Blick auf die neuen Presentationen in den Gerhard Richter Räumen des Albertiniums, Fotografien der 'Abstrakte Bilder' (937/ 1-4), sind zu besichtigen bis 27. Sept. in der Galerie Neue Meister. © Gerhard Richter Archive, Staatliche Kunstsammlung Dresden. Foto von Oliver Killig

Auktionsgespraeche: Mit wechselnder Sicht

DRESDEN – Eine Veränderung des Stils oder des Mediums kann der Karrierekiller für einen Künstler sein. An einem Tag Impressionist sein und an einem anderen Expressionist oder von Malerei zu Skulpturen wechseln ? Die Kritiker oder die Öffentlichkeit werden nicht wissen, was sie denken sollen.

Aber zwei von Deutschlands bekanntesten zeitgenössischen Künstlern haben ihre Karrieren auf neuen Ideen aufgebaut. Gerhard Richter und Günther Uecker, beide jetzt in ihren 80igern, waren mit einer Palette von Veränderungen erfolgreich. Anstatt ihre Karriere zu zerstören, sind ihre Arbeiten heißbegehrt und die Preise dafür klettern. Richter’s und Uecker’s Arbeiten können dieses Jahr auf zwei Ausstellungen betrachtet werden.

Das Albertinium, Teil der Staatlichen Kunstsammlung Dresden, hat dem Sohn seiner Heimatstadt seit 2004 zwei Räume gewidmet. Diese wurden kürzlich durch den Künstler aktualisiert. Die Kunstsammlung ist auch Besitzer des Gerhard Richter Archivs, ein Bestand von Katalogen, Korrespondenz, und Fotografien. Diese Dokumentation von Richter’s Karriere ist besonders wegen seines chamäleonartigen Weges zwischen unterschiedlichen Stilen und Medien wichtig. Der Umfang seiner Arbeiten an realistischen und abstrakten Gemälden und Drucken, eine Art Papier- und Fotodokumentation, welche er “Atlas” nennt, Fotografien, Künstlerbücher, Skulpturen und Installationsarbeiten und sogar ein Film ist erstaunlich.

Richter’s Arbeit wurde “Kapitalistischer Realismus” genannt, was ihn amüsiert. Der Spitzname kommt von einem Ereignis, welches er gemeinsam mit Künstler Konrad Lueg 1963 in’s Leben rief. Richter hatte sich gerade aus der DDR abgesetzt, wo der Stil des “Sozialistischen Realismus” vorherrschte und entschied, das “Manifest des Kapitalistischen Realismus” wäre ein passender Titel für die Veranstaltung. Sicher war er kommerziell erfolgreich, stellte den Auktionsrekord für ein Gemälde eines lebenden Künstlers 2012 mit 34 Mio $ (31 Mio €) ein; überboten in 2013 mit 37 Mio $ (33,9 Mio €); und kürzlich im Februar 2015 sogar überschritten, als eines seiner abstrakten Gemälde für 45,2 Mio $ (41,3 Mio €) bei Sotheby in London verkauft wurde.

Besucher des Albertiniums können sich jetzt an vier neuen abstrakten Gemälden von Richter erfreuen [Abstrakten Bilder (937/1-4)]. Sie ähneln Landschaftstrugbildern von Bleigrau mit Einblendungen von Rot und Grün. Ihr düsteres Gefühl kann zu ihrer Inspiration verfolgt werden: Fotografien vom KZ Auschwitz-Birkenau von 1944. Der Holocaust ist ein von Richter wieder aufgegriffenes Thema. Seine Faszination für gespiegelte Bilder beibehaltend, hat der Künstler vier Fotos der Arbeiten in voller Größe hinzugefügt, um ein reflektiertes Abbild zwischen Fotografie und Gemälde herzustellen.

