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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

Cézanne Painting Placed Under Export Bar

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

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, June 23rd, 2015

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

AO Auction Recap – New York: Sotheby’s Impressionist and Modern Evening Sale, May 5th, 2015

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

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
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Collectors Look to Art for Liquidity Following Market Rout

August 27th, 2015

Andy Warhol, One Dollar Bill (1962), via Sotheby'sFollowing the massive market rout earlier this week, Bloomberg notes a number of collectors already trying to squeeze liquidity from their art collections.  “Ten years ago no one in the art market paid close attention to these corrections in the stock market,” said Elizabeth von Habsburg, managing director of advisory firm Winston Art Group. “Now clients respond immediately.” Read More »

12- Year Old in Taiwan Trips, Punches Hole in Paolo Porpora Canvas

August 27th, 2015

Boy smashes painting, via GuardianA 12-year old boy in Taiwan accidentally punched a hole in Paolo Porpora’s Flowers, after tripping and falling towards the painting this week.  “The painting’s bottom right is damaged,” says exhibition organizer, Sun Chi-hsuan. “The boy’s hand made contact with the artwork and left a hole the size of a fist.” Read More »

Ai Weiwei to Install “Forever” Bicycles Outside Gherkin in London

August 27th, 2015

Ai Weiwei, Forever, via Art DailyAi Weiwei’s iconic bicycle installation Forever will be installed in front of the Gherkin in London next week, as part of the city’s “Sculpture in the City” event, running from Sept. 4th-13th.  “The Forever bicycles were a brand from when I was growing up. In our village there were no real roads and we always had to ride bikes to carry things,” Ai says.  “I thought they would be a good public sculpture because people relate to bikes. They’re designated for the body and operated with your body. There are a few things today that are like that.”  Read More »

Yves Bouvier Assets Unfrozen by Singapore Court

August 27th, 2015

Yves Bouvier, via Art DailySingapore’s highest court has unfrozen the assets of Yves Bouvier, locked down earlier this year following the Swiss dealer’s lawsuit with Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev over mark-ups on the work Rybolovlev purchased that tallied over $1 billion.  “I am happy that my position has been vindicated,” Bouvier said. Read More »

Stefan Simchowitz Sues Ghanian Artist Over Disowned Works

August 27th, 2015

Ibrahim Mahama, Out Of Bounds (2014), via art ObservedGhanaian artist Ibrahim Mahama, whose stretched jute sack are a highlight of this summer’s Venice Biennale, is the defendant in a lawsuit brought by Stefan Simchowitz and Dublin dealer Jonathan Ellis King, after the artist emailed them disowning 294 pieces by the artist.  “I was really left with no choice,” Simchowitz said, noting that the act has cost the dealers over $4.45 million. Read More »

William Kentridge to Create Massive Frieze on Banks of Tiber River

August 27th, 2015

William Kentridge's Triumphs and Laments proposal, via Art NewspaperWilliam Kentridge has planned a massive installation, Triumphs and Lamentations on the banks of the Tiber in Rome, power-washing its embankments to create a series of monumental images of war and its aftermath.  “Everyone’s triumph is someone else’s disaster,’ Kentridge said at a presentation of the frieze he would use as his plan for the work. “If you’re returning in triumph from a war, it means that other people are returning as slaves.”  Read More »

New York Times Notes Influx of Private Art Advisors in Strong Market

August 24th, 2015

Bernard Berenson, via NYTThe New York Times notes a new wave of young, dynamic, and often privately-affiliated art advisors working in the burgeoning market for art.  “There is a new breed,” says Wendy Cromwell, former president of the Association of Professional Art Advisors, “an independent contractor — kind of like black ops, like a hired gun — who can get you what you need in a tough, changing environment.” Read More »

Fondazione Prada Lends Sculpture to National Museum of Iran

August 24th, 2015

Miuccia Prada with husband Patrizio Bertelli, via Art NewspaperMiuccia Prada is taking an active role in strengthening diplomatic relations between Iran and Italy, lending works from the Fondazione Prada’s current exhibition Serial Classic, on ancient sculpture, to an exhibition starting next month at the National Museum of Iran in Tehran. Read More »

