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Artist featured in 'Erotic Carnival' ad campaign sues museum of sex

Julia Sinelnikova says the museum plastered an image of a kiss with a girlfriend all over New York, including on the subways, without seeking consent. (Michael Nagle/The New York Times)

NEW YORK, NY.- The ads, showing Julia Sinelnikova, an artist, in mid-kiss with someone they were dating at the time, accompanied by text inviting visitors to “journey into the erotic carnival” at the Museum of Sex, started showing up last year all over New York, including in subway cars and on bus shelters. But Sinelnikova never signed a release giving the museum permission to use the image, which was taken at a photo shoot at the museum in 2019. After the museum rebuffed Sinelnikova’s request for $25,000 in compensation for the use of the image this year, they filed a lawsuit in New York State Supreme Court seeking at least $250,000 in damages. The ex-girlfriend has not filed a complaint or suit. “It was so egregious, and this was personal,” Sinelnikova said in an interview. “The museum was displaying my dating history to millions of people even though I asked them to stop.” The lawsuit quotes an email from the museum’s ... More

The Best Photos of the Day

When an artist dies, who owns her story?   Intrigue, ink and drama grip the fountain pen community   This small island has a dark history

Ana Mendieta, Fernwoman, 1982. Osmunda fern root, 56.5 x 8 x 14 inches (143.5 x 20.3 x 35.6 cm). © The Estate of Ana Mendieta Collection. Courtesy Galerie Lelong, New York.

NEW YORK, NY.- It was an evening in late January, and Raquel Mendieta was dining at the Parador, a 12th-century monastery turned hotel where she was staying while she installed artwork for a new survey of Ana Mendieta, a Cuban-born performance artist — and Mendieta’s maternal aunt ... More

A side-by-side comparison of the ink released by Lamy under the name ‘dark lilac’ in 2024, left, with the limited-edition 2016 release, an ink beloved by connoisseurs. (Glenn Moore via The New York Times)

NEW YORK, NY.- Lamy, a German pen manufacturer, made a recent splash when it quietly rereleased Dark Lilac, a much-celebrated color of ink. A lush purple with a golden sheen, Dark Lilac, despite its popularity, had been produced only once before — as a limited edition in 2016. ... More

Colin Partridge holds a newspaper clip from the year the first SS camp was built on the island of Alderney, a British Crown Dependency and part of the Channel Islands, on Sept. 19, 2023. (Cristina Baussan/The New York Times)

ALDERNEY.- Look closely at this tiny, idyllic island: Victorian-era fortifications dot the wind-swept coastline. A concrete anti-tank wall disrupts a quiet beach. Overgrown greenery covers bunkers and tunnels. This is Alderney, where the 2,100 people ... More

One of Ty Cobb's rarest, prettiest T206 cards makes its auction debut at Heritage   Bertoia's March 16 auction devoted to historic antique toy collection of Curtis and Linda Smith   Günter Brus, artist who shocked postwar Austria, dies at 85

1909-11 T206 Ty Cobb Smoking Tobacco Ty Cobb (Portrait-Red) SGC Good+ 2.5 - Fresh to the Hobby!

DALLAS, TX.- Only days ago, Heritage Auctions sold a sealed, authenticated case of 1979-80 O-Pee-Chee hockey cards, containing who knows how many Wayne Gretzky rookies, for $3.72 million, generating global headlines seldom seen outside The Hobby. But there’s no rest for the record-setters: Only hours after that breathtaking result, Heritage opened for bidding the March 22-23 Spring Sports Card Catalog Auction — and ... More

Althof Bergmann Circus Roundabout, 17in diameter, pristine condition and in working order. Unquestionably one of the finest early American clockwork toys ever to reach the marketplace. Estimate: $30,000-$50,000.

VINELAND, NJ.- Antique toy collectors dream of being able to board a time machine to travel back to the 1970s and ’80s when the now-legendary toy shows and auctions took place. There would be quite a waiting list for a journey of that type, but since that won’t be happening anytime soon, there’s an alternative to consider. Some of the finest ... More

Artist Günter Brus at a retrospective of his work in Vienna, Feb. 8, 2018. (Christian Jungwirth/The New York Times)

NEW YORK, NY.- Günter Brus, a founder of the radical art movement known as Viennese actionism, who courted outrage and arrest in the 1960s by using his body — and bodily effluvia — to shatter the bourgeois civility of a country haunted by its Nazi past, died Feb. 10 in Graz, Austria. He was 85. His death was announced in a statement by Kunsthaus Bregenz, an art museum ... More

The Los Angeles gallery that found a market in great experimentalists   Iris Apfel, eye-catcher with a kaleidoscopic wardrobe, dies at 102   The Fab Four carried that weight in Heritage's $1.185 million Beatles event

Jesse Chun, 시: concrete poem (no. 050523), 2023. Graphite on hand-cut Hanji, wood frame, 56.25 x 30 in (143 x 76 cm) Framed: 60.25 x 34 x 2.5 in (153 x 86 x 7 cm) Photo by Paul Salveson.

