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Vetting

Clinton Howell 14/01/2014Vetting is the process used at fairs of looking at an object by a committee of experts to determine both the authenticity of a piece and the accuracy of the label describing the object. It was the cause celebre of the International Show when it was...[Read More]
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PUZZLE JUGS : An interview with Robert Aronson

Elliot Lee 29/01/2014What on earth is a Puzzle Jug? I asked that question last October, to which the interim Chairman of TEFAF, and 5th generation dealer at Aronson Antiquaires, Robert Aronson, replied via twitter, with an invitation to come visit PAN Amsterdam and...[Read More]
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The NYC Winter Antiques Show Press View

Robert Alexander Boyle 31/01/2014 Today was the press preview of the Winter Antiques Show. Held at the Seventh Regiment Armory on Park Avenue between 66th and 67th Streets, the restored and renovated landmark structure, which dates back to the Civil War. This show is the foremost one...[Read More]
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Major George Bellows Canvas Sells For $25 Million...

Robert Alexander Boyle 12/02/2014George Bellows (1882-1925), Men of the docks, 1912 Major Bellows canvas, “Men of the Docks” sells for $25 million plus to the National Gallery, London. The Randolph Macon Women's College of Lynchburg, Virginia had been threatening to sell...[Read More]
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Corcoran Gallery of Art to Close, Collection to be...

Robert Alexander Boyle 02/03/2014Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC An art world news flash last week was that of the imminent demise of the Corcoran Gallery of Art, with the building and school to be taken over by George Washington University while the art collection to go to the...[Read More]
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The Art & Antiques Dealers League of America,...

Clinton Howell 12/03/2014March 7, 2014 VIA EMAIL AND FACSIMILE AADLA - www.aadla.org NAADAA - www.naadaa.org Daniel M. Ashe?Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 1849 C Street NW, Room 3331 Washington, DC 20240?Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.?Fax: 202 208-6965 Re:...[Read More]
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TEFAF 2014 : We came, We saw, We conquered

Elliot Lee 26/03/2014It is impossible to review TEFAF in its entirety. I’m sure that most arts journalists will tell you the same; where do you start, when do you stop? It is, quite simply, an annual power-house of the most incredible works of art, from across the...[Read More]
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Ivory & The Law

Clinton Howell 27/03/2014In trying to parse all the details that go into the ban of all ivory products into the US and the banning of those products for sale across state lines by the Fish and Wildlife Service, it is clear that a public relations effort is being launched to...[Read More]
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Freemans Auction of the George Horst Collection Shows...

Robert Alexander Boyle 31/03/2014On Sunday March 30, 2014 Freemans, the only real auction house left in Philadelphia, PA, held a remarkable sale of American and European paintings from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. These paintings of the Barbizon and Impressionist aesthetic...[Read More]
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The Root of The Elephant Dilemma

Clinton Howell 07/04/2014The French grape vine was put under siege in the 19th century by an aphid commonly known as the 'grape phylloxera' (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_French_Wine_Blight). There could have been a host of responses to the threat including an embargo on...[Read More]
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Banning Ivory

Clinton Howell 07/04/2014Robert K. Sweeney, an Assemblyman from Lindenhurst, NY, wants to ban the sale of all ivory in New York State. This applies to both new and old ivory. The repercussions of such an action are enormous and I would like to point out just a few of them....[Read More]
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Cultural Imperatives

Clinton Howell 10/04/2014The television show “Vice” airs on HBO on Friday nights and offers in-depth coverage of news, or perhaps I should say, a more visceral reality based coverage of the news. I watched because one of the segments was on the vanishing rhino...[Read More]
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Artist's Resale Right : Time to get off the fence?

