The Bowdoin College Museum of Art will be showing the 2013 film Dorothy and Herb, 50X50 at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 4, in Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center. Following the film, famed art collector Dorothy Vogel, featured in the film together with her husband Herb, and Megumi Sasaki, producer and director of the film, will engage in a public question and answer discussion. The audience is invited to a reception at the Museum of Art immediately after the screening to meet and speak with Dorothy Vogel and Megumi Sasaki and to view the exhibition of a selection of works given to the Bowdoin College Museum of Art by Herb and Dorothy Vogel. The film and reception are open to the public.

Developed as the follow-up film to Megumi Sasaki’s award-winning documentary Herb & Dorothy (2008) that moved millions of art-lovers worldwide, Herb & Dorothy 50X50 captures the last chapter of the Vogel’s extraordinary life and their gift to the nation, raising various questions on art, and what it takes to support art in today’s society. A ‘road movie’ through the art world, the film takes the audience on a journey across the US to eleven recipient museums, from Honolulu to Fargo, meeting curators and visitors, and introduces famous (often controversial) artists, as well as unknown favorites of Herb and Dorothy.

Baltimore, MD (August 27, 2014)—The 34th Annual Baltimore Summer Antiques Show attracted robust crowds of knowledgeable collectors and respected dealers from around the world who came to purchase from the extensive array of merchandise offered by more than 500 prominent exhibitors, many of which are the world’s foremost experts in their respective fields. Over the Show’s two day set-up and four-day tenure (August 21-24, 2014) the Baltimore Convention Center welcomed more than 35,000 collectors of all ages, cultures, educational and professional backgrounds.

Scott Diament, managing partner of the Baltimore Summer Antiques Show and President/CEO of the Palm Beach Show Group commented, “The extraordinary collections showcased at the Baltimore Summer Antiques Show cannot be found anywhere else, so this makes our show the ideal opportunity for people to view and purchase some of the most amazing things in the world."

DALLAS—A pair of rare, pre-production concept paintings from the 1939 MGM classic The Wizard of Oz—used to craft two of the movie’s most beloved scenes—sold for a combined $45,625 in Heritage Auction’s $1.2+ million Entertainment & Music Memorabilia Signature┬« Auction in Beverly Hills. The 600-lot auction also featured a Lansky Bros. leather coat worn and owned by Elvis Presley, which sold for $35,000—more than eight times its estimate.

“The Wizard of Oz has a large and devoted collecting base, but these two paintings could stand alone as wonderful works of fine art,” said Margaret Barrett, Director of Entertainment & Music Memorabilia at Heritage. “This auction was everything we want for our clients: uncommon memorabilia and passionate bidders.”

Doyle New York is honored to auction important World War II tribute albums presented to American Staff Sergeant Lawrence R. Kelly. On August 25, 1944, Kelly was mistakenly wounded by a French sharpshooter on the first day of the liberation of Paris. The album was conceived by the Saint-Cloud pharmacist who treated Kelly’s wounds. This stunning tribute to one man who became a symbol of a grateful nation will be auctioned in Doyle New York’s November 24, 2014 sale of Rare Books, Autographs & Maps. Offered together with the Purple Heart medal awarded to Kelly, the album is estimated to sell for $12,000-18,000.

LAWRENCE R. KELLY (1902-1946)
Lawrence Russell Kelly was born and died in Altoona, Pennsylvania. In 1917 at the tender age of 15, Kelly lied about his age and fought for eight months during World War I in France, where he was wounded twice.

New York, NY, August 25, 2014—Cy Twombly‘s Treatise on the Veil (Second Version) is considered a pivotal work in the career of one of the most important artists to emerge in the wake of Abstract Expressionism. Yet, due to its size—close to thirty-three feet in length—this highlight of his celebrated “grey-ground” period is rarely shown and has not been exhibited in New York in nearly thirty years. Beginning September 26, Treatise on the Veil and a selection of related drawings will go on view at the Morgan Library & Museum, in a collaboration with Houston’s Menil Collection, which owns the works and organized the exhibition. The show will run through January 25, 2015. 

