Lost portrait of Sitting Bull, painted from life, to be auctioned March 18 in Florida

Caroline Weldon (NY, 1844-1921) portrait from life of Lakota chief Sitting Bull (1831-1890). To be auctioned March 18 by Blackwell Auctions in Clearwater, Fla., with absentee and Internet live bidding through LiveAuctioneers.

CLEARWATER, Fla. – On March 18, 2023, Blackwell Auctions will offer a painting of one of the most historically important figures of the 19th century, Lakota chief Sitting Bull (1831-1890). American history will forever denote Sitting Bull as the dynamic military, spiritual and political leader who united the Sioux people to defeat US General George Armstrong Custer at Little Big Horn in 1876.

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Michigan museum surveys how Shigaraki ware reshaped Japan’s reputation

Susanne Stephenson, ‘Orange Wave I,’ 1996, terracotta with slip and glaze. Collection of the artist © Susanne Stephenson. Photo by Susanne Stephenson
Susanne Stephenson, ‘Orange Wave I,’ 1996, terracotta with slip and glaze. Collection of the artist © Susanne Stephenson. Photo by Susanne Stephenson
Susanne Stephenson, ‘Orange Wave I,’ 1996, terracotta with slip and glaze. Collection of the artist © Susanne Stephenson. Photo by Susanne Stephenson

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Shigaraki ware originates from one of Japan’s six ancient kilns and is characterized by earthy tones, rough clay surfaces and natural ash glazes. These objects, which began entering American museum collections in the 1960s, have become staples of Japanese art installations across the U.S. Despite this, the story of how Shigaraki ware ceramics catalyzed cultural exchange between the U.S. and Japan and helped reframe Japan as a peaceful, democratic ally has not been told in depth. Clay as Soft Power: Shigaraki Ware in Postwar America and Japan brings this history to the fore while also exploring the influence of Shigaraki ware ceramics on contemporary artists in both countries and its ongoing popularity among today’s collectors. The show will remain on view at the University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA) through May 7.

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Palm Beach Show returns for 20th edition Feb. 16-21

One of several abstract metal sculptures by Gino Miles, which will greet patrons arriving at the 2023 Palm Beach Show. Image courtesy of the Palm Beach Show
One of several abstract metal sculptures by Gino Miles, which will greet patrons arriving at the 2023 Palm Beach Show. Image courtesy of the Palm Beach Show
One of several abstract metal sculptures by Gino Miles, which will greet patrons arriving at the 2023 Palm Beach Show. Image courtesy of the Palm Beach Show

PALM BEACH, Fla. – The 20th Annual Palm Beach Show will be held at the Palm Beach County Convention Center during Presidents’ Day Weekend, February 16-21. It features both domestic and international exhibitors of fine art, jewelry, silver, textiles, porcelain, Asian art, and more, ranging in date from ancient times to the 20th century. A number of changes have been made to elevate the exhibitor and patron experience. For example, sculptor Gino Miles (b. 1952-) will create an installation for the entrances of the 2023 Palm Beach Show using his large-scale sculptures titled Arches. As patrons enter the show, they will be immersed into a monumentally sized fabricated stainless steel and bronze visual spanning more than 10ft in height.

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