Asia Week opens March 15 with 45 curated exhibitions

Mandala of Mahapratisara, Tibet, Ngor Monastery, circa 16th century, 25 x 15 ¾ in. Courtesy of Suneet Kapoor

NEW YORK — Spring is just around the corner, and for Asian art lovers that conveys a very special sign: it’s time for Asia Week New York 2018. Celebrating its 9th anniversary, the spectacular 10-day event launches on March 15 and showcases 45 individually curated exhibitions spread throughout some of New York’s most illustrious galleries.

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Sterling silver flatware keeps on serving

This 244-piece sterling silver flatware set by Tiffany & Co. in the ‘English King’ pattern, sold for $40,000 at A.B. Levy’s Palm Beach in February 2013. Prices do not include the buyer’s premium. Photo courtesy of A.B. Levy’s Palm Beach and LiveAuctioneers

NEW YORK — The appeal of buying antiques lies in their quality craftsmanship and the history each object holds and the stories it tells. This is especially true with sterling silver flatware, which continues to entice collectors.

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Gallery Report: February 2018

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:

Elmer Crowell wood drake, $59,000, Guyette & Deeter Inc.
A full-size decorative standing wood duck drake by Elmer Crowell sold for $59,000 at the sixth annual Decoy & Sporting Art Auction held Feb. 17 by Guyette & Deeter Inc. in Charleston, S.C., in partnership with the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition. Also, a bluebill decoy by Lee Dudley gaveled for $30,680; a canvasback drake by Lee Dudley flew away for $23,600; and a bluewing teal hen by James Holly made $21,830.

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Museum denies Picasso painting was stolen by the Nazis

RISD Museum of Art Chace Center entrance. Photo by Kenneth C. Zirkel, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – The Rhode Island School of Design is denying the claim that a painting by Pablo Picasso at the museum was stolen by the Nazis from a Jewish art collector’s mansion in occupied France.

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San Francisco to remove pioneer statue some call racist

The Pioneer Monument in San Francisco, created by Frank Happersberger in 1894. Photo by Beyond My Ken, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International, 3.0 Unported, 2.5 Generic, 2.0 Generic and 1.0 Generic license

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – San Francisco’s arts commission voted to remove a 19th century statue that some say is degrading to Native Americans, joining a growing list of cities that have chosen to ban historic markers that nod to controversial figures.

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Hamilton letter to be featured in Rago coin auction June 9

Alexander Hamilton’s signature on the handwritten letter, which will be sold June 9. Rago Arts and Auction Center image

LAMBERTVILLE, N.J. – Seldom does one get to handle a piece of American history as important as a document written by one of our Founding Fathers. But to have both a document written by Alexander Hamilton requesting $10,000 for copper to be struck as the first coinage in the United States, as well as several of the coins minted under this request in the same auction series is simply serendipitous. Both the letter and the coins will be offered for sale at Rago Auctions on June 9.

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Milton Avery, David Park exhibit to debut at NY Amory Show

David Park’s ‘Portrait of Lydia Sewing,’ 1955 (left) and Milton Avery’s ‘Reader with Plant,’ 1963. Hackett Mill images

SAN FRANCISCO – Hackett Mill art gallery will present the first major exhibition to bring together Milton Avery (1885-1965) and David Park (1910-1960), examining two pioneers who each initiated major mid-20th-century art movements while working within two different cultural contexts. This will be the first significant juxtaposition of the artists presented in subsequent installments, the first at the Armory Show in New York (March 7-11) and a second version at Hackett Mill in San Francisco from April 10-May 31.

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