Elliot Lee 14/04/2014There has been a very strange whiff concerning the Artist's Resale Right (ARR), ever since it was brought to our attention on AAD, back in 2011 by the British Art Dealer, John Robertson. I shan't go into the details of the Right here, we've all read...[Read More]
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Trade Regulations

Clinton Howell 19/04/2014I attended a conference a week or so ago, hosted by the Committee for Cultural Policy, a “non-profit organization that informs the public on policies and laws that affect the international movement of cultural property.” Basically, the...[Read More]
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The Art Dealers Art Dealer

Lawrence Klepper 26/04/2014The Good Doctor/Agent He never paid more than $5,000 for any single work of art. He travelled extensively and met with artists in half-a-dozen developing countries. He was not interested in the artists that were established; instead he wanted to...[Read More]
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THE GUEST ROOM: A STUDY IN THE SUBTLETY OF...

Gail Green 27/04/2014Not all guests are of the inviting kind. As a friend of mine recently remarked with the arrival of several weekenders to his home, “guests are not always gracious.” Upon entering his home, they exclaimed, “This looks like a...[Read More]
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Artist's Resale Royalties: wrong in principle, wrong...

Elliot Lee 01/05/2014Artists Resale Right (ARR) is outdated, inefficient and expensive; benefits a few wealthy artists, and is a retroactive tax-like grab for heirs and their estates. I cannot see how the occasional cheque for £300 or £50, can make the slightest...[Read More]
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"Priceless" Evening at the Frick Collection,...

Robert Alexander Boyle 02/05/2014Robert Wittman (on the right) at the Frick Collection, Feb. 18, 2014 On Tuesday Evening, February 18th this writer attended a remarkable event at the Frick Collection and Frick Art Reference Library in New York City. Their Collectors group had a unique...[Read More]
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Ivory : Facts vs. Emotion

Clinton Howell 04/05/2014There are a number of false claims about ivory that are currently circulating in the news. The biggest false claim is that New York is the second largest ivory market in the world. I don’t know where or how this fact was established, but anyone...[Read More]
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ARTIST'S RESALE ROYALTIES - WHAT IMPACT? WHAT...

Jolyon Warwick James 06/05/2014Editor's Note: Jolyon Warwick James, The Australia Art and Antique Dealers Association President, published on AAD the following "three critical" questions about what Australia's Artist Resale Royalty scheme has really been doing, in September of...[Read More]
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TWIRLS, SWIRLS, AND WHIRLS: Fluidity at the New York...

Gail Green 10/05/2014This past Thursday marked the opening of the New York City Collective Design Fair. With furniture, accessories, jewelry, both antique and modern, the show illustrated its great diversity of offerings. The exhibition hall, while somewhat rough in...[Read More]
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Par•a•digm :: An Example Or Pattern Of Something, A...

Robert Alexander Boyle 15/05/2014The past decade has seen Christie's rocket from their old Avis slot (“We are number two, but we are nicer and try harder”) into the number one auction sales venue in the world at Rockefeller Center in New York City. As they ride a Post-War...[Read More]
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Numbers

Robert Alexander Boyle 18/05/2014Christies (Rock Center) since the bottom of the Market Sothebys (NYC) since the bottom of the Market Christies (Rock Center) Impressionist, Modern and Post-War Combined  Sothebys (NYC) Impressionist and Contemporary Combined Rising the Post-War...[Read More]
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Trends Confirmed, Mr. Loeb May Have A Point

Robert Alexander Boyle 18/05/2014Zig Zags for Sothebys while Christies has a strong uptick Mr Loeb will not be pleased, despite strong numbers at Sotheby's Contemporary Sales ($461 million), the overall numbers pale compared to the crosstown rival at Christie's where their two days...[Read More]
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The Internet Art Market: The Truth And The Hype

Abigail Esman 18/05/2014 Rarely does the month go by without at least one breathless announcement, sent by some young, enthusiastic entrepreneur or his even more enthusiastic publicist, of a new art sales website, one unlike anything Internet commerce has ever seen before, one...[Read More]
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A Visit to the International Contemporary Furniture...

