First Display of Art from the University of Iowa Museum to Open at the Figge Art Museum

Robert Motherwell, Elegy to the Spanish Republic, No. 126, 1965-1975, acrylic on canvas. University of Iowa Museum of Art

Modern masterworks by celebrated artists including Jackson Pollock, Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse will be featured in an upcoming University of Iowa Museum of Art (UIMA)-organized exhibition at the Figge Art Museum, 225 West Second St. in downtown Davenport, IA.

The exhibition, “A Legacy for Iowa: Pollock’s ‘Mural’ and Modern Masterworks from the University of Iowa Museum of Art,” opens Sunday, April 19 and runs through Sunday, August 2. The two museums will celebrate the opening from noon to 5 p.m. on April 19 with a reception at the Figge Art Museum. Tours of the exhibition will be available at 1:30, 2:30, and 3:30 p.m., and volunteers from both museums will be stationed in the galleries throughout the day to answer visitors’ questions.

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SAC’s Cohen Shows Off $137 Million ‘Woman’ at Sotheby’s Exhibit

Hanging Heart (Violet/Gold), 2006, Jeff Koons. High Chromium stainless steel with transparent color coating 106 x 85 x 40 inches

Steven Cohen, who runs the $14 billion hedge-fund manager SAC Capital Advisors, is raising his profile as an art collector with an unusual loan show at Sotheby’s in New York.

Starting tomorrow, the auction house will display 20 rarely seen works by such artists as Andy Warhol and Vincent van Gogh. They have a combined market value of about $450 million, dealers say. The pieces, owned by Cohen and his wife, Alexandra, all depict women.

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Sotheby's to Hold Prints Auction on April 30 and May 1, 2009

Cy Twombly, Untitled II (B.11), Aquatint, 1967, 597 by 720 mm 23 ½ by 28 3/8 in. Est. $100 000-150 000

Sotheby’s spring sale of Modern and Contemporary Prints presents a strong selection of works from the 19th century to present day and will take place on April 30 and May 1, 2009. Works from the sale will be exhibited at Sotheby’s New York galleries beginning April 26.

Within the American prints offered there will be vibrant Gustave Baumann woodcuts of the American Southwest; a seemingly unrecorded Childe Hassam wood engraving titled The Lillies (est. $6000-8000), an image relating to both to an etching and a 1905 drawing depicting a nude woman gathering flowers; and a very fine impression of James McNeill Whistler’s haunting etching Nocturne: Salute (est. $40 000-60 000).

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Whitechapel’s $20 Million Redo Expands Edgy London Gallery

When the Whitechapel Gallery in East London reopens to the public on April 5 after a 13.5 million pound ($19.3 million) redevelopment, it will be twice its previous size. So far, so unsurprising: in recent years art institutions and museums have expanded inexorably throughout the world. The Whitechapel, though, is special.

It was founded in 1901 as a beacon of culture in one of London’s poorest areas. Just to the north was the notorious slum prowled by Jack the Ripper. Whitechapel was the heart of the old East End, and for centuries first home to immigrant populations.

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Published in: on March 31, 2009 at 9:35 am  Leave a Comment  
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Versace London Art Sale Beats Estimates, Fetches $10.5 Million

Artworks belonging to the late Gianni Versace sold at a London auction for more than twice the presale estimate, the second time in a month the public sale of a famed fashion designer’s items had defied the economic slump.

The 545-lot sale of the contents of Villa Fontanelle, Versace’s early 19th-century mansion on the shores of Lake Como, fetched 7.4 million pounds ($10.5 million) last night, against a presale top estimate of 2.8 million pounds. All except nine lots found buyers during the 12-hour auction hosted by Sotheby’s.

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Published in: on March 19, 2009 at 9:15 am  Leave a Comment  
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TEFAF Maastricht 2009 Art and Antiques Fair Opens Today With Quality, Rarity and Beauty

TEFAF Design

TEFAF Maastricht is unique. The world’s best dealers bring their finest pieces to this most influential of art and antiques fairs and this attracts collectors and museum curators from around the globe who cannot risk staying away. They might miss a great Old Master painting recently discovered through the expertise of an exhibitor, an Impressionist masterpiece that has just emerged onto the market after decades in a private collection, a stunningly beautiful piece of furniture with an extraordinary history or key works from the early history of photography.

