Chinese artist Wu Qingxia’s paintings worth watching

Wu Qingxia’s ‘Lotus Pond Fish,’ 1982. Gianguan Auctions image.

NEW YORK – Born on the cusp of a change in attitudes about education for women in China, Wu Qingxia (1910-2008) became one of the 20th century’s leading Modernists working in the traditional style. She is renowned for studies of smoothly painted, brightly colored carp – symbols of challenge and challenge overcome.

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Obama jokes he failed to get artist to give him smaller ears

The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery unveiled its commissioned portraits of former President Barack Obama (above) and Mrs. Michelle Obama by artists Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald, respectively, Feb. 12. Image courtesy National Portrait Gallery.

WASHINGTON (AP) – When Barack Obama speaks, people listen. At least they did when he was in the White House. But that kind of authority didn’t hold much sway when it came time for his presidential portrait.

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Nelson-Atkins names Hathaway Maranda, VP, Development

Hathaway Maranda. Nelson-Adkins Museum of Art photo by Jason Tracy

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Following a nationwide search, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City has hired Hathaway Maranda as Vice President, Development, a position created to envelop the broad range of the museum’s next fundraising phase.

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Alderfer Auction expands services into Lehigh Valley

Lori Biechy and Christian Answini. Alderfer Auction image

HATFIELD, Pa. – Alderfer Auction is expanding its services to the Lehigh Valley with the hiring of auctioneers Lori Biechy and Christian Answini.

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Allison Glenn named to Crystal Bridges curatorial post

Allison Glenn. Crystal Bridges image by Mariana Sheppard

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art has appointed Allison Glenn to the new role as Associate Curator, Contemporary Art. Glenn joins the Crystal Bridges curatorial team on Feb. 12.

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Museum testing to see if unearthed bones belong to feared pirate

A sampling from the gold and silver coins recovered from the wreck of the Whydah Gally, captained by ‘Black Sam’ Bellamy. Photo by Theodore Scott, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license

YARMOUTH, Mass. (AP) – Researchers are examining whether human bones found in a Cape Cod shipwreck are those of the infamous “Prince of Pirates,” Samuel “Black Sam” Bellamy.

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Mariam Whitten appointed managing director at Clars Auction Gallery

Clars’ newly appointed managing director, Mariam Whitten. Image courtesy of Clars Auction Gallery

OAKLAND, Calif. – Redge Martin, president of Clars Auction Gallery, announced today that Mariam Whitten has joined the 46-year-old auction house as managing director.

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Brooke Lampley joins Sotheby’s Fine Art Division

Brooke Lampley, vice chairman, Sotheby’s Fine Art Division. Sotheby’s image

NEW YORK – Sotheby’s has announced that Brooke Lampley has joined our Fine Art Division as vice chairman.

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Hans Ulrich Obrist to be feted by appraisers group

Hans Ulrich Obrist, artistic director of Serpentine Galleries, London. © Dave Benett

NEW YORK – The Appraisers Association of America will present Hans Ulrich Obrist, the artistic director of Serpentine Galleries, with the 2018 Award for Excellence in the Arts at the organization’s 14th annual Award Luncheon on April 18 at the New York Athletic Club. Obrist will be joined by keynote speaker Michael Bloomberg, former mayor of New York City, and will be in conversation with the artist Ian Cheng.

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In Memoriam: ‘Beetle Bailey’ creator Mort Walker, 94

Beetle Bailey, created by Mort Walker. Fair use of low-resolution image under terms of US Copyright law

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Comic strip artist Mort Walker, a World War II veteran who satirized the Army and tickled millions of newspaper readers with the antics of the lazy private “Beetle Bailey,” died Saturday. He was 94.

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