Louvre hosts 1st Delacroix retrospective in half a century

Eugène Delacroix’s ‘Liberty Leading the People’ commemorates the French Revolution of 1830. Image courtesy Wikimedia Commons

PARIS (AP) – He’s one of French art’s most famous—but least understood—masters.

Now the Louvre in Paris is seeking to reinterpret the work of Eugene Delacroix in a retrospective that goes beyond the brief years in which he painted his most recognizable masterpieces, such as Liberty Leading the People, which has graced postage stamps and banknotes in France as well as a Coldplay album cover.

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Makeover of Tutankhamun’s tomb nearly complete

The burial pharaonic mask of King Tutankhamun. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

LOS ANGELES (AP) – A nearly decade-long makeover of King Tut’s tomb aimed at preserving one of Egypt’s most important archaeological sites and also one of its most popular tourist attractions is close to complete, the Getty Conservation Institute of Los Angeles said Tuesday.

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Rock on with Jasper52 concert poster sale April 3

Jerry Garcia portrait by Jefferson Airplane’s Grace Slick, lithograph printed 1999, 22 x 29¾ in. Estimate: $750-$1,500. Jasper52 image

NEW YORK – “Hey hey, my my, rock ’n’ roll will never die.” Many of the stellar rock bands of the 1960s, including the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Pink Floyd and Jimi Hendrix, are represented in an online auction of vintage psychedelic rock concert posters to be conducted by Jasper52 on Tuesday, April 3. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Jackson Pollock: an abstract legend

Jackson Pollock’s ‘Number 21,’ 1950, sold in March 2018 at Christie’s London for just under 10 million British pounds ($13.2 million). Photo courtesy of Christie’s

NEW YORK – Jackson Pollock (American, 1912-1956) was nicknamed “Jack the Dripper” by Time Magazine in 1956 owing to his pioneering technique of painting that changed the face of art. Before Pollock, most art was representational and depictions of subjects were realistic but Pollock and his contemporaries created a new style that came to be known as Abstract Expressionism (AbEx for short).

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Opposites attract at Rago Remix auction April 7

Five-piece Georg Jensen sterling silver tea and coffee service, Pyramid pattern designed by Harald Nielsen, Denmark, 20th century, 120.7 troy ounces. Estimate: $6,000-$9,000. Rago Arts and Auction Center image

LAMBERTVILLE, N.J. – Rago’s Remix auctions are about how people like to decorate today, unconfined by any decade or design period. Downtown pieces of mid-century modern and 21st century design will sell side-by-side with period furnishings, urbane antiques, heirloom silver, and compelling art. Highlights from the April 7 auction include a five-piece Georg Jensen sterling silver Pyramid tea and coffee service; two oil on canvas paintings by George Goodman;  a Berndt Friberg vase; and a Louis Tavelli triptych. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Holocaust violins on display at Nashville library

This violin, handmade by Yaakov Zimmerman circa 1920, is decorated with five Stars of David, four on the face and one on the back. These decorations were crafted from glue mixed with black powder. Image courtesy Violins of Hope Nashville

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Violins that were once used to make music in concentration camps and ghettos during the Holocaust are now on display at the Nashville Public Library in Tennessee.

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US wins lawsuit over antique lighthouse lenses

Another Fresnel lens at Point Arena Lighthouse Museum, Point Arena Lighthouse, Mendocino County, California. Frank Schulenburg image. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

DETROIT (AP) – A judge has ruled in favor of the government in a dispute over ownership of two antique lighthouse lenses worth at least $600,000.

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Gangster Whitey Bulger prison ID card sells for $11,197

Alcatraz mug shot of James J. ‘Whitey’ Bulger, 1959. Federal Bureau of Prisons image, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

BOSTON (AP) – The prison identification card of Boston gangster James “Whitey” Bulger has sold at auction for more than $11,000, drawing condemnation from the widow of one of his victims and a victim’s rights advocate.

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Hyde exhibitions explore Rockwell Kent’s range  

Rockwell Kent (American, 1882-1971), ‘Flame,’ 1928, wood engraving, 8 x 5½ in., Collection of Ralf C. Nemec

GLENS FALLS, N.Y. – Rockwell Kent was a polarizing figure: An acclaimed artist and printmaker, a household name as traveler and author, his private mores scandalized family and friends, his social activism riled his political adversaries. His politics garnered him a certain degree of notoriety, while his art earned him critical acclaim. On Sunday, April 8, The Hyde Collection will open two exhibitions of the artist’s works in three mediums.

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Texas bluebonnet season means great time for painting

Julian Onderdonk (American, 1882-1922), ‘Texas Landscape with Bluebonnets,’ oil on canvas. Price realized: $437,000 in November 2015. Heritage Auctions image

HOUSTON (AP) – A sea of yellow wildflowers recently cast a magical glow upon the flat pastureland just east of the Brazos River at Highway 290, but a dose of reality awaited on the west side of the bridge, under the “Welcome to Washington County” sign that usually draws a crowd this time of year: no hill of bluebonnets.

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