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  • FEBRUARY 19TH: FRIDAY LINK ROUND-UP

    It’s Friday! Here’s our weekly roundup of interesting art-related events and news from around the Internet! The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston has purchased the first Frida Khalo ever purchased. Painted in 1928 and purchased in 1929 by American Industrialist Cole Phillips, the painting has stayed in his family until recently. Now this purchase of “Does MujeresRead the Rest…

    ABSTRACT EXPRESSIONISM AND JOAN MITCHELL

    In the book The New York School; A Cultural Reckoning, writer, professor, and art critic Dore Ashton claims “With the emergence of Abstract Expressionism after World War II, American art made its force known for the first time in American culture and turned the attention of the international world from Paris to New York, itsRead the Rest…

    AN APPRAISER’S EYE ON ANTIQUE BOOKS

    March 26th, 2015 · 9:55 am  →  Antiques Appraisal Blog Books Documents Prints

    Since the invention of the printing press, millions of books have been produced and distributed, meaning that it is not uncommon to come across books that are quite old and interesting at book fairs, used book stores, consignment stores, yard sales, and other commonly accessible venues. These books are fragile and must be handled withRead the Rest…

    CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS AT MIR: PETER MAX & DAVOOD ROOSTAEI

    March 4th, 2015 · 1:28 pm  →  Appraisal Artist Spotlight Blog Contemporary Art Painting

    Throughout the years, MIR Appraisal has had the opportunity to inspect and research artworks by a number of important contemporary artists, ranging from painter, printmaker, and stage designer David Hockney (British, b. 1937) to photographer Peter Lik (Australian, b. 1959) to street artist Banksy (British, contemporary). Below, we explore the life and works of two contemporaryRead the Rest…

    FEBRUARY 20TH: FRIDAY LINK ROUND-UP

    We hope everyone had a lovely post-Valentine’s week. Every Friday, we post a list of some of our favorite art-related news and articles from around the internet. Did you know that every Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, the Chicago Cultural Center does free tours at 1.15pm? If you’ve never done it, this weekend is the weekendRead the Rest…

    CANCELLED PRINTS: AFTERTHOUGHT OR WORK OF ART?

    February 2nd, 2015 · 2:30 pm  →  Appraisal Art History Blog Prints Works on Paper

    Fine art prints, including (but not limited to) etchings, lithographs, woodblock prints, and engravings, are most often produced in multiples. The printmaking process begins with the production of an image on a surface, or “matrix,” from which the image is reproduced on paper in a series of “impressions.” Images created from the same matrix formRead the Rest…

    JANUARY 30TH: FRIDAY LINK ROUND-UP

    Can you believe its the end of January already? Soon spring will be here for real! Every Friday, we post a list of some of our favorite art-related news and articles from around the internet. Tonight at Aspect/Ratio, a contemporary video art gallery focused on exhibiting video art by emerging and established artists, is the opening receptionRead the Rest…

    CATHOLIC CHALICES: ANATOMY AND CONSTRUCTION

    January 27th, 2015 · 3:00 pm  →  Antiques Appraisal Blog Religious Objects

    We work with quite a few religious organizations and with that we see many different types of liturgical objects – especially chalices. A chalice, by definition, is a footed cup that is designed to hold liquid. However, for Catholic and many other Christian ceremonies, a chalice is specifically created to hold the Blood of Christ during theRead the Rest…

    DECEMBER 19TH: FRIDAY LINK ROUND-UP

    This weekend is the last weekend before Christmas and the very last day of Hanukkah! Have you completed all your holiday shopping and baking? Every Friday, we post a list of some of our favorite art-related news and articles from around the internet. Join the City of Chicago for “Caroling at Cloud Gate” tonight at 6.00pm!Read the Rest…

    CELEBRATING MIR APPRAISAL’S 20TH ANNIVERSARY: THE ESTATE OF ROSE MORGAN

    December 17th, 2014 · 4:51 pm  →  20th Century art American History Appraisal Blog Prints Works on Paper

    In celebration of MIR Appraisal’s 20th anniversary year, each month we have revisited a favorite case from our company’s history. This month’s article describes an exciting new case, which includes artworks and other items from the Estate of Rose Morgan, a notable 20th century African-American businesswoman and former wife of boxer Joe Louis.  From researching Hermon Atkins MacNeil’sRead the Rest…