Wisconsin is a 2017 IMLS National Medal finalist for Museum and Library Service.  Woodson Art Museum volunteers guide school groups through galleries featuring changing exhibitions, artwork from the collection, and the sculpture garden.  Docents facilitate thoughtful dialogue through hands-on materials, storytelling, and interactive questions, and Museum educators and visiting artists lead hands-on art making.

A newly drafted government funding bill released on May 1 includes a small increase in funds for federal arts agencies that faced elimination under President Trump's FY ’18 blueprint. Congress will vote on the bipartisan spending bill this week, and it includes funding through the end of the ...

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Artist's WPA-Style Works of National Parks Imagine Effects of Climate Change in 2050

  • Hannah Rothstein
  • April 27, 2017 14:58
Hannah Rothstein, National Parks 2050

Berkeley-based artist Hannah Rothstein has created a series of vintage-style posters illustrating the effects of climate change on National Parks by 2050. Her images evoke government-funded 1930s art posters for the national park system - just with bleaker renditions of the landscapes. Despite ...

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IBM Watson Becomes Museum Guide

  • Ad week
  • April 19, 2017 13:19
Scene of Adolfo Pinto (pt)’s Family by José Ferraz de Almeida Júnior (1891)

Museum visitors can now talk to artificial intelligence and get real-time answers about the artwork they are viewing. IBM Watson has launched an interactive guide developed with Ogilvy Brazil that allows for speech recognition as visitors view art at Brazil's Pinacoteca de São Paulo Museum. ...

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