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Alcalay, art auctions and life and death in music


by Anne Bothwell 24 Nov 2008

Couple things catching my eye today: Albert Alcalay: Self Portraits, which airs tonight at 8 on KERA, gets mad props from TV critic Ed Bark. Recently, Heritage Auction Galleries brought us insight into the world of international art theft. Then the company made news with the auction – or non-auction – of a long-lost painting […]

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Couple things catching my eye today:

  • Albert Alcalay: Self Portraits, which airs tonight at 8 on KERA, gets mad props from TV critic Ed Bark.
  • Recently, Heritage Auction Galleries brought us insight into the world of international art theft. Then the company made news with the auction – or non-auction – of a long-lost painting by Sebastiano Ricci. Now the Star-Telegram tells us a little bit more about Heritage.
  • And finally, a quote guaranteed to make musicians stand taller and the rest of us wish we’d kept up those piano lessons. Conductor Daniel Barenboim, tells the New York Times:

“When playing music, it is possible to achieve a unique state of peace, partly due to the fact that one can control, through sound, the relationship between life and death. Since every note produced by a human being has a human quality, there is a feeling of death with the end of each one, and through that experience there is a transcendence of all the emotions that these notes can have in their short lives; in a way, one is in direct contact with timelessness.”

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  • The growth of Heritage has been truly phenomenal.