Jasper Johns

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Jasper Johns' Flag Sells for $28.6M

Painting breaks previous John's record

(Newser) - Jasper Johns' seminal work Flag from the collection of the late author Michael Crichton sold for $28.6 million at a New York City auction yesterday, an auction record for the artist. Christie's said the work was purchased by an American art dealer during high-spirited bidding by phone and in... More »

Obamas' Art Collection: Modern, Aggressive

White House borrows 47 works of art from Washington museums

(Newser) - Barack and Michelle Obama, working with curators at the White House and DC museums, have borrowed 47 artworks for their walls, and their selections are far more modern and discerning than their predecessors', writes Blake Gopnik. The Washington Post critic is impressed by the "surprisingly sober, even dour" choices... More »

Mass. AG Will Probe Brandeis Museum Sale

Art world condemns decision to close gallery, sell collection

(Newser) - The Massachusetts attorney general announced a probe into Brandeis University's shock decision to shut its modern art museum and sell off the entire 6,000-work collection. Brandeis did not consult the AG's office or even the museum's board, and wills and agreements between the Rose Art Museum and its donors... More »

Brandeis Shuts Museum, Will Sell 6,000 Works

Art world shocked as university closes renowned institution

(Newser) - Facing severe budget shortfalls, Brandeis University will close its well-regarded modern art museum and sell off the entire 6,000-work collection, reports the Boston Globe. The move has shocked the art world and drawn heavy criticism from museum and university professionals. "This is not a happy day in the... More »

Robert Rauschenberg, American Master, Dies at 82

Made mark in pop art, but sculpted and even won a Grammy

(Newser) - Robert Rauschenberg, a pioneer of pop art and one of the greatest American artists of the 20th century, died yesterday at 82, the AP reports. Rauschenberg's "combine paintings" of the 1950s, which incorporated three-dimensional objects ranging from soda bottles to stuffed birds, were seen as revolutionary, but over a... More »

For Jasper Johns, Gray Matters

Monochromatic Met show opens to raves

(Newser) - Visitors to the major Jasper Johns exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum in New York might find the art a bit colorless. But that's precisely the point: The renowned American artist has filled the galleries with 119 paintings, drawings, prints, and sculptures executed in shades of gray. The nearly monochromatic show... More »

Rothko Fetches $73 Million

Record price for seminal modern work marks trend in art purchases

(Newser) - Sotheby’s sold a Mark Rothko painting last night for $72.84 million, a record price for a piece of art created after World War II and a signal of a new boom in the market. Seller David Rockefeller bought the 7-foot-tall "White Center (Yellow, Pink and Lavender),"... More »

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