Das 20 teilige Farbbild 180 Farben (1-20), 1971, ist der Kern von Richter’s zweitem Ausstellungsraum. Andere neue Beigaben im Albertinium beinhalten das Portrait seiner Tochter Ella, 2014, und das Stillleben Tulpen, 1995. Richter’s Ausstellung bleibt bis September. www.skd.museum

Günther Uecker’s Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfallen Austellung am K 20 Grabbeplatz, Düsseldorf, ist mit “Mehr als nur Nägel” zutreffen bezeichnet. Es ist einfach Uecker als “Der Nagelmaler” zu kategorisieren, er ist offenkundig identifizierbar an seinen Nagelreliefbildern. Die Bilder sind unmissverständlich – ein blasser Hintergrund durchstochen mit einem Muster von Nägeln, deren dreidimensionales Aussehen mit Licht und Schatten spielt, was das Muster wogend erscheinen lässt. Doch Uecker ist auch ein Bildhauer und Installationskünstler. Die Nutzung von Wörtern und Text in seiner Kunst fügt noch eine Rolle als Poet, Gestalter und Sozialkommentator zum einem Repertoire hinzu.

Wie auch Richter, flüchtete Uecker aus Ostdeutschland und lies sich 1953 in Düsseldorf nieder. Er verwirklichte einen Wunsch auf ein Studium bei Künstler Otto Pankok an der Kuntakademie Düsseldorf. Es ergab sich 1956 – 57, dass er sein erstes Nagelbild entwarf. Er begann, Alltagsobjekte, wie beispielsweise Möbel, als seine “Leinwand” für Nagelskulpturen zu nutzen. Als ein Mitglied der “Null Gruppe” experimentierte er mit kinetischen Lichtskulpturen. Sein “Terrororchester” war eine einprägsam geräuschvolle Installationen in der Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, welche 20 Waschmaschinen beinhaltete und die banalen Geräusche des Lebens reflektierte.

Jahrzehnte von Uecker’s Nagelreliefs werden in der Klee Halle der Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen ausgestellt. Das ist die Chance, eine Erfahrung mit der Kraft der scheinbar simplen Arbeiten zu machen – man muss an ihnen vorbeigehen, um die Licht- und Perspektivänderungen verstehen zu können, welche sie lebendig machen.

Das “Terrororchester” kann in der Grabbe Halle betrachtet werden. Arbeiten mit Text, die den Betrachter als Leser einnehmen, schließen “Brief an Peking” und die “Verletzungsworte” ein. In der “Sandmühle” zieht ein Seil fortwährend Spiralen durch einen Kreis aus Sand. Die einfachen Materialien und einfachen Bewegungen vermitteln eine universale Botschaft über den Ablauf der Zeit. Aber, wie Uecker sagt, “Wo die Sprache versagt, beginnen die Bilder.” Bei Uecker muss man dabei sein, um die gesamte Botschaft zu empfangen. Seine Arbeiten werden bis Mai in der Ausstellung sein. www.KunstSammlung.de.

Kommende Auktionen:

Henry’s Auktionshaus, Mutterstadt

10. April – Young Timer Moderne & Klassiche Zeitmesser

11. April – Orientteppiche www.Henrys.de

Bassenge, Berlin

15. April – Geschichte, Geographie und Reisen

16. April – Wertvolle Bücher (Varia), Handschriften und alte Drucke

17. April – Literatur des 17.-19. Jahrhunderts, Autographen

18. April – Moderne Literatur www.bassenge.com

Dr. Fischer Kunstauktionen, Heilbronn

16. April – Russian Art & Icons www.Auctions-Fischer.de

Schwarzenbach Auktion Zürich

17.-18. April – Internationale Briefmarken www.SchwarzenbachAuktion.ch

Auction Team Breker, Köln

18. April – Nachrichten-Technik www.Breker.com

Galerie Widmer, St. Gallen

24. April Bedeutende Werke verschiedener Künstler in den neuen Räumen in St.Gallen. Werke von Cuno Amiet, Philipp Bauknecht, Rudolf Belling, Max Bill, Martha Cunz, Ignaz Epper, Max Gubler, Ferdinand Gehr, Carl August und Carl Walter Liner, Albert Manser, Italo Valenti, Johannes Zülle und vielen mehr. www.GalerieWidmer.com

