The Boston Museum of Fine Arts has recently acquired a work by Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo’s painting Dos Mujeres (Salvadora y Herminia) (1928) recently joined the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) in Boston. According to the museum, this was the first work that the artist ever sold. It is also the first of Kahlo’s works to enter the museum’s collections. The painting represents two Mexicans, Salvadora and Herminia, posing in front of tropical foliage; they were domestic helpers in Frida Kahlo’s childhood home Casa Azul, that today has become the Frida Kahlo Museum. The faces show dignity, almost heroism, echoing the artist’s Communist leanings. According to Graham Gund, director of the MFA: “Frida Kahlo’s work is a 20th century touchstone, and we’re proud to be able to count this remarkable acquisition among the MFA’s masterpieces of art of the Americas. As our community continues to grow and evolve, we’re committed to representing the diverse experiences of artists in our...

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The Prado acquires a Fra Angelico

The Prado Museum (Madrid) recently acquired a major Renaissance work: The Virgin with a Pomegranate, a tempera on a panel produced in the 15th century by Guido di Pietro, also known as Fra Angelico. The painting in question was one of the last by Fra Angelico to still be held by a private individual — the Duchesse of Alba who died in 2014. The Prado Museum announced this acquisition on 20 January in a press release. The painting is said to be in a remarkable state of preservation. The transaction amounted to €18 million and includes a personal donation from the heir to the Duchess of Alba, her elder son Carlos Fitz-James Stuart y Martínez de Irujo — a small panel recently attributed to Fra Angelico by the Prado...

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Dresden’s State Art Collections acquire a work by Kirchner

Dresden’s State Art Collections have recently acquired a work by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (Straßenbild vor dem Friseurladen, Street Scene in Front of the Hair Salon (1926)). This work had been stolen by the Nazis in the same museum almost 80 years ago. This information comes from Catherine Hickley (The Art Newspaper), who states that the museum purchased the painting from Galerie Henze & Ketterer in Berne (Switzerland) for an unknown sum. The gallery, on the other hand, had bought the painting $1.3 million in 2008 at Christie’s...

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Sotheby’s acquires Art Agency, Partners

Sotheby’s announced, on 11 January 2016, its purchase of the company Art Agency, Partners (AAP), managed by Amy Cappellazzo, Allan Schwartzman and Adam Chinn. Set up in March 2014, Art Agency, Partners is an agency that aims to offer collectors and foundations advice on the acquisition and sale of artworks. Art Agency, Partners also offers to act as an intermediary with museums. Through this acquisition, Sotheby’s hopes to increase its profitability, as underlined by its CEO Tad Smith: “AAP’s profitable business helps drive initiatives that are imperative for Sotheby’s growth – improving our leadership position at the high end of the fine-art market, bolstering our private sales capability, giving us new growth opportunities in advisory services, and reinforcing the client-first culture in all we...

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Columbus Museum of Art announces four acquisitions

The Columbus Museum of Art in Columbus, Ohio, United States, has announced four new acquisitions. These will be presented during the reopening of the institution on 25 October 2015. The four new pieces are contemporary art works integrating mediums as varied as photography, audio sculptures and film. The Columbus Museum of Art has also acquired for the first time a work by American artist Josiah McElheny, with the installation Three Screens for Looking at Abstraction, composed of three screens made of mirrors and translucent cloth. An important abstract portrait by modern artist Paul Feeley (1910-1966), Untitled (January 12) also joins the collection of the institution, alongside an audio sculpture, Study for Strings by Scottish artist and 2010 Turner Prize winner Susan Philipsz. Finally, the Columbus museum is the first American museum to obtain a work by Carissa Rodriguez, also director of Reena Spaulings Fine Art, in New York. It’s Symptomatic/What Would Edith Say is an extract from a series of photographs of tongues covered in black marker indicating a detailed diagnostic of the organ’s state by the artist’s acupuncturist. Founded in 1878, the Columbus Museum of Art houses American and classical European collections, and, more recently, contemporary collections. Important renovation work and extensions began in 2007 and have successfully opened a portion of the museum in 2011. The last wing under construction is expected to open on 25 October...

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