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Nat'l Gallery of Art appoints Lynne Cooke to senior curator post

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Friday, 11 July 2014 08:36

Lynne Cooke, Senior Curator, Special Projects in Modern Art, National Gallery of Art, Washington, in the East Building. Photo © 2014 National Gallery of Art, Washington

WASHINGTON ― Lynne Cooke, renowned art scholar, will become senior curator, special projects in modern art, at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, effective August 11, 2014. During her two-year appointment (2012–present) as Andrew W. Mellon Professor at the Gallery’s Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA), Cooke has been engaged in independent research to organize an exhibition about the relationship between mainstream and self-taught artists in 20th and 21st century America, which was distinct from what occurred in western Europe. The exhibition will be presented at the National Gallery of Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Dates and other details will be announced at a later date.

“Although we knew Lynne before she came to CASVA, it has been a pleasure to get to know her better and to follow her research here at the Gallery,” said Earl A. Powell III, director, National Gallery of Art. “As we look toward the reopening of the East Building in the fall of 2016 and―pending the court decision―the galleries at the Corcoran, we are excited about the knowledge, contacts, and experience that she brings to our work in modern art and to the Gallery’s special exhibition program.”

Before arriving at CASVA, National Gallery of Art, in 2012, Cooke was deputy director and chief curator at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, 2008–2012; curator, Dia Art Foundation, New York, 1991–2008; artistic director, 10th Biennale of Sydney, 1994–1996; co-curator, 1991 Carnegie International, The Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; and lecturer, history of art, University College, London University. Cooke has also worked in various capacities at numerous academic institutions including Yale University, New Haven; Malmö Art Academy, Malmö, Sweden; Bard College, New York; and La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia. Other professional experience includes serving on the editorial board of The Burlington Magazine, 1988 to present, and on the Turner Prize Committee, Tate Gallery, London, 1985.

Highlights of exhibitions she has organized include Cristina Iglesias: A Place of Reflection at Casa Franca-Brasil, Rio de Janiero, 2013; Rosemarie Trockel: A Cosmos at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, New Museum, New York, and Serpentine Gallery, London, 2012–2013; Blinky Palermo: Retrospective 1964–1977 at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, and Dia Beacon/CCS Bard College, 2010–2011; Francis Alÿs, Fabiola at Dia at the Hispanic Society of America, 2007 and still touring; Zoe Leonard: You See I am Here After All at Dia: Beacon 2008; Richard Serra Sculpture: Forty Years, co-curated with Kynaston McShine, at Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2007; and the 1996 Sydney Biennale.

Cooke has received many awards and is widely published. In 2013 she wrote essays for the exhibition catalogues Matt Mullican: Subject Element Sign Frame World (Skira/Rizzoli, New York, 2013) and Orthodoxies Undermined, Great and Mighty Things: Outsider Art from the Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz Collection (Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2013). She has also authored or written for other exhibition catalogues about the work of such artists as Alighiero Boetti, James Castle, James Coleman, Willem de Kooning, Ann Hamilton, William Kentridge, Agnes Martin, and Richard Serra.

Cooke resides in Washington, DC, and New York City.

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Last Updated on Friday, 11 July 2014 08:46

In Memoriam: Fine art philanthropist Peter Wege

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Wednesday, 09 July 2014 09:49
Philanthropist Peter Wege celebrating a birthday. Photo courtesy of Metcalf & Jonkhoff Funeral Service GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - Peter Wege, heir to the Steelcase Inc. fortune whose philanthropy kept much of the office furniture manufacturer's money in Grand Rapids, has died. He was 94.

Peter Melvin Wege died Monday at his home in Grand Rapids, Terri McCarthy, the Wege Foundation's vice president of programming, said Tuesday.

Wege's father, Peter Martin Wege, founded Steelcase in 1912 and died in 1947. Steelcase and rival office furniture manufacturers Haworth Inc. and Herman Miller Inc. anchored the Grand Rapids area's economy for decades.

"The great success of my father's company gave me the opportunity to give back to the community that supported my entrepreneuring father ... a century ago,'' Wege wrote on the foundation's website.

As Steelcase's largest shareholder, Wege -- a fervent environmentalist -- was able to commit millions of dollars toward "green'' causes.

He retired as vice chairman of the Steelcase board of directors about a decade ago to work full-time on his foundation, which he created in 1967. It has given away millions, much of it in his hometown.

In 1998, he wrote a book called "Economicology'' -- a word combining economics and ecology -- that spelled out his ideas about corporate environmental responsibility.

