North Miami museum to host Alice Rahon, Cecilia Vicuña exhibitions

Alice Rahon, ‘Next Morning,’ 1958 (detail). Collection of Frances and Don Baxter

NORTH MIAMI, Fla. – The Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami will host two exhibitions showcasing women artists ― late artist Alice Rahon’s “Poetic Invocations,” and artist Cecilia Vicuña’s “Cecilia Vicuña: About to Happen” ― during Miami Art Week in December. Both exhibitions will open on Tuesday, Nov. 26, and will remain on view through Sunday, March 29, 2020.

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Rare Alfred Stieglitz images starring in Two Feathers auction Nov. 8

Original Alffred Stieglitz Gelatin dry-plate lantern slide. Image size: 1 7/8 x 2 3/16 in. (4.2×5.5 cm), overall 4 x 3 ¼in.(10.1×5.3 cm). Titled ‘The Last Load (The Tyrol) in his handwriting, printed credit on label affixed to glass housing. Estimate: $3,000-$5,000. Two Feathers image

RENSSELAER, N.Y. – Ten black and white images by American photographer Alfred Stieglitz (1864-1946) in the form of glass magic lantern slides are featured in a Nov. 8 auction that will be conducted by Two Feathers Antiques & Auction Services / Schillaci & Shultis. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

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Captain America #1, other rare comics join Star Wars prototype toy at Hake’s, Nov. 6-7

Front and back views of Star Wars Boba Fett J-slot rocket-firing prototype action figure, with J-shape slot clearly visible on back. Graded AFA 85+ NM+ in AFA Archival case, offered with CIB COA, letter of provenance from noted Star Wars expert Brian Rachfall, and LOAs from Kenner technician John R. Howlson (original owner) and Tom Tumbusch of Tomart Publications. Estimate: $200,000-$500,000. Hake’s image

YORK, Pa. – Hake’s Auctions’ final auction of 2019 is also its largest offering of the year, boosted in no small measure by an out-of-this-world selection of rare and highly prized Star Wars items. The top-tier lineup showcases nearly 400 lots of Kenner prototypes and test shots; newly unearthed early production pieces, foreign and rare variants; multi-packs, store displays, and the piece de resistance: a Boba Fett J-slot rocket-firing prototype. The fully illustrated catalogs can be viewed on LiveAuctioneers.

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Ben Franklin to star at Thomaston Place auction Nov. 8-10

Important full-length ship’s figurehead from the sidewheeler SS Franklin. Thomaston Place image

THOMASTON, Maine – A monumental 19th century carved oak ship’s figurehead depicting Benjamin Franklin will preside over Thomaston Place Auction Galleries’ fall three-day auction on Nov. 8, 9 and 10.  Originally salvaged from the sidewheeler SS Franklin that was wrecked off of Long Island, New York in 1854, auctiongoers will have the opportunity to view and bid on this rare portrayal of this beloved American Founding Father, inventor and philosopher. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

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Auguste Rodin: ‘Nothing’s ugly in Nature’

‘Man with the Broken Nose,’ bronze with brown green patina, height: 10in., executed in plaster 1863-1864, Musee Rodin edition. Inscribed: A. Rodin, Musee Rodin 1967 and the foundry mark of George Rudier, Fondeur, Paris. Inscribed with raised signature on the underside of the base. Realized $19,000 + buyer’s premium in 2008. Image courtesy of the Chicago Art Auction and LiveAuctioneers

NEW YORK – Although Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) is considered the father of modern sculpture, he was rejected by L’École des Beaux Arts, a prestigious school promoting traditional fine arts. So he spent years crafting architectural embellishments and objets d’art at commercial studios instead. There, in addition to developing masterful modeling skills and efficient production methods, he was freed from prevailing French art rigidity.

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