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National Gallery of Canada acquires The Foursome (The Partie Carrée) by James Tissot

Anabelle Kienle Poňka, Acting Senior Curator of European and American art, National Gallery of Canada poses with James Tissot's The Foursome (The Partie Carrée), 1870. Photo: Andrew Van Beeken for The National Gallery of Canada.

OTTAWA.- A new acquisition for the National Gallery of Canada went on permanent display today. The Partie Carée (1870), by renowned French artist James Tissot (1836–1902) joins two other Tissot works in the collection, enriching the Gallery’s important holdings from the French Second Empire period (1852-70). Purchased privately from the Estate of David R. Graham, The Partie Carée has been exhibited publicly only twice—including its world premiere at the Paris Salon in 1870. “The Partie Carrée ranks among the most refined and ambitious works from Tissot’s first Paris period,” says Anabelle Kienle Poňka, Acting Senior Curator of European and American art. “A masterpiece of his Directoire series, it embodies references to history and art history with visual intelligence, wit and humour. Large in scale and exquisitely painted, it is also an important example of the era’s penchant for genre scenes that t ... More

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Swiss, Modern & Contemporary art bring strong prices at Koller   Asia Week New York announces 10th anniversary dealer roster   Yalitza Aparicio: an indigenous Mexican woman captivates Hollywood


Emil Nolde, Doppelbild (Sie seltsames Licht). 1918. Oil on canvas. 60.6 x 56.2 cm. Sold for CHF 1 million.

LONDON.- “21,000 … 22,000 … 23,000 …” the bids called out by auctioneer Cyril Koller had clients in the packed saleroom checking and re-checking their catalogues – the first lot of Koller’s Prints & Multiples auction on 8 December was estimated at CHF 1,500 – 2,500, and already the bidding was well into five figures. Despite its small format, the suite of ten small-format woodcuts by Felix Vallotton entitled “Les Petites Baigneuses” had become a must-have lot for several collectors. “45,000 … 46,000 … 47,000…” in increments of 1,000 francs, two collectors carried the bidding war on to a new auction record for any set of prints by the artist: CHF 168,000. The Swiss, Modern & Contemporary Art auctions at Koller on 7 and 8 December exhibited strong bidding across the fine art categories, with prices well exceeding pre-sale estimates overall. The Swiss Art auction f ... More
 

Ceramics (front to back) by Ogawa Machiko, Tashima Etsuko, Maeda Masahiro and Matsui Kōsei. Photo: Richard Goodbody. Courtesy of Joan B. Mirviss LTD.

NEW YORK, NY.- The Asia Week New York Association announces that forty-eight international galleries and six auction houses -Bonhams, Christie's, Doyle, Heritage Auctions, iGavel, and Sotheby's will participate in the 10th anniversary edition of Asia Week New York 2019, the ten-day celebration of Asian art and culture that spans the metropolitan region from March 13 through 23, 2019. "On the occasion of this 10-year milestone, we are pleased to announce the outstanding roster of international specialists," says Christina Prescott-Walker, chairman of Asia Week New York. "The breathtaking range of their expertise and offerings always impresses even the most seasoned patrons, which include collectors, curators, designers and world-renowned tastemakers." According to Ms. Prescott-Walker, Asia Week New York, in ... More
 

Mexican actress Yalitza Aparicio arrives for the Los Angeles premiere of "Roma" at the Egyptian theatre in Hollywood on December 10, 2018. Robyn Beck / AFP.

LOS ANGELES (AFP).- Yalitza Aparicio had just gone along with her sister to the casting call for Alfonso Cuaron's new film. She had no intention of trying out herself. But destiny put her in front of the camera and that was how the Mexican woman of indigenous origins, who had just graduated as a teacher but wasn't yet working, became the star of "Roma." She is likely now to spend the next few months learning how to handle Tinseltown red-carpet ceremonies -- Cuaron's latest film is a sensation, and her work is generating major buzz. "Roma" won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, has been nominated for three Golden Globes and is a strong favorite for the Oscars in February. "It wasn't something that I really wanted or had dreamed about," Aparicio, who turned 26 on Tuesday, told AFP. "Because of your socioeconomic ... More



Karl Marx 'Capital' contract makes a mint at Paris auction   Exhibition of works by Lawrence Weiner on view at Marian Goodman Paris   Saint Louis Art Museum acquires 'Sunburst in the Riesengebirge' by Caspar David Friedrich


The contract specifies that the book must be published at a price "which all can afford".

