Art sale – Masengo Gallery http://www.masengogallery.com/ Mon, 11 Oct 2021 18:12:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 http://www.masengogallery.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-2021-06-29T135659.146-150x150.png Art sale – Masengo Gallery http://www.masengogallery.com/ 32 32 4th Annual Art of Freedom – Sale and auction of works of art on Saturday, November 6 | KLBK | KAMC http://www.masengogallery.com/4th-annual-art-of-freedom-sale-and-auction-of-works-of-art-on-saturday-november-6-klbk-kamc/ Mon, 11 Oct 2021 15:30:17 +0000 http://www.masengogallery.com/4th-annual-art-of-freedom-sale-and-auction-of-works-of-art-on-saturday-november-6-klbk-kamc/ (Photo provided by One Voice Home) LUBBOCK, Texas (press release) – The following is a press release from One Voice Home: One Voice Home is proud to present the 4th Annual Art of Freedom – Art Sale and Auction. When 16-year-old Garland Spore learned that girls her age were being trafficked in our area, she […]]]>

(Photo provided by One Voice Home)

LUBBOCK, Texas (press release) – The following is a press release from One Voice Home:

One Voice Home is proud to present the 4th Annual Art of Freedom – Art Sale and Auction. When 16-year-old Garland Spore learned that girls her age were being trafficked in our area, she became determined to help make a difference. His vision for an art exhibit to raise funds for this cause became The Art of Freedom, the signature fundraiser to support survivors of One Voice Home.

One Voice is a faith-based, trauma-informed and safe space for minor and young adult survivors of sex trafficking, ages 12-23. At One Voice, participants receive comprehensive individualized care, tailored to each survivor’s healing journey, including emotional, mental, spiritual, educational and physical tools for them to be successful individually!

100% of the proceeds of the Art of Liberty event will be donated to One Voice Home. The West Texas community will come together at the Frazier Alumni Pavilion at Texas Tech University to fight sex trafficking and show survivors that we are there for them and that they matter!

  • WHAT: Art of freedom – Free entry
  • O: Texas Tech Frazier Alumni Pavilion
  • WHEN: November 6, 2020; Doors open: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

For residents on the outside or those staying at home due to COVID-19, there is an online auction. More information to come on our website: www.OneVoiceHome.org

For more information about the event, please call Tracee Spore: 806.535.1960, email: artoffreedom@OneVoiceHome.org

Sponsored by: Mighty Wash • Hill & Ioppolo Oral Surgery • HEB • Theora • Livingston Hearing Aid Center • Bazar Solutions • Craig and Heather Bragg • Mercy Multiplied • Lubbock Urology • United Family • Interim HealthCare • 24K Health Solutions • First United Bank • De Lubbock County Medical Society of Physicians

For more information on One Voice Home, visit: http://OneVoiceHome.org/

(One Voice Home press release)

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In the smallest art gallery in the Hudson Valley http://www.masengogallery.com/in-the-smallest-art-gallery-in-the-hudson-valley/ Sun, 10 Oct 2021 11:42:24 +0000 http://www.masengogallery.com/in-the-smallest-art-gallery-in-the-hudson-valley/ After nearly 34 years of marriage, Rhinebeck’s Tim Nuhn is struggling to come up with gift ideas for his wife, artist Audrey Francis. But last January, Francis casually mentioned a Washington Post article about a “little gallery” in Seattle that gave Nuhn a Valentine’s Day gift idea. The story describes artist Stacy Milrany, who set […]]]>

After nearly 34 years of marriage, Rhinebeck’s Tim Nuhn is struggling to come up with gift ideas for his wife, artist Audrey Francis. But last January, Francis casually mentioned a Washington Post article about a “little gallery” in Seattle that gave Nuhn a Valentine’s Day gift idea.

The story describes artist Stacy Milrany, who set up a wooden box on a five-foot post in front of her Seattle home, and called it a small, free art gallery. It works the same as the small free libraries in communities across the country where neighbors donate and take books from a small closed shelf mounted on a pole, except in this case people leave and take small works. art, or take a look inside.

Within weeks of installation, around 100 works of art had entered and exited the small gallery’s glass door, according to Milrany.

“I thought it was a great idea,” says Nuhn, carpenter and furniture maker. And so he set to work.

After a few sneaky nights in the basement, Nuhn emerged with a tiny wooden gallery measuring 10 inches deep, 13 inches wide, 17 inches high – tiny lovers of plastic figure galleries and all – and had it presented to Francis.


“There you have a gallery,” he said. He had also set up an Instagram page: @thelittlegalleryofrhinebeck.

The giveaway was a success, but it was February in Rhinebeck and the ground was frozen over. A few months later, the earth had thawed enough for Nuhn to set up the small gallery in front of their house at 59 Chestnut Street, a residential building a short walk from the Rhinebeck Mall. A sign hammered into the post offered instructions: “Welcome! … Come in! … Look around you! If you want to take one piece, leave another in its place for the next art lover who comes along.

Francis and Nuhn say they were a little worried about the reaction of their neighbors. But they didn’t need to be. “They love it,” says Francis. “People thank me. “

Works of art – paintings, drawings, even tiny ceramics – appeared in the box or arrived by mail, thanks to an address listed on their Instagram page. Some works are signed, others are anonymous.

