Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Beautiful art collection in Canada

Now most of us don't have the capacity to acquire a museum-quality art collection, but sometimes it's just nice to appreciate what can be done by a group of people when they are given the right amount of money, great taste, and a love for really amazing art.

From Raphael to Carracci: The Art of Papal Rome at the National Gallery of Canada explores the work of such amazing artists as El Greco, Titian, and Michelangelo. The show was curated by Dr. David Franklin, an expert in the Italian Renaissance.

The exhibition reflects two levels of "collecting art" - (1) The acquiring of the National Gallery of these works and (2) the history of papal commissions and collections during the Renaissance.

The show will be continuing through September 30.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Repost from Apartment Therapy

I often, and I mean often, guiltily peruse the pages of one of my favorite sites, ApartmentTherapy. So it makes me really happy when there is a post that relates to the art world and I don't feel so bad for wasting time. It seems like more and more recently there have been some good art-related entries. Recently there was an entry entitled "Art Resource Roundup: Framers, Galleries & Online Sources" that seemed to perfect to not insert here. Allison Marvin sat down and spoke with the Washington Post about her best advice for art collectors - where to find art, where to frame, local D.C. art resources, etc. Click here for the post.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Lehman brothers collection to go on the block

Lehman Brothers, the global financial firm, will be auctioning off much of their corporate art collection on November 1. 650 lots will go on the block at Freeman's, and is said to be worth $1 million.

A Louis Lozowick lithograph depicting a crew repairing the Brooklyn Bridge os expected to fetch $7,000 to $10,000.

"It's a very contemporary collection," Freeman's marketing director Tom McCabe said this week. So far, Freeman's is the only auction house to have gotten part of the Lehman action, he said.

Freeman's got the consignment because of its reputation in the field of corporate artwork.

"Freeman's was able to offer Lehman Brothers an exceptional place to sell and market the first part of their art collection," Paul Roberts, president of Freeman's Auctioneers, said in the release. "Over the last 10 years, we have made selling corporate collections one of our specialties."

Freeman's is still accepting consignments for the sale, scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. Nov. 1. So far, the top item is a 1959 limited-edition Picasso linocut, Femme Accoudee, which has a presale estimate of $50,000 to $80,000, according to a flier for the sale.

- David Iams for the Philadelphia Inquirer