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Jackie O auction to be featured Thursday on 'CBS This Morning'

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Written by CATHERINE SAUNDERS-WATSON, Auction Central News International   
Wednesday, 14 January 2015 12:41

Robert Davidoff silver gelatin print of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis at West Palm Airport in Florida. From a group lot of two photos that will convey with copyright. Est. $800-$1,200. PBMA image

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (ACNI) – Rico Baca and Wade Terwilliger, owners of Palm Beach Modern Auctions (PBMA), have confirmed to Auction Central News that CBS This Morning is planning to air a feature tomorrow about their January 17th auction. The story will air sometime between 8 and 9 a.m.

A CBS News team arrived at PBMA’s West Palm Beach exhibition center this morning to interview Baca about two archives containing personal notes Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis wrote to her favorite couturier and interior designer, respectively. The dates on the various pieces of correspondence run from the mid 1980s through the early 1990s. An additional auction highlight is an estate archive of Kennedy family photos taken in Palm Beach by photographer Robert Davidoff.

The TV coverage is also scheduled to include interviews with the aforementioned designers who worked with Onassis: Bill Hamilton, longtime head of design for Carolina Herrera; and Richard Keith Langham, who was associated with the Keith Irvine interior design firm.

“The notes in Bill Hamilton’s archive show that his relationship with Mrs. Onassis wasn’t just about the business of making her look elegant and stylish; they were friends, as well,” Baca told Auction Central News. “Some of the notes reveal how involved she was in the actual design process, but others are simply very warm notes expressing appreciation for things Bill had done for her.”

A cordial relationship also existed between Onassis and Langham, who created English-country-style rooms in several of the first lady’s homes. Langham’s eclectic archive of correspondence includes thoughtfully composed thank-you notes and an illustrated book titled The White House, inscribed: “For Richard – Perhaps this great house will know your touch one day – your friend Jacqueline Kennedy” (dated March 4, 1987).

CBS This Morning, the award-winning TV show anchored by Charlie Rose, Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell, covered a Palm Beach Modern Auctions event once before, in a broadcast that aired almost exactly two years ago. The subject was the company’s January 19, 2013 auction of the Steve Rubell/Studio 54 Archive, which garnered worldwide press and a then-record number of Internet bidders for PBMA through LiveAuctioneers.

PBMA’s Jan. 17, 2015 auction will begin at 12 noon Eastern Time, with absentee and Internet live bidding available through LiveAuctioneers.

For additional information on any item in the sale, call 561-586-5500 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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Robert Davidoff silver gelatin print of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis at West Palm Airport in Florida. From a group lot of two photos that will convey with copyright. Est. $800-$1,200. PBMA image

Lot 47 consists of a signed note, drawing and envelope from Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis to Bill Hamilton, then-head of design at Carolina Herrera. Provenance: Bill Hamilton Archive. Estimate: $800-$1,200. Image courtesy of LiveAuctioneers and Palm Beach Modern Auctions

Last Updated on Thursday, 15 January 2015 11:27

Newark Museums featured in 61st annual Winter Antiques Show

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Monday, 12 January 2015 13:46

Bridal ensemble. South Africa, c. 1960. Plastic beads, leather, cotton, thread, cloth, wire and tin buttons. Worn by Ntombiyise Mandwandwe Shiza. Image courtesy of the Newark Museum

NEWARK, N.J. (PRWEB) – Did you know that the modern American museum was invented in Newark in 1909? The Newark Museum’s vast and diverse collections will be highlighted at the 61st annual Winter Antiques Show, which will take place at the Park Avenue Armory in New York City from Jan. 23- Feb. 1.

From traditional to contemporary, from ancient to modern, the museum’s collections showcase a broad range of works that explore the past, inspire the present and provide a glimpse into the future. Selected as the Winter Antiques Show’s annual loan exhibition, “Ahead of the Curve: The Newark Museum, 1909-2015,” will feature pieces from the museum’s American, as well as Asian, African, Ancient Mediterranean, and Native American objects.

The 2015 loan exhibition sponsor is Bessemer Trust.

Celebrating its 106th year, the Newark Museum has been at the forefront of collecting and exhibiting since the opening of its inaugural exhibition of The Eight (Robert Henri, Everett Shinn, John Sloan, Arthur B. Davies, Ernest Lawson, Maurice Prendergast, George Luks, and William J. Glackens) that was organized by the Macbeth Gallery in New York that mounted the first “Eight” show.

“The Newark Museum was one of the first to acquire an oil painting by Ernest Lawson (1910), the first to exhibit folk art (1930), and the first to give a one-man show to a living American artist – Max Weber – in 1913,” said Ulysses Grant Dietz, the museum’s chief curator and curator of decorative arts.

“Additionally, the museum possesses the first abstract painting ever completed by an American artist, a work done by Arthur Dove in 1910. The museum has continued to build on this solid American foundation, while looking outward towards the world. It was the first to seriously explore the art of Tibet, and the only museum whose holdings represent the Arts of Africa from the Mediterranean to the Cape of Good Hope.“

The Winter Antiques Show is America’s most distinguished antiques show, featuring exceptional objects exhibited by 73 specialists in American, English, European and Asian fine and decorative arts from antiquity through the 1960s, all vetted for authenticity.

The Newark Museum is located at 49 Washington St. in the heart of the downtown/Arts District of Newark, New Jersey.


Bridal ensemble. South Africa, c. 1960. Plastic beads, leather, cotton, thread, cloth, wire and tin buttons. Worn by Ntombiyise Mandwandwe Shiza. Image courtesy of the Newark Museum 

Last Updated on Monday, 12 January 2015 13:56

New Mexico museum hosts Antique Treasures Day, Jan. 25

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Monday, 12 January 2015 13:09

Registrar Holly Radkew in the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum's collection storage room. Image courtesy of the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. – The New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum is adding a new twist to an event that celebrates old things.