More people give up art than they take up, says Francis, so she often eliminates excess art. “One day, I’ll do an exhibition in a real gallery with all my extras,” she says.

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A recent painting of a plant in a pink pot was sent from Washington State by artist Millie Brown. “I happily contribute art to small galleries all over the United States,” Brown wrote via Instagram post. “I love the concept so much and I draw everyday so it’s a great way for me to share my art in the hopes of inspiring others.”

Francis’ favorite submissions, she says, are made by local kids. Sometimes they contribute more than art – a girl made a small chair for the plastics in the gallery, and a group of children drew chalk lines around the neighborhood directing people to her.

Rhinebeck’s Little Gallery is one of the many smaller galleries that have sprung up recently. A quick Instagram search finds them in Exeter, New Hampshire; Washington DC; Grand Bend, Ontario; Mill Valley, California; Cedarville, Michigan; Adelaide, Australia and other places.

Darren Scala, owner of Yonkers-based D. Thomas Miniatures, believes their proliferation is directly linked to COVID-19. “No one had a place to go,” he says. “The little galleries are small and outside. It was born out of a need for contact.

Beyond the small galleries, Scala says interest in all miniatures has exploded. “It’s not just the elderly, the young have discovered it,” he says.

Last year, Scala appeared in a four-part HGTV reality TV series called “Biggest Little Christmas Showdown.” The highlight of the sale was a small portrait of Sainte-Cécile, which cost $ 4,800. A miniature tufted leather chair with matching ottoman was sold for $ 2,000.

In Rhinebeck, the small gallery is not without challenges. Francis found that most people leave art without taking art, forcing her to remove what she calls “extras” every few days. “One day, I’ll do an exhibition in a real gallery with all my extras,” she says.

“It’s kind of a liability,” agrees Nuhn, who says they check the gallery daily, take photos and post on Instagram. “There is pressure to keep it fresh. If he slows down, one of us will throw something.

Secondary contributors include their adult son and daughter, the husband of Francis’ sister, artist Cabeza de Vaca, and 90-year-old de Vaca’s mother, Alma, who draws at night to cope with her ailments and his pains.

But overall, the Little Gallery was a big success, not to mention a home run for Nuhn in the gift department.

“I like to make my wife smile,” he says.

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Irish furniture and classic Irish art for sale at Adam’s Townley Hall http://www.masengogallery.com/irish-furniture-and-classic-irish-art-for-sale-at-adams-townley-hall/ Sat, 09 Oct 2021 06:00:00 +0000 http://www.masengogallery.com/irish-furniture-and-classic-irish-art-for-sale-at-adams-townley-hall/ Serious collectors of fine Irish Georgian furniture will find much interest in the annual sale of Adam’s Country House Collections on Monday and Tuesday (October 18-19). Viewing of this annual auction, which this year features a particularly good selection of 18th century Irish furniture as well as fine examples of classical Irish art and silverware, […]]]>

Serious collectors of fine Irish Georgian furniture will find much interest in the annual sale of Adam’s Country House Collections on Monday and Tuesday (October 18-19). Viewing of this annual auction, which this year features a particularly good selection of 18th century Irish furniture as well as fine examples of classical Irish art and silverware, will begin next Friday at Townley Hall near Drogheda.

Among the various highly coveted rarities is an Irish secretary’s cabinet George II from the 1730s / 40s with a broken volute pediment inlaid with filigree marquetry and figures from the Comedia dell’Arte. Adams estimates it between € 20,000 and € 30,000.

There is a similar example of Irish furniture from the Knight of Glin and James Peill. Another Irish half-Georgian secretary’s bookcase with a more traditional straight-fronted design, at one point in Lord Monteagle’s home at Mount Trenchard House near Foynes, is estimated between € 30,000 and € 40,000.

A George II Irish mahogany side table in the style of Richard Cranfield was part of the Lord Leverhulme of Sunlight Soap collection before being sold in New York in 1926 for between € 20,000 and € 30,000.

A superb Irish mahogany side table with an apron carved with scrolls and acanthus leaves and a scallop in the center is estimated between € 20,000 and € 30,000. The same goes for a George III jetty mirror with compartments remarkable for the decoration of blue and clear glass beads so associated with Irish mirrors.

An Irish secretary George II in filigree marquetry at Adams.

There is a magnificent dining table measuring over five meters long on three central quadripod supports. It is estimated between 30,000 and 40,000 €. A set of 18 Regency dining chairs is estimated between € 20,000 and € 30,000. Collectible Irish furniture such as a Killarney worktable (€ 2,000 to € 3,000) is offered at less stratospheric prices and not everything in the sale is Irish.

A remarkable suite of nine pieces of Anglo-Indian furniture in gilded wood, most recently at Prehen House in Derry, was included in the inventory of Castletown House, Co Kildare, from 1893 as “Bombay” furniture. It is estimated between 20,000 and 30,000 €.

An example of fine English cabinetmaking is a George III knee-hole desk from a design by Thomas Chippendale.

Among the silverware is a pair of Dublin 1765 soup tureens by R Holmes and a rare Irish ball-shaped George I teapot made in Cork in 1725 by William Clarke. There is a selection of gold boxes from the private collection of an Italian nobleman. The sale contains two marble busts of Irish sculptor Christopher Moore, one of the 3rd Duke of Leinster, the other of William, 1st Baron Plunkett, Lord Chancellor of Ireland. Both date from 1843.

