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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, ...

Museum show is big on Botero

New York Times / April 3rd, 2010

The Colombian artist Fernando Botero is showcased at Long Island's Nassau County Museum of Art, where a small but significant collection of figure paintings, drawings and monumental sculptures is gathered, including a huge, plump female nude at the entrance. In painting or sculpture, Botero, ...

Treasure hunt on in Maastricht

New York Times / March 14th, 2010

The talk of TEFAF, so far, are a pearl-dropping neoclassical clock, a $25 million Giacometti sculpture, and the new works on paper section including such gems as Gainsborough drawings and Irving Penn photographs. Opening night, some collectors grumbled that there were no big-ticket paintings ...

London's Tate Britain shows a darker, deeper side of Henry Moore

Reuters / February 22nd, 2010

Sculptor Henry Moore is portrayed as a radical who explored a dark world of sex, war and death in a show that challenges his modern image as the creator of gentle figures that adorn windswept plazas around the world. Ranked among Britain's most famous 20th century artists, Moore was a ...

Big on Modernism: Pennsylvania museum gets an infusion of 20th century art

Chicago Tribune / September 10th, 2009

ALLENTOWN, Penn. - The Allentown Art Museum has received one of its largest gifts ever -- about 500 works plus the Long Island home and studio and Manhattan apartment of the modernist artist Peter Grippe. The collection of sculptures, drawings, and prints by Grippe, given by his widow, came along ...

American Patriot For Sale: Hindman will hammer down Nathan Hale sculpture

Auction Central News / September 9th, 2009

On Sunday, Sept. 13, Chicago-based Leslie Hindman will host a 220-lot auction featuring postwar, Contemporary, American and European art. The top lot is an 1890 Frederick William MacMonnies bronze of American patriot Nathan Hale. Considered the State Hero of Connecticut, and widely acknowledged ...

Eco-friendly Art: Giant bird sculpture arrives in Hyde Park

London Times / September 7th, 2009

An enormous Ibis is the first new public sculpture in Hyde Park, Central London, for nearly 50 years. The three-metre tall bronze artwork, named Isis after the goddess of nature, was created by Simon Gudgeon. It is spearheading a drive to raise £1.8 million to build an ecofriendly wildlife ...