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Peter Alexander (American, b. 1939-), Abstract encaustic painting on Rives paper (Blue), 19.75 x 22in, signed, 1970. Provenance: Brooke Alexander Gallery, New York. Est. $10,000-$15,000. Image courtesy of Palm Beach Modern Auctions.

WEST PALM BEACH, FLA.- By no coincidence, many of the names found on 20th-century art collectors’ “most wanted” lists also happen to appear on Palm Beach Modern’s auction roster for Saturday, May 25. Most of the artworks to be auctioned are from prestigious private, institutional or gallery collections and reflect a high level of connoisseurship. Additionally, the 532-lot offering of modern art and design features private collections of designer furniture, a world traveler’s collection of fine and decorative arts; and monumental Larry Mohr outdoor sculptures from a South Florida corporate collection. The timeless chic of mid-century modern furniture sets the tone for the sale. Ten lots of desirable Knoll furniture come directly from a collector who purchased most of the pieces directly from the manufacturer’s Manhattan showroom. The furnishings were chosen expressly for the consignor’s homes in Palm Beach, Fla., an ... More

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Banksy's home city an urban canvas for elusive artist   Hauser & Wirth announces worldwide representation of the John Chamberlain Estate   Germany returns papers of Kafka's friend Max Brod to Israel


A pedestrian walks past graffiti street art on the side of a building in Bristol, south west England, on May 8, 2019. GEOFF CADDICK / AFP.

BRISTOL (AFP).- Five years ago, British street artist Banksy adorned the side of a once uninspiring white brick building in Bristol with the familiar image of a girl gazing out solemnly. The dank courtyard beneath the stencil has, like many other spots the mysterious artist has decorated in his purported home city in southwest England, become one of Britain's most photographed places. A parody pastiche of "Girl with a Pearl Earring" by Dutch Golden Age painter Johannes Vermeer, it bears all the hallmarks of Banksy's cheekily irreverent style. The elusive Briton, whose identity is said to be known to only a handful of friends, has positioned the work so that a hexagonal security alarm box sits in place of the earring. The creation, now one of his most famous, is known as "The Girl with a Pierced Eardrum". It attracts admirers daily, many of them tourists on a well-trodden trail heavily documented on social media. "Well Hung Lover", ... More
 

John Chamberlain, PARISIANESCAPADE, 1999. Painted and stainless steel, 17 x 16 x 14 1/2 in © 2019 Fairweather & Fairweather LTD / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Courtesy the John Chamberlain Estate and Hauser & Wirth. Photo: Thomas Barratt.

NEW YORK, NY.- Marc Payot, Partner and Vice President, Hauser & Wirth, today announced that the gallery will henceforth represent the John Chamberlain Estate exclusively worldwide. Born in Rochester, Indiana, and raised primarily in Chicago, John Chamberlain (1927 – 2011) was a quintessentially American artist, channeling the innovative power of the postwar years into a relentlessly inventive practice spanning six decades. He first achieved renown for sculptures made in the late 1950s through 1960s from automobile parts – these were path-breaking works that effectively transformed the gestural energy of Abstract Expressionist painting into three dimensions. Ranging in scale from miniature to monumental, Chamberlain’s compositions of twisted, crushed, and forged metal ... More
 

Guests look at papers and manuscripts belonging to Max Brod, the friend and literary executor of Czech writer Franz Kafka, on display at the Israeli embassy after the stolen items were handed over to the Israeli ambassador. John MACDOUGALL / AFP.

BERLIN (AFP).- German police on Tuesday handed over to Israel thousands of stolen papers and manuscripts belonging to Max Brod, the friend and literary executor of Czech writer Franz Kafka. Brod, who died in Tel Aviv in 1968, is primarily responsible for Kafka's success as one of the 20th century's most influential writers, having published many of his works after the writer's death in 1924. Prague-born Brod had fled from Adolf Hitler's Nazi regime to Tel Aviv in 1939, carrying Kafka's estate in his suitcase, even though the writer of "The Trial" had insisted his works be destroyed after his death. A ceremony in Berlin at the residence of Israeli Ambassador Jeremy Issacharoff on Tuesday saw German police hand thousands of Brod's personal papers over to the National Library of Israel. It ends a decade-long struggle to retrieve ... More


Exhibition at Hazlitt Holland-Hibbert focuses on works from the 1930s by Barbara Hepworth and Ben Nicholson   Memphis Brooks Museum of Art selects Herzog & de Meuron for new building   First UK solo exhibition of works by Luchita Hurtado opens at the Serpentine


Barbara Hepworth, Single Form, 1937. Lignum Vitae.