Winterberg Kunst, Heidelberg

25. April – zeitgenössisch Kunst www.Winterberg-Kunst.de

Dobiaschofsky, Bern

6.-9. Mai – Frühjahrsauktion www.Dobiaschofsky.com

Van Ham Kunstauktionen, Köln

15. Mai – Schmuck und Uhren, Alte Kunst

16. Mai Europäisches Kunstgewerbe www.Van-Ham.com

Koller Auktionen, Zürich

13. Mai – Mode, Luxe & Vintage; Wein www.KollerAuktionen.ch

 

Blick auf die neuen Presentationen in den Gerhard Richter Räumen des Albertiniums, Fotografien der 'Abstrakte Bilder' (937/ 1-4), sind zu besichtigen bis 27. Sept. in der Galerie Neue Meister. © Gerhard Richter Archive, Staatliche Kunstsammlung Dresden. Foto von Oliver Killig

Auction Talk Germany: With changing vision

DRESDEN, Germany – A change of style or medium can be a career killer for an artist. Be an impressionist one day and an expressionist the next, or switch from painting to sculpture? Critics and the general public won’t know what to think.

But two of Germany’s best-known contemporary artists have built their careers on new ideas. Gerhard Richter and Günther Uecker, now in their 80s, have thrived on a palette of change. Contrary to killing their careers, their work is highly sought after and their prices only climb. Richter and Uecker’s work can be viewed in two new exhibits this year.

The Albertinium, part of the Staatliche Kunstsammlung Dresden, has had two rooms devoted to hometown son Gerhard Richter since 2004. These were recently updated by the artist. The Kunstsammlung is also keeper of the Gerhard Richter Archives, a cache of catalogs, correspondence and photographs. This documentation of Richter’s career is especially important because of his chameleon-like way of moving among different styles and media. The sheer volume of his work in realistic and abstract paintings and prints, a type of paper and photo documentation he calls “Atlas,” photographs, artist books, sculpture and installation work, and even film, is astounding.

Richter’s work has been called “Capitalist Realism,” which amuses him. The moniker comes from a happening he created with artist Konrad Lueg in 1963. Richter had just defected from East Germany in 1961 where Socialist Realism prevailed, and decided “Manifesto of Capitalist Realism” would be a fitting title for the event. Certainly he has been commercially successful, setting auction record prices for a painting by a living artist in 2012 at $34 million (31 million euros); topped in 2013 at $37.1 million (33.9 million euros); and recently exceeded that in February, 2015, when one of his abstract paintings sold for $45.2 million (41.3 million euros) at Sotheby’s, London.

Visitors to the Albertinium can now enjoy four new large abstract paintings by Richter Abstrakten Bilder (937/1-4). They resemble mirage landscapes of striated gray with flashes of red and green. Their somber feeling can be traced to their inspiration: photographs taken by a Birkenau camp prisoner in 1944. The holocaust is a revisited theme for Richter. In keeping with his fascination for mirrored images, the artist has added four full-size color photographs of the works, creating a reflected image between photography and painting.

The 20-part color chart 180 Farben (1-20), 1971, is the core of Richter’s second exhibit room. Other new additions at the Albertinium include his daughter’s portrait, Ella, 2014, and the still life Tulips, 1995. Richter’s new exhibit continues through September. www.SKD.Museum.

Günther Uecker’s Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfallen exhibit at the K20 Grabbeplatz, Düsseldorf, is aptly titled Mehr als nur Nägel (More Than Just Nails). It’s easy to categorize Uecker as “The Nail Painter,” he is that inseparably identified with his nail relief images. The pictures are unmistakable – a pale painted background pierced with a pattern of nails, their three-dimensional aspect playing games with light and shadow, making the pattern appear to undulate. Yet Uecker is also a sculptor and installation artist. His use of words and text in his art adds the role of poet, designer and social commentator to his repertoire.

