PBA Galleries presents modernism in art and design April 4

Josef Albers, ‘Formulation: Articulation,’ Harry N. Abrams Inc., 1972, two volumes. 127 color screenprints on 66 sheets edition limited to 1,000 copies. Estimate: $10,000-$15,000. PBA Galleries image

SAN FRANCISCO – On Thursday, April 4, PBA Galleries will offer a sale of Art & Illustration, Prints & Graphics, Illustrated Books and Miscellanea. The auction will feature over 260 lots featuring the styles of high modernism in art and design. Represented are the schools of Orphism, Bauhaus, Op Art, Pop Art and COBRA. Included are paintings drawings, prints, artist’s books, and works by classic illustrators. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Vintage advertising powers Miller & Miller Auctions April 6 sale

En-Ar-Co Motor Oil rack with two wire bottle carriers and 16 En-Ar-Co bottles. Estimate: CA$15,000-$18,000. Miller & Miller Auctions image

NEW HAMBURG, Ontario – A rare 1930s-era En-Ar-Co Motor Oil rack made for the Canadian market, a 1989 Rolls Royce Silver Spur car with 100,000 original miles and a 1967 Triumph TR6R Trophy Sport 650 motorcycle in perfect running condition are a few expected top lots in Miller & Miller Auctions Ltd.’s upcoming Advertising & Nostalgia Auction on April 6. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Waverly Rare Books auction explores distant travels April 4

John Ross’s ‘A Voyage of Discovery’ (London, 1819), first-edition copy, Ross’s firsthand account of how he led an expedition to find the Northwest Passage, est. $800-$1,200. Quinn’s Auction Galleries image

FALLS CHURCH, Va. – On April 4, the Waverly Rare Books division of Quinn’s Auction Galleries will present a 262-lot catalog auction of rare and important books, prints and maps on the subject of travel, exploration and the natural world. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Heritage Auctions’ debut in Asia Week New York tops $2.2M

Wu Changshuo (Chinese, 1844-1927), ‘Peony, Bottle Gourds, and Loquats, Dingzi,’ 1917, four works, ink and color on paper, sold for $399,000. Heritage Auctions image

DALLAS – Multiple bidders drove the price for Wu Changshuo’s Peony, Bottle Gourds, and Loquats, Dingzi, 1917, to $399,000 to claim top-lot honors in Heritage Auctions’ Asian Art Auction in New York. The final total for the sale, Heritage’s first as a participant in Asia Week New York, climbed to $2.24 million.

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Rare robot commands $86,100 at Morphy’s $1.9M Toy & Bank Auction


Masudaya ‘Machine Man’ tin-litho battery-operated robot from Gang of Five series. Near mint, one of the finest examples known, consigned by original owner. Sold for $86,100

DENVER, Pa. – An imposing lithographed-tin visitor from both the future and times past, a Masudaya Machine Man robot claimed the top position in Morphy Auctions’ March 13-14 toy auction, selling for $86,100. Big, boxy and 15 inches tall, the late 1950s/early 1960s Japanese production is one of few known examples of its type from the fabled “Gang of Five” robot series.

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Colorful patterns run through Jasper52 rug auction April 3

Antique Bakhtiari rug, southwest Iran, circa 1890, 6ft. 5in. x 4ft. 7in. Estimate: $2,000-$3,000. Jasper52 image

NEW YORK – Jasper52 will present a fresh selection of 178 vintage handmade rugs – primarily Persian – in an online auction on Wednesday, April 3. Bid absentee or live online exclusively through LiveAuctioneers.

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Peabody Essex Museum adding 40,000 sq. ft. wing and galleries

Architectural rendering provided by Peabody Essex Museum

SALEM, Mass. – On September 28, 2019, the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) will open a 40,000-square-foot wing designed by Ennead Architects, New York. The expansion and renovation—a component of the museum’s landmark $650M+ Connect Campaign—features new installations, a light-filled atrium, an entry and facilities for school and group tours, new linkages and traffic flow to existing galleries, and a 5,000-square-foot garden designed by Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects.

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Dutch art sleuth recovers Picasso stolen 20 years ago

Arthur Brand, the Dutch art detective known as the Indiana Jones of the art world, released this image today showing him alongside the 1938 Picasso painting Buste de Femme, which he recovered. It had been missing for 20 years. Image courtesy of Arthur Brand

AMSTERDAM (AP) – A Dutch art detective said Tuesday that he has recovered a valuable painting by Pablo Picasso 20 years after it was stolen from a wealthy Saudi’s yacht in France.

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Famous artists, faces in Woodshed Gallery anniversary auction April 4

Andy Warhol will make multiple appearances in the auction, including this crayon sketch on thin tan paper of Chinese leader ‘Chairman Mao’ (1975), a signed attribution (est. $80,000-$120,000). Woodshed Art Auctions image

FRANKLIN, Mass. – An exclusive selection of antique and modern paintings and drawings, to include a rare figural oil painting by the renowned American artist James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903), titled Peasant Woman (1880), will be offered in a 51st Anniversary Art Auction planned for Thursday, April 4, by Woodshed Art Auctions, starting at 5:30 p.m. Eastern time. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Alec Soth curates special exhibition for The Photography Show

Laura Letinsky, Untitled #38 from the series Hardly More Than Ever, Date: 2001. Chromogenic print, 17 1/2 x 24 inches © Laura Letinsky. Courtesy of the artist and Yancey Richardson Gallery 

NEW YORK – Award-winning photographer Alec Soth has curated a special exhibition exclusively for The Photography Show, presented by AIPAD, April 4-7 at Pier 94 in New York. A Room for Solace: An Exhibition of Domestic Interiors features more than 40 images that speak to the possibility of finding refuge during turbulent times.

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