Cindy Sherman’s first UK retrospective unveiled in London 

‘Untitled #602’ by Cindy Sherman, 2019. Courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures, New York

LONDON – Cindy Sherman’s groundbreaking series, Untitled Film Stills, 1977-80, has gone 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. Opening on Thursday, June 27, the exhibition explores the development of the artist’s work from the mid-1970s to the present day.

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Luxury fashions auction packed with designer handbags July 2    

Louis Vuitton Lockme leather shoulder bag in excellent condition. Estimate: $2,500-$3,000. Jasper52 image

NEW YORK – Dozens of designer handbags are offered in a Jasper52 auction of luxury fashion accessories that will be conducted Tuesday, July 2. Chanel, Gucci, Spartina, Michael Kors, Judith Leiber, Louis Vuitton and Valentino are all represented in this 100-lot online auction. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

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Russian vase sells for 157 times high estimate at Morphy’s $3.3M auction

Russian pottery vase with metal overlay depicting warriors on horseback, 7½ in., multiple impressed marks, dated 1903. Sold for $141,450 against an estimate of $600-$900

DENVER, Pa. – When Keats wrote, “A thing of beauty is a joy forever – its loveliness increases,” he unwittingly created a tagline for Morphy Auctions’ $3.3 million Fine & Decorative Arts sale held June 18-19. The breathtaking array of European and American antiques, glass and ceramics dazzled an international contingent of bidders who drove prices on many items to unexpected if not astounding levels. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Art Institute of Chicago presents ‘Weaving Beyond the Bauhaus’

Rug designed by Sheila Hicks, circa 1965. Produced by V’SOSKE. The Art Institute of Chicago, gift of Sheila Hicks

CHICAGO – The Art Institute of Chicago commemorates the centenary of Bauhaus with an exhibition highlighting the output of the acclaimed German art school’s textile workshop and its impact on modern and contemporary American art. “Weaving Beyond the Bauhaus,” on view from Aug. 3 to Feb. 16, 2020, features 50 works both on and off the loom by pioneering artists such as Anni Albers, Claire Zeisler, Lenore Tawney, Otti Berger, Gunta Stölzl, Else Regensteiner, Ethel Stein and Sheila Hicks.

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Tiny Chinese bronze censer rises to top of Bruneau auction

This palm-size Chinese Qing Dynasty bronze censer far surpassed estimates, selling for $8,125. Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers image

CRANSTON, R.I. – Fine art coexisted in peaceful harmony alongside Asian objects at Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers’ antiques and fine art auction held on June 6, as a fine Chinese Qing Dynasty miniature bronze censer changed hands for $8,125 to take top lot honors, while paintings by Antonio Cirino, Giuseppe Castiglione and Jeremiah Wilson also performed well. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Bible underscores Lincoln’s belief he was to end slavery

The King James Bible was presented to President Lincoln on June 16, 1864. Image courtesy of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – A Bible given to Abraham Lincoln in the final months of the Civil War ties together the 16th president’s budding views on spirituality and his belief that God was calling him to end slavery as well as his widow’s labors to solidify his religious standing, historians say.

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