NEW YORK, NY.- It’s not that Young Chung and Kibum Kim dislike traditional paintings, but as the owners of the gallery Commonwealth and Council in Los Angeles, they prefer artworks that can spin your head sideways. Their roster of 39 artists ... More

Iris Apfel, wearing bangles and beads of her own design that she began selling on the Home Shopping Network that year, at her Park Avenue home in Manhattan in 2011. (Chester Higgins Jr./The New York Times)

NEW YORK, NY.- Iris Apfel, a New York society matron and interior designer who late in life knocked the socks off the straight fashion world with a brash bohemian style that mixed hippie vintage and haute ... More

The Beatles Abbey Road, Album Cover Session, August 8, 1969, Portfolio of Seven Chromogenic Color Photographs, Edition No. 8/25, by Iain MacMillan.

DALLAS, TX.- Among serious collectors, the popularity of the Fab Four shows no signs of waning as Heritage brought in $1.185 million for a tight Beatles auction that took place on Feb. 24. The auction – The Beatles "Coming to America" 60th Anniversary Music Memorabilia Signature® Auction – was ... More

How Sean Ono Lennon helped his parents send a message   Only known sealed case of 1979-80 O-Pee-Chee hockey cards sells for record $3.72 million   Murder and magic realism: A rising literary star mines China's rust belt

To keep their legacy relevant for a new generation, he worked on the short “War Is Over! Inspired by the Music of John & Yoko.” Now it’s up for an Oscar.

NEW YORK, NY.- Three years ago, Sean Ono Lennon was asked to develop a music video for the 50th anniversary of “Happy Xmas (War Is Over),” a 1971 protest song by his parents, John Lennon and Yoko Ono, which has become a rare type ... More

A 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle also sets record at $2.37 million during $25.98 million Winter Platinum Night Sports Auction

DALLAS, TX.- A cardboard box long ago stashed away and forgotten about in a Saskatchewan basement sold for $3.72 million at Heritage Auctions. In that cardboard box are 16 other boxes, each filled with 48 packs of 1979-80 O-Pee-Chee hockey ... More

Shuang Xuetao, one of China’s most celebrated young authors, at his home in Beijing, Feb. 16, 2024. (Gilles Sabrié/The New York Times)

NEW YORK, NY.- For a long time during Shuang Xuetao’s early teenage years, he wondered what hidden disaster had befallen his family. His parents — proud workers at a tractor factory in the northeastern Chinese city of Shenyang — stopped going ... More

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Robert M. Young, filmmaker who indulged his wanderlust, dies at 99
NEW YORK, NY.- Robert M. Young, an eclectic director whose documentary subjects included civil rights lunch counter sit-ins and sharks, and whose feature films included one about a Mexican American farmer who kills a Texas lawman and one about a woman who takes revenge on her attacker, died Feb. 4 in Los Angeles. He was 99. The death, in a hospital, was confirmed by his son Andrew. In an interview with the Directors Guild of America in 2005, Young recalled what attracted him to filmmaking. “I wanted to be in life,” he said. “I wanted to be having adventures, I wanted to be living in the world.” He more than fulfilled that ambition. In the 1950s, he created educational films with two partners, most notably “Secrets of the Reef” (1956), an underwater documentary made at Marineland Studios in Florida and at a reef near the Bahama ... More

Composer, uninterrupted: Christian Wolff at 90
HANOVER, NH.- If artistic stature worked by osmosis, Christian Wolff could claim greatness based on that alone. “My father met Brahms,” he said, easing into conversation at a sturdy wooden table in the dining room of his home in Hanover. That meeting was in 1896, when Johannes Brahms was in Bonn, Germany, for Clara Schumann’s funeral. Wolff’s father was 6 or 7. Wolff’s grandfather, a violinist, conductor and professor, knew Brahms personally and professionally, he said. His great-grandfather, also a conductor, was a supporter of Robert Schumann. “And my great-great-grandfather was a champion of Beethoven’s, so there is something back there,” he added, laughing at the implications of such a heritage. Wolff, who turns 90 on Friday, is associated with a different pantheon. He is the last living representative of what’s known ... More

At flamenco festival, molting into a new idea of Spanish dance
NEW YORK, NY.- For Olga Pericet, flamenco is an invitation: to play and to explore the limits of her imagination onstage. “I like to keep things spontaneous and alive,” she said in an interview from Madrid. Pericet, who comes from a family of flamenco dancers and teachers, has a deep respect for the traditions of the form. But she also finds inspiration in unexpected places, like Quentin Tarantino’s films or the dances of Martha Graham. “I’m bipolar that way,” she said. “I like to mix it all.” Flamenco — the music and dance — is steeped in history, its origins arising from the mingling of Roma culture with the cultural melting pot of southern Spain. It is also an art in constant flux, with a flair for reinvention. Over the years the Flamenco Festival, which arrives in New York each spring, has offered a window on its evolution. This year the festival ... More

