From Abstraction Innovators to Protest Art, Art Basel Miami Beach Mixes Up Eclectic Offerings

  • December 04, 2017 14:53
David Driskell, "Ghetto Wall #2," 1970.  Oil, acrylic, and collage on linen, 60.0 × 50.0 (in).  DC Moore Gallery, at Art Basel Miami Beach, Survey, S6.

From December 7 to December 10, with a VIP preview on Dec. 6, Art Basel's 16th edition in Miami Beach features 268 leading galleries within a more-spaciously redesigned floorplan at the Miami Beach Convention Center (MBCC).  2017 is an important year for the cultural scene in Miami with The ...

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Trump Drastically Reduces Two National Monuments

  • New York Times
  • December 04, 2017 13:35
Puebloan granary in the Bears Ears National Monument

We have fallen heirs to the most glorious heritage a people ever received, and each one must do his part if we wish to show that the nation is worthy of its good fortune. — Teddy Roosevelt Teddy Roosevelt's Antiquities Act was meant to give federal protections to historical, natural and ...

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The Most Instagrammed Museums in the World

  • December 03, 2017 16:17
"Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors" broke attendance records at the Hirshhorn.

Data from Instagram has ranked the most popular museums in the world on the image sharing platform.  Chart-topping in attendance at 7.4 million annual visitors is the Mona Lisa's home --- the Louvre --- which unsurprisingly ranks highest on the World's Most Instagrammed Museums list. Big ...

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5 Ways the Proposed Tax Bill Affects the U.S. Art World

  • November 29, 2017 22:52

The proposed tax overhaul could have big consequences on the U.S. art market and museums. With details in flux even after the Senate votes, the tax plan is being pushed quickly in order to take effect on January 1, 2018. Experts say it heavily favors the richest 1 percent of Americans and ...

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The Age of Jesus Christ's Tomb Revealed

  • National Geographic
  • November 29, 2017 22:49
View of the edicule, after restoration

Over the centuries, Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulchre has suffered violent attacks, fires, and earthquakes. It was totally destroyed in 1009 and subsequently rebuilt, leading modern scholars to question whether it could possibly be the site identified as the burial place of Christ by a ...

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Wende Museum Showcases Material Culture of the Cold War Era

  • November 28, 2017 12:11
The Painter and His Model, 1956, by István Mácsa.  Oil on canvas.  Hungary.

The Wende Museum in its new location in Culver City, Calif., is a collections-based research and education institute that preserves Cold War artifacts and history, making resources available to scholars and applying historical lessons of the past to the present. From a vandalized bust of Lenin ...

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ARTFIXdaily Closed for Thanksgiving Week

  • November 19, 2017 22:18
"Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry," on view October 22, 2017 – January 21, 2018, at the National Gallery, DC.  Shown: Johannes Vermeer, Woman Holding a Balance, c.  1664, oil on canvas, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Widener Collection.

ARTFIXdaily will be closed the week of November 20 for the Thanksgiving holiday. E-newsletter service will resume on Monday, November 27. ArtGuild members may continue to post content to the ArtWire and calendar during the closure. Happy Thanksgiving!

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$450.3 Million Leonardo Da Vinci Painting Shatters Auction Records

  • November 15, 2017 20:51
'Salvator Mundi' or ‘Saviour of the World’ by Leonardo da Vinci

The $100 million estimate was apparently pretty conservative. Leonardo da Vinci's painting 'Salvator Mundi' or ‘Savior of the World’ broke all records for art at auction when it soared to $450.3 million (with fees) at Christie's on Wednesday night in New York. The mind-blowing price far exceeds ...

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$1.6 Billion Auction Week Underway with a Leading Leonardo

  • New York Times
  • November 14, 2017 22:14
Vincent van Gogh's Laboruer dans un champ (1889)

New York's auction gigaweek has begun with several marquee lots in this anticipated annual series. Much talked about so far have been the auctions lots that were not offered, and the superstar---a Jesus Christ painting by Leonardo da Vinci---in the Wednesday evening sale at Christie's. Sales of ...

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Alec Baldwin Settles with Art Dealer Over Painting

  • New Yorker
  • November 13, 2017 20:53
The two versions of Ross Bleckner's 'Sea and Mirror.'

Actor Alec Baldwin settled last week with New York art dealer Mary Boone after a lengthy and bitter legal dispute over a painting. The feud was over a Ross Bleckner painting titled "Sea and Mirror" from 1996 that Baldwin thought he was buying from Boone for $190,000. A smell of fresh paint, a ...

