'Waiting for Her Brave's Return,' Charles M. Russell, watercolor on paper, 12 x 15 inches. Price realized: $375,000. Image courtesy C.M. Russell Museum

C.M. Russell Museum postpones annual Western art auction

'Waiting for Her Brave's Return,' Charles M. Russell, watercolor on paper, 12 x 15 inches. Price realized: $375,000. Image courtesy C.M. Russell Museum

‘Waiting for Her Brave’s Return,’ Charles M. Russell, watercolor on paper, 12 x 15 inches. Price realized at a past auction hosted by the C.M. Russell Museum: $375,000. Image courtesy C.M. Russell Museum

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) – A Western art museum in Montana has postponed its annual exhibition and fundraising auction due to coronavirus concerns while other events during Western Art Week in Great Falls will take place.

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Officials vote to keep Frank Lloyd Wright school open

Taliesin West, Frank Lloyd Wright’s winter home in Scottsdale, Ariz., is the main campus of the School of Architecture at Taliesin and houses the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. Lar image. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license. 

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The school that architect Frank Lloyd Wright started nearly 90 years ago may stay open after all. The School of Architecture of Taliesin includes campuses in Spring Green, Wisconsin, and in Arizona. The school’s board announced in January it planned to close the school in June.

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Original World Trade Center blueprints saved from trash

Battery Park City and the former Twin Towers at the World Trade Center in New York City. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

NEW YORK (AP) – Blueprints for the original World Trade Center were on sale at the New York International Antiquarian Book Fair after a Colorado man rescued them from the trash.

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Georgia O’Keeffe painting sells for $6.9M at Sotheby’s

Georgia O’Keeffe, ‘Nature Forms – Gaspé.’ Price realized: $6.9 million. Sotheby’s image

NEW YORK – Public institutions and private collectors zealously vied for works from the estates of Georgia O’Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz in Thursday’s auction titled “Alfred Stieglitz, Georgia O’Keeffe, Juan Hamilton: Passage” at Sotheby’s New York, driving the sale to achieve $17.2 million total – well in excess of the auction’s $13.3 million high estimate, and with a strong 87.4% of all lots finding buyers. Featuring never-before-seen artworks and personal effects emerging from the collection of artist Juan Hamilton, friend and confidante of O’Keeffe, the selection of works on offer traced the artistic evolutions and shared histories of the three American artists.

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Jasper Johns retrospective to run simultaneously in NYC, Philadelphia

 

‘Flag,’ 1954-55, by Jasper Johns. Encaustic, oil, and collage on fabric mounted on wood (3 panels), 41.25 X 60.75in (104.8 x 154.3 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; Gift of Philip Johnson in honor of Alfred H. Barr, Jr. © Jasper Johns / Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, N.Y.

NEW YORK – The most ambitious retrospective to date of the work of Jasper Johns, organized by the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art, will be presented simultaneously in New York and Philadelphia this fall. A single exhibition in two venues, this unprecedented collaboration, “Jasper Johns: Mind/Mirror,” will be the artist’s first major museum retrospective on the East Coast in nearly a quarter century. It opens concurrently in Philadelphia and in New York on Oct. 28.

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Alexander Calder will finally get a prime museum site

Alexander Calder (American, 1898-1976), ‘Nuages,’ 1976, gouache and ink on paper. Image courtesy of Rago Arts & Auction Center and LiveAuctioneers

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – A little more than two decades after a Calder museum was first proposed for the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the long-dormant idea has blossomed again, funding has materialized, and backers say that, by spring 2021, construction should get underway between 21st and 22nd Streets across from the Barnes Foundation and the Rodin Museum.

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Restoration of ‘The Blue Boy’ complete at California museum

Thomas Gainsborough (English, 1727-1788), ‘The Blue Boy, Portrait of Jonathan Buttall’

SAN MARINO, Calif. (AP) – An 18-month restoration of Thomas Gainsborough’s “The Blue Boy” has been completed and the circa-1770 painting will go back on display next month at The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens in Southern California.

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Met acquires Charles Ray ‘Horses’ sculptural relief

Charles Ray (American, born 1953). ‘Two Horses,’ 2019, granite, 10ft 3/8in × 14ft 10¼in. × 8½in. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Purchase, Lila Acheson Wallace Gift, Gift of Continental Group, by exchange, and Bequest of Gioconda King, by exchange, 2019 © Charles Ray, Courtesy Matthew Marks Gallery. Image credit: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photo by Pari Stave

NEW YORK – The Met announced Thursday the acquisition of the monumental sculptural relief Two Horses (2019) by American artist Charles Ray (b. 1953). Two Horses is now on view at The Met in gallery 918 of the Lila Acheson Wallace Wing.

The 10-by-14-foot granite relief by the acclaimed artist portrays two horses in profile, one fully articulated and a second figure behind it that is partially seen, evoking a ghost-like presence. The Met also announced that it will present an exhibition of the artist’s work in late 2021.

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Thornton’s ‘Temple of Flora’ prints to be shown in Chicago

Dr. Robert John Thorton, Plate 10, Tulip. Joel Oppenheimer Gallery image

CHICAGO – Joel Oppenheimer Gallery will present an exhibition titled “Temple of Flora by Dr. Robert John Thornton,” which includes 33 original engravings. The show will run from April 24 to June 30.

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David Hockney exhibition draws on his close friends

From the left: David Hockney, ‘Celia Birtwell,’ Aug. 29-30, 2019, ink on paper, 30¼ x 22 5/8in; David Hockney, ‘Gregory Evans I,’ June 27, 2019, ink on paper, 30¼ x 22 5/8in; David Hockney ‘Maurice Payne,’ Dec.16, 2019, ink on paper, 30¼ x 22 5/8in. All images © David Hockney Photo Credit: Richard Schmidt

LONDON – New portraits of David Hockney’s close friends – textile designer Celia Birtwell; his business manager and curator Gregory Evans, and master printer Maurice Payne – have gone on public display for the first time in a major new exhibition titled “David Hockney: Drawing from Life,” opening at the National Portrait Gallery, London on Thursday, Feb. 27.

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