HIGH-PRICED PIN-UPS: Back in July, we told you about the start of Heritage Auction Galleries’ massive auction of Charles Martignette’s collection of illustrations. The first day’s haul – $3.1 million – set a one-day record for illustration art, and as a story on dallasnews.com finds, there is still big interest in the collection as the auction continues. “I think the market is bearing out the fact that he was absolutely ahead of his time in viewing this art with such importance,” Heritage’s Todd Hignite tells the site.
FIRST THINGS FIRST: Kimbell director Eric McCauley Lee has been on the job less than a year, but his impact on the museum has already been huge. How many other museum directors acquire a Michelangelo painting in their first year? Gaile Robinson of dfw.com checks in with Lee to see how things are going. As you might guess, the answer is: he’s busy. In fact, he’s been so busy that he hasn’t had time to decorate his office. That would be excusable for most people, but Lee has his pick of any piece in the Kimbell’s vaults to hang on his walls. That, sir, would be priority No. 1 for me. Which is probably one of the many reasons why Lee is a much better pick to run the museum.
WEEKEND REVIEWS: Stage West’s The Skin of our Teeth will “give you chills” (dfw.com) … Mark Lowry likes ICT Mainstage’s Couchette alright, but he loves its A Kind of Alaska by Harold Pinter (theaterjones.com) … Less is more at the three-artist show, Presence, at the UNT Art Gallery (renegade bus).