PARIS (AFP).- A contract signed by Karl Marx for the publication of the French version of "Capital", his ground-breaking study of capitalism, sold at auction in Paris for a record 121,600 euros ($138,145), five times the expected price. The contract, signed with editor Mauriche Lachatre ahead of publication of the first French tome of "Capital" in 1872, was originally expected to fetch no more than 25,000 euros, auction house Ader Nordmann said ahead of Tuesday's sale. The contract specifies that the book must be published at a price "which all can afford". Also sold were 23 letters written by Marx to his French editor, two of which were sold for a total of 160,000 euros. Most of the letters, dating from 1872, confirm that Marx translated the first tome of "Capital" himself from German into French as he was not satisfied with the original translation. "We knew that Marx had taken part in translating the work, but not that he had written such a large part of it," an expert said. The sale was ... More
 

Lawrence Weiner, NITER & BRIMSTONE KEPT APART, 1992. LANGUAGE + THE MATERIALS REFERRED TO. Photo: Rebecca Fanuele © and Courtesy of the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, Paris, London.

PARIS.- Galerie Marian Goodman is presenting FOLDED WAVES VAGUES PLIÉES, an exhibition of works by Lawrence Weiner at the gallery and at the bookshop. Lawrence Weiner has been using language as the primary medium for his works since the late 1960s. Presented in capital letters, his structures consisting of language, or text fragments, often accompanied by graphic marks and lines, are instantly and internationally recognizable as Weiner’s. Each piece refers to Weiner’s generic description of their content: LANGUAGE + THE MATERIALS REFERRED TO. The work often describes material components, colors, spatio-temporal delineations and interactions, allowing viewers to develop their own personal interpretation and experiences. One of the leading figures of the Conceptual art scene in the ... More
 

The Saint Louis Art Museum purchased “Sunburst in the Riesengebirge,” a landscape painting by Caspar David Friedrich, at auction in London on Dec. 12, 2018.

ST. LOUIS, MO.- The Saint Louis Art Museum has acquired “Sunburst in the Riesengebirge,” a landscape painting by the German Romantic painter Caspar David Friedrich. The museum purchased the painting today (Dec. 12) at auction at Sotheby’s in London for a total price of $2.75 million, including buyer’s premium. The painting will be on view in early 2019. Paintings by Friedrich seldom come on the market. In the United States, the artist is represented in the collections of only a small number of museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, National Gallery of Art, Kimbell Art Museum, and J. Paul Getty Museum. Acquiring a strong work by Friedrich has been a strategic priority for several decades, said Brent R. Benjamin, the Barbara B. Taylor Director of the Saint Louis Art Museum. “As the leading German painter of the first half of the 19th century, Friedrich had an extraordinary ... More


Exhibition at Sean Kelly features two new 'solid-light' installations by Anthony McCall   Star Wars designs achieve top lot at Bonhams; World record for Judas Priest guitar   Exhibition of new works by Chiharu Shiota on view at Blain│Southern


Anthony McCall. "Doubling Back" (2003). Installation view, Museo d'Arte della Svizzera italiana, Lugano, 2015. Photograph by Stefania Beretta. © Anthony McCall. Courtesy: the artist and Sean Kelly, New York.

NEW YORK, NY.- Sean Kelly announces Split Second, Anthony McCall’s sixth solo exhibition with the gallery. Occupying the entire space, the exhibition features two new ‘solid-light’ installations, McCall’s seminal horizontal work Doubling Back, 2003, and a curated selection of black and white photographs, a number of which will be exhibited in the US for the first time. Anthony McCall is widely recognized for his ‘solid-light’ installations, a series he began in 1973 with the ground-breaking Line Describing a Cone, in which a volumetric form composed of projected light slowly evolves in three-dimensional space. In Split Second, McCall further expands the development of this series, creating a dialogue between two new works, Split Second and Split Second (Mirror). Split Second consists of two separate points of light emanating from the top and bottom of the gallery’s back ... More
 

Ken (K.K) Downing/ Judas Priest: A Gibson Flying V guitar, 1967, sold for an astonishing £150,000 (Estimate £15,000-18,000), a world record result for a ‘lead heavy metal guitar’. Photo: Bonhams.