Antique Treasures Day is from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 25, and the museum is inviting the public to bring unusual objects, or photos of unusual objects, to try to “stump the curator.” In this new activity, the panel of experts will try to identify the objects, and will also be available to answer questions and give advice about how to preserve artifacts and family heirlooms.

The focus of the event is the museum’s collection and preservation program. It’s the only day each year that visitors to the museum get the opportunity to enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at this program. Visitors will get a sneak-peek, guided tour into the museum’s enormous collections storage room where more than 10,000 artifacts are housed in a climate-controlled environment.

The guided tours begin every 15 minutes and the number of people allowed on each tour is limited.

Museum curators will talk about the process of donating artifacts along with their care and preservation once they arrive at the museum. Also part of the tour will be a discussion about how artifacts are chosen for and used in exhibits.

Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for senior citizens and $2 for children ages 5 to 17.


Registrar Holly Radkew in the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum's collection storage room. Image courtesy of the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum. 

Last Updated on Monday, 12 January 2015 13:20

South Bend, Ind., celebrating its sesquicentennial in 2015

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Written by MARGARET FOSMOE, South Bend Tribune   
Monday, 05 January 2015 10:13
The Studebaker National Museum in South Bend, Ind. The auto company was based in South Bend. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) – The year 2015 is South Bend's 150th birthday, and the city is getting ready to mark the occasion.

Starting Friday and continuing throughout the year, there will be a communitywide celebration of the city's past, present and future.

The year will offer a host of community events, competitions, entertainment and other ways for residents to learn more about the city – including a major weekend birthday celebration in May.

“It's my hope that people will engage with the city in ways they haven't before,” Aaron Perri, chair of the South Bend 150 committee and executive director of Downtown South Bend Inc., told the South Bend Tribune.

Part of the goal of the year's celebration is to encourage residents to plan for the city's future, Perri said. “When people get an attachment to the city, a transformation can happen,” he said.

An anniversary celebration “gives you a chance to look at what you'll be in the future,” St. Joseph County historian John Kovach said. “You have to be able to reinvent yourself,” he said, noting that what became South Bend transformed itself from a fur trading post into an industrial center and is moving into a new era.

The St. Joseph Valley had long been occupied by American Indians. The first permanent settlers arrived here in the early 1820s, and South Bend formally incorporated as a city and elected its first mayor in 1865.

The peak of the year's festivities will be May 22-24, which has been dubbed a birthday weekend celebration. May 22 is the anniversary of South Bend being granted a city charter.

Activities that weekend will include a “Taste of South Bend” event featuring food booths operated by locally owned restaurants, a temporary garden created on the Jefferson Boulevard Bridge, an “Artisan Alley” event, a sports-oriented Adventure Park, bumper cars on the base of the Howard Park Ice Rink, a Gus Macker basketball tournament, a Kids Zone, a “Tech Hub” showing off area technology developments, a wine/beer mixer, a zip line across the St. Joseph River, three South Bend Cubs home games at Four Winds Field, fireworks and more. A South Bend River Lights sculpture will be unveiled May 22.

The May celebration will be a great reason for former South Bend residents to come home for the weekend, and organizers hope former residents will visit and perhaps plan reunion events here during 2015, said Rob DeCleene, executive director of Visit South Bend Mishawaka.

Mugs and shirts with the SB150 logo are available for purchase at Studebaker National Museum.

Each month during the year, SB150 will focus on a theme. January's theme is landmarks, and on Jan. 19 (Martin Luther King Jr. holiday) many area museums and other landmarks will offer free public admission.

A torch run through the city's neighborhoods, an essay contest and a photo contest also will be included in the year's celebration. Some other events scheduled during the year:

  • Indiana University South Bend's Schurz Library until Jan. 31 will present a free exhibit, “A History of IU South Bend in 30 Objects.”
  • The annual South Bend Brew Fest, on Jan. 24 at Century Center, will feature at least 150 area craft beers. See:
  • Studebaker National Museum in February will open a new exhibit about the history of the Studebaker family, and later in the year will unveil a ``South Bend Then and Now II'' photo exhibit. In June, The History Museum in South Bend will open a display of architectural fragments of buildings that formerly stood in South Bend, accompanied by historic photos showing the buildings themselves.


Information from: South Bend Tribune,

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The Studebaker National Museum in South Bend, Ind. The auto company was based in South Bend. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
Last Updated on Monday, 05 January 2015 10:27

Re-enactment focuses on little-known Colonial militia

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Written by BRUCE SHIPKOWSKI, Associated Press   
Friday, 02 January 2015 11:16
Old Barracks in Trenton, N.J., the last of five such barracks authorized by the Colonial legislature in 1758 to house soldiers in the French and Indian War. Image by Jack E. Boucher, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – Two New Jersey college students are shining a bright light on a little-known militia that helped turn the tide of America's Revolutionary War.

Rutgers-Camden University graduate students Matt White and Dave Niescior have led the effort to organize a re-enactment of the Philadelphia Associators' overnight march from Trenton to Princeton, which took place from Jan. 2 to 3, 1777.

The “To Princeton with Peale” events will focus on the contributions made by the militia, which was commanded by Charles Wilson Peale. He was an artist and naturalist who painted portraits of the era's leading figures.

“We wanted to create an event that could connect historic sites, historical events, and important – yet largely unknown – historical ideas,” White said. “Dave and I were actually at a bar having a few drinks, discussing an event we participated in at Valley Forge National Historical Park several weeks earlier, and wondered what we could do to build off of such a great event.”

Niescior said this is the first time the historic march has been re-enacted, and the group hopes to stay true to the original as much as possible. He also notes it will take place in real time on the actual anniversary dates of the events it commemorates.

