Matisse exhibition in Oklahoma City through mid-September

Henri Matisse. L’Algérienne, 1909. Oil on canvas. Collection Centre Pompidou, Paris. MNAM-CCI. Legs du Victomte Guy de Cholet aux Musées nationaux, 1916, 2009. AM 2009-214. © 2015 Succession H. Matisse/Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY

Henri Matisse. L’Algérienne, 1909. Oil on canvas. Collection Centre Pompidou, Paris. MNAM-CCI. Legs du Victomte Guy de Cholet aux Musées nationaux, 1916, 2009. AM 2009-214. © 2015 Succession H. Matisse/Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY

 

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – An exclusive exhibition featuring the works of Henri Matisse and other influential artists will be on display in Oklahoma through the middle of next month.

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Italian museums giving Sunday proceeds to rebuild quake zone

A 2008 photo of the town center in Amatrice, one of several Italian towns that suffered catastrophic damage from the earthquake. Photo by Mario1952, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

A 2008 photo of the town center in Amatrice, one of several Italian towns that suffered catastrophic damage from the earthquake. Photo by Mario1952, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

 

ROME (AP) – Italy’s state museums are donating their proceeds from yesterday, Aug. 28, to relief and reconstruction efforts in the area devastated by an earthquake.

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Athlete sells Rio medal to help 3-year-old with eye cancer

Trio of 2016 Summer Olympics (Rio de Janeiro) medals, with Silver Medal shown at left. Image by Tomaz Silva/Agência Brasil, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Brazil license

Trio of 2016 Summer Olympics (Rio de Janeiro) medals, with Silver Medal shown at left. Image by Tomaz Silva/Agência Brasil, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Brazil license

 

WARSAW, Poland (AP) – Polish discus thrower Piotr Malachowski has sold the silver medal he won at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics to help pay for the medication of a 3-year-old boy suffering from eye cancer.

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Presidential museum gets rare Lincoln biography

White House copy of the lost circa-1868 painting 'The Peacemakers' by George P.A. Healy (1818-1894). Depicts (l. to r.) Sherman, Grant, Lincoln and Porter. Source: White House Historical Association.

White House copy of the lost circa-1868 painting ‘The Peacemakers’ by George P.A. Healy (1818-1894). Depicts (l. to r.) Maj. Gen. Sherman, Lt. Gen. Grant, President Abraham Lincoln and Admiral David D. Porter. Source: White House Historical Association

 

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – At the same time that Kathryn Harris, president of the Abraham Lincoln Association, was meeting with the association’s board, a rare Lincoln biography was being sold at a Chicago auction house. By the end of that day in May, members of the association had bid on and won the three-volume biography that was published in 1888.

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Prince’s Paisley Park to Open to Public, Live Video of Sunken WWII Ship, and More Fresh News

Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, Minnesota. 2008 photo by Nick Scribner, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0 License.

Prince’s Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, Minnesota. 2008 photo by Nick Scribner, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0 License.

News and updates from around the arts and auction community:

  • Paisley Park, the private estate and studio complex of the late rock superstar Price, will open for daily public tours starting Oct. 6. Visitors will be able to view Prince’s many awards and memorabilia; musical instruments, and concert wardrobe. [Read more from the Associated Press]
  • An underwater expedition along the shark-inhabited California coast is exploring a sunken World War II-era aircraft carrier once used in atomic tests in the Pacific. You can watch real-time coverage of the progress from two of the research ship Nautilus’ subs and listen to the team’s informative conversations online.  [Learn more and watch what’s going on at the ship’s website]
  • An Instagram model is suing artist Richard Prince over copyright infringement. The New York artist has tested the boundaries of copyright law before, calling his work “re-photography.” What’s your opinion? [Read more from W Magazine]
  •  A U.S. judge has ruled that a celebrated artist was right when he insisted he didn’t paint a work now owned by a retired prison worker, a finding that likely ensures the piece will now be worth a fraction of the previous estimated value of $10 million or more. [Read more from the Associated Press]

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Inspiring artworks, furnishings & decoratives form theme of Michaan’s Sept. 9 auction

ALAMEDA, Calif. – A Friday, September 9 Inspiring Interiors auction has been added to Michaan’s auction calendar. It will take place one day before Michaan’s estate sale.  Michaan’s Fine Art and Furniture and Decorative Arts departments will participate in both auctions, presenting items of refinement from collections of note. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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PBA Galleries to auction early Americana in Sept. 8 auction of books, rare printings

SAN FRANCISCO – On September 8, PBA Galleries will offer 218 select lots ranging from foundation works on the creation of the United States to landmarks of 19th-century American fiction and now-classic 20th-century children’s books. The sale also includes many finely bound books, rare printings from the 15th century onward, first archives and manuscript material, early medical works, rare botanicals, and much more. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.com.

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Photographer seeking $1 billion from Getty Images agency

Carol M. Highsmith photo of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Mo., with Shuttlecock sculpture by Claes Oldenburg on the front lawn. Library of Congress image in the public domain.

Carol M. Highsmith photo of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Mo., with Shuttlecock sculpture by Claes Oldenburg on the front lawn. Public domain mage obtained directly from the U.S. Library of Congress Collection online. Reproduction number LC-DIG-highsm-04151 (original digital file)

 

NEW YORK (AP) – An accomplished photographer who lets the public use thousands of her images of America for free has sued the Getty Images photo agency for more than $1 billion, saying it’s improperly selling her work to customers and threatening those who don’t pay.

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First Dodo Skeleton On the Open Market In 100 Years Heads to Auction, Bonnie & Clyde Letter Could Sell For $40K, and More Fresh News

One of the most famous and often-copied paintings of a Dodo specimen, as painted by Roelant Savery in the late 1620s

One of the most famous and often-copied paintings of a dodo specimen, as painted by Roelant Savery in the late 1620s

 

News and updates from around the arts and auction community:

  • Hen’s teeth, pink elephants or the dodo bird — which is more rare? We can’t be sure, but we do know which will be making an appearance at auction in November, and it’s expected to earn a six-figure price. [Read more from The Independent]
  • “I should have killed you…” writes Clyde Barrow in a 4-page letter he and Bonnie Parker sent to one of their gang members incarcerated at the Dallas County Jail. What was behind the vicious comment? Money, of course. The handwritten letter will be auctioned next month.  [Read more in an Associated Press report via CBS News]
  • A Belgian couple scouring online classified ads had a hunch they had stumbled upon a long-lost Willem de Kooning and bought it for $500. It’s real, and it’s worth much, much more. [Read more from artnet]
  • Star Wars fans, take note. A cheeky parrot who sounds like R2-D2 is on the lam. The talented avian named Paco can also do wolf whistles and mimic microwave ovens, smoke detectors and trucks. If you’ve seen him — or heard him — his owner is anxious to get him back, and he’s offering a reward. [Read more at CentralMaine.com]

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Eclectic art selection a crowd-pleaser at John Moran’s July 30 Studio Auction

MONROVIA, Calif. – John Moran’s new Studio Auction format has proven a success with buyers. The second Studio Auction of 2016, held on Saturday, July 30, fared well for works estimated across all price points. No single genre was the clear favorite among buyers, with bidders paying equal attention to early California, Western, Modern and Contemporary abstract and figural works. Overall, buyers responded to quality, with wonderful examples by higher tier as well as lesser-known artists performing quite well throughout the evening. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.com.

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