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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Paul Newman's Rolex Daytona Sets Auction Record at $17.8 Million

  • October 30, 2017 22:38
The record-setting Paul Newman Daytona wristwatch fetched $17,752,500 at Philips.

A rare Rolex watch that was owned by the late movie star Paul Newman has sold for nearly $17.8 million, making it the most expensive watch ever auctioned. A telephone bidder secured the watch at a Phillips sale on Thursday. Oscar-winning Newman, who died in 2008 at age 83, wore the watch every ...

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Art World Circulates 'Not Surprised' Open Letter After Artforum Scandal

  • October 30, 2017 13:48
Jenny Holzer, Abuse of Power Comes As No Surprise (1982)

Thousands of people signed an open letter by early Monday against sexual harassment in the art world following numerous allegations that took down Artforum co-publisher Knight Landesman last week.  The letter on the website Not Surprised includes a wide array of international arts professionals ...

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Authorities Seize Ancient Artifact at TEFAF New York

  • New York Times
  • October 29, 2017 17:57
Ruins of the Tachara, Persepolis

Police officers and two prosecutors seized an ancient limestone bas-relief from the booth of a London dealer at The European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF) New York Fall fair on Friday, reports the New York Times. The prestigious, vetted fair is on view at the Park Avenue Armory in Manhattan. The piece ...

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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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Einstein Note on Theory of Happiness Fetches $1.6 Million

  • NPR
  • October 26, 2017 13:49
Albert Einstein, during a lecture in Vienna in 1921.

When Albert Einstein was visiting Tokyo's Imperial Hotel in 1922, he gave a bellboy a handwritten note instead of a tip. Scribbled in German on a piece of hotel stationery, Einstein wrote his theory of happiness: "A calm and modest life brings more happiness than the pursuit of success ...

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Artforum Publisher Knight Landesman Resigns Amid Claims of Sexual Misconduct

  • October 25, 2017 13:02
Cover of Artforum

A lawsuit against Knight Landesman, 67, co-publisher of Artforum magazine, was filed Wednesday in Manhattan Supreme Court. The suit claims that Landesman sexually harrassed a former employee for years. Nine women have come forward to accuse Landesman of harrassment although only one is named as a ...

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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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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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The OxyContin Fortune Bankrolling Museums

  • Esquire
  • October 19, 2017 22:22
The Sackler Courtyard, V&A Exhibition Road Quarter.  Image © Hufton + Crow

Esquire details the little-known connection between a family fortune built on the pain medication, OxyContin, and a substantial legacy of museum philanthropy. The Sackler family name is much associated with museum buildings and higher education, but less so with a $14 billion pharma fortune ...

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Karen Pence Explains Art Therapy for Her Second Lady Platform

  • October 18, 2017 17:15
Karen Pence unveils her initiative: Art Therapy: Healing with the HeART

Second Lady Karen Pence brought 100 pounds of clay with her to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico. Packed onto Air Force Two, the clay was meant for an art therapist that Pence had heard needed the artistic medium for children on the devastated island. On Wednesday, Pence unveiled details of her ...

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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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California Art Studio Raises $100K in 2 Days for Fire Relief

  • SFGate
  • October 15, 2017 17:46
A version of the "I Love You California print" by Annie Galvin, 3 Fish Studios.

The San Francisco artist-couple behind a popular "I Love You California" art print ran a 2-day fundraiser that quickly generated $100,000 for fire relief in Northern California. 3FishStudios partnered with The What newsletter and Next Draft mailing list to get word out about the special ...

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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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Gurlitt's Art Dealer Finally Speaks About His Notorious Client

  • Swiss Info
  • October 12, 2017 20:28
Franz Marc's Pferde in Landschaft, one of the artworks discovered in the Gurlitt collection (probably 1911, gouache on coloured paper).

Swiss art dealer and auctioneer Eberhard Kornfeld broke his silence about client Cornelius Gurlitt in an interview, detailing how the reclusive collector sold off artworks. Gurlitt, who died in 2014, inherited over 1,200 artworks from his art dealer father who worked with the Nazis. He kept the ...

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Trump Withdraws U.S. from UNESCO

  • New York Times
  • October 12, 2017 12:26
Mosaic of Change (MOC), "Peace," was unveiled for UNESCO's 70th Anniversary Celebration in Paris in 2015.

The Trump administration announced plans on Thursday to withdraw from UNESCO, the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization. Citing "anti-Israel bias" as the primary reason for withdrawal, the U.S. seeks to be a nonmember observer of the U.N. agency that designates cultural ...

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California Wine Country Fires Engulf Historic Structures, Arts Center

  • SF Chronicle
  • October 09, 2017 23:22
The historic Fountaingrove Round Barn burned in the Oct.  9, 2017, fire.

Fifteen wildfires raged through Northern California beginning Sunday night, destroying homes, schools, businesses, hotels, and multiple wineries in Napa and Sonoma Counties and the vicinity. Ten people were reported dead and dozens were missing as of Monday evening. While the massive and ...

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