The re-enactment will start Friday with a daylong “living history” event at the Old Barracks Museum in Trenton. Niescior and White will then be joined by about 40 others, who will travel overnight along the same route the militia took with the Continental Army.

The festivities conclude Saturday, when re-enactors will take part in a free walking tour and living history event at Princeton Battlefield State Park.

To stage an authentic depiction, participants are being held to a high standard of quality with regards to their uniforms and general appearances. The uniforms have been faithfully and accurately recreated, he said, and participants have thoroughly researched their roles to help explain the militia members' experiences and the march's importance.

Those participating in the event are drawn from several living history organizations in the region.

White said they chose Peale's group because he had extensively researched that company and was very familiar with the names and wide range of backgrounds of many of its members.

He also noted that without the militia's efforts, it's doubtful that George Washington would have returned to New Jersey after the Continental Army's victory at Trenton. Thus, the victory at the Battle of Princeton and the ramifications it had would not have happened.

“They played such a crucial, yet largely underappreciated, role in the Princeton campaign,” he said. “We think it's important to be able to show people why and how everyday citizens of Philadelphia could affect this campaign and ultimately the outcome of the war.”

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Old Barracks in Trenton, N.J., the last of five such barracks authorized by the Colonial legislature in 1758 to house soldiers in the French and Indian War. Image by Jack E. Boucher, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
Last Updated on Friday, 02 January 2015 11:25

Benefit preview launches LA Jewelry, Antiques & Design Show

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Written by Antique show PR   
Monday, 29 December 2014 14:03
Cartier 18K yellow gold and fancy yellow diamonds, onyx and emerald two-headed tiger bangle. Image courtesy Los Angeles Jewelry, Antiques & Design Show LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Jewelry, Antiques & Design Show will launch with an opening night premiere party benefitting the FIDM Museum Fashion Council on Wednesday, Jan. 14, at the Los Angeles Convention Center, South Hall.

Proceeds from the party will benefit the FIDM Museum Fashion Council. A volunteer group dedicated to supporting the museum’s educational goals, as well as the acquisition of important objects, their current focus is fundraising to support the purchase of the Helen Larson Historic Fashion Collection—1,400 pieces of clothing and accessories dating from the 1600s to the 1930s, assembled by Southern Californian Helen Larson between 1946 and 1996.

Highlights include a circa 1610 Italian jerkin, 18th-century cloth-of-silver and gold garments, 19th-century haute couture, and many ensembles with royal provenance, including over 30 objects worn by Queen Victoria. The collection includes Helen Larson’s personal correspondence with eminent fashion curators and dealers, and purchase records.

The opening will debut a special exhibit of wearable art curated by Kevin Jones, curator of the FIDM Museum. The exhibit will feature exceptional examples of world-class fashion.

The evening’s host committee includes Alana Banner and Devin Peters, Donna Bunce, Gabrielle and Christophe Choo, Tsion Chudnovsky Esq., Lily Collins, Jill Tavelman Collins, Beatriz Hyp, Zee Allred and Drago Gligic, Randy Harding and Ana Launes, Linda and Robert Knoth, Eleni V. Lambros, Mona Lee Nesseth, Roberto Pellecchia, Mariel Pinkman, Linda Plochocki, Mima and Dale Ranson, George Rozsahegyi, Boyd S. Smith, Eileen Talebi, Deborah Veady, Valaree Wahler, Ruth and Hutton Wilkinson, and Adele Yashioka and Bruce Collins.

The Los Angeles Jewelry, Antiques & Design Show is attended by collectors, philanthropists and celebrities such as Barbra Streisand, James Brolin, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jerry Bruckheimer, Henry Winkler, Kevan Hall, Patricia Arquette, Lauren Graham, Lily Collins, Michelle Monaghan, Debra Wilson, Princess Anita Theodora of Orange-Nassau, Gabrielle, Duchess of Schoeneberg, Hill Harper, Robert LaSardo, Domingo Zapata, Bria Murphy, James DuMont, Alex Lombard, Sue Wong, Consul General for the U.A.E. Abdulla Ali Saboosi.

The Los Angeles Jewelry, Antiques & Design Show will take place on Jan. 14-18 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, South Hall, 1201 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90015. The 2015 opening night premiere party will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 14, from 8 p.m.-11 p.m., with a Vanguard Preview beginning at 7 p.m. Vanguard tickets are $200 and Friend tickets are $125. To purchase tickets and see related benefits, visit

Cartier 18K yellow gold and fancy yellow diamonds, onyx and emerald two-headed tiger bangle. Image courtesy Los Angeles Jewelry, Antiques & Design Show Cartier 18K white gold diamond, emerald and black onyx Windsor Panthere earrings. Image courtesy Los Angeles Jewelry, Antiques & Design Show
Last Updated on Monday, 29 December 2014 14:15

UK’s Mayfair Antiques & Fine Art Fair set for Jan. 8-11

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Written by Antique show PR   
Wednesday, 10 December 2014 09:57

Imperial apple green carved jade, pearl, diamond and platinum Buddha pendant necklace, c1925, POA from T. Robert. The Mayfair Antiques & Fine Art Fair image

LONDON - For the third year in a row, the Mayfair Antiques & Fine Art Fair takes place at the London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square from Thursday, Jan. 8, until Sunday, Jan. 11. Organized by the Antiques Dealers Fair Limited and held in association with Mayfair property specialist Wetherell, this boutique event has built up an enviable reputation among its international audience.

The fair attracts collectors, interior designers and people seeking the finest things in life. It has boasted an exhibitor waiting list since before the first event even took place. The majority of the 44 exhibitors are members of the British Antique Dealers’ Association and LAPADA, the Association of Art and Antiques Dealers.

