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Artist in her element on O'Keeffe's land

New York Times / April 8th, 2010

Ex-New Yorker Susan Rothenberg is an artist painting in New Mexico, amidst the same striking scenery that inspired Georgia O'Keeffe to produce some of her best work. Many parallels exist between the lives of the two artists. Each exited the city for the desert, a quiet place "with no grid," ...

Six museum (re)openings keep art fresh this Spring

MSNBC / April 6th, 2010

New or newly expanded museums around the country this spring will showcase everything from Tiffany lamps to Wyeth paintings, as well as some cutting-edge new architecture to house it all. “Wyeth: An American Legacy, Treasures from the Farnsworth Art Museum” and Japanese woodblock prints are on ...

Bohemian Club's PR boosted landscape artist

Santa Barbara Independent / April 6th, 2010

By the time of his death in Santa Barbara in 1919, Thaddeus Welch was considered one of California’s finest landscape painters. He achieved this success despite the disapproval of his father, criticism from his mentors, and decades of grinding poverty. He had triumphed over it all. Welch's ...

Los Angeles Antiques Show adds more Continental furniture dealers

Culture Kiosque / April 5th, 2010

New exhibitors to the Los Angeles Antiques Show this year are Bernard Steinitz of Paris and Carlton Hobbs of New York, both respected dealers of Continental furniture. From April 21 to 25, sixty-five exhibitors from across the U.S. and Europe will be featured in room-setting vignettes ...

Hottest museum shows of 2009

The Art Newspaper / April 3rd, 2010

The Art Newspaper has listed the 30 most visited museum exhibitions worldwide for the 2008- 2009 season. Topping the list are four blockbusters at Japanese museums. Shows on twentieth-century masters ranked high including Kandinsky at the Centre Pompidou in Paris and Joan Miró at MoMA in New ...

Crichton art collection may exceed $75 million at Christie's

Washington Post / April 3rd, 2010

Popular thriller writer Michael Crichton, of "ER" and "Jurassic Park" fame, died in 2008. He left behind a top-notch art collection which his family is selling 80% of at Christie's in New York on May 11-12. Among the works to watch for record-setting status is Jasper Johns' "Flag," which ...

PAFA acquires a trio of diverse works

Art knowledge News / April 3rd, 2010

The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) in Philadelphia recently acquired three works for its American art collection, including Mark Bradford's "Untitled (Dementia)," 2009; Philip Evergood's "Mine Disaster", 1933/37; and Lilly Martin Spencer's "Mother and Child by the Hearth," ...

A paradise of garden pictures at Cheekwood

The Tennessean / March 30th, 2010

"The American Impressionists in the Garden," now at Tennessee's lush garden museum Cheekwood, showcases about 40 top-notch garden paintings by such artists as Mary Fairchild MacMonnies, Childe Hassam, John Singer Sargent, and Carl Frederick Frieseke. Among the few American interlopers on ...

Church considers $2 million offer for Tiffany windows

Luxist / March 30th, 2010

St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Paterson, New Jersey, is voting today on whether to sell 12 Louis Comfort Tiffany-designed windows, plus one by John La Farge. A private collector approached the church with an unsolicited $2 million offer for the stained glass beauties. The would-be buyer wants to ...

Washington portrait fetches over $1 million

WGRZ / March 28th, 2010

Cottone Auctions in Geneseo, New York, sold a George Washington painting by famous presidential portraitist Gilbert Stuart for $1.06 million (including 15% buyer's premium) on Saturday. Provenance was part of the appeal to buyers. The consignor, who descended from John Jacob Astor, traced the ...

Major collection of Maxfield Parrish works at Christie's

Artdaily / March 25th, 2010

A collection of 12 paintings and illustrations by beloved American artist Maxfield Parrish, including his celebrated 'Daybreak' (estimate: $4-7 million), will be offered by Christie's in New York on May 20. The collection, representing every period of his career, is estimated to exceed $15 ...

Thinking ahead about artist market values

Huffington Post / March 25th, 2010

The appreciation and market valuation of an artist's ouevre can sometimes boil down to estate planning. Lee Krasner, who managed her husband Jackson Pollock's estate until her death in 1984, provided an even flow of works onto the market in order to keep prices high and maintain a scarcity. ...

Women artists celebrated at Chrysler Museum

Hampton Roads / March 24th, 2010

A dazzling, impressionistic scene titled "Lilies, Lanterns, and Sunshine," painted by Helen M. Turner in 1923, is among more than 150 works by women artists now on view at the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, Virginia. "Women of the Chrysler: A 400-Year Celebration of the Arts" comes with a ...

Cy Twombly redecorates Louvre

Associated Press / March 23rd, 2010

Even after pop artist Jeff Koons ruffled French feathers with his inflatable 'Lobster' and giant balloon dogs---installed at Versailles in 2008---another American was invited to create a more permanent fixture at the Louvre. Cy Twombly, the first artist given the honor of decorating a Louvre ...

Excellence sells in Maastricht

Bloomberg / March 22nd, 2010

The 10-day Dutch art fair Tefaf attracted 72,500 visitors, an increase of 7 percent on 2009, say the organizers. Most were white, middle-aged Americans and Europeans, and they were in a buying mood. Middle market sales were soft, but the seven-figure sales soared. For example, Basquiat’s 1982 ...

Behind one of Boston's big museum expansions

Wall Street Journal / March 22nd, 2010

Anne Hawley, Director of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, says her slogan is 'Elitism for all.' She believes the public is hungry for 'real meaning,' which the Gardner translates into scholarly art shows. Now, Hawley is going full steam ahead with ambitious (and controversial) plans to ...

Enthusiasm for Americana at TAAS

Maine Antique Digest / March 22nd, 2010

From William and Mary gate-leg tables to Art Deco silver, The American Antiques Show saw some swift sales last January, but nothing was selling like hotcakes, according to Maine Antique Digest's recap of the Americana Week event in New York. "It is a good time for savvy money to be in the ...

Pleissner to Paxson please bidders in Montana auctions

Great Falls Tribune / March 21st, 2010

Western Art Week in Great Falls, Montana, featured a trinity of auctions with the highest-grossing one, "The Russell," tallying $1.57 million. Popular lots included Grace Carpenter Hudson's (1865-1937) "Wip-on and the Poppies," which sold for $55,000; Ogden Minton Pleissner's (1905-1983) "Poling ...

Signature Winslow Homers in summer exhibition

artdaily / March 18th, 2010

Maine's Portland Museum of Art has organized "Winslow Homer and the Poetics of Place," on view June 5 through September 6, 2010, in honor of the centennial of the artist’s death in September. The exhibition will showcase 20 works from the museum’s collection, including rarely exhibited ...

The new generation of curators

New York Times / March 18th, 2010

A set of curators born in the digital age, now in their 30s and early 40s, is making strides at major American museums, bringing new and exciting ideas to their sometimes staid institutions. Harvard-educated Jen Mergel, for example, is the newly-appointed senior curator for contemporary art the ...