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African-American Art at Peabody Essex Museum and at Auction

Alma Woodsey Thomas (American, 1891-1978), #2 (Red), Sold for $26,400

At a recent opening at the Peabody Essex Museum for the exhibit, In Conversation: Modern African American Art, I was struck by the fact that many of the artists’ works were familiar: Skinner has brought many works by these artists to auction.

The collection of 100 paintings, photographs, and sculptures by 43 different artists comes from the Smithsonian American Art Museum. The exhibit, which will remain on view through September 2, 2013, tells the story of a period of immense social change that many of us remember vividly.… Read More

Steel, Stones, and Smoke: Art Appraisers Tour Art Basel Miami Beach

Last week, I had the opportunity to travel to Florida for one of the year’s most spectacular art shows: Art Basel Miami Beach. I spent the first part of the trip with fellow art appraiser Kathy Wong, and then my husband and 7-year-old son joined me as traveling companions. In addition to spotting famous and emerging artists (Julian Schnabel, Orlan, the controversial Mr. Brainwash, and Marina Abramovic, to name a few), we snapped photos of many pieces of art that struck us as beautiful, original, shocking, or thought-provoking. You can view the full gallery on the American & European Works of Art Facebook page.