Clinton Howell 23/05/2014I attended the International Contemporary Furniture Fair at the Jacob Javits Center on Sunday. There were miles of aisles and it almost seemed daunting, except, of course, that I am looking at furniture. And there were some great things to see. Foremost...[Read More]
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Art Deco Hawaii, July 03, 2014 - January 11, 2015...

Robert Alexander Boyle 24/05/2014Eugene Francis Savage (1883-1978), Festival of the Sea. 1938-1940, Collection: Matson Lines Company The Honolulu Museum of Art presents Art Deco Hawai‘i, the first major museum exhibition to focus on the seductive Hawaiian spin on the international Art...[Read More]
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The Ubiquitous Art Dealer, Friend or Foe?

Lawrence Klepper 30/05/2014The stories are there to be told and retold, the art Collector who bought the work of art from the Dealer at a fraction of its resale value today. How this dealer in collaboration that collector, negotiated a good deal with the artist directly and now,...[Read More]
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Is It Time For A Museum Revolution?

Abigail Esman 01/06/2014Art, I think we can all agree by now, is neither dead nor dying – despite a century or more of grim predictions.But we may be facing another story in the case of the museums, or at least, the institution of the museum as we know it. As the best...[Read More]
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Art Brussels '14: Cutting Edge, Or Dullsville?

Abigail Esman 01/06/2014Anish Kapoor at Axel Vervoort  Here’s the thing about Art Brussels, Belgium’s primary art fair for contemporary art: you really, really want to like it. The earnestness and genuine desire of the fair’s directorial team –...[Read More]
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Letter to Prime Minister David Cameron, & the...

Elliot Lee 05/06/2014Some of you might recall recent news of a recent clamp down on ‘dealer-rings’?  After some research into this perplexing and seemingly uncalled for enhancement of an existing law, it became clear to us at AAD, that it was, as Lewis so...[Read More]
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Letter to Prime Minister David Cameron, & The...

Elliot Lee 05/06/2014UNFINISHED BUSINESS   Some of you might recall recent news of a recent clamp down on ‘dealer-rings’?  After some research into this perplexing and seemingly uncalled for enhancement of an existing law, it became clear to us at...[Read More]
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Did Somebody Mention Giclee Prints?

Lawrence Klepper 06/06/2014Giclee Prints: Reproductions or originals? That depends on whom you talk to. The term Giclee is French for spray... in other words, the ink jet printing process. According to some academics: “When an artist such as a photographer or...[Read More]
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The Importance of Timing

Clinton Howell 10/06/2014The Summer Exhibition of the Olympia Fine Arts Fair used to be one of the great events in London in the month of June. Olympia would open on the first Friday in June and then the Grosvenor House Fair would open the following Wednesday. It was a time when...[Read More]
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Mount Desert Island, Maine

Robert Alexander Boyle 10/06/2014Cadillac Mountain, Acadia National Park, Maine Mount Desert Island, Maine, This past week while chasing down an estate lead down east, Maine, this writer stopped by Acadia National Park on Mount Desert Island to photograph locations first made popular...[Read More]
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At Art Basel, Dealers Ask : What Do Collectors...

Abigail Esman 18/06/2014It’s the event the world’s best and most celebrated modern art dealers wait for, the one when they pull out all the proverbial stops and hope to get it right: Art Basel. The number one art fair for modern and contemporary, Basel, which runs...[Read More]
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Questions Tamara Winikoff Refused to Answer

Elliot Lee 19/06/2014A couple of weeks ago, I spoke with Tamara Winikoff, CEO of NAVA, which is an Australian association for visual artists. It was time to face up with the Queen of ARR in Oz, and see if there was perhaps any middle ground which could be reached concerning...[Read More]
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Masterpiece 2014

Robert Alexander Boyle 27/06/2014Art and Antique shows are a high point of a connoisseurs calendar. However certain show previews are indelibly filtered by PR companies that march to their own agenda, and not that of the dealers who pay exorbitant sums to rent a booth for a few days in...[Read More]
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Masterpiece of Errors, or How not to Treat the...

