82nd & Fifth from the Metropolitan Museum

Just discovered the Met Museum’s really wonderful “82nd & Fifth” iPad app. 100 curators talk about 100 works of art that changed how they see the world: one work, one curator, two minutes at a time. Inspiring and fun and free:  great for a long flight.  Met Director Thomas P. Campbell said “In a world filled […]

Eric Fischl’s Bad Boy: My Life On and Off the Canvas

Eric Fischl’s Bad Boy:  My Life On and Off the Canvas is a must read.  The book is compelling and beautifully written — you won’t be able to put it down.  It chronicles Fischl’s formative youth, his early days at Cal Arts, his marriage to April Gornik, the frenetic New York art scene in the 1970s and 1980s and his representation by Mary […]

Sotheby’s 14 Memorable Moments 2014

Sotheby’s shared their 14 Memorable Moments from 2014.  One highlight is Gerhard Richter’s monumental abstract canvas Wand (Wall), which sold for over $28M, the third highest price achieved for any painting by the artist.  Sotheby’s auction sales for the first half of 2014 stand at $3.12 billion, the highest in the company’s history.  Sales of Impressionist and […]

The Multimillion Dollar Art Scam

(See segment video on 60 Minutes.) This makes our work as art collection managers and appraisers more difficult.  Appraisers do not authenticate, and our pool of experts is diminishing as more and more skillful forgers come to light.   Fearing lawsuits, many expert authenticators have stopped working.

Watermark, a film by Edward Burtynsky

Watermark, a recent documentary film by industrial landscape photographer Edward Burtynsky (Canadian, b. 1955) about how water shapes us, and how we shape water, is an astonishing and powerful work of art.   Don’t miss it…and if you can find it,  rent Manufactured Landscapes, a 2006 film about Burtynsky’s work.  Both films are visually arresting and magnificent portrayals of man’s impact on the […]

The 2014 Coeur d’Alene Art Auction

  The 29th annual Coeur d’Alene Art Auction, which specializes in classic Western and American Art, was held on July 26, 2014 in Reno, Nevada and brought in nearly $30 million.  Only 13 of 304 lots did not sell, giving the auction a sell-through rate of almost 96 percent.      

American Alliance of Museums news: IRA Charitable Rollover Reinstated

This is great news for museums! House of Representatives Passes Bill Permanently Reinstating IRA Charitable Rollover Yesterday afternoon, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 4719, legislation that would permanently reinstate three charitable giving tax incentives, among them the IRA Charitable Rollover provision. This strong, bipartisan vote came on the heels of an open letter from over 850 nonprofit […]