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Exhibition presents 58 sculptures by Auguste Rodin on the centenary of his death

Auguste Rodin (French, 1840–1917). Large Left Hand (Grande main gauche), before 1912; date of cast unknown. Bronze, 11⅝ x 4½ x 5½ in. (29.5 x 11.4 x 14 cm). Brooklyn Museum; Gift of the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation, 84.75.17. Photo: Justin Van Soest.

BROOKLYN, NY.- The Brooklyn Museum marks the hundredth anniversary of Auguste Rodin’s death, in 1917, with an installation of the Museum’s remarkable collection of 58 Rodin sculptures in bronze, acquired through a generous gift from the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation in 1983. On view from November 17, 2017, through April 22, 2018, Rodin at the Brooklyn Museum: The Body in Bronze highlights the extraordinary tension in Rodin’s work between the figure itself and abstract form, allowing the fluid contours, animated surfaces, and emotional presence of these bronzes to emerge fully. Accompanying interpretive texts place the works on view in their historical context, examine Rodin’s legacy and reputation, and explore his sculptural practice and the bronze casting process. The exhibition is curated by Lisa Small, Senior Curator of European Art. ... More

Phillips' Evening Sale of 20th Century & Contemporary Art achieves $113.9 million   Barnes Foundation is sole U.S. venue for major exhibition exploring works of Anselm Kiefer and Auguste Rodin   $7.5 million Schumacher Ferrari sets record: Sotheby's

New auction records set for Carmen Herrera & Hélio Oiticica. Pablo Picasso’s Portrait de femme endormie. III sells for nine times its estimate. Image courtesy of Phillips.

NEW YORK, NY.- Phillips’ November Evening Sale of 20th Century & Contemporary Art realized $113.9 million, selling 91% by lot and 96% by value. Auction records were set for Carmen Herrera and Hélio Oiticica. Combined with the Day Sale, the total for the week is $134.6 million. Jean-Paul Engelen and Robert Manley, Worldwide Co-Heads of 20th Century & Contemporary Art, said, “Our strong results tonight reflect the extraordinary momentum at Phillips amid the worldwide demand for 20th century and contemporary art. Tonight’s sale also solidifies Phillips’ expansion into the Modern category as we had the honor to sell the Sheinbaum and Aberbach collections, which showed great results led by the extraordinary performance of Picasso’s Portrait de femme endormie. III, which sold for more than nine times its low estimate. We’re also thrilled to set new world records for Latin American artists Carmen ... More

Auguste Rodin, Seated Woman with Garment Raised above Her Thighs, undated. Graphite and watercolor on vellum. 12 11/16 × 9 3/4 inches. © Musée Rodin (photo by Jean de Calan).

PHILADELPHIA, PA.- To mark the centennial of Auguste Rodin’s death on November 17, the Barnes Foundation hosts the only US presentation of Kiefer Rodin, a major exhibition organized in collaboration with the Musée Rodin in Paris. On view in the Roberts Gallery through March 12, 2018, the exhibition features recent works by renowned contemporary artist Anselm Kiefer that offer a new way of observing and understanding Rodin—alongside works by Rodin, some on view in the US for the first time. “Echoed in Kiefer Rodin is Dr. Albert C. Barnes’s belief in the ‘continuity of great art throughout the ages,’ ” says Sylvie Patry, co-curator of the exhibition. “Dr. Barnes viewed artistic expression as an endless conversation between works of different times and places: he collected the work of contemporary artists of his time and hung them alongside African sculptures, Old Master paintings, ... More

2001 Ferrari F2001. The Michael Schumacher Monaco Grand Prix-Winning, 2001 Ferrari F2001. Formula 1 Racing Car. Chassis 211. Estimate $4/5.5 million. Courtesy Sotheby’s.

NEW YORK (AFP).- Michael Schumacher's Grand Prix-Winning Ferrari sold for $7.5 million in New York on Thursday, setting an auction record for a modern-era Formula One car, Sotheby's said. The seven-time world champion's 2001 Ferrari F2001 sparked furious bidding, roaring past its pre-sale estimate of $4-5 million at Sotheby's flagship post-war and contemporary November evening art sale. It put the buzz into a night that otherwise fell short of the dizzying heights reached by Christie's on Wednesday selling a painting of Christ attributed to Leonardo da Vinci for a record $450.3 million. Sotheby's said it was the first time that a rare automobile was included in an art auction and the decision appeared popular. The sleek, low-slung, fire-engine red vehicle may not have been a work of art, but Gregoire Billault, senior Sotheby's vice president, called it "the very ... More

Carnegie Museum of Art opens the largest William Henry Fox Talbot show in years   Chinese Buddhist art at Gianguan Auctions recalls Charles Lang Freer's passion   Christie's 20th Century Week achieves $1.4 billion in one week

William Henry Fox Talbot (English, 1800–1877), “Portrait of Venus,” early 1840s, salt print from a calotype negative, 3 7/8 × 3 in. (9.9 × 7.5 cm), Carnegie Museum of Art, Gift of William T. Hillman, 2017.30.1.

