John Moran bi-annual ‘Made in Mexico’ sale set for Feb. 15

Mata Ortiz pottery jar by Juan Quezada, est. $2,000-$3,000
Mata Ortiz pottery jar by Juan Quezada, est. $2,000-$3,000

MONROVIA, Calif. – The first of John Moran Auctioneers’ bi-annual Made in Mexico auctions for 2022, scheduled for Tuesday, February 15, will feature more than 200 lots of mostly mid-20th century Mexican jewelry from all the preeminent designers, as well as a selection of Latin and Central American art, including Guatemalan, Peruvian, and Panamanian silver, pottery and woodwork. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Worcester museum’s ‘Us Them We’ surveys socio-political landscape

Roberto Lugo, ‘2 Queens,’ 2018. Porcelain, china paint and luster. © Roberto Lugo. 2019.100
Roberto Lugo, ‘2 Queens,’ 2018. Porcelain, china paint and luster. © Roberto Lugo. 2019.100
Roberto Lugo, ‘2 Queens,’ 2018. Porcelain, china paint and luster. © Roberto Lugo. 2019.100

WORCESTER, Mass. — In February 2022, the Worcester Art Museum (WAM) will present its new exhibition Us Them We | Race Ethnicity Identity, an in-depth look at how contemporary artists since the mid-1970s have used formal artistic devices in their work — such as text, juxtaposition, pattern, and seriality — to explore socio-political concepts. The exhibition opens February 19 and runs through Juneteenth, which takes place on June 19.

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1796 Jefferson presidential campaign handbill leads Freeman’s Feb. 17 sale

1796 Thomas Jefferson campaign handbill, est. $15,000-$25,000
1796 Thomas Jefferson campaign handbill, est. $15,000-$25,000
1796 Thomas Jefferson campaign handbill, est. $15,000-$25,000

PHILADELPHIA – When Thomas Jefferson and John Adams went head-to-head in the 1796 United States presidential election, it was the first time that the young nation’s presidential succession system was put to the test, following George Washington’s two uncontested terms. A campaign handbill discovered in Maryland and on offer in Freeman’s Books and Manuscripts auction on February 17 represents the first time such campaign material was used to influence voters on a national scale. Offered at an estimate of $15,000-$25,000, this handbill is the only known surviving example of its kind, and is a significant artifact from an election for which any extant handbills are rare. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Car-design exhibition ‘Detroit Style’ extends its run at DIA

‘Ford Nucleon Atomic Powered Vehicle, Rear Side View,’ 1956, Albert L. Mueller, American. Gouache, pastel, prismacolor, brown-line print on vellum. Collection of Robert L. Edwards and Julie Hyde-Edwards.
‘Ford Nucleon Atomic Powered Vehicle, Rear Side View,’ 1956, Albert L. Mueller, American. Gouache, pastel, prismacolor, brown-line print on vellum. Collection of Robert L. Edwards and Julie Hyde-Edwards.
‘Ford Nucleon Atomic Powered Vehicle, Rear Side View,’ 1956, Albert L. Mueller, American. Gouache, pastel, prismacolor, brown-line print on vellum. Collection of Robert L. Edwards and Julie Hyde-Edwards.

DETROIT — In celebration of Detroit’s history as the hub of American automotive design, the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) is enjoying success with its special exhibition titled Detroit Style: Car Design in the Motor City, 1950–2020. Since opening on November 15, 2020, the popular show has been extended multiple times. Its current end date is June 5.

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To Stephen Turner, variety is the spice of auctions

Stephen Turner holds a Book of Hours offered in a January 2022 auction that realized $14,000 plus the buyer’s premium. Image courtesy of Turner Auctions + Appraisals.
 Stephen Turner holds a Book of Hours offered in a January 2022 auction that realized $14,000 plus the buyer’s premium. Image courtesy of Turner Auctions + Appraisals.

Stephen Turner holds a Book of Hours offered in a January 2022 auction that realized $14,000 plus the buyer’s premium. Image courtesy of Turner Auctions + Appraisals.

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO – Stephen Turner, founder of Turner Auctions + Appraisals, hails from Canada and spent the early years of his career in the auction business working as an appraiser and specialist with auction houses in Vancouver and Victoria. After relocating to San Francisco in 1991, he worked for Butterfield & Butterfield, one of the country’s oldest auction houses, before and after it was acquired by eBay and then Bonhams. In 2004, Turner opened an auction and appraisal consulting firm, and, seven years ago, the company began hosting online-only auctions. His namesake firm specializes in fine arts, decorative arts, Asian and Southwest arts, toys, photography and prints, jewelry, militaria and books and manuscripts. Here is our recent conversation with Stephen Turner.

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