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Theft or Misunderstanding?: How One Man Got His Edward Hopper Collection
Edward Hopper with a drawing pad in Paris

Theft or Misunderstanding?: How One Man Got His Edward Hopper Collection

Although his most famous work, Nighthawks, sits in the Art Institute of Chicago, Edward Hopper was a distinctly New York artist. He spent much of his life on the Hudson, having been born and raised in Nyack, before living most … More…

Architecture in Art: Mark Daly’s Flags Along the Avenue at 52nd Street
Flags Along the Avenue at 52nd Street

Architecture in Art: Mark Daly’s Flags Along the Avenue at 52nd Street

This one might not be so obvious at first, but Mark Daly’s Flags Along the Avenue at 52nd Street prominently depicts the iconic flags outside Cartier on Fifth Avenue. While it is now known as The Cartier Building, which serves … More…

Debate or Destruction: A New Show About Problematic Artists
photo of Jimmy Carr by Albin Olsson

Debate or Destruction: A New Show About Problematic Artists

Jimmy Carr is a British comedian who has become incredibly well-known outside the UK over the past few years. Many people know him from his comedy specials, but I think much of his work nowadays involves hosting television shows. He’s … More…

Sotheby’s London Contemporary Evening Sale
Three Studies for Portrait of Henrietta Moraes by Francis Bacon

Sotheby’s London Contemporary Evening Sale

On Friday, October 14th, Sotheby’s London held their much-anticipated Contemporary Evening sale, anticipated because it featured the first of several works from the collection of former CBS President William Paley, which I discussed earlier last month. Three Studies for Portrait of Henrietta … More…

Architecture in Art – Johann Berthelsen’s 42nd Street Looking East Past Grand Central Station
Johann Berthelsen's 42nd Street Looking East Past Grand Central Station

Architecture in Art – Johann Berthelsen’s 42nd Street Looking East Past Grand Central Station

This week’s Architecture in Art features a National Landmark and one of the most visited spaces in the world – Grand Central Station. It also happened to be a favorite of Johann Berthelsen, as he repeatedly painted the structure throughout … More…

Bonhams New Bond Street Modern & Impressionist Sale
Nu assis by Léonard Tsuguharu Foujita, sold at Bonhams

Bonhams New Bond Street Modern & Impressionist Sale

On Wednesday, October 12th, Bonhams’ London location at New Bond Street held its Modern and Impressionist sale. The sixty-six available lots did about as well as the house specialists hoped for, with a few surprises thrown in for good measure. … More…

The Handyman And The Stolen Picassos
Pablo Picasso

The Handyman And The Stolen Picassos

Gallery owners in Paris are now on trial for trying to cover up their purchase of over 500 drawings by Pablo Picasso that a handyman stole. This trial has been over a decade in the making. Originally, a criminal complaint was filed … More…

Architecture In Art – Mark Lague’s Trinity Church Light
Mark Lague - Trinity Church Light

Architecture In Art – Mark Lague’s Trinity Church Light

Today we’re going to learn about one of the oldest and most historically important churches in America – Trinity Church. It’s been featured in countless artworks, and is prominently the subject of Mark Lague’s Trinity Church Light. While the current … More…

Destruction When Request Is Denied
wall of ancient sculptures

Destruction When Request Is Denied

On October 5th, an American tourist requested a visit with the Pope while visiting the Vatican’s Chiaramonti Museum. Of course, it was denied, which sent him off the edge. His response was to knock over two of the approximately 1000 … More…

Ukraine: An Arts Update
The flag of Ukraine

Ukraine: An Arts Update

It’s been a while since I’ve written about Ukraine. The last time I mentioned the conflict was in my coverage of a Christie sale in London back in July featuring a large Jeff Koons sculpture. The sculpture’s seller, the Ukrainian billionaire … More…

Burn, Frida, Burn
Frida Kahlo, in a photograph taken by her father Guillermo

Burn, Frida, Burn

The destruction of art is never something to celebrate or look forward to. Whether it’s a militant organization destroying cultural heritage or some kid at a museum accidentally tripping and putting his hand through a Picasso canvas, it always makes … More…

Betty White’s White Glove Sale
three catalogs with picture of betty white on each of them

Betty White’s White Glove Sale

Early in September, a fairly heavy box showed up at our house, and to our surprise, it contained three beautiful hardcover books titled The Life and Career of Betty White. They were the Betty White auction catalogs for a sale … More…

Bonhams 19th Century & British Impressionist Sale
The Last Sight of Fiammetta by Marie Spartali Stillman, sold at Bonhams New Bond Street

Bonhams 19th Century & British Impressionist Sale

On Wednesday, September 21, Bonhams’ New Bond Street location in London hosted their 19th Century and British Impressionist art sale, with a total of seventy-five lots crossing the block. While several impressive lots sold that day, the sale as a … More…

The William Paley Collection Coming To Sotheby’s
Three Studies for Portrait of Henrietta Moraes by Francis Bacon

The William Paley Collection Coming To Sotheby’s

Besides being the president of CBS, William Paley was also known as an art collector, favoring works by the great nineteenth- and twentieth-century masters. His collection is currently owned by his namesake foundation, but much of it is on long-term … More…

Recovered de Kooning: The Good & The Bad News
recovered de Kooning painting

Recovered de Kooning: The Good & The Bad News

In 1985 a couple walked into The University of Arizona Museum of Art in Tucson, Arizona, and quickly walked out with Willem de Kooning’s Woman-Ochre (1955). According to Olivia Miller, the museum’s curator, the thieves came in just as the museum was … More…

Phillips London Evening & Day Editions
Water Lilies with Willows by Roy Lichtenstein, sold at Phillips London

Phillips London Evening & Day Editions

On September 14th and 15th, Phillips London hosted their Evening and Day Edition sales. Over two sales spanning seven hours total, 233 lots crossed the block, resulting in exceptional results for Phillips. The Evening Edition sale on September 14th featured … More…