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George Clooney Tells Britain to Return Greek Art Treasures. BERLIN — George Clooney said the U.K. should return Greek art treasures in its possession, during a press conference for his film “The Monuments Men” at the Berlin Film Festival Saturday.

George Clooney Tells Britain to Return Greek Art Treasures

To His Collection of Steinways, Hedge Fund Titan Adds Their Maker. Fred R.

To His Collection of Steinways, Hedge Fund Titan Adds Their Maker

Conrad/The New York TimesSteinway’s showroom on West 57th Street. Paulson & Company, a hedge fund, agreed to buy Steinway for $512 million. Updated, 9:16 p.m. | John A. Paulson, the hedge fund billionaire, already owns three Steinway & Sons pianos: the medium model M grand, the larger model O and the nearly seven-foot-long model B, together worth tens of thousands of dollars. But Mr. The move raised eyebrows both in the world of music and on Wall Street.

The Getty Gets It: 'Open Content, An Idea Whose Time Has Come' Public Art — Beyond Murals and Sculptures. I took a public art walking tour around Denver recently.

Public Art — Beyond Murals and Sculptures

The stuff is everywhere. I only saw a tiny fraction of the 350-plus pieces that the City of Denver has sponsored thanks to a special fund that allocates one percent of the cost of all public construction projects to art. Bending for Sonnabend: Should MoMA Break Precedent by Mounting a Dealer-Tribute Show? Robert Rauschenberg, “Canyon,” 1959, a 2012 gift from Family of Ileana Sonnabend, flanked by two major Rauschenberg combines–”Rebus” (left) and “Bed,” at Museum of Modern ArtPhoto by Lee Rosenbaum UPDATE: More on this, here.

Bending for Sonnabend: Should MoMA Break Precedent by Mounting a Dealer-Tribute Show?

People like me who believe that museums should keep the commercial artworld at arms length may have raised an eyebrow at the Museum of Modern Art’s announcement last week regarding its first-ever show paying tribute to a commercial dealer—the late Ileana Sonnabend, who died in 2007 in possession of a huge trove of landmark works by a wide range of artists. Having spoken today with Ann Temkin, MoMA’s chief curator of painting and sculpture, about the concept behind the Sonnabend show, I agree that the pioneering dealer of everything from Pop to performance art is an intriguing, even worthy, subject—one of the prescient female dealers who “helped shape the course of postwar art in Europe and North America,” in the words of MoMA’s announcement.

Is it Worth it to Pay for a Gallery Show? Your art has been sitting in your studio unseen for months and you are desperate for a gallery show.

Is it Worth it to Pay for a Gallery Show?

Then you see it: a “Call for Artists” or “Competition” in a gallery which sounds wonderful and very esteemed. You apply and are accepted – only to realize that there is an X thousand dollar fee for exhibiting at the gallery. Should you pay to exhibit or is it not worth the expense? Carlyle Buys Getty Images From Hellman & Friedman. Carlyle Group LP (CG), the world’s second-largest private-equity firm, agreed to buy photo archive Getty Images Inc. from Hellman & Friedman LLC in a deal valued at $3.3 billion.

Carlyle Buys Getty Images From Hellman & Friedman

Carlyle will acquire a controlling stake in the company, while Getty co-founder and Chairman Mark Getty and the Getty family will roll “substantially all” of their ownership interests into the transaction, Washington-based Carlyle said today in a statement. Getty Images’ management, including co- founder and Chief Executive Officer Jonathan Klein, will also invest “significant equity” in the company, Carlyle said. The price is less than the $4 billion that San Francisco- based Hellman & Friedman was seeking, a person familiar with the matter said yesterday.

CVC Capital Partners Ltd., which was also bidding, declined to top Carlyle’s offer, according to the person, who asked not to be named because the talks were private. Secondary Sales. Why does the Indianapolis Museum of Art have Free Admission? From Black Power to Migrants’ Power. After the flood - / scene & herd. Left: Sweeping the water out of Gagosian Gallery, West Twenty-First Street, where a Henry Moore sculpture show was partially installed before Sandy.

after the flood - / scene & herd

Right: Soaked and oxidizing Carl Andre plates drying on the sidewalk in front of Paula Cooper Gallery. (All photos: Linda Yablonsky) THE NEW YORK art business has been a speeding train for so long that it began to seem as if nothing could stop it, or even slow it down. Then came Hurricane Sandy. Sandy did it. It started on the night of Monday, October 29.

