Thursday, July 29, 2010

Brandeis University signs on with Sotheby’s to Lease Art

Excerpts from an article by Ellen Howards in the "Boston Herald" on Sunday, July 11, 2010:

Debt-plagued Brandeis University has signed a contract with famed auction house Sotheby’s to lease rather than sell off works from its $350 million art collection.

The leasing deal is aimed at generating cash without breaking up the school’s renowned Rose Art Museum, which brims with prized modern and contemporary works.

“The Sotheby’s news is huge, it’s a great step forward for us,” said Roy Dawes, director of Rose Museum operations. “I hope it’s the solution to a difficult situation.”

Leasing deals are not unknown in the art world. The Museum of Fine Arts, for example, leased a large number of its prized Monets in 2004-05 to the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art at Las Vegas’ Bellagio Casino. Even if the Rose’s choicest works were leased out for years, the museum still would own them.

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Toni Silber-Delerive at the Chelsea Art Museum

Chelsea Art Museum, 556 W 22nd St, New York, NY 10011 for hours and information.

Salon: July 22, 23 & 24, 2010
Exhibition: July 27 – September 2, 2010
Opening Party: Thursday July 22: 5pm to 8pm
DJ After Party: Thursday July 22: 7pm to 11pm

Hudson Hotel Rooftop $15, cash bar

Frère Independent & Elga Wimmer PCC are proud to present the second edition of Open Portfolio at the Chelsea Art Museum. A pool of 30 to 40 selected emerging artists from around the globe will share directly with the public their most recent art works. All works will be unique, original, and challenging. Curator Elga Wimmer will lead a selection committee of contemporary art specialists. For 3 days artists will use a computer and their portfolio to present their work at the museum. At the end of the three days the artists will leave a selection of their works at the museum beginning a month long exhibition resulting from the three day salon and interaction with the public. Producers Elga Wimmer and Thierry Alet introduce here a new and dynamic way of promoting art. Open Portfolio is not just a show, an art fair or a biennial. It is a new format allowing for more proximity between the artists and the public at large.

To extend the dynamic, 2 works per artist will be published on the web a week prior to the opening of the show.