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Norman Rockwell (1894-1978), "Shuffleton's Barbershop," 1950. Oil on canvas, 31" x 33". Cover illustration for "The Saturday Evening Post," April 29, 1950. Collection of the Berkshire Museum. Norman Rockwell Museum Digital Collections. ©SEPS: Curtis Publishing, Indianapolis, IN.

So Sad — The Paintings Will be Sold!

Well, the saga is over and it appears the Berkshire Museum will get the chance to sell off most of the 40 paintings.  This is real sad.  According to reports: The agreement states that the key work in the proposed sale, … More…

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Managing the Pipeline – REHSing Artists

Managing the pipeline – I know it’s been quite a while since my last REHSing Artists piece which discussed presenting your work… hopefully in all that time, you’ve found some representation! Once you have representation, comes the fun part… sales! … More…

Leaving the La Salle: Hubert Robert’s The Tomb of Virgil at Posilipo, near Naples (1784). La Salle University Art Museum

Ambulance Chasing — It Ain’t Just For Lawyers!

I always thought ‘ambulance chasing’ was reserved for the legal profession?  Now it seems that the auction houses are getting in on the action.  Brian Allen, in his article for The Art Newspaper, points out that the auction houses are … More…

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We Are In A Holding Pattern

The Berkshire Eagle reported today that there was a dramatic shift away from litigation, [as] the Attorney General’s Office is now working alongside the Berkshire Museum to resolve whether the storied Pittsfield institution has the right to sell the most … More…

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Should We Paint Over The Sistine Chapel?

All of this political correctness is getting out of hand.  The National Gallery in Washington cancelled a Chuck Close exhibition because the artist has been accused of sexual misconduct. Seattle University removed Close’s “Self-Portrait 2000” from display citing concerns over … More…

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A Stupid Publicity Stunt!

It was recently reported in The Guardian that the curator of contemporary art at the Manchester Art Gallery removed a true masterpiece of Victorian art – John William Waterhouse’s Hylas and the Nymphs – from the wall in order “to prompt … More…

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Comments on the Art Market – Volume 206

We are pleased to announce that Volume 206 of our Comments on the Art Market was just released.  This month we cover our Upcoming Shows (Palm Beach & Naples), the ever gyrating Stock & Crypto Markets, The Dark Side of … More…

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Master Paintings — OK, the Old Masters!!

Tonight, Sotheby’s presented their Master Paintings Evening Sale … in the pre-millennial days this would have been called Old Master Paintings … and the results were positive – with the top 14 works all selling in excess of $1M. Taking … More…

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I’ll make [her] an offer [s]he can’t refuse

That’s what Igor Toporkovski must have said when he donated 26 questionable works to the Museum of Fine Arts in Ghent.  According to The Art Newspaper, every piece from an exhibition of Russian Avant-Garde works has issues.  Experts and researchers … More…

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Could A Deal Be In The Works?

Yesterday, January 29, was the deadline for the AG’s investigation into the Berkshire Museum’s decision to sell 40 important works of art.  According to an article in The Berkshire Eagle by Larry Parnass … In a one-page motion to a … More…

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