Robert Alexander Boyle 30/06/2014 ***PRESS CALL NOTICE*** Subject: PRESS CALL - be the first to capture the treasures displayed at the Masterpiece London fair (24th June 9-10am) Date: 23 June 2014 09:00:09 BST ? To: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Reply-To: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. DATE:...[Read More]
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Christie's Contemporary Art Sale, London :: Tracey...

Elliot Lee 01/07/2014Well that was great fun. You walk in, the staff treat you beautifully, you are presented with a free luscious looking catalogue, and a Christie's pen to boot. The tone is set for the evening, right there. This was the first Contemporary Art sale I'd...[Read More]
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Images of the American Revolution

Robert Alexander Boyle 03/07/2014Declaration of Independence, 1776 Today being the Fourth of July, this writer was reminded of a recent trip to the very fine Yale University Art Gallery in New Haven, CT. In addition to a panoply of Old Masters, French Impressionism and Hudson River...[Read More]
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Independence Day (United States)

AAD REPORTS 04/07/2014Independence Day, commonly known as the Fourth of July, is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain (now officially...[Read More]
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A Rare Read

Gail Green 05/07/2014“YOUR LIBRARY IS YOUR PARADISE” ERASMUS I suspect that the question now is … can anyone live in a world without computers? Has the ascent of the keyboard created the demise of the physical book? Is extinction in the cards? Well, yes...[Read More]
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I’ll Get a ‘Real’ Expert She Yelled

Lawrence Klepper 14/07/2014WINSLOW HOMER SUNLIGHT ON THE COAST, CIRCA 1890 When I asked where she lived it was nowhere near my home. Had I known someone who lived closer to her that I could refer her to I would have sent her on her way, but she was a friend of a friend and I did...[Read More]
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Minding The Hen House: Professional Standards For Art...

Cindy Charleston-Rosenberg, ISA CAPP 14/07/2014Minding the Hen HouseProfessional Standards for Art and Antiques Appraisers New Minimum Professional Qualifications Standards are Set for an Unregulated Industry The profession of appraising art and antiques has long been challenged by conflicts of...[Read More]
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Art Southampton

Robert Alexander Boyle 20/07/2014 This show is avante guard but it remains one thing "Masterpiece" is not. Fun. Another word I didn't use for Masterpiece is this one: "Go." Organized by Nick Korniloff, he and his staff also run Art Miami. Now that this writer has seen a Korniloff show,...[Read More]
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The Politics Of Polling

Clinton Howell 22/07/2014The New York Times had an article about reliable polling in the political realm recently (http://nyti.ms/1na5rUV ) stating that biased polls "employ dubious weighting and sampling practices." Of course the greatest poll blunder in the recent past was the...[Read More]
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Tools Of The Trade & Other Grave Matters….

Tom Higginson 22/07/2014I’m a very lucky old git, at least that’s according to the wife and mistress. ‘Having put up with me almost since time began, darned my socks and looked after my each and every need, then I suppose she occasionally might think so....[Read More]
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For Members Only: Jeff Koons Sells Out

Judith H. Dobrzynski 22/07/2014When it comes to Jeff Koons, the Whitney Museum certainly knows how to create excitement, as anyone who attended the mobbed opening festivities of his retrospective there last month can attest. The frenzy continued last week, when on July 15 the...[Read More]
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Changing Fortunes, A Rough Estimate Gains The Art...

Dr Susan Grundy 28/07/2014In a case of mistaken identity and wishful thinking the art market has promoted a copy of a Portrait of Ferdinand de Boisschot (Sotheby’s, 10 July 2014, Sale L14034, Lot 168) to “Van Dyck.” Unlike the BBC “Van Dyck”...[Read More]
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Princeton Art Museum

Robert Alexander Boyle 29/07/2014This college town is one of the prettiest corners of New Jersey, an adjective not normally associated with Tony Soprano’s home state. It has history going back to the American Revolution when it saw an American upset victory in winter, just two...[Read More]
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Bada For The 21st Century, Prospects For A Future?