He donated $20 million toward the new Grand Rapids Art Museum building, which opened in 2007, on condition that it receive Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

"I want to be remembered as one of the people who tried to wake up the country on the environmental problems,'' Wege said in 2004, according to The Grand Rapids Press.

"I'm doing it for my children and my grandchildren,'' he said. "It's got to be taken seriously this time.''

His gifts ranged from $60,000 to renovate and stock a library in the small Michigan community of Chase to the mammoth Grand Rapids Art Museum donation.

"He gets more pleasure out of the small gifts he gives than the great big ones,'' Ellen Satterlee, the Wege Foundation's CEO, once said.

Wege is survived by seven children, 17 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Visitation is planned for Thursday and a funeral will be held Friday, both at the Cathedral of St. Andrew in Grand Rapids.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 July 2014 10:37

Terry Kovel to speak at antique advertising convention

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Tuesday, 08 July 2014 08:31
Antiques expert Terry Kovel. Image courtesy of Kovels

DUBLIN, Ohio - Antiques expert and Auction Central News columnist Terry Kovel will be the featured speaker at the Antique Advertising Association of America's annual convention in Dublin (Columbus), Ohio, July 23 to 26. She will conduct a seminar, "Reflections on the History of Collectibles Advertising and 60 years of Personal Experiences," on Thursday, July 24 at 1 PM, and attend the free "Public Night" on Friday, July 25, from 6:30 to 10:00 PM. Terry will also be a member of a panel on Saturday, July 26 at 8:30 AM that will discuss "The Future of Antique Advertising."

Interested collectors and advertising enthusiasts can register to attend the entire convention or attend the free "Public Night" to see Terry as well as to buy, trade or sell vintage advertising collectibles. The details:

Who: Antiques writer and expert, Terry Kovel

What: Antique Advertising Association of America's Annual Convention

When: July 23 to 26, 2014

Where: Embassy Suites, 5100 Metro Place, Dublin (Columbus), Ohio 43017

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Terry Kovel is America's foremost authority on antiques and collectibles and a longtime collector of antique advertising. She is the well-known columnist and author of more than 100 books on antiques and collecting. She co-authors the best-selling annual "Kovels' Antiques and Collectibles Price Guide" and "The Label Made Me Buy It: From Aunt Jemima to Zonkers -- The Best Dressed Boxes, Bottles, and Cans from the Past," available at and at the convention.

About , created by Terry Kovel and Kim Kovel, provides collectors and researchers with up-to-date and accurate information on antiques and collectibles. Kovels' Antiques was founded in 1953 by Terry Kovel and her late husband, Ralph. Since then, Kovels' Antiques has published some of America's most popular books and articles about antiques, including the best-selling "Kovels' Antiques and Collectibles Price Guide," now in its 46th edition. The Kovels' website, online since 1998, offers 900,000 free prices, and includes a free weekly email, "Kovels Komments." gives readers a bird's-eye view of the market through the latest news, auction reports, a Marks Dictionary, readers' questions with Kovels' answers and much more.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 July 2014 08:40

Jaguar owner finds surprise note from Seinfeld in glove box

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Monday, 07 July 2014 09:09
Jerry Seinfeld at Tribeca Film Festival 2010. Photo by David Shankbone, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license. IRWIN, Pa. (AP) - A western Pennsylvania man says Jerry Seinfeld left him a nice "thank you'' note after borrowing the man's rare car for the comedian's latest episode of "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.''

Scott Drab, of Irwin, says Seinfeld wanted to drive a green 1967 Jaguar Mark II when he was recording an episode featuring fellow comedian Robert Klein. The show began airing online Thursday at

Drab told KDKA-TV that he was only too glad to lend Seinfeld the car, which a crew picked up in a truck, shipped to New York for recording, then returned four days later.

Drab says he opened the glove box to find "a handwritten note saying thank you from Jerry Seinfeld. I was really deeply touched by it.''

Drab has a private collection of classic Jaguars and memorabilia.


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Last Updated on Monday, 07 July 2014 09:19

Miranda Lash named contemporary art curator at Speed Art Museum

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Thursday, 03 July 2014 13:42
Miranda Lash, photo by John D'Addario. Courtesy of The Speed Art Museum

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Speed Art Museum has begun hiring key positions in anticipation of its re-opening in the spring of 2016 and announced today that Miranda Lash has been hired as the Curator of Contemporary Art for the Museum. Lash will begin her new role at the Speed on August 18, 2014.

