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James McNeill Whistler’s 1871 painting best known as “Whistler’s Mother” depicts an unsmiling matriarch locked forever at age 67, eyes failing, ailing in a damp city, bad teeth hidden behind a set jaw. Over the years, this mother has been…
Posted on Friday, 03 July 2015 10:08
Ernest Hemingway was a maker of lists and a collector of his life’s ephemera. For the first time, some of the objects that this American writer gathered during his long career — bullfighting stubs from Pamplona in Spain, boastful fishing…
Posted on Friday, 03 July 2015 10:03
One of the most striking pieces in the exhibition dedicated to the late US artist Joseph Cornell, which is due to open at the Royal Academy of Arts in London this week (Wanderlust, July 4-September 27), has been loaned by…
Posted on Friday, 03 July 2015 09:56
Self-taught artist, Purvis Young, who died in 2010 at the age of 67, never graduated high school and spent time in prison. But those setbacks didn't prevent him from achieving much deserved art world recognition. In 1999, the contents of the…
Posted on Friday, 03 July 2015 09:53
Rare furniture, paintings and exotica from the collection of leading American arts and crafts figure Lockwood de Forest II will be auctioned by Bonhams in Sydney this month, having been consigned from the designer’s grandson who lives in Australia. The…
Posted on Friday, 03 July 2015 09:48
An oceanfront Tuscan villa that was once home to Leonardo da Vinci is on the market for just $14.6 million, and includes walls designed by the Renaissance master in 1502 while he was working as a military engineer. A few…
Posted on Thursday, 02 July 2015 21:31
The Whitney has appointed new officers to its board of trustees, the institution reports. Neil G. Bluhm and Laurie M. Tisch have been named board co-chairmen, while Richard M. DeMartini will now act as president. The new co-chairmen succeed Robert…
Posted on Thursday, 02 July 2015 21:25
A major photography exhibition exploring the fascinating life and career of celebrated film star, fashion icon and humanitarian, Audrey Hepburn, opened at the National Portrait Gallery on Thursday, July 2. Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon follows the captivating rise…
Posted on Thursday, 02 July 2015 21:22
The Portland Art Museum has hired one-time Seattleite Sara Krajewski as its new curator of modern and contemporary art, museum leaders announced this week. She replaces longtime curator Bruce Guenther, who retired in October 2014 after 14 years at the museum. Krajewski…
Posted on Thursday, 02 July 2015 21:18
Another transformative investment in arts and culture has just hit the finish line in University Circle. The Cleveland Institute of Art's six-year, $75 million expansion and renovation of its complex at the Uptown development along Euclid Avenue is finished and ready for…
Posted on Thursday, 02 July 2015 21:14
The Whitworth has been awarded the Art Fund Prize for Museum of the Year 2015. The £100,000 Prize was presented by novelist Ben Okri and accepted by Maria Balshaw, director of The Whitworth, at a ceremony this evening at Tate…
Posted on Thursday, 02 July 2015 01:20
Tax evasion, trout poaching, and now mail fraud: Luke Brugnara cannot get a break lately. Following his May conviction for failing to pay for $11 million in art, Brugnara is awaiting sentencing and looking to appeal, while the dealers he…
Posted on Thursday, 02 July 2015 01:09
The sale realised £130,376,500 / $204,730,218 / €183,870,150 - the highest total for any auction of Contemporary Art ever held at Sotheby’s London. “We reached new heights at Sotheby’s tonight with the highest total we’ve ever achieved for Contemporary Art…
Posted on Thursday, 02 July 2015 01:06
In May, France’s national railroad, the SNCF (or Société nationale des chemins de fer français), put out an open call for artists to propose temporary projects for 16 of its properties that are disused or currently awaiting renovation. At first…
Posted on Thursday, 02 July 2015 00:59
Late last year, Matthew J. Mosca, a specialist in historic paint finishes, gazed up at what looked like a scrap of wallpaper. It was jutting up from an old coat of red paint covering the walls of a pantry inside…
Posted on Thursday, 02 July 2015 00:54
Ai Weiwei, the controversial Chinese artist, realized an auction record on Monday when his installation "Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads" sold for 3.4 million British pounds (about $5.4 million) at a Phillips auction in London, though the selling price came in…
Posted on Thursday, 02 July 2015 00:50
During the period he refers to as his “glory years”, Damien Hirst had a favourite gag. He would pull his foreskin through a hole in his pocket, then exclaim in mock alarm: “What’s that?” “People would go, ‘You’ve got some…
Posted on Wednesday, 01 July 2015 01:12
There’s something delightful about seeing famous artists in settings completely unrelated to their art. Consider a 1948 picture of Andy Warhol licking an ice cream cone in his college mess hall. Or another showing Jackson Pollock carving a turkey in…
Posted on Wednesday, 01 July 2015 01:10
NEW YORK, NY.- From July 1 through spring 2016, the Guggenheim Museum presents an intimate selection of works by Vasily Kandinsky (b. 1866, Moscow; d. 1944, Neuilly-sur-Siene, France) that trace his aesthetic evolution. The exhibition, on view in the museum’s…
Posted on Wednesday, 01 July 2015 01:06
The prestigious Biennale des Antiquaires will now be held annually in Paris after members of the Syndicat National des Antiquaires (SNA, the French association of antiques dealers) voted for the move. The SNA runs the historic jewellery, art and antiques…
Posted on Wednesday, 01 July 2015 01:00
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