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“The Moderns: Chagall, Degas, Léger, Miró, Picasso and More...,” an exhibition that fills nearly all of the sprawling galleries at the Nassau County Museum of Art, in Roslyn Harbor, is really two shows in one. The first, subtitled “Selections From the Saltzman Family Collection,” displays 35 works owned by Arnold A. Saltzman, the museum’s founding president and a major benefactor, who died last year at age 97.

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The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden has received a $2 million gift from trustee Joleen Julis and her husband, Mitch, museum officials announced. The donation is the largest gift from an individual ever made to the Smithsonian’s modern and contemporary art museum.

The donation will establish the “Future Fund,” a $4 million effort to re-design the museum’s lobby and sculpture garden, according to Hirshhorn Director Melissa Chiu.

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Wednesday, 07 October 2015 10:26

Christie’s Overhauls Its Spring Auction Calendar

Christie’s is re-vamping its spring New York sales calendar and introducing a new centrepiece auction. Six sales of mostly pre-Modern art, including the new “Revolution” sale, which includes work made from the 18th to 20th centuries, have been consolidated into the new “Classic Art Week,” which will take place from April 12-14, 2016. Five other sales (antiquities; the two-part Old Master paintings auction; sculpture and the “Exceptional” sale of decorative arts) have been moved into the week from December and January as part of an overall push to cross-pollinate across departments.

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Dia Art Foundation has named art historian and curator James Meyer to fill two leadership posts as the New York-based nonprofit known for its cavernous exhibition space in Beacon, N.Y., works to reassert its presence in Chelsea.

In January Mr. Meyer, now an associate curator of modern art at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., will become Dia’s deputy director. He will also be chief curator, a newly created role that Dia’s director, Jessica Morgan, said reflected the foundation’s expanded scope.

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The Tate Modern in London has announced that its hotly anticipated £260 million ($401 million) extension, designed by Herzog & de Meuron, will open to the public on June 17, 2016.

The extension and renovation will increase the Tate's display space by a whopping 60 percent, allowing a much greater portion of the museum's collection of modern and contemporary art to be shown. To mark the occasion, the new Tate Modern will reopen with a complete re-hang, showing works by over 250 artists from 50 countries.

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Maurice Tuchman, the first full-time curator of modern art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, has donated his papers to the Getty Research Institute, the GRI is expected to announce Thursday.

Tuchman held the LACMA position from 1964 to 1994 and was responsible for mounting pioneering shows and projects, including the lauded Art and Technology program, which championed emerging light and space artists such as Robert Irwin and James Turrell and paired artists with Southern California technology companies from 1966 to 1971.

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A late landscape painted by Vincent Van Gogh in Arles the year before he died, and one of the last great Suprematist paintings by Kazimir Malevich in private hands will headline Sotheby’s Impressionist and Modern art sales in New York on 5 November.

The auction house, which has led rival Christie’s in the past eight of ten sale seasons in this field, will be selling a group of ten works from a collection assembled in the 1940s and 50s by the Belgian collectors Louis and Evelyn Franck. “This is one of those fantastic post-war time-capsule collections that there are now so few of,” says Simon Shaw, the co-head of Sotheby’s worldwide Impressionist and Modern art department.

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Tuesday, 15 September 2015 12:57

Expo Chicago Art Fair Opens Tomorrow

Heralded as the centerpiece of Expo Art Week -- Chicago’s citywide celebration of all things arts and culture -- Expo Chicago (September 17-20, 2015) has emerged as a decidedly innovative and multifaceted art fair. Now in its fourth year, Expo Chicago, which focuses on modern and contemporary art and design, champions established and emerging artists alike -- a quality that has earned it a stellar reputation among a wide range of collectors, dealers, enthusiasts, interior designers, and curators. According to Tony Karman, the President/Director of Expo Chicago, “There is so much to look forward to at this year’s fair...With artwork from 140 galleries from 16 countries and 47 cities, it is a one-stop opportunity to survey the work and trends in the...

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The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art announces the promotion of Jennifer Dunlop Fletcher to the Helen Hilton Raiser Curator of Architecture and Design and head of the Department of Architecture and Design. In her new role, Dunlop Fletcher will set the overall vision for the department, overseeing acquisitions, exhibitions and publications. She previously served the museum as assistant curator from 2008 to 2013, and as associate curator since 2013.

“We are grateful to Jennifer Dunlop Fletcher for her tremendous contributions to the museum,” said Neal Benezra, SFMOMA director. “I am certain she will continue to expand the Department of Architecture and Design when the new SFMOMA opens in spring 2016, with her breadth of knowledge, curatorial expertise and deep connections to our community of innovative designers.”

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Ratcheting up one of the oldest rivalries in history, 219-year-old Phillips Auction House is resurrecting its Modern art business and launching a blitz of hiring and powerful partnerships. It will seek to compete head-to-head with age-old rivals Sotheby’s and Christie’s this fall in the high end of the billion-dollar art market.

People close to the matter say that, after downsizing about a decade ago in the wake of some unsuccessful sales, the company—working with just-announced partners eBay, former Brooklyn Museum director Arnold Lehman and executives with ties to the deep-pocketed Arabian collecting world—could be making a play to disrupt the Coca-Cola/Pepsi-like hold on the art auction market that the Big Two have long enjoyed.

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