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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LACMA Curator Receives Mysterious Letter from a Missing Painting

  • Hyperallergic
  • October 25, 2017 11:52
Miguel Cabrera, “3.  From Spaniard and Castiza, Spanish Girl (detail)” (1763), oil on canvas

A mysterious letter penned in a first-person style, as if a painting is speaking, was sent to a curator at Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), reported the Los Angeles Times. The painting at the center of the letter is “Española” (Spanish girl), the final, missing work in a set of ...

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Gallerist Gary Nader to Sell $100 Million of His Art to Fund Museum

  • Miami New Times
  • October 12, 2017 20:45
Miami skyline

Art dealer Gary Nader plans to sell about $100 million worth of works from his collection to fund the building of a new museum in downtown Miami. Several blue-chip works---by the likes of Picasso and Botero---from Nader's personal collection are set to be sold during Art Basel Miami Beach in ...

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Court Rules Miami-Dade College to Pay Art Dealer's Legal Fees Over Disputed Museum Bid

  • Miami Herald
  • October 26, 2016 12:09
Miami skyline

Miami Herald reports that "Miami-Dade College must pay art dealer Gary Nader’s legal fees in litigation related to his frustrated bid to build a cultural center at the school’s downtown campus, a state appeals court has ruled." An unsolicited bid for a Latin American art museum topped with ...

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Diego Rivera Painting Sells Privately for Record Price

  • CNBC
  • May 22, 2016 22:41
Dance in Tehuantepec (Baile in Tehuantepec), 1928 by Diego Rivera

A Diego Rivera painting has sold privately for $15.7 million, setting a world record price for any Latin American work of art, Phillips auction house said Friday. The price for "Dance in Tehuantepec" nearly doubles the figure paid at auction last week for a painting by Frida Kahlo, Rivera's ...

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Kahlo Painting Sets Record at Christie's $141 Million Sale

  • May 12, 2016 22:19
"Two Nudes in the Forest (The Land Itself)" by Frida Khalo fetched a record $8million

An intimate and compelling work by Frida Kahlo, dating from 1939, resonated with a telephone bidder at Christie's Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale on May 12. The sale's total slid to $141,532,000 with sell-through rates of 86% by lot and 89% by value. The total beat its $134.3 million ...

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Ecuador Repatriates 567 Cultural Objects From Argentina and Spain

  • culturaypatrimonio
  • February 08, 2016 22:39
A news conference at Ecuador's National Cultural Heritage Institute in Quito

Some 567 cultural objects have been returned to Ecuador by Argentina and Spain, according to minister of culture and heritage in Ecuador, Guillaume Long. Long announced on Feb. 3 that the objects were formally handed over in Quito, in a ceremony with Argentina’s ambassador to Ecuador, Alberto ...

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Frida Kahlo Exhibition at New York Botanical Garden Set to Draw Record Half-Million Visitors

  • September 30, 2015 13:05
Frida Kahlo: Art.  Garden.  Life.  closes Nov.  1, 2015.

New York Botanical Garden has struck a chord with audiences who have flocked for five months to see the current exhibition "Frida Kahlo: Art. Garden. Life." Beyond an art exhibition, this is an immersive experience in the artist's life and culture, combining garden recreations, music, food, ...

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Painting the Divine: Images of Mary in the New World

  • Amazon
  • December 22, 2014 13:15
Our Lady of the Lote Tree, Melchor Pérez Holguín, 1716, Bolivia

A rich tradition of painting in the New World revolved around depicting the Virgin Mary in various phases of her life, utilizing styles unique to the Southwest and other locales in the Americas.

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Mexican Government Claims US Auction House Sold Fake and Stolen Items

  • NPR
  • November 13, 2014 22:36
Mid-town Manhattan skyline

Nearly half of 100 pre-Hispanic artifacts sold at a New York auction on Wednesday were fake or stolen, claim Mexican government officials.