Garret Morphy (c1650-1716) - Portrait of Anne Boyle, 2nd Lady Mountjoy.
Garret Morphy (c1650-1716) – Portrait of Anne Boyle, 2nd Lady Mountjoy.

Garret Morphy (c1650-1716) is considered the first Irish artist of stature. Her 1696 portrait of Anne Boyle, 2nd Lady Mountjoy in a landscape holding a dove accompanied by Cupid, is estimated between € 30,000 and € 40,000. There are two landscapes by James B McCoy (c1750-1780), whose work is rare, and a double portrait of James Latham (1696-1747) considered to be Dublin’s leading portrait painter in the first half of the 18th century.

A comparable example of this portrait of an architect and his son can be found in a family group in Fota.

Adam’s advises that this spectacular sale be seen in person and that it can be seen in the elegant, neo-classical setting of Townley Hall for three days starting Friday. The live and online auction takes place in the auction house at Adam’s St Stephen’s Green, Dublin, on October 18-19.

RARE SILVER

Meanwhile, a pair of Republican Silver Cork Candlesticks will be the highlight of a special live and online auction of Irish and English silver at the Woodward Sale that will take place that day (16 October).

The candlesticks were made by Egans during the Irish Civil War, when the money could not be sent safely to the Dublin analysis office. Rather, it was stamped with the Cork coat of arms, with two castles and a ship in the center.

Republican money is both rare and popular with collectors. This pair is estimated between 3,000 and 5,000 €.

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Sales at the reception of the 4 Flavors Art Gallery support Montclair Local http://www.masengogallery.com/sales-at-the-reception-of-the-4-flavors-art-gallery-support-montclair-local/ Thu, 07 Oct 2021 12:19:01 +0000 http://www.masengogallery.com/sales-at-the-reception-of-the-4-flavors-art-gallery-support-montclair-local/ An opening reception for the work of graffiti artist Sen2 Figueroa at the 4 Flavors Art Gallery will help support Montclair Local Nonprofit News. (COURTESY 4 FLAVORS ART GALLERY) 4 Flavors Art Gallery will donate 10% of the proceeds of any sale on October 13 – at the opening reception for an exhibition featuring graffiti […]]]>
An opening reception for the work of graffiti artist Sen2 Figueroa at the 4 Flavors Art Gallery will help support Montclair Local Nonprofit News. (COURTESY 4 FLAVORS ART GALLERY)

4 Flavors Art Gallery will donate 10% of the proceeds of any sale on October 13 – at the opening reception for an exhibition featuring graffiti artist Sen2 Figueroa – to Montclair Local Nonprofit News.

The gallery will also ask for a suggested donation from the Montclair local at the door – a recommended “ticket” cost of $ 100 or $ 150. Donations to Montclair Local are tax deductible.

Montclair Local needs your support!

“For nearly three decades, Sen2 has continually sought new ways to create meaningful graffiti works, whether in the outdoor space with its murals, or through canvases and prints,” the gallery said in an announcement from the reception.

The exhibition will be visible from October 15 to 31.

Montclair Local is different from most news organizations – it is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit, reliant on community support, and currently operating at a loss. Most of its expenses go directly to paying the salaries of full-time and part-time journalists, further supported by freelance writers and photographers. Printing and delivering the weekly newspaper accounts for most of the rest.

Save the local Montclair chapter: Montclair Local needs your support to continue operating until 2022 and beyond. We are looking to raise $ 230,000 between October 1 and December 31, 2021, to put us on a solid footing for the coming year. See MontclairLocal.news/donations for more information.

Montclair Local strives to be the newspaper of the community – working to make government more transparent, to celebrate all that makes Montclair great, to reflect the diverse lived experiences of the people who make Montclair their home. It’s a long and expensive endeavor and a gamble – that the people of Montclair will find local journalism important enough, worth supporting to help the newspaper survive when so many of the hometown trade newspapers have significantly reduced or closed completely.

It’s a bet that the newspaper’s founding editor and biggest donor, Heeten Choxi, and other supporters think is worth taking, because they believe the community gets better by being well informed.

For Montclair Local staff members, offers like this one from 4 Flavors – to support the information operation with a fundraiser – is a welcome sign that the hard work they do is important.

For three decades, Sen2 Figueroa, formerly Sandro Figueroa García (b.1969, Puerto Rico), sought new ways to create meaningful graffiti, whether in the outdoor space with his murals, or through canvases. and impressions.

“In the 1980s, Sen2’s fascination with graffiti, colors and letters took hold of his dreams,” 4 Flavors wrote in his announcement of the event. “He took his passion for graffiti, color and lettering to the streets of New York. There he began to cultivate his love for street art, creating graffiti murals and commercial works. It was at this point in his life that he met and joined the most famous graffiti team ever assembled in the world: Tats Cru.

Their joint work has been exhibited at the Smithsonian, Art Basel, the Boston Center for the Arts, several times in Europe and as part of the “Urban Art Biennial 2013” ​​at the Rammelsberg Museum in Germany.

Sen2’s work has evolved to include mixed media works on paper and canvas, according to the gallery.

