Keith Girard

Mary Corse Among Highlights as Whitney Museum Switches to Summer Hours 8

Mary Corse Among Highlights as Whitney Museum Switches to Summer Hours

Mary Corse, David Wojnarowicz and Kevin Beasley are among the artists whose works will be featured at the The Whitney Museum of American Art this summer. The museum said it will keep its doors open all week during July and August to accommodate an influx of visitors. Ordinarily closed on Tuesdays, the museum will be open all week, starting July 3, from 10:30 am to 6 pm Sunday through Thursday....
Donald Trump Naked (The Statue) Sells, Headed to Vegas; See Who Bought It! 10

Donald Trump Naked (The Statue) Sells, Headed to Vegas; See Who Bought It!

A statue of a naked President Trump, titled “The Emperor Has No Balls” has sold at auction. It’s the last of its kind from a series that popped up in cities all over the country in 2016. Brace yourself, it’s no Michelangelo’s David. Julien’s Auctions hosted the sale Wednesday night in Los Angeles, where the Trump figure sold for $8,000 over its pre-sale estimate of $20,000....
Met Unveils Glory of Mexican Art From Flourishing, 18th Century Era (Photos!) 12

Met Unveils Glory of Mexican Art From Flourishing, 18th Century Era (Photos!)

Mexico is too often stereotyped as a dusty backwater to the United States, but when the U.S. was still a collection of British colonies, Mexico had imperial pretensions and a flourishing culture that produced dramatic artworks rivaling European Masters. The Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan has unveiled a new exhibit that captures the glory of Mexico’s 18th century milieu, during a period when it was known as “New Spain.”...
Guggenheim Presents First Hilma af Klint Solo Exhibition in United States 14

Guggenheim Presents First Hilma af Klint Solo Exhibition in United States

ilma af Klint (1862–1944) began her career with conventional studies at Tekniska Slolan and the Royal Academy of Art in Stockholm, but her distinctive abstract paintings were inspired by her deep interest in the occult and the spiritual world. Her radical abstract paintings will go on display at the the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City in the fall, marking the first solo exhibition in the United States, the museum announced....
Early Van Gogh Landscape 'Fishing Net Menders in the Dunes' Heading for Auction 16

Early Van Gogh Landscape ‘Fishing Net Menders in the Dunes’ Heading for Auction

Vincent Van Gogh spent the early part of his career in the Netherlands and was inspired to paint an iconic landscape “Fishing Net Menders in the Dunes.” The early representation of his work is heading for the auction block and is expected to fetch up to $6 million. The painting is on display in Paris and will be auctioned June 4. It will be the first Van Gogh auctioned there in more than 20 years....
Met Stands Fast Against Creeping Fascism Over Balthus Painting (Photo) 20

Met Stands Fast Against Creeping Fascism Over Balthus Painting (Photo)

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York’s premiere repository of art and culture, is standing fast against a coterie of critics, including neo-Fascists, who are demanding the removal of a Balthus painting titled “Therese Dreaming.” The painting depicts a young girl leaning back on a chair with her leg propped up and a far-away look on her face. Critics say it sexualizes the subject because her underwear is visible and the pose is “suggestive.”...
David Bowie Draft of Iconic 'Starman' Lyrics Going Up for Auction (video) 24

David Bowie Draft of Iconic ‘Starman’ Lyrics Going Up for Auction (video)

David Bowie’s iconic 1972 song “Starman” marked a turning point in his career, and a working draft of the lyrics he wrote is going up for auction in Los Angeles. Experts say it could sell for a bargain basement price of around $5,000. Bowie, who died at 69 this past January, was at the height of his career and going through one of his metamorphoses when the tune was released....
Muhammad Ali Memorabilia Auction Expected to Draw High Rollers 30

Muhammad Ali Memorabilia Auction Expected to Draw High Rollers

Muhammad Ali, easily one of the largest sports icons of the 20th Century, is expected to be a major draw when many of his personal items go up for auction in one of the most significant sports memorabilia auctions in recent memory. Ali, was not only a championship boxer, but also a civil rights activist who led a major protest against the Vietnam War in the 1960s....
Joan Rivers Jewelry, Personal Items, Furniture Hit Christie's Auction Block 34

Joan Rivers Jewelry, Personal Items, Furniture Hit Christie’s Auction Block

Joan Rivers’ lavish jewelry, fine French furniture, exclusive Bob Mackie gowns, paintings and other object reflecting her eclectic lifestyle will hit the auction block in New York City later this month, with items ranging in price from $500 to $200,000, according to Christie’s. Rivers, a pioneering female comedian, cultural touchstone and arbiter of taste and fashion, died in Sept. 2014....
Bernard Boutet de Monvel's Art, Estate Heading for Sotheby's Paris Auction 36

Bernard Boutet de Monvel’s Art, Estate Heading for Sotheby’s Paris Auction

Bernard Boutet De Movel, a darling of early 20th century Parisian Cafe Society, was a noted painter, engraver, sculptor, decorator and illustrator. Although he died in 1949, his collected works, plus furniture from his Paris residence will be up for sale for the first time next month at Sotheby’s Paris. The sale will feature around 300 lots, including paintings and drawings by the French artist and his father, the famous children’s book illustrator Maurice Boutet de Monvel (1850-1913), according to the auction house....
Luke Skywalker Blaster Used in Star Wars Movie Can Be Yours... For a Price 38

Luke Skywalker Blaster Used in Star Wars Movie Can Be Yours… For a Price

Luke Skywalker was pretty handy with a DL-44 Blaster in movies like “The Empire Strikes Back,” and now you can own one of the guns he used, if you’re willing to part with at least $200,000. That’s the pre-bid auction estimate. So who’s biting? Well, no one yet, according to Nate Sanders Auctions, which is handling the sale. Mark Hamill played Luke Skywalker and Harrison Ford played Han Solo. ...

Keith Girard

Keith Girard is Editor and Pubilsher of TheImproper, New York City’s cutting edge arts, entertainment pop culture and lifestyle Web magazine. Before that, he was editor-in-chief of Billboard magazine and a reporter for the Washington Post among other media positions.