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Yale debuts free online collection database

ArtfixDaily / May 13th, 2011

Yale University has launched a massive online database with records on over 250,000 objects from its museums, archives and libraries. Providing unprecedented, unlimited access to the Ivy League school's varied collections, including a tantalizing peek at artwork in storage, the digitization ...

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, ...

DeCordova Museum goes for the Goldsworthy

Boston.com / March 15th, 2011

The deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, Mass., is looking to raise $1 million, specifically to commission a work by British sculptor Andy Goldsworthy. In an effort to upgrade the collection of its 35-acre sculpture park, the museum wants to acquire the work of this well-known ...

Stark Museum of Art unveils new acquistion

Dallas Art News / January 23rd, 2011

The Stark Museum of Art invites the public to a gallery spotlight and a reception on Tuesday, February 1, 2011 from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. to celebrate the life and artistry of internationally acclaimed African American sculptor Edmonia Lewis. During this event, the Museum will unveil its newest ...

Calder mobile stars in Antiques Roadshow season premiere

PBS / January 4th, 2011

The 2011 season of Antiques Roadshow on PBS started off on a high note in Miami Beach with a $1 million find, the second highest valuation in the popular TV show's 15-year history. In Monday night's episode, decorative arts appraiser Christopher Kennedy was presented with a colorful mobile made ...

Edmonia Lewis sculpture achieves $287,500 at auction

Antiques and the Arts / December 28th, 2010

A rare carving by Edmonia Lewis, the 1898 work "Three Native Americans in Battle," or "Indians Wrestling," soared to $287,500 at Gabriel's Auctioneers/Appraisers in Norwood, Mass., on November 29. The 30-inch sculpture, made of white Carrara marble...

Diamond brooch portrayed in Sargent painting at auction

Telegraph / November 8th, 2010

From the collection of the Dukes of Portland comes a gorgeous 1870 diamond and natural pearl brooch once belonging to Winifred, Duchess of Portland (1863-1954). The great beauty, a leading society figure in her time, wore the exquisite brooch, featuring large and desirable natural pearl ...

High Museum receives significant gift of 19th-century American paintings and sculptures

ArtfixDaily / November 8th, 2010

The High Museum of Art has received a major gift of 90 paintings and sculptures from the Atlanta-based West Foundation’s nineteenth-century American collection. The donated works include 49 paintings and 41 sculptures, establishing the High as a major resource for nineteenth-century American art. ...

“In Giacometti’s Studio – An Intimate Portrait:” Unprecedented Loan from Giacometti Family in Eykyn Maclean’s First Public Exhibition

ArtfixDaily / October 27th, 2010

(New York, NY) - For its inaugural exhibition, Eykyn Maclean is presenting a unique overview of Alberto Giacometti’s artistic achievement. Dating from 1919 to 1965, the works on view – nearly 100 sculptures, paintings and drawings, as well as photographs and documents – have been selected ...

USArtists shines at PAFA

ArtfixDaily / October 20th, 2010

The 2010 USArtists appeared right at home at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts's beautiful Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building in the center of Philadelphia from Sept 30 to Oct. 3. While rain storms kept some collectors away, about 3,000 show visitors gave an enthusiastic response to the venue ...

Charlotte's Web art, Italian sculpture break records

ArtfixDaily / October 17th, 2010

Last week in London, Christie's sold Italian sculptor Marino Marini's equestrian bronze "Cavaliere" for 4.5 million pounds ($7.1 million), about three times the estimate and a world record auction price for the artist. The lot led a series of contemporary art and Italian art sales at Christie's ...

A confluence of international exhibitions points to intensifying interest in Old Master sculpture

ArtfixDaily / October 5th, 2010

With the launch of their first collaborative exhibit Body and Soul: Masterpieces of Renaissance and Baroque Sculpture at Moretti Fine Art, 24 East 80th Street, from October 21 to November 19, Andrew Butterfield and Fabrizio Moretti will join a growing number of important galleries and museums ...

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 ...

Modigliani sculpture sets record price in France

CBC News / June 15th, 2010

Another early twentieth century master is trending mightily upwards on the auction market. Amedeo Modigliani's (Italian, 1884-1920) limestone sculpture of an elongated head with almond-shaped eyes, titled Tête, sold for more than $50 million at a Christie's auction in Paris Monday night. While ...

Minimalist mobile sets auction record for Calder in France

ArtfixDaily / June 9th, 2010

An Alexander Calder mobile swept to €2.3 million, including buyer's premium, against a pre-sale estimate of €500,000-€800,000, at the May 31 contemporary art sale at Artcurial in France. A Swiss collector went home with the 6-foot long piece. Titled 'Pour Vilar,' the early 1950s mobile came ...

Biennale to present next generation of French art dealers

ArtfixDaily / June 8th, 2010

A new exhibition space to showcase 25 emerging galleries will be introduced at France's 25th Biennale this fall. The prestigious art and antiques show, featuring 80 established art dealers and 7 leading jewellers, takes place September 15 to 22, under the dome of the Grand Palais in Paris. ...

MOCA exhibition now a tribute to Dennis Hopper

ArtfixDaily / June 1st, 2010

On Saturday, actor, director, and artist Dennis Hopper passed away at age 74. As ARTFIXdaily wrote last Friday, his artwork will be showcased in the upcoming retrospective "Dennis Hopper Double Standard," curated by artist-film director Julian Schnabel as the debut exhibition under new Museum of ...

Influential sculptor Louise Bourgeois passes away

ArtfixDaily / May 31st, 2010

Paris-born American artist Louise Bourgeois passed away Monday at age 98 in New York City. She was creating artwork just last week, according to Wendy Williams, managing director of the Louise Bourgeois Studio. Dubbed the "the mother of American feminist identity art" by Robert Hughes in his ...

Harbinger of Spring: Antique Garden Furniture Show & Sale

The Epoch Times / April 28th, 2010

From May 7 to 9, over 30 of America’s foremost dealers are offering their best quality pieces at the Antique Garden Furniture Show and Sale at the New York Botanical Garden. Special events and lectures compliment the exhibitor offerings---from cast iron and marble fountains to early ...

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, ...