Art & Architecture


 This image provided by Sotheby’s shows a fancy vivid blue pear-shaped diamond from the estate of Rachel "Bunny" Mellon that sold Nov. 20 for $32.6 million. It's an auction record for any blue diamond. It was sold to an anonymous Hong Kong collector.

Auction house: Bunny Mellon's objects take in $218 million during multiday auction

Three works — two paintings by Mark Rothko and a Fancy Vivid Blue Diamond — fetched over $30 million.

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 The Grand Staircase at The Frick Collection on Manhattan’s Museum Row on the Upper East Side currently has a velvet rope to keep visitors from going upstairs to see the private rooms. By 2020, these private living quarters will be converted into exhibition space.

New York's Frick Collection to expand

The Frick Collection in New York City plans ambitious expansion; family's private rooms will become exhibition space.

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2Do this week, Nov. 24-29: Cultural events around Pittsburgh

The Kelly Strayhorn Theater in East Liberty will celebrate the 99th birthday of Billy Strayhorn with a birthday bash Saturday.

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 At the opening of the Prism Project.

'Inside Artists Reaching Out': Artwork from prisoners on loan in Braddock library

Prison inmates donate their original artwork to the Carnegie Library of Braddock’s art lending program.

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Finally time for repairs at Capitol Dome

Workers are in the midst of a $60 million effort to fix 1,300 cracks in the 150-year-old cast iron as well as scour and repaint its surface.

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 Construction crew members work on new houses near Larimer Avenue and Meadow Street.

New homes taking shape in Larimer

The homes are part of an extensive plan to revitalize the neighborhood and attract more residents.

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 John James Audubon's 1824 print, "Passenger Pigeon," will be part of the display at the University of Pittsburgh's Hillman Library.

Audubon prints on display at Pitt library

Audubon prints will be on exhibition at the University of Pittsburgh’s Hillman Library.

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 A Lammily doll featuring a temporary tattoo.

Showing 'variety of body types,' Pittsburgh artist's Lammily doll goes on sale

As of Friday more than 27,000 dolls had been ordered, Nickolay Lamm said.

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 Cobra Starship singer Gabe Sporta.

Cobra Starship prepared to entertain Light Up Night revelers

New York electro-pop band isn't sure what Light Up Night is but is ready for the challenge.

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 Gianna Paniagua of Lawrenceville

Despite challenges, young Lawrenceville artist sculpting a career

Gianna Paniagua recently celebrated the 22-year anniversary of a heart transplant she received when she was 14 months old.

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 Butler County Community College hosts the art work of M.S. Reagan in the Mary Hulton Phillips Gallery at the main campus in Butler.

Resume: A newsmaker you should know / M.S. Reagan combines poetry, art for exhibit

When he was in elementary school, he started writing short stories that were so good they caught the attention of one of his teachers.

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 "Rebuild My Church, by Christopher Ruane of Pittsburgh. "  Honorable mention award-winning digital photograph.

Nationwide Juried Catholic Arts Exhibition retains vitality

The fifth Nationwide Juried Catholic Arts Exhibition at The Saint Vincent Gallery exemplifies the intentions of founder Nathan Cochran.

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 This 1824 Audubon print of the passenger pigeon is among 24 prints that will be featured as part of Audubon Day Friday at the University of Pittsburgh's Hillman Library.

Audubon prints focus of University of Pittsburgh exhibit

A total of 24 Audubon prints will be exhibited in Room 363 of Hillman Library’s Special Collections Reading Room.

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Tucson arts leader to speak

Roberto Bedoya, of the Tucson Pima Arts Council, is keynote speaker at Thursday’s Annual Meeting of the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council.

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2Do this week, Nov. 16-22: Cultural events around Pittsburgh

Whirling Dervishes at Carnegie Music Hall, Jazz Vespers, W. Kamau Bell on his “Oh, Everything!” comedy tour. PSO Music for the Spirit ...

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 Artist Dee Briggs helps the "Gold Team" remove nails from salvaged wood in an effort to perform a soft demolition on the House of Gold. She hopes to someday build a coffee shop where the House of Gold used to be, using repurposed materials.

Art preview: Artist Dee Briggs' exhibition at Mine Factory revolves around a sense of values

At a new Homewood gallery, “Dee Briggs: The Perception of Value” juxtaposes abstract forms with works from “The House of Gold” project.

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 Andy Warhol's 1963 "Triple Elvis" in ink and silver paint sold for $81.9 million at Wednesday's auction by Christie’s in New York. The image was taken from Elvis Presley's publicity shot for his 1960 movie “Flaming Star.”

Warhol's Elvis, Brando portraits fetch $153M to lead Christie's record-setting art auction

A bidding war drove Warhol's “Triple Elvis” to $81.9 million, while “Four Marlons” fetched $69.6 million to lead the sale of 80 works.

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 This portrait was done by Michael Delehanty, a ninth-grader at Harrison Middle School in the Baldwin-Whitehall School District. It is a self-portrait of Michael, whose vision is 20/400, with extreme light sensitivity and no color vision. He recently won first place in a national competition with this self-portrait.

Whitehall teen, 14, wins national art contest for visually impaired

The 14-year-old has not allowed genetic disorder to keep him from pursing his interests in school.

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 "Silver Car Crash (Double Disaster)" by Andy Warhol

Warhol's other noted works sold at auction

A prized 1963 Andy Warhol painting that captures the immediate aftermath of a car crash sold for $105 million on Nov. 13, 2013 at a New

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 Duane Michals at the Carnegie. The wall mural is an enlarged photograph of the shrubs in front of his childhood home in McKeesport.

