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Monday, 13 June 2016 12:02

New York’s Marianne Boesky Gallery is hosting a posthumous exhibition of works by the self-taught luminary, Thornton Dial. Dial, who passed away in January, used found materials to create profoundly expressive paintings and assemblages. We All Live Under the Same Old Flag focuses on Dial’s later years. Marianne Boesky currently represents Dial’s estate.

Friday, 10 June 2016 12:31

While Art Basel has spawned an array of satellite fairs, there’s nothing quite like Design Miami/. Launched in 2005, Design Miami/’s two fairs run alongside the Art Basel fairs in Miami each December and in Basel each June. Presenting furniture, lighting, and decorative objects from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, Design Miami/ serves as the perfect complement to Art Basel’s smorgasbord of modern and contemporary art.

Friday, 10 June 2016 12:30

Alex Rotter, the former co-head of Sotheby’s contemporary art department, will be joining Christie’s as its chairman of postwar and contemporary art. Rotter left Sotheby’s in February, after sixteen years with the auction house. He is expected to start at Christie’s in early 2017. Rotter’s departure from Sotheby’s was part of a mass exodus that included a number of high-profile employees, including Cheyenne Westphal, who helmed the auction house’s contemporary art department alongside Rotter.

Friday, 10 June 2016 12:29

Johnny Depp, who is in the midst of a messy legal dispute with his wife, has decided to sell his collection of Jean-Michel Basquiat paintings. The nine works will be offered during Christie’s Postwar and Contemporary Art auctions on June 29 and 30 in London. The collection spans twenty-five years of the iconic artist’s career. The sale will also include early works by Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein.

Friday, 10 June 2016 12:17

Sotheby’s Important Watch Sale, held Wednesday, June 8, in New York, realized $11.7 million. The top lot was the King Farouk Magician Box—a musical automaton from the early-nineteenth century. The piece, which is attributed to Piguet & Meylan, garnered $1.2 million. Other noteworthy sales included a rare Patek Philippe “Eurasia” wristwatch, which fetched $730,000, and a Patek Philippe pink gold tourbillon wristwatch, which sold for $490,000.

Friday, 10 June 2016 12:15

When the noted dog breeder and judge David Roche passed away in 2013, he left behind one of the most astounding collections of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century European antiques in the southern hemisphere. Roche’s treasure-filled former residence—Australia’s Fermoy House—opened as a private museum this month. Guests can browse Roche’s expansive collection, which includes around 3,000 items estimated to be worth in excess of $70 million.

Thursday, 09 June 2016 13:52

Juan Montoya has a way of making interiors feel exceedingly opulent without a lot of fuss. Once pegged as a minimalist, Montoya’s style has evolved over the course of his career, but has always remained anchored in skillful restraint. Whether he’s working on a breezy beach home or a sleek urban residence, Montoya employs a unique mix of textures, proportions, forms, and colors to create refined interiors that are underscored by a sense of sublime decadence.

Thursday, 09 June 2016 13:51

Virginia’s Old Dominion University has received a $35-million gift from benefactors Richard and Carolyn Barry. The funds will be used to build a new art museum on the school’s campus. The Barrys will also donate their art collection, which includes works by Marsden Hartley, Milton Avery, John Marin, Rockwell Kent, Alfred Mauer, and Wolf Kahn, to the institution. The museum is expected to open in 2018.

Thursday, 09 June 2016 13:50

The Museum of Modern Art in New York has announced that it will mount an exhibition honoring the inimitable architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, in 2017. The retrospective will commemorate the 150th anniversary of Wright's birth on June 8, 1867. Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive will include architectural drawings, models, building fragments, films, television broadcasts, furniture, tableware, textiles, paintings, photographs, and more.

Thursday, 09 June 2016 13:48

The United States Senate is contemplating a bill that would help return Nazi-looted artworks to their rightful owners. The bill will loosen the statute of limitations involved in such claims, making the path to repatriation much easier. A number of high-profile figures, including Helen Mirren and Ronald Lauder, spoke in support of the bill at a hearing on Tuesday, June 7.