"I am excited to become a part of the Speed Art Museum's promising future. Between the new building and its stunning galleries, the site-specific commissions planned for the Art Park, and the enthusiasm for contemporary art in Louisville, the possibilities seem boundless. For years I have enjoyed exploring what contemporary art can do in the context of an encyclopedic collection, and as a connector between disparate communities,” said Lash. “Poised on the brink of its next exciting chapter, the Speed provides a unique opportunity to explore the role of contemporary art within Louisville and in the broader world,” she added.

Lash has been Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) since 2008. She was the Museum’s first curator dedicated exclusively to modern and contemporary art, and the founder of NOMA’s Modern and Contemporary Art Department. At NOMA, Lash also managed the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden. During her tenure, she curated over twenty exhibitions, including the large-scale traveling retrospective exhibition Mel Chin: Rematch and the site-specific installations and exhibitions Rashaad Newsome: King of Arms; Katie Holten: Drawn to the Edge, andSwoon: Thalassa. Lash also presented several artists’ first solo museum exhibitions in the United States including the Venice Biennale Silver Lion awardee Camille Henrot in Camille Henrot: Cities of Ys.The exhibition Parallel Universe: Quintron and Miss Pussycat, which Lash organized in 2010, included the artist Quintron composing and recording an entire music album in a museum gallery. Titled Sucre du Sauvage, the album was inspired by NOMA’s collection and was released by Goner Records.

Lash’s publications include her work as the editor and contributing essayist to the exhibition catalog Mel Chin: Rematch, and the editor and contributing author to The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden, a comprehensive overview of the Garden’s history and artworks. Lash has been named a Clark Fellow at the Clark Art Institute, a participating curator in the Japan Foundation U.S. Curatorial Exchange Program, a past consultant for Creative Capital, and one of the co-founders of the arts criticism website Pelican Bomb. She received her BA in the History of Art and Architecture from Harvard University, and her MA in Art History from Williams College.

“I am thrilled to have Miranda join the Speed’s curatorial team and the Louisville community. Her many talents—creating exceptional exhibitions, securing outstanding acquisitions, and curating outdoor spaces—will energize the Speed’s new galleries for contemporary art, the Museum’s Art Park, and our exhibition program. Miranda’s curatorial practice also reveals a deep commitment to making meaningful connections between artists and local communities; I know she looks forward to engaging with Louisville’s vibrant contemporary art community,” said Scott Erbes, Chief Curator and Curator of Decorative Arts and Design at the Speed Art Museum.

Ghislain d’Humières, Director of the Speed Art Museum said, “Lash will add to our vision of becoming a 21st-century museum and the role that the Speed plays in our community. We are delighted to welcome Miranda to Louisville and the team.”

About the Speed Art Museum:

The Speed Art Museum is Kentucky's largest art museum with a collection that spans 6,000 years of human creativity. An independent museum located on the campus of the University of Louisville, the Speed continues to play an important role in outreach initiatives, workshops, tours and art-related school programs. The Museum is situated at a crossroads between the city and the pedestrian thoroughfare on the University's campus. The Speed is currently closed and undergoing a multi-phase expansion and renovation that includes a new North and South Building, 150 seat theater, Art Park and a public Piazza. "Local Speed", the Museum's satellite space for programs and exhibitions, was established recently in downtown Louisville's Nulu district at 822 East Market Street. Local Speed has 6,000 square feet of special exhibition and programming space as well as administrative offices for museum staff.

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Miranda Lash, photo by John D'Addario. Courtesy of The Speed Art Museum
Last Updated on Thursday, 03 July 2014 13:52

Roger Ebert statue about to get a permanent home

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Thursday, 03 July 2014 11:31
American film critic, journalist and screenwriter Roger Ebert (1942-2013) giving an interview for Chicago Public Radio's 'Sound Opinions' in 2002. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license. CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - A sculpture of famed film critic Roger Ebert was set in place back in April outside the Champaign theater that hosted the annual Ebertfest film festival. This week it will become permanent.

The statue is called "C-U at the Movies.'' On Thursday it will be dedicated after it's permanently installed outside the Virginia Theater.

According to The News-Gazette in Champaign, Ebert's widow, Chaz Ebert, will be there.

Also expected is artist Rick Harney, who created the sculpture. It depicts Ebert sitting in one of three theater seats with one thumb up.

Ebert is from nearby Champaign and went to movies at the theater as a child.

Scott Anderson chaired the campaign to raise money for the statue. He says the campaign is still $9,000 short of covering the costs.


