Conversations & Salon


February 27, 2015
Fairs and Events
Image Courtesy :: Art | Basel Featuring leading artists, gallerists, collectors, museum directors, curators, and critics from across the world, Art Basel’s talk program in Hong Kong will again offer a wide range of discussions between prominent figures of the international art world. Featured artists will include Cao Fei, Clara [...]
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February 27, 2015
Robert Alexander Boyle
Detail of Gerome's painting, "The Snake Charmer"       Situated deep in the Berkshire Mountains of western Massachusetts, The Robert Sterling and Francine Clark Institute of Williamstown  has a collection of French paintings that rivals the Metropolitan Museum or the Barnes Foundation. Opened in 1955 at the height of Cold War [...]
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February 26, 2015
Fairs and Events
Image Courtesy :: Teylers Museum This year the loan exhibition at TEFAF is entitled Teyler’s Legacy. The special exhibition will show a selection of twenty-eight remarkable drawings from the Renaissance to the 21st century and will be held in TEFAF Paper section. Highlights from the exhibition include works by Michelangelo [...]
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January 27, 2015 2 Comments
Tom Mashberg
  In his fine piece from Jan. 17, our colleague Alex Boyle introduces AAD readers to one of the least known but most prolific art plunderers of the 20th century: Alexander Schalck-Golodkowski, a one-time colonel in East Germany’s secret police (the notorious “Stasi”). From his perch as Secretary of State [...]
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January 27, 2015
Maura Haverly
Sitting around the house with a refreshing beverage, thinking about X-rays (as I often do), I was struck by the latest news on attempts at early art conservation. The European Synchrotron , based in Grenoble, seems to have done it again.  They are of course known for industrial testing and [...]
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January 22, 2015 11 Comments
Dr. Susan Grundy
  As the dust settles on the latest Old Master attribution scandal (‘Sotheby’s wins case involving questionable Caravaggio.’ Art Newspaper 16 January 2015) it is important to note that the law did not find in favour of the system, which was not being challenged, only in Sotheby’s use of it. [...]
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January 17, 2015
Robert Alexander Boyle
SOVIET STAMP HONORING CAMBRIDGE FIVE MEMBER, KIM PHILBY   Berlin, April 22, 1956 in a previously unknown tunnel a few feet under Checkpoint Charlie, machine gun fire erupted as Soviet and East German soldiers ambushed Americans in a secret passageway built by the CIA. The border between the hostile powers at [...]
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January 14, 2015 3 Comments
George Kozmon
  In recent days and weeks two events have become worldwide news: the cyber attack on Sony, and the horrific barbarity of the Charlie Hebdo massacre. Both incidents were inspired by creative content that certain parties found offensive. These are not the first such incidents, and are certainly not going [...]
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January 13, 2015
Graham W. J. Beal
  In the past few years we've brought several singular masterpieces to the DIA: Vermeer's Woman Holding a Balance in 2012, Van Gogh's Artist's Room at Arles and Caravaggio's Saint Francis of Assisi in Ecstasy , both in 2013, and most recently Monet's Waterlily Pond, Green Harmony from the Musée [...]
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January 13, 2015
Lewis Baer
It’s nice that we get to turn the page of time with a New Year.  For the world of antiques and decorative arts the passage of time holds no limitation. When you are an object from the 20th, 18th, 16th Century, or 2000 BC, it’s all about the item’s style, [...]
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