Texas Monthly: A First Gay Novel, a Poor Latino Boyhood and the Confluence

As the classic gay novel “City of Night” turns 50, its Mexican-American author, John Rechy, reflects on loneliness, growing up in Depression-era El Paso, and how his life and career came together.

    

Franklin School is ideal space for art museum

Washington is rich in art museums, but with one salient gap, the want of what is known as a kunsthalle. The German word means literally art gallery but the meaning is more specific: A space used not for a permanent art collection, but specifically for temporary exhibitions, often focused on the kind of large-scale, provocative or unorthodox art that can’t find a home in traditional museums.

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Rare Book Thefts In Naples (And Where’s The Librarian?)

"The very man charged with protecting these treasures, Marino Massimo De Caro, a politically connected former director of the library, is accused of being at the center of a network of middlemen, book dealers and possibly crooked conservators — all part of what prosecutors say is a sometimes corrupt market for rare books in which much is spent and few questions are asked."…

George II footed salver by David Willaume II highlights Sale of Fine Silver and Vertu at Heritage Auctions

A George II silver gilt footed salver, made by David Willaume II circa 1743-44, from the Warrington Plate sold for $68,750 Nov. 5 at Heritage Auctions‘ $824,000+ Fine Silver & Vertu Signature® Auction in Dallas. Strong prices were seen through the auction which featured a wide range of Silver of exceptional quality, fresh to the market. A highly-anticipated example of Chinese Export Silver, a two-handled covered figural standing cup, from the workshop of Shen Chang, sold for $22,500 to a Hong Kong buyer following action by 11 other bidders. The vessel’s lid presents an elaborate dragon head final upon a dome with a swirling dragon, the cup with elaborate garden scene rests on a standard featuring a standing female figure accompanied by a child and a faun who stand on the stepped base. “Interest in Chinese Export Silver continues to grow with increasing attention going to the finest

Career changing garden painting by Sorolla offered at Bonhams

One of Joaquin Sorolla’s first garden studies, Una azotea con flores, is to be sold at Bonhams Rau/UNICEF sale in London on 5 December. It is estimated at £150,000-200,000. The proceeds from the 85 lot sale of works from the renowned collection of the German philanthropist, the late Dr Gustav Rau, will be used to benefit the Foundation of the German Committee for UNICEF – for the children of the world. Una azotea con flores, (A rooftop with flowers), was painted in 1902 when Sorolla was experimenting with the Impressionist style and colour tone which characterised many of his major works in the early 1900s. During this time he also broadened his repertoire, painting more portraits and adding new themes such as garden scenes. While gardens were to provide the backcloth to some of his most successful and popular paintings, Sorolla also painted them as