Newcomers include Kinghams Art Pottery Ltd. bringing Martin Brothers, Wedgewood’s Fairyland and William de Morgan collections; Art Nouveau and Art Deco glass experts M&D Moir selling Lalique, Gallé, Daum, Monart and more; Dinan & Chighine, specializing in 17th to 20th century decorative engravings and watercolors; Manya Igel Fine Arts with a fine collection of paintings by Royal Academicians and members of the New England Art Club; and Timothy Langston Antiques with English, Continental and Oriental furniture, objects, paintings and decorative lighting.

As well as bringing English antique furniture, returning exhibitor W.R. Harvey & Co. (Antiques) Ltd is showing a collection of 18th century Chinese furniture from Shanxi Province, among which is a decorated lacquer book cabinet depicting a rural idyll, framed with butterflies, the symbol of marital bliss and happiness, £6,500. Walton House Antiques is bringing a superb late 17th century William and Mary period walnut and elm chest of drawers on turned walnut bun feet, circa 1680-90. with an arabesque design seaweed marquetry panels on both the top and the drawer fronts, selling for £15,000. Walton House Antiques’ stand features three dealers – Nicholas Arkell (furniture), Cambridge Fine Art (traditional oil paintings) and BBC Antiques Roadshow expert Richard Price (clocks).

The Art Deco period is currently very much in vogue, so collectors are in for a treat. Jeroen Markies’ Art Deco Strohmenger baby grand satinwood and walnut piano came from the White House in North London, a guest house for the stars of the silver screen filming at Elstree Studios during the 1920s and ’30s, and is for sale for £16,500. Both Jeroen Markies and Gazelles of Lyndhurst offer original Art Deco items from pianos, leather suites and cocktail cabinets to lighting, sculpture, tea sets and vases.

For more information email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or phone +44 (0)1797 252030. The show’s website is


Imperial apple green carved jade, pearl, diamond and platinum Buddha pendant necklace, c1925, POA from T. Robert. The Mayfair Antiques & Fine Art Fair image 

George III large silver tea/water urn, made in London in 1771 by Daniel Smith and Robert Sharp, £7,500, from Mary Cooke Antiques. The Mayfair Antiques & Fine Art Fair image 

Eighteenth century Italian couched floss silk on silk satin textile, in the region of £5,000 from Marilyn Garrow Fine Textile Art. The Mayfair Antiques & Fine Art Fair image 

Martin Brothers vase with dragons, 10in. tall, 1894, £12,500, from Kinghams Art Pottery Ltd. The Mayfair Antiques & Fine Art Fair image

Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 December 2014 09:57

Sonia Delaunay exhibition to open April 15 at Tate Modern

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Tuesday, 09 December 2014 09:24
Sonia Delaunay, 'Prismes electriques,' 1914, Centre Pompidou Collection, Mnam / Cci, Paris. Copyright Pracusa 2013057 LONDON - Tate Modern will host a Sonia Delaunay exhibition in its Eyal Ofer Galleries from April 15 through August 9, 2015.

Sonia Delaunay (1885–1979) was a key figure in the Parisian avant-garde, whose vivid and colourful work spanned painting, fashion and design. From 15 April 2015, Tate Modern will present the first UK retrospective to assess the breadth of her vibrant artistic career, from her early figurative painting in the 1900s to her energetic abstract work in the 1960s. This exhibition will offer a radical reassessment of Delaunay’s importance as an artist, showcasing her originality and creativity across the twentieth century.

Born in Odessa and trained in Germany, Sonia Delaunay (née Stern, then Terk) came to Paris in 1906 to join the emerging avant-garde. She met and married the artist Robert Delaunay, with whom she developed ‘Simultaneism’ – abstract compositions of dynamic contrasting colours and shapes. Many iconic examples of these works will be brought together at Tate Modern, including Bal Bullier 1913 and Electric Prisms 1914. Her work expressed the energy of modern urban life, celebrating the birth of electric street lighting and the excitement of contemporary ballets and ballrooms.

The EY Exhibition: Sonia Delaunay will show how the artist dedicated her life to experimenting with colour and abstraction, bringing her ideas off the canvas and into the world through tapestry, textiles, mosaic and fashion. Delaunay premiered her first ‘simultaneous dress’ of bright patchwork colours in 1913 and opened a boutique in Madrid in 1918. Her Atelier Simultané in Paris went on to produce radical and progressive designs for scarves, umbrellas, hats, shoes and swimming costumes throughout the 1920s and 1930s. Clients included the Hollywood star Gloria Swanson and the architect Erno Goldfinger, as well department stores like Metz & Co and Liberty. The exhibition will reveal how Delaunay’s designs presented her as a progressive woman synonymous with modernity: embroidering poetry onto fabric, turning her apartment into a three-dimensional collage, and creating daring costumes for Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes.

The diverse inspirations behind Delaunay’s work will also be explored, from the highly personal approach to colour which harked back to her childhood in Russia, to the impact of her years in Spain and Portugal where she painted Market in Minho 1915 and Flamenco Singers 1915-16. The show will also reveal the inspiration provided by modern technology throughout Delaunay’s career, from the Trans-Siberian Railway to the aeroplane, and from the Eiffel Tower to the electric light bulb. It will also include her vast seven-meter murals Motor, Dashboard and Propeller, created for the 1937 International Exposition in Paris and never before shown in the UK.

Following her husband’s death in 1941, Sonia Delaunay’s work took on more formal freedom, including rhythmic compositions in angular forms and harlequin colours, which in turn inspired geometric tapestries, carpets and mosaics. Delaunay continued to experiment with abstraction in the post-war era, just as she had done since its birth in the 1910s, becoming a champion for a new generation of artists and an inspiring figure for creative practitioners to this day.