Tania Bruguera Returns to United States

August 24th, 2015

Tania Bruguera, via LA TimesTania Bruguera has returned to the United States, following 8 months of detainment in Cuba for her protest work, Tatlin’s Whisper #6.  The artist’s arrest for the work had evoked fears that she may be placed in detention for “disturbing the public order.”
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The Broad Set to Open September 20th

August 24th, 2015

The Broad rendering, via Art DailyLA’s The Broad is set to open September 20th with a vast exhibition of its permanent collection.  “This installation is an incredible opportunity to highlight the collection’s breadth and demonstrate in full force the Broads’ nearly five-decade engagement with art,”Founding Director Joanne Heyler. “We are not only able to present exciting moments of the collection’s well-known depth in artists like Twombly, Lichtenstein, Koons, and Warhol, but we also have explored interconnections between artists, and are showing works not previously associated with the collection and shared for the first time with Los Angeles audiences, including many of our most recent acquisitions.”  Read More »

NPR Investigates Quality of Engagement at Museums Worldwide and Dangers to Art World

August 24th, 2015

Vermeer's Girl with a Pearl Earring, via NPRAn article in NPR this week questions the oft-praised attendance records and audience engagement implying the strength of the art world, and examines the quality of evaluation that visitors to museums are currently practicing.  “The art world can survive anything from the public — hostility, ignorance, even fanatical prudishness — but the art world cannot survive an indifferent public,” says Michael Lewis, an art history professor at Williams College. Read More »

Dutch Police Arrest Alleged Forger Asking €15 million for Fake Van Gogh

August 24th, 2015

Van Gogh, The HarvestDutch police have arrested a man accused of trying to sell a counterfeit Van Gogh painting for €15 million, claiming the piece was an early study for the artist’s work The Harvest.  Several buyer had expressed interest in the work, which had forged papers claiming authenticity by the Van Gogh Museum. Read More »

Peter Zumthor Profield in LA Review of Books

August 24th, 2015

Peter Zumthor's LACMA model, via LARBThe LA Review of Books examines the career Peter Zumthor this week, and the Swiss architect’s plans for the extended design of LACMA, which boasts one of his signature, stark towers and will connect the museum with the existing Broad Contemporary Art Museum, the Resnick Pavilion, the Pavilion for Japanese Art, the Page Museum and the La Brea Tar Pits. Read More »

Marketplace Looks at Art Equity Startup Arthena

August 21st, 2015

Christopher Burge, chairman of Christie's (L), endMarketplace has an article on Arthena, the startup aiming to encourage investment in fine art through an equity share purchase of a curated art collection.  “I’m part of this generation that they’re trying to reach out to, and I realized that this generation looks at art not only from a cultural perspective, but also a financial perspective,” says founder Madelaine D’Angelo. “And it makes sense, because if you look at how many kids my age have student loans, if you put $10,000 into something, you want to make sure it’ll be worth $10,000 the next day.” Read More »

Ed Vaizey Places Export Bar on First Eyewitness Rendering of Niagara Falls

August 21st, 2015

An East View of the Great Cataract of Niagara, by Captain Thomas Davies, via The GuardianUK Culture Minister Ed Vaizey has placed an export bar on the 1762 study of Niagara Falls by military artist Capt. Thomas Davies, the first eyewitness artwork depicting the natural wonder.  “I hope that the temporary export bar I have put in place will result in a UK buyer coming forward and that the watercolor will be available for all to better understand Britain’s global role in the 18th century,” Vaizey said. Read More »

Stolen Andrew Wyeth Paintings Recovered from Reality Show Pawn Shop

August 21st, 2015

The Encounter on Freshwater Cliff by Andrew Wyeth, via NBCFour stolen Andrew Wyeth paintings have been recovered from a pawn shop featured on reality TV, NBC reports, worth about $1 million to $2 million each.  The paintings were stolen from a home in Maine in 2013, and traveled cross-country before ultimately being sold at the Beverly Hills Pawn Shop, subject of a program on cable channel Reelz.  Two paintings from the collection are still outstanding.  “I’m optimistic that one day soon the paintings will be returned to their rightful owner and we’ll bring those responsible to justice,” says Vincent B. Lisi, special agent for the FBI’s Boston Division. Read More »

