Bass estate poised to scale Heritage Auctions heights

George Morland (British, 1763-1804), 'The Gipsies' Tent,' oil on canvas, 44 x 33 inches. Estimate: $15,000-$25,000. Heritage Auctions image

George Morland (British, 1763-1804), ‘The Gipsies’ Tent,’ oil on canvas, 44 x 33 inches. Estimate: $15,000-$25,000. Heritage Auctions image

 

DALLAS – A museum’s-worth of personal paintings, furniture and special objects belonging to adventurist Richard “Dick” Bass, the famous Texas oil baron and first man to climb the “Seven Summits,” the tallest mountain peaks on each continent, highlights Heritage Auctions’ Fine & Decorative Arts, including Estates, Auction Feb. 20-21.

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Wichita revels in its guitar crossroads roots

Visitors can examine more than 100 historical artifacts, including nearly 60 guitars, with ‘Guitar: The Instrument That Rocked the World,’ a new national traveling exhibit at Exploration Place, Jan. 30 - May 8. Image courtesy Exploration Place.

Visitors can examine more than 100 historical artifacts, including nearly 60 guitars, with ‘Guitar: The Instrument That Rocked the World,’ a new national traveling exhibit at Exploration Place, Jan. 30 – May 8. Image courtesy Exploration Place.

 

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) – A piano is pretty. The drums demand attention.

But no other musical instrument is as versatile, as storied and as widely popular as the guitar – at least according to the legions who strum, pick and shred it.

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Birthday surprise: Peter Rabbit returns in unpublished Beatrix Potter tale

Peter Rabbit doll by R. John Wright. Image courtesy of LiveAuctioneers.com archive and Morphy Auctions

Peter Rabbit doll by R. John Wright. Image courtesy of LiveAuctioneers.com archive and Morphy Auctions

 

LONDON (AP) – Peter Rabbit is back, in a previously unpublished story by children’s author Beatrix Potter.

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Weekly jaunts around central Illinois yield artifacts

Prehistoric knife, Fayette County, Ill., 8.1/16in long, with certificate of authenticity. Image courtesy of LiveAuctioneers.com archive and Austin Auction Gallery

Prehistoric knife, Fayette County, Ill., 8.1/16in long, with certificate of authenticity. Image courtesy of LiveAuctioneers.com archive and Austin Auction Gallery

 

COWDEN, Ill. (AP) – Josh Wehrle is a 21st-century hunter with a keen nose for tracking down traces of the Stone Age. He hunts finely honed spear, dart and flint arrow tips used by Native Americans to kill everything from mastodons to deer.

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In Memoriam: Self-taught painter, sculptor Thornton Dial, 87

Thornton Dial, 'Tiger and Woman,' watercolor, initialed, not dated. Image courtesy LiveAuctioneers.com Archive and Slotin Folk Art

Thornton Dial, ‘Tiger and Woman,’ watercolor, initialed, not dated. Image courtesy LiveAuctioneers.com Archive and Slotin Folk Art

 

McCALLA, Ala. (AP) – Self-taught artist Thornton Dial, who transformed discarded junk into sculpture and painted in bright colors and bold lines, has died at his home in Alabama. He was 87.

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Donor’s $5M grant gets gallery named at Detroit museum

Ancient Middle East Gallery completed October 2015. © Detroit Institute of Arts

Ancient Middle East Gallery completed October 2015. © Detroit Institute of Arts

 

DETROIT – The Detroit Institute of Arts announced Monday that it will name its newly reinstalled Ancient Middle East gallery in recognition of a $5 million grant from the William Davidson Foundation, which will go to the museum’s endowment.

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Would you turn down $6M for a painting of a chicken?

Grant Wood, 'Appraisal.' Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Grant Wood, ‘Appraisal.’ Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

 

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) – Dubuque library officials recently rejected a $6 million offer for one of their two paintings by renowned Iowa artist Grant Wood.

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Verneer getting long-awaited debut at Nelson-Atkins

Johannes Vermeer, 'A Lady Writing a Letter,' 1665. National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Johannes Vermeer, ‘A Lady Writing a Letter,’ 1665. National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

 

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The exhibition “Reflecting Class in the Age of Rembrandt and Vermeer,” open Feb. 24 through May 29, at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, explores 17th century Dutch painting through the lens of social class. It also represents the first time a painting by the celebrated artist Johannes Vermeer will be seen in Kansas City.

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Moran landmark work bolsters C.M. Russell benefit auction

Thomas Moran, 'Castle Rock, Green River, Wyoming,' 1907, oil, 20 x 30 inches. The Russell image

Thomas Moran, ‘Castle Rock, Green River, Wyoming,’ 1907, oil, 20 x 30 inches. The Russell image

 

GREAT FALLS, Mont. – The Russell, the premiere fundraising event for the C.M. Russell Museum, attracts collectors, artists and patrons from around the country. The three-day schedule, March 17–19, of events and exhibitions culminates in The Russell Live Auction, which features significant works by historic artists such as Thomas Moran and Charles M. Russell, as well as the country’s most acclaimed contemporary western artists.

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Pompidou curator Christine Macel to head Venice Biennale

Christine Macel. Image courtesy la Biennale di Venezia

Christine Macel. Image courtesy la Biennale di Venezia

 

MILAN (AP) – The Venice Biennale has named the chief curator of the Pompidou Center to oversee the next contemporary art exhibit in 2017.

Paolo Baratta, the president of Venice Biennale, said in a statement Saturday that Christine Macel was chosen for her commitment “to emphasizing the important role artists play in inventing their own universes.”

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