Mira Lehr installation gifted to Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU

‘Sacred Dreams’ (detail), by Mira Lehr (2019). Burned and dyed Japanese paper, acrylic, ink and resin. Image courtesy of the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU.

MIAMI – Dr. Robert B. Feldman, a New York-based art collector, has promised a gift to the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU of a major installation by the artist Mira Lehr. The artwork, titled Sacred Dreams, is composed of 183 aerial sculptures that descend from the ceiling of the museum.

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Philadelphia museum to spotlight creativity, past and present

‘Portrait of Yarrow Mamout (Muhammad Yaro)’ by Charles Willson Peale (American, 1741- 1827), oil on canvas, 1819. Purchased with the gifts (by exchange) of R. Wistar Harvey, Mrs. T. Charlton Henry, Mr. and Mrs. J. Stogdell Stokes, Elise Robinson Paumgarten from the Sallie Crozer Hilprecht Collection, Lucie Washington Mitcheson in memory of Robert Stockton Johnson Mitcheson for the Robert Stockton Johnson Mitcheson Collection, R. Nelson Buckley, the estate of Rictavia Schiff, and the McNeil Acquisition Fund for American Art and Material Culture, 2011

PHILADELPHIA – In conjunction with a long-awaited and soon-to-be-completed interior expansion and renovation by Frank Gehry called the “Core Project,” the museum will inaugurate new galleries with installations that spotlight creativity in Philadelphia, including a fresh and inclusive rethinking of early American art and an exhibition dedicated to contemporary voices that address urgent issues of today.

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18th C. school for Black children to be moved to Colonial Williamsburg

The Bray-Digges House in Williamsburg, Va. Image courtesy of Colonial Williamsburg

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – A small, white building tucked away on the William & Mary campus once housed the Williamsburg Bray School, an 18th-century institution dedicated to the education of enslaved and free Black children, researchers have determined. Now, the university and Colonial Williamsburg are working together to ensure current and future generations learn about the complex history of what is likely the oldest extant building in the United States dedicated to the education of Black children – and the stories of those who were part of it.

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Full line of Hermes items available in March 3 auction

Hermes Birkin 35 bag Colvert Blue porosus crocodile leather with gold hardware. Estimate: $94,000-$113,000. Jasper52 image

NEW YORK – An all-Hermes lineup will be offered in an auction of Rare and Coveted Designer Accessories that will be conducted by Jasper52 on Wednesday, March 3. Thirteen Hermes Birkin bags – several valued at six figures – and 29 Kelly bags, clutches and wallets head the list of 143 lots. Bid absentee or live online exclusively through LiveAuctioneers.

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Hindman selling collection of contemporary craft March 23

‘Too Soon’ chair, 2005. Wendell Castle. Estimate: $30,000-$50,000. Hindman image

CHICAGO – Hindman Auctions will present the Springborn Collection of Contemporary Craft sale on March 23. The auction will feature furniture from respected collectors Robert and Carolyn Springborn, with works by renowned designers known for their contributions to the American studio craft movement, including Wendell Castle, Albert Paley, Wendy Maruyama, Sam Maloof, Toots Zynsky and Judy Kensley McKie. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

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The Hot Bid: double Ferris wheel toy could turn $15,000

The Mohr & Krauss double Ferris wheel toy from the Schroeder Collection is pictured in David Pressland’s book ‘The Art of The Tin Toy.’ Image courtesy of Bertoia Auctions

What you see: A Mohr & Krauss double Ferris wheel toy, dating to circa 1905. Bertoia Auctions estimates it at $10,000 to $15,000.

The expert: Auctioneer Michael Bertoia of Bertoia Auctions in Vineland, New Jersey.

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The market for Mike: Jordan items take flight

This record-setting 1997 Upper Deck game jersey card, signed by Jordan, one of 23 known, sold in February 2021 at Heritage Auctions for more than $1.4 million, including the buyer’s premium. Photo courtesy of Heritage Auctions, HA.com

NEW YORK – When it comes to star athletes, the term GOAT (greatest of all time) is hotly debated but Michael Jordan’s name is definitely on the short list and rightfully so. The 14-time NBA All-Star, five-time MVP with 10 scoring titles and a career average of 30.1 points per game – the latter an NBA record – Jordan is a basketball legend.

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Robert Blackburn retrospective opens in Detroit March 30

Robert Blackburn (American, 1920–2003). ‘Reflections’ (aka The Mirror), 1960. Color Lithograph; 18 ½ x 23 ¾ in. Nelson/Dunks Collection. Photograph by Greg Staley

DETROIT – This spring, the Detroit Institute of Arts, in collaboration with the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, presents works from influential Black artist and master printer Robert Blackburn.

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Estate treasures fill Nye & Co. auction March 10-11

Arman Pierre Fernandes (1928-2005) depicting an orange pate de verre glass sculpture of Venus de Milo emerging from a bronze mold of her figure, 28in high. Estimate: $4,000-$6,000. Nye & Co. image

BLOOMFIELD, N.J. – Nye & Company Auctioneers’ two-day, online Estate Treasures auction, featuring property from the estate of Bernard and Josephine Chaus, a Rumson, N.J. private collection, a private Mill Neck, Long Island collection and a New Jersey and California collection, will be held on Wednesday and Thursday, March 10 and 11 at 10 a.m. Eastern time. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Showplace auction March 7 stocked with modern design

Vladimir Kagan parcel ebonized lacquered cherry wood platform bed with integrated nightstands, model 6500. Estimate: $2,000-$4,000. Auctions at Showplace image

NEW YORK – On March 7, Auctions at Showplace will present 280 lots of estate fresh merchandise from New York City Metropolitan area estates including choice examples of 20th century art and design. Of note is Robert Indiana’s The American Dream complete portfolio, two Romare Bearden prints, and a 1989 César Baldaccini for Baccarat crystal sculpture of a thumb. Also featured are furniture by Charles and Ray Eames, Isamu Noguchi, Eero Saarinen, Florence Knoll, and other sought-after designers. Also featured is a collection of Indian and Southeast Asian antiquities. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

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