LONDON.- ‘Barbara Hepworth | Ben Nicholson: Sculpture and Painting in the 1930s brings together over thirty works created by two of the most influential artists of the Twentieth Century. As the first ever loan exhibition to focus solely on this pivotal period in their careers, co-curated by their grand-daughter Sophie Bowness and Professor Chris Green of the Courtauld Institute, it presents sculpture, paintings and works on paper produced during this formative decade. The show contains work borrowed from major private and public collections, including Abbot Hall Art Gallery, the Courtauld Gallery, the Pier Arts Centre, the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts and the National Galleries of Scotland, and will feature rarely seen works from the artists’ family collections, as well as archival material from the Hepworth Estate. The story opens in 1930, the year in which Nicholson begins his striking painting 1930-31 (charbon) − a distinctively British take on Cubism and ... More
 

Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron. Photo Marco Grob.

MEMPHIS, TN.- Memphis Brooks Museum of Art has selected the Pritzker Prize-winning firm Herzog & de Meuron, Basel/New York, as design consultant for its new $105 million facility overlooking the Mississippi River in downtown Memphis. The Memphis-based archimania will serve as architect of record. The news was announced today by the institution, the oldest and largest art museum in Tennessee and a cultural anchor for a tri-state area that includes Arkansas and Mississippi. The new Brooks will be the jewel in the crown of a newly animated and accessible Memphis riverfront. First-phase development is already underway on plans to connect six miles of the riverfront with parks, walking paths, and civic and recreational structures, as conceived by the Chicago-based firm Studio Gang for the Mayor’s Riverfront Task Force in partnership with Memphis River Parks Partnership. This commitment to the creation of civic ... More
 

Luchita Hurtado, Untitled, c. 1951, Crayon and ink on paper, Unique, 61 x 45.9 cm © Luchita Hurtado, Courtesy Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Gift of Janet Dreisen Rappaport and Herb Rappaport through the 2019 Collectors Committee, Photo: Genevieve Hanson.

LONDON.- The Serpentine presents the first UK solo exhibition of works by Luchita Hurtado (b.1920, Maiquetía, Venezuela). The exhibition traces the trajectory of Hurtado’s expansive, 80-year career and reveals the scale, experimentation and playfulness of her impressive oeuvre. At the age of 98, she is now receiving the recognition she has long deserved and was recently featured in Time Magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people of 2019. Hurtado’s work is characterized by an original view of the world that is both grounded and transcendental, and her subject matter makes use of unexpected perspectives – looking straight down or across her own body, or straight up to a glimpse of sky – using cosmic motifs and geometric ... More



Kestner Gesellschaft opens a solo exhibition by the Polish-British artist Goshka Macuga   Throckmorton Fine Art features an important collection of forty-one pre-Columbian masks   Christie's announces final details of Maharajas & Mughal Magnificence


Goshka Macuga. Photo: Kasia Bobula.

HANNOVER.- On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus, the Kestner Gesellschaft is presenting a solo exhibition by the Polish-British artist Goshka Macuga (*1967 in Warsaw, lives and works in London). The internationally renowned artist questions historiography, especially key ideas of modernism such as a belief in progress, authorship, and utopia. In detective-like research, she finds breaks, pitfalls, and ambiguities in a supposedly linear narrative. This exhibition focuses on the Bauhaus, the influential school of art, architecture, and design, and its connection to the Kestner Gesellschaft. From 24 May to 4 August 2019, around forty installations, sculptures, textiles, and collages by Goshka Macuga will be on view throughout the building. The artist is creating new works specifically for the exhibition at the Kestner Gesellschaft, including a tapestry and one installation in collaboration ... More
 

Maya. Mosaic Deity Mask. Classic Period 600-900 CE. Green Jadeite with Shell and Obsidian. H: 3 3/4 in. W: 3 1/8 in.

NEW YORK, NY.- Throckmorton Fine Art will feature an important collection of forty-one pre-Columbian masks from the personal collection of Spencer Throckmorton from May 23 to June 22 at its New York gallery. “Faces For Eternity” – Small Masks from Pre-Columbian Mesoamerica dates to Spencer Throckmorton’s first purchase in 1971. Over nearly four decades, Throckmorton has built a collection of some of the most beautiful and significant examples which he is now offering to his clients and collectors. He sees himself as a custodian of these objects, and he is delighted to now have a chance to share them with others. While masks are often seen as disguises and meant to terrify, ancient Mesoamerican ones often serve a protective function, guarding against adversaries. Throckmorton says, “These very small objects, largely measuring ... More
 

A Gem Set Mace India, 17th Century Set on finial with large Mughal-cut diamond and also set with rubies and emeralds. © Christie's Images Ltd 2019.

