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A painting from Cy Twombly’s celebrated “blackboard” series could set a record for the artist at auction. “Untitled” (1970) is expected to fetch between $35 million and $55 million on November 12 at Christie’s in New York. Before being offered…
Posted on Monday, 20 October 2014 16:17
When Christie's auctioned off Edgar Degas' “Danseuses” for nearly $11 million in 2009, the catalog noted that the masterpiece was being sold as part of a restitution agreement with the “heirs of Ludwig and Margret Kainer,” German Jews whose vast…
Posted on Monday, 20 October 2014 14:07
In mid-september the German casino conglomerate Westspiel announced their plan to sell "Triple Elvis"(1963) and "Four Marlons" (1966) at Christie’s, New York in November. The paintings are expected to fetch over €100 million or £80 million. A petition has since…
Posted on Monday, 20 October 2014 13:59
A window on the private world of China’s Ming and Qing emperors opens october 18, when some 200 works — portraits, costumes, and palace furnishings such as bronzes, lacquerware, and jade—drawn from the holdings of the Palace Museum in Beijing…
Posted on Monday, 20 October 2014 13:47
It keeps no permanent collection, and its exhibition focus is on new artwork. But the past is ever-present at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art. In fact, an old hand-drawn map of the site, dating to when this sprawling campus…
Posted on Monday, 20 October 2014 13:42
Transcendence comes cheap and easy at "Matisse and Friends," the new exhibit at the Denver Art Museum, and, for most of us, that's a terrific help. We're all busy, no? The show has just 14 paintings, and you can tour…
Posted on Monday, 20 October 2014 13:34
Philippe Vergne, the director of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, has started talking to Frank Gehry about the possibility of renovating the museum’s Geffen Contemporary branch downtown. The US architect oversaw the initial conversion of warehouses in the…
Posted on Monday, 20 October 2014 13:27
An early portrait by Pablo Picasso recently rediscovered in Sweden will go up for auction at Stockholms Auktionsverk this week. "Portrait d’homme, Dionís Renart" was painted in 1899 when the artist was just 18 years old. It depicts his good…
Posted on Monday, 20 October 2014 13:21
A man was arrested early Sunday at the Whitney Museum of American Art after he spray-painted graffiti on a blank wall at the Jeff Koons retrospective during a 36-hour event to close the popular exhibit. The man, Christopher Johnson, 33,…
Posted on Monday, 20 October 2014 13:14
London’s Battersea Power Station, a decommissioned coal-fired power station and celebrated landmark, is in the midst of a major redevelopment. The structure, which is the largest brick building in Europe, has remained largely unused since it stopped generating electricity in…
Posted on Friday, 17 October 2014 10:15
After its Essl Collection sale on Monday kicked off the Frieze-week frenzy, Christie’s returned on Thursday night with its main event of the week. Peter Doig’s first tropical painting led a carefully edited postwar and contemporary auction. The house tried…
Posted on Friday, 17 October 2014 10:07
The estate of Walter De Maria, the reclusive US artist who died last year without leaving a will, is now represented by Gagosian Gallery (FL, C3; FM, C2). Best known for large-scale installations such as "The New York Earth Room,"…
Posted on Friday, 17 October 2014 09:03
In the spring of 2010, a Queens foundry owner offered to sell a bronze sculpture of a U.S. flag to an art collector. The creator, the foundry owner said, was American contemporary artist Jasper Johns, and the price was around…
Posted on Friday, 17 October 2014 08:46
In the year 2015, the Walker Art Center will celebrate the 75th anniversary of its founding as a public art center with a series of WALKER@75 exhibitions and programs beginning with "Art at the Center: 75 Years of Walker Collections."…
Posted on Friday, 17 October 2014 08:39
The Lyman Allyn Art Museum in New London has acquired a one-of-a-kind Tiffany stained-glass window piece to ensure that it will be on display for public view. The acclaimed Tiffany Studios of New York created “Come Unto Me,” which depicts…
Posted on Friday, 17 October 2014 08:31
The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh have paid tribute to World War One personnel at a Tower of London art installation featuring thousands of ceramic poppies. The Queen laid a wreath at the "Blood Swept Lands And Seas Of Red"…
Posted on Friday, 17 October 2014 08:25
It has evolved into one of New York’s longest-running fights over an estate. For more than a decade, the family of C. C. Wang, a collector whose name graces a gallery at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, has been battling…
Posted on Friday, 17 October 2014 08:15
New York and London gallery Skarstedt is off to a roaring start at Frieze Masters 2014, counting among its early sales Andy Warhol’s 1984 remix of Edvard Munch’s "The Scream," which sold to a private collector for about $5.5 million.…
Posted on Friday, 17 October 2014 08:12
The Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C., is kicking off its 40th anniversary celebration with the long-term installation “At the Hub of Things: New Views of the Collection.” Featuring works from the collection from the past 75…
Posted on Thursday, 16 October 2014 13:13
Gary Nader has always felt Miami’s art and culture network was missing something: a museum dedicated to showcasing Latin American media. So he decided to create his own. Nader, a local art collector with a gallery in Wynwood, revealed plans…
Posted on Thursday, 16 October 2014 10:36
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