Art review: 'Your Bright Future' at LACMA

  • LA Times Arts
  • June 30, 2009 10:34

If you miss the 1990s, you'll love “Your Bright Future: 12 Contemporary Artists from Korea.” Despite the forward-looking title, the new exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art seems locked in a wheezing, pre-millennial artistic frame of mind. The 1990s is the decade when ...

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First $1 million find for U.S. Antiques Roadshow

  • Reuters
  • June 30, 2009 10:34
Antiques Roadshow discovery

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A woman who inherited some Chinese carved jade from her father has scored the first $1 million appraisal from experts on the U.S. television program "Antiques Roadshow," the producers said on Monday.    

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Julien's hammers down Michael Jackson memorabilia

  • AP
  • June 29, 2009 06:57
Michael Jackson frock

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A crystal-studded shirt worn onstage by Michael Jackson: $52,500. A young Jackson's painting of Mickey Mouse: $25,000. Owning a piece of a pop icon who died before his time: Priceless. Or, at least, very expensive. Twenty-one items once owned by Jackson sold at auction Friday ...

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Women Artists in 'Illumination' at the Orange County Museum of Art

  • LA Times Arts
  • June 26, 2009 13:39

The kernel of a powerful idea resides within “Illumination,” an exhibition of abstract paintings by four women who worked in the deserts of the American Southwest and whose careers pretty much spanned the 20th century. But the kernel never really pops. One reason is that the modest galleries of ...

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Christie's Kicks Off London Season with Solid Sales

  • June 26, 2009 10:10
Christie's London sale

LONDON—Christie’s kicked off the London June sale season tonight with a decent result, selling the most expensive of its offerings but having more trouble with middle-range works, a difficulty that affected the buy-in rate. It was a sale dominated by European and U.K.-based bidders, who bought ...

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Cartier's 100 Years in North America

  • Antiques & the Arts
  • June 25, 2009 13:20
First sold in the Seventeenth Century, the violet-colored Hope diamond was roughly cut and weighed more than 112 carats.  In 1910, Evalyn Walsh McLean of Washington D.C., viewed it while in Paris at Cartier.  Deciding that she did not like the setting, Pierre Cartier had the diamond reset and took it to the United States where he left it with McLean for a weekend.  The sale was completed in 1911 with the diamond mounted as a headpiece amid three tiers of large white diamonds.  It later became th

Manhattan's Fifth Avenue has long been the avenue of elegance, but Cartier bumped up the glamour and glitz tenfold for its exhibition "Cartier's 100th Anniversary in America." In 1909, Pierre Cartier opened a flagship boutique in New York City catering to those clients the company had been ...

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Fruitlands Museum Official Charged with Embezzlement

  • WBZ News Radio (AP)
  • June 24, 2009 09:12
The Shaker Museum at Fruitlands, Harvard, Mass.

Worcester (AP)  -- A former chief financial officer of a Massachusetts museum has been indicted in connection with an alleged embezzlement of more than $1.3 million. Attorney General Martha Coakley's office announced Tuesday that 58-year-old Peggy Kempton, of Hollis, N.H., turned herself in ...

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American Grandeur - Hudson River School at PAFA

  • Urban Art & Antiques
  • June 23, 2009 11:13
American Grandeur on view at PAFA

Although most of the Hudson River school artists were associated with Hudson River Valley and its surrounding areas and won their fame in New York city, the current exhibition — Public Treasures/Private Visions: Hudson River School Masterworks from the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Private ...

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Why Risk Losing Your Art Collection?

  • The Huffington Post
  • June 23, 2009 10:41
The value of estate planning.

It's become pretty clear to me, working as the Director of the Briddge Group's Chicago office, that there are an awful lot of risks inherent in having a decent (or better) art collection. I think it's important to look at these risks and to consider the value of working with some really ...

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Pre-Raphaelites back with London show

  • Reuters
  • June 23, 2009 10:41
London dazzled by Pre-Raphaelites.

LONDON (Reuters Life!) - Victorian art is making a comeback in London this summer with a major exhibition, and the biggest retrospective to date, of works by John William Waterhouse, who died in 1917.    

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Greeks Continue to Pressure British to Return Elgin Marbles

  • Washington Post
  • June 23, 2009 10:41
Elgin Marbles wanted back by Greece.

ATHENS -- Greek President Carolos Papoulias ramped up pressure on Britain over the weekend to return priceless statues from antiquity taken more than 200 years ago. His comments came as the new Acropolis Museum opened in Athens.

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OCMA director won't keep art-buyer's identity secret from other museums

  • LA Times Arts
  • June 22, 2009 14:01

If you want to know who the private collector was who got what many consider a great deal on 18 California Impressionist paintings from the Orange County Museum of Art, just ask Dennis Szakacs, OCMA’s director.  

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Bedroom, kitchen, art gallery

  • CS Monitor
  • June 22, 2009 14:01
Art galleries are popping up closer to home.

Homes, gas stations, hair salons house art exhibits and musical performances in hard times.

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Francis Bacon's Strange Sizzle

  • New York Observer
  • June 22, 2009 14:01
Francis Bacon hogs the spotlight.

"Francis Bacon,” a retrospective timed to the centenary anniversary of the artist’s birth (he died in 1992 at the age of 83) is on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, hs toothy monsters, humping, anonymous men and slabs of meat installed directly off the European wing, a stone’s throw from ...

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A Must-See Dream House

  • LA Times
  • June 06, 2009 17:58
Casa del Herrero in Montecito, Calif.

Recently designated a National Historic Landmark, the 1925 Spanish Colonial named Casa del Herrero, or House of the Blacksmith, in Montecito, Calif., is a breathtaking example of the American Country Place era. Munitions manufacturer George Fox Steedman built this Moorish-inspired house, long ...

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Art's Biggest Party

  • The Daily Beast
  • June 05, 2009 23:26
Venice Biennale 2009

More than a year in the making, the 2009 Venice Biennale kicks off this week with high expectations. The ailing art world needs a shot in the arm right now and everyone is looking to the 53rd International Art Exhibition, which runs through November 22, to provide it. Some 6,000 members of the ...

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Satisfyingly Surreal: New Magritte Museum Opens

  • Bloomberg
  • June 02, 2009 23:18
Opening June 2 in Brussels, the Musee Magritte Museum.

The lady with violets in her mouth, the gents in bowler hats, the pipe that isn’t a pipe, the breast that isn’t a breast: They’re all here. Rene Magritte, one of Belgium’s best-known artists, finally has a standalone museum devoted to his work, opening today in Brussels. The place has a spooky ...

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American Art Sales Show Vital Signs

  • Artinfo
  • May 28, 2009 17:01
Potthast at Christie's

The May 20 American art sales at Sotheby's and Christie's had a pulse, but were far from robust. One stand-out was Milton Avery's "Sketching by the Sea," which doubled its high estimate at Christie's, raking in a strong $2,210,500. The work hadn't been on the market for 60 years. In addition, ...

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Gardner museum expansion approved

  • Boston Globe
  • May 28, 2009 12:25
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston

Trustees of Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum have approved a plan to move forward with a building designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano. The expansion, reportedly to cost in the $100 million range, calls for the destruction of a 1907 carriage house built by Gardner.

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New American Wing at the Huntington Library

  • May 24, 2009 23:56
Thomas Hart Benton at Huntington Library.

Much-lauded openings of refurbished American wings at both the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Nelson-Atkins Museum in recent weeks are followed by a West Coast unveiling to be reckonend with. The Huntington Library and Art Gallery in San Marino, Calif., will reveal its freshly made-over ...

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