Executed in Rome in 1970, Treatise on the Veil (Second Version) was inspired by a musical composition and explores Twombly’s fascination with time, space, and movement. White lines running across the work’s grey surface suggest, in the artist’s words, “a time line without time.” The twelve drawings in the exhibition—which combine pencil, crayon, collage, tape, measurements, and other inscriptions—offer an intriguing window into the artist's creative process. Treatise on the Veil (Second Version) was last exhibited in New York in 1985 at DIA.

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BENTONVILLE, Ark.—Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art announces the John James Audubon and the Artist as Naturalist exhibition, September 27, 2014 - January 5, 2015, on view within the museum’s Colonial to Early 19th-century  Art Gallery.

In his famous publication The Birds of America (1827-1838), American naturalist and artist John James Audubon depicts over 400 species of North American birds with his life-size prints. The exhibition will feature Crystal Bridges’ double elephant folio copy of The Birds of America, re-issued by Audubon’s son in 1861, and will highlight several artworks related to the renowned publication.

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NEW YORK— Coming on the heels of tremendous media coverage, including write ups in The Telegraph, The Daily Mail, Luxury Travel Magazine, Robb Report and Slate, Swann Galleries’ August 6 auction of Vintage Posters grossed more than any previous August posters sale, bringing in more than $800,000.

Among the top lots were highlights from a collection of tennis posters, which was larger and more important than any tennis poster collection to appear at auction before, World War I & II images, scarce Buffalo Bill posters, Geo Ham’s Grand Prix advertisements and summer and beach resort promos by celebrated artists.

Berkeley, CA—Digital is dead, at least for one week this coming February. Over 200 of the world’s most distinguished book artists and artisans, private presses, and fine art publishers will be exhibiting their work at the upcoming biennial CODEX International Book Fair, February 8 through 11 at the Craneway Pavilion in Richmond, California. THIS IS THE LARGEST BOOK FAIR OF ITS KIND IN THE WORLD TODAY!

There is no better place to find and collect the world’s greatest contemporary artist books, fine press books, and fine art editions than at CODEX. Now in it’s 10th year, CODEX has been acknowledged as the leading International Fine Press and Artist book fair. Exhibitors are coming from Germany, UK, Italy, France, South America, The Netherlands, Mexico, Israel, China, Austria, Poland, Australia, Russia, and Japan. The event also attracts special collections librarians, curators, and private collectors from all over the world. “This is THE place to see the latest work from ‘the best of the best’ “ states Peter Rutledge Koch, Founder of the CODEX Foundation.

(Boston, MA)— The Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) Board voted unanimously today to approve the designation of the Boston Literary Cultural District. This is Boston’s second state-designated cultural district—the Fenway Cultural District was designated in 2012—and the first Massachusetts Cultural District to focus specifically on one art form.

The effort to establish the district was led by GrubStreet Founder and Executive Director Eve Bridburg. GrubStreet’s headquarters are located in the district which runs from Copley Square to Downtown Boston and is also home to the Boston Athenaeum, Boston Public Library, and the annual Boston Book Festival.

NEW YORK, August 19, 2014—In an unprecedented move, six renowned auction houses have joined forces to launch Bidsquare, a new online bidding platform. Bidsquare will provide access to a huge variety of top property from the country’s leading auctions on an intuitive, easy-to-use website and—for the first time ever—allow collectors and auction houses to do business directly in an online forum. 

The site, created by Brunk Auctions, Cowan’s Auctions, Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, Pook & Pook, Inc., Rago and Skinner, Inc., is a bidding platform where like-minded competitors are coming together for the good of buyers, sellers and auction houses alike. It is backed by the reputations of these prominent establishments and their well-respected specialists. What’s more, Bidsquare delivers a vast array of exceptional property, from fine art to estate jewelry and from high design to historical artifacts, all vetted by America’s foremost auction houses, much of it unavailable elsewhere. The easy-to-use site also boasts a free, searchable database of over 600,000 auction records—and counting.

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