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Bill Perkins aces Ernie Barnes’ ‘The Sugar Shack’ at Christie’s

Bill Perkins, the Houston-based entrepreneur and amateur poker player, fought off intense competition from another bidder at Christie’s evening sale on May 12 to win a masterpiece by the late African American painter Ernie Barnes, The Sugar Shack (1976), for $15.3 million. The work had been estimated at just $150,000 to $200,000, so the final...

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A glimpse into batik art from another continent

A critique of motifs found in African batik provides a fascinating glimpse into cultural mores of Ghana, providing the much needed perspective that art tends to generate Heritage folk art observers from India note that the textile craft of ‘batik’ has been relevant in our country for at least the past 2,000 years, traced way...