PITTSBURGH, PA.- Featuring more than 30 works by William Henry Fox Talbot (British, 1800–1877) and his circle from its own collection and from important public and private lenders, CMOA presents the largest US exhibition of Talbot’s photography in the last 15 years. In addition, 16 of the photographs on view are recent acquisitions or promised gifts to the museum. A true “gentleman scientist” of the Victorian period, Talbot combined his knowledge of chemistry, mathematics, and optics, with his interest in art, botany, and classics to invent the paper-based photography that dominated the field for most of the 19th and 20th centuries. Due to the fragile nature of the photographs, exhibitions of Talbot’s work are rare. This represents the first time ever that any of these photographs are on view in Pittsburgh. Talbot’s first documented experiments from 1839 and 1840 ... More

Ming Dynasty Buddhist prayer bowl with copper-red underglaze.Lanca characters all around set off large center character. 7-inches in diameter, 3-inches tall, with Xuande six-character double circled mark, Lot 109. Estimate is upwards of $150,000.

NEW YORK, NY.- With the recent reopening of the Freer Museum of Art in Washington, DC, it is appropriate that Gianguan Auctions is bringing a strong slate of Chinese Buddhist art to the podium on Saturday, December. Mr. Freer was the intrepid early 20th century collector who amassed such a extensive collection of Chinese and Asian art, among other things, that he was able to endow the museum that bears his name. The Freer is now a part of the Smithsonian. According to a 2016 paper by the Peabody-Essex Museum’s Curator Daisy Yiyou Wang, Freer came to Chinese Buddhist art late in his collecting career but was so taken by the subject that he traveled to China’s Longman Grottoes to see how early artisans has spent lifetimes honoring the Buddhist pantheon. When Freer discovered that a lot Buddhist ... More

The depth and quality of art offered across the week drew more than 30,000 visitors to Christie’s galleries. © Christie’s Images Limited 2017.

NEW YORK, NY.- A historic sale week at Christie's in New York concluded Thursday, November 16, with the final total across seven sales reaching $1,421,993,000 (£1,082,817,271 / €1,208,823,074). The total represents near-record sales totals for both of Christie’s Evening Sales of Impressionist & Modern and Post-War & Contemporary art. The top lot of the week and the main attraction at Christie’s Rockefeller Center galleries was Leonardo da Vinci’s 500-year-old masterpiece Salvator Mundi which sold for $450.3 million after an epic 19-minute bidding battle involving six different clients. The price set a new record high for any work of art in auction history. The depth and quality of art offered across the week drew more than 30,000 visitors to Christie’s galleries. Collectors from the Americas, Asia, Europe and the Middle East participated in the sales, representing 34 different countries. In total, nine ... More

Dinosaurs and new discoveries offered at Bonhams Los Angeles   Freeman's Americana auction realizes $1.2 million   Christie's Sale of Masterworks of Asian 20th Century & Contemporary Art led by Zao Wou-Ki's 29.01.64

Spectacular Triceratops Skull, Triceratops prorsus, Cretaceous (estimate: $125,000-150,000). Photo: Bonhams.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- On December 5, Bonhams will offer a robust selection of dinosauria, fossils, meteorites, and mineral specimens in its comprehensive Natural History auction in Los Angeles. Arguably the most coveted of natural history categories by collectors, dinosauria will be strongly represented, along with fascinating fresh-to-market fossils from around the world. With estimates ranging from $200 to $250,000, the sale is curated to appeal to both new and seasoned collectors. Dinosauria lots include a mounted Camptosaurus dispar (estimate: $250,000-300,000) skeleton, one of the most complete specimens of its kind. Discovered in 1996 at the Bone Cabin Quarry (a site that the American Museum of Natural History discovered in 1897 and excavated until 1903), the twelve-foot example is referenced in Othniel Charles Marsh’s Dinosaurs Historical Update and was recently exhibited in the ... More

A double portrait, circa 1850 by Massachusetts folk artist Samuel Miller (1807-1853).

