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Art, War, Gold

Edward Goldman | Posted 03.31.2015 | Arts
Edward Goldman

It's been exactly nine years since the glorious day when Michael Govan, the newly appointed Director of Los Angeles County Museum of Art, greeted a larger than usual crowd at a press opening in March of 2006.

This Is What A $50 Million Artwork Looks Like Today

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 03.24.2015 | Arts

If you've been pondering what $50 million could snag you in the contemporary art world today, Sotheby's has an answer, and it looks like this: ...

A Valentine Homage To O'Keeffe And Stieglitz

Jack Meyer | Posted 02.14.2015 | Arts
Jack Meyer

Georgia O'Keeffe was a 28 year old Wisconsin farm girl; Alfred Stieglitz was a 52 year old New York bon vivant. Stieglitz intimately photographed his muse throughout their tumultuous, erotically charged marriage.

Want A Monet? It'll Set You Back $35 Million

AP | JILL LAWLESS | Posted 02.04.2015 | Arts

LONDON (AP) — A Venetian waterscape by Claude Monet has sold for more than $35 million at a London auction as the high-end art market shows resilien...

Behold, Never-Before-Seen Illustrations From 'Charlie And The Chocolate Factory'

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 12.04.2014 | Arts

Fans of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory might be familiar with a little known chapter about the Vanilla Fudge Room. But probably not. Previously unp...

Georgia O'Keeffe Becomes Priciest Female Artist At Auction

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 11.20.2014 | Arts

Georgia O'Keeffe, one of the godmothers of modernist painting, has just made history at Sotheby's auction. A work by the late American artist smashed ...

Two Mark Rothko Paintings Sell For A Heaping Sum Of $76 Million

AP | ULA ILNYTZKY | Posted 11.11.2014 | Arts

NEW YORK (AP) — Two Mark Rothko paintings owned by Listerine fortune heir Rachel "Bunny" Mellon fetched more than $76 million at a Sotheby's auction...

Rare Van Gogh Painting Expected To Fetch Up To $50 Million At Auction

AP | ULA ILNYTZKY | Posted 01.04.2015 | Arts

NEW YORK (AP) — A rare piece of artwork painted by Vincent van Gogh weeks before his death sold for $61.8 million Tuesday and a sculpture by Alberto...

Celebrate Picasso's Birthday By Spending $6 Million On One Of His Paintings

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 10.27.2014 | Arts

Today marks the birthday of Spanish artist Pablo Picasso, born on this date 133 years ago. What better way to celebrate this joyous occasion than by p...

The Art World's Iconic Flag Is Expected To Sell For $20 Million

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 10.02.2014 | Arts

"One night I dreamed that I painted a large American flag," an artist named Jasper Johns once said, "and the next morning I got up and I went out and ...

Andy at the Top of His Game

Edward Goldman | Posted 11.30.2014 | Arts
Edward Goldman

Why jaw-dropping? Here's why. The exhibition consists of 102 large-scale paintings (1978-79) hung with no space between them so that they create one uninterrupted line that hugs the walls of several large galleries.

What Makes Art Sell? 10 Questions That Establish the Value of a Painting

Philip Hook | Posted 11.30.2014 | Arts
Philip Hook

Two years ago a version of Edvard Munch's The Scream fetched $120 million at auction. Last year a Francis Bacon portrait reached $143 million. To the outside world, the pricing of art is a mystery.

A Vincent Van Gogh Still Life Is Up For Auction, All You Need Is $30 Million

AP | Posted 09.30.2014 | Arts

NEW YORK (AP) — A bouquet of wildflowers painted by Vincent van Gogh weeks before his death is going on the auction block in New York City. Sotheby...

These Days, Artists Assume Their Primary Dealers Will Work for Them on the Secondary Market, Too

Daniel Grant | Posted 11.19.2014 | Arts
Daniel Grant

When artists agree to be represented by a gallery, they usually work out with the gallery owner -- formally or informally -- the terms of their understanding. One expectation, which may or may not be stated explicitly, is that the dealer will keep track of the artist's work even after it has been sold.

The Creative Class with Paddle8: Tips for Launching a Successful Startup (VIDEO)

Rana Florida | Posted 09.24.2014 | Business
Rana Florida

In just three short years Paddle8 an innovative marketplace infusing technology and art has held hundreds auctions with over $100MM in bidding activity and raising over $25MM for charities.

How Abstract Art Can Change The Way You See Waste And Consumption In America

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 07.22.2014 | Arts

If you're a human being who goes on the internet or wanders outdoors from time to time, you know this is a precarious time for planet Earth. While oft...

Spectacular Auction Results Aren't the Real Art World News

John Seed | Posted 07.14.2014 | Arts
John Seed

Honestly I would like to see stories about auction prices covered as financial news: a few graphs and charts would tell the story just fine. That way, art critics and bloggers could devote their time to reporting on some more fresh and compelling art world stories.

Yes, 'Piss Christ' Is Up For Sale Once Again

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 05.14.2014 | Arts

There's nothing more entertaining than when a controversial cultural relic resurfaces to incite anger all over again. Such is the case this week (albe...

Where Jean-Michel Basquiat And Mark Twain Meet

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 04.30.2014 | Arts

Gaze upon Jean-Michel Basquiat's "Undiscovered Genius Of The Mississippi Delta," and your eyes are forced to dart from one ambiguous scribble to the n...

Sotheby's Magnificent Jewels Auction to Include Jewels From Eydie Gorme's Estate

Karin E. Baker | Posted 06.28.2014 | Style
Karin E. Baker

Sotheby's New York is auctioning a collection of exquisite jewelry, much of it vintage, on April 29. The group of baubles, from such venerable jewelers as Harry Winston and Cartier, includes pieces from the private collection of the late singer Eydie Gorme.

Artist Resale Royalties Haven't Hindered Art Trade or Helped Artists in the U.K.

Daniel Grant | Posted 06.17.2014 | Arts
Daniel Grant

"In general, I think resale royalties is a pretty good idea," said painter Chuck Close, who with other artists and artists' estates filed in 2011 a cl...

How 'Moonrise, Hernandez' Came to Be One of the Iconic Photographs of the 20th Century

Daniel Grant | Posted 05.17.2014 | Arts
Daniel Grant

The early prints of "Moonrise, Hernandez" showed what Adams actually saw that late afternoon in 1941, with the moon becoming visible in the sky while the sun was just sinking below the horizon; the moon was dim, while the sky was gray and open.

Unflagging Commitment

Dr. Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel | Posted 04.26.2014 | New York
Dr. Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel

Our flag, like our city, is a palimpsest of histories and a visible record of the past.

Bull Market: Today's Billionaire Egomaniacs Have Turned the Art World Into a High-Stakes Poker Game -- But the Loss Is Ours

Jay Fielden | Posted 04.21.2014 | Arts
Jay Fielden

What is clear is that against the elegant backdrop of such noblesse oblige is a growing breed of money changers whose idea of cultural enrichment involves buying and selling works of art as if they were trading them on the New York Stock Exchange.

The 'Superstar' Of Antique Stamps Could Cost You $20 Million

AP | ULA ILNYTZKY | Posted 02.14.2014 | Arts

NEW YORK (AP) — It could be called "The Little Stamp That Could." Three times in its long history, the 1-cent postage stamp from a 19th century Bri...