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    Petal Mettle


    With May flowers out in spring’s last burst of color, it’s a good time to look at Charles Burchfield paintings. And through the 27th, Debra Force Fine Art in New York will be showing a major private collection of Burchfields, consisting of 11 large-scale watercolors and one conté crayon drawing that relates to one of the paintings. Continue reading

    May’s Auction Action


    This month is rich in auctions, especially in New York, with sales of Impressionist, modern and contemporary art in the offing, as well as American paintings and assorted other fields. Continue reading

    We’ll Always Have Paris


    “For the perfect flaneur,” wrote Charles Baudelaire in The Painter of Modern Life (1863), “for the passionate spectator, it is an immense joy to set up house in the heart of the multitude, amid the ebb and flow of movement, in the midst of the fugitive and the infinite.” Continue reading

    Mix Masters

    The biggest museum news in the world this month is the opening of the new Art of the Americas wing at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. To make it shine in the snazzy new digs, the curators have re-thought, re-arranged and re-interpreted the MFA’s formidable American collection, a process that took a decade to complete. Continue reading

    Finders, Sleepers

    By Sallie Brady Leveraging luck and sleuthing skills, savvy dealers discover hidden treasures. Miscatalogued, overpainted, lost amid the ephemera of a pokey country auction—a hidden masterpiece is the holy grail of every any good art and antiques dealer. It’s the … Continue reading

    Help Wanted

    In the old days, most directors of major art museums could settle in and look forward to decades-long tenures. The job was unique and prestigious—the qualifications were a background of serious scholarship as a curator and the ability to be a reassuring pillar of the community—if a little sleepy at times. Fast forward to 2010: Museum directors are hustling more than they ever had dreamed they would have to, grappling with the perils of the Great Recession and with increasing demands on their time. Continue reading

    Market: The State of the Fairs

    By: Sallie Brady It’s a new year: Time to adjust the fair calendar. If you live in New York, you’ll find yourself making fewer trips to the Park Avenue Armory. A dramatic rent increase continues to claim the lives of … Continue reading

    Market: Eastern Hospitality

    By: Sheila Gibson Stoodley Last year at this time, New York’s Asian art community was scrambling to deal with the cancellation of the International Asian Art Fair, which had become an Asia Week draw to match the auctions at the … Continue reading

    Market: Garden of Delights

    By: Sheila Gibson Stoodley The European Fine Art Fair always opens in Maastricht, Netherlands, just weeks before the country’s famous tulips do. The 2010 edition, which takes place March 12–21, shows how the fair’s stewards are like master gardeners, always … Continue reading