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Last Updated on Thursday, 03 July 2014 11:57

Tom Hathazy named president of Morphy's Classic Car division

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Wednesday, 02 July 2014 15:37
Thomas A. Hathazy, newly appointed president of Morphy Auctions’ Classic Car division. Morphy Auctions image DENVER, Pa. – Dan Morphy, founder and president of Morphy Auctions, has confirmed the appointment of Thomas A. “Tom” Hathazy to the position of president of the company’s newly launched Classic Car division.

In his capacity as head of the department, Hathazy will oversee all aspects pertaining to the consignment and sale of antique and classic cars, motorcycles and other vintage vehicles auctioned by Morphy’s. The company will host its automotive-auction debut on October 11, 2014, during the midpoint weekend between the popular October Carlisle and Hershey car shows.

A native of Pittsburgh, Hathazy holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from California University in western Pennsylvania. Earlier in his career – before the lure of special-interest cars took hold – he taught 11th grade history. Later, he operated his own retail automotive business as a sideline to his 30-year career in the circulation department of the Pittsburgh Press and Post-Gazette newspapers.

Over the years, Hathazy developed a particular expertise and interest in Chevrolet Corvettes.

“I’ve probably handled 250 Corvettes over the years. Part of my car business was a body shop that did restorations. That experience gave me the ability to look at a car and know immediately if the paint was right, the upholstery was original or a part had been replaced,” Hathazy said.

Hathazy also developed his eye for discerning paint and structural originality from studying antique and vintage automotive toys, which he has collected since 1986.

“My friendship with Dan Morphy and his family goes back 20 years. We share many common interests in addition to toys,” said Hathazy. “I’ve been a Morphy’s customer, so I’ve seen that side of his operation and, on the other hand, I’ve worked with Dan at other business levels over the past 10 years, so I know how he conducts himself. His word is his bond, and he has a strong entrepreneurial spirit. That’s one of the reasons I’ve joined Morphy Auctions. I know Dan will invest that passion – and his well-proven way of dealing with consignors fairly and honestly – into the new classic car division. I’m going to do everything I can to help make Morphy Auctions’ latest venture a great success.”

Hathazy said he intends to takes a hands-on approach to the consignment process.

“I will personally be paying visits to potential consignors who call us, to inspect their cars and see if they meet our standards. In our sales, we’re going to focus on quality, not volume. Our first auction will not contain any car valued at less than $20,000,” Hathazy said.

Potential consignors of antique or classic cars, motorcycles or other collector vehicles can contact Tom Hathazy for a confidential consultation by calling 412-403-4924 or 412-655-2010; or emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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Thomas A. Hathazy, newly appointed president of Morphy Auctions’ Classic Car division. Morphy Auctions image A lineup of fantastic classic cars entered in Morphy’s Oct. 11, 2014 debut Classic Car Auction includes Corvettes, a Mustang, Thunderbird and muscle cars. Morphy Auctions image
Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 July 2014 15:49

Royal hair force: William, Kate given waxwork makeover

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Wednesday, 02 July 2014 11:03
The newly married Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, April 29, 2011. Magnus D derivative work: Blofeld Dr., Creative Commons ShareAlike 2.0 License. LONDON (AFP) - Prince William and his wife Catherine have been given a glamorous makeover at Madame Tussauds wax museum in London, with the prince's hair altered to reflect his thinning thatch.

The couple were installed at the attraction two years ago to mark their first wedding anniversary, clothed in the outfits they wore to announce their engagement.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, both 32, have now been re-dressed in evening wear, while the hair has been updated with the times.

The newly dressed wax figures were unveiled Wednesday.

Kate is wearing a full-length turquoise silk gown, while William, second in line to the throne, is dressed in a double-breasted black dinner suit.

"The figures have been in the attraction for two years now and we felt it was time to swap their engagement outfits for a glamorous evening look," a spokeswoman told AFP.

The figures are the same but their hair has been altered in keeping with the real-life royals.

"The hair has been restyled and updated," the spokeswoman said. "The duchess now has a chic half-up, half-down evening hairstyle. The duke's hair has thinned since his figure was first made, so yes, so has our figure's."

The figures are placed in the royal zone, one of the most popular parts of the visitor attraction, along with other members of the House of Windsor.

Meanwhile a new painting of William titled "Fatherhood" was to be unveiled in London on Wednesday. William and Kate's son Prince George was born on July 22 last year.

The oil-on-canvas portrait, measuring 90 by 60 centimeters, is by Dan Llywelyn Hall. It shows William in a dark suit and red tie looking upwards and to his left.

