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The life of Paul Gauguin, dimly remembered from a bad art-appreciation class, used to go this way: Well-off stockbroker abandons wife and children to devote himself to art; decries the increasing vacuity of his impressionist forefathers; rebels against bourgeois society;…
Posted on Monday, 28 February 2011 22:22
Sotheby's will offer a large Venetian view of the Rialto Bridge painted by Francesco Guardi valued at around 20 million pounds ($30 million).The auctioneer called the work "one of the greatest masterpieces of Venetian view painting ever executed." It will…
Posted on Saturday, 26 February 2011 05:27
The Brooklyn Museum in New York has completed an extensive renovation of its Great Hall which will be unveiled on 4 March 2011, marking the first phase of the transformative project.The project, which is the initial phase of a major…
Posted on Saturday, 26 February 2011 05:26
It took P.T. Barnum years to overcome the loss of his wealth and first mansion, the Iranistan, in 1856.The tragedies did nothing to deter the showman, though, who went on to bigger and better things, including the creation of his…
Posted on Saturday, 26 February 2011 05:21
NEW YORK CITY – Is America going to the dogs? Yes, judging by the surging popularity of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, whose legion of Facebook fans jumped to nearly 70,000 after judges named Hickory, a Scottish deerhound, the…
Posted on Wednesday, 23 February 2011 01:21
FEB 19, 2011  – MAY 15, 2011NewMarket, Altria Group, and Center GalleryThe Virginia Museum of Fine Arts proudly announces a landmark exhibition in honor of its 75th anniversary, Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris. VMFA is the only…
Posted on Wednesday, 16 February 2011 04:32
A pile of porcelain sunflower seeds, an Andy Warhol painting of Marilyn Monroe and a Gerhard Richter abstract sold last night at a London auction that was interrupted by a protest at U.K. government cuts.Sotheby’s evening sale of contemporary art,…
Posted on Wednesday, 16 February 2011 04:18
One of the many enjoyable things about some of Paul Cézanne's paintings is that they seem unfinished. They are manifestly slowly made, yet patches of bare canvas show through oil paint; the painted backgrounds don't quite meet the edge of…
Posted on Wednesday, 16 February 2011 04:12
Russia’s Federal Security Service said it found artworks by Pablo Picasso and Rembrandt and documents for offshore companies belonging to self-exiled investor Boris Berezovsky in a raid on an illegal gambling operation in Moscow.The paintings, worth more than $5 million,…
Posted on Wednesday, 16 February 2011 04:07
In its purest form, watercolour consists of pigment mixed with water and water-soluble gum binder. Light, liquescent and quick drying, watercolour is so easy to handle that children can paint with it, but those same properties make it a fiendishly…
Posted on Wednesday, 16 February 2011 03:48
Walking the halls of one of the world's great art museums, it's easy to regard familiar classic paintings as eternal and unchanging. But this is not the case. Paintings are a mix not only of color but of chemistry-and chemistry…
Posted on Wednesday, 16 February 2011 03:44
Since Leslie and Leigh Keno became household names appraising antique furniture on the popular PBS series "Antiques Roadshow," you'd be forgiven for presuming their own line of furniture, Keno Bros., would pay homage to Duncan Phyfe, Chippendale and the like.…
Posted on Wednesday, 16 February 2011 03:28
WILLIAMSBURG, VA. – The wealthy collectors who have been a fixture at the Colonial Williamsburg Antiques Forum since its founding 63 years ago no longer arrive with a chauffeur and a lady’s maid. They do still check in at the…
Posted on Tuesday, 15 February 2011 16:38
The American Folk Art Museum won’t sell its collection to pay interest on $31.9 million it borrowed to construct a new building, after defaulting on payments in July 2009, the institution’s director said.The museum, down the block from the Museum…
Posted on Saturday, 12 February 2011 04:10
ARCOmadrid kicks off this year's European season of top contemporary art fairs in the Spanish capital Wednesday.Until Feb. 20, around 190 international galleries from Europe, Americas and Asia will show painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, video and prints created by established…
Posted on Saturday, 12 February 2011 04:06
A record Salvador Dali painting and a triptych by Francis Bacon last night boosted a sell-out auction at Sotheby’s London as collectors snapped up 20th-century art from a private collection.The sale raised 93.5 million pounds ($150.5 million), led by the…
Posted on Saturday, 12 February 2011 04:01
As Thomas P. Campbell begins his third year at the helm of the cultural ocean liner known as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, he hears fewer comparisons between himself and his illustrious predecessor Philippe de Montebello, who served as director…
Posted on Saturday, 12 February 2011 03:58
Two national art associations said on Friday they are “alarmed” by a proposal to force University of Iowa to sell the Jackson Pollock 'Mural' painting, and say it could threaten UI’s accreditation.The Association of Art Museum Directors and the American…
Posted on Saturday, 12 February 2011 03:52
The Brooklyn Museum is preparing to give about 5,000 pre-Columbian artifacts in its collection to Costa Rica as part of a housekeeping move to trim its vast holdings.The museum will initially give the National Museum of Costa Rica 983 ceramic…
Posted on Friday, 11 February 2011 02:19
One of the world's great museums resembled a military camp on Thursday, with soldiers patrolling behind its wrought iron gates and armoured vehicles parked nearby. Inside, workers with white coats and latex gloves delicately handled artifacts that were damaged in…
Posted on Friday, 11 February 2011 02:10
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