Why So Much Expensive Art Travels to Oregon


The New York Times drilled down over the weekend on the phenomenon of high-priced art purchases that come to Oregon for temporary exhibitions. The recent showing of painter Francis Bacon's Three Studies of Lucien Freud, which arrived in Portland shortly after Las Vegas collector Elaine Wynn allegedly paid $142.4 million for it at auction in New York is only the latest example of this puzzling practice.The ...   More
Monday, April 14, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

New York Times Says Elaine Wynn Bought the $142.4 Million Dollar Francis Bacon Painting Hanging in Portland

Piece cites art world insiders as source.


Arts & Books
Apparently what's bought in Vegas doesn't always stay in Vegas. Elaine Wynn, ex-wife of Las Vegas casino mogul Steve Wynn, was named by the New York Times as the buyer of the $142.4 million Francis Bacon painting, Three Studies of Lucian Freud, currently on display at the Portland Art Museum.Steve Wynn had been suspected early of being the owner of the painting. He denied these rumors explicitly. ...   More
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Shaking Out The Bacon

The world’s most expensive publicly auctioned painting arrived in Portland on Dec. 20. But who owns it?

News Stories
The most famous Pacific Northwest mysteries have often involved serial killers. But our city’s current whodunit is about something we’re much less known for: a great deal of money. Three Stu   More
Tuesday, December 31, 2013 MATTHEW KORFHAGE


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