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Houston dealer unveils Vollard's Cassatt cache

Culture Map / April 24th, 2010

Mary Cassatt: Works on Paper was revealed last week at Houston's Meredith Long & Company. Fresh to the market are 41 significant prints and drawings that until very recently have remained hidden in the seemingly long-lost collection of Ambroise Vollard, the friend and Parisian art dealer of ...

Consignor demands $560K for W.T. Richards painting

Courthouse News Service / April 23rd, 2010

Rhode Island art dealer William Vareika sold a 19th century landscape by William Trost Richards for $700,000 but paid the owner only $140,000, the consignor claims in New York County Court. Universe Antiques sued William Vareika and William Vareika Fine Arts over "The Rainbow," also titled ...

Prendergast in Italy

Antiques and the Arts / April 20th, 2010

Stephen May writes of the travelling Maurice Prendergast exhibition featuring the influential American modernist's most dazzling watercolors of Italy. Prendergast soaked in the Renaissance masters on his first trip to Italy in 1898–1899. Fresh from Paris, where he experienced powerfully-hued ...

LACMA committee steps up for new acquisitions

LA Times / April 19th, 2010

More than six dozen couples helped raise $1.8 million for new acquistions to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art collections over the weekend. The Annual Collectors Committee Weekend has been likenend to an "American Idol" competition with several curators taking stage to passionately promote ...

Art pottery in the spotlight nationwide

News-Herald / April 19th, 2010

Rookwood, Weller, Grueby and Roseville---art pottery is the focus of a convention in Ohio this week. The American Art Pottery Association event attracts die-hard collectors who will be gathering for a 350-lot auction and two-day sale with 45 dealers. Even with the credit crisis-era depressing ...

John Deere art collection revealed

Quad Cities Online (PR) / April 19th, 2010

Coming to public view for the first time, the John Deere company's art collection will be unveiled April 24, in Davenport, Iowa, at the David Chipperfield-designed Figge Art Museum. Begun in 1965, the collection includes works by such artists as Grant Wood, Edward Curtis, Joan Miro, Henri de ...

Calder's Spunk of the Monk priced at $25 million

Bloomberg / April 18th, 2010

In 1964, a Midwestern executive paid $35,000 for a sculpture by Alexander Calder (1898-1976), called “Spunk of the Monk.” The painted-steel work consists of three massive interconnected arcs on seven legs and stood for years in the courtyard of American Republic Insurance Co. in Des Moines, ...

Fairfield Porter: Raw/The Creative Process of an American Master

New York Times / April 18th, 2010

The New York Times reviews an exhibition of works---unvarnished, unfinished or in progress---painted by Fairfield Porter (1907-1975) on Long Island from the 1940s until his death. On view at Southampton's Parrish Museum, the show looks at how Porter adeptly blurred the lines between abstraction ...

A fight to preserve Edward Hopper's landscape

Cape Cod Times / April 15th, 2010

A Massachusetts land court judge has ordered construction to cease on a large house that neighbors say spoils the Cape Cod coastline views that inspired American painter Edward Hopper. Property owners near the planned 8,333-sq.-ft. mansion, assessed at $4.5 million, instigated a lawsuit when ...

Dealers drop hints about Philadelphia show-stoppers

Main Line Media / April 14th, 2010

Philadelphia Antiques Show exhibitors are leaking a few of their booth highlights for the much-anticipated show which opens Friday night with a preview gala. New exhibitor Avery Galleries is bringing a large Emil Carlsen still-life painting and two Winslow Homer watercolors, valued between ...

Artnet pushes for profits in online auctions

Skate's Market Notes / April 13th, 2010

After reviewing artnet's 2009 annual report, Skate's remains skeptical of the company's online auction strategy as a revenue source. Revenues, which are largely based on its price database, advertising and a gallery network, were down 5.6% compared to 2008 due to the auction segment.  ...

Buzzworthy Americana at Philadelphia Antiques Show, Apr. 17-20

Phillyburbs.com / April 13th, 2010

Exhibitor Todd Prickett, of C.L. Prickett, will showcase a "phenomenal" tall case clock made by Matthew Egerton. Prickett says, "It's the finest form, and...original feet, original surface."

Steven Spielberg's art dealer exonerated in lawsuit over stolen Norman Rockwell

RFT blogs / April 13th, 2010

Rhode Island-based Judy Goffman Cutler is now free from a costly and drawn-out legal battle over a Norman Rockwell painting titled Russian Schoolroom that was stolen from a St. Louis art gallery back in 1973. Cutler, who is a well-known specialist in American illustration art, had bought the ...

Bank removes art from Berry-Hill Galleries

DNA Info / April 12th, 2010

Handlers took away artwork by renowned American painters from Berry-Hill Galleries last Tuesday after its owners defaulted on a $9.5 million loan, the Wall Street Journal reported. Boxes were carried out of the Upper East Side gallery with the names of artists H. Frishmuth, for Harriet Whitney ...

All eyes on Spring art auctions

Luxist / April 12th, 2010

The May and June sales at the major auction houses will be closely watched to see if the art market is truly rebounding from the credit crisis-induced slump. Following the winter surprise of the record-smashing $104.3 million Giacometti price, hopes are high for strong sales of important ...

Oakland Museum interprets the California experience in art

San Francisco Chronicle / April 12th, 2010

To better engage its visitors, California's Oakland Museum of Art has mixed up the traditional manner of art display, replacing chronological order with high-interest thematic groupings. Re-opening May 1 after a two-year renovation, the museum, for example, has a California landscape section ...

Warhol's pretty Polaroids on view

San Jose Mercury News / April 11th, 2010

The new exhibit "Andy Warhol's Quick Pix and Pop Icons," at the Hearst Art Gallery at Saint Mary's College of California, suggests, there's still much to discover about Warhol and his art. Beyond some of his brash and commercial screen prints, "Warhol was also capable of great artistic ...

Whitney Museum board debates move downtown

New York Times / April 11th, 2010

When the cosmetics heir Leonard A. Lauder gave $131 million to the Whitney Museum of American Art two years ago, it was the biggest donation in the institution’s history, and it came with one important stipulation: The Whitney could not sell its popular but cramped home on Madison Avenue in ...

Self-taught artist Winfred Rembert featured at Adelson Galleries

Art Knowledge News / April 8th, 2010

After a youth spent in the cotton fields of Georgia, an arrest after a 1960s civil rights march, and a near-lynching, Wilfred Rembert became an artist whose work is now being shown in Manhattan. Adelson Galleries and Peter Tillou Works of Art have collaborated to present the first major solo ...

Boston artist John Wilson's work is strong on character

Boston Globe / April 8th, 2010

John Wilson was a master in figure drawing at an early age. Throughout his nearly seven-decade-long career, he has successfully married bold figuration with a sophisticated take on abstraction. But what stands out about the 88-year-old artist’s work is the humanity. “John Wilson: Prints & ...