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A Life and Art Full of Contradictions

Can you name a renowned woman artist primarily associated with Taos, New Mexico?

Well, yes, there’s Georgia O’Keeffe. But there is also Agnes Martin.

The Canadian-born painter (1912-2004) had a life and career that were full of fascinating contradictions. She began painting traditional narrative themes, but made her name with art that has most often been classified as Minimalist. (She thought of herself as an Abstract Expressionist.) She lived off the grid in Taos, New Mexico – what was then a remote, unfashionable outpost – but became influential in the art world and a wealthy woman late in life.… Read More

Designing @Auction: “Get the Look” with Phillip Thomas + Skinner

Skinner welcomed Phillip Thomas, Founder and Principal of Phillip Thomas Inc., a New York-based design firm, for a behind-the-scenes look into the warehouse to view furniture, objects, and works of art. Phillip created “get the look” interior vignettes with pieces from our June 20th Century Design auction.

“Dining rooms are so often under-utilized spaces for an individual to tell their story and share their passions. I enjoy incorporating beautiful collections into my clients’ dining rooms.”

LOT PICKS: 1111, 1319, 1139, 1484, 1477, 1311, 1476, 1116

“The at-home bar has been making a comeback over the last few years in my designs.Read More

The Greatest Show on Earth: The Art of Alexander Calder

Alexander Calder was an artistic jack of all trades. He worked in metal from jewelry to large-scale public sculpture; he painted in oils, watercolor, and gouache; was a theatrical set designer; and he was also a successful lithographer. What makes Calder so compelling in every medium is his wit and energy. His bright palettes and simple shapes visually bounce off of one another like an exuberant dance, and his child-like circus subjects capture all of the wonder and joy of the big top.… Read More

A Video Introduction | Fine Paintings & Sculpture at Auction

Robin Starr introduces a selection of highlights from the upcoming May 31 Fine Paintings & Sculpture auction

This auction covers a broad range of Western styles, media, and regions from the 16th century to the present day including paintings, sculpture, and works on paper. Star lots include a dramatic escape from wolves by Alfred von Wierusz-Kowalski; a skiing scene set in the Austrian Alps by Alfons Walde; and a stunning Hans Hofmann composition from 1950.… Read More

Collecting Modern & Contemporary Art – How to Start

Walmar Wladimir Schwab (Swiss, 1902-2000) Abstract Composition, sold for: $492

Whether you would like to purchase a few artworks to fill wall space in a new apartment or you are interested in beginning a serious art collection, buying at auction can be a straightforward entry point. The process is rather transparent, and it is one of the few opportunities in the US art market to have an idea of pricing up front. Auction houses always provide an estimate of a work’s value—a range in which the specialists believe a work will sell.… Read More

First Tuesday | April 2 | Marlborough

Join us for First Tuesday in Marlborough 

Tuesday, April 2 | 1:30PM – 4PM

Specialists Michael Evans, Kaitlin Shinnick, Robin S.R. Starr, & Chris Barber will be on hand to evaluate items and accept consignments for upcoming auctions. 

Experts Available in April:

Michael Evans – From the American Indian & Ethnographic Art Department, Michael is interested in appraising a variety of art, artifacts, and decorative objects from American Indian, African, Inuit, Oceanic and Asian tribal cultures.  Skinner holds two live American Indian & Ethnographic Art auctions each year as well as Tribal Art online auctions and is seeking consignments for future auctions.Read More

Modern & Contemporary Art Consignment Days | NY & NJ

The market for Modern and Contemporary art has never been stronger, and Skinner’s carefully curated and expertly presented auctions regularly include work by the recognized masters of the 20th and 21st centuries. Works by Alexander Calder, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Pablo Picasso, Sam Gilliam, and Louise Nevelson, among others, represent the wide range of successful offerings at Skinner’s recent sales.

Skinner’s Modern & Contemporary Art Specialist, Kate Leland, will be in the New York and New Jersey area March 7 and 8.Read More

A Friendly Debate: Challenges of Provenance and Authenticity

Renowned for his large-scale sculptures, Henry Moore (British, 1898-1986) was also a prolific draughtsman, producing nearly 7,500 drawings over the course of his career. He made these drawings for a variety of purposes: as works of art in their own rights, as preparatory sketches for sculptures or prints, as nature studies, or as studies of the works of other artists. Moore made the drawing Reclining Figures, 1948-50, with the intention of using it as a study for a future print.… Read More

Highlights from American & European Works of Art at Skinner on January 25th

BOSTON, MA – January 14, 2019 – On Friday, January 25, Skinner presents an outstanding two-session auction of Prints, Multiples & Photographs and Paintings & Sculpture with over 350 lots spanning Old Masters through contemporary offerings. 

Paintings & Sculpture

An exceptional selection of bronze sculptures is spearheaded by an important group of western bronzes by Harry Jackson, including early works Stampede (Lot 278, Estimate: $80,000-120,000) and Range Burial (Lot 279, Estimate: $50,000-70,000) among others from the collection of Joseph Thomas Alvarez III.… Read More

5 Questions with Modern & Contemporary Art Specialist Kate Leland

Skinner’s specialist in Modern & Contemporary Art, Kate Leland, helps to produce three major auctions annually, appraising and cataloging paintings, sculpture, and works on paper for a wide variety of Skinner clients. Kate joined Skinner in 2016 after serving in curatorial and administrative roles at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, Florida, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.… Read More

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