“He went from classic New York graffiti art to a combination of graphic lettering styles with 3D elements and abstract art techniques. All of Sen2’s pieces contain graffiti elements to reflect his artistic roots, as well as his sophisticated and ever-evolving style, ”says the ad. “Her work creates an entertaining dialogue between color and movement. Sen2 blurs the lines between graffiti and fine art. Its magnificent chaos of modern and contemporary interpretations has created a signature style.

Sen2’s most recent work, Mecanico, Sen2 was influenced by the Bauhaus movement and the color theory of Joseph Albers. It focuses on “the evolution of graffiti towards a mechanical style” and “the crisp use of blurred lines with a bold use of color, and subtle blends collide intensely among a variation of textures,” according to the gallery.

4 Flavors is located at 204, avenue Bellevue in Montclair. The opening night reception starts at 6:00 p.m.

Contributions to Montclair Local can be made at any time at MontclairLocal.news/dons.

– Louis C. Hochman

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Harkaway Century Artist’s Workshop for Sale http://www.masengogallery.com/harkaway-century-artists-workshop-for-sale/ Thu, 07 Oct 2021 01:19:33 +0000 http://www.masengogallery.com/harkaway-century-artists-workshop-for-sale/ Blood, sweat, tears and a seven-year makeover helped revive the “magical” property of an esteemed artist. The owners of a century-old artist’s studio in Harkaway have put “blood, sweat and tears” into a seven-year renovation of the property. It was a second chance when Christine Weaver and Matt Morris bought the house built in 1924 […]]]>

Blood, sweat, tears and a seven-year makeover helped revive the “magical” property of an esteemed artist.

The owners of a century-old artist’s studio in Harkaway have put “blood, sweat and tears” into a seven-year renovation of the property.

It was a second chance when Christine Weaver and Matt Morris bought the house built in 1924 in 2014 with the “vision to renovate it”.

“We fell in love with the property a few years ago so when it came back to the market we jumped at the chance,” Ms. Weaver said.

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She said her family have now listed the residence at 7-13 Baker Rd with a price guide of $ 2 million to $ 2.2 million in pursuit of a radical change.

The heritage residence was built for prominent local artist Jessie Traill on a 6,100 m² bush block.

It has retained many of its original features, including centuries-old Baltic parquet floors and a fireplace with a keystone that the artist herself carved.

“We did a lot of research on the artist. We wanted to keep (the renovation) true to that story, ”Ms. Weaver said.

“It took about three years of design and planning to finally validate it and prepare it to begin construction. (But) we hope it will last the next 100 (years) now. ”

In addition to restoring the existing home, which includes an open concept living space and kitchen, the couple created a modern extension.

The new wing has a second living room, 5 m high under the ceiling and three bedrooms.

Other updates include the use of decades-old ‘reclaimed wood’ from the Warrnambool Wharf for seating near the central outdoor foyer.

“My favorite feature was the studio. It is absolutely magical and shines because of the morning sunlight coming through the large windows, ”she said.

Jo Paynter of Peake Real Estate said the north aspect of the house and frequent bird visits made it “almost look like an aviary”.

“The attention to detail from the suppliers has been incredible,” Ms. Paynter said.

“They just thought of everything.”

The property is on private sale with offers ending October 18th.

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Originally published as Harkaway’s century-old artist’s studio for sale

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Kalispell limits marijuana sales to industrial estates http://www.masengogallery.com/kalispell-limits-marijuana-sales-to-industrial-estates/ Wed, 06 Oct 2021 07:04:40 +0000 http://www.masengogallery.com/kalispell-limits-marijuana-sales-to-industrial-estates/ Kalispell City Council has taken a more restrictive approach to recreational marijuana sales in the city. The council held its first reading on Monday of an ordinance regarding the legalization of recreational marijuana, a move triggered by a voting initiative in the November 2020 election. Under state law, the city is required to have its […]]]>


Kalispell City Council has taken a more restrictive approach to recreational marijuana sales in the city.

The council held its first reading on Monday of an ordinance regarding the legalization of recreational marijuana, a move triggered by a voting initiative in the November 2020 election. Under state law, the city is required to have its regulations on the sale of marijuana in place by January 1, 2022.

Based on the council’s action on Monday, these regulations will restrict marijuana businesses to industrial estates in Kalispell. Dispensaries, cultivation and manufacture of marijuana will be conditionally permitted administrative use in these areas, provided they are placed more than 300 feet from schools, parks, churches and residential areas.

Limiting marijuana businesses to industrial estates was the more stringent option offered by the council on Monday.

A proposal earlier in the discussion would have removed the buffer zone between marijuana companies and parks, but that amendment was narrowly rejected. Councilors Sid Daoud, Ryan Hunter and Kyle Waterman voted in favor of eliminating this buffer zone. Councilors Kari Gabriel, Tim Kluesner, Sandy Carlson and Mayor Mark Johnson rejected the amendment.

Mayor Johnson proposed the amendment that contained marijuana businesses in industrial estates – striking commercial areas – and it passed thanks to affirmative votes from Gabriel, Kluesner, Carlson and Hunter. Daoud and Waterman voted against the adopted amendment.

THERE WAS more unity on the board for the remainder of Monday’s meeting.

The council unanimously approved a new interlocal agreement for the City and County of Flathead Board of Health.

The new agreement updates an agreement that began in 1976 and was reviewed in 2004. This time, Whitefish and Columbia Falls are included as official voting members.

