Works from the private art collection of renowned poet and author Maya Angelou will soon go on public display.
While Vincent van Gogh’s self-portraits were a significant part of his painting career, no confirmed photographs of the artist as an adult are known to exist.
William Shakespeare was a commoner who wrote witty plays attended by Queen Elizabeth. Sir Francis Bacon was a noble who served as her Attorney General. Right?
Hot on the heels of a $1.5 billion art auction week, a painting by Georgia O’Keeffe broke the record for the most expensive work by a female artist sold at auction this morning.
As those of us without mountains of money continue to gawk and gripe over the unceasingly exorbitant sums fetched by art auctions, a Swedish glassware brand has gone out on a limb and tried something different: auctioning off artworks to people who have the strongest physical reactions to them.
Can and should a government sell art to help pay off its debts? That’s been the question driving ongoing discussions about Detroit, but it’s also being raised across the Atlantic, where 85 works by Joan Miró were withdrawn from a Christie’s auction this week.
The New York Court of Appeals has ruled in the case of Jenack v. Rabidazeh, reversing a lower court’s decision and allowing sellers of objects at auction to remain anonymous.
Love them or hate them, auctions often signal a milestone, whether it’s for new media art or work from a specific region. Recently, Circle Art Agency, a Kenyan arts organization, hosted the first major art auction in East Africa. With 47 works from 43 artists, the auction was incredibly successful, garnering a total $216,000, according to Think Africa Press.
Have you ever wanted to own Francis Bacon’s old brushes, on which scabs of paint gnarl the worn handles, leftover residue of works of warped forms? Well, good news: there’s a Christie’s auction for you, and you can even pick up a dancing robot and taxidermy ostrich while you’re at it.
What happens when you get the best art historians, curators, and conservators together in a single museum? Well, you’re pretty likely to get the best deals in the art world, as the Metropolitan Museum just did when it snagged a Jacques-Louis David drawing for $700 ($840 with premium).
On Election Day, The New York Times featured an above-the-fold story in its Arts section about the fate of fake art as the country was deciding the fate of a fake politician. The article was illustrated by a tiny, smudged color reproduction of, as the caption states, a “disputed Jackson Pollock that a Manhattan gallery sold for $17 million.”
A researcher at Washington State University has used Google hits as an indicator of an artist’s fame in a study measuring the factors that influence sales at auction.