LONDON.- A sketchbook showing the original hand-drawn costume designs for key characters in Star Wars - including Darth Vader, Chewbacca and the Stormtroopers - sold for an impressive £125,000 at Bonhams, New Bond Street, on Tuesday 11 December 2018. The sketchbook was part of the 73-lot sale: Designing an Empire: The John Mollo Archive, and in the collection belonging to the family of John Mollo, the double Oscar®-winning costume designer for Star Wars, Gandhi, Alien and Chaplin. Katherine Schofield, Head of Bonhams Entertainment Memorabilia department, said, “John Mollo’s personal sketchbook provides a unique insight into the creation of the Star Wars universe. We are delighted that his historic work has been celebrated with bidders from around the globe eager to own this piece of cinematic history.” The story began in 1975, when ... More
 

Chiharu Shiota, Me Somewhere Else, 2018, Installation view, Courtesy the artist and BlainSouthern, Photo Peter Mallet.

LONDON.- Blain|Southern London is presenting Me Somewhere Else, an exhibition of new works by Chiharu Shiota. The artist’s first exhibition at the London gallery, Me Somewhere Else includes one of Shiota’s site-specific installations, sculpture and works on canvas. Based in Berlin, Shiota (b. 1972, Osaka, Japan) is best known for her immersive installations, such as The Key in the Hand, with which she represented Japan at the Venice Biennale in 2015. Using thread to ‘draw’ in three dimensions, she weaves intricate networks of yarn into and across spaces. Personal experiences are the starting points for her works, which explore the relationships between the body, memory, life and death. The titular installation Me Somewhere Else continues Shiota’s exploration of thread as a medium but here she utilises the material in a markedly different way, using her fingers to knot red yarn into a vast net. ... More


American Art & Pennsylvania Impressionists tops $3.2 million   Christie's France Asian Art sale achieves €7.1M   Exhibition at Galerie Miranda presents two different bodies of work taken in the same city by artists of two generations


Fern Isabel Coppedge, Looking Up the Delaware, sold for $59,375.

PHILADELPHIA, PA.- The second Sunday in December saw Freeman’s winter auction of American Art & Pennsylvania Impressionists. Bidders crowded the first-floor gallery, filling every available seat and standing around the perimeter for the duration of the sale. Chairman Alasdair Nichol presided at the rostrum, taking bids from the phones, online and the room, for the nearly 160-lot auction. The sale totaled $3.22 million, including Buyer’s Premium, with 81% of the lots sold. The undoubted highlight of the sale was a striking painting of a dramatic knife fight by N.C. Wyeth, “Back and Forth Across It We Went…” (Lot 94), which sold for $550,000, making it the most expensive work by Wyeth ever sold at Freeman’s. The painting is an illustration for Vingie E. Roe’s “The Virtue of Neils Hansen,” a short-story published in Colliers Weekly in May 1915. The present lot was fresh to market, having never ... More
 

The sale offered a very rare and exceptional imperial cloisonné enamel Taotie vase and cover. Estimate: €150,000-200,000. Sold for €343,500. © Christie’s Images Limited 2018.

PARIS.- The Asian Art sale totaled €7,175,000 selling 87% by value, a result far above the presale estimate. The top lot of the sale was an important Thangka representing the Mandala of Vajravarahi which sold for €607,500 against a presale estimate of €400,000-600,000. This piece was part of the exceptional collection of Lionel and Danielle Fournier which 74 lots realised a great total of €3,588,750. The afternoon session offered a beautiful group of 25 jades coming from a French collection. The combined total for these jades reached almost €1M. The top lot from this section is an impressive white jade “bridge” Brush rest and its spinach green jade “water” stand from the Qing dynasty which sold for €487,500 against a presale estimate of €80,000-120,000. Other Chinese highlights realised strong prices such as a massive imperial cloisonné ... More
 

André Kertész (1894-1985), August 17, 1981. Polaroid SX-70 Dated in pencil on verso. From the Estate of André Kertész, New York © The Estate of André Kertész / courtesy Stephen Bulger Gallery.

PARIS.- This exhibition takes its title from the first French publication of the Kertész Polaroid series: A ma fenêtre (Editions Herscher, 1981) and presents two different bodies of work taken in the same city by artists of two generations: André Kertész and Arne Svenson. New York city, 1979: aged 84, André Kertész was emotionally and physically exhausted after the recent death of his beloved wife and lifelong companion Elizabeth. To distract him from his grief, a friend offered him a Polaroid SX-70 camera and, for the next 6 years, the master of black and white photography used it to produce a last great body of work. Taken in his Manhattan apartment just north of Washington Square, many of the photographs were shot either from his window or on the windowsill. Arranging personal objects into delicate, crafted still lives that evoked ... More


