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  • OCTOBER 13: MONDAY LINK ROUNDUP

    October 13th, 2014 · 10:22 am  →  20th Century art Art Market Blog Conservation Contemporary Art News

    Every week, we post a list of some of our favorite art-related news and articles from around the internet. Today is your last chance to see the Magritte exhibit at the Art Institute of Chicago! This exhibition, the first major museum show to focus on the artist’s most profoundly inventive and experimental years, features over 100 paintings,Read the Rest…

    OCTOBER 6: MONDAY LINK ROUNDUP

    October 6th, 2014 · 11:30 am  →  American history Art History Blog Conservation Contemporary Art Travel

    Today, to start off your week with some art-related news, we are featuring a Monday link roundup! This weekend, The 1968 Exhibit opened at the Chicago History Museum. The exhibit, which has been touring the United States since October 2011, focuses on all the conflicts and movements of those tumultuous twelve months: The 1968 Exhibit is filledRead 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…

    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…

    WHAT YEAR IS IT? DETERMINING THE AGE OF A PHOTOGRAPH

    Photography, like printmaking, can create prints again and again from a single source, sometimes years after the original negative or plate was first created. Therefore, it can be difficult to date a photograph from just looking at the front (recto). Three different, relatively vague, categories help distinguish the age of photographic prints compared to their negatives.Read the Rest…

    CELEBRATING MIR APPRAISAL’S 20TH ANNIVERSARY: THE POWER OF CONSERVATION

    February 14th, 2014 · 8:54 am  →  20th Century art Art Market Asian art Conservation Painting

    In honor of our 20th year in business, each month we will feature a favorite case from our history that demonstrates the importance of research throughout the appraisal process. This month’s installment focuses on the role that condition and conservation can play in determining a work’s true value. In 2011, MIR Appraisal received an inquiryRead the Rest…

    Conservation and Cleaning Reveal the Story Behind a Famous Pollock Painting

    June 4th, 2013 · 10:36 am  →  Art History Blog Conservation Modern Art Painting

    When a work of art comes to us to be appraised, sometimes a professional cleaning is needed to get a better idea of its value. Dirt and dust accumulated over years of neglect need to be removed to accurately assess the piece. Signatures, brushstrokes, and subtleties not previously evident suddenly spring into new life whenRead the Rest…

    Finders Keepers: Stolen Artwork Uncovered

    April 22nd, 2013 · 10:36 am  →  19th Century Art Art History Blog

    Marcia Fuqua, a 51-year old Virginia woman, unwittingly purchased an original painting by French Impressionist artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) for $7 at the Harpers Ferry Flea Market. News of the discovery made waves in the art world this month when an Alexandria auction house announced its intentions to sell the Renoir landscape, and a journalistRead the Rest…

    Recto/Verso and Vice Versa: The “Backstory” Behind a Famous Drawing

    April 18th, 2013 · 11:58 am  →  Art History Blog

                                        Recto and Verso are, or front and back, are common terms used when describing art. Although most of the time we appreciate a painting or a drawing from the front, the verso should not be dismissed. ARead the Rest…

    The Power of Provenance: A Picture Worth a Thousand Words

    April 15th, 2013 · 2:12 pm  →  Appraisal Art History Blog

    Every picture has a story. To be able to follow an image from its inception to its current-day location is an incredible example of provenance, or the documented story behind a piece of work. In terms of the art market, provenance is a means by which art experts can examine and verify authenticity and establishRead the Rest…