"'Fatherhood' is a portrait about a universal theme: the concerns, hopes and aspirations of a family man," the 33-year-old artist said.

It depicts the prince wearing a poppy, in a nod to the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I.

The painting will be sold in October in aid of The Victoria Cross Trust and War Memorials Trust.

The duke and duchess were in the royal box on Wimbledon's Centre Court on Wednesday, where they saw British defending champion Andy Murray crash out in the quarter-finals.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 July 2014 11:19

In Memoriam: Eli Wallach, veteran actor, 98

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Friday, 27 June 2014 09:07
Wallach said one of his favorite roles was that of Mr. Freeze in the 'Batman' TV series. He's pictured in costume in an autographed photo, which will be sold at auction July 12. Image courtesy of and IAA (International Autograph Auctions Ltd.). NEW YORK (AP) – As a masterful character actor and early product of postwar, Method-style theater, Eli Wallach wore countless faces, disappearing into them all. But he was always propelled – in acting and in life – by a mischievousness and an abiding playfulness that made him a tireless performer, an enduring family man and, of course, one immortal scoundrel.

“I never lost my appetite for acting,” Wallach wrote in his 2005 memoir The Good, the Bad, and Me, named after his most famous film. “I feel like a magician.”

Wallach died Tuesday evening from natural causes after 98 years of life, 66 years of marriage and some 100 films, including several he made in his 90s. His son, Peter Wallach, confirmed his death Wednesday.

The versatile, raspy-voiced actor was a mainstay of Tennessee Williams' plays (he won a Tony Award for The Rose Tattoo in 1951) and an original member of the Actors Studio in the early days of Method acting. But the most notable credit in his prolific career was The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, in which he played the rascally Mexican outlaw Tuco.

As the Ugly of the title, he stole Sergio Leone's 1966 spaghetti Western from the Good, Clint Eastwood, with lines like: “When you have to shoot, shoot, don't talk.”

“Everywhere I go, someone will recognize me from The Good, the Bad and the Ugly and start whistling the theme song,” he said in a 2003 interview, referring to Ennio Morricone's famous score. “I can feel when it's going to happen.”

Wallach never won an Oscar, but he was given an honorary Academy Award in 2010, hailed as the “quintessential chameleon.”

“I've played more bandits, thieves, killers, warlords, molesters and Mafiosi than you could shake a stick at,” Wallach said, accepting the award from Eastwood.

Wallach's personal life, he added, was more placid and law-abiding: He loved collecting antique clocks, watching tennis and telling stories.

Upon hearing of Wallach's death, Eastwood remembered him as “a wonderful guy and a wonderful actor. I have fond memories of us working together on The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.”

Wallach also starred in the steamy Baby Doll (1956), The Magnificent Seven (1960), The Misfits (1961) and The Godfather III (1990), in which he played a murderous mobster who dies after eating poisoned cannoli.

Wallach and his wife, Anne Jackson, were a formidable duo on the stage, starring in a series of plays, including George Bernard Shaw's Major Barbara in 1956 and a hugely successful run of Luv in the mid-1960s. Their partnership was epic by Hollywood acting-couple standards. They played a married couple together as recently as 2003 on the NBC medical drama ER.

“Although I limp in life as a result of my two hip operations, whenever I go onstage with Anne, the lights give my body a lift and I prance onto the stage and dance off,” Wallach wrote in his memoir. “I feel I can play a 16-year-old if the author calls for that. Which is why I prefer live acting to film – I come alive with the lights.”

Wallach met Jackson – also an Actors Studio charter member – while they were appearing off-Broadway in Williams' This Property Is Condemned. They married in 1948 and had three children, Peter, who became a film animator, and two daughters, Roberta and Katherine, both of whom followed their parents into acting.

Wallach was also great uncle to the New York Times film critic A.O. Scott, an ironic relation, in a way, for an actor who once said: “Having the critics praise you is like having the hangman say you've got a pretty neck.”

But his great nephew nevertheless celebrated him, once writing: “With Eli, there is an impish, sly quality, not a self-conscious winking, exactly, but a palpable relish at the sheer fun of acting.”

Wallach was born in Brooklyn on Dec. 7, 1915, the son of an immigrant candy storeowner. Other family members were doctors, lawyers and teachers, but Wallach instead went into acting (he compared it to joining the Foreign Legion). His drama training was interrupted by World War II service in the Army medical corps, in which he earned the rank of captain.

Wallach's stage career eventually took off, thanks in large part to his success in Williams productions. He appeared in The Rose Tattoo, then Camino Rea and later had a long run in Teahouse of the August Moon.

