Archive for September, 2016

A Bad Week For Orchestras – Philadelphia, Pittsburgh Orchestras Out On Strike

“There’s no happy ending in sight for any of these situations. One can only hope that everyone has learned from the bitterness of other recent disputes to try to minimize the collateral damage and work hard for a swift resolution. Philadelphia and Pittsburgh are two of the country’s leading orchestras, and while they are out, there is a lot of great music not being made.”

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Philadelphia Orchestra Musicians Walk Out On Strike As Gala Audience Waited

“Friday night, a crowd of about 1,000 sat in Verizon Hall waiting for the orchestra to appear for the scheduled start of the Opening Night Gala. But no Philadelphia Orchestra appeared on stage. Unbeknownst to most in the audience, the 96 musicians and two librarians belonging to American Federation of Musicians Local 77 had decided to go out on strike about an hour before curtain... | Read More

IN PRINT: October 2016

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£1.6m Research Centre for Spanish Art announced

A corner of North East England is set to become an international centre for research and excellence into Spanish and Latin American art and culture under a new agreement announced today (Thursday 29 September 2016). Durham University and Auckland Castle Trust have entered into a new partnership to create The Zurbarán Centre for Spanish and Latin American Art in Bishop Auckland, County Durham.... | Read More

China Institute Gallery reopens in lower Manhattan

Art in a Time of Chaos: Masterworks from Six Dynasties China, 3rd – 6th Centuries, the inaugural exhibition at China Institute Gallery’s new space at 100 Washington Street in lower Manhattan, is on view from September 30, 2016, through March 19, 2017. The exhibition is the first major survey to examine Chinese culture and its international influences during the Six Dynasties period,... | Read More

Masterpiece by de Kooning highlights Post-War and Contemporary Evening sale in New York

Christie’s will present Willem de Kooning’s 1977 masterpiece, Untitled XXV, in its November 15 Evening sale of Post-War and Contemporary Art in New York. Estimated in the region of $40 million, Untitled XXV comes to the auction market for the first time since setting the world auction record for any example of Post-War Art in the very same saleroom exactly ten-years ago to the date. ... | Read More

Largest-ever retrospective in the Netherlands of Jean Tinguely opens at the Stedelijk Museum

Swiss artist Jean Tinguely (1925–1991) is famous for his playful, boldly kinetic machines and explosive performances. Everything had to be different, everything had to move. Precisely twenty-five years after his death, on October 1st, the Stedelijk opens a Tinguely retrospective: the largest-ever exhibition of the artist to be mounted in a Dutch museum. With over a hundred machine... | Read More

Richter tour de force from the collection of Eric Clapton to be sold in New York

Gerhard Richter’s Abstraktes Bild from the Collection of Eric Clapton will highlight Christie’s November 15, Evening Auction of Post-War and Contemporary Art in New York (Estimate in the range of $20million). Dating from the artist’s most celebrated period of abstraction and one of the highlights of the fall season, Abstraktes Bild was acquired by the rock legend Eric Clapton at... | Read More

Two stolen Van Gogh masterpieces recovered from a notorious drug boss in Italy

Two Van Gogh masterpieces stolen in Amsterdam 14 years ago have been recoved from the home of a notorious Italian drug boss near Naples, Italian and museum officials announced on Friday. The 1882 "Seascape at Scheveningen" and 1884/85 "Congregation leaving the Reformed Church at Nuenen" were "recovered during a massive, continuing investigation... conducted by a specialised Italian prosecutions... | Read More

Guy Wildenstein Accusations Summarized in Bloomberg

Bloomberg has a lengthy summary on the charges leveled against dealer Guy Wildenstein and his family this week, exploring Wildenstein’s various offshore holdings.  The article notes that about $875 million in work is held around the globe, and were used to maintain a flow of cash to the family.  “There were sales in order to generate the money for […]... | Read More
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