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Arthur Jafa debuts new work in major solo exhibition and film series
BERKELEY, CA.- Two years ago, the artist and filmmaker Arthur Jafa debuted the seven-minute video installation Love Is The Message, The Message Is Death, a transcendent portrait of African American experience assembled from found sources and footage he shot that was presented internationally to wide acclaim. Now, the UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive presents a new exhibition of Jafa’s work, marking one of the artist’s first major solo museum exhibitions since the premiere of his 2016 breakthrough work. Arthur Jafa / MATRIX 272 features the debut of The White Album, a new video installation commissioned by BAMPFA that follows Love Is The Message—this time focusing on the complex subject of white identity in contemporary America. The latest installment in BAMPFA’s MATRIX Program for Contemporary Art, Arthur Jafa ... More

Cancer, chaos, tragedy... French film legend Trintignant reaches for poetry
PARIS (AFP).- He is 88, has cancer and has had to endure the rock star who killed his daughter attempt a very public comeback earlier this year. Now Jean-Louis Trintignant, the French acting legend who at 83 had critics fighting back the tears at his performance in the Oscar-winning "Amour", is quietly staring down the odds yet again. With theatres and museums in Paris shuttered last weekend by the "yellow vest" protest movement that has shaken France, Trintignant has taken to the stage again with something you might think would calm the spirits -- a poetry show. "There are a lot of anarchist poems in it actually, which worries me a bit," Trintignant told AFP. Rousing rebel verse that a few weeks ago he "took great pleasure in reciting now feel a bit like demagoguery," he admitted in the febrile atmosphere of the street revolt against President ... More

Christie's London Handbags & Accessories Auction totals $ 3,670,625
LONDON.- On 12 December 2018 Christie’s Winter Season Luxury sales in London concluded with the Handbags & Accessories auction, which totalled £2,936,500 / $ 3,670,625 / €3,236,023, and achieved sell-through rates of 93% by lot and 89% by value. The leading lot of the sale was a 2010 Hermès, Matte Himalaya Niloticus Crocodile Birkin 35 with 18k White Gold & Diamond Hardware (estimate: £100,000–150,000), which sold for £236,750 / $295,938 / €260,899 and established a European record for a handbag sold at auction*. An additional sale highlight was an extremely rare aluminium Explorer Trunk by Louis Vuitton, which realised £162,500 / $203,125 / €179,075. Dating to 1892, this extraordinary trunk was created at a time when the production of aluminium was so complex it was more expensive than gold, and as a result only a very ... More

Search for Art Fund Museum of the Year 2019 begins
LONDON.- Today, Wednesday 12 December, the search for Art Fund Museum of the Year 2019 began. The biggest museum prize in the world – with a total prize value of £140,000 – Art Fund Museum of the Year seeks out, celebrates and rewards innovation and exceptional achievement in museums and galleries across the UK. Each year an independent panel selects the finalists and winner. The judges for 2019 are also announced today: David Batchelor, artist; Brenda Emmanus, broadcaster and journalist; Bridget McConnell, chief executive of Glasgow Life; and Bill Sherman, director of the Warburg Institute. The Jury will be chaired by Stephen Deuchar, director of Art Fund. There are around 2,500 museums in the UK, many of them free, including national museums, local authority museums, university museums, independent museums, historic properties and heritage ... More

Fundação Bienal de São Paulo elects José Olympio da Veiga Pereira as president
SAO PAULO.- José Olympio da Veiga Pereira is the new president of the Fundação Bienal de São Paulo, elected by the foundations’ Executive Board on Tuesday, December 11. His mandate lasts two years, and he can be reelected for two more. José Olympio takes office on January 2, 2019, with the aim of enlarging the Bienal’s connection with the city, as well as with its varied public and with international institutions. On the same occasion, Julio Landmann was elected as chairman of the Executive Board. Engaged with the institution for decades, Landmann already served as the foundation’s president from February 1997 to February 1999. During his mandate, the 24th Bienal de São Paulo ‘Bienal of Anthropophagy’, was held, curated by Paulo Herkenhoff. In recent years, Landmann has been a board member active in various of the foundation’s work ... More

Patinated bronze sculpture by Emile Louis Picault brings CA$43,660 at Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd.
NEW HAMBURG, ON.- A patinated bronze sculpture by Emile Louis Picault (French, 1860-1915), used as the mascot for the Ten-Mile Corinthian Automobile Championship of 1906 in Ormond Daytona Beach, Florida, having links to the origins of the Indianapolis 500, changed hands for $43,660 at an auction held December 8th by Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd. The auction was held online and in Miller & Miller’s gallery located at 59 Webster Street in New Hamburg, Ontario. Up for bid was the Aarssen collection of automobilia, bronzes and Americana in a sale that saw 438 lots cross the auction block and gross $318,319 (all prices quoted are in Canadian dollars). More than 200 lots finished over high estimate, as did 70 of the 100 top lots. The Picault bronze was the auction’s top earner. The monumental, 48-inch tall sculpture was commissioned ... More