Each of the cities will elect their own representative, effective when the current council term expires in December. As a result, Flathead County will lose two of its nine-member board representatives.

Funding from the Department of Health will still be assessed as a county-wide factory tax.

THE BOARD was also unanimous in its approval of two major developments.

Kilday & Stratton, a Bozeman real estate developer, has obtained approval for a 58-acre property west of Stillwater Road, between Four Mile Drive and West Reserve Drive. The developer received an area change and a planned unit development overlay for the 58-acre set, as well as preliminary flat approval for the first three multi-family phases. These would include around 112 housing units.

Another development known as Parkland Meadows received approval Monday for initial annexation, RA-1 zoning, planned unit development and preliminary platform approval. The 38.4-acre property is located on the northeast corner of Airport Road and Cemetery Road.

TWO ADDITIONAL Agenda items completed Monday’s discussion.

One was a budget amendment of $ 44,074 to the community development budget. Due to an unforeseen shortfall, the board unanimously approved the budget change.

Finally, council unanimously approved a user agreement with the KALICO Art Center to install and maintain vinyl artwork wraps on six traffic light boxes in downtown Kalispell.

Jemina Watstein, Executive Director of the KALICO Art Center, highlighted the success of other KALICO community art initiatives, such as the murals that were painted on the walls of the tunnels this summer.

“We are really excited to continue this positive impact on our community,” she said.

Journalist Bret Anne Serbin can be reached at 406-758-4459 or bserbin@dailyinterlake.com.

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Antiques dealer pleads guilty for his role in selling looted items http://www.masengogallery.com/antiques-dealer-pleads-guilty-for-his-role-in-selling-looted-items/ Tue, 05 Oct 2021 21:49:57 +0000 http://www.masengogallery.com/antiques-dealer-pleads-guilty-for-his-role-in-selling-looted-items/ The operator of a Manhattan gallery known for its expertise in Asian antiques has pleaded guilty to conspiracy and possession of stolen property in connection with the trafficking of looted treasures in India and Southeast Asia. Some of the items she sold to major museums in Australia and Singapore, and others were auctioned off at […]]]>

The operator of a Manhattan gallery known for its expertise in Asian antiques has pleaded guilty to conspiracy and possession of stolen property in connection with the trafficking of looted treasures in India and Southeast Asia.

Some of the items she sold to major museums in Australia and Singapore, and others were auctioned off at Christie’s and Sotheby’s, investigators said. The items ranged in value from $ 100,000 to $ 1.5 million.

Merchant Nancy Wiener, 66, whose mother was also a well-known expert in the field, admitted on Thursday that she had taken possession of items that showed possible signs of looting, such as encrusted dirt and dirt. debris, and presented them for sale. with false declarations of provenance.

“For decades, I have conducted business in a market where buying and selling antiques of vague or even non-existent provenance was the norm,” Ms. Wiener said during her appearance in Manhattan Supreme Court. “Obfuscation and silence were accepted answers to questions regarding the source from which an object had been obtained. In short, it was a conspiracy of the volunteers.

Ms Wiener, whose gallery is named after her, paid $ 1.2 million in forfeitures and fines, according to officials at the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, which handled the case.

Ms Wiener has also cooperated since her arrest in 2016 with the handing over or recovery of around 20 pieces of ancient sculptures and statues, many of which depict Buddhist and Hindu deities, officials said.

Deputy District Attorney Matthew Bogdanos, who heads a unit to prosecute illegal antiques trafficking, said Ms Wiener “cannot undo decades” of damage to countries like India, Cambodia and Tibet, which have been deprived or stripped of objects of major cultural importance. . But he praised her for cooperating with the authorities and for handing over files and documents showing a pattern of illicit trade dating back decades.

Ms. Weiner’s mother, Doris Wiener, is credited with launching the South Asian American antiques market in the 1980s. She died in 2011.

“It is an understatement to say that these documents have turned out to be a treasure house of investigative value for us,” Bogdanos said.

Some of the illicit items Ms Wiener has been accused of possessing included Indian antiques smuggled into the United States by Subhash Kapoor, who is jailed in India and accused of trafficking thousands of looted items, records show court. Others were obtained through Douglas AJ Latchford, a prominent collector of Cambodian antiques who died last year after being indicted by federal officials for selling looted objects on the international art market.

Leila A. Amineddoleh, who practices and teaches art and cultural heritage law in New York City, said Ms. Wiener’s statement “speaks volumes about the antique market.”

“This is an amazing document because artistic crime analysts discuss the common practice of fabricating provenances, and so it is helpful that Wiener said they did and provided detailed information about the objects that went into the main ones. museums and auction houses, ”she said.

Ms Wiener described in detail how in 2012 she put many items from her mother’s estate up for sale through Christie’s. Although the objects were acquired from “known dealers in illegally exported antiques” from Afghanistan and Pakistan, Ms Wiener said during her conviction that for six of the objects she knowingly provided Christie’s with false origins indicating that his mother had acquired them from a private collector.

“These false origins were intended to facilitate the sale of these objects by masking the fact of their illegal export,” she said.

Clinton Howell, a New York-based antique dealer and president of the Art and Antique Dealers League of America, said the tactics used by Ms. Wiener and others over the past few years “are not forgivable.” But he added that “the dealership of today is not the dealership of 40 years ago – there is a very different attitude now.”