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"Picasso And The Masters": In Summary – An Article By Michael Damiano

Le Matador, Pablo Picasso, 4 octobre 1970, Huile sur toile, 145,5 x 114 cm, Musée Picasso, Paris

“Picasso and the Masters” closed on February 2nd in Paris. The show compared works by Picasso side-by-side with the classical and modern works that might have inspired them.

The exhibition, located at the Grand Palais with parallel exhibitions at the Louvre and Musée d’Orsay, enjoyed commercial success despite scathing critical reviews. According to the closing press release, the exhibition attracted 783,352 visitors or 7,270 visitors per day to the Grand Palais. Meanwhile, the Musée d’Orsay and the Louvre calculated that they received 450,521 and 300,000 visitors respectively to their shares of the blockbuster show. Despite the behemoth cost (€4.3 million) of mounting the most expensive exhibition in Paris’s history, it takes little arithmetic to reveal its stunning income. Full price tickets to the main exhibition at the Grand Palais ran €12 (the reduced youth price was €8). 90,000 exhibition catalogues were sold at €50 each (this alone covered more than the initial cost of the exhibition). Additionally, the press service has reported sales of 67,000 exhibition albums, 14,000 copies of the show’s children’s book and 5,900 DVDs. Despite the financial downturn, the public willingly opened their wallets for the highly publicized show.

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Published in: on February 27, 2009 at 10:55 am  Leave a Comment  
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Philadelphia is the Only Venue for a Major Exhibition Exploring Cézanne's Impact on Artists

Henri Matisse, (French, 1869 – 1954), Fruit, Flowers, and The Dance, 1909. Oil on canvas, 35 x 45 5/8 inches. The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg

In 1907, the French painter Paul Cézanne’s posthumous retrospective astonished younger artists, accelerating the experimentation of European modernism. Cézanne (1839-1906) became for Henri Matisse “a benevolent god of painting,” and for Pablo Picasso “my one and only master.” Cézanne’s inclusion in the Armory Show in New York in 1913 also offered American artists a new direction. Cézanne & Beyond (February 26 through May 17, 2009) will examine the seismic shift provoked by this pivotal figure, examining him as form-giver, catalyst, and touchstone for artists who followed. It will survey the development of an artistic vision that anticipated Cubism and fueled a succession of artistic movements, and will juxtapose Cézanne’s achievement with works by many who were inspired directly by him, showing a fluid interchange of form and ideas. It will place his work in context with more recent artists like Ellsworth Kelly, Jasper Johns, and Brice Marden, who in quite different ways came to terms with the master of Aix-en-Provence. His profound impact on successive generations endures to the present day. The exhibition will present more than 150 works, including a large group of paintings, watercolors and drawings by Cézanne, along with those of 18 later artists.

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Sixty Seminal Works Comprise the National Gallery's Picasso: Challenging the Past Exhibition

Pablo Picasso, Las Meninas after Velasquez, 1957. Museu Picasso de Barcelona

The National Gallery’s first exhibition dedicated to Pablo Picasso reveals how the greatest artist of the 20th century pitted himself against the great European painting tradition.

Seizing on the signature themes, techniques and artistic concerns of painters such as Velázquez, Rembrandt and Cézanne, Picasso transformed the art of the past into ‘something else entirely’, creating audacious paintings of his own. Sometimes his ‘quotations’ from the past were direct, at other times more allusive and, occasionally, full of parody and irreverence.

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Saint Laurent Auction Defies Slump to Fetch Record $262 000 000

An undated handout photo, provided to the media on Monday, Feb. 23, 2009, shows an artwork by Constantin Brancusi entitled ''Madame L.R.''

Yves Saint Laurent’s art collection set an auction record last night as collectors in Paris defied the economic slump to set new high prices for works by Matisse, Brancusi, Mondrian and Duchamp.

Christie’s International’s first evening of a three-day event fetched 206 200 000 euros ($262 000 000) with fees, the most made at auction for the sale of a private collection.

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