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Lucian Freud’s anti-abstract realism fascinate high-end collectors

>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 and initialed ìL.F.î, the hammer price recorded was $72,940. Abstraction was the prevailing trend...

Former FBI agent turned author Robert Wittman’s first-ever art crime seminar a ‘hit’ with attendees

Former FBI agent and author Robert Wittman's first-ever seminar June 13, 2011 on how the art business can protect itself against the growing threat of art crime attracted 13 attendees, including Antique Trader columnist Caroline Ashleigh. The week, consisting of five days of instruction and discussion with field experts, was a one-of-a-kind seminar in...

Marc Chagall’s love affair with Paris

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...

Art Markets: Depicting industry in art defined the 20th century modernity

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....

Fine art stolen by Nazis slowly finding its way home

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.

Canadian Modernists Attracting Respect

Canada might have seemed hundreds if not thousands of miles distant from the centers of modern art in the early decades of the 20th century, but the artists of the dominion transformed their isolation into an asset.

Art Markets: Art values can be an illusion

It was a snowy New Year’s Eve day, and the appraisers were making a house call. The client was a woman with a family heirloom, a piece of cut and painted paper silhouette art from a genre known by its German name, scherenschnitte.

Art Markets: Impressionism’s lasting impact

An art critic puzzled at the sight of Claude Monet’s Impression, “Sunrise” (Impression, soleil levant), coined the name “Impressionism” as a jeering insult. But the artists in the exhibition who so irked the critic eagerly embraced the term to describe their new approach to painting.