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Sophisticated, Historical: What the Obamas like

Guardian / October 7th, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Obamas are decorating their private spaces with more modern and abstract artwork than has ever hung on the White House walls. Pieces by contemporary African-American and Native American artists are on display. Historical works by George Catlin and artifacts such as a ...

Off View: Steven Spielberg-owned Norman Rockwell in hiding

LA Times / October 6th, 2009

More than 20 Norman Rockwell paintings belonging to Steven Spielberg will be hung in a special exhibition at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington -- along with more than 30 other Rockwells from the collection of his fellow filmmaker-to-the-masses, George Lucas. And then there's the ...

Nan Tull: Sensuously blending nature, abstraction

Boston Globe 2 / October 3rd, 2009

FRAMINGHAM, MA. - Nan Tull’s 25-year retrospective at the Danforth Museum of Art begins at a dark moment for her. In 1983, her life was wracked with personal loss and illness that required months of recovery. Friends brought her amaryllis plants as get-well offerings, but the heating unit in her ...

Deaccession Decried: Heade sale swirls with controversy

The St. Augustine Record / October 4th, 2009

St. AUGUSTINE, FLA. - The story of the Martin Johnson Heade sale twists and turns with claims and counter-claims, charges and counter-charges. The St. Augustine Historical Society's collection contained 24 oil sketches, the artist's preliminary drawings for some finished works. They reportedly ...

From Thomas Hart Benton to Tiffany Studios: Cottone's Sept. 26 auction offers fresh-to-market goodies

RocNow / September 23rd, 2009

GENESEO, N.Y. - Off the beaten track, Cottone’s is dubbed the Christie’s of cow country. The upstate New York firm is known to yield treasures long tucked away in local houses — recently, a Remington bronze brought $600,000 and a Tiffany lamp garnered $90,000. Highlights in next Saturday's ...

Gifts Between Great Artists: Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg at auction

New York Times Art / September 22nd, 2009

On Nov. 10 and 11, Christie’s will auction a painting by Jasper Johns, works by Robert Rauschenberg, and other presents given to Merce Cunningham, the dancer and choreographer who died in July. Property from Cunningham's partner in work and life, the composer John Cage, who died in 1992, are part ...

Cashing in on Celebrity: Ebay sellers part with Kennedy's artwork

Cape Cod Times 1 / September 21st, 2009

HYANNIS, MASS. – In the few weeks since his death, paintings and prints by Senator Edward M. Kennedy have increased in value – not quite to the point of, say, an undiscovered Picasso, but enough that a few people put them up for sale on eBay and have gotten from just over $500 to more than ...

Before the Desert: O'Keeffe's 'more interesting' work at the Whitney

New York Times / September 20th, 2009

There are two Georgia O’Keeffes. They’re closely related, but one is far more interesting than the other. Not so interesting, except maybe as a marketing phenomenon, is the post-1930s cow-skull painter and striker of frontier-priestess poses. More interesting, and less familiar, is the artist ...

'Sargent and the Sea': WaPo critic reviews the 'pioneering' Corcoran show

Washington Post / September 17th, 2009

Washington, D.C. - By the end of 1879, John Singer Sargent, one of the greatest of American painters, was all wet, washed-up. I don't mean his career had tanked. He was only 23 years old, and had just begun to find critical success. Rather, most of Sargent's first pictures were not his famous ...

Currier & Ives for a Cause: Housing Works to host ‘Early American Prints’ charity auction

WorthPoint / September 17th, 2009

NEW YORK – Housing Works Auctions announced today that on Wednesday, Oct. 7, it will host “Early American Prints,” a live charity auction to benefit the AIDS service organization. More than 60 fine prints from 19th-century America, including dozens by legendary engravers Currier & Ives, will ...

Niche Delights: Tait painting, carved decoy, "woolies" lead Northeast sale

Antiques & the Arts / September 16th, 2009

PORTSMOUTH, NH - Northeast Auctions' popular marine, China Trade, and sporting art auction on August 15 to 16 tallied around $3.4 million, including premium, on 1,200 lots, a smaller gross than in past years, when totals have approached $10 million. A graceful preening duck decoy by master carver ...

'When I Paint My Masterpiece': Bob Dylan's artwork on view in Denmark

Artdaily / September 16th, 2009

COPENHAGEN - The National Gallery of Denmark (Statens Museum for Kunst) is preparing for an autumn 2010 special exhibition of 100 paintings by award-winning singer-songwriter Bob Dylan. The exhibition will include the first major presentation of Dylan’s most recent works: large-format acrylic ...

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. ...