Picasso and Petrus. This thief has good taste.

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Blouin Art Info
by Kyle Chayka

Sommelier-turned-art-thief Mark Lugo became infamous after he strolled out of San Francisco’s Weinstein Gallery with a $200,000 Picasso drawing, and was later found to be harboring a stash of stolen art at his Jersey apartment (his “collection,” valued at more than $430,000 included works by artists ranging from Basquiat to Yoshitomo Nara.) Yesterday, he at last pleaded guilty to art theft in New York. Read More

Destination: Philadelphia, PA

Philadelphia Antiques Show   Don’t feel like trekking to NYC every time you want to see quality art? For American art and antiques, it’s hard to beat the Philadelphia Antiques Show April 28-May 1, 2012. Make a weekend out of it — read on to see our travel ideas from fun places to stay and hot dining spots, to must see and must do’s.

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Opening Today: The Steins Collect: Matisse, Picasso, and the Parisian Avant-Garde

Opening today at The Met, is a landmark exhibition tracing the collecting habits of Gertrude Stein and her brothers. In early 20th-century Paris, they were among the first to recognize the talents of Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse. Gertrude in particular, was thought of as the epicenter of the arts of her day. She held regular Salons at her home in Paris in which artists shared their work with peers and received her criticism. She was a king maker for artists you know today — Cezanne, Degas, Manet, Renoir, and many others.

This exhibition is a unique opportunity to see the Steins’ unparalleled holdings of modern art, bringing together, for the first time in a generation, dozens of works by Matisse, Picasso, Paul Cézanne, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, and many others.

The Steins Collect: Matisse, Picasso, and the Parisian Avant-Garde
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
February 28 – June 3, 2012

 

Real of Fake?

Can you tell if this work is by Jackson Pollock? It sold for $17 million so one would assume everyone on both sides of the sale did their homework. However, according to paint analysis (pigments used in this work were not invented until years after it was allegedly painted) it’s a fake.

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Cezanne sets record at $250M

Paul Cezanne’s “The Card Players” was purchased for $250 million by the Qatari royal family from the collection of the late Greek shipping magnate George Embiricos. The staggering price is almost double the previous record for a work of art.

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Destination: Marblehead, Massachusetts

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What a serene early summer evening! I want to be on that sailboat heading in from a great day on the water. William Stone was a Boston artist who often painted light-filled canvases depicting the New England coast like the picture above of Marblehead, MA.

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Matisse using bold colors and a compromised picture plane.
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Henri Matisse (1869-1954) was a French painter, sculptor, and printmaker and one of the most influential modernists of the 20th century. He is known for his still lifes and nudes. Here I’ve featured some of his still lifes to compare with one done by an artist in our inventory, Harold Cohn (American 1908-1982). Click here to view the work: Harold Cohn.

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