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Don't Tell Ken Burns Quilts Are Quaint
The quintessential storyteller is fascinated by American quilts, saying it's not so much a story as a question. Who made this?

January 19, 2018  •  The New York Times

This week, the International Quilt Study Center & Museum in Lincoln, Neb., will reveal a surprising side of the prolific filmmaker Ken Burns: He collects quilts. The exhibition "Uncovered: The Ken Burns Collection" will display 28 of them for the first time.

Mr. Burns has been buying American quilts since the mid-1970s, often on prowls through antique stores on the back roads of New England; before too long, dealers began coming to him.

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A new Leonardo?
Show on connoisseurship claims to reveal the master's hand

January 2018  •  The Art Newspaper

As Chris­tie's aggressively marketed Leonardo da Vinci's Salvator Mundi before the work sold for an astonishing $450m last November, the art world raged anew with questions about the painting's attribution—even though London's National Gallery had largely settled the debate by including the work in its 2011-12 Leonardo show.

This spring, the Worcester Art Museum (WAM) in Massachusetts will put the complex process of identifying a Leonardo at the heart of a new exhibition. The Mystery of Worcester's Leonardo (10 March-3 June) makes the case that a work that has been in the museum's collection since 1940, A Miracle of Saint Donatus of Arezzo (around 1479-85), should be cred­ited to the Renaissance master.

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What's Happening to Dealer Names on 1stdibs?
When dealer names became harder to find on the online marketplace, some longtime clients saw conspiracy—and some competitors saw opportunity

December 15, 2017  •  Architectural Digest

Call it the case of the disappearing dealers. Last summer on 1stdibs, the names of vendors, which once appeared next to each of their listings, began to be removed. Now they're all gone. When potential buyers see a sofa or a side table they like, they don't know who the seller is until they begin a conversation via the 1stdibs website.

It's not exactly a whodunit, though—1stdibs notified its clients of the switch in an October email. The question from the many merchants and designers who are unhappy is: Will this rule change be a game changer for the online design and antiques marketplace?

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Continuity of Cultures: "Glorious Splendor" in Toledo
Review: An exhibition explores the surprisingly fluid interchange between Late Roman and Early Christian art.

November 27, 2017  •  The Wall Street Journal

Toledo, Ohio

Civilizations and cultures don't begin or end neatly, like chapters in an elementary-school history book. They borrow and blur, taking time to transition from one to another, often coexisting for a long time. That is the theme of "Glorious Splendor: Treasures of Early Christian Art" at the Toledo Museum of Art. It aims to illustrate that the art of the first several centuries after the death of Christ shared much with its predecessors—in materials, methods, iconographies and styles—and thus to demonstrate that the Roman empire did not abruptly turn Christian when Constantine became the first Roman emperor to convert in A.D. 337.

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Can the City's Boom Mean New Audiences for the Seattle Symphony?

October 2017  •  The Wallace Foundation

For years now, downtown Seattle has thrummed with the sound of earth movers and cranes, as corporations like Amazon, Microsoft and Google moved into the area and even more new residential buildings went up. The noise could be unbearable. But to the Seattle Symphony (SSO), the rumble—and the influx of people it brought into the neighborhoods surrounding Benaroya Hall—sounded like opportunity knocking.

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