Liam Neeson's 'Taken 2' Salary. Clapton to Sell Richter for $20 Million, 20 Times Price. Eric Clapton is selling a painting by Gerhard Richter valued at $20 million -- almost 20 times what he paid for it in 2001.

Clapton to Sell Richter for $20 Million, 20 Times Price

The 1994 oil-on-canvas “Abstraktes Bild (809-4)” is one of a series of three Richter paintings bought by the U.K. -born rock guitarist for $3.4 million in total at Sotheby’s (BID) New York in November 2001. At the time, this was an auction record for a lot containing abstracts by the German artist. Executed predominantly in red, dark blue and yellow, the work is being re-offered by Sotheby’s in London for its “Frieze Week” auction of contemporary artworks on Oct. 12. It has an estimate of 9 million pounds ($14.5 million) to 12 million pounds, according to a news release issued today. John Moores Painting Prize won by Sarah Pickstone. 15 September 2012Last updated at 14:20 GMT Sarah Pickstone's winning entry is titled Stevie Smith and the Willow Artist Sarah Pickstone has won the £25,000 John Moores Painting Prize for a work inspired by poet Stevie Smith.

John Moores Painting Prize won by Sarah Pickstone

The award is billed as Britain's most prestigious painting prize. Manchester-born Pickstone based the winning painting on an illustration by Stevie Smith to accompany her 1957 poem Not Waving But Drowning. Judge Fiona Banner described the work, titled Stevie Smith and the Willow, as "an enigmatic double portrait that grapples with the creative self". Metropolitan Museum fashion exhibition outdraws art blockbuster.

With many art museums pondering how to boost attendance – and some critics, curators and museum directors wondering whether maximizing crowds is really the best measure of success -- it’s worth noting that Prada beat Picasso in recent blockbuster shows at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Metropolitan Museum fashion exhibition outdraws art blockbuster

The Met announced Friday that “three widely acclaimed and highly attended exhibitions” this year had boosted New York City’s economy by $781 million, with out-of-towners who came to the shows pouring an estimated $78.1 million into city and state tax coffers. But perhaps most interesting from a Los Angeles perspective, given this summer’s debate over whether the Museum of Contemporary Art is putting too much emphasis on populist appeal, is that the Met’s fashion blockbuster, “Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations,” outdrew “The Steins Collect: Matisse, Picasso and the Parisian Avant-Garde.”

Critic's Notebook: What MOCA's `Art in the Streets' numbers mean CRITIC'S PICKS: Fall Arts Preview. Barack Obama's Art Collection. Botticelli Painting’s Fate up to Bankruptcy Judge - Bankruptcy Beat. 20 TV Shows With the Most Social Media Buzz This Week. The Oatmeal Shows Off the $211,223 it Raised for Charity. How Etsy Turns Artists Into Entrepreneurs [INFOGRAPHIC] Etsy isn't just about coffee koozies and repurposed doilies.

The ecommerce site may host online storefronts for handmade, vintage and repurposed items, but it also fosters a future for many an aspiring entrepreneur — a pursuit far more priceless than the items it sells. In fact, Etsy's user friendly interface and robust marketing tools have rendered it comparable to eBay, especially in terms of the companies' sales trajectories. Between 2010 and 2011, Etsy's sales increased by 71% — its 875,000 shop owners now sell an average of 2.9 million items per month. Yves Saint Laurent Designer Fashion Exhibit. Writer-director Nora Ephron dies at 71 - Entertainment News, Obituary. Everyone's An Artist Now. (Oh, Really?) In Lieu Of Advertising, Substitute Teacher's Art Brightens Times Square. Zum Tode von Ray Bradbury: Endzeitprophet mit Schreibmaschine - Kultur. Street artist behind 'sunbathers' takes credit on Facebook.

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