Miami’s Frost Art Museum celebrates the art of Mexican photography

Manuel Carrillo – Rope Vendor In Marketplace, gift of Alvin J. Gilbert. Courtesy Frost Art Museum FIU


MIAMI ― The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum FIU celebrates the art of Mexican photography this summer with two exhibitions: Becoming Mexico: The Photographs of Manuel Carrillo and Possible Worlds: Photography and Fiction in Mexican Contemporary Art.

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Lucian Freud’s Pricey Produce, Bowie’s Tintoretto Reveals a Surprise, and More Fresh News

Lucian Freud (British, 1922-2011), Strawberries, oil on copper, 4 x 4.7in., painted circa 1950. Image courtesy of Sotheby’s


News and updates from around the arts and auction community:

  • So you think the price of fresh fruit has gone up at the supermarket? Consider this: A small (4 x 4.7in.) group of luscious strawberries, painted by Lucian Freud around 1950, at the height of his fascination with the still-life paintings of the Old Masters, recently sold at Sotheby’s for $1,568,000, or $156,800 per strawberry [Read more at Sotheby’s]
  • For 30 years, David Bowie cherished his altarpiece by Jacopo Tintoretto, even naming his record label after the Venetian painter. But little did Bowie know that beneath the layers of oil was an underdrawing that suggests the work was created earlier than previously thought. [Read more from The Art Newspaper]
  • A memorable scene from Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean theme park ride is getting a makeover. The company announced on Thursday that they are replacing the auction scene in which women are sold off as brides with an auction for plundered goods. The sign reading “AUCTION” and “Take a wench for a bride” will soon feature the words: “AUCTION” and “SURRENDER YER LOOT.” [Read more from Huffington Post]
  • Which celebrity consigned a sensational Hermes 18K solid gold brooch in the shape of a lion cub with large emerald eyes to a Saturday, July 1 auction? Whoever it is, they have highly refined taste and are considered a highly valued customer by the French luxury goods design house, since the brooch bears the Hermes marks used only on commissioned pieces for VIPs. [Read more from]


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GWS to auction celebrity’s unique Hermes 18K gold and emerald brooch

Custom-designed by Hermes, a one-of-a-kind solid 18K gold lion cub brooch with high-quality emerald eyes will be auctioned on July 1 with an $18,000-$20,000 estimate. Image courtesy of and GWS Auctions


AGOURA HILLS, Calif. – A fabulous custom-designed Hermes brooch will cross the auction block on Saturday, July 1, in a sale conducted by GWS Auctions Inc., with absentee and Internet live bidding through

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Met’s exhibition illustrates how World War I impacted modern art

Christopher Richard Wynne Nevinson (British, 1889-1946). ‘Returning to the Trenches’ (detail), 1916. Drypoint, plate: 6 x 8 1/16 in. (15.2 x 20.4 cm); sheet: 8 3/8 x 11 in. (21.3 x 28 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Rogers Fund, 1968 (68.510.3)


NEW YORK – The impact of World War I on the visual arts is chronicled from its outbreak to the decade after the armistice in a new exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. “World War I and the Visual Arts” opens July 31 and runs through Jan. 7.

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Gallery Report: June 2017

ATLANTA – At the start of each month, ACN columnist Ken Hall gathers top auction highlights from around the United States and beyond. Here’s what made headlines since last month’s report:

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Now serving: robot bartenders at Tipsy Robot in Las Vegas

The Tipsy Robot bar setup at Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas. Tipsy Robot image


LAS VEGAS – Tipsy Robot, the galaxy’s first land-based robotic bar, will open its doors to the public today, June 30, 2017, inside the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.

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St. Louis Art Museum to Host ‘Reigning Men,’ 300 Years of Men’s Fashion

Jeremy Scott, American, born 1975; with Adidas, “Boots”, Spring/Summer 2013; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, gift of Jeremy Scott. Photo © Museum Associates/LACMA


ST. LOUIS – Donning lace, silk, leather and plastic, more than 90 mannequins are nearly ready to meet visitors at the Saint Louis Art Museum, which presents a 300-year history of men’s fashion that opens to the public on Sunday, June 25. The exhibition “Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear, 1715–2015” features more than 130 looks while tracing cultural influences over the centuries. The exhibition examines how elements of the uniform have profoundly shaped fashionable dress, and reveals how cinching and padding the body was—and is—not exclusive to women.

Reigning Men is drawn primarily from the renowned collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), which organized the exhibition.

On May 17, the Costume Society of America honored Reigning Men with its Richard Martin Exhibition Award, which recognizes outstanding costume exhibitions. Critics also have praised “Reigning Men,” including the Los Angeles Times, which called the exhibition a “deep dive into the forces that have literally and figuratively shaped men’s fashion in a different—and delightful—way.”


