Locals to Continue the Fight Against Berkshire Museum Art Sales

  • Berkshire Eagle
  • February 13, 2018 19:25
Frederic Church, Valley of the Santa Ysabel, 1875.

A group of locals from Lenox, Mass., who were blocked from a legal challenge of the Berkshire Museum's plan to sell 40 artworks, are "stunned" by the state attorney general's agreement on Friday to allow up to $55 million in art sales, pending court approval. The residents plan to continue the ...

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Lawsuit Erupts Over Portrait of Jackie Kennedy Onassis as Teen

  • Newsday
  • February 12, 2018 11:41
Portrait of Jackie Bouvier Kennedy Onassis in 1950 by Irwin Hoffman.

A lawsuit was filed in federal court by relatives of former First Lady Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis after a 1950 portrait of her that was allegedly stolen decades ago surfaced at a Long Island art gallery. The relatives contend that the painting of Jackie at age 19 was stolen in the 1960s ...

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Berkshire Museum Gets Green Light From State to Sell Art

  • New York Times
  • February 11, 2018 20:49
DETAIL, Norman Rockwell's Shuffleton’s Barbershop

The Berkshire Museum and the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office came to an agreement that will allow the museum to sell artworks from its collections, while one work by Norman Rockwell will be sold to an institution that will keep it in public view, pending court approval.  Norman ...

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'Jasper Johns: Something Resembling Truth' Retrospective to Open at The Broad

  • February 07, 2018 20:36
Jasper Johns, Flag, 1958.  Encaustic on canvas.  104.4 x 153.7 cm.  Private collection © Jasper Johns / VAGA, New York / DACS, London 2017.  Photo: Jamie Stukenberg © The Wildenstein Plattner Institute, 2017.

“One hopes for something resembling truth, some sense of life, even of grace, to flicker, at least, in the work.” Jasper Johns, 2006. Jasper Johns, 87, is considered among the foremost living artists, and his six-decades of work has placed him in the pantheon of American artists since his first ...

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Berkshire Museum Art Sales Case Heads to State Supreme Court

  • February 05, 2018 19:28
"La Fete," by Raoul Dufy, was slated for sale by the Berkshire Museum.

An extension for the Massachusetts Attorney General office's investigation into the Berkshire Museum art sales concluded Monday. The museum and the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office will next file a petition with the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court to hear the case over the contested ...

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Boston's Copley Masterpiece Heads to Philadelphia After Eagles Win Super Bowl

  • February 04, 2018 20:45
Via Twitter #MuseumBowl, Detail: John Singleton Copley’s “Mrs.  James Warren (Mercy Otis)” (ca 1763)

While the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles played the Super Bowl on Sunday, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the Philadelphia Museum of Art had their own, equally contentious, Museum Bowl. At stake was a prized painting wagered from their permanent collections. A fourth ...

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Massachusetts AG Seeks to Extend Berkshire Museum Injunction

  • NEPR
  • January 30, 2018 14:05
George Henry Durrie, Hunter in the Winter Wood, 1860

The Massachusetts attorney general has asked a state appeals court to extend an injunction blocking the Berkshire Museum from selling artworks for one more week. A trove of artworks, including two prized Norman Rockwell paintings, have been halted from being sold by the museum. Berkshire ...

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Sting Narrates a Video Preview of the Met's Thomas Cole Exhibition

  • January 28, 2018 22:41
Thomas Cole‘s ‘The Course of Empire: Destruction’ (1836)

Opening January 30 at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the exhibition Thomas Cole’s Journey: Atlantic Crossings will examine, for the first time, the artist’s transatlantic career and engagement with European art. Click here to watch a video introduction to Thomas Cole's Journey: Atlantic ...

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Mennello Museum Features New York School Innovator Grace Hartigan

  • Mennello Museum
  • January 24, 2018 10:55
Grace Hartigan, Marilyn, 1962.

Through March 18, 2018, the Mennello Museum of American Art, in Orlando, is showing a collection of seminal works by New York School artist Grace Hartigan. "I have found my subject, it concerns that which is vulgar and vital in American life, and possibilities of its transcendence into the ...

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Lawsuit Erupts Over George Inness Painting Consignment

  • Courthouse News Service
  • January 05, 2018 14:56
“Shades of Evening,” an 1877 oil painting by American landscape artist George Inness

An 1877 landscape painting by American artist George Inness is at the center of a dispute over its consigment to a gallery by the family's matriarch. Tennessee couple Richard and Becky Hearty filed a complaint in Cleveland. They contend that Richard J. Hearty Sr. gifted the piece to son Hearty ...