NEW YORK, NY.- Following the success of the global tour of highlights, Christie’s announces final details of the most anticipated jewelry and objects sale of the season, Maharajas & Mughal Magnificence. This landmark auction is poised to be the most valuable and precious collection of jewelry and Mughal objects to ever come to auction. New confirmed details include availability of illustrated digital catalogues, exhibition dates, and sale details. The specially designed exhibition will be open to the public from 14-18 June and will feature the entire selection offered for auction ahead of the sale on 19 June 2019 at Christie’s New York. Maharajas & Mughal Magnificence presents an unprecedented group of jewels, gemstones, and decorative objects. Consisting of almost four hundred lots spanning over ... More



Marlborough opens a solo exhibition of new paintings by the London-based artist Ansel Krut   Kurt Cobain's sweater sold for $75,000 & paper plate set list sold for staggering $22,400 at Julien's Auctions   Rare complete suite of La suite des Saltimbanques by Picasso leads Bonhams sale


Krut, Traffic Light, 2018, acrylic on paper, 30 x 22 in., 76.2 x 55.9 cm. Photo: Pierre Le Hors. Image © the artist and courtesy Marlborough, New York and London.

NEW YORK, NY.- Marlborough is presenting Back to Back Balloons, a solo exhibition of new paintings by the London-based artist Ansel Krut. The show is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalog with an essay by Barry Schwabsky which is excerpted below. A painted image can be at once blunt and ambiguous. That is its sometimes troubling power: a demonstration that what you feel and what you know may never be entirely in synch. At least until recently, Ansel Krut’s paintings have tended to exemplify this disquieting ambiguity in a very particular way: a heavy, dark outlining of forms seems to speak the candid, ingenuous language of cartoons and graffiti; but the richly layered, smokily atmospheric color, often dominated by earth tones and distinctly moody in character, shows that Krut is no Pop artist, and still less an eighties-style neo-expressionist, but an artist earnestly involved in the traditional craft of oil painting and ... More
 

A green acrylic and mohair cardigan with geometric patterns worn by Kurt Cobain in his last photoshoot, taken in the summer of 1993 with photographer Jesse Frohman.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- Julien’s Auctions held its marquee music auction event MUSIC Icons on Saturday, May 18 live in Hard Rock Café Times Square in front of a packed crowd of collectors and music fans bidding live on the floor, online and on the phone across the globe. The mega-star lineup featured 670 historical items of music legends Prince, Madonna, Kurt Cobain, Queen, Elton John, Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley, Lady Gaga, Greg Lake, Michael Jackson, Beyoncé and more. The top selling item of the auction was the sale of a Universal Audio Console 610a from Bill Putnam’s legendary Western Recorders Studio #2 that was used to create iconic pop recordings such as Frank Sinatra’s “Strangers in the Night,” The Beach Boys’ "Barbara Ann," Ricky Nelson’s "Fools Rush In," Wayne Newton’s "Danke Shoen" as well as the theme songs to The Beverly Hillbillies, Green Acres, and Hawaii Five-O and more ... More
 

La suite des Saltimbanques by Pablo Picasso. Estimate: £170,000-250,000. Photo: Bonhams.

LONDON.- A rare complete series of Picasso’s first printed works La suite des Saltimbanques leads Bonhams Prints and Multiples sale in London on Thursday 13 June with estimate of £170,000-250,000. Towards the end of what is known as his Rose period (1904-06), Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) produced a body of work that focused on clowns, harlequins and carnival performers. He was fascinated by itinerant acrobats or saltimbanques, admiring their free spirit and independence, and he explored this theme in several key works. Alongside paintings such as the 1905 masterpiece La Famille des Saltimbanques, Picasso – then in his early 20s and living in bohemian Montmartre at the Bateau-Lavoir – worked on a series of 15 etchings and drypoints that showed gypsies and acrobats behind the scenes, caught in private moments. Some are shown rehearsing; others eating with their families, or taking a bath. Bonhams Director of Prints and Multiples Luc ... More



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McArthur Binion's first shows in Asia opens at Lehmann Maupin
HONG KONG.- Lehmann Maupin announced McArthur Binion’s first shows in Asia, opening simultaneously in both Hong Kong and Seoul. The Hong Kong presentation will be presented jointly with Massimo de Carlo, who will also host an exhibition of Binion’s work in their Hong Kong gallery. Spanning all three spaces, these joint exhibitions present an unprecedented opportunity to view new work by the 72-year-old American artist who has been garnering increasing international attention. Over the course of his career, Binion has defied classification as an artist, beginning his highly distinctive, innovative, and self-referential practice at the prestigious Cranbrook Academy of Art in 1973. After graduation, Binion moved to New York City and found himself in the midst of a hotbed of artistic activity—socializing and working among artists such as Jean-Michel Basquiat, ... More