The EY Exhibition: Sonia Delaunay is curated at Tate Modern by Juliet Bingham, Curator International Art, with Juliette Rizzi, Assistant Curator, and was organized by the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris-Musées and Tate Modern. The exhibition will be accompanied by a fully-illustrated catalog from Tate Publishing and a program of talks and events in the gallery.

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Sonia Delaunay, 'Prismes electriques,' 1914, Centre Pompidou Collection, Mnam / Cci, Paris. Copyright Pracusa 2013057
Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 December 2014 09:45

Palm Beach Show Group cancels 2015 Chicago event

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Monday, 08 December 2014 16:10

Navy Pier, site of the inaugural Chicago International Art, Jewelry & Antique Show. Image by Banpei. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

CHICAGO (ACNI) – The Palm Beach Show Group has canceled plans for a second annual Chicago International Art, Jewelry & Antique Show, which had been scheduled for April 30-May 4, 2015 at Navy Pier.

“We are confirming that we are planning to hold a Chicago International Art, Antique & Jewelry Show in Spring 2016. We are currently deciding on the best dates,” said Laurie Green, executive director of communications for Palm Beach Show Group.

The Palm Beach Show Group website indicated the 2015 show would again have more than 100 exhibitors. However, the Chicago Business Journal reported Monday that Palm Beach Show Group had re-signed only about 30 percent of the dealers from the show last spring, too few to guarantee a top-notch event..

Many exhibitors were unwilling to return because of slow sales.

Palm Beach Show Group has canceled the 2015 edition of a Dallas art, antiques and jewelry show it had produced for five years. But the company is adding two more shows in New York and Palm Beach, Fla., two markets where the company already has established fairs.


Navy Pier, site of the inaugural Chicago International Art, Jewelry & Antique Show. Image by Banpei. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

Last Updated on Monday, 08 December 2014 16:38

Historic Grouseland mansion to celebrate 1806 Christmas

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Written by JENNY McNEECE, Vincennes Sun-Commercial   
Friday, 05 December 2014 09:55
During  William Henry Harrison 's governorship of the Indiana Territory, Grouseland was the focal point of the social and official life of the territory. The Federal-style home was built for Harrison in 1804. Image by Nyttend, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. VINCENNES, Ind. (AP) – Local historic re-enactors will be providing the chance to step back in time and celebrate Christmas in the early 1800s again this year.

Grouseland officials will be opening the mansion's doors Friday evening and, at least for a few hours, make-believing that the year is 1806.

Gov. William Henry Harrison and his wife, Anna, have just welcomed their fifth child, Thomas Jefferson is president, Lewis and Clark have just finished their exploration of the Pacific Northwest and the Indiana Gazette, Indiana's first newspaper printed by Elihu Stout, has burned to the ground.

“So there will be several things the re-enactors will be talking about, first-person, with guests, things that will be relevant to anyone even if they don't know the city's rich history,” Lisa Ice-Jones, Grouseland's executive director, told the Vincennes Sun-Commercial. “The idea is to make people feel like they're really celebrating in 1806.”

Last year, at Grouseland's inaugural holiday event, re-enactors focused on the year 1811, the same year a major earthquake rattled the area.

Ice-Jones said it is the Grouseland Foundation's intent to select a different year each holiday season to show people not only a good time but offer them a little history as well.

“Our vision is that every year we can feature different historic events, incorporate different things,” Ice-Jones said. “We want to offer visitors a little piece of history, a piece of our story. And that way, people can come every year and learn something new, all while attending an annual celebration.”

The mansion, Ice-Jones said, will be decked out in its holiday finery and lit by more than 200 candles. Decor appropriate to the year, she said, would have been pretty much anything the Harrison family could have found in their backyard.

“We have some natural plants, things we've taken from the Walnut Grove, harvested and dried,” she said. “Because that's what they would have done, used natural things. We have some fruit as well, pineapples, dried orange slices, berries, pine cones, just very natural things.”

Visitors will also be serenaded by Brenda Cates, a local musician, as she plays a keyboard made to sound like a piano and a harpsichord being played at the same time, a sound that would have been very true to the period.

“Visitors will hear traditional Christmas carols,” Ice-Jones said, “but the music itself will sound just like it did in 1806.”

Gov. and Mrs. Harrison – played by Richard and Jan Day – promptly at 6:30 p.m. will welcome visitors into the home, Ice-Jones said, while the official “Honoring Song” will be played on the front porch by Native American re-enactors.

Tea samples will be served in the mansion's Morning Room, and free carriage rides will be offering round trips to the French House where re-enactors there, too, will be celebrating as though it is 1806.

“The idea is that people can ride by, look in the windows, and say, ‘Oh, look at the French in there celebrating,’” Ice-Jones said.

Ice-Jones said a nearby Indian encampment will also be set up for visitors to peruse.

The event will also include refreshments in the adjacent Daughters of the American Revolution Chapter House and a silent auction featuring a weekend at the West Baden Hotel in French Lick, gift certificates to local restaurants and various Grouseland-themed Christmas items as well.

The evening will begin to wind down at 7:45 p.m. with the American Indian national anthem performed in the mansion's dining room and a presentation by Anna Harrison at 8:15 p.m.

“Once you come inside, and maybe this sounds a little odd,” Ice-Jones said, “but it really is like you're transformed to that time. It's festive, there's music and everyone is jovial. It's the Christmas all of us want but can be so hard to capture in today's world.”

The event will be from 6:30 to 9 p.m. and admission free. Donations will be appreciated.


