‘Devastated Lands’ exhibition opens Tuesday at World War I museum

Watercolor of graves of soldiers from Company B, 314th Engineers Regiment by Percy Vogt

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Western Front of World War I that the American forces saw when they arrived and until they returned home was comprised of scenes of environmental degradation on an unfathomable scale, obliterated villages with only rubble to mark their place, vast cemeteries and massive destruction.

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NRA settles lawsuit with ‘The Bean’ artist Anish Kapoor

Sir Anish Kapoor’s ‘The Cloud Gate’ copyrighted sculpture,   a k a ‘The Bean,’ in Millennium Park in Chicago. Fair use of low-resolution image, Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 style license

CHICAGO (AP) _ The National Rifle Association will remove an image of Chicago’s famous bean-shaped sculpture from a video advertisement, ending a legal dispute that began after the artist sued for copyright infringement, according to statements from both sides.

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Quackarazzi: Mandarin duck holds NYC in its spell

Central Park’s newly famous Mandarin duck, known to some as Mandarin Patinkin. Image courtesy of https://twitter.com/NYCMandarinDuck

NEW YORK (AP) – It took just days for the brightly colored Mandarin duck that appeared suddenly in a Central Park pond to turn both New Yorkers and visitors into a new gaggle: the quackarazzi.

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Overlooked in South Beach, Collins Park will soon spring to life

Iconic Ocean Drive in South Beach is home to many architecturally important Art Deco buildings, as well as new buildings designed with a compatible aesthetic. Photo by chensiyuan, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International, 3.0 Unported, 2.5 Generic, 2.0 Generic and 1.0 Generic license.

MIAMI BEACH (AP) – Just when it seemed every last corner of South Beach has been remade, built up and overrun, here comes Collins Park, an overlooked wedge of a historic neighborhood that could finally be the alternative SoBe many have hankered for.

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Elder Bushes are gone but family’s Maine retreat to stay alive

Bush family compound in Kennebunkport, Maine. Photo by Zollernalb, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license

KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine (AP) – “Poppy” and “Bar” are gone, but the passing of George H. W. and Barbara Bush won’t mean an end to children’s laughter, splashing in the pool, barking dogs or clinking horseshoes at the family’s property on the Maine coast.

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Family to auction ancestor’s 1912 Red Sox World Series jewelry

Larry Gardner’s 1912 Boston Red Sox World Series Championship player’s watch fob. From a family collection of Gardner’s Championship jewelry. Accompanied by family LOA. (Archival photo of Larry Gardner not included in auction lot)

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – After more than a century of care and safekeeping in the same family, a small collection of rare, early-20th-century World Series Championship jewelry is headed for the auction block. Grey Flannel Auctions will present the heirloom jewelry collection as the featured highlight of its online and phone auction that closes for bids on December 19.

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Night view of the 16th-century Galleria degli Uffizi in the historic center of Florence, Italy. May 25, 2006 photo by Chris Wee, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.

Uffizi aims to slash tourist crowds, stop ticket scalpers

Night view of the 16th-century Galleria degli Uffizi in the historic center of Florence, Italy. May 25, 2006 photo by Chris Wee, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.

Night view of the 16th-century Galleria degli Uffizi in the historic center of Florence, Italy. May 25, 2006 photo by Chris Wee, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license

ROME (AP) – The Uffizi Galleries have turned to algorithm experts in hopes of slashing crowds bunching up in front of the likes of masterpieces by Leonardo and Botticelli and drastically reducing the lines that form outside Italy’s most-visited art museum.

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Spanish museum, California litigant in court over disputed Nazi art

Camille Pissarro (French, 1830-1903), Rue Saint-Honoré in the Afternoon. Effect of Rain, 1897. Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum Collection

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Seventy-nine years ago, a Jewish woman named Lilly Cassirer surrendered her family’s priceless Camille Pissarro painting to the Nazis in exchange for safe passage out of Nazi Germany during the Holocaust.

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Getty museum says it has right to keep prized Greek statue

Victorious Youth, bronze, attrib. to Lysippos, 340-100 BC. The J. Paul Getty Museum Collection. Image: Wikimedia Commons

ROME (AP) – The J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles has vowed to assert its right to keep an important Greek statue after Italy’s highest court rejected its appeal of a ruling ordering the artwork returned to Italy.

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A huge array of rustic antiques shown by Cherry Gallery of Damariscotta, Maine. Photo copyright Catherine Saunders-Watson.

NHADA announces 2019 Board, next show dates

A huge array of rustic antiques shown by Cherry Gallery of Damariscotta, Maine. Photo copyright Catherine Saunders-Watson.

A display of rustic antiques at a past NHADA antiques show. Photo copyright Catherine Saunders-Watson.

CONCORD, N.H. – The New Hampshire Antiques Dealers Association held its annual meeting on November 15, 2018 at the Common Man restaurant in Concord, New Hampshire. After a buffet luncheon, speaker Cliff Wallach gave a presentation about the company Jasper 52, which is a marketing platform for weekly antique auctions.

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