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Pandemic Forces Outsider Art Fair to Adopt Hybrid Model
by Julie Schlenger Adell

The Outsider Art Fair (OAF) will move to a hybrid model offering live gallery exhibitions and an online viewing room when it is held January 28-February 7. The fair utilized a similar model for its Paris edition held in October 2020. The OAF, founded in 1993, has been owned since 2012 by ... (Read More)

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Case Auctions Opens Chattanooga Office
by M.A.D. staff

On November 30, 2020, Case Antiques Inc. Auctions & Appraisals opened a consignment office in Chattanooga, Tennessee. It is the third branch for the Knoxville-based company, which John and Stephanie Case (pictured) opened in 2005. Other offices are located in Nashville and Kingsport, Tennessee. “We’re grateful to be attracting an increasing ... (Read More)

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Riley Humler Joins Toomey & Co.
by M.A.D. staff

Riley Humler has been appointed head of the ceramics department at Toomey & Co. Auctioneers, Oak Park, Illinois. Humler has over 30 years of experience in the auction business, beginning with Cincinnati Art Galleries and then as founder of Humler & Nolan, a Cincinnati auction house specializing in American and ... (Read More)

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Magda Grigorian Heads to Phillips
by M.A.D. staff

Magda Grigorian has been appointed chief communications officer for Phillips. Based in New York City and reporting to chief executive officer Edward Dolman, Grigorian will drive the auction house’s global communications and public relations strategies and oversee all aspects of internal and external communications, the auction house said. Magda Grigorian. Grigorian has ... (Read More)

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Birds, Bugs and Butterflies Wins 2020 American Ceramic Circle Book Award
by M.A.D. staff

The American Ceramic Circle (ACC) Book Award, established in 2005, recognizes English-language publications that advance the study of ceramics, present new scholarship and interpretations, and, in doing so, become important and standard references in the field. The ACC Book Award committee identified the 2020 winner as Birds, Bugs and Butterflies: Lady ... (Read More)

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All We Have
by Hollie Davis and Andrew Richmond

The Young Collector In trying times, we find joy in small or unexpected places. One of our unexpected joys in the past seven months (which have felt like three and a half decades) is a weekly video chat that our younger child has with his cousin by cell phone. She is ... (Read More)

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New York Sues Sotheby’s Over False Tax Exemption Certificates
by M.A.D. staff

In early November 2010, during a conversation at the Manhattan coffee bar Sant Ambroeus, an unnamed collector asked his Sotheby’s key client manager (KCM)—only three years out of college—why some people did not pay sales tax when they bought art. That’s according to a lawsuit filed in November 2020 by ... (Read More)

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Letter from London, January 2021
by Ian McKay,

This latest “Letter” features something rather out of the ordinary, a monster machine called the “Super Lion,” and an old French shoe and a reminder of Madame Guillotine. Here, too, you will find oak furnishings and a dog collar keeping company. There are ivory models produced as a guide to ... (Read More)

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Auction Prices Realized, January 2021
by M.A.D. staff

Here are a few notable prices of antiques sold recently at auction, as provided by press releases. All prices include the buyer’s premium when charged. We’re always looking for news of prices realized at auctions, particularly unusual or top lots. Send pictures, complete descriptions, and information to A.P.R., Maine Antique ... (Read More)

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“Net to You” Contract Spurs Lawsuit
by Clayton Pennington

At 5:45 p.m. on Sunday, October 27, 2018, at the TEFAF show at the Park Avenue Armory in New York City, Hirschl & Adler Galleries sold a full-length portrait of George Washington by Gilbert Stuart—the so-called Munro-Lenox portrait. The price was $12,000,000. The venerable New York gallery didn’t own the 95" ... (Read More)
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