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Breaking: Qatar purchase of $250-$300 million ‘Card Players’ by Paul Cézanne is most expensive art sale in history

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

Paul Cézanne

Wednesday, March 19th, 2008

Detroit’s Edsel and Eleanor Ford House Reportedly Sold Cézanne Masterwork for $100 Million

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

Cézanne Masterwork Looks to Achieve $12 Million at Christie’s London Next Year

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

LA Times Pursues the Path of Several Cézannes from Paris to Washington, D.C.

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

Cézanne Siezed in Russian Revolution to Stay at the Metropolitan

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

Go See – Lausanne, Switzerland: Cézanne to Rothko at Fondation l’Hermitage, Featuring Braque, Warhol, Ernst, Twombly, Giacometti, Bacon, Renoir, Monet, and more, through October 25, 2009

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

Go See – Aix-en-Provence, France: 'Picasso/Cézanne' at Musée Granet through September 27, 2009

Sunday, July 26th, 2009

AO Auction Recap – London: Christie’s Impressionist and Modern Evening Sale, February 4th, 2015

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

AO Auction Preview – London: Impressionist and Modern Evening Sales, February 3rd and 4th, 2015

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

Denver Art Museum Receives Major Gift of French Impressionist Works

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

Basel: Thomas Schütte at Fondation Beyeler, through February 2nd 2014

Sunday, December 22nd, 2013

Paris – Georges Braque at Grand Palais, Galeries nationales, through January 6th 2014

Saturday, November 16th, 2013

Art Review Places Qatar’s Sheika Mayassa bint Hamad Al Thani as Most Powerful Art World Figure

Friday, October 25th, 2013

Olivier Berggruen Interviewed in Wall Street Journal

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

AO Auction Results: Sotheby’s Impressionist and Modern Evening Sale, Tuesday May 7th, 2013

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

AO Auction Preview: Sotheby’s and Christie’s Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sales, Tonight May 7th and tomorrow May 8th, 2013

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

Rosenberg Family Fights To Reclaim Father’s Full Collection

Monday, April 29th, 2013

Madrid – Vik Muniz: “Pictures of Magazine 2″ at Galeria Elba Benítez through January 26th, 2013

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

New York – AO On Site: Sotheby’s Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale Results, Thursday November 8th, 2012

Friday, November 9th, 2012

AO Newslink

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

Doha, Qatar: Takashi Murakami at the Museum of Islamic Art through June 24, 2012

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

Go See – San Francisco: “The Steins Collect” at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art through September 6th, 2011

Monday, July 4th, 2011

AO Auction Preview – London: The January Modern and Impressionist Auctions Begin Tomorrow at Christie’s

Monday, February 1st, 2010
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Battersea Arts Center Receives £1 Million in Funding Following Massive Fire

March 26th, 2015

Fire at Battersea Arts Center, via StageThe Battersea Arts Center has received a £1 million grant from the United Kingdom following a massive fire at the South London institution that destroyed its Grand Hall.  “The arts center is having to divert all its available resources into dealing with the aftermath and so I am pleased to be able to confirm that the government will provide £1 million towards the ongoing redevelopment work to help get this south London venue back on track,” says Culture secretary Sajid Javid. Read More »

New York State Attorney General Launching Investigation of Cooper Union

March 26th, 2015

Students Circle the Cooper Union, via New York TimesNew York state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has launched an investigation into the financial decision-making at Cooper Union in New York, where protests and lawsuits erupted following the school’s decision to charge tuition after nearly two hundred years of offering free college education to admitted students.  Read More »

John Baldessari Talks Philip Guston in Video for The Met

March 26th, 2015

Stationary Figure at The Met, via VogueJohn Baldessari is featured on Vogue this week, discussing the formal and thematic concerns he reads in Philip Guston’s Stationary Figure, part of The Met’s new series featuring contemporary artists discussing their favorite works from the museum collection.  “He’s almost a dumb artist, and I’m using dumb in a good way,” Baldessari says.  “It’s seemingly clumsy but very sophisticated brushwork.  I guess it comes out of Van Gogh’s painting of a pair of old boots: you don’t need to paint a cathedral, you just need to be an interesting painter.” Read More »

Malaga Makes Bid to be Spain’s Newest Arts Hub

March 26th, 2015

Malaga's new pop-up Pompidou space, via NYTThe New York Times notes the city of Malaga’s recent push to become a new hotspot for art in Spain, as the city opens its arms to out of country spaces run by the Centre Pompidou and the State Russian Museum in Saint Petersburg.  “One of the cancers of Spain is that culture is seen as a public good that can’t somehow generate real revenues and be turned into a profit center,” said Salomón Castiel, the director of La Térmica, an arts center in the city. Read More »