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Holt Printing of Declaration of Independence Fetches Record Price at Auction

  • Watertown Daily Times
  • November 12, 2017 16:41
Copy of the Declaration of Independence, printed by John Holt, July 9, 1776.

One of five known 1776 copies of the Declaration of Independence printed in New York by John Holt sold for a record price to a California collector at auction on Saturday. Blanchard's in Potsdam, New York, sold the newly-discovered document for $1.5 million, setting a world record for any New ...

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Benjamin Genocchio Removed as Armory Show Director Amid Sex Harassment Allegations

  • New York Times
  • November 09, 2017 13:09
Benjamin Genocchio

Influential art world figure and former Artnet editor Benjamin Genocchio has been ousted as executive director of the Armory Show in New York City after the New York Times reported multiple sexual harassment allegations against him.  Prior to heading the Armory Show, which is one of the world's ...

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Lord Mayor of London Returns Nazi Looted Old Master Painting

  • The Art Newspaper
  • November 07, 2017 11:35
 Jacob Ochtervelt’s The Oyster Meal (around 1664-65) Jacob Ochtervelt’s The Oyster Meal (around 1664-65).

A Dutch Old Master painting that was looted from the Netherlands during World War II was returned by the Lord Mayor of London to an heir of the owner on Monday. "The Oyster Meal" by Jacob Ochtervelt (around 1664-65) hung at Mansion House, the official residence of the Lord Mayor, for 30 years. ...

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ARTFIXdaily Closed for Maintenance, Nov. 6-7

  • November 05, 2017 21:55
Installation of "Teotihuacan: City of Water, City of Fire" at the de Young Museum, San Francisco, through February 11, 2018.

ARTFIXdaily is closed for maintenance, Nov. 6-7. E-newsletter service will resume on Wednesday, Nov. 8. ArtGuild members may continue to add content to the ArtWire and Calendar during the closure.

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Court Delays Auction of Berkshire Museum Art

  • November 02, 2017 19:35
"The Last Arrow," by Thomas Moran, slated for sale by the Berkshire Museum.

Updated 11/12/17: The Massachusetts Attorney General secured a 30-day pause for the sale of artworks from the Berkshire Museum that was scheduled to take place at Sotheby's on Monday, Nov. 13. The museum and lawyers for opponents of the sale will meet again, this time in Boston, at the ...

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Court Date Looming, Attorney General Files to Stop Berkshire Museum Art Sales

  • Berkshire Eagle
  • October 31, 2017 12:27
"La Fete," by Raoul Dufy, is slated for sale by the Berkshire Museum.

The Massachusetts attorney general on Monday joined in to halt the sale of multimillions in artwork that the Berkshire Museum planned to send to the auction block next month. A 26-page filing from Attorney General Maura Healey sides with motions from two other groups, one of which includes ...

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Paul Newman's Rolex Daytona Sets Auction Record at $17.8 Million

  • October 30, 2017 22:38
The record-setting Paul Newman Daytona wristwatch fetched $17,752,500 at Philips.

A rare Rolex watch that was owned by the late movie star Paul Newman has sold for nearly $17.8 million, making it the most expensive watch ever auctioned. A telephone bidder secured the watch at a Phillips sale on Thursday. Oscar-winning Newman, who died in 2008 at age 83, wore the watch every ...

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Art World Circulates 'Not Surprised' Open Letter After Artforum Scandal

  • October 30, 2017 13:48
Jenny Holzer, Abuse of Power Comes As No Surprise (1982)

Thousands of people signed an open letter by early Monday against sexual harassment in the art world following numerous allegations that took down Artforum co-publisher Knight Landesman last week.  The letter on the website Not Surprised includes a wide array of international arts professionals ...

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Authorities Seize Ancient Artifact at TEFAF New York

  • New York Times
  • October 29, 2017 17:57
Ruins of the Tachara, Persepolis

Police officers and two prosecutors seized an ancient limestone bas-relief from the booth of a London dealer at The European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF) New York Fall fair on Friday, reports the New York Times. The prestigious, vetted fair is on view at the Park Avenue Armory in Manhattan. The piece ...

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Teddy Roosevelt Statue Defaced Outside Museum

  • New York Times
  • October 26, 2017 14:56
Base of the Roosevelt Statue, video still

Activists used red paint to deface the base of a bronze Theodore Roosevelt monument at the entrance of the American Museum of Natural History in Manhattan early Thursday morning. "Roosevelt was an open white supremacist and imperialist who is still lionized by the museum and the city plaza ...

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