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During  William Henry Harrison 's governorship of the Indiana Territory, Grouseland was the focal point of the social and official life of the territory. The Federal-style home was built for Harrison in 1804. Image by Nyttend, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
Last Updated on Friday, 05 December 2014 10:14

British street artist Bansky's work in major Miami art fair

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Written by KELLI KENNEDY, Associated Press   
Thursday, 04 December 2014 11:29
Banksy, 'Kissing Coppers,' Brighton, ca. 2005, spray paint and stencil on emulsion base with aluminum. Image courtesy of archive and Fine Art Auctions Miami MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) – Pieces like the installation of calcified, obsolete 20th-century media devices and works from the elusive British graffiti artist Banksy are now on display at the prestigious Art Basel Miami Beach that opens Thursday.

The fair, now in its 13th year, also features paintings, sculptures, photographs and films from 267 art galleries in 31 countries at the Miami Beach Convention Center.

Art Basel, a U.S. extension of the contemporary art fair held each June in Basel, Switzerland, officially opens Thursday and runs through Sunday. But established galleries, museums and pop-ups are already hosting VIP parties and showing off works across the city.

Graffiti Evolution

Evocative spray painted messages, a black-and-white work of two kissing British police officers and a pile of stone rubble fashioned into a sphinx are among the works by mysterious British graffiti artist Banksy. Several were created during his month-long New York City residency last year, which were featured in the HBO documentary Banksy Does New York.

“Banksy” is a pseudonym for the artist who rose to fame in the 1990s for his provocative silhouetted figures and spray-painted messages known to appear in unexpected places. His works have fetched as much as $1.8 million at auction.

He's both an elusive street punk and an art-world darling and is credited for the evolution of graffiti art. During his New York stint, he created a new picture, video or prank daily throughout the city, stirring controversy until his last day when he tagged a building old-school style with his name in giant bubble letters made of actual balloon-like inflatables. The curated collection will include Banksy pieces from 2005 to present.

Muted Cacophony

A pock-mocked earth filled with black, white and graying obsolete 20th-century media devices is the theme of Daniel Arsham's installation Welcome to the Future. Digging a hole through the gallery's concrete floors, Arsham's relics include rotary telephones, steering wheels, 1980s boom boxes, film reels and pop culture references like a football and Felix the Cat clocks.

Arsham, who was heavily influenced by the destruction he saw as a child during Hurricane Andrew, presents the recent past as archaeology, a world of technological objects whose obsolescence was built into their design and petrified like the figures of Pompeii.

Family Feud

After a nasty divorce from the Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami, the Wynwood neighborhood is finally getting a museum of its own. The new Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami, may have a gritty back story, but the 37,500-square-foot gallery and 15,000-square-foot sculpture garden being built will show how “contemporary art can change lives,” said Irma Braman, co-chair of the museum's board of trustees.

A hefty gift from Irma and Norman Braman and land donated by developer Craig Robins financed the gallery. The museum, the first U.S. project for the Spanish firm Aranguren & Gallegos Arquitectos, won't be completed until 2016, but will have a temporary two-year home until then.

Urban Condition

Haitian artist Adler Guerrier returns to his Miami home with a layered look at city living, exploring an individual's tranquil backyard escape and how it blossoms as neighbors interact in shared space on small and large scales, creating culture and clashes of culture. Formulating A Plot, which is showing at the Perez Art Museum Miami, is the first solo museum exhibition for the young artist.

His photos, prints, videos and mixed media images evoke familiar Florida themes through the pink Art Deco-style homes, a simple Hibiscus bush black and white wall print, layered with images that imbed in a community over time including political posters and home sale signs. The themes of racial riots and social injustice in an inner-city neighborhood emerge in untitled works based on a fictionalized radical, African-American group.

It's all about how “individuals find the place they want to root themselves,” and making sense of “living communally and being conscious of what that means,” said Guerrier.

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Banksy, 'Kissing Coppers,' Brighton, ca. 2005, spray paint and stencil on emulsion base with aluminum. Image courtesy of archive and Fine Art Auctions Miami
Last Updated on Thursday, 04 December 2014 11:36

Pulse Miami Beach contemporary art fair opens today

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Thursday, 04 December 2014 10:42
Image courtesy De Buck Gallery MIAMI – Pulse Miami Beach is now open. The fair is open today with a private preview until 1 p.m. and general admission hours from 1-7 p.m.

Pulse Miami Beach is open through Sunday, Dec. 7 and is located at Indian Beach Park, 4601 Collins Ave.

Works by gallery artists XOOOOX and Simon Vega will be on view at the fair.

Since 2005, Pulse Contemporary Art Fair has been the premiere satellite fair for the discovery and acquisition of cutting-edge contemporary art.

For additional information about visiting the fair, log on to . For sales inquiries, contact the gallery at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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Last Updated on Thursday, 04 December 2014 10:54

Art San Diego fair announces record attendance, strong sales

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Thursday, 20 November 2014 13:28

Artist Iris Scott painting at the show. Art San Diego image.

SAN DIEGO – Art San Diego Contemporary Art Show today announced record attendance and strong sales from its sixth annual show, which took place Nov. 6–9 at historic Balboa Park Activities Center. The contemporary art show welcomed 15,000 attendees, including more than 3,000 guests at the show’s opening night party.

ASD featured the works of more than 50 established and up-and-coming artists and galleries from the region and around the globe. The art show announced sales of more than $1 million, with several artists and galleries still finalizing pending sales and commissions.

Art Show San Diego, the city's only contemporary fine art show, has become one of the leading cultural events in Southern California. Since its inception in 2009, ASD has enriched the city with site-specific art projects; art talks and panel discussions; and a curated selection of emerging artists. This year’s show included works from Spotlight Artists, 2014 Art Prize recipients, a Launch Pad artist, and new to this year’s show, ArtSpot International – a show within a show focused on Latin American masters and contemporary works.

Adelman Fine Art of San Diego sold nine pieces during the show, including a 36-by-36 original oil finger painting by Iris Scott, The Discussion for $6,000. During the show Iris Scott painted on site and the gallery was excited to sell one of the works finger painted during the show.