El Greco Portrait Returns to Rightful Owner 70 Years After Nazi Theft

March 24th, 2015

El Greco, Portrait of a Gentleman, 1570, via Art NewspaperAn El Greco from the collection of industrialist Julius Priester, and seized by the Gestapo during WWII, has been returned to its rightful owners.  Portrait of a Gentleman has traveled widely since its confiscation in 1944, turning up in galleries in Stockholm, New York and London before a European Commission for Looted Art claim led to its return.  “The story of the seizure and trade of this painting shows how much the art trade has been involved in the disposal of Nazi-looted art and how difficult it is for those who have been dispossessed to find and recover their property,” says Anne Webber, co-chair of the Commission. Read More »

Recently Authenticated Rubens to Go on View in Antwerp

March 24th, 2015

Portrait of a Young Girl, via Art NewspaperA painting recently authenticated as the work of Peter Paul Rubens is set to go on view at the Rubenshuis Museum in Antwerp.  The work, Portrait of a Young Girl, was purchased $626,500 in 2013, and was confirmed as authentic shortly after.   Read More »

Kiev Biennale Cancelled Amidst Ongoing Violence

March 24th, 2015

Protests in Kiev, via Art NewspaperThe continued instability of Ukraine has led to cancellation of the second Kiev Biennale, the New York Times reports.  The 2014 edition had been postponed due to conflict, and the ongoing military confrontation in the eastern portion of the country has ultimately led to the event’s cancellation.  “Due to the fact that the armed conflict in the East of Ukraine does not stop,” a release from the organization says, the event has become “absolutely impossible.”  Read More »

The Atlantic Investigates Public Fascination with Art Heists

March 23rd, 2015

The Scene of the Crime at The Gardner Museum, via The AtlanticAn article in The Atlantic this past week acknowledges the 25th anniversary of the notorious Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum theft in Boston, and examines the public fascination with art heists, examining this phenomenon against the difficulty in unloading stolen works of such cultural prestige.  “The true art isn’t the stealing, it’s the selling,” says Robert Wittman, founder of the FBI’s Art Crimes division. Read More »

Roy Lichtenstein’s ‘Ring’ to Lead May Auctions at Sotheby’s with $50 Million Estimate

March 23rd, 2015

Roy Lichtenstein, The Ring (Engagement), via Sotheby'sRoy Lichtenstein’s The Ring (Engagement) will be one of the top prizes at Sotheby’s Contemporary Evening Sale this May in New York, the Wall Street Journal reports, with initial estimates placing the work’s sale price at about $50 million.  That figure nearly matches Lichtenstein’s $56.1 million record set in 2013.  “I think it’s so sexy how he takes this quiet moment of a proposal and turns it into an exciting crash,” says Chicago plastics magnate Stefan Edlis, the work’s current owner. “Clearly, the woman accepted.” Read More »

Sotheby’s Partners with Drake for Upcoming Exhibition and Sale

March 22nd, 2015

Drake, via New York TimesSotheby’s has announced a partnership with Drake, welcoming the rapper to partner with the auction house during an exhibition and private sale of works by black artists in the coming months.  The artist will select music to play during the exhibition, part of Sotheby’s increased focus on private sales. Read More »

Phillips Lands Major Private Collection for Sale in May

March 22nd, 2015

Brice Marden, Hydra, via ArtnetFollowing up on the claims for serious market contention made by new chief Edward Dolman, Phillips has landed a major private collection for sale in the coming months, valued at nearly $35 million.  The works, which include a Brice Marden estimated at $8 million to $12 million, and a Ed Ruscha valued at $2 to $3 million, will be sold at the auction house’s Contemporary Evening sale in May, with some others being reserved for a special photography sale.  “They were interested in art of their time,” says advisor Allan Schwartzman, who helped build the collection. “There is a lot of abstract work and work where the imaging is involved with the natural world.” Read More »

Marcato Capital Filing Indicates Equal Shares to Third Point

March 22nd, 2015

Mark McGuire on CNBC, via CNBCA recent 13D filing from Mark McGwire’s Marcato Capital in the past week states that the hedge fund now holds stocks in three Sotheby’s funds amounting to about 9.5%, equivalent to Daniel Loeb’s Third Point, and requests that the company release previously withheld information around the company’s recent dealings.  “The redacted material goes to the very heart of the parties’ dispute in this litigation – the conduct and competence of Sotheby’s board of directors in adopting a poison pill,” Marcato states in its filing. Read More »

303 Gallery Launching Publishing Imprint

March 20th, 2015

SueWilliamsInstillationView303Gallery2010303 Gallery has announced plans for its own publishing imprint, appointing former Fulton Ryder director Fabiola Alondra as the head of the wing. which will feature “limited edition artist’s books, ephemera, and all manner of printed materials in collaboration with gallery artists,” according to the gallery. Read More »

Collection of MGM Exec Samuel Goldwyn to Sell at Sotheby’s

March 20th, 2015

Pablo Picasso, Femme au Chignon Dans un Fauteuil, via NYTThe art collection of late film executive Samuel Goldwyn will go to auction at Sotheby’s in the next few months, spread across nine sales in New York (including May’s Impressionist and Modern Evening Sale) and estimated at a total value of $25 million to $30 million.  “To me, these film pioneers and these artists had the same spirit and energy,” says Sotheby’s Simon Shaw. “The art had to be bold, I suppose, to hold its own in that house.” Read More »