The Broadway League said Wednesday it would dim its lights Friday for Wallace, “a storyteller in the most specific yet subtle ways.”

Wallach didn't slow down in his later years. He played a store owner in 2003's Mystic River, directed by Eastwood, and had parts in the 2006 romantic comedy The Holiday in 2006 and Oliver Stone's Money Never Sleeps in 2010.

“I don't act to live,” he said accepting his honorary Oscar. “I live to act.”


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Wallach said one of his favorite roles was that of Mr. Freeze in the 'Batman' TV series. He's pictured in costume in an autographed photo. Image courtesy of and IAA (International Autograph Auctions Ltd.).
Last Updated on Friday, 27 June 2014 11:01

Robert Morgenthau steps down as NY Jewish museum chair

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Thursday, 19 June 2014 10:43
Robert Morgenthau at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival in New York. Image by David Shankbone. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license. NEW YORK (AP) – Former Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau is stepping down as chairman of New York's Museum of Jewish Heritage and turning over the reins to real estate developer Bruce Ratner.

The 95-year-old Morgenthau was the founding chairman of the museum. It opened in 1997 in Battery Park City to memorialize the Holocaust and celebrate Jewish culture.

Ratner joined the board in 1996.

He told the Wall Street Journal that he did not plan any significant changes to its business model.

Morgenthau will stay on as chairman emeritus. He retired as district attorney five years ago.


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Last Updated on Thursday, 19 June 2014 10:47

In Memoriam: Charles Barsotti, New Yorker cartoonist, 80

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Thursday, 19 June 2014 08:49
Charles Barsotti original artwork for a cartoon in 'New Yorker,' 1979. Image courtesy of archive and Russ Cochran's Comic Art Auction. KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Charles Barsotti, whose simple, sophisticated New Yorker cartoons plumbed the human condition featuring characters such as the psychiatrist dog, has died. He was 80.

Barsotti's daughter, Kerry Scott, said Tuesday that Barsotti was diagnosed in 2013 with brain cancer and died late Monday at home in Kansas City.

Barsotti graduated from Texas State University in 1954 and worked for Kansas City-based Hallmark Cards before moving to New York to become cartoon editor for The Saturday Evening Post. He became a staff cartoonist for The New Yorker about 1970, while remaining in Kansas City.

The New Yorker has published nearly 1,400 Barsotti cartoons.

Robert Mankoff, cartoon editor of the magazine, says Barsotti was the “philosopher king of cartoonists,” asking big questions about life with spare, black-and-white words and drawings.

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Charles Barsotti original artwork for a cartoon in 'New Yorker,' 1979. Image courtesy of archive and Russ Cochran's Comic Art Auction.
Last Updated on Thursday, 19 June 2014 09:03

Jane Fonda puts New Mexico ranch up for sale at $19.5M

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Thursday, 19 June 2014 08:29
Jane Fonda. Image courtesy of archive and Chaucer Autograph Auctions. PECOS, N.M. (AP) – Jane Fonda is putting her northern New Mexico ranch up for sale.

The Swan Land Co. of Bozeman, Mont., announced Friday that the actress has listed her Forked Lightning Ranch just north of Santa Fe for $19.5 million.

The company said Fonda purchased the ranch near Pecos in 2000 and spent two years siting the home, known as River House.

The 9,600-square-foot dwelling was featured in the March 2014 issue of Architectural Digest.

“Forked Lightning Ranch has been a sanctuary and a place of great joy and recreation for me and my family,” Fonda said in a statement. “Many changes have occurred in my life since 2000 and I am no longer able to spend as much time on the ranch as I once was. I feel the time has come to pass the ranch on to a new custodian of this enchanted place.''

The ranch also includes the Hacienda, a 2,125 square-foot guest home, a 3,400 square-foot log house, a 12-stall equestrian facility and a gym.

According to the company, Fonda's extensive personal collection of antiques, artwork, rugs, furniture and her literary collection at River House are available for purchase along with the ranch equipment and machinery.

The ranch was created in 1925 after the iconic rodeo promoter and “King of the Rodeo,” John “Tex” Austin purchased a series of parcels from the Pecos Pueblo Grant. The ranch once belonged to Dallas oilman E.E. “Buddy” Fogelson, who married actress Greer Garson in 1949.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 19 June 2014 08:44

Taiwan's first lady to make rare Japan visit for art exhibition

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Wednesday, 18 June 2014 10:02
Christine Chow Ma (Christine Cow Mei-ching), current first lady of the Republic of China. Photo by Cassatte, Creative Commons by ShareAlike 2.0 License TAIPEI (AFP) - Taiwan's first lady will visit Japan next week to attend an exhibition of prized historical artefacts and artworks which the island has loaned for the first time to its former wartime enemy.

