Big payday expected for original Mad magazine cover art

Norman Mingo (1896-1980) original cover art for Mad magazine #121 (Sept. 1968) featuring Alfred E. Neuman being held aloft by the Beatles, Mia Farrow and the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, 23.75 x 31.75 inches, est. $35,000-$50,000. Image courtesy of Hake’s Americana


YORK, Pa. – Don’t laugh — no, wait — go ahead and laugh. That’s what you’re supposed to do when you look at a cover of Mad magazine. But a magazine is one thing; the original cover art for a Mad issue from the 1960s, like the painting you see here, is quite another. A pop-culture prize of this caliber should have no trouble at all commanding a very serious five-figure auction price.

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Met’s Marsden Hartley exhibition rooted in his home state Maine

Marsden Hartley (American, 1877–1943). ‘Canuck Yankee Lumberjack at Old Orchard Beach, Maine’ (detail), 1940–41. Oil on Masonite-type hardboard. Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn, 1966.


NEW YORK – The exhibition “Marsden Hartley’s Maine,” on view at the Met Breuer from March 15 through June 18, will showcase the American artist’s lifelong artistic engagement with his home state of Maine.

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Swiss, German museums to exhibit late collector’s hidden art trove

Switzerland’s Kunstmuseum Bern, where Cornelius Gurlitt’s controversial collection will be exhibited this year. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license.


BERLIN (AP) – A vast trove of art which a German collector kept hidden from the world for decades will be shown simultaneously at museums in Switzerland and Germany later this year, Switzerland’s Kunstmuseum Bern announced Wednesday.

The Swiss museum, which Gurlitt designated as his sole heir, announced it would co-host the “Dossier Gurlitt” shows together with the Bundeskunsthalle in Bonn.

Cornelius Gurlitt died in May 2014, months after German authorities announced they stumbled upon more than 1,000 artworks at his Munich apartment while investigating a tax case.

His collection included paintings by Paul Cezanne, Eugene Delacroix, Albrecht Duerer and other world-famous artists. Experts said several of the paintings likely were stolen from Jews by German Nazis.

The 2013 discovery brought renewed attention to the many unresolved cases of art that was looted from Jewish owners during the Third Reich and never returned to original owners or their descendants.

Gurlitt’s father, Hildebrand, was an art dealer who traded in works confiscated by the Nazis.

After his father’s death, Gurlitt kept more than 1,200 works in his Munich apartment and 250 more in Salzburg, Austria.

The Bern museum has pledged to ensure that any pieces that turn out to have been looted will be returned to Jewish owners’ heirs.

A German government-backed foundation has evaluated hundreds of paintings and identified dozens already that were likely stolen by the Nazis.

The Bonn part of the Gurlitt exhibition will focus on art stolen from Jewish owners, while the Bern museum will focus on art considered “degenerate” during the Nazi era.

The art will be on show from November through March 2018. It’s the first time the collection will be shown to the public.


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Denver museum showcases Basquiat’s work from pivotal time

Basquiat in the apartment, 1981. Photograph by Alexis Adler.


DENVER – The Museum of Contemporary Art Denver is now showing “Basquiat Before Basquiat: East 12th Street, 1979-1980,” based on a cache of works made by Jean-Michel Basquiat during the year he lived with his friend Alexis Adler in an apartment in the East Village.

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Hugo Boss Prize exhibition opens at the Guggenheim April 21

Anicka Yi, installation view, ‘7,070,430K of Digital Spit,’ Kunsthalle Basel, Basel, 2015. Courtesy 47 Canal, New York, and Kunsthalle Basel, Basel.Photo: Philipp Hänger


NEW YORK – From April 21 to July 5, an exhibition of new works by artist Anicka Yi, winner of the 2016 Hugo Boss Prize, will be on view at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.

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Colossal Civil War painting gets a new home in Atlanta

A portion of the Atlanta Cyclorama. Image by London looks. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.


ATLANTA (AP) – An enormous panoramic painting depicting the Civil War’s Battle of Atlanta was relocated to a modern exhibit hall Friday after workers loaded it onto a flatbed truck for the 9-mile trip to its new home.

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Los Angeles tower ridiculed as ‘$1 million jukebox’ may get facelift

The Triforium in downtown Los Angeles. Image by Downtowngal. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

LOS ANGELES (AP) – For 40 years, Joseph Young festooned public buildings, open spaces and private places across his adopted city of Los Angeles with dozens of brilliant, colorful mosaics, larger-than-life murals and towering sculptures.

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Picasso, Warhol works in U of Michigan art exhibition

Andy Warhol, ‘Ferrous,’ 1975, acrylic and silkscreen on linen. Collection of Joseph and Annette Allen © 2016 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York


ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) – The University of Michigan Museum of Art plans to debut an exhibition later this month to celebrate the school’s bicentennial. Read more

James McNeill Whistler pastels grace UK museum

Three pastel works from American artist James McNeill Whistler, above, that haven’t been seen in over a century are on display at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, England. They are, from left, ‘Lady in a Long Pink Dress,’ ‘Girl in a Long Blue and Red Dress’ and ‘Study for the Portrait of Miss Cicely Alexander.’ Photos courtesy of Sotheby’s

LOWELL, Mass. (AP) – Three pastel works from James McNeill Whistler are on display at a museum in England after having not been seen for more than a century.

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Rodin Museum fetes sculptor with passion-themed installation

Rodin’s ‘The Kiss.’ Henri Greber (French, 1855-1941). After Auguste Rodin (French, 1840-1917). Image courtesy the Rodin Museum


PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Auguste Rodin’s sensuous piece The Kiss will, fittingly, form the core of an installation at Philadelphia’s Rodin Museum centered on the theme of passion to mark the 100th anniversary of the French sculptor’s death.

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