May 16, 2013 |
On May 24 at China's Hong Kong Convention Center an outfit called Intelligence Squared will host a formal debate during the debut of the newest spinoff of the Art Basel franchise of international art fairs. The motion under consideration will be: "The Market Is the Best Judge of Art's Quality. " Honest. That's the topic for debate. I figure the program harbors two, maybe three minutes of chat -- tops. The panel is a retread of a 2011 program held at London's Saatchi Gallery.
March 24, 1996
Ruth Schaffner, 81, contemporary art dealer in California and Africa. Born Ruth Staudinger in Germany, she fled to France at the outset of World War II and was educated there. Later she moved to New York City where she was a commercial photographer of children. One of her major projects was photographing youngsters for the classic series of Ivory Soap commercials. She married Joseph Schaffner of the Hart Schaffner & Marx clothing fortune, and after his death in 1972 opened her art gallery.
April 23, 1986 |
On a defense motion, the preliminary hearing of West Hollywood art dealer Douglas James Chrismas in Los Angeles Municipal court has been continued until June 30. The hearing had been scheduled to begin Tuesday. Chrismas, 42, faces seven counts of felony grand theft arising out of allegations that he stole more than $1 million in artworks by such leading contemporary artists as Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol and others.
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March 25, 1992 |
The Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday offered a $25,000 reward for information leading to a conviction in the fatal shooting of a Granada Hills resident who was followed home from a night business meeting and held up in his driveway. The victim, Fritz Waninger, 39, an art dealer, was shot Feb. 27 as he got out of his car. Authorities said it was the most violent of 17 follow-home robberies in affluent neighborhoods north of the Simi Valley Freeway between December and early March.
August 14, 1989 |
Pierre Matisse, an art dealer whose renowned Manhattan gallery was the United States' most distinguished repository for the works of such contemporary masters as Marc Chagall, Joan Miro, Balthus, Jean Dubuffet and others, has died at age 89. Matisse, the younger of two sons of the painter Henri Matisse, died Wednesday at Princess Grace Hospital in Monaco, not far from his home in St. Jean-Cap Ferrat, France, hospital officials said. The cause of death was not disclosed.
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June 7, 2000
David Stary-Sheets, 60, former creator of custom furniture who became an art dealer and expert on the California Regionalist movement. The son of premier Southern California realist painter Millard Sheets, he had operated Stary-Sheets Fine Art Gallery with his wife, Susan, for the last decade.