Overlooked no more: Betty Fiechter, pioneer in the world of watches
NEW YORK, NY.- In September, Swatch released a group of watches in collaboration with the venerable brand Blancpain: the Bioceramic Scuba Fifty Fathoms collection, which, the company said, “met all the needs of underwater exploration.” The original Fifty Fathoms — introduced by Blancpain in 1953 and still an anchor of the brand — was groundbreaking: It was considered to be the first modern diver’s watch, with water resistance of up to about 300 feet. And it wouldn’t have been created without a woman who was equally trailblazing: Betty Fiechter, the first female owner of a Swiss watch house in a traditionally male industry. Fiechter, who had started out as an apprentice, rose to the top at Blancpain in 1933. “It was totally unprecedented,” said Pascal Ravessoud, a vice president of the Fondation de la Haute Horlogere, a Swiss ... More

National Museum of Asian Art announces acquisition of collection of contemporary Japanese metalworks
NEW YORK, NY.- The latest exhibition from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art, “Striking Objects: Contemporary Japanese Metalwork,” will display 17 contemporary Japanese metalworks alongside 18 metalworking tools that came to the museum as part of archival materials from the Shirley Z. Johnson Collection. “Striking Objects” will introduce audiences to how a basic metalworking technique—hammering—can achieve a variety of visual effects. The exhibition will be on view March 2 through early 2026 in the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. In 2022, the museum received the Shirley Z. Johnson Collection of contemporary Japanese metalwork, an acquisition of unprecedented scale at both the museum and in the West. The unparalleled collection includes exquisitely crafted objects like vases, containers and jars made of silver, ... More

Forbidden no more: 'Forbidden Broadway,' scrappy spoof, bound for Broadway
NEW YORK, NY.- For more than four decades, “Forbidden Broadway” has lovingly mocked the songs, stories and stars of Broadway from afar — in performance spaces at bars or diners as well as in theaters in New York and beyond. This summer, the show will for the first time be staged in the belly of the beast: on Broadway. A version of the long-running, oft-altered revue, now titled “Forbidden Broadway on Broadway: Merrily We Stole a Song,” is planning to begin previews July 29 and to open Aug. 15 at the Hayes Theater. “Everything else is getting bigger, so why not ‘Forbidden Broadway’?” said Gerard Alessandrini, the show’s creator and author. “I haven’t done a whole new edition of ‘Forbidden Broadway’ since before COVID, so I thought this would be a good time to come back — we need to laugh more, and with all the activity ... More

Ramona Fradon, longtime force in the world of comic books, dies at 97
NEW YORK, NY.- Ramona Fradon, who in a long career as a comic book artist added to the mythology of Aquaman and helped create the eccentric superhero Metamorpho, died Saturday at her home in Ulster County, New York. She was 97. The cause was congestive heart failure, her daughter and only immediate survivor, Amy Fradon, said. Fradon is most closely associated with the DC Comics undersea hero Aquaman, whose adventures she drew from 1951 to 1963. Drawing a feature for more than 100 issues is a remarkable achievement in comics; even more noteworthy is that Fradon was one of the few women working steadily in comics at the time. “She wasn’t daunted by the all-male industry” because she was doing what she loved, Amy Fradon said in an interview Monday. “She drew right up to last week,” she continued. “I ... More

National Portrait Gallery presents "Star Power: Photographs From Hollywood's Golden Age by George Hurrell"
WASHINGTON, DC.- The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery is presenting “Star Power: Photographs from Hollywood’s Golden Age by George Hurrell,” an exhibition exploring timeless images of film royalty from the 1930s and 1940s. George Hurrell, the acclaimed Hollywood portrait photographer, captures these stars in their most enchanting light. Among those featured are film icons, ranging from Jean Harlow and Bill “Bojangles” Robinson to Greta Garbo and James Wong Howe. Selected from the National Portrait Gallery’s collection, which includes 70 recently acquired Hurrell portraits, the exhibition is curated by senior curator of photographs Ann Shumard. It will be on view from March 1 ... More

Heritage Auctions welcomes Michael Hartman as Director of Design
DALLAS, TX.- Heritage Auctions has announced that Michael Hartman, an established design specialist with two decades of industry experience in the fine and decorative arts, has joined its New York office as Director of Design. Hartman will work with Samantha Robinson, Heritage’s Chicago Director of Decorative Arts and Design, and the broader Fine and Decorative Arts team to expand Heritage’s footprint and expertise in modern and contemporary craft and design. “We are thrilled to be growing Design under Michael Hartman,” says Ed Beardsley, Vice President and Managing Director of Fine and Decorative Arts at Heritage. “Our clients will appreciate not only his knowledge and passion but also his interest in bringing in great pieces from around the country for enticing Signature Design auctions that will appeal to all collectors.” Hartman comes to Heritage from Freeman’s | Hindm ... More

Anjali Srinivasan, 35th Rakow Commission Recipient

On a day like today, Danish painter and sculptor Asger Jorn was born
March 03, 1914. Asger Oluf Jorn (3 March 1914 - 1 May 1973) was a Danish painter, sculptor, ceramic artist, and author. He was a founding member of the avant-garde movement COBRA and the Situationist International. He was born in Vejrum, in the northwest corner of Jutland, Denmark, and baptized Asger Oluf Jørgensen. In this image: Untitled (Figures in a head), ca. 1960/1963. Oil on fiberboard, 19.69 x 27.56 inches 50 x 70 cm.

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