Thursday, 09 June 2016 13:47

A new book, Chihuly: On Fire, explores four decades of glass artist Dale Chihuly's monumental career, touching on some of his best known series, including Cylinders, Venetians, and Ikebana. The tome, which includes 166 full-color plates in chronological order, was published by the Chihuly Workshop and features an essay by the noted art historian Henry Adams.

Wednesday, 08 June 2016 12:21

Elie Nadelman is widely recognized for his spare modernist sculpture, but an exhibition at the New-York Historical Society reveals that he was also a trailblazing collector of folk art. Together with his wife, Viola Spiess Flannery, Nadelman assembled the first significant collection of American and European folk art, which eventually comprised some fifteen thousand objects. The dashing couple’s collecting enterprise began soon after their marriage in 1919 and gathered steam during the heady decade of the 1920s.

Wednesday, 08 June 2016 12:19

As the San Jose Sharks and the Pittsburgh Penguins battle it out over the Stanley Cup, Philadelphia’s Carnegie Museum of Art and the San Jose Museum of Art are getting in on the competition. The institutions have agreed that if the Sharks lose, the San Jose Museum will loan an artwork to the Carnegie Museum and vice versa. The Seattle Art Museum and the Clark Art Institute embarked on a similar challenge during last year’s Super Bowl.

Wednesday, 08 June 2016 12:18

The Bronx Museum has postponed a highly-anticipated exhibition of contemporary art from Cuba’s National Museum of Fine Arts. The delay was spurred by Cuba’s ambivalence to send art to the United States as it fears the works could be seized. The exhibition, titled Wild Noise: Artwork from The Bronx Museum of the Arts and El Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, is the culmination of years of planning and collaboration between the two institutions.

Wednesday, 08 June 2016 12:16

Speculation that Sotheby’s is leaving the Upper East Side has been mounting since 2013. While nothing has been confirmed, The New York Post recently reported that the auction house enlisted the real estate company JLL to assist in its search for a new location. Rumor have suggested that Hudson Yards—a massive development on Manhattan’s west side—is in the running to be Sotheby’s new homebase.

Wednesday, 08 June 2016 12:15

A pair of Old Master paintings by Aniello Falcone and Valentin de Boulogne have been recovered in Britain. The works were stolen separately in 1994 from the former Italian prime minister Emilio Colombo and an accountant. The current owner, who was unaware that the paintings were stolen, had been storing the works in a vault in London. The paintings were returned to Rome last week.

Tuesday, 07 June 2016 11:55

Alix Aymé’s life reads like a movie—a dramatic tale punctuated by war, loss, and the healing power of art. So it was only natural that Joel Fletcher and John Copenhaver of Virginia’s Fletcher/Copenhaver Fine Art decided to create a documentary about Aymé and her fascinating story. The duo, who formed Fletcher/Copenhaver in Fredericksburg in 1993, discovered  Aymé’s work while on a buying trip in France about ten years ago.

Tuesday, 07 June 2016 11:54

Christie’s will offer works from the collection of art critic Brian Sewell this September in London. Sewell, who passed away in 2015, wrote a popular column for Britain’s The Evening Standard and was best known for his sharp criticism of modern and contemporary art. Sewell’s collection includes a number of Old Master paintings as well as works by John Craxton, Augustus John, and John Minton.

Tuesday, 07 June 2016 11:53

The University of Iowa is planning to build a museum to house its $500-million art collection, which includes works by Jackson Pollock, Marsden Hartley, Stuart Davis, Henri Matisse, and Pablo Picasso. Officials working on the project have selected the Des Moines-based firm BNIM Architects to design to the structure, which is expected to cost $60 million to realize. The plan will be reviewed by the Iowa Board of Regents this week.

Tuesday, 07 June 2016 11:51

Olafur Eliasson, who is widely considered one of the most influential and pioneering artists of his generation, has created a number of site-specific installations at the opulent Palace of Versailles in France. Best known for his sculptures and large-scale installations that employ natural materials, Eliasson follows in the footsteps of such luminaries as Anish Kapoor and Jeff Koons, who have also created monumental installations at the royal chateau.