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Dolce & Gabbana Sets $ 6 Million Fashion NFT Record http://www.masengogallery.com/dolce-gabbana-sets-6-million-fashion-nft-record/ Tue, 05 Oct 2021 06:31:00 +0000 http://www.masengogallery.com/dolce-gabbana-sets-6-million-fashion-nft-record/ The parts commanded such high prices, Mr. Menon said, because of “provenance; rarity – there were only nine, sold at a time; Arts and crafts; and utility – people can use them in the metaverse and have physical experiences, too. In the next few days, he added, UNXD will convert prices to US dollars at […]]]>

The parts commanded such high prices, Mr. Menon said, because of “provenance; rarity – there were only nine, sold at a time; Arts and crafts; and utility – people can use them in the metaverse and have physical experiences, too. In the next few days, he added, UNXD will convert prices to US dollars at the market rate and pay Dolce & Gabbana, less an auction commission.

Pranksy (a play on Bansky) wrote in an email Saturday: “I was really excited about D&G entering the NFT space, especially since my wife, Magpie, and her close friend, one of my company directors, Josephine Dwyer-Mann, have a real passion for haute couture. Like many wealthy crypto natives, Pranksy keeps his real name a secret and would only communicate via email or voice-distorted Zoom.

He bought the virtual Golden Impossible Jacket only for 99.99 Ether; the Impossible Tiara, only virtual, also for 99.99 Ether; and The Dress from a Dream: Silver, which is digital and physical, for 188.1 Ether, and The Dress from a Dream: Gold, which is also digital and physical, for 225.5 Ether. (A fashion enthusiast himself, Pransky said he wore “a Versace shirt and scruffy jeans” as he answered written questions from an undisclosed location in Britain.) “The NFTs in fashion have enormous potential, especially when linked – as D&G has done – to the physical, ”he wrote.

For its part, Seedphrase (whose name is Danny Maegaard, an investor in Brisbane, Australia) paid 292.82 Ether for The Lion Crown, which Dolce & Gabbana based on the flag and coat of arms of Venice. “It invoked my deep love for the city of Venice,” Seedphrase said by email Sunday. “Being the first NFT collection from any major fashion house, it made a lot of sense from an investment standpoint as I anticipate these pieces will rise in value.”

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Inside the $ 1 billion Waldorf Astoria makeover http://www.masengogallery.com/inside-the-1-billion-waldorf-astoria-makeover/ Mon, 04 Oct 2021 10:20:25 +0000 http://www.masengogallery.com/inside-the-1-billion-waldorf-astoria-makeover/ Jacqui Palumbo, CNN This month marks 90 years since the Waldorf Astoria opened on Park Avenue in New York in 1931, becoming the world’s largest and grandest luxury hotel in an inuspicious time, as the Great Depression projected. his shadow. The hotel’s famous Art Deco interiors have been the backdrop for countless high-society galas and […]]]>

Jacqui Palumbo, CNN

This month marks 90 years since the Waldorf Astoria opened on Park Avenue in New York in 1931, becoming the world’s largest and grandest luxury hotel in an inuspicious time, as the Great Depression projected. his shadow.

The hotel’s famous Art Deco interiors have been the backdrop for countless high-society galas and performances, as well as the site of historic conferences for international politicians. Celebrities like Marilyn Monroe and Frank Sinatra have made it their home, while all American presidents, from Herbert Hoover to Barack Obama, have laid their heads in the presidential suite.

But the Waldorf Astoria has also been closed for four and a half years, undergoing a more than $ 1 billion renovation after it was bought for $ 1.95 billion in 2014 by Chinese insurance group Anbang (now Dajia Insurance Group). While parts of the hotel are restored to their original condition – rooms including the Grand Ballroom are protected by the New York City Monuments Preservation Commission – much of the building is completely redesigned for the future. And, for the first time, the Waldorf Astoria will offer residential apartments to own, rather than rent, in the Waldorf Twin Towers.

“In the section I worked on, there was nothing that was staked out, so there was no starting point, there was nothing to preserve,” said Jean-Louis Deniot, the French designer responsible for transforming the new apartments and equipment. (The hotel rooms are being redesigned by Pierre-Yves Rochon.) “I wanted to be more modernist… fresher, but still rooted.”

When the Waldorf Astoria reopens in 2023, it will have 375 hotel rooms, up from 1,400, and 375 condominium units. Apartments for sale will range from studios starting at $ 1.8 million to four-bedroom starting at $ 18.5 million (plus two penthouses, prices withheld). Amenities accessible only to residents will include the 82-foot-long Starlight Pool – formerly the Starlight Rooftop where Ella Fitzgerald performed regularly – as well as the leafy Winter Garden, a bar and lounge transformed into a green oasis.

“There is something very peaceful and inviting about the serene feeling of being connected with nature,” Deniot said.

Deniot designs residential spaces with the layout of a mansion in mind, he said over the phone, conceptualizing recreation and entertainment rooms, such as the majestic Presidential Library and Bar and the Monte Carlo game room. with a modern look.

“I wanted it to look like a big house and not a hotel,” he said.

