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  1. Paris art sale goes ahead despite Mexico protest
    A controversial sale of pre-Columbian art went ahead in Paris on Wednesday despite furious calls from Mexico for it to be halted. The Mexican government filed a formal complaint against the auction of 120 religious and cultural artefacts from several private collections, with UNESCO also urging auctioneers Millon to postpone the sale. But despite a last-minute appeal by Mexico's ambassador for the French authorities to intervene, the auction went ahead, with a statue of an Aztec goddess selling for five times its estimate. The stone figure of Chalchiuhtlicue, the goddess of water and protector of births, went for 377,000 euros ($417,000). Sculpted from volcanic rock, it shows her kneeling and looking at the sky. Another kneeling figure of the Aztec mother goddess Coatlicue sold for 97,500 euros to bring the auction total to more than 1.2
  2. Hindman hosts Atlanta Collections Auction
    Hindman announced the auction of fine art, photographs, books and manuscripts, Asian, American and European furniture and decorative arts and silver from prominent estates and collectors, including the Estate of Charles S. Ackerman. The auction, featuring almost 600 lots, will take place on Thursday, September 19 at 10AM (ET) at the Hindman galleries located at 668 Miami Circle NE, Atlanta. In addition to reaffirming its visible presence in the vital Atlanta arts community, Hindman is particularly pleased to have been chosen to offer property from the Estate of Charles S. Ackerman at auction. Charles S. Ackerman, the founder and chairman of the storied Atlanta commercial real estate firm Ackerman & Co, has long been recognized as one of the visionaries of Buckhead's modern skyline. A graduate of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, as well as
  3. 'Drama and Devotion in Baroque Rome' celebrates Caravaggio's influence
    In early-17th-century Rome, painter Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571 – 1610) sparked an artistic revolution in the Eternal City. Painters from all corners of Europe traveled to Rome to see his work and emulate his handling of light and dark, use of live models, dramatic staging and striking realism. Caravaggio’s shocking style drew a huge following and completely altered the Italian baroque period. The Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia is currently showcasing a collection of six paintings that celebrate Caravaggio’s influence, all on loan from Bob Jones University Museum and Gallery in Greenville, South Carolina. The exhibition “Drama and Devotion in Baroque Rome” offers a unique opportunity for the public to better understand a pivotal moment in the history of art. The highlight of the exhibition
  4. Asheville Art Museum announces first public art installation on its plaza
    Artist Henry Richardson arrives this week to install his glass orb Reflections on Unity, Thursday, September 19. The two-ton sculpture will be the first work installed in the Asheville Art Museum’s plaza as part of its inaugural public art sculptural exhibition. Richardson chiseled and sanded bonded plate glass to create his orb series. “It’s made out of a material that you don’t see in sculpture in this scale,” Richardson says of the bulletproof glass used to create the six-foot work of art. “And by placing it on this very large boulder, which is black and angular, you’re going to have a sense of mass down below and almost ethereal lightness on the glass orb.” “My hope is that Reflections on Unity acts as a symbol of what the Asheville Art Museum is—a place of unity,” explains Assistant Curator Whitney Richardson (no relation to the artist), who played an integral role in
  5. Exciting estate discoveries highlight Stephenson's Sept. 20 Late Summer Antiques & Decorative Arts Auction
    Stephenson’s Auctions, the Philadelphia area’s estate specialists, will close out the summer season with a 484-lot auction of antiques, decorative art and historical memorabilia on Friday, September 20. All forms of bidding will be available, including live via the Internet. “We never know what we’ll find when we visit a residence in our region,” said Stephenson’s owner, Cindy Stephenson. “In Philadelphia houses we sometimes find collections of items that go back many generations, even to colonial days; and quite often local estates can produce items whose value is far more than what their owners might have thought. It still happens quite often, even in these days where everyone is familiar with Antiques Roadshow discoveries. Every closet, box, attic and basement has the potential of revealing something wonderful, which is why we always enjoy the house-call process.