Lewis Baer 30/07/2014Michael Cohen, the new chairman of BADA has written a ringing challenge in the “Back Page” of the Antiques Trade Gazette in an attempt to revitalise that organisation's standing and relevance to the trade and the greater public. Certainly...[Read More]
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This Art Display Certainly Has Legs

Judith H. Dobrzynski 06/08/2014Officially kicked off in New York’s Times Square on Aug. 4, “Art Everywhere US” is aptly named. It places the images of 58 works of American art on billboards, in trains, on subway platforms and at bus stops – about 50,000 places,...[Read More]
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Minding The Hen House II: More On Professional...

Cindy Charleston-Rosenberg, ISA CAPP 09/08/2014Last month we discussed The Appraisal Foundation's (TAF) pending Minimum Qualifications Criteria for Personal Property Appraisers. "The Criteria" applies to North American (US and Canadian) appraisers who value a broad range of luxury and investment...[Read More]
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Gardner Heist Perps, Unmasked At Last?

Robert Alexander Boyle 13/08/2014FBI SKETCHES OF THE ART THIEVES IN BOSTON, MARCH 1990 March 18, 1990 saw the biggest museum heist take place in American history as the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston was robbed by thieves dressed up as cops. Since that time numerous stories...[Read More]
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Geheime Verschlußsache : Secret & Confidential...

AAD REPORTS 15/08/2014Readers of AAD know of our research into the story of the Stasi, a rapacious secret police of the defunct East German regime whose manipulation of the art trade at the expense of its law abiding citizens was used to further the dark aims of a darker...[Read More]
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The Antiques Sideshow

Jonathan Boorstein 17/08/2014I arrived about an hour and a half early for the taping of the New York episode of The Antiques Roadshow. The tickets included the warning not to arrive more than 30 minutes before the entrance time, which in my case was 10 AM. Despite there being no...[Read More]
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Ethics For Dealers: Deaccessioning

Judith H. Dobrzynski 20/08/2014If someone helps another person commit a crime, he’s an accessory to the illegal act and probably guilty of an infraction. What about an ethical violation? The question is becoming increasingly relevant in the art world as the Delaware Art Museum...[Read More]
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A High Stakes Game

Clinton Howell 20/08/2014I had a conversation with a curator friend the other day about just what museums were spending their money on. He says that contemporary art is getting the lion's share of attention, which baffles him. He doesn't really begrudge that fact, instead he...[Read More]
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A to Z Of The Chester Beatty Collection

Sinead Brophy 26/08/2014After a lazy Sunday wandering through Dublin City Centre, trying to dodge the random deluges of rain that broke through the sunny sky, I decided to take a stroll through Dublin Castle. The Castle Gardens sit on the site of the Black Pool; known as Dubh...[Read More]
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Books: Art As An Investment? Sure, If You're Name's...

Cat Weaver 01/09/2014 ART AS AN INVESTMENT?A Survey of Comparative Assetsby Melanie GerlisLund Humphries 2014 Prestige is the shadow of money and power.” ~C. Wright Mills In her cheekily titled book, ART AS AN INVESTMENT? Melanie Gerlis (Art...[Read More]
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Forgery That Has Value Added

Lawrence Klepper 05/09/2014When is a forgery worth more than an original? As an estate representative my expertise was in the fine arts and over the years it has proven to be an exciting and unexpectedly adventuresome occupation. I have written about some of the larger pieces...[Read More]
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Frisky (With Fleas) In Lille

Maura Haverly 10/09/2014I wanted to see the largest flea market in Europe, "Le Grand Braderie", held in Lille, France the first weekend in September.Reported to attract 2 million + visitors, I imagined it hid all of the hidden treasures of the North of France and perhaps even...[Read More]
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Frisky Hits Paris :: Parcours Des Mondes

Maura Haverly 10/09/2014The most important art fair you've (probably) never heard of. I went yesterday morning, on a wonderful sunny day in Paris, to the Hotel Alcazar, for a press breakfast organized by Colonnes. It was packed- that was my first clue. Antoine Frerot, Honorary...[Read More]
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Christie’s vs Christie’s in the Saint Louis Van Dyck...

