Virtual reality re-creates Modigliani studio, at London’s Tate Modern

The Ochre Atelier, stills. Created for Modigliani at Tate Modern, 2017. Courtesy of Preloaded

LONDON – For the opening of Tate Modern’s major Modigliani exhibition, Tate and HTC VIVE™ unveiled a new integrated virtual reality experience reimagining Modigliani’s final studio in Paris. The Ochre Atelier invites visitors to step into the studio where Modigliani lived and worked in the final months of his life, vividly enhancing our understanding of one of the early twentieth century’s greatest artists.

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Sphinx from set of 1923 film epic unearthed in California

Paramount Pictures poster for the 1923 film The Ten Commandments. Public domain image

GUADALUPE, Calif. (AP) – Archaeologists working in sand dunes on the central California coast have dug up an intact plaster sphinx that was part of an Egyptian movie set built more than 90 years ago for Cecil B. DeMille’s epic “The Ten Commandments.”

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Trees, lights, holiday magic: Christmas events and displays

Creche angel with polychromed terracotta head, wooden limbs and wings, body of wire wrapped in tow; various fabrics. Italian, Naples, second half 18th century. Gift of Loretta Hines Howard, 1964. Accession #64.164.35a-c. Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art

NEW YORK (AP) – Destinations around the U.S. are dressing up for Christmas with trees, lights and holiday magic. Here’s a look at a few events, displays and other attractions.

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Neil Young property will be rockin’ Julien’s Auctions Dec. 9

The rarest of all the Commodore Vanderbilt locomotives is this one-of-a-kind custom painted locomotive used on the traveling display during the HORDE Tour. The locomotive is signed by Neil Young on the bottom of the cab. Estimate: $12,000-$15,000. Julien’s Auctions image

LOS ANGELES – Property from the Collection of Neil Young will close out Julien’s Auctions’ 2017 season on Dec. 9. Julien’s Auctions will honor the two-time inducted Rock and Roll Hall of Fame legend in a never before seen auction event presenting the multi-Grammy and Juno award-winning singer/songwriter’s extraordinary personal collection of model trains, classic cars, guitars, recording gear, clothing and memorabilia. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Cowan’s Auctions gets high grade in American history

The American West, extraordinary album containing photographs of Mormon elders, American Indians, Salt Lake City, stage stations, and more. Price realized: $32,400. Cowan’s Auctions image

CINCINNATI – Cowan’s once again proved itself as a leader in the categories of early photography and Civil War memorabilia with its November American History Live Salesroom Auction. Those two categories accounted for more than half of the Nov. 17 sale’s $596,000 total (including the buyer’s premium). Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Michaan’s sale Dec. 9 sources items from around the globe

John Marshall Gamble (American 1863 – 1957), ‘Wildflowers along a California Coastline,’ oil on canvas, 25in. x 29 3/4in., 29 5/8in. x 34 1/2in. framed. Estimate: $20,000-$30,000. Michaan’s Auctions image

ALAMEDA, Calif. – From the sunny California coast to the grand boulevards of Paris, Michaan’s brings the world to auction bidders on Saturday, Dec. 9. Fine art highlights include essential works, each estimated at $20,000-$30,000, by California Impressionist John Marshall Gamble (1863-1957) and French cityscape painter Edouard Léon Cortès (1882-1969). Absentee and Internet bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers. Read more

Stedelijk Museum wins Exhibition of the Year Award

Presentation of the AICA Award 2017 at the Stedelijk Museum’s Teijin Auditorium. From left to right: chairman of AICA Nederland Robert Jan Muller, curator Martijn van Nieuwenhuyzen and Tino Sehgal. Photo: Hanna Hachula

AMSTERDAM – Last Wednesday, Robert Jan Muller, chairman of the Dutch Art Critics’ Association (Association Internationale des Critiques d’Art), presented the AICA Award 2017 to the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam for the exhibition A Year at the Stedelijk: Tino Sehgal. Curated by former director Beatrix Ruf and curator Martijn van Nieuwenhuyzen, the project presented a different artwork every month, throughout the whole of 2015. Martijn van Nieuwenhuyzen accepted the award on behalf of the Stedelijk.

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Jasper52 offers double shot of Viking jewelry Dec. 5

Viking silver pendant with Odin gripping two ravens, circa A.D. 900-1100, 30 mm, 7.5 grams. Obtained from an old British collection; Acquired at LCF, London. Estimate: $10,000-$12,000. Jasper52 image

NEW YORK – Jasper52 will present two online auctions featuring Viking and Medieval jewelry on Dec. 5. The first auction, which starts Tuesday at 7 p.m. Eastern time, consists of jewelry and artifacts that date back to the Middle Ages when the Vikings roamed both sea and land. The second auction, which follows at 9:30 p.m. presents a huge variety of fine ancient jewelry from the Bronze Age to Post-Medieval. Absentee and Internet bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Personal belongings of Boston singer Brad Delp being auctioned

Brad Delp at home at his 1873 Chickering piano, which is an auction highlight. Image courtesy of RR Auction

BOSTON (AP) – Fans of the rock band Boston can get more than a feeling at an upcoming auction — they can get their hands on the personal belongings of late lead singer Brad Delp.

Delp’s concert grand piano, an electric guitar, silver glitter platform stage shoes and even his New Hampshire driver’s license are among the items for sale by Boston-based RR Auction starting Dec. 7.

Brad Delp’s silver glitter stage-worn shoes. Image courtesy of RR Auction


The belongings are from the personal collection of Delp’s wife, Micki Delp, and their two children.

“I hope that all these items end up in the hands of people who appreciate it, and preserve the legacy of Brad’s kindness and humor,” Micki Delp said in a statement. “He was always kind and generous. He really was unaffected by the fame and fortune that fell in his lap. It shows in all these wonderful things.”

Brad Delp joined Boston in the early 1970s, and the band rocketed to fame in 1976 with its self-titled debut album, which for years was the biggest-selling debut album of all-time. The album included the hits “More Than A Feeling,” “Foreplay/Long Time” and “Smokin’.”

Brad Delp’s personally owned single-sided 8-inch acetate for Boston’s classic More Than A Feeling. Image courtesy of RR Auction

Delp died at his Atkinson, New Hampshire, home in 2007.

The centerpiece of the auction is the piano, an 1873 Chickering of hand-carved rosewood. It is expected to fetch $50,000 or more at the auction, which runs for a week.

Delp’s Paul Reed Smith Custom 22 electric guitar could sell for $5,000, while the platform shoes are expected to go for about $1,000.

The auction includes telegrams Delp received from Paul McCartney and his Danvers, Massachusetts, high school diploma and yearbook.

Delp’s personal vinyl record collection, including albums by Led Zeppelin, Cheap Trick, Queen and his beloved Beatles, also is for sale.

Click to view a video of Brad Delp and Boston performing “More Than A Feeling.”


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Trump expected to shrink 2 Utah monuments by two-thirds

The Sixshooter Peaks in Bears Ears National Monument, San Juan County, Utah. U.S. Bureau of Land Management public domain image

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump will announce plans next week to shrink two sprawling Utah national monuments by nearly two-thirds, an action that environmentalists and tribal leaders called illegal and another affront to Native Americans.

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