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Boring Old Bouguereau Makes for a Surprising New MAM Exhibition
William Bouguereau "Battle of the Centaurs and the Lapiths"

Boring Old Bouguereau Makes for a Surprising New MAM Exhibition

William A. Bouguereau is loved by all who enjoy 19th-century French Academic art, and hated by many who don’t.  I have always been impressed by his ability to capture the human form so perfectly, and have had the pleasure of … More…

Authenticity Doubts Still Linger Over The Most Expensive Painting Ever Sold At Auction
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Authenticity Doubts Still Linger Over The Most Expensive Painting Ever Sold At Auction

There are still many who doubt the authenticity of Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi.  Matthew Landrus, a research fellow at Oxford University’s Wolfson College, believes it was painted by Bernardino Luini, one of da Vinci’s studio assistants.  Now we have conflicting … More…

Lucas Museum of Narrative Art Looks For New President
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Lucas Museum of Narrative Art Looks For New President

Don Bacigalupi is stepping down as president of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art.  While the museum searches for his replacement, John W. McCarter, Jr. will assume the role.  Lucas’s museum, a $1 billion project, is scheduled to open in … More…

Don’t Mess With The IRS
Tales from the dark side

Don’t Mess With The IRS

New York art dealer Mary Boone was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison for filing false tax returns.  According to The NY Times article, “…Ms. Boone had reported false business losses, used business funds to pay for more than … More…

Rare 19th Century Landscape By Van Gogh Relative, Hague School Founder Bakhuyzen Enchants Collector
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Rare 19th Century Landscape By Van Gogh Relative, Hague School Founder Bakhuyzen Enchants Collector

Natasha Gural’s coverage, on Forbes.com, of our discovery of a rare winter skating scene by the 19th-century Dutch artist Hendrik van de Sande Bakhuyzen (1795 – 1860).  Included is a brief biography of the artist that discusses the Bakhyzen and Van … More…

The 19th Century at Sotheby’s – A Winning Hand
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The 19th Century at Sotheby’s – A Winning Hand

Sotheby’s bet big on their recent 19th-century sale and they came up with a winning hand.  While viewing the sale, I was a little concerned since they more than doubled the amount of work offered in recent sales, broke it … More…

The Pre-Raphaelites Come To America
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The Pre-Raphaelites Come To America

Victorian Radicals: From the Pre-Raphaelites to the Arts & Crafts Movement, featuring approximately 145 works drawn from the collection of the City of Birmingham, UK, will be on view at the Vero Beach Museum of Art from February 9 through May … More…

Comments on the Art Market – Volume 218
Comments on the Art Market

Comments on the Art Market – Volume 218

We are pleased to present Volume 218 of our Comments on the Art Market.  In this issue, we cover our upcoming shows in Palm Beach and Naples, In the News, Stocks, Tales from the Dark Side, Really, How To Safely … More…

The Old Masters Take Center Stage At Sotheby’s
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The Old Masters Take Center Stage At Sotheby’s

On Wednesday the 30th, Sotheby’s held a day and evening sale offering a selection of Old Master paintings, drawings, and sculptures. In an interesting PR twist, Sotheby’s brought in former pop-star and contemporary art collector Victoria Beckham, who is said … More…

Bargain-Basement Bacon
Tales from the dark side

Bargain-Basement Bacon

One and J Gallery (South Korea) is alleging that Christie’s has done, what can best be described as, a “bargain-basement sale” of a Francis Bacon.  According to the court documents, One and J consigned an unnamed Francis Bacon painting to … More…