San Francisco in the ’60s brings thoughts of hippies and psychedelic rock, but the counterculture manifested itself in all the arts. Some of the rare 45 R.P.M. recordings from San Francisco bands have become valuable, but for collectors of the era’s artifacts, the greatest prizes are often original copies of the posters that promoted concerts in the Bay Area’s ballrooms and clubs. The best of those posters are magnificent examples of 20th century art and design and collectors are paying premium prices to own a slice of this era of American pop culture. Read More +
Before movies and Hollywood, there was the theater and Broadway. Alfred Cheney Johnston (1884-1971), a young artist with an interest in the beauty of the female form, found his calling in the excitement of the enormously successful Ziegfeld Follies. Read More +
The covers of popular science fiction and horror pulps of the 1930s and ’40s were meant to leap at the eye from their perches in dime store magazine racks; few of the artists working in this field have hung on to the attention of aficionados as much as Hannes Bok. Read More +
Mexican artists may have been introduced to modernity through photography, and one of the foremost Mexican photographers of the early 20th century, Hugo Brehme (1882-1954), has been cited as an influence on the country’s best known artist from the period, Diego Rivera. Brehme was a German immigrant imbued with the European Romantic tradition, which sought the sublime essence of nature and reveled in the beauty of ancient ruins. Read More +
Artist Clarence Boyce Monegar is one of Wisconsin’s most beloved painters, executing landscape commissions for professionals and institutions. Monegar’s watercolors could often be found in doctor’s offices and bank lobbies. Since his death in 1968, his work has only increased in value and interest in his paintings has surfaced as far away as California. Read More +
>Show reports, auction results and research >>Get it all delivered for just a $1 an issue! Lucian Freud’s etching, Woman With an Arm Tattoo, (1996), sold at Sotheby’s Australia Aug. 23, 2011, one month after the artist’s death. Numbered 12/40 … Read More +
The Paris discovered by Marc Chagall (1887-1985) when he arrived by train in 1910 was still the city of the art world’s dreams. It was a metropolis of broad boulevards and crooked cobbled alleys lined with ateliers and cafes where Picasso might be found sitting with Braque. Chagall was able to subsist in a city where credit was extended to artists as a matter of course, where meals could sometimes be paid for in sketches and intellectuals could occupy a corner table for an entire afternoon of animated discussion for the price of a cup of coffee.
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For the first half of the 20th century, images of industry were synonymous with progress. As assembly lines increasingly supplied the needs and wants of the world’s growing urban population, factory scenes became shorthand for the brave new world of modernity. Industrial art became an international genre, crossing political borders and economic systems alike. The scenes of laborers working within the shadows of enormous machines assumed similar form whether in the Soviet Union, Nazi Germany or the United States.
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Conquering armies have returned with booty from time immemorial, but in the 20th century, the Nazis organized what was probably the largest campaign of art theft in history. To call it organized, however, overlooks a rivalry among Nazi leaders that resembled gangsters fighting over their share of the loot.
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German artist Heinrich Vogeler (1872-1942) believed art should be inseparable from daily life. Fine art expert Mary Manion show us in her Art Markets column why his life of is worthy of a great novel.
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