Duane Michals talks about his approach to photography Sunday at Carnegie Museum

The McKeesport native considers himself “an anomaly not only in photography but in every aspect you can imagine.”

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 Works by Dee Briggs in her exhibition "The Perception of Values."

Art notes: Dee Briggs has solo exhibition at Mine Factory

Dee Briggs, known for her abstract steel sculpture, initiates a discussion of the way we assign value via a solo show at The Mine Factory.

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 Winslow Homer’s “Children on the Beach (Watching the Tide Go Out; Watching the Boats) was part of the recent auction from the estate of Rachel Lambert “Bunny” Mellon. The painting was sold at Sotheby’s for $4.5 million.

All 43 works in Mellon’s collection sell, fetching nearly $160 million

Artwork spanning 400 years attracted bidders from 32 countries and four continents.

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 Winslow Homer's Children on the Beach, from the estate of Bunny Mellon, was part of a recent auction at Sotheby's.

All 43 works sell at Mellon auction, bringing nearly $160 million

The artwork, from the estate of Rachel “Bunny” Mellon, spans 400 years and attracted bidders from 32 countries and four continents.

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 Felix Bossuet portrays Sebastian in "Belle and Sebastian."

Let's Talk About: Art

With fall turning chilly and damp, it's a good time to take in a family-friendly film at the Three Rivers Film Festival.

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 The studios at Radiant Hall, 4514 Plummer St., is part of the 10th annual Lawrenceville Artists' Studio Tour.

Artists' Studio Tour takes over Lawrenceville

The 10th annual Lawrenceville Artists' Studio Tour features 31 artists at 14 locations.

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 John Krena, left, and Joseph Vignale, right, of Four Winds Gallery.

Four Winds Gallery marks 40 years in Shadyside

Four Winds Gallery is celebrating four decades of representing Native American artists with a Southwest jeweler and trading post owners.

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 Clown Alley at the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey's "Built to Amaze."

The Hot List of events for the coming weekend

The circus hits town, along with musicians Kenny Loggins and Justin Hayward. Also, the urban circus 360 ALLSTARS rolls into the Byham.

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 Billy Strayhorn and Billy Eckstine seated at piano, circa 1958.

Nurturer of Modernism: Academics look at Pittsburgh's role in breaking from old molds

Modernist Studies Association holding its conference in Pittsburgh, a thoroughly modernist city filled with artists, authors and others.

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 Day of the Dead altar at Mexico Lindo Artisan Gallery in Squirrel Hill.

Art notes: Day of the Dead is celebrated by Squirrel Hill shop

The Day of the Dead, a holiday that remembers deceased loved ones, is commemorated with altar displays at Squirrel Hill’s Mexico Lindo.

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 Brian Cohen stands near his work, to the left, and near images of "Bill Strickland " by Scott Goldsmith, to the right, at the Manchester Guild studio.

Photography exhibit highlights Pittsburgh neighborhood heroes

Three photographers have documented present documentary of artistic activists having impact on their neighborhoods.

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 Standing in front of an enlarged contact sheet of his negatives from a portrait session with Andy Warhol, photographer Duane Michals speaks at an Oct. 31 press preview of his show "Storyteller: The Photographs of Duane Michals," at the Carnegie Museum of Art.

Storytelling: Exhibits tell tales of the inner life of Duane Michals

"Storyteller: The Photographs of Duane Michals," at Carnegie Museum of Art, honors the prolific and innovative McKeesport native.

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 Charles Courtney Curran, "On the Heights," 1909,  Brooklyn Museum, gift of George D. Pratt. The oil on canvas is part of an exhibition at the Frick Art & Historical Center, Point Breeze.

Art preview: Charles Courtney Curran weaves women and children into lovely landscapes in show at The Frick

The Frick opens an exhibition of Charles Courtney Curran, who captured nature, women and children on sun-drenched canvases.

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 Bill Wilson, who also goes by "Biilzebub" the Bone Collector, poses for a portrait inside his workshop on the South Side, where he creates jewelry, lamps and sculpture using the bones of deceased animals.

South Side man goes creative with bones of dead animals

Bill “Biilzebub” Wilson aka The Bone Collector creates his art and gives new life — and beauty — to that which is already dead.

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 Duane Michals "Good Morning Glory," 2007 chromogenic print with hand applied text.

Art notes: Duane Michals opens at The Carnegie; more Teenie Harris photos

Duane Michals, Charles “Teenie” Harris and Charles Courtney Curran shows open.

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TV review: PBS's Craft in America' focuses on veterans

The PBS series “Craft in America” has put together a thoughtful program in “Service,” which focuses on veterans.

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Garfield Artworks closing in December

Owner not sure what will become of space with promoter Manny Theiner going out on his own.

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 Enhancements to the South Highland Avenue Bridge recently won an honor award from the local chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

South Highland bridge, 16 others win design awards

South Highland Avenue Bridge renovation, a new middle school auditorium and “butterfly balconies” garner awards for local architects.

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 "Theo George" is part of "Taking Stock" by Two Girls Working -- aka artists Tiffany Ludwig and Renee Piechocki -- at SPACE gallery.

Let’s Talk About Art: Two Girls Working

Two Girls Working ask big questions as part of their installation “Taking Stock” at SPACE gallery in Downtown Pittsburgh.

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Garfield Artworks to close in December

The Garfield gallery and concert venue helped launch an artistic renaissance on Penn Avenue in the 1990s.

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