Dallas museum to unveil Frida Kahlo exhibition Feb. 28

Frida Kahlo, ‘Sun and Life,’ 1947, oil on masonite, Private Collection, Courtesy Galería Arvil. © 2021 Banco de México Diego Rivera Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico, D.F. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

DALLAS – This winter, the Dallas Museum of Art will share with visitors the rare opportunity to see five exquisite works by the acclaimed Mexican painter Frida Kahlo. In her lifetime, Kahlo’s work was well-known in artistic circles, particularly in Mexico and the United States.

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Philadelphia cultural institutions announce reopening  

The Philadelphia Museum of Art will reopen Friday, Jan. 8. Image courtesy of the Philadelphia Museum of Art

PHILADELPHIA – Following the recent temporary closures mandated by state and city officials to limit the spread of COVID-19, in effect since Nov. 20, the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, the Barnes Foundation, The Franklin Institute, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA), and the Philadelphia Museum of Art have jointly announced plans to reopen in January with continued health and safety measures in place for staff and visitors. Eastern State Penitentiary plans to reopen in March and the Rodin Museum will reopen later in the spring.

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Fire destroys memorabilia from 97-year-old Laconia Motorcycle Week

Laconia Motorcycle Week has been a New Hampshire tradition for nearly a century. 2007 ‘Bike Week’ photo by Malber, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license

LACONIA, N.H. (AP) – A building fire destroyed old photos, magazine articles, and other memorabilia from the Laconia Motorcycle Week Association that were collected from the 97-year-old bike rally in New Hampshire.

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Congressional move will allow conservation of mysterious Plum Island

Undated aerial photo provided by the Agricultural Research Service of the Department of Agriculture, Plum Island Animal Disease Center, off the coast of New York’s Long Island

WASHINGTON – Congress has repealed a mandate that would have required the government to sell a mysterious piece of land in Long Island Sound that for years has housed a government animal disease research facility.

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European museums pool resources to acquire huge artwork

El Anatsui, ‘In the World But Don’t Know the World,’ 2009, aluminum and copper wire, 224in x 400in, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and Kunstmuseum Bern. Photo by Peter Tijhuis

AMSTERDAM – The Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and Kunstmuseum Bern have joined forces to acquire a work by El Anatsui from the Sigg Collection, a Swiss private art collection.

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Currier Museum closes for a month during pandemic

The entrance to the Currier Museum of Art in Concord, New Hampshire. Image courtesy of the museum

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) – The Currier Museum of Art is planning to close for a month during the coronavirus pandemic, but it will hold its traditional “Noon Year’s Eve” event for children online this year.

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Winston Churchill painting to be auctioned in London

Sir Winston Churchill, ‘Scene at Marrakech,’ oil on canvas, 23¾ x 36⅜in, circa 1935. Estimate: £300,000-£500,000 ($404,600-$674,000). Christie’s image

LONDON – Sir Winston Churchill’s Scene at Marrakech (est. £300,000-£500,000) will highlight the Modern British Art Evening Sale, which takes place on March 1, 2021.

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Former Tuskegee Airman prepares to celebrate 100th birthday

‘Keep us flying. Buy War Bonds,’ poster of a Tuskegee Airman by an unidentified artist, 1943. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) – Just after Christmas Day, a Lynchburg resident and former Tuskegee Airman will turn a century old.

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Texas oilman’s Ansel Adams photo earns $988K at auction

Mural-size print of Adams’ ‘Grand Tetons and the Snake River, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming,’ 1942. Sotheby’s mage

DALLAS (AP) – A West Texas oilman’s mural-sized print of an Ansel Adams photo has sold for nearly $1 million at an auction.

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America’s most expensive home going to auction

Villa Firenze in Beverly Hills, Calif., billed as America’s most expensive home, will be sold at auction Jan. 26. Image courtesy of TopTenRealEstateDeals.com

LOS ANGELES – With a list price large enough to make a billionaire’s eyes water (currently listed at $160 million), America’s most expensive home, Villa Firenze, will be going to auction on Jan. 26 with no reserve and no minimum bid.

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