WIELS, Contemporary Art Centre opens an exhibition of works by Mario García Torres
BRUSSELS.- Illusion Brought Me Here maps out the elusive body of work of Mexican artist Mario García Torres for the first time in Europe. Accompanied by a specially-composed retrospective sound piece, titled Silence’s Wearing Thin Here (n.d.), the exhibition at WIELS sets out to explore the ways García Torres has revisited the legacies of conceptual art through the pursuit of secret projects and rumored events over the past twenty years, and how he has used a wide range of sound and music, from classical avant-garde to hard rock. García Torres adopts various media, from sound to video, installation to painting, sculpture to drawing. His early use of slideshows and 16mm film allowed him to consider the subjective nature of memory and historical records (What Happens in Halifax Stays in Halifax (In 36 Slides), 2004–2006 and One Minute to Act a Title: ... More

Michael Findlay appointed President of the Art Dealers Association of America Foundation Board
NEW YORK, NY.- The Art Dealers Association of America Foundation today announced the appointment of Michael Findlay, Director of Acquavella Galleries in New York, as the organization’s new president. Bringing a wide range of art world and art historical expertise to his new role, Findlay has served on the ADAA Foundation Board for a total of five years, and in leadership positions for the ADAA, including Vice President from 2009 to 2012 and as a member of The Art Show Committee and Membership Committee. In tandem with his appointment, effective today, three new members join the organization’s board: Debra Force (Debra Force Fine Art), Dianne Dec (Hosfelt Gallery), and Jill Newhouse (Jill Newhouse Gallery). They join current board members James Cohan (James Cohan), Miles McEnery (Miles McEnery Gallery), and Adam Sheffer (Pace ... More

Asya Geisberg Gallery opens an exhibition of eight artists who work with weaving, tapestry, yarn and thread
NEW YORK, NY.- Asya Geisberg Gallery is presenting "Ariadne Unraveling", an exhibition of eight artists who work with weaving, tapestry, yarn and thread: Samantha Bittman, Liz Collins, Hannah Epstein, Desire Moheb-Zandi, Sophia Narrett, Arna Óttarsdóttir, Katarina Riesing, and Rachel Mica Weiss. Their work both deconstructs the woven medium and pushes it towards a multi-media approach, be it painting, sculpture, drawing, or installation. Samantha Bittman uses weaving as both a medium and a subject, working within the limitations set by a 12-harness floor loom. Bittman is inspired by the history of weaving technology, and how, despite major leaps in innovation, including the full automation of looms, the basic over-under interlacements of the warp and weft has never changed. Liz Collins employs a range of materials and incorporates vivid palettes ... More

Julien's Auctions Legends Auction features Marilyn Monroe, Steve McQueen, Stan Lee + more
LOS ANGELES, CA.- Julien’s Auctions announced today their two day marquee lineup for LEGENDS taking place Thursday, June 13 and Friday, June 14, 2019 at The Standard Oil Building in Beverly Hills and live online at juliensauctions.com. June 1 celebrates the 93rd birthday of Marilyn Monroe and her mystique and legend as Hollywood’s most desirable screen siren, sex symbol and pop culture icon continues to fascinate while her collection of personal and professional items never fails to excite when they appear on the auction stage. Her famous signature looks, dazzling jewelry and ephemera tied to the Marilyn mystique are here including her iconic bathrobe worn in one of her most famous roles as Pola Debevoise in How to Marry a Millionaire (20th Century, 1953) (estimate: $20,000-$40,000); her pair of rhinestone ear clips with three strands ... More

Rhodes Contemporary Art opens an exhibition of new works by Nick Smith
LONDON.- Contemporary artist Nick Smith opened an exhibition of new works at Rhodes Contemporary Art (formerly the Lawrence Alkin Gallery ) on 3 May 2019, following four sell-out shows at the gallery. Known for his signature ‘colour-chip’ methodology and deconstruction and reworking of visual culture, this latest body of work Pinched, explores themes of art theft, a crime only exceeded in value by arms dealing, drug trafficking and money laundering. Smith often uses satire threads in economics, society and pop culture to curate his exhibitions, as previously seen in Priceless, in which he looked at the precariousness of the art market. Pinched is a continuum of this body of work - his research on art markets leading him to the more abstract area of art theft. Smith is interested in what happens to ideas of value once an artwork has been stolen, ... More