Aldo Castillo’s ArtSpot International featuring Conde Contemporary, Miami, sold eight canvas works from various Latin American artists exhibited, including a piece by Andres Conde, Tank Girl, for $4,500.

Next year’s ASD will be Nov. 5-8. For more information about Art San Diego, visit


Artist Iris Scott painting at the show. Art San Diego image. 

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 November 2014 13:44

Metro Show, now known as Metro Curates, announces 2015 exhibitors

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Monday, 10 November 2014 10:11

NEW YORK - The Art Fair Company has announced that it has changed the name of the Metro Show to Metro Curates. "We believe that the new name best reflects the curatorial aims of the fair," said Fair Director Caroline Kerrigan. "Last year, we asked each of the participating galleries to create a booth based on a single artist or themed exhibit of works. From their enthusiastic response, as well as from fair-attendees, we believe that Metro Curates best exemplifies the mission of the fair - to present singular viewpoints among exhibitions that cross genres in unexpected ways."

Along with its new name, comes an exciting roster of new galleries. Among them are:

Forum Gallery (New York), American Garage (Los Angeles), Joshua Lowenfels Works of Art (New York), Aaron Galleries (Chicago), Leatherwood Antiques (Sandwich, Mass.), Marion Harris (New York), and Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery (New York, London).

Returning to the fold are: American Primitive (New York), The Ames Gallery (Berkeley, Calif.), Carl Hammer Gallery (Chicago), Cavin-Morris Gallery (New York), David Richard Gallery (Santa Fe, N.M.), Douglas Dawson Gallery (Santa Fe, N.M.), Gail Martin Gallery (New York), Gemini Antiques (New York), Hill Gallery (Birmingham, Mich.), Jeff R. Bridgman American Antiques (York, Pa.), Just Folk (Los Angeles), Kathryn Markel Fine Arts (New York), M. Finkel & Daughter (Philadelphia), Mindy Solomon Gallery (St. Petersburg, Fla.), Ricco Maresca Gallery (New York), Steven S. Powers (New York), Stephen Romano Gallery (New York), William Siegal Gallery (Santa Fe, N.M.) and Clifford A. Wallach (Manalapan, N.J.).

In keeping with its celebration of living with art in all its forms, Jack Lenor Larsen will present the LongHouse Award for Design Excellence for best booth design. "We are honored to have Jack Lenor Larsen select the best- designed booth among the participating dealers," Ms. Kerrigan said in announcing the award.

Metro Curates embraces a wide range of offerings that include ethnographic material, applied and decorative arts, and historic to contemporary textiles, combined with modern and contemporary fine art and design. "From the outset our aim has been to illustrate the intellect, beauty, and vision in American arts and design, while placing it in a context that is both more contemporary and international," said Kerrigan.


The Opening Night Preview is Wednesday, January 21, from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. The show opens to the public on Thursday, January 22. Hours are Thursday, January 22: 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM; Friday, January 23: 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM; Saturday, January 24: 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM; Sunday, January 25: 12 noon - 5:30 pm. General admission is $20 per person; a multi-day pass is $35 per person.

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Last Updated on Monday, 10 November 2014 10:23

Asia Week New York announces gallery roster for March 13-21, 2015 series

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Monday, 03 November 2014 15:11
NEW YORK - The Asia Week New York Association announces that 43 international galleries will participate in Asia Week New York 2015, the nine-day celebration of Asian art and culture that spans the metropolitan region from March 13 through 21, 2015.

Carol Conover, Chairman of Asia Week New York, SAID: "We look forward to another successful edition of Asia Week New York especially during the Metropolitan Museum's banner year when it is celebrating the 100th anniversary of its renowned Asian Art Department."

Joining Asia Week New York for the first time is Shalini Ganendra Fine Art from Malaysia and, after a brief hiatus, Dr. Robert Bigler from Zurich and Wei Asian Arts from Brussels return to the fold.

The dealers returning to Asia Week New York with museum-quality works of art from across the Asian continent include:

Indian, Himalayan, and Southeast Asian Art:

Art Passages (United States), Buddhist Art (Germany), Galerie Hioco (France), Nayef Homsi (United States), Prahlad Bubbar Ltd. (England), Walter Arader Himalayan Art (United States), Carlo Cristi (Italy), Francesca Galloway (England), Oliver Forge and Brendan Lynch Ltd (England), Kapoor Galleries (United States), Susan Ollemans (England), Carlton Rochell Asian Art (United States), Dalton Somare (Italy), Jonathan Tucker Antonia Tozer (England), and Nancy Wiener Gallery (United States).

Ancient and/or Contemporary Chinese Art:

U.S. galleries include Andrew Kahane, Ltd., Asian Art Studio, Ralph M. Chait Galleries, Inc., China 2000 Fine Art, The Chinese Porcelain Company, Gisèle Croës (Belgium), Michael C. Hughes LLC, Jadestone, Kaikodo LLC, J.J. Lally & Co., M. Sutherland Fine Arts, Ltd., Nicholas Grindley Works of Art Ltd, and Zetterquist Galleries.

Ancient and/or Contemporary Japanese Art:

Carole Davenport, Dai Ichi Arts, Ltd., Gallery FW, Joan B. Mirviss, Ltd., Onishi Gallery, Scholten Japanese Art, Erik Thomsen (all from the United States), Hiroshi Yanagi Oriental Art (Japan), BachmannEckenstein (Switzerland), and Giuseppe Piva Japanese Art (Italy).

Ancient and contemporary Korean specialists:

Kang Collection Korean Art and KooNewYork, both from the United States, round out the contributors to the extraordinary array of Asian art treasures on view.

