Matisse at work featured in vintage gravure auction Jan. 16

Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908-2004), ‘Matisse in Vence, France 1944,’ printed in 1952, 9 in. x 13½ in. Estimate: $400-$500. Jasper52 image

NEW YORK – Not everyone can afford to own an original Matisse. Art lovers can, however, purchase a vintage gravure that pictures the French master at work, which was created by another noted French artist, photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson. Jasper52 will offer it and over 100 more vintage gravures at an online auction on Tuesday, Jan. 16. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Milestone to auction Hitler’s wartime desk, rare militaria, Jan. 27

Adolf Hitler’s custom-made oak and leather desk and chair from his Munich residence, a 1929 gift from Mrs. Elsa Bruckmann (nee Princess Cantacuzene of Romania) Accompanied by manufacturer’s hand-signed letter to Hitler advising him of the furniture’s completion. Provenance: Hermann Historica, Germany, 2003. Est. $100,000-$1 million

WILLOUGHBY, Ohio – While little good ever comes of war, its outcome shapes the future for generations to come, both on the winning and losing sides of the battlefield. A panoramic overview of America’s wartime history, as defined by the memorabilia of its heroes, allies and most reviled enemies, will be the focal point of Milestone’s Jan. 27 Historic Military & Firearms Auction. Absentee and Internet live bidding options are available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Chicago’s Field Museum to add flying reptiles, gardens


Currently, visitors to Chicago’s Field Museum not only get to view the massive skeleton of T. Rex SUE, they can also view a 3D presentation about Sue’s discovery and excavation in South Dakota and what her life might have been like on Earth. Image courtesy of Field Museum

CHICAGO (AP) – Chicago’s Field Museum will soon be home to the touchable cast of a titanosaur, the biggest dinosaur ever discovered. But that’s not all

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Hopi artworks, artifacts showcased at Dallas Museum of Art

Unrecorded Hopi artist(s), ‘Palhik Mana’ (Water-Sipping Maiden), c. 1920–30, wood, paints and wool, Dallas Museum of Art, given in memory of Congressman James M. Collins by his family, 1993.71; Michael Kabotie and Delbridge Honanie, ‘Journey of the Human Spirit – The Emergence (Panel 1),’ 2001, acrylic on canvas, Courtesy of the Museum of Northern Arizona, © Gene Balzer; unrecorded ancestral Pueblo artist(s), Sikyatki polychrome bowl, A.D. 1450–1629, ceramic and paints, Dallas Museum of Art, gift of The Dozier Foundation, 1990.249

DALLAS — “Hopi Visions: Journey of the Human Spirit,” a new exhibition at the Dallas Museum of Art, features a mural painting by Hopi artists Michael Kabotie and Delbridge Honanie complemented by ancient to contemporary objects from the museum’s collection. On view at the Dallas Museum of Art now through Dec. 2, the exhibition marks the first time the Journey of the Human Spirit mural will be on view outside of Arizona and the Museum of Northern Arizona.

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Ancient Coptic codex rendered legible through X-ray scanning

Unrelated to the codex described in this article, The Mudil Psalter was discovered in the Coptic cemetery of Al-Mudil in Middle Egypt in 1984. It is the earliest complete psalter in the Coptic language. Coptic Museum, Egypt. Public domain image


NEW YORK (AP) – An ancient Coptic codex written sometime between 400 and 600 A.D. and housed in a New York City library is now legible thanks to state-of-the-art X-ray scanning.

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First-ever French animation festival in US to open in NYC

La Tortue Rouge (The Red Turtle), directed by Michael Dudoc de Wit. Image copyright Studio Ghibli, Wild Bunch: Why Not Productions; Arte France Cinema; CN4 Productions; Belvision

Celebrating France’s rich tradition as a pioneer of animation, the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF), New York’s premier French cultural center, has announced that in February it will launch Animation First, the first-ever French animation festival in the United States. The festival will take place in New York City, Friday, February 2 through Sunday, February 4.

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Host of fine art leads off Gray’s Auctioneers sale Jan. 17

Helen Frankenthaler’s limited-edition silkscreen titled ‘Flirt,’ 1995. Estimate: $6,000-$8,000. Gray’s Auctioneers image

CLEVELAND – Gray’s Auctioneers will begin the 2018 auction schedule Jan. 17 with an array of paintings, works on paper, jewelry, sterling silver and decorative items from estates across Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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