Posted: Tuesday, 23-02-2010
The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art has a plan for its future custodianship of the Doris and Donald Fisher Collection, one of the world's great private holdings of late 20th and early 21st century art.
One his most ardent wishes concerning his public legacy - the prominent, and local, display of his artwork - will be fulfilled.
Posted: Monday, 22-02-2010
The Gap, Inc. (NYSE: GPS) is an American clothing and accessories retailer based in San Francisco, California, and founded in 1969 by Donald G. Fisher and Doris F. Fisher. Doris was the primary motivating force because she needed a convenient jeans store whereby she could purchase her own hard-to-fit half size!
Posted: Sunday, 21-02-2010
The Samaritaine business was first opened in 1869 by Ernest Cognacq and Marie-Louise Jaÿ, his wife and incidentally the first clothing vendor at Le Bon Marché, a rival department store. Cognacq began his trade on rue de la Monnaie, starting out on a small scale with a very small boutique. By 1900, the couple had decided to expand their enterprise, giving birth to the large edifice seen today, the "Grands Magasins de La Samaritaine." Yesterday's AK File discussed the fascinating impressionism collection amassed by this couple.
Posted: Saturday, 20-02-2010
Ernest Cognacq est un commerçant parisien, né à Saint-Martin-de-Ré le 2 octobre 1839 et mort à Paris le 21 février 1928, fondateur avec sa femme Marie-Louise Jaÿ des grands magasins de La Samaritaine à Paris.
Posted: Friday, 19-02-2010
February 19 - Keys - Picture Sale
February 20 - Cowan's - Winter Fine & Decorative Art
February 20 - Kamelot - Antiques & Fine Art
February 20 - Mound City Auctions - Duck Decoys, Henredon, Antique Corner Cabinets
February 20 - Kaminski Auctions - Exceptional Presidents Weekend Auction
February 20 - Morton Casa de Subastas - Subasta de Oportunidades
February 21 - Kaminski Auctions - Exceptional Presidents Weekend Auction
February 21 - Burchard - Estate Antique, Fine Art & Jewelry Auction
February 21 - Bruun Rasmussen - Paintings, Works of Art & Coins
Posted: Thursday, 18-02-2010
The more art costs, the more respected and established the artist should be.
Posted: Wednesday, 17-02-2010
Anyone can buy and collect art intelligently. That's right; I said anyone. No previous knowledge of the art business, experience collecting art, or degrees in art history are necessary. All you need is a love and appreciation of fine art, a desire to collect, and a willingness to learn a few simple techniques that will allow you to evaluate any work of art dating from any time period by any artist of any nationality.
Posted: Tuesday, 16-02-2010
Herb and Dorothy Vogel are perhaps the world's least likely art collectors, a retired postal worker and a retired librarian with one of the world's great collections of conceptual art —and with a story that proves briskly and engagingly cinematic in Megumi Sasaki's documentary Herb and Dorothy.
The couple began frequenting New York galleries and art studios in the early '60s; they'd pose questions about work they didn't understand, educating themselves and befriending such then-struggling unknowns as Jeff Koons, Sol Lewitt, Robert Mangold and Chuck Close.
Posted: Monday, 15-02-2010
Gilbert Charles Stuart was born on December 3, 1755 in North Kingstown, Rhode Island, he grew up in Newport and was tutored by Cosmo Alexander, Scottish painter living there, later relocating with Alexander to Scotland to finish his studies. His mentor died in Edinburgh in 1771, and after briefly trying to earn a living at his art, Stuart returned to Newport in 1772.
Posted: Sunday, 14-02-2010
Robert Doisneau (April 14, 1912 - April 1, 1994) was a French photographer noted for his frank and often humorous depictions of Paris street life.
