McKinley Thompson Jr.: Ford’s first African American designer

McKinley Thompson Jr., a Ford designer who helped pen the first-generation Bronco, was the first African American designer hired at Ford Motor Co. after graduating from the ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena, Calif., in 1956. Image courtesy of Ford Motor Co.

DEARBORN, Mich. – Bronco is the product of legendary talent, from the teams who won the Baja 1000 to the collectors who restore them today. But there’s one legend in the story of the Bronco who not only helped create the first Ford 4×4 sports-utility vehicle design, he made history, becoming one of the first African American designers in the industry.

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David Hockney exhibition draws on his close friends

From the left: David Hockney, ‘Celia Birtwell,’ Aug. 29-30, 2019, ink on paper, 30¼ x 22 5/8in; David Hockney, ‘Gregory Evans I,’ June 27, 2019, ink on paper, 30¼ x 22 5/8in; David Hockney ‘Maurice Payne,’ Dec.16, 2019, ink on paper, 30¼ x 22 5/8in. All images © David Hockney Photo Credit: Richard Schmidt

LONDON – New portraits of David Hockney’s close friends – textile designer Celia Birtwell; his business manager and curator Gregory Evans, and master printer Maurice Payne – have gone on public display for the first time in a major new exhibition titled “David Hockney: Drawing from Life,” opening at the National Portrait Gallery, London on Thursday, Feb. 27.

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12 Lucien Rollin chairs excel at Kamelot auction

A rare set of 12 Lucien Rollin African mahogany open dining armchairs with leather upholstery. Kamelot Auctions image

PHILADELPHIA – Kamelot Auctions had an exciting day on Saturday, Feb. 22, with its highly anticipated Modern Design Sale. The auction featured nearly 500 lots of French, Italian and American designer furniture, lighting and decorative items. The ultra-stylish selection piqued the interest of buyers from all over the world, from seasoned dealers and designers to first-time bidders. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Scarce Hermès Birkin bag brings £24,244 at Fellows   

Hermès 2013 matte black Porosus Crocodile Birkin HAC 40 handbag. Price realized: £24,244. Fellows image

BIRMINGHAM, UK – A black Hermès Birkin HAC handbag has sold for £24,244 ($31,434) and has broken a house record for the sale of a Birkin bag at Fellows Auctioneers. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers. Prices quoted include the buyer’s premium and fees.

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Zaha Hadid’s One Thousand Museum tower is an artwork in itself

Aquatic Center, One Thousand Museum, Miami, Florida. Photo by Hufton+Crow, provided by Zaha Hadid Architects

MIAMI – One Thousand Museum is a 62-story residential tower opposite Museum Park in Miami. With views across Biscayne Bay, this popular 30-acre park was redeveloped in 2013 as one of downtown Miami’s primary public spaces and includes the city’s new art and science museums. The tower’s design continues Zaha Hadid Architects’ research into high-rise construction that defines a fluid architectural expression consistent with the engineering for the entire height of a structure.

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Peabody Essex Museum gifted Asian photo collection

Boomoon (Born 1955, Korea), ‘Stargazing at Sokcho #1,’ 2001, dye destruction print. Gift of the Joy of Giving Something Inc. © BOOMOON 2019.45

SALEM, Mass. (AP) – Massachusetts museum has received a gift of more than 1,600 photographic works it says will enhance what is already one of the leading collections of Asian photography in the U.S. and Europe. Read more

Art of the American West returns to Moran’s March 15

A Navajo First Phase silver concho belt. Estimate: $4,000-$6,000. Moran’s image

MONROVIA, Calif. – Lovers of Western art and American Indian jewelry, craft and textiles will find several important selections in Moran’s Art of the American West auction on March 15. Rare early silver Navajo jewelry, including squash blossom necklaces and cuff bracelets, from the Collection of Cindy Tietze-Hodosh and Stuart Hodosh are some of the most highly anticipated items in the sale. Stunning textiles, basketry and pottery are sure to pique the interest of avid collectors and a well-rounded selection of fine art both contemporary and classic fill the sale. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

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The world never ‘tires’ of Michelin Man

This Michelin Tires plastic light-up sign with a light-up Bibi figure measures 56 by 26 by 24in. It realized $2,500 in February 2018 at Dan Morphy Auctions. Photo courtesy of DanMorphy Auctions and LiveAuctioneers

NEW YORK – Long before brand anthropomorphism became a thing, the Michelin tire company created a beloved brand mascot that has long served as the textbook example of how to achieve corporate identity on a global scale.

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Ancient Resource to sell 400+ lots of antiquities March 14

Large Byzantine double-spouted bronze lamp from the sixth or seventh century A.D., 9¾ inches tall, a lovely example on a flared pedestal foot with an elegant rounded body. Estimate: $7,000-$10,000. Ancient Resource Auctions image

MONTROSE, Calif. – A large Byzantine double-spouted bronze lamp from the sixth or seventh century, an extraordinary circa 1000-1500 full-figure marble anthropic cohoba stand, and a marvelous third century B.C. Etruscan terra-cotta head of a man are just a few of the highlights in Ancient Resource Auctions’ online-only Auction #82 – An Exceptional Spring Antiquities Sale – on March 14. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

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The Broad unveils its East West Bank Plaza 

The Broad, L.A.’s new contemporary art museum, located at the corner of Grand Avenue and Second Street. Photo by Jamie Pham

LOS ANGELES – The Broad today announced that its outdoor plaza has been named for its longtime leading partner, East West Bank. The plaza, where East West Bank-supported programs such as Family Weekend Workshops, Summer Happenings and Soul of a Nation Celebration: A Special Musical Performance Curated By Quincy Jones have taken place, has been named the East West Bank Plaza at The Broad.

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