A long heritage

The major renovations are the biggest renovation the Waldorf Astoria has received since it opened. But this is actually the second iteration of the hotel – the first, established in 1893, was demolished to make way for the Empire State Building. The first hotel was not immediately appreciated, with the Indianapolis Times reporting in 1928 that “people all over the country were laughing” at the idea that it would offer 350 private bathrooms, calling the project “folly of” Astor ”.

The hotel was actually two buildings – the results of a proverbial measuring contest between two wealthy cousins ​​of the Astor family. William Waldorf Astor, who became America’s richest man through his father’s legacy, built the Waldorf. Four years later, his cousin, John Jacob Astor IV, destined to become the richest man to die aboard the Titanic in 1912, built a larger hotel next door. They eventually ditched the animosity and cut the name of the hotel as well as the buildings, connecting the two by a 300-foot marble hallway dubbed “Peacock Alley.” Among its advantages, the Waldorf-Astoria claimed it was the first to offer private bathrooms as well as room service.

But when the Waldorf Astoria restarted on Park Avenue between 49th and 50th Streets, it was no longer in the hands of the Astor family (William Waldorf Astor died in 1919), but in the hands of hotelier Lucius M. Boomer, who ran the hotel after it was acquired by T. Coleman du Pont in 1918. Following the sale of the site, the board of directors sold him the rights to the Waldorf-Astoria name for one dollar as a sign of goodwill, and he took advantage of the affair.

In the decades that followed, the property entered its prime, drawing the most famous faces in the world. The suites were named after Elizabeth Taylor and Winston Churchill after their stays, and Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt kept an apartment in The Towers over a decade ago. Other famous longtime residents of the Waldorf include Sinatra and composer Cole Porter, both of whom stayed in Suite 33A – Porter for 30 years, until his death in 1964, and then Sinatra in the 1970s and 1980s. Monroe, meanwhile, occupied suite 2728 for much of 1955, paying $ 1,000 a week for fun (around $ 10,200 today).

When former President Dwight D. Eisenhower and First Lady Mamie Eisenhower moved to the seventh floor in the 1960s, they chose a floor below the towers because of her fear of heights, according to the hotel. They had a reconfigured elevator to stop at their floor to give them full access to the amenities of the tower.

Adding a new art

The Waldorf has preserved some of its most famous artifacts over the years, including Porter’s 1907 Steinway piano. Elle, as well as the murals, mosaics, and the hotel’s nine-foot lobby clock – a An intricate 19th-century timepiece commissioned by Queen Victoria for the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago – will also be refreshed.

Joining them now will be a new collection of works of art curated by auctioneer and art dealer Simon de Pury, presented in the common facilities of the Tours. The collection will only feature original works of art, including pieces by emerging artists such as Taiwanese Canadian sculptor An Te Liu, Korean mixed media artist Minjung Kim and Swiss painter Philippe Decrauzat.

“Ninety-five percent of hotel projects worldwide feature prints and reproductions,” de Pury said via email. “Original art is much more personal. We made sure to select works that highlight the architecture and decor in a contextual way.

Renderings have been released for many new residential spaces, but the crown jewels – the two penthouses designed by Deniot – are still in the works. By emphasizing the design of “more contemporary” but still “timeless” spaces, he does not necessarily look to the building’s long history for guidance.

“You don’t want to go too far back in time. There is that feeling of melancholy, ”he said. “In the 40’s, 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, they all had a lot of fun there. The reason the whole place has been renovated is to bring it into the next century.

Top image: A rendering of a two bedroom condo, designed by Deniot.

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NFTs are everywhere. Here’s how to buy one on TikTok, NFL, more http://www.masengogallery.com/nfts-are-everywhere-heres-how-to-buy-one-on-tiktok-nfl-more/ Sun, 03 Oct 2021 11:00:14 +0000 http://www.masengogallery.com/nfts-are-everywhere-heres-how-to-buy-one-on-tiktok-nfl-more/ NFT art could be a new way to spend and earn money. Getty Images The world of NFT is changing minute by minute but what are they? NFTs, or non-fungible tokens, can be linked to a video highlight, meme or tweet. Think of them as tokens tied to an expensive digital asset. It may (or […]]]>

NFT art could be a new way to spend and earn money.

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The world of NFT is changing minute by minute but what are they? NFTs, or non-fungible tokens, can be linked to a video highlight, meme or tweet. Think of them as tokens tied to an expensive digital asset. It may (or may not) be able to save you a lot of money in the future (more below). NFTs are like cryptocurrency, but there are big differences. We know, it’s complicated.

Here is what we know. You can bid on an NFT for a pretty penny (most are expensive). But that doesn’t mean you own the asset. These expensive tokens are so popular that Variety and the NFL are all starter NFTs. And if you remember Neopets, the virtual pet space also creates NFT collectibles.

In short, NFTs offer a certificate of authenticity created by blockchain for a digital asset or work of art. If that doesn’t make a lot of sense for you, it’s okay. We’ll explain what NFTs really are, how much they cost, and how you can bid on a digital asset to have your own NFT.


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What’s an NFT? 

This is the part that takes a bit of open-mindedness. An NFT is a unique digital token, with most using the Ethereum blockchain to digitally record transactions. It’s not a cryptocurrency like Bitcoin or Ethereum, because those are fungible — exchangeable for another Bitcoin or cash. NFTs are recorded in a digital ledger in the same way as cryptocurrency, so there’s a listing of who owns each one.

