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Hollywood and the Wild West

This month will see auction action in the West. On September 17, the fifth annual Jackson Hole Art Auction will take place, co-organized by Trailside Galleries of Jackson, Wyo., and Scottsdale, Ariz., and the Gerald Peters Gallery of Santa Fe, N.M. The event will take place at the Center for the Arts in downtown Jackson. Continue reading

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