Andrew Blauvelt, John Underkoffler named curators at MAD

Andrew Blauvelt and John Underkoffler. MAD images

NEW YORK – The Museum of Arts and Design today announced the appointments of Andrew Blauvelt as Curator-at-Large for Design and John Underkoffler as Curator-at-Large for Design Technology, effective immediately.

Read more

Elstob & Elstob Auctioneers opens in the North of England

David and Beth Elstob. Elstob & Elstob Auctioneers image

BEDALE, UK – Elstob & Elstob Auctioneers recently opened in the North Yorkshire market town of Bedale. The principals are David and Beth Elstob, a husband and wife who have created a focal point in the North of England for buying and selling high-quality antiques, fine art and objects of distinction.
Read more

Terry Skoda joins Museum of Arts and Design as deputy director

Terry Skoda. Image courtesy of Musuem of Arts and Design

NEW YORK – The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) today announced the appointment of Terry Skoda as its Deputy Director of Institutional Advancement, effective January 7, 2019. In this executive leadership position, Skoda will guide key revenue areas for the Museum, including major gifts, planned giving, grants, corporate and foundation relations, and special events.

Read more

Exhibition to celebrate role of Fred Meijer as arts patron

Fred and Lena Meijer. Image courtesy of the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) – An upcoming exhibition in western Michigan will celebrate the role of Fred Meijer as a patron of the arts.

Read more

‘Hamilton’ actor Leslie Odom Jr. to speak at Univ. of Virginia

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) – Tony Award winner Leslie Odom Jr. will visit the University of Virginia as the UVA President’s 2019 Speaker for the Arts.

Read more

'Houdini the Handcuff King' poster fragment, July 8, 1908, 11 inches by 16 inches. Estimate $600-$1,200. Image courtesy LiveAuctioneers.com/Potter & Potter.

Arizona man finds magic moments in TV show on uncle Houdini

This 1912 poster of Harry Houdini performing his most famous trick, the Water Torture Cell, made $95,000 at Potter & Potter Auctions in February 2017. Photo courtesy Potter & Potter Auctions and LiveAuctioneers

PHOENIX (AP) – Growing up, George Hardeen never thought too much about being related to arguably the most famous magician of all time, whose name is synonymous with great escape. But at 66, the Arizona man is delving into the history of his great-uncle Harry Houdini in a journey at the heart of a new series on the Science Channel.

Read more

Mark Wilson joins Heritage Auctions’ as comics consignment director

Mark Wilson. Heritage Auctions image

DALLAS – Heritage Auctions has announced that Mark Wilson, a collector and dealer of comics and comic art for more than three decades, has joined its comics department as a consignment director.

Read more

In Memoriam: Penny Marshall, actress, film director

Penny Marshall (left) with ‘LaVerne & Shirley’ costar Cindy Williams. Image courtesy of LiveAuctioneers and The Written Word Autographs

NEW YORK (AP) — Penny Marshall, who indelibly starred in the top-rated sitcom Laverne & Shirley before becoming the trailblazing director of smash-hit big-screen comedies such as Big and A League of Their Own, has died. She was 75.

Read more

Norman E. Dascher named CEO of The Hyde Collection

Norman E. Dascher Jr. has been appointed The Hyde Collection’s chief executive officer.

GLENS FALLS, N.Y. – The board of trustees of The Hyde Collection is proud to announce it has appointed Norman E. Dascher Jr. as the museum’s chief executive officer after an extensive national search. Read more

Antoine Lebouteiller rejoins Christie’s Paris’ Impressionist & Modern department

Antoine Lebouteiller. Image courtesy of Christie’s

PARIS – Antoine Lebouteiller has rejoined Christie’s Paris as Head of the Impressionist and Modern Art department, as of December 3.

Read more