Dr Susan Grundy 11/09/2014As Sotheby’s London goes to court to defend their authentication processes and due diligence practices against a claim that they missed a Caravaggio,(1) in the international arena Christie’s London and Christie’s New York appear to be...[Read More]
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That Artsy Mail out

Elliot Lee 15/09/2014A somewhat vulgar email sent out by Artsy on 9-11 honouring the Russians after the aircraft was downed over the Ukraine, would suggest that Artsy is running out of burn money, and may be sending out feelers for a Russian buy out? Under the current laws,...[Read More]
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Wither biennale des antiquaires, does it succeed?

Maura Haverly 16/09/2014Wither Biennale des Antiquaires? Does it succeed in its aim of being the highest of high-end international art fairs? As it changes - as all international art fairs much change - where will it go next? Le Figaro talks about the "chute" of international...[Read More]
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Crystal Bridges Museum And The Art Market

Judith H. Dobrzynski 22/09/2014When Alice Walton was building a collection for her Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art over the last several years, the art market loved her, her advisors and her curators. She was driving up prices--and to some extent demand. Now Crystal Bridges is...[Read More]
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Changing Mould, where to the super-sleuth?

Dr Susan Grundy 26/09/2014The 2014 London summer auction season witnessed two spectacular failures for the concept of art super sleuthing, promoted widely by Philip Mould with the support of the BBC and two leading auction houses, who recanted previous attributions of these same...[Read More]
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Traditional Art & History

Lawrence Klepper 05/10/2014 The Artist is … The artist is the only possible source of artistic creation. Beauty, or the question of beauty, is not the only criterion and intention of art. Art forms the truest monument to civilization and humanity, and is a record of our...[Read More]
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The Met Rides To The Rescue

Judith H. Dobrzynski 06/10/2014The Metropolitan Museum of Art played the role of deus ex machina late last week, agreeing to purchase a trove of Egyptian antiquities that were about to go on the block at Bonhams in London, consigned by a St. Louis archaeological society....[Read More]
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Frieze London - 12th Edition Regents Park 2014

AAD REPORTS 08/10/2014The 12th edition of Frieze London, takes place in London’s Regent’s Park from 15–18 October 2014. Frieze London is sponsored by Deutsche Bank for the eleventh consecutive year. For the third year Frieze Masters, dedicated to art from...[Read More]
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Christies, My New Best Friend

Lewis Baer 10/10/2014Just when business has started to get better, one of my two old nemesis, Christie’s, just threw a softball to every decorative arts dealer who wants to claim “the middle market.” I don’t think it is really a big secret that the...[Read More]
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Christies, My New Best Friend

Lewis Baer 10/10/2014Just when business has started to get better, one of my two old nemesis, Christie’s, just threw a softball to every decorative arts dealer who wants to claim “the middle market.” I don’t think it is really a big secret that the...[Read More]
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Flames Of Autumn, Thomas Cole And The Birth Of The...

Robert Alexander Boyle 10/10/2014Kaaterskill Falls In October of 1825 a young British immigrant to the United States named Thomas Cole caught a steamboat ride from lower Manhattan and took a trip up the Hudson River stopping to get off at West Point to see Fort Putnam and again at...[Read More]
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MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING : THE PHYSICS OF SPACE

Gail Green 14/10/2014You know the old saying, “what isn’t said is sometimes more important than what is.” In architecture a balance of perfection is achieved through the expression of volume and void, the unspoken part of the equation. That is, the space...[Read More]
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Frisky At The Drouot

Maura Haverly 14/10/2014What's going on at Drouot? Image :: fr.wikipedia As my faithful readers know, in my search for the ineffable fantod (under glass) I visit auction rooms near and far. Drouot, the venerable collection of sales rooms located on rue Drouot in the 9th...[Read More]
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Worldwide Art Fair, Los Angeles, CA, October 16th...