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La Salle University Faces Backlash Over Planned Sale of Artworks

  • Philly.com
  • January 04, 2018 21:47
Willard Leroy Metcalf (1858-1925), Sandy Hollow, Manchester, Massachusetts, 1877, is set to be sold by La Salle University.

La Salle University in Philadelphia announced plans this week to sell 46 artworks from its museum collections to help fund teaching and learning initiatives, according to school officials. The art, includings works by Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, Georges Rouault, and Albert Gleizes, could ...

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George Washington's Diamond Eagle Medal On Display With Newly-Discovered 7-Foot Watercolor in Philadelphia Exhibition

  • December 06, 2017 12:26
The Diamond Eagle presented to George Washington

The Diamond Eagle — an exquisite jewel-encrusted medal owned and worn by George Washington — is now on display in Philadelphia for the first time since it was presented to Washington in the city 233 years ago, and it will be shown this winter with a rare, newly-found Revolutionary War-era ...

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From Abstraction Innovators to Protest Art, Art Basel Miami Beach Mixes Up Eclectic Offerings

  • December 04, 2017 14:53
David Driskell, "Ghetto Wall #2," 1970.  Oil, acrylic, and collage on linen, 60.0 × 50.0 (in).  DC Moore Gallery, at Art Basel Miami Beach, Survey, S6.

From December 7 to December 10, with a VIP preview on Dec. 6, Art Basel's 16th edition in Miami Beach features 268 leading galleries within a more-spaciously redesigned floorplan at the Miami Beach Convention Center (MBCC).  2017 is an important year for the cultural scene in Miami with The ...

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Court Delays Auction of Berkshire Museum Art

  • November 02, 2017 19:35
"The Last Arrow," by Thomas Moran, slated for sale by the Berkshire Museum.

Updated 11/12/17: The Massachusetts Attorney General secured a 30-day pause for the sale of artworks from the Berkshire Museum that was scheduled to take place at Sotheby's on Monday, Nov. 13. The museum and lawyers for opponents of the sale will meet again, this time in Boston, at the ...

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Court Date Looming, Attorney General Files to Stop Berkshire Museum Art Sales

  • Berkshire Eagle
  • October 31, 2017 12:27
"La Fete," by Raoul Dufy, is slated for sale by the Berkshire Museum.

The Massachusetts attorney general on Monday joined in to halt the sale of multimillions in artwork that the Berkshire Museum planned to send to the auction block next month. A 26-page filing from Attorney General Maura Healey sides with motions from two other groups, one of which includes ...

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Teddy Roosevelt Statue Defaced Outside Museum

  • New York Times
  • October 26, 2017 14:56
Base of the Roosevelt Statue, video still

Activists used red paint to deface the base of a bronze Theodore Roosevelt monument at the entrance of the American Museum of Natural History in Manhattan early Thursday morning. "Roosevelt was an open white supremacist and imperialist who is still lionized by the museum and the city plaza ...

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Berkshire Museum Withdraws Some Artworks from Nov. 13 Auction

  • Berkshire Eagle
  • October 24, 2017 14:40
George Henry Durrie, Hunter in the Winter Wood, 1860.

Half the artworks consigned by the Berkshire Museum in a Nov. 13 Sotheby's sale have been withdrawn, reports Berkshire Eagle. Seven works remain in the sale, including two Norman Rockwell paintings that the artist's family has filed a lawsuit to oppose the museum's deaccessioning of the works. ...

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Rockwell Family Sues Berkshire Museum

  • New York Times
  • October 22, 2017 23:26
Norman Rockwell, Shuffleton's Barbershop

A group that includes three children of Norman Rockwell is suing the Berkshire Museum in Massachusetts over a controversial planned sale of two works by the famed artist, the New York Times reported. Papers filed with a Massachusetts judge on Friday state that the group seeks to stop the museum ...

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Rockwell Family Presses for Berkshire Museum to Halt Art Sales

  • Berkshire Eagle
  • October 17, 2017 13:13
Norman Rockwell’s Shuffleton’s Barbershop (1950)

Members of Norman Rockwell's family met with the Massachusetts attorney general's office last week to voice opposition to the planned sale by the Berkshire Museum of two works by the artist. The artist gave "Shuffleton's Barber Shop" and "Shaftsbury Blacksmith Shop" to the museum in Pittsfield, ...

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15-Foot Bierstadt Painting 'The Domes of Yosemite' Travels to Florida

  • October 16, 2017 15:41
Albert Bierstadt, The Domes of Yosemite

The largest known painting by American master Albert Bierstadt (1830–1902) will be exhibited in Florida this winter through a special loan of the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum in Vermont. The Domes of the Yosemite, which measures nearly 10 by 15 feet, will begin the winter in Miami at ArtCare ...

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