Chow Mei-ching is scheduled to attend a reception on June 23 and the exhibition's opening at the Tokyo National Museum the next day, said Feng Ming-chu, director of Taipei's National Palace Museum, on Wednesday.

She will be the first Taiwanese first lady to visit Japan since the country switched diplomatic recognition from Taipei to Beijing in 1972.

The National Palace Museum announced last year it would lend 231 pieces and sets -- ranging from paintings and calligraphy to bronze, china, jade and embroidery -- to the Tokyo National Museum and Kyushu National Museum from June to November 2014.

The loan includes the museum's most-prized items -- the Jadeite Cabbage and the Meat-Shaped Stone dating back to the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) -- which have never been displayed abroad and will be on loan for two weeks only.

It will be the first loan by the National Palace Museum to an Asian country, following exhibitions in the United States, France, Germany and Austria.

All the pieces have already arrived in Japan, Feng added.

The Taipei museum boasts more than 600,000 artefacts spanning 7,000 years of Chinese history from the prehistoric Neolithic period to the end of the Qing Dynasty.

Many were removed from the Beijing museum in the 1930s by China's Nationalist government to prevent them falling into the hands of invading Japanese troops.

The museum's contents -- one of the world's finest collections of Chinese treasures -- were brought to the island by Nationalist leader Chiang Kai-shek, when he fled to Taiwan after losing the civil war on the Chinese mainland to the communists in 1949.

For years the National Palace museum was unwilling to lend the artefacts to Japan for fears that China would try to reclaim them, until the Japanese government passed a law in 2011 to prevent such seizures.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 June 2014 10:12

Cloris Leachman’s Oscar featured in Iowa movies exhibit

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Wednesday, 18 June 2014 08:47
Actress Cloris Leachman at the premiere for 'The Proposal' in 2009. She won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in 'The Last Picture Show' (1971). Image by Angela George. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution Sharealike license. DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Academy Awards won by actresses Cloris Leachman and Donna Reed as well as items from John Wayne's movie career will go on display at an exhibit of Hollywood memorabilia from Iowa natives opening June 27, Gov. Terry Branstad announced.

“Hollywood In The Heartland” will debut at the State Historical Museum of Iowa in Des Moines with actor Tom Arnold, an Ottumwa native, discussing his move-making experiences.

The 6,400-square-foot exhibit of Hollywood memorabilia will include Academy Awards won by Leachman and Reed, both Iowa natives. Items from other Iowa-born actors including John Wayne, Ashton Kutcher, Brandon Routh and Arnold are on display.

“When it comes to the movies the best ones reflect our common bonds as people. They entertain us, they educate us, and they can even make us laugh and cry,” said Mary Cownie, director of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, which oversees the museum. “That's the magic of movies and we believe this new exhibit captures the contribution Iowans have made in bringing the magic to Hollywood.”

The exhibit focuses on 18 Iowa actors, three of whom won Oscars including Wayne, who was born in Winterset. A shirt, vest, eye patch and hat from his birthplace museum are on display. Several movie scripts including those from Paint Your Wagon and True Lies are in the exhibit, which also features movies made in Iowa including Field of Dreams and Bridges of Madison County.

“I'm also pleased that this exhibit will showcase Iowa's historic theaters, some of which no longer exist but a number of which have been rehabilitated and restored in different cities across the state. Also there is some focus on drive-in movies,” Branstad said.

The June 27 opening of the exhibit in addition to Arnold's discussion at 10 a.m. kicks off a weekend of free activities including exhibit tours and a 1:30 p.m. matinee showing of The Music Man on Friday.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 June 2014 08:55

Tom Miano tapped to head Morphy's new Pop Culture dept.

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Tuesday, 17 June 2014 12:30

Tom Miano, Morphy Auctions’ newly appointed Pop Culture Expert, with some of his favorite toys and pop culture collectibles. Photo by Steve Lesnick Photography /

DENVER, Pa. – Morphy Auctions’ Antique & Vintage Toy division is in expansion mode yet again. Dan Morphy, founder and president of Morphy Auctions, announced today that Tom Miano of Serious Toyz™ has joined the Pennsylvania company’s team of specialists. Miano, whose new title is Pop Culture Expert, will be acquiring consignments and managing sales of vintage toys and pop-culture collectibles for Morphy’s, starting with a September 6 auction of character, postwar and space toys.