Robert Alexander Boyle 17/10/2014World Wide Art, Los Angeles, California Premiering this week is a brand new contemporary art show in downtown Los Angeles at the Convention Center located right across from the famous Staples Center sports arena on South Figueroa Street. Organized by...[Read More]
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Frieze / Pad / Frieze Masters :: Priceless

Elliot Lee 20/10/2014As an introduction to the forthcoming review by Sinead of her visit to Frieze Masters 2014, I thought I'd take a few photographs of finer works on display. What caught my eye this time were the selection of Calder Mobiles available at Frieze Masters and...[Read More]
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Interview with a Shaikh

Robert Alexander Boyle 21/10/2014INTERVIEW WITH A SHAIKH   Recently this writer had the privilege to interview Shaikh Rashid bin Khalifa al Khalifa of Bahrain. The interview was arranged by a mutual friend, Laura Stewart, as the Shaikh’s work will be making a rare...[Read More]
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Museums: Licit Market May Save El Salvadoran...

Judith H. Dobrzynski 21/10/2014In a mostly unnoticed filing with the U.S. government, the Association of Art Museum Directors has expressed frustration with failure to curtail the looting of antiquities in El Salvador and called for exploration of new options to contain it. They...[Read More]
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Frieze Masters 2014: First Impressions

Sinead Brophy 23/10/2014Image :: Author's Own Walking into Frieze Masters one is automatically hit with a visual representation of what Frieze claims to be: a mix of the old and the new: a blurring of historic art with modern art. The gilded frames of Moretti’s 14th...[Read More]
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Huntington Art Gallery, San Marino, CA

Robert Alexander Boyle 24/10/2014Library Designed by Beatrix Farrand (1872-1959) While in Los Angeles, California, this writer had the privilege to visit in the Huntington Library and Art Collection, San Marino, California. On a previous visit to the Huntington Hotel in 2002 courtesy...[Read More]
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Private Treaty Sales : The Price Of Entry

Lewis Baer 27/10/2014I was advised that my bashing of the Duopoly auctioneers is a bit overdone. Perhaps it is, but, looking at the state of divergence between the decorative and fine arts markets, these auctioneers realize which one has reduced maintenance and storage costs...[Read More]
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Pad :: The Wrap Report

AAD REPORTS 29/10/2014The 8th edition of PAD London, set in the heart of Berkeley Square in Mayfair, opened its doors to the public on 15th October with 62 international galleries offering an exceptional blend of modern art, design and decorative arts in a carefully curated...[Read More]
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Pad :: The Wrap Report

AAD REPORTS 29/10/2014The 8th edition of PAD London, set in the heart of Berkeley Square in Mayfair, opened its doors to the public on 15th October with 62 international galleries offering an exceptional blend of modern art, design and decorative arts in a carefully curated...[Read More]
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Treasures From India Jewels From The Al-Thani...

Robert Alexander Boyle 29/10/2014Tiger Finial from the Throne of Tippoo Sultan (1750-1799), Mysore India, Circa 1790 Gold inlaid with Diamonds, Rubies and Emeralds This exhibition of some sixty jeweled objects from the private collection formed by Sheikh Hamad bin Abdullah Al-Thani...[Read More]
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The Demise Of A Fine Art Gallery

Lawrence Klepper 31/10/2014A few years ago I wrote about a new gallery in town and in the high expectations the owner, the artists involved, and the arts community had for the endeavor. For almost three full years the owner mounted in-depth, quality and insightful shows of...[Read More]
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Legislated Compulsory Art Resale Royalties In The USA:...