To celebrate the 2015 edition of Asia Week New York, which offers a non-stop schedule of gallery open houses, auctions, exhibitions, lectures, symposia and special events, a private, invitation-only reception will be held at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on March 16.

A comprehensive guide with maps will be available at participating galleries, auction houses and cultural institutions, starting February 2015 and online at Emphasizing the strength of interest from Chinese-speaking buyers, a Chinese version of the website is available at

About the presenting sponsor - Aman:

Aman was founded in 1988 with the vision of building a collection of intimate retreats with the unassuming, warm hospitality of a gracious private residence. The first, Amanpuri (place of peace) in Phuket, Thailand, introduced the concept, and since then, Amanresorts has grown to encompass 26 resorts located in Bhutan, Cambodia, China, France, Greece, Indonesia, India, Laos, Montenegro, Morocco, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Turkey, the Turks & Caicos Islands, the USA and Vietnam.

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Last Updated on Monday, 03 November 2014 15:48

Museum of Arts and Design to present awards at gala Nov. 11

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Thursday, 30 October 2014 14:43
MAD Ball 2014, sponsored by the Museum of Arts and Design

NEW YORK – On Nov, 11, the Museum of Arts and Design will host the 2014 MAD Ball, celebrating four influential creators and leaders in the art, craft and design industries, whose work personifies the museum’s mission to explore and celebrate contemporary making and skilled craftsmanship across all media:

  • Michael Aram, artist and founder of Michael Aram Inc., which is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2014.
  • Artist Richard Dupont, in recognition of his remarkable innovations in the arts and the field of digital design.
  • Barry Friedman, who for the last 50 years as gallerist and collector has dealt with art and artists from the late 19th century to the present.
  • Ligne Roset in honor of the more than 150 years of the company’s rich design heritage and dedication to craftsmanship.

This year’s Visionaries Awards will celebrate a year of exciting leadership with new Director Glenn Adamson. Reflecting MAD’s mission to celebrate innovation and excellence across all creative disciplines, MAD is honoring a range of artists, designers and artisans, as well as the enterprises and patrons who support them.

“It’s an honor for the museum to award such leaders and creators, who epitomize MAD’s commitment to contemporary craftsmanship, innovation and creativity,” said Lewis Kruger, chairman of the board of the museum. “The outstanding achievements of this year's honorees have influenced the creative world at large and will continue to reverberate in our everyday lives.”

The museum commissioned artist Miriam Ellner to create the awards this year. Ellner, one of the foremost designers working in the ancient technique of Verre Eglomisé, the process of gilding precious metals on the reverse side of glass, was featured in the recent exhibition “NYC Makers: The MAD Biennial,” which spotlighted the wildly diverse creative communities thriving across the five boroughs today. Ellner has created a special series of sculptures, Light Catchers, which are elegant gilded glass seed-like forms, set in a bronze structure that moves to capture the changing light where they are installed.

To highlight the museum’s mission of championing contemporary creativity across all disciplines, this year’s MAD Ball will inaugurate the Makers Showcase: an engaging platform where a selection of artists will present live demonstrations. Artists-Makers this year include photographer Benjamin Fredrickson; ceramicist Zack Davis, and pastry chef Olivier Dessyn of Mille-Feuille Bakery.

The MAD Ball is the museum’s most important annual fundraiser, supporting MAD’s exhibitions and educational programs. Every year, the gala honors leaders and innovators in the fields of art, design, philanthropy and business. Proceeds are directed to the support of MAD’s arts education programs. This year, MAD expects to serve nearly 10,000 children, grades K-12, from underserved communities. Each year, more than 500 guests, including arts patrons, artists, designers and noted corporate and civic leaders, attend the event.

About the Honorees

Michael Aram

Michael Aram, artist and founder of Michael Aram Inc., will be honored for his enduring contributions to the world of home décor, as well as his legacy of over two and a half decades of fine craftsmanship, sculpture and innovation; in particular through his work inspired by traditional Indian craft. In celebration of the 25th anniversary year of Michael Aram Inc., Aram has revisited his roots artistically with his Atelier sculptures, lighting, furniture and, most recently, fine jewelry.

Richard Dupont

An innovator throughout his career, artist Richard Dupont has opened up new avenues of expression in a variety of media including sculpture, drawing, installation, painting and printmaking. His work with digital technologies and fabrication methods, was recently highlighted in MAD’s exhibition “Out of Hand: Materializing the Postdigital.” One of the first to incorporate the advanced technologies so widespread today in the fields of Art and Design, Dupont’s work has always maintained a critical position in relation to our rapidly changing digital culture.

Barry Friedman

After almost 50 years of representing art and artists, an era has come to an end with the closing of Barry Friedman Ltd, a long-established presence in the international art world. Recognized as a visionary dealer with a collector’s eye, Friedman has continually forged new paths in the decorative arts field. MAD is pleased to honor Friedman’s lifetime devotion to introducing American audiences to great objects, ranging from 19th century decorative art to important contemporary fine art works.

Ligne Roset

Ligne Roset will be honored by MAD in celebration of the company’s rich design heritage and dedication to craftsmanship. The museum recognizes Ligne Roset’s ongoing commitment to technical innovation and its tradition of artful designer collaborations with both established and up-and-coming talents to create award-winning designs for the contemporary interior, epitomizing a bold, beautiful and design-forward lifestyle since their inception in 1860.

The MAD Ball will be held at Pier Sixty in New York City on Tuesday, Nov. 11. The festive evening will begin at 6:30 p.m. with cocktails, the Makers Showcase and a silent auction, followed by dinner, the awards presentation and live entertainment at 7:30 pm. Tickets to the MAD Ball 2014 may be purchased or by contacting Stephanie Lang at 212-299-7729 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

MAD Ball 2014, sponsored by the Museum of Arts and Design
Last Updated on Thursday, 30 October 2014 15:09
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