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  • CELEBRATING MIR APPRAISAL’S 20TH ANNIVERSARY: O BEAUTIFUL FOR SPACIOUS SKIES

    September 30th, 2014 · 11:40 am  →  American History Authentication Blog Historical Documents

    In celebration of MIR Appraisal’s 20th anniversary, each month we will introduce a favorite case from our archives that details our company’s dedication to thorough research and analysis as key steps in the appraisal process. This month’s article describes a unique set of historical documents that we encountered as part of an estate appraisal case in 2008.  Several years ago,Read the Rest…

    SEPTEMBER 26: FRIDAY LINK ROUNDUP

    September 26th, 2014 · 5:09 pm  →  Blog Conservation Link Roundup News Photography Travel

    Every Friday, we post a list of some of our favorite art-related news and articles from around the internet.   The Filter Photo Festival opens this weekend. The festival, which runs through September 28th, features workshops, exhibitions, and evening programs: The 2014 Festival will take place from September 24th-28th and programming will encompass a variety of events,Read the Rest…

    THE AMERICAN FOLK ART MUSEUM RE-EXAMINES WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A SELF-TAUGHT GENIUS

    September 22nd, 2014 · 11:07 am  →  19th Century Art 20th Century art American History Antiques Art History Blog Folk Art

    A new traveling exhibition embarks on a cross country journey to celebrate the self-taught genius. Even though the field of American folk art was established by collectors and critics well over a century ago, there is still a serious lack of clarity and concreteness in the definition of what is to be considered “folk art.”Read the Rest…

    SEPTEMBER 19: FRIDAY LINK ROUNDUP

    September 19th, 2014 · 3:48 pm  →  Ancient Art Art History Blog Conservation Contemporary Art Link Roundup News

    Every Friday, we post a list of some of our favorite art-related news and articles from around the internet. Tonight, EXPO CHICAGO presents Art After Hours, a chance to visit art galleries and performance venues around Chicago during extended hours. A free shuttle service between the Loop, River North, the West Loop, and the Wabash Arts CorridorRead the Rest…

    COLLECTIBLE PHOTOGRAPHY: CARTES DE VISITE AND CABINET CARDS

    September 16th, 2014 · 3:04 pm  →  19th Century Art 20th Century art American History Blog Photography

    In the first half of the nineteenth century, photography had already begun to take off as a documentary art form. The daguerreotype, the first photographic process available to the public, enabled families to take true-to-life portraits of themselves and their loved ones (6). But daguerreotype portraits required lengthy sessions that resulted in stiff poses, andRead the Rest…

    SEPTEMBER 12: FRIDAY LINK ROUNDUP

    September 12th, 2014 · 12:50 pm  →  19th Century Art 20th Century art Art History Blog Conservation Modern Art

    Every Friday, we will post a list of some of our favorite art-related news and articles from around the internet. This Saturday (9/13), The Arts Club of Chicago presents, “My Kid Wouldn’t Even Do That!”: A Case for Difficult Art, this month’s installment of their series where speakers make a case for their favorite art form.Read the Rest…

    SEPTEMBER 5: FRIDAY LINK ROUNDUP

    Every Friday, we will post a list of some of our favorite art-related news and articles from around the internet. This weekend is the 12th annual Renegade Craft Fair in Wicker Park. The Renegade Craft Fair is a national network of craft fairs serving the DIY community: Everything at the fairs reflects our commitment to showcase the bestRead the Rest…