John R Walker 02/11/2014The latest attempt by Jerrold Nadler to introduce a legislated Art Resale Royalty in the US, the “American Royalties Too Act” appears to be going nowhere, fast. The bill's sponsors, 15 in number, are all Democrats (and mostly on the left end...[Read More]
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The Visual Art Resale Royalty - Boon Or Bane For The...

George Kozmon 03/11/2014Throughout history, humankind has shown an appreciation for the visual arts by purchasing the works artists produce. Initially patronage by wealthy families dominated the art market, but as standards of living rose and wealth spread over the last few...[Read More]
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The Visual Art Resale Royalty - Boon Or Bane For The...

George Kozmon 03/11/2014Throughout history, humankind has shown an appreciation for the visual arts by purchasing the works artists produce. Initially patronage by wealthy families dominated the art market, but as standards of living rose and wealth spread over the last few...[Read More]
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Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sales At...

Robert Alexander Boyle 05/11/2014Vincent van Gogh (1852-1890), ? ONE OF THE STARS IN A SALE THAT GROSSED $422,110,000 ? November 4, 2014, saw the strongest effort to date by Sothebys at stemming the recent tide of sales figures in arch rival Christies favor. These works of art were...[Read More]
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Hathaway Heist - pt 1

Robert Alexander Boyle 06/11/2014Hathaway, Designed by Delano & Aldrich, circa 1905 About two years ago this writer came across the story of the Hathaway Heist, an uncomfortable story from the darker side of the art business. Many of us are familiar with dealers who sometimes claim...[Read More]
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Saint Louis Art Museum Receives $50 Million Gift

AAD REPORTS 06/11/2014Image Courtesy :: St. Louis Art Museum ST. LOUIS, Nov. 4 – The Saint Louis Art Museum on Monday accepted the transformative gift of 225 works of art from the collection of the late C.C. Johnson Spink and Edith “Edie” Spink. Chinese,...[Read More]
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Art | Basel Announce Galleries To Participate In The...

AAD REPORTS 08/11/2014Image Courtesy :: ART | BASEL Art Basel have just announced the details of its third edition in Hong Kong, the first to take place in March. The Hong Kong show of Art Basel, whose Lead Partner is UBS, will feature 231 premier galleries from 37 countries...[Read More]
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Scope Art Fair Returns To Miami Beach

AAD REPORTS 08/11/2014Miami Beach, FL: SCOPE Art Show returns to the sands of Miami Beach for its 14th edition, amidst tremendous support from the City of Miami Beach. Image Courtesy :: Scope Art Fair SCOPE Miami Beach’s monumental pavilion will once again be situated...[Read More]
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Ordinary People, Extraordinary Artists

Graham W.J. Beal 10/11/2014I've recently written about the falsity of the commonly held notion that the DIA has a great deal of valuable art in storage--recently characterized in an NPR news story as "all that stuff lying about in the basement." While it is true that there is much...[Read More]
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Christie's Set On More Competition With Dealers

Judith H. Dobrzynski 10/11/2014Christie’s sent a big signal last week: it’s going deeper into the dealer business. That is what is behind the announcement that it’s set to open a new suite of galleries in its Rockefeller Center home in New York specifically for...[Read More]
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Hathaway Heist Part Two

Robert Alexander Boyle 12/11/2014Follow Large Paintings, They are Harder to Hide It was in 2012, after I went on a day trip to the Catskills to see a friend’s prospective country home, that I began to inquire about the theft of treasures from the now decaying, but still...[Read More]
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Tefaf Museum Restoration Fund Awarded

AAD REPORTS 13/11/2014 It has been announced that the Executive Committee of The European Fine Art Foundation has awarded a total grant of €50,000 to two extraordinary projects that both focus on early masterpieces by Francisco de Zurbara´n (Fuente de Cantos 1598...[Read More]
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