Posted: Saturday, 13-02-2010
There have been many American SIGN painters, but there never were any American sign PAINTERS." This exercise in emphasis sums up Robert Indiana's position in the world of contemporary art. He has taken the everyday symbols of roadside America and made them into brilliantly colored geometric pop art. In his work he has been an ironic commentator on the American scene. Both his graphics and his paintings have made cultural statements on life and, during the rebellious 1960s, pointed political statements as well.
Posted: Friday, 12-02-2010
Sharing a passion for fast cars, Steve McQueen (1930-1980) and William Claxton became friends early in McQueen’s career and remained close until his premature death. Claxton frequented McQueen throughout his many incarnations (daredevil, dirt biker, movie star, sports car driver, ladies man, family man, etc.), capturing at every turn another side of McQueen’s enigmatic tough-guy/nice-guy personality. Claxton’s photographic talent and sensibilities were perfectly attuned to the actor’s multifaceted character. This is the real Steve McQueen, immortalized by Claxton’s empathetic lens.
Posted: Thursday, 11-02-2010
Christie’s and Sotheby’s have won their gamble. The Impressionist & Modern Art sales on 2 and 3 February in London generated one global all-segment record and 29 results above £1m out of 87 lots offered. Christie's managed to sell 87.5% of its lots for £61m (est. £48m-69m) plus the £8.5m from its special session devoted to surrealist art. Sotheby’s, the big winner of the week, sold 81% of its lots for a total result £106.1m (est. £68m-101m) including £58m for Alberto GIACOMETTI’s L’Homme qui marche I.
Posted: Wednesday, 10-02-2010
The Smithsonian American Art Museum, the nation's first collection of American art, is an unparalleled record of the American experience. The collection captures the aspirations, character and imagination of the American people throughout three centuries.
Posted: Tuesday, 09-02-2010
Audubon Park (historically French: Plantation de Boré) is a city park located in the Uptown neighborhood of New Orleans, Louisiana. The park is approximately six miles to the west of the city center of New Orleans and sits on land that was purchased by the city in 1871. It is bordered on one side by the Mississippi River and on the other by St. Charles Avenue, directly across from Tulane University and Loyola University. The park is named in honor of artist and naturalist John James Audubon, who began living in New Orleans in 1821.
Posted: Tuesday, 09-02-2010
Many shades of the color white would be suitable to paint a gallery wall. "The 'wrong' kind of white isn't likely to ruin many exhibitions," says dealer Edward Winkleman, author of How to Start and Run a Commercial Art Gallery. "But there is a subtle psychological effect to every color."
Posted: Monday, 08-02-2010
The diddley bow is an American string instrument of African origin, probably developed from instruments found on the Ghana coast of west Africa. The diddley bow is rarely heard outside the rural south. Other nicknames for this instrument include “jitterbug” or “one-string,” while an ethnomusicologist would formally call it a “monochord zither.”
Posted: Sunday, 07-02-2010
New Orleans Museum of Art, the city's oldest fine arts institution, has a magnificent permanent collection of more than 40,000 objects, valued in excess of $200 million. The collection, noted for its extraordinary strengths in French and American art, photography, glass, African and Japanese works, continues to grow.
Posted: Saturday, 06-02-2010
SeaFair is the world's first mobile megayacht venue and the fourth largest privately owned yacht in the United States. Groundbreaking in scale, ingenuity and style, the yacht - which remains dockside during each event - pairs international fine art, jewelry and collectables with harbor view dining and special events in cities along the eastern seaboard.
Posted: Friday, 05-02-2010
In Port au Prince Haiti right next door to the National Palace is the National Museum of Haiti. Within its walls you will find the history of the nation of Haiti from the pre-columbian times up till the 1940s. They have what they claim to be the anchor of Columbus's ship the Santa Maria which crashed just off the north end of the Island Christmas eve of 1492. Being one ship short they left some men behind who founded the colony La Navidad which was destroyed by the time Columbus came back the following year. Shortly thereafter the native americans were exterminated.