Brazil's gutted National Museum seeks funds in Europe
RIO DE JANEIRO (AFP).- Brazil's National Museum director headed to Europe Tuesday for a two-week fundraising trip to help finance the rebuilding of the institution devastated by fire last year. Alexander Kellner told AFP he would visit Germany and France in search of support after failing to get the much-needed aid in Brazil. "Our objective is to show our reconstruction efforts and explain how institutions from other countries can contribute," Kellner said before boarding a plane in Rio de Janeiro. "This tragedy transcends our borders. It is not just Brazil which suffered. The fire affected collections from other countries." Beyond funds needed for the reconstruction of Latin America's main natural history museum, the institution needs money to safeguard artefacts rescued from the ashes of the gutted building. Kellner told reporters earlier this month that the museum ... More

Omani writer wins Man Booker literature prize
LONDON (AFP).- Jokha Alharthi on Tuesday became the first Arabic author to win the Man Booker International prize for her novel "Celestial Bodies" which reveals her Omani homeland's post-colonial transformation. "I am thrilled that a window has been opened to the rich Arabic culture," Alharthi, 40, told reporters after the ceremony at the Roundhouse in London. Alharthi is the author of two previous collections of short fiction, a children's book and three novels in Arabic. She studied classical Arabic poetry at Edinburgh University and teaches at Sultan Qaboos University in Muscat. "Oman inspired me but I think international readers can relate to the human values in the book -- freedom and love," she said. The prestigious 50,000-pound (57,000 euro, $64,000) prize, which celebrates translated fiction from around the world, is divided equally between ... More

Strong results achieved for Christie's Design sale: Total €4,863,375, buyers coming from 16 countries
PARIS.- Christie’s sale of Design achieved a total of €4,863,375 with 79% sold by lot and 93% sold by value. This season again, the department presented a solid sale which was offering 107 lots covering all periods and categories from Art Deco with Armand Albert Rateau (1882-1938) and its pair of "Fennecs" lamps sold €466,000, Design with an exceptional jardinière by Jean Goulden (1878-1946) sold €175,000 or a nice “Lampadaire 1050/2”, realised in 1951 by Gino Sarfati (1912-1985) which more than tripled its pre-estimate, sold for €97,500, the animal bronzes with a remarkable “Jaguar Accroupi” by Rembrandt Bugatti (1884-1916) which sold for €826,000 against a presale estimate of €400,000-600,000. International collectors also paid a beautiful tribute to Claude and François-Xavier Lalanne whose 8 lots offered realized a combined total of €1M. The top lot of this section, a pair of ... More

Milwaukee Art Museum taps accomplished museum professional as Chief Development Officer
MILWAUKEE, WIS.- The Milwaukee Art Museum today announced that, after an extensive nationwide search, Abby Ashley has been hired as the Chief Development Officer (CDO) for the organization. Ashley is currently at the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, Florida, as its Director of Development. During her time at the Norton, she led and completed an ambitious $110 million capital campaign, in addition to supervising all aspects of annual fundraising, managing a staff of 14, and transforming the Norton’s customer relationship management database. “Abby is a rising star in the museum development world with a broad range of accomplishments, and we are extremely lucky to have her as a part of the Museum’s leadership team,” said Marcelle Polednik, PhD, Donna and Donald Baumgartner Director. “I know that everyone both inside and outside ... More

Nomura announces inaugural winners of US$100,000 Emerging Artist Awards
KYOTO.- At an award ceremony held today at the Tofukuji temple in Kyoto, Japan, Nomura announced the winners of its first annual Nomura Emerging Artist Awards. Selected by an independent international jury of experts, the awards recognize and support exceptional artists in the early stage of their careers. Each award bears an unrestricted cash gift of US$100,000. The inaugural winners of the Nomura Emerging Artist Awards are Cheng Ran (born 1981), a Chinese artist who lives and works in Hangzhou, and Cameron Rowland (born 1988), an American artist who lives and works in New York City. Cheng Ran combines cinema, poetry, drama, fiction and installation in works where meaning is associative and fragmented. Striving to address complex and sensitive spiritual conditions, he brings disparate cultures, social positions and existential questions together, ... More







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May 22, 2019. Georges Prosper Remi (22 May 1907 - 3 March 1983), known by the pen name Hergé, was a Belgian cartoonist. He is best known for creating The Adventures of Tintin, the series of comic albums which are considered one of the most popular European comics of the 20th century. In this image: Georges Remi aka Hergé, Le Lotus Bleu, 1936, vendu 1,1 M€ / 1,25 M$ / 9,6 MHK$ (estimate : 1 000 000 - 1 500 000 € / 8 600 000 – 13 000 000 H$K) © Hergé/Moulinsart 2015.



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