Portrait of Mira Lehr

Eco-feminist Mira Lehr’s new exhibition enlivens Miami art scene

Portrait of Mira Lehr

Portrait of Mira Lehr

MIAMI – The Kimpton EPIC Hotel presents a new art exhibition celebrating Women’s History Month titled Mira Lehr: Continuum, on view now through April 20. The nationally acclaimed eco-feminist artist is celebrated for co-founding Continuum in 1961, one of America’s first art collectives for women artists. It thrived for more than 30 years, and her vision to kick-start the local art scene influenced the evolution of the visual arts in Miami.

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Queen of the night relief, c. 1750 BCE, Iraq, painted clay © The Trustees of the British Museum

British Museum announces ambitious show on female spiritual beings

Queen of the night relief, c. 1750 BCE, Iraq, painted clay © The Trustees of the British Museum

Queen of the night relief, c. 1750 BCE, Iraq, painted clay © The Trustees of the British Museum

LONDON – The British Museum will host the first major exhibition to explore female spiritual beings in world belief and mythological traditions around the globe. Tickets went on sale on March 8, International Women’s Day, for Feminine power: the divine to the demonic. It opens May 19 and continues through September 25.

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‘Portrait of a Lady,’ a circa 1620-1625 work by Peter Paul Rubens, sold for PLN $14.4 million, or $3.4 million including auction fee, on March 17 at the DESA Unicum auction house in Warsaw. It is the most expensive work of art ever sold in Poland. Images courtesy of DESA Unicum

Rubens portrait becomes most expensive artwork auctioned in Poland

‘Portrait of a Lady,’ a circa 1620-1625 work by Peter Paul Rubens, sold for PLN $14.4 million, or $3.4 million including auction fee, on March 17 at the DESA Unicum auction house in Warsaw. It is the most expensive work of art ever sold in Poland. Images courtesy of DESA Unicum

‘Portrait of a Lady,’ a circa 1620-1625 work by Peter Paul Rubens, sold for PLN $14.4 million, or $3.4 million including auction fee, on March 17 at the DESA Unicum auction house in Warsaw. It is the most expensive work of art ever sold in Poland. Images courtesy of DESA Unicum

WARSAW, Poland – Portrait of a Lady by Peter Paul Rubens was sold for PLN 14.4 million ($3.4 million, including auction fee) at a March 17 auction of Old Masters, 19th-Century and Modern Art at DESA Unicum, becoming the most expensive work of art ever sold on the Polish market.

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‘North by Northwest,’ Mount Rushmore (91 by 30ft) MGM (1959). UT- Austin students raise backdrop for assessment. Photo: Sandy Carson

Hollywood backdrops come to the forefront in Boca Raton

‘North by Northwest,’ Mount Rushmore (91 by 30ft) MGM (1959). UT- Austin students raise backdrop for assessment, Photo: Sandy Carson

‘North by Northwest,’ Mount Rushmore (91 by 30ft) MGM (1959). UT- Austin students raise backdrop for assessment. Photo: Sandy Carson

BOCA RATON, Fla. – The first museum show dedicated to Hollywood’s painted backdrops, the grandest illusions ever created for the movies, makes its world premiere in South Florida at the Boca Raton Museum of Art. Titled Art of the Hollywood Backdrop: Cinema’s Creative Legacy, it opens on April 20 and continues through January 22, 2023.

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Star Wars prototype action figure sells for world-record price

1979 Star Wars Boba Fett rocket-firing prototype action figure, J-slot, version 2, bears copyright stamps, AFA-graded 50 VG. Archivally encapsulated with Collectible Investment Brokerage (CIB) COA. Extremely rare and sought after. Sold for above-estimate price of $204,435, inclusive of buyer’s premium.

YORK, Pa. – Last night Hake’s in York, Pennsylvania, set a new world auction record with the sale of a Kenner Star Wars Boba Fett rocket-firing prototype action figure. The Version 2 J-slot prototype, made in in 1979, attracted 27 bids before closing at $204,435. It was won by an online bidder in California.

