NEW YORK — Generations of young children had a treasured doll they adored, whether a Barbie or a Madame Alexander. The very fortunate ones may even have had a Jumeau doll to play with. And as adults, collectors of dolls passionately chase down fine examples of Jumeau bebes, which are among the most collected and valuable in the doll world.
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – Spanning more than a century of rug making, the craft of creating nonwoven rugs will be in the spotlight at the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum, one of the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg, when “Folk Art Underfoot: American Hooked Rugs,” an exhibition of 14 exquisite examples of sewn and hooked rugs opens Sept. 15 to remain on view through Sept. 7, 2020.
LONDON – Cindy Sherman’s groundbreaking series, Untitled Film Stills, 1977-80, will go on public display for the first time in the UK, in a major new retrospective of the artist’s work at the National Portrait Gallery, London. “Cindy Sherman,” opening in June 2019, will explore the development of Sherman’s work from the mid-1970s to the present day. The exhibition will feature around 180 works from international public and private collections, as well as new work never before displayed in a public gallery.
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 Gallery Report (prices include the buyer’s premium unless stated otherwise):
Horner grandfather clock, $90,750, Kennedy Auction
An R.J. Horner mahogany grandfather clock with J.J. Elliott nine-tube works, heavily carved and 118½ inches tall, sold for $90,750 at a sale of the Carl Smith estate of Memphis held June 2 by Kennedy Auction Service in Selmer, Tenn. Also, an R.J. Horner figural maiden carved mahogany china cabinet, circa 1890, brought $42,650; a Moravian pottery flask in the form of a woman, circa 1811, rose to $28,600; and a Tiffany Studios Tulip lamp shade with 16-inch diameter hit $24,860.
BRUSSELS (AP) — For four centuries, the opulent, exuberant nudes of Peter Paul Rubens have been known to shock and delight in sometimes equal measure. And now, even in 2018, his Baroque paintings are still jolting the internet.
NORTH ATTLEBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) – A valuable painting that hung unnoticed in a Massachusetts school for decades is returning to town after 11 years in storage and following a fight over whether to sell it or keep it.
The Sun Chronicle reports the piece by Russian artist Alexandre Iacovleff (1887-1938), titled, Afghans, will be returned to North Attleborough on Tuesday and displayed in the police station lobby.
The painting was donated to the town in 1951 and hung in a school until 2007 when a resident brought its value to the attention of officials.
The town wanted to sell it and use the money to fund art education. It could have fetched as much as $2 million at auction.
A relative of the donors objected, saying the painting was a gift meant to be enjoyed.
Information from: The (Attleboro, Mass.) Sun Chronicle, http://www.thesunchronicle.com
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NEW YORK (AP) – For decades, a burning question loomed over a towering 20th-century book: The Autobiography of Malcolm X: What happened to the reputedly missing chapters that may have contained some of the most explosive thoughts of the African-American firebrand assassinated in 1965?
DALLAS – Collectors and fans of comics and comic art can download a copy of the 48th edition of The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide 2018-19 through Heritage Auctions, at HA.com.