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Houston Couple Donates $10 Million Latin American Art Collection to Blanton Museum

  • Houston Chronicle
  • August 27, 2014 23:38
Charles and Judy Tate in 2013.

A gift of 120 modern and contemporary Latin American artworks from Houston residents Charles and Judy Tate has significantly boosted the holdings of Blanton Museum of Art.

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Detroit Hit With a $4 Billion Proposal for City's Art

  • New York Times
  • August 27, 2014 23:38
Selene and Endymion by Nicolas Poussin.

New York-based Art Capital has offered Detroit a loan of up to $4 billion in a new proposal that leaves the city's museum intact with its art used as collateral.

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Detroit Institute of Art to Showcase Rivera, Kahlo Works

  • May 05, 2014 22:55
Detroit Industry, north wall, Diego Rivera, 1932-33, fresco.

Detroit Institute of Arts is planning an exhibition of works by Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo for 2015. The show will focus on...

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Anonymous Donor Gives $15 Million to Miami's Art Museum

  • Miami Herald
  • May 19, 2013 22:24
Rendering of the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) which is scheduled to open in December 2013.

An anonymous donor has pledged $12 million in cash and $3 million in art to the future Perez Art Museum Miami. On Friday, officials from the Miami Art Museum announced...

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Frida Kahlo's Influential Style Examined in Exhibition

  • ABC
  • October 05, 2012 00:44
Frida Kahlo (1907-1954)

Fashion and art circles have long been fascinated by the aesthetic sense of Mexican surrealist painter Frida Kahlo. She had an unforgettable personal style: peasant blouses, flowing skirts, floppy ribbons, braided-hair, monobrow.

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Rivera, Matta Could Continue the 'May Madness' at Auctions

  • Chicago Tribune
  • May 21, 2012 22:43
Matta (Chilean 1911-2002) La révolte des contraires inscribed 'Revolte des contraires' (on the reverse) oil on canvas 38 x 50 in.  (96.5 x 127 cm.) Painted in 1944.  Estimate: $1,800,000 - $2,500,000

In the wake of record-breaking sales that took place earlier this month, both Christie’s and Sotheby’s will be conducting auctions of Latin American art this week. Leading the Sotheby’s line up is...

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"The Splendor of Cuba: 450 Years of Architecture and Interiors," a Rewarding Peak at a Rich Culture

  • December 05, 2011 16:29
"The Splendor of Cuba: 450 Years of Architecture and Interiors" is the latest book by West Indian decorative arts scholar Michael Connors.

This lavishly-illustrated tome, written by West Indian decorative arts specialist Michael Connors, is an unprecedented tour of stunning and architecturally significant Cuban palacios, mansions, and private homes that have been meticulously preserved, previously un-photographed, and inaccessible to ...

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Houston Fine Art Fair Debut Totals $6 Million in Sales

  • September 21, 2011 21:37
The Opening Night of the Houston Fine Art Fair.

The inaugural Houston Fine Art Fair found a ready audience in Texas over the weekend. The gate topped 10,500 with 3,000 attending the opening night of this new 80-dealer show. Sales of artwork were reported to be about $6 million total.

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Tate Modern going global with acquisitions

  • May 25, 2010 23:13
Georges Dudognon Greta Garbo in the Club St.  Germain ca.  1950s San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Members of Foto Forum, 2005.200 © Estate of Georges Dudognon

A decade after its inception, Tate Modern has displayed some 880 new acquisitions, both gifts and purchases. In a press release, Britain's bastion of modern and contemporary art states that it will continue to aggressively pursue new artworks from regions other than Europe and North America. ...

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Latin American art collection enlivens Florida museum

  • Sun Sentinel
  • May 10, 2010 22:58
Diego Rivera, Stone Workers, 1945.  Collection of Pearl and Stanley Goodman.

The walls of the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale are quietly, elegantly pulsating with passion, politics, controversy, violence, magic, humor, grief, longing and hard work. A vivid Diego Rivera painting of a stone cutter is part of the museum's new exhibit, "Latin American Art From the Collection ...

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