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Christie’s auction house in New York will be selling Amedeo Modigliani’s Nu couché (Reclining Nude) at a special evening sale of 20th century art on Monday, November 9, organized around the theme of “The Artist’s Muse.” The auction will kick off…
Posted on Thursday, 03 September 2015 10:04
The French minister of Culture, Fleur Pellerin, has announced that artist Jean-Marc Bustamante will succeed Nicolas Bourriaud as the new director of the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Bustamante will take up the position in October. The announcement…
Posted on Thursday, 03 September 2015 10:01
The Renaissance sculptures in Florence’s Piazza della Signoria, including the replica of Michelangelo’s David, will soon have a shiny new neighbor: Jeff Koons’s Pluto and Proserpina (2010-13). The 11ft work in gold-colored stainless steel will stand in front of the…
Posted on Thursday, 03 September 2015 09:53
Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, one of the nation’s most significant botanic and sculpture experiences, broke attendance records again in August, making it the best summer, and best three consecutive months, in the organization’s history. In June, over 85…
Posted on Thursday, 03 September 2015 09:49
Did Otto Hermann Kahn, a banker, financier and arts patron, have a rival Long Island estate on his mind as he built his own palatial house, Oheka, in Huntington in 1917? There’s no written evidence of that, said Joshua Ruff,…
Posted on Thursday, 03 September 2015 09:46
1. One of the finest historic mansions from the Gilded Age. Is this Oconomowoc, WI or Newport, RI? This 15,222-square-foot stunner on Wisconsin’s  pristine Lac La Belle is widely regarded as the finest mansion in the Midwest. Established in 1928,…
Posted on Wednesday, 02 September 2015 15:45
Since the late 1960s, art historians have known that another painting lay underneath Rembrandt’s famous An Old Man in Military Costume (painted about 1630-1631), a compelling character study (tronie) of age and one of the J. Paul Getty Museum’s most…
Posted on Wednesday, 02 September 2015 10:05
The Denver Art Museum (DAM) announced today that it will have a major exhibition about female Abstract Expressionists in summer 2016. Titled “Women of Abstract Expressionism,” the show will feature more than 50 works by 12 artists. Following its run…
Posted on Wednesday, 02 September 2015 10:01
Paul Gauguin's  1892 painting, Nafea Faa Ipoipo (When Will You Marry?), is coming to the Phillips Collection in Washington, DC. The most expensive painting ever sold was reportedly purchased by the Qatar Museums for nearly $300 million back in February, smashing the old…
Posted on Wednesday, 02 September 2015 09:55
The world’s oldest wood carving just got older. Until last week, the Shigir Idol, a totemic sculpture that stands 2.8 meters (~9.2 feet) tall, was thought to be roughly 9,500 years old. New testing by German researchers now reveals it to have been made 11,000 years…
Posted on Wednesday, 02 September 2015 09:53
Back in 2013, the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas, acquired Frank Lloyd Wright’s Bachman-Wilson House from architect/designer team Lawrence and Sharon Tarantino. The only catch was that the house was located 1,200 miles away in Millstone,…
Posted on Tuesday, 01 September 2015 10:36
The Roy Lichtenstein Foundation, in collaboration with Gagosian New York has announced a rare public re-creation display of "Roy Lichtenstein: Greene Street Mural.” The artwork was created in December 1983 by Lichtenstein as an unprecedented, site-specific, and temporary wall painting measuring 18' ×…
Posted on Tuesday, 01 September 2015 10:31
Edward Hopper seems to be popular on both sides of the political fence in his home state of New York. A bill recently passed in the state legislature to establish the Edward Hopper Citation of Merit, was sponsored in the…
Posted on Tuesday, 01 September 2015 10:20
The Columbus Museum of Art announced that its new wing will be named the Margaret M. Walter Wing in recognition of Robert D. and Margaret “Peggy” Walter’s transformational $10 million donation to the Columbus Museum of Art. The Walters’ donation…
Posted on Tuesday, 01 September 2015 10:15
Fine gray pearl necklaces are rarely seen at auction, making the auction of the Cowdray Pearls one of the most exciting highlights of Sotheby’s Hong Kong jewelry sale. With an estimate of $4.5‑7 million, the necklace was formerly in the…
Posted on Tuesday, 01 September 2015 10:10
At the Wadsworth Atheneum, they called it the Leak Tour, and sometimes the Horror Tour. It wasn’t led by docents, but by the new director, Susan L. Talbott. In 2008, she guided board members and prospective donors through the many…
Posted on Tuesday, 01 September 2015 10:05
1. Black Perigord truffles with your 13th-century castle, anyone? Now this is the stuff fairytales are made of. This medieval château is located near the picturesque town of Sarlat in the Perigord Noir region of southwestern France. Celebrated for its…
Posted on Monday, 31 August 2015 14:09
A Manhattan judge has ruled in favor of Mount Sinai Beth Israel, allowing the hospital to keep $4 million in donations, including an Édouard Manet painting, given by the late heiress Huguette Clark. Her relatives had sued, claiming Clark was manipulated into…
Posted on Monday, 31 August 2015 10:14
Casa Vicens, the first house designed by Antoni Gaudí in 1888, is in the midst of a renovation in order to be converted into a museum-house. The building, which has been on Unesco’s world heritage list since 1984, is due…
Posted on Monday, 31 August 2015 10:09
The colorful, stained-glass effect decor items produced by Tiffany Studios represent some of the most beautiful and quintessential specimens of pre-war design such as the Oriental Poppy lamp, which sold for $1.1 million at Sotheby’s in New York this past…
Posted on Monday, 31 August 2015 10:02
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