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Roundup: Buying, stealing or just looking at art


by Manuel Mendoza 7 May 2008

Most of us could afford to bid on this piece of art for sale: Not so much this one: Or… Certainly not this one: All three are part of 200 works collected by the late Ray Nasher and his wife Patsy that Sotheby’s is auctioning off starting tonight to enhance the endowment of the Nasher […]

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Most of us could afford to bid on this piece of art for sale:

Not so much this one:

Or…

Certainly not this one:

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All three are part of 200 works collected by the late Ray Nasher and his wife Patsy that Sotheby’s is auctioning off starting tonight to enhance the endowment of the Nasher Sculpture Center. In their lifetimes, the Nashers amassed one of the largest and most important modern art collections in the world, focusing on 20th century sculpture. Don’t worry — their other 800 pieces continue to be housed at the sculpture center in Dallas’ downtown Arts District.

Can you name the works pictured above? From top to bottom: An untitled bronze by Robert Thomas (starting bid of $500), Roy Lichtenstein’s Yellow Apple ($700,000) and The Kiss by Pablo Picasso, which is expected to go for $10 million to $15 million. You must register on the Sotheby’s site to bid.

Steal this painting: The history of art is built on artists borrowing from if not outright robbing the ideas of their predecessors. An exhibition at Fort Worth Contemporary Arts at TCU, Lifting — Theft in Art, takes this a step further (no, you can’t walk out with a painting under your arm), with artists who claim to have crossed a legal or moral line. The show is up through the end of the month.

Speaking of stealing: Kehinde Wiley is showing paintings at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth that use motifs of the Baroque, Rococo and Romantic periods to create portraitures of contemporary African-American men. Here’s Wikipedia’s profile of the artist. And here’s his website. The exhibition runs through May 25.

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  • Mabel Peck

    Please check out Melissa Auberty’s “Shelter” exhibit at Norwood Flynn Gallery on the South Shore of Bachman Lake. Show continues until May 31. Hours are noon-5:30 Tues-Sat.