What makes an NFT unique is the digital asset tied to the token. This can be an image, video, tweet or piece of music that’s uploaded to a marketplace, which creates the NFT to be sold.

What kind of NFTs can I buy? 

NFTs can be tied to any digital asset. Anything you see online can be an NFT — music, social media posts, clip art and more. Here are some of the latest nifty NFTs we found. 

TikTok Moments

The latest big news in NFTs is TikTok’s new video collection called TikTok Moments. The videos will celebrate the impact that artists have on TikTok. Proceeds from the collection will go to NFT artists and creators. The first collection will start with Lil Nas X and be available starting Oct. 6 on the Etherum. 

Fortune

And Fortune gave its readers a chance to get in on the NFT craze. The company sold 256 copies of the limited edition cover from the graphic artist Pplpleasr for Fortune’s August/September magazine on OpenSea. The copies sold out within five minutes starting at 1 Etherum (estimated $3,000). But the NFTs were available for resale at three times the cost. 

Sorare digital trading cards 

But NFTs go beyond artists and music. Recently, Sorare released its “Super Rare” Lionel Messi digital trading card that’s currently bidding at €29,992.75, equivalating to over $35,000. Sorare also announced that it raised $680 million for its next-level sports fantasy game. The funding is currently led by SoftBank. 

Tiger Woods’ Autograph collectibles 

And in sports, Tiger Woods is currently selling thousands of digital collectibles on Autograph on the DraftKings marketplace. The collection starts at $250. Naomi Osaka, Derek Jeter and Tonk Hawk are also releasing digital collectibles on Autograph, which is co-founded by Tom Brady. 

As the hype for NFTs grows, expect more digital assets to come up for sale and bring in some big money. 

Where can I buy and sell NFTs? 

While you may not want to jump right in bidding six figures, there are multiple NFT marketplaces out there to check out, with Opensea being the biggest. Buyers can search for art, domain names and random collectibles to bid on without having to break the bank. And Woods’ digital collection is one of the many NFT collections available on DraftKings marketplace, including Tony Hawk, Simone Biles and other athletes. 

And Christie’s recently auctioned off NFTs of featured Art Blocks art from its Post-War to Present collection, some of today’s most popular NFTs. Christie’s auctioned off Curio Cards on the Ethereum blockchain for over $1.2 million. 

On the other hand, if you want to sell an NFT of your art, you can use NFTify, the Shopify NFT store, to sell NFTs without creating your own store. You’ll also need a MetaMask account to get going. And Burberry recently announced a partnership with Mythical Games to gamify buying, selling and collecting toys as NFTs through the Blankos Block Party game. CNET’s own Chris Parker also made a step-by-step guide on how to make and sell your own NFT, in the video below. 

If I have an NFT, do I own the asset?

Nope. 

That’s the real kicker to understanding the whole concept. The person who buys the NFT doesn’t own the actual asset. 

“NFTs challenge the idea of ownership: digital files can be reproduced infinitely and you do not (usually) buy the copyright or a license when purchasing an NFT,” said Jeffrey Thompson, associate professor at the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey. 

Kings of Leon

The band Kings of Leon sold its latest album via NFTs and made more than $2 million from the sales.


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For example, the creator of the Nyan Cat meme sold an NFT of it for $590,000. The person who bought the token owns the token, but doesn’t actually own the meme. That still belongs to the creator, who held onto intellectual and creative rights. 

What the owner of the token has is a record and a hash code showing ownership of the unique token associated with the particular digital asset. People might download Nyan Cat and use it on social media if they want, but they won’t own the token. This also means they can’t sell the token as the owner can. 

Why are NFTs so expensive?

As with physical collectibles like Beanie Babies, baseball cards, and toys, there is a market for NFTs. Buyers tend to be tech-savvy people who understand the idea of ​​wanting to buy digital goods and probably did a murder last year with cryptocurrencies. Ethereum, for example, went from just over $ 100 last March to a current price of around $ 3,400. In some cases, buyers are only flexing their digital wallets to show how much crypto they own, but for others, there is a deeper interest.

“Especially for art-related NFTs, there is a huge increase in demand due to the novelty and creativity of early artists,” said Jason Lau, COO of the exchange. OKCoin crypto, in an email. Whether it’s a physical work with an NFT attached (think of it as a digital autograph and proof of veracity), or an entirely digital work (where NFT is art), this new medium opens up new avenues for collectors and artists to explore their relationship with the work of art itself. “

It’s also great for artists, says Lau. By selling digital art directly to interested people, an artist can begin to monetize their work without having to try and sell it to a gallery.

What are the pitfalls of NFTs?

One downside is the hundreds of dollars in fees required to create a DTV. If you are creating your own token on the Ethereum blockchain, you have to use Ethereum, which as mentioned earlier is quite expensive. Then, after performing an NFT, there is a “gas” fee that pays for the labor required to manage the transaction and is also based on the price of Ethereum. Marketplace simplifies the process by handling everything for a fee when an NFT is sold.

There is also an environmental cost. Like Bitcoin, Ethereum requires computers to handle calculations, known as “mining,” and these computing tasks require a lot of energy. An analysis from the University of Cambridge found that mining Bitcoin consumes more energy than the whole country of Argentina. Ethereum is second behind Bitcoin in popularity, and its energy consumption is on the rise and comparable to the amount of energy used by Libya.


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