Like Richter, Uecker fled East Germany, settling in Düsseldorf in 1953. He actualized his wish of studying with artist Otto Pankok at the Kunst Akadamie Dusseldorf. It was during 1956-57 that Uecker created his first nail picture. He began to use everyday objects, such as furniture, as his “canvas” for nail sculptures. As a member of the Zero Group, Uecker experimented with kinetic light sculpture. His Terrororchesters (Terror Orchestra) in the Kunsthalle Baden Baden was a memorably noisy installation that included 20 washing machines and reflected the banal background noise of life.

Decades worth of Uecker’s nail reliefs are on exhibit in the Klee Hall exhibit of the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfallen. This is a chance to properly experience the power of these seemingly simple works; one must walk past them to appreciate the light and perspective changes that bring them to life.

Terrororchester can be seen in the Grabbe Hall. Works with text that engage the viewer as reader include Brief an Peking (Letter to Beijing) and the Verletzungsworte (Wounding Words). In Sandmühle (Sand Mill) a rope rake perpetually spirals through a circle of sand. The simple materials and easy motion impart a universal message on the passage of time. But, as Uecker says,“Where language fails, the image begins.” With Uecker, you need to be present to receive the whole message. His work will be on view through May. www.KunstSammlung.de .

 

Upcoming Auctions:

Henry’s Auktionshaus, Mutterstadt

April 10 – Young Timer Modern and Classic Timepieces

April 11 – Oreintal Carpets www.Henrys.de

 

Bassenge, Berlin

April 15 – History, Geography and Travel

April 16 – Valuable Books (Varia), Handwritten and Old Prints

April 17 – Literature of the 17th-19th Centuries, Autographs

April 18 – Modern Literature www.bassenge.com

 

Dr. Fischer Kunstauktionen, Heilbronn

April 16 – Russian Art & Icons www.Auctions-Fischer.de

 

Schwarzenbach Auktion Zurich

April 17-18 – International Postage Stamps www.SchwarzenbachAuktion.ch

 

Auction Team Breker, Cologne

April 18 – Technological Firsts www.Breker.com

 

Galerie Widmer, St. Gallen

April 24 – Important works of various artists in the new auction rooms in St.Gallen. Work by Cuno Amiet, Philipp Bauknecht, Rudolf Belling, Max Bill, Martha Cunz, Ignaz Epper, Max Gubler, Ferdinand Gehr, Carl August and Carl Walter Liner, Albert Manser, Italo Valenti, Johannes Zülle and vielen mehr. www.GalerieWidmer.com

 

Winterberg Kunst, Heidelberg

April 25 – Comtemporary Art www.Winterberg-Kunst.de

 

Dobiaschofsky, Bern

May 6-9 – Spring Auction www.Dobiaschofsky.com

 

Van Ham Kunstauktionen, Cologne

May 15 – Jewelry and Watches, Art

May 16 – European Arts & Crafts www.Van-Ham.com

 

Koller Auktionen, Zurich

May 13 – Style, Luxury & Vintage; Wine www.KollerAuktionen.ch

 

 

This dress, once owned and worn by Whitney Houston and designed by Bob Mackie, is one of 15 Houston dresses that will be exhibited – but not sold – at the auction. Historical Estates Auctions image

Historical Estates to preview Whitney Houston’s gowns at Apr. 4 auction

CARUTHERSVILLE, Mo. – Fifteen stunning gowns and dresses previously owned by the late singing legend Whitney Houston, some worn on-stage and others at events and galas, will be exhibited – but but not sold – at an auction slated for Saturday, April 4, by Historical Estates Auctions, in the firm’s gallery located at 103 Industrial Drive.

“All of the dresses carry a story and all are absolutely gorgeous,” said Conny Dixon of Historical Estates Auctions. “The most important one of the group is a gold and white dress designed by Bob Mackie. All these dresses were important to her career and the public will be viewing them for the first time. We will be offering the dresses at auction, probably sometime later this year.” The dresses will actually be available for viewing the day before the auction, on Friday, April 3, at a preview for the next day’s auction. The preview will last all day. On auction day, a mini-preview will be held from 9-11 a.m., then the auction will begin immediately after that, at 11 a.m. Central time.

Absentee and Internet live bidding will be provided by LiveAuctioneers.com.

