Pittsburgh Abstraction Kicks Off Tuesday Auction

Several works by Abstract painter Nathan Dunn kicked off today's auction at Gray's in Cleveland. The artist is closely associated with Cleveland's rival city of Pittsburgh. Dunn studied at Carnegie Institute of Technology and became best known for his works throughout Pittsburgh, Ohio, and West Virginia. He also painted in Cape Cod, Massachusetts during the … Continue reading Pittsburgh Abstraction Kicks Off Tuesday Auction

Life Insurance Exec Portraits from Smithsonian being offered through Pook & Pook

Scrolling through the upcoming auctions last night on LiveAuctioneers, I noticed several portraits being offered were the property of the North American Life Insurance Company. I was unfamiliar with it, but apparently it combined with Connecticut General to form CIGNA. The history dates back to Philadelphia in the 1790s. Portraits of life insurance executives are … Continue reading Life Insurance Exec Portraits from Smithsonian being offered through Pook & Pook

The Lasting Winter — Bruce Crane at Philbrook Museum of Art

The 19th century American Art collection at the Philbrook Museum of Art is on the second floor of its Italian Renaissance Mansion. Upon entering the first room slightly on the leftside of the staircase, one is greeted by a large winter scene painting by Bruce Crane, donated by Laura A. Clubb in 1947. New England … Continue reading The Lasting Winter — Bruce Crane at Philbrook Museum of Art

You Don’t Have to Be Wealthy to Collect Art

Whenever my husband and I watch a procedural on television that involves an art dealer, artist, or other art-world denizen, we always nod to each other as soon as the character appears because we know he did it. (It’s usually a man.) We haven’t been wrong yet. Why is this? Why is the art world endlessly depicted as a mercenary place populated by craven characters with vaguely European accents who are at once effete and sleazy?

How do we know a Pittsburgh Sideboard when we see one?

That’s a good question, isn’t it? I’ve stood in front of more than a few sideboards at antique shows and with Philadelphia on the tip of the tongue; someone blurts out “Pittsburgh.” It’s happened so often I feel I may know what a Pittsburgh sideboard is. Unlike eastern cities like Boston, Baltimore, Philadelphia and New … Continue reading How do we know a Pittsburgh Sideboard when we see one?

Slashing The Painting

A former guard at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh has pleaded guilty to slashing a $1.2 million painting with a key and faces sentencing on April 7. Serebrykov slashed Night Sky 2 by Latvian artist Vija Celmins on May 16 because he didn't like it. [Read more...]

Furnishing the Frontier

For residents of Philadelphia, New York, Baltimore and Boston wanting fine home furnishings there were enough residents to support a cabinetmaking industry before 1800. In Charleston and elsewhere, the furnishing were more likely to come from England. In frontier cities like Pittsburgh, however, the economics of transportation and the landscape made it necessary to import a cabinetmaker.[...]

From Pittsburgh: The 31st Annual Decorative Arts Symposium

Jason Busch, the Alan G. and Jane A. Lehman Curator of Decorative Arts, and Julie Emerson, Ruth J. Nutt Curator of Decorative Arts at the Seattle Art Museum will discuss exciting new ideas in the display of decorative arts and design. This evening event, presented by the Women’s Committee of Carnegie Museum of Art, will … Continue reading From Pittsburgh: The 31st Annual Decorative Arts Symposium