Fire Damaged Works to Go on View at Bode Museum in Berlin

March 20th, 2015

Francesco Maratta's 17th-century bust of his brother before and after restoration, via Art NewspaperA number of works which were damaged during a massive fire in Berlin’s Friedrichshain bunker, including pieces by Caravaggio, Rubens and Donatello, are on view at the Bode Museum in Berlin, showcasing the immense restorations done on some works while exploring the ethical and historical implications of their damage.  “We will be showing a number of horrendous-looking pieces—works that are so badly damaged that they haven’t been displayed in generations,” says Julien Chapuis, the museum’s deputy director and show curator. “We want to be brutally honest about the condition of these works so that we can start a dialogue as to how they can be presented in the future.” Read More »

LACMA Calls for Defense of Nevada Desert Site of Michael Heizer’s “City”

March 20th, 2015

City by Michael Heizer, via LACMALACMA has published an editorial on its blog this week, calling for renewed efforts in preserving the Nevada region of desert called Basin and Range, where artist Michael Heizer is working to complete his monumental City project.  “As the possibility for protecting Basin and Range comes close to a reality, LACMA and other museums around the country are hoping to bring attention to the positive cultural impact protecting this land would have,” the article states. Read More »

MSG’s Tad Smith Named Head of Sotheby’s

March 19th, 2015

Tad Smith, via NYUSotheby’s has named Tad Smith as its new company CEO, taking over from William Ruprecht.  Smith, formerly the CEO of Madison Square Garden and a professor at the NYU Stern School of Business, will look to calm some of the turbulence at the company between stockholders and its board. Read More »

German Art Dealer Gets 6 Years in Prison for Fraud

March 18th, 2015

Helge Achenbach, via Deutsche WelleProminent German dealer Helge Achenbach has been sentenced to 6 years behind bars for his role in 20 counts of art fraud, allegedly overcharging clients on a number of sales.  The dealer also currently owes over €20 million to the Albrecht family in damages, but is unlikely to pay after his companies insolvency. Read More »

Ebay and Sotheby’s Launch Art Sales Site

March 18th, 2015

Pablo Picasso by Irving Penn, via Art NewspaperEbay has launched a new section of its website this week, making good on its long-hinted-at art sales collaboration between the auction giant and Sotheby’s.  The site will stream all sales from the auction house save its major biannual sales.  Early highlights include an offering modern and contemporary photographs by Man Ray, Paul Strand and László Moholy-Nagy on April 1st. Read More »

Clare McAndrew Notes Increased Concentration of Wealth in Record Market Year

March 12th, 2015

Clare McAndrew, via The Art NewspaperEconomist Clare McAndrew gave her annual report on the art market this week at TEFAF, noting an all-time high €51 billion in art changing hands last year, and an increased focus on an ever-smaller number of works dominating these sale figures.  “It continues to be a highly polarized market, with a relatively small number of artists, buyers and sellers accounting for a large share of value,” McAndrew says.  Read More »

The Met Announces Major David Chipperfield-Led Redesign of Modern and Contemporary Wings

March 12th, 2015

David Chipperfield, via ArtforumThe Met has announced a major redesign plan, with David Chipperfield Architects developing a new design for the museum’s southwest wing, housing its modern and contemporary collections.  “The project will run concurrent with the Met’s installations in the Marcel Breuer-designed building that formerly housed the Whitney,” says current director Thomas P. Campbell, “allowing us to regenerate our permanent spaces in the Met’s main building while maintaining a vibrant program for modern and contemporary art just blocks away.” Read More »

Matthew Barney Retrospective to Open this Fall at MoCA

March 11th, 2015

Matthew Barney, via NYTThis fall MOCA in Los Angeles will play home to the traveling exhibition focusing on the work of Matthew Barney, as well as a screening of the artist’s most recent film River of Fundament, marking the only time the show will take place on U.S. soil.  “I thought it should be seen in America,” says MOCA head Philippe Vergne. Read More »

Laurie Simmons Interviewed in Art News

March 11th, 2015

Orange Hair:Snow:Close Up, 2014_KIGURUMI, DOLLERS AND HOW WE SEE_salon94_Laurie SimmonsPhotographer Laurie Simmons is interviewed in Art News this week, as she prepares to open her exhibition of new work this week at The Jewish Museum, and continues production on her first feature film.  “My goals are twofold: to present an accurate picture of a 60-something woman—somebody who isn’t either a teenager or on the verge of dementia, which are the two Hollywood polarities” Simmons says, “as she lives in the world and, at the same time, to realistically convey how that somebody might go about making her work.” Read More »

Art Newspaper Notes Difficulties in Exhibiting Video Art

March 11th, 2015

Video art at the Bloomberg New Contemporaries exhibition at the ICA, via Art NewspaperThe Art Newspaper notes the developing challenges for museums and curators as video installations and video pieces get longer in length and greater in quantity.  The article points to last year’s Turner Prize exhibition in particular, where three of the four nominees presented video works, and some noted a cramped nature to the works’ presentations. Read More »