While the dresses, which Dixon has dubbed “The Greatest Dresses of All,” in honor of Houston’s hit single, The Greatest Love of All, are certain to be an attraction, the items to be sold will be nearly as mesmerizing for the assembled throngs. Quality lots, in a rainbow of categories, mostly pulled from prominent estates and collections, will be sold to the highest bidder on Saturday. Offered will be fine 18th and 19th century American and Continental furniture, porcelains, Persian rugs, chandeliers, estate jewelry, silver, fine artwork, bronzes, guns and Civil War items. Many of the items are coming to market out of important Tennessee collections, as well as an estate in Kansas City, Mo.

Period furniture will feature a rare 15-piece R.J. Horner dining room suite, with a china cabinet, sideboard, 60-inch table and 12 chairs, all heavily carved; a large, impressive 18th century Dutch burl walnut linen press in fine original condition (with the old shipping label from Amsterdam to Christie’s in London); and a 19th century Louis XV-style needlepoint and petit point walnut sofa.

Additional furniture will include a large, heavily carved cabinet on full-body winged griffins, with a fall front and two drawers (6 feet 8 inches long); a Herter Brothers scenic inlaid rosewood side cabinet; a Pottier & Stymus Egyptian Revival mahogany and gilt sofa; a six-piece rosewood J. & J.W. Meeks parlor suite with recamier; and a Meeks parlor cabinet in the Henry Ford pattern.

The fine art category will feature a 19th century oil on canvas rendering of a mother and children, housed in an ornate gilt wood frame; an important bronze depiction of an Egyptian princess, cast in 42 plaques to achieve the overall effect (signed lower left, “Chicago, Ill., AP”); and a fantastic pair of carved figures – a male hunter and a female huntress – impressive and life-size, 6 feet tall.

Decorative accessories and collectible items will include a carved Black Forest pipe showing a bear; a carved Meerschaum pipe of a hunter; a lovely pair of Sevres covered urns; a Meissen floral-encrusted clock with putti, depicting the four seasons; an original Venetian glass grape bunch chandelier; and a monumental bronze and sienna marble clock, 3 feet 3 inches high.

Militaria will feature a Henry rifle with all matching serial numbers (#10976); a pearl-handled Bowie knife, 10 1/2 inches long, signed “Hansen”; a Colt 1860 U.S. Army revolver, .44 caliber, dated 1862; an Urwin Rogers knife-pistol with bullet mold, tweezers and cap box in the handle; a Colt single-action revolver, .44 caliber, dated 1877, with notches in the grip; a Colt Model 3 derringer, circa 1880s, .44 caliber; and a nickel-plated 1860s Remington derringer, .44 caliber.

Still more furniture to be auctioned will be a fine Renaissance Revival scenic marquetry inlaid rosewood center table; a set of 10 18th century dining chairs with the original paint decoration in a musical motif, once used at a Virginia plantation; and a Renaissance Revival gilt incised leather swivel desk chair. An expected star lot of the fine jewelry category is a tanzanite and diamond necklace.

Historical Estates & Auctions is always accepting quality consignments for future auctions. To consign an item, an estate or a collection, call  662-770-0270.

 

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The Carthage Room of the Bardo National Museum in Tunis. Image by Alexandre Moreau. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license.

Tunisian museum reopens following terrorist attack

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia’s National Bardo Museum reopened to the public Monday again for the first time since extremist gunmen opened fire on foreign tourists earlier this month, killing 22 people in the country’s worst attack on civilians in 13 years.

The government says the man considered the “operational chief” of the assault was killed in a security raid Saturday. Two gunmen were killed the day of the March 18 attack in Tunis, which was a blow to Tunisia’s fledgling democracy and its tourism industry.

“Welcome to Bardo” read a large sign at the museum entrance in Arabic, English and French at its reopening Monday.

A small but steady flow of visitors came, walking past flowers laid in honor of the victims and flags of their many nationalities.

The country’s largest museum, renowned for richly colorful Roman mosaics, houses 8,000 works and is a top destination for European cruise ship passengers and other tourists.

