Veritas to offer an Omega Speedmaster 2998-5

An Omega Speedmaster 2998-5, the same model used by American astronaut Wally Schirra in his space flight in 1962 and certified by NASA in 1965, is offered at auction next week. This rare wristwatch created by Omega as part of its iconic professional collection was launched in 1957 as a sports chronograph (under the model 2915, which was replaced by 2998, in 1959), but turned to be a distinguished piece when Schirra decided to take it during the fifth expedition of NASA’s Mercury Project. At the time of its release, the Speedmaster was an innovative timepiece considering its size and the integration of the tachymeter scale outside the dial. Aware of their astronauts' use of personal items as watches, NASA invited some of the world's most important watchmakers to submit its best models to an intensive testing program that would lead to the certification of

Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello: Paradox of Liberty opens at African American Museum, Dallas

A groundbreaking and widely acclaimed exhibition with a powerful message, Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello: Paradox of Liberty opened Saturday (Sept. 22) at the African American Museum, Dallas in Fair Park (3536 Grand Ave. in Dallas) and continues through Dec. 31, 2018. Dallas is the first city tour to host the updated traveling exhibition, which brings to life the story of slavery at Monticello through more than 300 objects, works of art, documents and artifacts unearthed at the storied plantation. The exhibition features new items never seen outside of Monticello, including a special feature on Sally Hemings, one of the most famous African American women in American history. As an enslaved woman at the age of 16, Hemings negotiated with one of the most powerful men in the nation ensuring she would receive “extraordinary privileges” and achieve

Nationally recognized exhibition is a must see at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts

The Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts is now part of one of the largest creative collaborations in US history. The exhibition For Freedoms: Citizenship in Art is mounted in partnership with For Freedoms | The 50 State Initiative, and is intended to bring awareness to the value of active participation in our American Democracy. Both the exhibition at the MMFA and the 50 State Initiative finds inspiration in President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s State of the Union Address of 1941. In that speech, Roosevelt proposed four fundamental and essential rights that he believed people not only in our American democracy, but around the world should possess–the freedom of speech and freedom of worship, both protected in the First Amendment of our Constitution, along with freedom from want and freedom from fear. More than 75 years later, these ideals are

Exhibition at the de Young Museum explores contemporary Muslim fashions

Contemporary Muslim Fashions is the first major museum exhibition to explore the complex and diverse nature of Muslim dress codes worldwide. Organized by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, this pioneering exhibition examines how Muslim women—those who cover and those who do not—have become arbiters of style within and beyond their communities and, in so doing, have drawn attention to the variations and nuances of their daily lives. “There are those who believe that there is no fashion at all among Muslim women, but the opposite is true, with modern, vibrant, and extraordinary fashion scenes, particularly in many Muslim-majority countries,” says Max Hollein, former Director and CEO of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. “Contemporary Muslim Fashions is an overdue, much-needed exploration of a multifaceted topic as yet largely

Exhibition at Swiss Institute explores Franz Gertsch’s decades-long commitment to photorealism

Polyfocal Allover is the first institutional painting survey of Swiss artist Franz Gertsch (b. 1930, Mörigen) in the United States. The exhibition explores Gertsch’s decades-long commitment to capturing life in portraiture, primarily through photorealist paintings and woodcut prints. For the first time in decades, several major works from the artist’s monumental series of ‘situation portraits’ from the 1970s have been reunited, including At Luciano’s House (1973), Luciano I (1976), Luciano II (1976), and Portrait of Urs Luthi (1970). Based on photographs Gertsch took of a group of young friends who had begun living in a commune in Lucerne after 1968, including celebrated artists Luciano Castelli and Urs Luthi, the paintings capture the subjects’ lively presence as social beings in formation, surrounded by a clutter of clothes, makeup and unwashed dinner plates.

Lifetime American Brilliant Cut Glass and Brilliant Period Cut Glass collection to be auctioned

The lifetime American Brilliant Cut Glass (ABCG) and Brilliant Period Cut Glass (BPCG) collection of Jean Rex of California will be sold without reserve on Saturday, October 20th, by Woody Auction, online and in the firm’s auction hall at 130 East Third Street in Douglass. The patterns, many of them signed, will include Rex, Kohinoor, Montrose, Columbia, Salem, Ellsmere and Sparkler. “This collection is full of sparkle, just like Jean,” said Jason Woody of Woody Auction. “She had a great eye and gathered quite an assortment of dazzling pieces such as lamps, punch bowls, vases, trays, bowls and other fantastic items. The wide variety, 320 lots in all, includes some beautiful color cut to clear as well. Collectors will like that everything will be sold to the highest bidder without reserve.” Fans of ABCG punch bowls will be delighted by the fine selection of offerings

ICA/Boston opens Jason Moran, the interdisciplinary artist’s first museum show

The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston launched the tour of interdisciplinary artist Jason Moran’s first museum exhibition. Moran’s work is grounded in musical composition, yet bridges the visual and performing arts through stagecraft. Moran, who has taught at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston since 2010, is known for using personal experience to create dynamic musical compositions that challenge the conventional form of the medium. His experimental approach to artmaking embraces the intersection of objects and sound, pushing beyond the traditional staged concert or sculpture and drawing to amplify ways that both are inherently theatrical. This exhibition features the range of work Moran has explored, from his own sculptural pieces

Fondation d’entreprise Hermès opens a solo exhibition of works by artist Ismaïl Bahri

Franco-Tunisian artist Ismaïl Bahri presents a solo exhibition as part of the “Poésie balistique” (“Ballistic Poetry”) season, launched by curator Guillaume Désanges in 2016 at La Verrière, the Brussels art space of the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès. ‟Since the late 2000s, Franco-tunisian artist Ismaïl Bahri has developed a body of work based on minimal situations and gestures whose inexorable logic ultimately generates a kind of magic, a state of grace captured in the essence of his materials. Balling and smoothing out the pages of magazines, until the ink has transferred completely from the paper to the hands, gradually obliterating the printed image ¹. stretching an invisible thread, materialised only by the droplets running along its length, which gradually form a puddle of water in the exhibition space ². Filming a clear

The Salon Art + Design announces 2018 exhibitors

The Salon Art + Design, which presents historical, modern and contemporary furniture, groundbreaking design and late 19th through 21st century art, announced the 2018 exhibitors for its forthcoming seventh edition, November 8 - 12, 2018 at the iconic Park Avenue Armory. The fair, produced by Sanford Smith + Associates, will showcase 56 galleries representing 11 countries, including 30 international galleries. Following its landmark sixth installment last November, which welcomed more than 12,000 visitors, the 2018 edition of The Salon Art + Design will bring together a diverse and international group of art and design dealers showcasing exceptional global material for every taste. In addition to 26 U.S. exhibitors, this year will include a selection of European and international galleries hailing from Belgium (3), France (12), Germany (1), Italy (3), Monaco (1), the Netherlands (1), South Africa (1), Spain (1), Sweden (1) and the