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Museum directors push petition to free Ai Weiwei

Change.org / April 13th, 2011

On April 3, prominent Chinese artist Ai Weiwei was seized by government agents when he tried to board a plane in Beijing. His charge is unspecified "economic crimes," according to the Chinese government. Change.org is circulating a petition started by 12 leading figures in the international art ...

Islamic art reaches new auction record

Los Angeles Times / April 6th, 2011

Sotheby's in London sold a 16th century illustrated portfolio from the "Shahnameh" ("Book of Kings") of Shah Tahmasp of Persia, for 7.4 million pounds ($12 million) on Wednesday, a new auction record for an Islamic work of art. The leaf comes from the Persian national epic depicting Faridun ...

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei disappears

Christian Science Monitor / April 5th, 2011

Chinese authorities have not disclosed the location of artist and social activist Ai Weiwei since detaining him on Sunday at Beijing's airport. The Communist government in China has been stepping up arrests of political dissenters following uprisings in the Middle East. The ...

Record price set for Chinese contemporary art

Bloomberg / April 3rd, 2011

A triptych painted by Zhang Xiaogang fetched HK$79 million with fees, an auction record for a contemporary Chinese artist, at Sotheby's in Hong Kong. This early work by Zhang, "Forever Lasting Love," more than doubled its estimate. The April 2 sale, part of 3,600-lot series, netted HK$427.2 ...

Earthquake relief part of Spring Asian Art Week in New York; Highlights in Japanese Art

ArtfixDaily / March 18th, 2011

From March 18 to 28, auction houses, museums, and many of the world's leading galleries are hosting dozens of special exhibitions and sales across New York City, featuring fine examples of ancient to contemporary Chinese, Indian, Himalayan, Southeast Asian, Korean, and Japanese art. Following the ...

Confident dealers offer their best art & antiques in Maastricht; Preview video online

TEFAF Preview / March 17th, 2011

There are 30,000 items worth more than 1 billion euros ($1.4 billion) offered by 260 top-tier galleries at the world’s most influential art and antiques fair. Two highlights are extraordinary paintings by Rembrandt and Renoir. Attracting leading international collectors and museum officials, ...

Ways to help earthquake relief in Japan

Huffington Post / March 13th, 2011

Following the devastating 9.0 earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan on March 11, a number of international aid agenices are fundraising to provide humanitarian relief. Direct Relief International, for one, has committed an initial $600,000 in cash to the effort and offered $15 million in ...

New art fair finds a niche in Naples

Naplesnews.com / March 8th, 2011

Veteran show organizer David Lester estimated that sales soared to between $10 million and $20 million at his inaugural Naples International Art & Antiques Show. About 80% of visitors to the new 4-day show were locals from the southwest Florida city of Naples, but Lester told Naplesnews.com ...

Renoir to Richter, antique pistols to rare gems shine at Palm Beach fair

artinfo / February 9th, 2011

Nearly 8,000 guests flocked to the gala preview of the American International Fine Art Fair in Palm Beach last weekend. About 40,000 visitors are expected altogether to peruse the booths of 66 dealers, down from 84 last year. The 15th edition of the fair, which runs through Feb. 13 at the Palm ...

Google Art Project could be a game-changer

Huffington Post / February 7th, 2011

Introduced last Tuesday, Google's Art Project is a new kind of interactive online showcase that allows users to virtually browse through some of the world's greatest museums using a Google Street View-like interface. From London's Tate to New York's Met, 17 renowned museums can be viewed inside ...

Antiques Week in New York: Showstoppers at the fairs

New York Times / January 20th, 2011

A bevy of antiques shows, auctions, museum exhibitions and gallery events are underway in New York City through this weekend. At the Park Avenue Armory, 75 dealers in the Winter Antiques Show (through Jan. 30) represent the creme-de-la-creme of high-end antiques. Among this year's show ...

Prices for Asian art ascend at auctions worldwide

ArtfixDaily / December 14th, 2010

Record-setting recent sales of Asian art at Skinner's in Boston and Bonhams & Butterfields in San Francisco have followed this year's trend of enormous price increases for Chinese art and antiques. Fresh-to-market material helped entice Chinese bidders to Bonhams' Dec. 13 sale of Fine Asian ...

Hong Kong sales reach record heights

wall Street Journal / December 5th, 2010

Art, jewellery, wine and Chinese antiques were snapped up by eager buyers at a series of sales in Hong Kong last week. Christie's raked in $409 million, a season record total for Hong Kong, the world's third largest auction center following New York and London. About 80% of buyers were from ...

Art Basel Miami Beach returns with high expectations

Wall Street Journal / November 28th, 2010

Buoyed by confidence stemming from recent strong sales at New York's contemporary art auctions, dealers clamored to exhibit in the current edition of Art Basel Miami Beach. Booth applications rose by 20% over last year. There will be blue-chip 20th-century art offerings, but dealers are also ...

Property of artist Ben Shahn featured in Rago auction, Nov. 14

ArtfixDaily / October 18th, 2010

Ben Shahn (1898-1969) was one of the most popular artists of the 1940s and 1950s. His graphic brilliance, visual and emotional realism, and social conscience attracted an international audience.   The children of Ben Shahn and his wife, Bernarda, chose Rago Art and Auction Center, in ...

Ferocious demand for Chinese artworks at Fine Art Asia

Wall Street Journal / October 11th, 2010

The Fine Art Asia fair at the Hong Kong Convention Centre wrapped last week with strong sales concurrent with the record-breaking Sotheby's auctions. Dealers who exhibited Asian antiques are now faced with an inventory dilemna---a supply shortage---while dealers in Western art, who offered up big ...

Imperial vase skyrockets above $32 million at Sotheby's sale

Reuters / October 8th, 2010

Sotheby's seven-day series of auctions in Hong Kong culminated in HK$3.08 billion ($400 million) worth of Asian art, jewelry, wine and watches sold. The total for this biannual sale soundly exceeded the $400 million tally for the auction firm's annual Asian sales of 2009. Imperial treasures ...

Pink diamond, blue chip art heat up Hong Kong sales

Bloomberg / October 6th, 2010

The series of Sotheby’s sales at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre have shown a strong appetite for wine, modern and contemporary art, traditional Chinese paintings, as well as the watches and jewelry in the Asian market. Among the highlights so far this week, a 6.43-carat pink ...

TRIO OF EXHIBITIONS ILLUMINATING POST-WAR JAPANESE CONTEMPORARY CERAMICS AT JOAN B. MIRVISS LTD.

ArtfixDaily / September 29th, 2010

Continuing with her on-going effort to present cutting-edge contemporary Japanese ceramics, Joan B. Mirviss will present three consecutive exhibitions illuminating the world of post-war contemporary ceramics in Japan. Never before has a comparable series of exhibitions of this magnitude been ...

Chinese art, modernism transform Biennale

ArtfixDaily / September 19th, 2010

Smaller, and with a many more stands focused on 20th century art, the dazzling 25th Paris Biennale on view at the Grand Palais through Sept. 22, has taken a giant leap into a new aesthetic in 2010. The New York Times' Souren Melikian calls this year's show "a watershed in the history of Western ...