Curator Moncef ben Moussa told The Associated Press that a team of experts is working on repairs at the museum after the attack. One bronze sculpture and one mosaic suffered slight damage, and some glass cases were broken.

“This museum will always hold the story and the passage of this terrible moment we lived, of the victims who fell during this terrorist attack,” Tourism Minister Selma Elloumi Rekik said. “Now we want to see the positive — Tunisia is open to visitors.”

Lebanese tourist Vola Abboud said, “When you see this special art people did, the people’s history, when they loved the art and architecture, and now you see the ‘ugly people,’ this is what they did. … I feel the spirits of the people who died, their souls.”

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Benjamin Wiacek contributed to this report.

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'A Wheat Field, With Cypresses' (1889) by Vincent van Gogh will be in 'Van Gogh and Nature,' at the Clark Art Institute in June. Credit: National Gallery, London 2014

Van Gogh nature paintings coming to Clark Art Institute

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. (AP) — An exhibit featuring 50 paintings and drawings of nature by Vincent Van Gogh will open in western Massachusetts in June.

“Van Gogh and Nature” is the first exhibit devoted to the artist’s exploration of nature. It will open at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown on June 14. The exhibit will include iconic paintings such as A Wheatfield, with Cypresses, ‘The Olive Trees and The Sower. Works included in the exhibit are on loan from the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, the National Gallery in London, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and other museums.

The Clark Art Institute is located in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts. It houses European and American paintings and sculpture, English silver and early photography.

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Tracey Emin, 'My Bed' (1968), Tate, © Tracey Emin

Tracey Emin’s famous ‘My Bed’ returns to Tate Britain

LONDON — Tracey Emin’s My Bed (1998) is a highlight of Tate Britain’s newly rehung displays, opening to the public on March 31.

One of Britain’s most celebrated works of modern art, My Bed became famous when it was shown in the 1999 Turner Prize exhibition, for which Emin was shortlisted.

Over 15 years later, it has now returned to Tate Britain where visitors will be able to see it for free as part of the BP Displays. It will be shown alongside a refresh of the galleries showing art from the 1970s to the present day, featuring major works by Gilbert & George, Anish Kapoor, Nicholas Pope and John Gerrard.

To mark the occasion, Tracey Emin has gifted six of her recent figure drawings to the nation. The drawings are shown alongside My Bed together with two paintings by Francis Bacon, Study of a Dog (1952) and Reclining Woman (1961). The two works by Bacon were selected by Emin from Tate’s collection. The juxtaposition is intended to create a dialogue, with works by both artists dealing in different ways with turmoil and intense emotion.

My Bed was made in Emin’s Waterloo council flat in 1998. Referred to by the artist as an unconventional and uncompromising self-portrait through objects, it features the artist’s own bed covered in stained sheets, discarded condoms, underwear and empty bottles of alcohol. The piece gives a snapshot of the artist’s life after a traumatic relationship breakdown.

The Duerckheim Collection acquired the work in early July 2014 and it is now on loan to Tate for 10 years.

The display opens alongside a refresh of the BP Walk through British Art, a chronological display of British art from the 1540s to the present day. Galleries encompassing the 1970s and ’80s have been rehung with renowned works by such artists as Gilbert & George, Antony Gormley, Anish Kapoor and Richard Long. The 2000s room has also been rehung to incorporate work by Martin Boyce, Rose Wylie and Hurvin Anderson.

Following its display at Tate Britain, My Bed will be shown at Turner Contemporary in Margate, Emin’s home town, followed by Tate Liverpool.

Emin’s My Bed 1998 opens Tuesday at Tate Britain and runs until June 2016.

Midcentury Madness

Shoji screens and Dunbar sectional sofas. Walls painted seafoam green or Persian melon. A massive Vasarely op art print beneath a Sputnik chandelier. And let’s not forget the bar – always a bar for those late-night deadline-chasers or hair-of-the-dog morning-after sufferers. This was the world of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce, home to AMC TV’s Mad Men.

