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Rietveld Revival: Dutch modernist's work gains permanence

ArtfixDaily / October 14th, 2010

The output of Dutch furniture designer and architect Gerrit Rietveld (1884-1964), best known as a proponent of the artistic movement De Stijl, is rising in the public view. This fall a seminal work from his late career was recreated while one of his first influential designs entered the permanent ...

Early 20th c. decorative arts soar at Rago auction

ArtfixDaily / October 8th, 2010

Rago Arts and Auction Center totalled a strong $5.6 million for 1,380 lots in its 20th c. Design sale, from October 1 to 3. Pieces dating from the early 20th century, including Roycroft furniture and metalwork, which completely sold-out, elicited fierce bidding "at levels not seen since 2007," ...

Splurge on modernism: The Mira Hong Kong

ArtfixDaily / September 14th, 2010

Fine Art Asia 2010, from October 3 to 6, as well as the many fall art and antiques auctions, will bring visitors to Hong Kong who may happily discover the city's current hotspot for dinner, drinks, or sweet dreams. The Mira Hong Kong is the latest jewel in the crown of the Design Hotels chain. ...

Roycroft among highlights at upcoming Rago sale

ArtfixDaily / September 13th, 2010

A browse-worthy duo of 20th-century design auctions is slated for a three-day weekend this fall. Rago Arts and Auction Center in Lambertville, New Jersey, will offer up several hundred choice decorative items, from Arts & Crafts pieces by Stickley and a Louis Comfrot Tiffany sketchbook to ...

Useful & Beautiful: The Transatlantic Arts of William Morris and the Pre-Raphaelites

ArtfixDaily / September 9th, 2010

Influential English craftsman, designer, artist, and writer William Morris (1834-1896) once told an audience, "...if you want a golden rule that will fit everybody, this is it: ‘HAVE NOTHING IN YOUR HOUSES THAT YOU DO NOT KNOW TO BE USEFUL OR BELIEVE TO BE BEAUTIFUL.’" The multitude of ...

American Glamour and the Evolution of Modern Architecture

New York Times / July 14th, 2010

Alice T. Friedman, an architectural historian and professor of American art history at Wellesley, has a new book, “American Glamour and the Evolution of Modern Architecture” (Yale University Press; $65), that links the work of postwar architects like Morris Lapidus, Philip Johnson and Richard ...

A taste of SOFA WEST: Santa Fe 2010

ArtfixDaily / July 8th, 2010

Twenty-eight premier galleries and dealers converge this weekend in Santa Fe for the second annual SOFA WEST, a hotbed of cutting edge design and decorative arts. On offer are fresh works drawn from traditional artisan materials and methods just as much as they reach for new heights in artistic ...

$42.5 million Montecito estate on the market

ArtfixDaily / June 30th, 2010

A sumptuous reinterpretation of Southern vernacular architecture has been built on spec in the foothills of Montecito, California. Overlooking a wide swath of the Pacific on about 5 acres, stands the 10,797+/- sq.ft main residence, with a 56-foot pool, 2-bedroom guest house, and pool cabana with ...

Race car styling informed Keno furniture line

Chicago Tribune / June 29th, 2010

Antiques specialists Leigh and Leslie Keno are well known for their special brand of enthusiastic interplay with early American furniture. The twin brothers' expertise has been broadcast to 10 million viewers per week in their appearances as appraisers on PBS' popular 'Antiques Roadshow.' A new ...

$55 million Massachusetts mansion compound for sale

Huffington Post / May 20th, 2010

For more than 150 years, only three families have called "The Oaks" home. The recently-listed 9.4-acre property, about 20 miles south of Boston, literally commands the entire waterfront of Cohasset Harbor. The Barrons and the Bancrofts, heirs to the Dow Jones and Wall Street Journal fortunes, ...

SFMOMA names four finalists for expansion

San Francisco Chronicle / May 11th, 2010

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art has narrowed the list of architects for its $250 million expansion to four firms that vary wildly in size and style - but which almost certainly guarantee the new wing will be a distinct contrast with the institution's iconic home. Foster + Partners, David ...

Keeper of the bygone cityscape

The Atlantic / May 11th, 2010

A roaring zinc lion from the El Dorado carousel in Coney Island and a languorous allegorical figure of Night, carved of granite, from the iconic Pennsylvania Station complex designed by McKim, Mead & White, are a couple examples of important New York architectural fragments saved by a ...

Clars' browse-worthy May auction

Auction Central News / April 29th, 2010

Bolstered by four big estates, Clars' May 15-16 auction includes some important 17th and 18th century furnishings and a fine selection of art from Old Masters to contemporary artists. Asian art and jewelry round out the Oakland, Calif. firm's sale. Top-notch Western artists represented ...

Functional art on fire at SOFA

The Art Newspaper / April 22nd, 2010

A strong gate and brisk sales to museums and private collectors energized the 13th annual Sculpture Objects & Functional Art Fair (aka Sofa) at the Park Avenue Armory, 16-19 April. Japanese ceramicist Koike Shoko proved popular on opening night. Dealer Joan Mirviss sold out her offerings ...

Keno Bros. new furniture line deemed 'sexy'

Hartford Courant blog / April 19th, 2010

"The designs have so many curves, flared feet and serpentine styling details that they seem downright sexy," writes Hartford Courant blogger Nancy Schoeffer of the Theodore Alexander furniture line designed by twin brothers and antiques experts Leigh and Leslie Keno. The Keno Bros. ...

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 ...

Tiffany, Nakashima featured in Skinner's 20th-century design sale

Auction Central News / March 25th, 2010

Art Nouveau, Arts & Crafts, Art Deco, Mid-century Modern and Studio Movement furniture and decorative arts, including Scandinavian modern, will be auctioned March 27 at Skinner's in Boston. Highlights include a Tiffany student lamp, bronze with green damascene shades, estimated at ...

High hopes for blue-chip art sales at TEFAF

Luxist / March 10th, 2010

The Dutch city of Maastricht is now hosting 263 top dealers, bringing about $2.7 billion worth of art and antiques to the world's biggest art fair, TEFAF. Opening night, this Thursday, may be a litmus test for how buyers will react to such offerings as a $15 million ...

TEFAF aggregates the world's best art for sale

Hello Magazine / February 25th, 2010

Over 30,000 works of art, from antiquities to modern paintings, much of it desirable for pedigree, rarity, and beauty, will descend upon the Dutch town of Maastricht from March 12 to 21. With 263 top-tier exhibitors bringing the best of their blue-chip art, plus special sections for design, works ...

U.S. picks "blastproof" glass cube design for new embassy

Bloomberg / February 23rd, 2010

Kieran Timberlake, the Philadelphia architecture firm noted for such projects as Yale's Sculpture Building & Gallery, has been chosen to design a new (and very expensive) U.S. embassy in the U.K. With a billion-dollar budget, the 12-story, cube-shaped building is not without critics who ...