Johnson Hartig, American, born 1962; for Libertine, “Ensemble” (detail), Fall/Winter 2009-10; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, gift of Johnson Hartig. Photo © Museum Associates/LACMA

“Fashion has not been a major collecting area for the Saint Louis Art Museum, so we felt a project based on scholarship and objects of exceptional quality would be an appropriate and exciting addition to our schedule,” said Brent R. Benjamin, the Barbara B. Taylor Director of the Saint Louis Art Museum. “Because of the extraordinary collection and curatorial expertise of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, ‘Reigning Men’ is an exhibition we were eager to bring to St. Louis.”

The exhibition explores the history of men’s fashionable dress while re-examining the equation of “fashion” with “femininity.”


Coat,” France, c.1800; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, gift of B. Rich. Photo © Museum Associates/LACMA


Beginning with the 18th century, the male aristocrat wore a three-piece suit conspicuous in make and style, and equally as lavish as the opulent dress of his female counterpart. The 19th-century “dandy” made famous a more refined brand of expensive elegance which became the hallmark of Savile Row. The mid-20th-century “mod” relished in the colorful and modern styles of Carnaby Street, and the 21st-century man—in an ultra-chic “skinny suit” by day and a flowered tuxedo by night—redefines today’s concept of masculinity.

Organized into five thematic sections, “Reigning Men” highlights many factors that have influenced menswear over the last three centuries. “Revolution/Evolution” illustrates the dialogue between social and political events and men’s fashion. “East/West” observes how international cultural exchanges have introduced new materials and silhouettes to menswear. “Uniformity” explores the critical impact military and working uniforms have had on men’s fashion. “Body Consciousness” demonstrates that over time men have been just as preoccupied with enhancing their physiques as women. Finally, “The Splendid Man” considers how fashion designers throughout history have challenged traditional notions of menswear and masculinity.

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Original Art for Entire Capt. America Comic Book, R2-D2’s Stellar Auction Price, and More Fresh News

Mike Zeck original cover art for Captain America #265 comic book, Jan. 1982, cover also features Spider-Man & Nick Fury, estimate $20,000-$35,000. All interior story pages are being auctioned, as well, as individual lots. Image courtesy of Hake’s Americana


News and updates from around the arts and auction community:

  • We’ve seen original comic-book art at auction before, but never the art for an entire issue. Hake’s Americana’s July 11-13 auction contains Mike Zeck’s original art for the cover and all interior story pages of Marvel Comics’ Captain America #265, published in January 1982. If a deep-pocketed collector wanted to own the original art for the entire issue, that possibility would exist.  [Read more from Hake’s]
  • An R2-D2 droid that was used in several Star Wars films has sold at auction for $2.76 million. The 43-inch-tall unit was created from parts used throughout filming of the original trilogy. No word yet on who the buyer was. [Read more from AP/CNBC]
  • A Ferrari F40 originally owned by Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour will be auctioned on Friday in England. Gilmour and Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason both bought F40s in Italy at the same time in 1988. Gilmour’s, which now has a different owner, underwent a 15,000-hour restoration costing almost $400K after an engine fire nearly destroyed the car around a decade ago. [Read more from AutoWeek]
  • Merrywood, Jackie Kennedy’s childhood home in McLean, Va., is on the market. Built in 1919 on 46 acres above the banks of the Potomac, the 23,000-square-foot residence has changed hands four times and currently belongs to AOL co-founder Steve Case. The highest-priced residence in the Washington, D.C. area, it’s listed at $49.5 million. Read more from]


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Roland Auctions July 8 sale features estate of NYC designer

David Webb gold diamond and enamel snake bracelet watch. Estimate: $4,000-$6,000. Roland Auctions image


NEW YORK – Roland Auctions NY will conduct their monthly estate auction on Saturday, July 8, commencing at 10 a.m. Eastern time. Spotlighted throughout this auction are selections from the Manhattan estate of acclaimed designer and painter Elaine Lustig Cohen. Keeping the momentum of Sotheby’s New York recent successful auction of items from this estate, Roland Auctions NY looks forward to offering additional artwork from the Lustig Cohen collection. Absentee and Internet bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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In Memoriam: Paddington Bear creator Michael Bond, 91

Left: 1958 first edition of ‘A Bear Called Paddington’ by Michael Bond. Image courtesy LiveAuctioneers and Bloomsbury Auctions. Right: Original example of Paddington Bear stuffed toy. Image courtesy of LiveAuctioneers and Mosby & Co.


LONDON (AP) — It was a last-minute Christmas gift for his wife that inspired Michael Bond to create Paddington bear, the marmalade-loving teddy in a duffel coat and floppy hat.

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