While the immensely watchable world of Don Draper and his dysfunctional ad agency cohorts is soon to disappear with the final season of Mad Men, the midcentury-cool design ethic it brought to the mainstream has had a dramatic effect on how people are decorating their homes and workspaces. The spirit of midcentury design adapts to any interior space, whether it’s a 500-square-foot pied-a-terre in the city or a glass-walled mountaintop mansion overlooking Aspen.

You’ll find everything you desire in online auctions. Here’s a mixed bag of pieces that might inspire a room in your home.

Click on any item to view its page in the auction catalog and sign up to bid.

[divider]Paolo Buffa[/divider]

You can start with an anchor piece in a neutral color, like this upholstered sofa attributed to Paolo Buffa.
Paolo Buffa2

[divider]Jens Risom[/divider]

A pair of Jens Risom for Knoll webbed armchairs embody that Scandinavian look that’s so cool.

Jens Risom[divider]Paul Evans[/divider]

Paul Evans – now there’s a name that’s setting the auction rooms on fire these days. Love this coffee table from Evans’ Cityscape line, which would be compatible with many types of living room suites.

Evans[divider]Murano[/divider]

Italian Murano glass lamps are a fixture of midcentury design and add a pop of color if you’re sticking with neutral furniture.

Italian Murano Lamps[divider]George Nelson/Herman Miller[/divider]

What an imaginative concept – the Marshmallow Sofa, which George Nelson designed for Herman Miller.

Marshmallow[divider]Nakashima[/divider]

A classic for your dining room is this 1957 George Nakashima triple cabinet with slide-out drawers.

Nakashima[divider]David Gibbs[/divider]

A very nice – but affordable – original artwork to hang above the cabinet is this 1973 painting by David Gibbs.

David Gibbs[divider]Robert Sonneman[/divider]

This plastic and metal chandelier by Robert Sonneman is huge – 29 inches in height, 21 inches across.

Sonneman[divider]Peter Beard[/divider]

From out of Africa comes this original gelatin silver print taken by famed wildlife photographer Peter Beard, who signed and dated the picture in 1982.

Beard[divider]After Paul Frankl[/divider]
The Beard print would pair up nicely with this rattan and wood tiki bar and stools in the manner of Paul Frankl.
Tiki

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Silver antiques stolen from Tennessee church

THOMPSON’S STATION, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee authorities are searching for a man who broke into a Williamson County church and stole “priceless” silver items dating back to the 1800s.

The Tennessean reports that surveillance video shows a suspect wearing a dark shirt, camouflage pants and a light-colored cap with a dark band.

Authorities say the man entered Thompson’s Station Church of Christ last Tuesday night.

The Williamson County sheriff’s office says the man stayed in the church for slightly more than an hour. The sheriff’s office says the missing items include two communion trays, a pitcher, a communion cup and another platter — all of which belonged to the church’s original congregation in the 19th century.

The sheriff’s office is asking for the public’s help in finding the suspect. Call Williams County Sheriff’s Detective Tameka Sanders at 615-790-5554 ext. 3228 or Crime Stoppers at 615-794-4000.

Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 for information that leads to an arrest and indictment.

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Main Strasse in the historic district of Covington, Ky., across the Ohio River from Cincinnati. Photo by Greg Hume. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

Renovation of lumber building might draw artists to Covington, Ky.

COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Will artists move in droves to Covington’s west side? The renovation of a vacant lumber building on 12th Street starting in June could spark the long-stalled wave of artists that many have talked about for years.

And many hope a good mix of residents will follow.

Expect a lot of activity on 12th Street/Martin Luther King Boulevard on the city’s west side this year. Two large vacant buildings will get rehabbed — the former Hellmann Lumber building and former Flannery Paint building.

Some of the wrought-iron fencing stolen in front of homes will get replaced. Homes for artists will get built. And community art projects will be seen throughout the west side.

“For me personally having been around for a long time, I’m excited we’re able to fulfill some of the promises made decades ago,” said Tom DiBello, executive director of community development organization Center for Great Neighborhoods (CGN).

CGN will use a $1.45 million grant from the Kresge Foundation over the next three years to try to transform the west side neighborhood into a haven for artists and welcoming area for the general public.

