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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Kensington Estate Auctions brimming with Moorcroft pottery Dec. 3

Macintyre Moorcroft bowl, Revived Cornflower design, circa 1913. Kensington Estate Auctions image

CLINTONDALE, N.Y. – Kensington Estate Auctions’ online sale Dec. 3 will offer an array of British and Dutch pottery; fine art from the 19th and 20th centuries; antiquarian books; sculptures; sterling silver; illustrations; theater, sports and political memorabilia; jewelry; rugs and stoneware. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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‘Fearless Girl’ statue is no longer staring down ‘Bull’

Fearless Girl, an original sculpture by Kristen Visbal, as depicted in a photograph by Rachel Knipel, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 License. Fair use of a two-dimensional representation of a copyrighted sculpture per US Copyright Act of 1976.

NEW YORK (AP) – The “Fearless Girl” statue that inspired millions with her message of female empowerment has been plucked from her spot opposite Wall Street’s “Charging Bull” and will be reinstalled in front of the New York Stock Exchange by the end of the year, officials said Wednesday.

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Liz Weston: 5 guidelines for holiday tipping

A tip left in a Spanish restaurant. Image by Adeeto, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license

NEW YORK – Holiday tips are a way to thank the people who make your life easier. So why is it so hard to figure out whom to tip and how much? Guides published by etiquette experts don’t always agree on what’s appropriate. What people actually do is another matter altogether.

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Over & Above Auctions has railroad collection on fast track for Nov. 1

B&O Lamberton divided plate, Scammell’s, Trenton Centenary, 10¾ inches diameter.
Estimate $250-$450. Over & Above Online Auctions image

TIMONIUM – The next auction for Over & Above Online Auctions will be a collaborative effort with their affiliate, Richard Opfer Auctioneering Inc.  This auction is a single-owner collection of train and railroad collectibles.  Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Winner of shredded Banksy says it’s a keeper

Banksy’s ‘Girl With Balloon’ self-destructs through a built-in shredder installed by the artist. Image courtesy of Banksy

LONDON (AP) – Sotheby’s says the winning bidder for a Banksy painting that self-destructed during an auction last week has decided to follow through with the purchase.

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Tate Modern makes time for 24-hour movie ‘The Clock’


Christian Marclay The Clock 2010. Single channel video, duration: 24 hours © the artist. Courtesy White Cube, London and Paula Cooper Gallery, New York

LONDON (AP) – Christian Marclay’s “The Clock” is both the ultimate feature film and an artwork you can set your watch by.
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Exhibition to explore Spanish experimental art scene of 1960s-’80s

Francisco Javier Seguí de la Riva & Ana Buenaventura, Ordre biologique, 1971
Collection Frac Centre-Val de Loire

ORLEANS, France – In autumn of 2018, the Frac Centre-Val de Loire will inaugurate the first exhibition in France dedicated to the Spanish experimental scene of the 1960s and 1980s. The retrospective portrays the incredible adventure of the University of Madrid’s Computing Center, which brought together artists, architects, engineers, scientists and intellectuals to explore the possibilities offered by automatic computer generated calculation. These pioneers formed a community whose collective experience working at the crossroads of art and computing asserted a different form of artistic production between disciplines.

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Peoria museum files claim for hotel mural ownership

Pere Marquette Hotel in Peoria, Illinois. Photo by Robert Lawton, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 Generic license

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) – A central Illinois museum wants to make sure that a historic mural stays in Peoria as the auction of the Marriott Pere Marquette and neighboring Courtyard by Marriott approaches next month.

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Paintings found in storage locker believed to be by de Kooning

Willem de Kooning signed magazine cover. Image courtesy of LiveAuctioneers archive and Signature House.

NEW YORK (AP) – A New York City art dealer who bought the contents of a New Jersey storage locker filled with paintings for $15,000 says he got more than he bargained for.

He found half a dozen paintings he believes were done by artist Willem de Kooning, whose works have sold for millions of dollars at auction.

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