Kansas City Art Institute Receives $25 Million Anonymous Donation

August 20th, 2015

Kansas City Art Institute, via NYTThe Kansas City Art Institute, which has trained or employed a number of major artists, including Robert Rauschenberg and Nick Cave, has received an anonymous gift of $25 million to its endowment, one of the largest gifts ever to an American art school.  “I hate to use the word ‘transformational,’ because it’s bandied about so much these days,” says interim president Tony Jones said, “but it’s true in this case. It’s literally a make-the-difference gift in terms of scholarships.” Read More »

NPR Profiles Paul Durand-Ruel

August 20th, 2015

Dealer Paul Durand-Ruel, via NPRNPR has an in-depth profile in Paul Durand-Ruel this week, the 19th century Paris art dealer who first fostered the market for Impressionist works, and the story of his rise to success.  “One of his artists came in one day with a young French painter, introducing him and saying, ‘This artist will surpass us all’ — and that artist was Claude Monet,” says curator Joe Rishel, who organized a show on the dealer at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Read More »

Forbes Takes a Hard Look at For-Profit Academy of Art University

August 20th, 2015

Elisa Stephens, via ForbesForbes has published an eye-opening profile on Elisa Stephens, head of the for-profit Academy of Art University, and her struggles to keep the university’s national chain of schools (which have drawn criticism for poor graduation rates and job placements) afloat.  “This industry was the darling of Wall Street,” says Trace Urdan, a research analyst for Credit Suisse. “But you have a federal government that for the last six and a half years has been very hostile to this sector. The re-regulation of this space has depressed valuations.” Read More »

German Historian Appointed Head of Uffizi Gallery as Italy Launches Shakeup of National Museums

August 20th, 2015

Uffizi Gallery, via NYTGerman art historian Eike Schmidt has been appointed director of the Uffizi Gallery, one of seven foreigners heading up some of Italy’s top museums and exhibition spaces, part of a reform program for the nation’s public museums.  “The promise held out by autonomy, is that you can do simple things to make the museum more accessible without too much fuss,” James Bradburne, the Canadian-born former director of the Palazzo Strozzi in Milan just appointed as head of Milan’s Brera Gallery. Read More »

LACMA’s Michael Govan Awarded 2015 ICI Leo Award

August 20th, 2015

Michael Govan, via LA TimesMichael Govan has been awarded the Independent Curators International Leo Award for “extraordinary commitment to artists and pioneering contributions to the field of contemporary art.” “It’s an honor to be part of an ICI event,” Govan said.  “ICI’s exhibitions and support for independent curators have helped shape the field over many years. And ICI often gives art and artists exposure ahead of the curve.” Read More »

Artist to Fill Covent Garden Market with 100,000 Balloons

August 18th, 2015

Jeff Koons in Covent Garden Market, via GuardianArtist Charles Pétillon has been commissioned to fill London’s Covent Garden market with 100,000 balloons, the first installation the artist has created outside of France.  “I want to change people’s point of view, their perspective of a place they see every day and never really look at,” he says. “A swimming pool, a field: if I suddenly put something strange in it like these balloons you will see it differently. I don’t want my works to be seen just as decoration, there is always something they are trying to draw out or question.” Read More »

Turner Prize Show to Tour Scotland in Traveling Exhibition

August 18th, 2015

Duncan Campbell, Make it New John, via Turner PrizeThis year, the Turner Prize is taking to the road in Scotland, with an art gallery on wheels transporting the shortlist exhibition through Scotland.  The exhibition also features past winners of the prize, and begins in Edinburgh this Sunday.   Read More »

New York Times Looks at Ongoing Competition Among Top Auction Houses

August 18th, 2015

Auction at Christie's, via NYTThe New York Times looks at the ongoing competition between Sotheby’s and Christie’s, and recent strategy changes that each have taken to gain the upper hand in their decades-long competition.  We have been recruiting talent as well as exploring bolder ideas designed to substantially improve our performance in contemporary,” says Sotheby’s CEO and President Tad Smith. Read More »