“We’re hoping it’s an area where there can be a lot of arts-related businesses, but we also want it to be a place where that barrier between artists and non-artists is broken down,” said Sarah Allan, director of creative placemaking for CGN. “That it’s not like it’s just an art district, it’s more, ‘Hey, there’s a lot of creative stuff happening and I can be creative, too.’”

The renovation of the Hellmann Lumber building into a community arts center will anchor Covington’s west side, DiBello said. It’s one of the biggest buildings on the block, behind the vacant Bavarian Brewery.

CGN has raised a sizable portion of the $2.4 million needed to renovate the 130-year-old, two-story lumber building and hopes to start construction in June.

By early 2016, CGN hopes to move its headquarters into Hellmann Lumber and have most of the building devoted to arts and community space.

The Kresge Foundation has given $500,000 to the renovation of the building. The rest will come from donors, tax credits and other investments.

The Carnegie arts center became the first organization to sign a letter of intent to lease studio space. They will move a woodworking studio in there. All artists that move into the space will have to open their shops to the public to show people how they ply their trade, Allan said. In return, CGN would give them forgivable loans on equipment, such as printing presses or whatever the artists need.

“I do think the development of that building and our being in there will imply that there are people coming and going, that there’s foot traffic and that it’s a destination,” DiBello said.

The sound of an arts district might make some in Covington skeptical. The city has tried to start arts districts before along Pike Street and Madison only to see the efforts fizzle. But with the help of $1.45 million from the Kresge Foundation, many feel this is different.

First off, it’s not driven by local government, said sculptor and west side resident David Rice. Community organizers and residents are in charge of this, he said.

Thanks to the Kresge Foundation, CGN gave Rice $5,000 to build a sundial in the west side of the city. CGN will be giving out many similar grants over the next few years with the grant money in addition to $250 micro-grants for residents to carry out ideas that help the community.

“I think this is different because I don’t think the city will get involved in this so much,” Rice said. “When government gets involved, sometimes things don’t flower. I think of the Center (for Great Neighborhoods) as more of a grassroots institution. That’s how real art movements get started. It’s just the residents and sort of a grassroots kind of thing.”

The grant will be used on the west side over the next three years to spur a variety of artistic and community endeavors. CGN will use the money to replace some of the antique wrought-iron fences stolen two months ago along 12th Street. Homeowners along this stretch woke up one morning to find the fences and gates pulled from their front yards.

CGN will choose six homes to replace the fences. Homes in the west side will also get a facelift. CGN will pick properties to get grants for facade improvements, including paint and trim. They will choose the homes based on what will have the most impact on the neighborhood. This year they’ll give six properties along 12th Street about $10,000 each to improve the facades. People in the west side will also be able to purchase later this year from CGN “icons” to put on their homes to indicate their passions, skills or professions.

For instance, a baker will be able to buy a pretzel icon or a carpenter could buy a saw and hammer icon. The grant also will help CGN buy and build properties in the area to market to artists as residences and workspace, similar to the Shotgun Row homes built on Orchard Street just off 12th Street.

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Huis ten Bosch (House in the Woods), the subject of Joris van der Haagen's painting, is a royal palace in The Hague. It is one of three official residences of the Dutch royal family. Image by PeteBobb. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Netherlands license.

Dutch royal family to return painting confiscated by Nazis

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AFP) – The Dutch royal family will return a painting in its collection after discovering that the Nazis confiscated it from Jewish owners, the palace said on Tuesday.

The discovery was made by independent research commissioned by the palace in 2012 into art objects acquired since the Nazis came to power in Germany in 1933.

“A Jewish collector was forced in 1942 to hand over the painting Haagse Bos with view over Huis Ten Bosch Palace by Joris van der Haagen to the (Nazi) bank Lippmann, Rosenthal & Co in Amsterdam,” the report said.

After the war and the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands “the painting ended up with a Dutch art dealer where queen Juliana bought it in 1960 without knowing about its history,” it said.

A royal art association has made contact with the descendants of the original owner with an eye to restitution, it said, adding that no further details would be provided because of privacy concerns.