Posted: Thursday, 04-02-2010
One of Alberto Giacometti’s best-loved bronzes, “Walking Man I,” has broken the world record price for a work of art at auction, selling to an unidentified telephone bidder for $92.5 million, or $104.3 million with fees, at Sotheby’s in London on Wednesday night. The previous record was $104.1 million, paid for a 1905 Picasso, “Boy With a Pipe (The Young Apprentice),” at Sotheby’s in New York in 2004.
Posted: Wednesday, 03-02-2010
On August 21, 1911, a thief stole Leonardo DaVinci's Mona Lisa from the Louvre in Paris. This was the first major art theft of the 20th century and it put the proud city of Paris, a world cultural center, into shock. The culprit, later identified as Vincenzo Peruggia, managed to enter the premise and steal the masterpiece from under the noses of both the museum security guards and staff.
Posted: Tuesday, 02-02-2010
Born in Rodez (Aveyron) in 1919, Soulages also is known as "the painter of black" because of his interest in the colour, "...both a colour and a non-colour. When light is reflected on black, it transforms and transmutes it. It opens up a mental field all of its own". He sees light as a matter to work with; striations of the black surface of his paintings enables him to make the light reflect, allowing the black to come out from darkness and into brightness, thereby becoming a luminous colour.
Posted: Monday, 01-02-2010
Vkhutemas (Russian: Вхутемас, acronym for Высшие художественно-технические мастерские Vysshiye Khudozhestvenno-Tekhnicheskiye Masterskiye ) was the Russian state art and technical school founded in 1920 in Moscow.
The workshops were established by a decree from Vladimir Leninwith the intentions, in the words of the Soviet government, “to prepare master artists of the highest qualifications for industry, and builders and managers for professional-technical education.” The school had 100 faculty members and an enrollment of 2500 students.
Posted: Sunday, 31-01-2010
Mrs Gordon Brown, 47, has spent the last year working closely with officials to overhaul the art works on display in the private and official areas of 10 Downing Street.
Documents, released under The Freedom of Information Act reveal the former public relations executive has personally selected works for display in all parts of the building including the couple's private quarters and the Prime Minister's office.
Posted: Saturday, 30-01-2010
The tale of what may well be art’s greatest mystery has been published in France amid claims of greed, negligence and dishonesty at the heart of the State.
Take, for example, the tapestry by Joan Miró that has gone missing from the French Embassy in Washington. Or the drawing by the 20th-century French painter Raoul Dufy, which vanished from a museum in Marseilles; or the oil painting by the Slovene artist Zoran Music, lost by the French Finance Ministry.
Posted: Friday, 29-01-2010
Pride of the American Nation, the White House collection of fine arts, owes its existence to the scores of individuals and organizations that have nurtured and supported it. They have been diverse in outlook, taste and purpose, but their vision and generosity have given coherence to the collection as a whole.
Posted: Thursday, 28-01-2010
The Federal Art Project (FAP) was the visual-arts arm of the Great Depression-era New Deal Work Projects Administration Federal One program in the United States. It operated from August 29, 1935, until June 30, 1943. Reputed to have created more than 200,000 separate works, FAP artists created posters, murals and paintings. Some works still stand among the most-significant pieces of public art in the country.
Posted: Wednesday, 27-01-2010
The night of October 18, 1969, was dark and stormy. A tempest raged, with a wild wind and beating rain. It was a night, Colonel Robert Conforti, who was then chief of Italy's art theft squad, told a reporter, "that presaged tragedy."
That night a famous painting by Caravaggio, Nativity with Saints Francis and Lawrence, a large canvas 105 by 77 inches in size, was ripped from its frame in the Oratory of San Lorenzo in Palermo, Sicily, and disappeared. No one has seen it publicly since.
Posted: Tuesday, 26-01-2010
This January I was given the opportunity to visit London because my partner Peter and I needed to deliver some art to Christie's for an upcoming auction in March.While our visit was an enriching experience, it proved to be too short. For example, I found myself having to stop only briefly in front of paintings that I've waited years to see. It was rather a visit of quantity rather quality.