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Norman Rockwell (1894-1978), "Shuffleton's Barbershop," 1950. Oil on canvas, 31" x 33". Cover illustration for "The Saturday Evening Post," April 29, 1950. Collection of the Berkshire Museum. Norman Rockwell Museum Digital Collections. ©SEPS: Curtis Publishing, Indianapolis, IN.

Pulling Back The Curtains, But Not All The Way

The Berkshire Museum is trying to gain the public trust and put the whole deaccessioning matter behind them.  Recently they stated that as they move forward it will be done “transparently, cooperatively, and thoughtfully.”  While that is all well and good, … More…

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Yellow Fades To Brown – Light Sensitive Pigments

It appears that some of Van Gogh’s paintings will be changing colors.  Recent X-ray analysis (chemical mapping) determined that the artist used two types of chrome yellow paint … one of which is more sensitive to light.  Over time, the … More…

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Comments on the Art Market – Volume 210

We just released Volume 210 of our Comments on the Art Market.  In this issue, we cover the gallery’s hours for the month of June, Stocks, Tales from the Dark Side (there were some good ones this month), Really, and … More…

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The Americans Take Center Stage In New York

Last week, we saw both Sotheby’s and Christie’s take their shot at the American Art market with sales in their New York bases. After seemingly endless sales from the weeks prior, expectations were mixed… and the results were modest at … More…

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Told You I Could Sell The Basquiat!

We recently reported on a family squabble that pitted father against daughter. It came to a head over a painting once owned by Dolores Ormandy Neumann (wife and mother) who was a leading figure in the 1980s supporting New York’s … More…

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Vodak & Art – A Recipe For Disaster

On May 25th, Igor Podporin, a 37-year-old Russian who had a bit too much to drink, took a metal pole and attacked one of Russia’s most famous works of art, Ilya Repin’s  Ivan the Terrible and His Son Ivan on November 16, … More…

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Sanctions Imposed, But So What?

The Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) announced that they are imposing sanctions on La Salle University Art Museum and the Berkshire Museum for selling works to support operating budgets and/or expansion initiatives. That is all well and good; but … More…

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European 19th Century

Sotheby’s 19th-century sale took place on the morning of the 22nd and when the estimates were in line with the quality and condition, all went well; when they were not, they either sold well below expectations or passed. It’s worth … More…

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Contemporary’s Upper End Is Still Very Hot!

Is anyone else exhausted by all of this art?? I need a nap. Sotheby’s and Christie’s are at it again with another set of sales… this time we are talking Contemporary art. Up first was Sotheby’s, and after a not-so-impressive … More…

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Now We Know When Too Many Picassos Are Too Much

After Sotheby’s uninspiring performance, expectations were a bit tempered heading into Christie’s evening sale of Impressionist and Modern works… that feeling would be short-lived as the sale got off to a hot start and kept it going! The first lot … More…