categories + archives: paintings

masterworks of art: the mellon collection at sothebys

masterworks of art mellon collection sothebys

Any list of American collectors of great masterworks of art undoubtedly includes the late Paul Mellon (1907-1999) and his recently deceased wife Rachel “Bunny” Mellon (1910-2014). In my view, they were without a doubt our nation’s greatest cultural patrons who … Continue reading

fine contemporary art from dorotheum, vienna

Dorotheum-Sean-Scully-painting

If you’re involved in the fine contemporary art + design market in New York as I am, May is one of the craziest months of the entire year.  Besides the numerous events related to New York design week, the ICFF … Continue reading

the superb belle epoque 19th century art of boldini

Boldini-landscape

When the Sotheby’s New York’s 19th Century European Art catalogue arrived on my desk this week, I was amazed to see this brilliant landscape by Boldini amongst a handful of very good portraits by the master.  I’m not sure I’ve … Continue reading

flying under the radar: canadian abstract art

Jean-Emile-Borduas-Canada-red-abstract

Abstraction dominated the art world in the years following the Second World War.  It was a move away from surrealist and post impressionist art and is best exemplified by the works of some of my favorite artists including Jackson Pollock … Continue reading

barry friedman at christie’s: high-end contemporary design for sale

Barry-Friedman-sale-Donat-commode

Barry Friedman, one of New York’s premier modern design dealers is retiring and selling part of his extensive contemporary design collection of furniture and art at Christie’s New York over the course of three days starting tomorrow 25 March 2014. … Continue reading

pulsating brazilian art: beatriz milhazes

Beatriz Milhazes Art London Underground

The colorful fine art of Brazilian artist Beatriz Milhazes represent much of what we think of when someone mentions Brazil: bright tropical colors; pulsating energy and rhythm of Carnivale; a fluid movement mixed with a carefree passion for life. Rio … Continue reading

tarting up the old king cole mural of the st. regis hotel new york

St.Regis-Old King Cole mural-removal

Recently I was walking by the St. Regis Hotel on 5th avenue and 55th street in New York, when it occurred to me to go in and look at the “Old King Cole” mural that was the cover for Joshua … Continue reading