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20 West 55th – Looking Good
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20 West 55th – Looking Good

On January 31st, we visited our new space and are pleased to report that they are moving along. During our previous visit, Lance noticed some sprinkler lines were a little low in one of the main galleries. The crew was … More…

Sotheby’s Masters Week: The Scheumann Collection
A dark domestic scene of a woman sitting at a desk by candlelight melting wax to seal a letter. A boy, probably her son, looks on in the background.

Sotheby’s Masters Week: The Scheumann Collection

On January 26th, Sotheby’s New York continued their short, single-owner collection sales. The Fisch Davidson collection of Baroque paintings fell just slightly short of expectations, but perhaps the following sale of Dutch Masterpieces from the Theiline Scheumann collection would fare … More…

Queen Victoria’s Paintings Up For Grabs
A still-life painting of pink and yellow azalea flowers in a blue vase on a table with a yellow tablecloth

Queen Victoria’s Paintings Up For Grabs

This weekend, the London auction house Hansons will be hosting their Fine Art, Antiques and Collectors auction. It’s all a bit of a hodgepodge consisting of 442 lots of various artworks, including Indian bronzes, Chinese porcelain, collections of jewelry, silver, … More…

Spaniard’s Forgeries Finally Seized
An ink print version of Edvard Munch's The Scream, showing a bald man holding his face with a shocked expression, which is supposed to be a reaction to hearing the "scream of nature".

Spaniard’s Forgeries Finally Seized

Whenever I’ve written about forgers getting caught, it’s nearly always been about ambitious people trying to pass something off as a long-lost masterwork. Typically it’s by one of the great Old Masters or Impressionist giants that might sell for millions … More…

Christie’s NY Outsider & Vernacular Art Sale
A piece of leather carved and painted to show the inside of an African-American dance hall. Men dressed in suits with fedoras and women in dresses dance together in a crowd, while a band plays in the front of the room at the very top of the work.

Christie’s NY Outsider & Vernacular Art Sale

On Wednesday, January 18th, Christie’s New York held its Outsider & Vernacular art sale, featuring works by self-taught, naïve, and folk artists. I had previously written about how fourteen lots come from the collection of actress Jane Fonda. When the sale … More…

We Are Even Closer Now!
installation of wwood walls in new gallery space

We Are Even Closer Now!

The construction of our new gallery at 20 West 55th Street is moving along. The duct insulation has been completed, and the inspection will occur next week; after that, they will begin framing and closing the ceilings. The bathroom floor … More…

Art Institute Of Chicago’s Payroll Plunder
A stone sign indicating the entrance to the Art Institute of Chicago

Art Institute Of Chicago’s Payroll Plunder

Recently, federal prosecutors charged the Art Institute of Chicago’s former payroll manager for allegedly stealing about $2.3 million from the museum over 13 years. 56-year-old Michael Maurello is accused of stealing this money between 2007 and 2020. He made deposits … More…

King Charles II Coronation Mug
a mug with a picture of king charles II wearing his new crown

King Charles II Coronation Mug

As you wander around a flea market, would you consider buying a chipped and heavily distressed-looking mug for just £2 ($2.50)? Well, one sharp-eyed couple did that, and their meager investment paid off – big time! At a market in … More…

Sotheby’s New York – Art Of The Americas
A painting of a bald eagle on the bank of a river standing over a catfish likely caught from the nearby river

Sotheby’s New York – Art Of The Americas

On Wednesday, January 18th, after a weeks-long lull in auctions to accommodate the holidays, Sotheby’s New York hosted its Art of the Americas sale. The auction mainly featured nineteenth- and early twentieth-century paintings. In the end, all of the top … More…

Architecture In Art – Bleed II By David Pollot, Featuring Times Square
David Pollot - Bleed II

Architecture In Art – Bleed II By David Pollot, Featuring Times Square

I’m bending the rules for this week’s Architecture in Art. We’re not checking out a building per se, but more so exploring one of the most famous spaces in the city and the world – Times Square. While every real … More…

Art History Professor’s Firing Gets Attention
An illustration from around the turn of the 14th century showing a bearded figure wearing a turban, meant to represent the Prophet Muhammad, along with a winged figure in red robes, meant to represent the Archangel Gabriel.

Art History Professor’s Firing Gets Attention

Last week, the news cycle blew up a story coming out of a small university in Saint Paul, Minnesota, where an adjunct art history professor was, in effect, fired over an image she presented in her classroom. And while the … More…

The Louvre’s Limit On Visitors
The Louvre at night, with I.M. Pei's famous glass pyramid outside

The Louvre’s Limit On Visitors

In 2022, the Louvre was the most visited museum in the world. While attendance numbers are still not quite reaching pre-pandemic levels, the museum has made vast improvements since 2021. However, the museum administration recently admitted to voluntarily restricting attendance, … More…

Mystery Surrounds Indian Princess Coin
Three dollar gold coin from San Francisco minted in 1870

Mystery Surrounds Indian Princess Coin

In 2000, the American Numismatic Association’s Edward C. Rochette Money Museum was thrilled to have been selected as the ideal new home for the Harry W. Bass Jr. coin collection. Located in the historic Colorado Springs City Hall building, it houses a collection … More…

Jane Fonda At Christie’s
An abstract painting, mainly of red, blue, and black with various abstract figures throughout

Jane Fonda At Christie’s

Next week, on January 18th, Christie’s New York will be hosting its sale of Outsider and Vernacular art. The hundred or so lots available are from self-taught artists or those working in naïve or primitive styles, including James Castle, Nellie … More…

20 West 55th – Moving Along
construction photos at 20 west 55th street

20 West 55th – Moving Along

The family stopped by our new space to see how the build-out was moving along and were pleased to see that they had installed the sheetrock in most areas. The crew has also begun the taping and spackling process. In … More…

Requisitioned Rubens
A painting showing Jesus draped in a red robe appearing to his mother Mary, who is kneeling in front of him along with another woman while cherubs peek out from behind a cloud in the upper left-hand corner

Requisitioned Rubens

A painting by Peter Paul Reubens in relatively good condition is by no means worthless. Yet the owners of one of his religious scenes are currently under investigation for trying to milk a bit more cash out of it. On … More…