Exhibition at Pera Museum encourages visitors to appreciate time
ISTANBUL.- Pera Museum is presenting its new exhibition “The Time Needs Changing”. The exhibition questions our geo-politically controlled notions of time through artists Cao Fei, Nilbar Güreş and Raqs Media Collective, whose works present alternative approaches to linear perception of time, which is strictly enforced by the power structures under which we live. The exhibition is on view 13 December 2018 - 17 March 2019. Releasing the shackles of time and suggesting alternative and parallel paths, “The Time Needs Changing” exhibition encourages us to appreciate time not just as a measure of our fast-disappearing time on Earth, but as a way of better understanding ourselves. Curated by Alistair Hicks, the exhibition presents a thought-scape that draws from three different parts of the world; China, Turkey and India. Cao Fei, Nilbar Güreş ... More

Goya masterpiece, Disasters of War, leads Bonhams London Print sale
LONDON.- An early 1st edition set of Francisco Goya’s masterpiece, Los Desastres de la Guerra (Disasters of War), in its original binding leads Bonhams Prints and Multiples sale in London on Tuesday 18 December with an estimate of £70,000-100,000. The 80 etchings, executed between 1810-1820, depict the horrors inflicted on the civilian population of Spain by the armies of Napoleon Bonaparte during the Peninsular War (1808-1814). They also stand as a wider testament to the artist’s feelings about all war and its brutal consequences. The Peninsular war ended in victory for the British army, commanded by Arthur Wellesley, the future Duke of Wellington. But Napoleon was also beaten by the collective will of the Spanish population and the armed civilians – guerrillas – who rose up spontaneously against Napoleon's troops. Guerrilla ambushes carried out under ... More

New Director of Compton Verney Art Gallery and Park announced
COMPTON VERNEY.- Julie Finch has been appointed the new Director of Compton Verney Art Gallery and Park. Ms Finch will take up her new position on 29th April 2019. She replaces former Director, Professor Steven Parissien, who stepped down from the role last month (November 2018) to become Director of the Bata Shoe Museum, Toronto. Ms Finch, is currently Chief Executive Officer at the Cheltenham Trust, where she has been since October 2014. Previously, Julie was the Project Director for the new Museum of Western Australia in Perth and prior to that, was Director of Bristol Museums, Galleries and Archives Services for seven years, developing Bristol’s new museum, M Shed, from concept through to delivery whilst in the post and securing Major Partner Museum funding. In addition, Julie has sat on the boards of both the Arts Council England ... More

Rare knives lead Heritage Auctions' Arms & Armor, Civil War & Militaria Auction beyond $1.4 million
DALLAS, TX.- A collection of exceptional knives and an ornate double barrel shotgun led the final total for Heritage Auctions' Dec. 9 Arms & Armor, Civil War & Militaria Auction to $1,486,262. The auction included the sale of more than 130 lots to benefit the J.M. Davis Arms & Historical Museum based in Claremore, Oklahoma. "You could see and feel the bidding pick up when the J.M. Davis Museum lots took the podium," Heritage Auctions Arms & Armor Consignment Director David Carde said. "Buyers know when items are fresh to the market and have not been offered in the past. The prices realized are a reflection of our clients' knowledge and understanding of the historical significance of many of these lots." A Michael Price Abalone Mosaic California Knife became the focus of four competitive bidders, who drove its price to $45,000 – nearly double its pre-auction ... More





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On a day like today, Russian-French painter Wassily Kandinsky died
December 13, 2018. Wassily Wassilyevich Kandinsky (16 December [O.S. 4 December] 1866 - 13 December 1944) was a Russian painter and art theorist. He is credited with painting one of the first recognised purely abstract works.Born in Moscow, Kandinsky spent his childhood in Odessa, where he graduated at Grekov Odessa Art school. He enrolled at the University of Moscow, studying law and economics. Successful in his profession -- he was offered a professorship (chair of Roman Law) at the University of Dorpat -- Kandinsky began painting studies (life-drawing, sketching and anatomy) at the age of 30. From left to right: Wassily Kandinsky, Bild mit weissen Linien (Painting with White Lines), oil on canvas, 1913. Joan Miró, Femme et oiseaux, gouache and oil wash on paper, 1940. Alberto Giacometti, Grande figure, bronze, cast by the Alexis Rudier foundry in Paris in 1947. Courtesy Sotheby's.



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