“Tom’s auction house, Serious Toyz™, is a favorite with collectors. They love it. In the 19 years that Tom has been the hands-on owner and operator of the company, he has built an outstanding reputation,” said Morphy. “He’s well liked by everyone in the industry, and consignors know they can depend on his knowledge and expertise. He will be a tremendous asset to our operation.”

The addition of a dedicated pop culture department completes the timeline of toys and collectibles offered in specialty sales at Morphy’s, which is already a worldwide force in the auction of antique, prewar vintage, and postwar boomer-era toys.

Until now, the only toy classification at Morphy’s that didn’t have its own expert-led department was pop culture and collectibles, said Morphy. “Now, with Tom Miano and Serious Toyz™ merging into Morphy’s, it adds the final link we have been missing. Even better, it eliminates the job of building a new department organically from the ground up. It has already been built and fine-tuned by Tom, who is the best in the business. He has many consignors and customers that we didn’t have on our books, and vice versa. One side complements the other very nicely,” Morphy said.

Miano, who graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the School of Visual Arts in New York City, began his career as an advertising art director at Foote, Cone & Belding. He later held creative director positions at several other leading international advertising agencies, including McCann-Erickson, J. Walter Thompson, and Ogilvy & Mather. In 1995, Miano decided to leave the corporate world in order to pursue his long-held dream of establishing an auction company focused exclusively on toys, collectibles and pop culture memorabilia.

“Starting up and building Serious Toyz™ into what it is today was a learning process from day one,” Miano said. “In the beginning, my wife Patti and I did everything manually, with sheets of paper taped to our kitchen wall. Every time a bid would come in over the phone, we’d add it to the sheet of paper for that particular auction item. Of course, over the years our methods became a lot more sophisticated, but it’s nothing compared to the amazing operation Dan has in place at Morphy’s. The first time I visited his gallery, it was like finding the Promised Land. I feel very privileged to have been asked to join his team.”

Morphy Auctions’ strength in technology and social media is a natural fit for the Serious Toyz™ demographic, Miano said. All Morphy sales include Internet live bidding through LiveAuctioneers. “They’re ideally positioned to interact with pop culture collectors worldwide,” Miano observed.

Tom Miano is currently organizing toy consignments for Morphy’s September 6 auction, which was previously advertised as Serious Toyz™ Auction #56. To contact Tom Miano, call the business number previously used by Serious Toyz™: 866-653-8699, or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

To contact Morphy’s gallery, call 717-335-3435. Visit Morphy Auctions online at

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Tom Miano, Morphy Auctions’ newly appointed Pop Culture Expert, with some of his favorite toys and pop culture collectibles. Photo by Steve Lesnick Photography / 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 June 2014 12:42

Andrea Canady joins Palm Beach Show Group

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Monday, 16 June 2014 15:05
Andrea Canady, newly appointed director of business development at Palm Beach Show Group PALM BEACH, Fla. - The Palm Beach Show Group (PBSG) has announced its recent hire of Andrea Canady, who will join the firm as director of business development. Launching the Southwest Florida office, Canady will establish dealer participation, assist with production of the ten Palm Beach Show Group shows throughout the US, as well as manage show acquisition and development.

“What attracted me to the Palm Beach Show Group was the vibrancy and enthusiasm they have for establishing memorable events in the art, antique, and jewelry industries,” said Canady. “The Show Group’s exceptional execution of marketing and promotions paired with their sincere concern for exhibitor success at each show is unrivaled in this industry.”

Canady comes to the Palm Beach Show Group from US Antiques Shows with over 26 years of Show Production experience. She spent the last two years as the director of business development, acquiring and managing shows such as the Miami National Antique Show, Pier Antique Show and the Armory Antique Show. Canady additionally launched several successful retail shows within the US Antiques Show portfolio.

“I am truly excited to be a part of the Palm Beach Show Group,” said Canady. I look forward to launching new shows under the PBSG portfolio of shows, and I have my eye on a few great locations.”

In addition to her prior management and sales experience, the lasting relationships she has built over the years with industry professionals will certainly help to expand the Palm Beach Show Group shows in each of their respective cities.

“Andrea is an exciting addition to the team,” said PBSG's president and CEO, Scott Diament. “She brings extensive experience, important relationships and a fresh perspective to Palm Beach Show Group.”

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Last Updated on Monday, 16 June 2014 15:19
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