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MAD’s Garmenting show undresses contemporary art

Yinka Shonibare, CBE, ‘The Ghost of Eliza Jumel,’ 2015. Fiberglass mannequin, Dutch wax–printed cotton textile, and steel plate, 57 7/16in by 71 5/8in by 40 15/16in. (146cm by 182cm by 104cm). Courtesy James Cohan, New York. © Yinka Shonibare CBE. All Rights Reserved, DACS/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York 2021. Photo credit: Stephen White

Yinka Shonibare, CBE, ‘The Ghost of Eliza Jumel,’ 2015.Fiberglass mannequin, Dutch wax–printed cotton textile, steel plate, 57 7/16in by 71 5/8in by 40 15/16in. (146cm by 182cm by 104cm).Courtesy James Cohan, New York. © Yinka Shonibare CBE.All Rights Reserved, DACS/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York 2021. Photo credit: Stephen White

NEW YORK – On now through August 14, the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) in New York will present Garmenting: Costume as Contemporary Art, the first global survey exhibition dedicated to the use of clothing as a medium of visual art.

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Bonhams announces acquisition of US auction house Skinner

Left to right: Bonhams HQ in New Bond Street, London; and US auction house Skinner. Image courtesy Bonhams

LONDON – Bonhams, the global auction house, has today acquired the renowned US auction house, Skinner. Going forward, Skinner will be known as Bonhams Skinner. Financial terms are not being disclosed.

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Old money, new money: Beaux Arts style gets attention on HBO

Carrie Coon as Bertha Russell and Morgan Spector as robber baron George Russell in The Gilded Age. Photograph by Alison Cohen Rosa/HBO

Carrie Coon as Bertha Russell and Morgan Spector as robber baron George Russell, shown in their lavish Fifth Avenue mansion in a scene from The Gilded Age. Photograph by Alison Cohen Rosa/HBO

NEW YORK (AP) – “What surroundings, Mrs. Russell. We could be at Tsarskoye Selo,” exclaims Nathan Lane’s snooty Ward McAllister at his first glance of her opulent Fifth Avenue mansion on The Gilded Age. The social arbiter’s reference to an 18th-century palace outside St. Petersburg, Russia, is lost on the new-money Bertha, but the point was made: The HBO Max series has brought alive America’s post-Civil War renaissance and New York City’s cultural awakening in all its Beaux Arts glory.

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Exterior of the Motown Museum in Detroit, which just received a $1 million grant for its expansion campaign. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons, photo credit Moundcreek, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license.

Motown Museum receives $1M grant for expansion project

Exterior of the Motown Museum in Detroit, which just received a $1 million grant for its expansion campaign. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons, photo credit Moundcreek, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license.

Exterior of the Motown Museum in Detroit, which just received a $1 million grant for its expansion campaign. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons, photo credit Moundcreek, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license.

DETROIT (AP) – Bank of America has given the Motown Museum a $1 million grant for its expansion campaign. The grant brings the Detroit museum’s total fundraising effort to $38 million.

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Star Wars prototype action figure aims for world record price at Hake’s auction

1979 Star Wars Boba Fett rocket-firing prototype action figure, J-slot, version 2, bears copyright stamps, AFA-graded 50 VG. Archivally encapsulated with Collectible Investment Brokerage (CIB) COA. Extremely rare and sought after. Estimate $100,000-$200,000

YORK, Pa. – In the Star Wars universe, few characters are as fascinating to fans as the cool and enigmatic bounty hunter Boba Fett. Helmeted and garbed in Mandalorian armor, the noncommunicative Boba appears in both the original and prequel Star Wars trilogies. In the 2002 prequel Attack of the Clones, it is revealed that Boba is the genetic clone and adoptive son of Jango Fett, another famously feared bounty hunter. This exciting disclosure only added to the burgeoning Boba Fett mystique.

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