The Hot Bid: ‘The Race’ is on for Thomas Hart Benton litho

Thomas Hart Benton, ‘The Race,’ lithograph, 1942, 8 x 13¼in, full margins. Edition of 250. Signed in pencil, lower right. Estimate: $10,000-$15,000. Image courtesy of Swann Galleries

What you see: The Race, a 1942 Thomas Hart Benton lithograph based on his oil painting titled Homeward Bound. Swann Auction Galleries estimates it at $10,000 to $15,000.

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Museum of Wild and Newfangled Art Launches Online 

The Museum of Wild and Newfangled Art will host its first show on April 30. Image courtesy of mowna

NEW YORK – The Museum of Wild and Newfangled Art is a newly opened online museum specifically designed for the digital age. This cutting-edge, online platform provides a space for artists and art of all mediums to be showcased while providing visitors and members with a unique experience.

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Akio Takamori: a ceramic artist who broke the mold

This 1987 salt-fired and hand-built porcelain work, Human, is an early example of the artist’s signature envelope style, 7½ x 25 x 7in. Photo courtesy of James Harris Gallery

NEW YORK – From his groundbreaking envelope-form slab vessels that jumpstarted his career as a ceramicist to his larger-than-life figurative works, Japanese-American artist Akio Takamori (1950-2017) was a leading figure in the ceramics world whose influence is still felt today. Read more

Institutions buoy Cowan’s sale of African Americana

Detail from an archive of George H. Hoyt’s work as an attorney for abolitionist John Brown. Price Realized: $43,750. Cowan’s image

CINCINNATI – The Feb. 18 African Americana auction at Cowan’s, a Hindman company, realized over $250,000 with institutional and international bidders showing strong interest in a range of historically significant lots. A number of influential figures including Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington, Martin Luther King Jr., Marcus Garvey, Madam C.J. Walker, Huey Newton and Eldridge Cleaver were represented in the first dedicated various owner auction for the category. The sale included books, manuscript archives, early photography, posters and more. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.
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Julien’s to auction opulent antiques, decorative art March 4

Hermes Marqueterie de Pierres D’orient et D’occident, dinnerware service for eight, approximately 76 pieces total. Estimate: $8,000-$12,000

LOS ANGELES – Julien’s Auctions will present “A Gentleman’s Arcade of Luxury Treasures,” an auction taking place in Beverly Hills and live online on March 4. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

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Tribal & Textile Art Show goes virtual due to pandemic

Image representative of tribal art courtesy of Artemis Gallery.

SAN FRANCISCO (PRNewswire) – For the first time, aficionados of fine antique and contemporary tribal and textile art can attend the 35th annual San Francisco Tribal & Textile Art Show virtually. In response to COVID-19, the organizers have taken the show – usually held at Fort Mason in San Francisco – online this year. The event runs Feb. 24-28.

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Norway museum: Munch wrote ‘madman’ sentence on ‘The Scream’

Edvard Munch, ‘The Screem,’ oil, tempera, pastel and crayon on cardboard, 1893.

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) – Norway’s National Museum says a small, barely visible sentence written with a pencil on Edvard Munch’s 1893 masterpiece The Scream was penned by the Norwegian painter himself.

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In Memoriam: Arturo Di Modica, sculptor of Wall Street bull

Arturo Di Modica with his ‘Charging Bull,’ circa 1990. Artislife1406 image. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license

ROME (AP) – The artist who sculpted Charging Bull, the bronze statue in New York which became an iconic symbol of Wall Street, has died in his hometown in Sicily at age 80. Read more

Everard’s March auction series features fine & decorative art from Savannah estates

Karl Schmidt-Rottluff (German, 1884-1976), still life, pastel and India ink on wove paper, 15 1/8 x 20¼ in (sight). Gifted by the artist to Ambassador M.J. Hillenbrand in 1972, thence by descent to David M. Hillenbrand. Estimate: $10,000-$15,000

SAVANNAH, Ga. – Five times a year, Everard Auctions presents an outstanding selection of fully vetted paintings and objets d’art in live online sales that have become great favorites with collectors. For their first major event of 2021, Everard takes pleasure in announcing a bonus offering to take place over two consecutive weeks. The first of the two auctions, with absentee and Internet live bidding in progress through March 4, features property from retired New Orleans antiques dealer Angelo “Andy” Cassimus. The second auction, which closes over March 9 and 10, showcases fine and decorative art from several distinguished collections and Southern estates. In both sales, bidders may participate absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

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JFK’s Harvard sweater tops $85K at RR Auction

John F. Kennedy’s Harvard sweater. Sold for $85,266. RR Auction image

BOSTON – John F. Kennedy’s Harvard sweater sold for $85,266 at an online auction conducted by RR Auction that closed on Thursday. View the fully illustrated catalog with prices realized on LiveAuctioneers.

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