PHILADELPHIA, PA.- The strength of Freeman’s November 15 Americana auction, which achieved over $1.2 million, testifies to collectors' and connoisseurs' continued interest in a diverse range of American-made and related objects. Highlights from the sale spanned collecting genres, with high prices realized for furniture, folk art, paintings and decorative arts alike. The sale, which was bolstered by two single-owner collections, achieved an 88 percent sell-through rate and welcomed a considerable number of new buyers and registered bidders. The auction opened strongly with the highly anticipated Memento Mori and Mourning Jewelry Collection of the late Anita and Irvin G. Schorsch, possibly the largest public offering of mourning material to-date. Buyers bidding in the room, on the phone and online showed unabashed enthusiasm for the Collection, which sold 100 percent of its lots at 243 percent of their value and totaled $354,705. The vast ... More

Zao Wou-Ki, 29.01.64. Oil on canvas, 260 x 200 cm. (102 3/8 x 78 3/4 in.) Painted in 1964. Estimate: HK$85,000,000-125,000,000. © Christie’s Images Limited 2017.

HONG KONG.- On 25 & 26 November, Christie's will hold three sales of Asian 20th Century & Contemporary Art, offering a group of important works by modern and contemporary masters. The sales will present a comprehensive narrative charting the evolution of key artistic movements and iconic artists such as Zao Wou-ki, Wu Guanzhong, Yoshitomo Nara and Yayoi Kusama as they matured through their careers. Headlining the series of sales are masterpieces by Zao Wou-ki and Wu Guanzhong – two of the most well-respected Asian 20th Century masters, marking one of the most valuable groupings ever to be offered in a single auction season. Also on offer are works by Asian artists from a similar period whose influence from the west is enshrined in their artistic creations, including Foujita, Pan Yuliang, Sanyu and Le Pho. A stellar line-up of Japanese Post- ... More

Treasures of Early Christian art on view at the Toledo Museum of Art   The Jewish Museum Berlin opens a light and sound installation by the conceptual artist Mischa Kuball   Japanese Galleries Re-Open at Nelson-Atkins

Byzantine, Gold Pendant Cross with Openwork Decoration and Sapphires, 6th–early 7th century. 11.3 x 8.0 cm; weight: 64.8 g. Private Collection, North America.

TOLEDO, OH.- This fall the Toledo Museum of Art unveils a focused and captivating exhibition of early Christian art. Blending exquisite beauty with historical significance, Glorious Splendor: Treasures of Early Christian Art features approximately 30 masterpieces of Late Roman art from private collections and TMA holdings, most of which have never been exhibited before in a museum. “Glorious Splendor will showcase a dazzling array of Late Roman masterpieces and marks the first time that a special exhibition of work from this period will be offered to Museum visitors,” said TMA Director Brian Kennedy. Glorious Splendor: Treasures of Early Christian Art, on view exclusively at TMA from Nov. 18, 2017, through Feb. 18, 2018, is curated by Adam Levine, TMA’s Associate Director and Associate Curator of Ancient Art. Christian art borrowed heavily from non-Christian traditions in terms of its techniques and choice of ... More

Light and Sound Installation res•o•nant by Mischa Kuball at the Jewish Museum Berlin 2017 until 2019 © Jewish Museum Berlin, photo: Ladislav Zajac/Archiv Mischa Kuball, Düsseldorf/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017.

BERLIN.- The Jewish Museum Berlin is presenting res·o·nant, a light and sound installation by the conceptual artist Mischa Kuball. Across 350 square meters of the Rafael Roth Gallery, in the basement of the Daniel Libeskind building, visitors can traverse a three-dimensional multi-part installation that will also be shown in public spaces in Berlin through 2019. In the first phase of the project, a site-specific light and sound installation by Mischa Kuball is being shown in three of the four Voids that traverse the museum building. These gaps are the most significant architectural elements of the building, which opened in 2001 and whose materiality and impact Kuball is now exploring. In the 24-meter-tall spaces, rotating projectors cast light fields shaped like the Voids’ blueprints on the walls and ceilings. Spinning mirror elements and stroboscopic flashes are designed to spark “resonance between ... More

Nō Robe with Design of Wisteria and Butterflies, Japanese, Edo period (1615–1868). Surihaku-type robe; gold and silver leaf stenciled on figured satin ground, 67 x 52 ¾ inches. Purchase: William Rockhill Nelson Trust, 32-142/5.

KANSAS CITY, MO.- The Japanese Galleries at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art re-open on Nov. 18 after being closed for renovation, and will include some of the most celebrated Japanese works in the museum’s collection. Spectacular screens and exquisite robes will be on view, as well as a recent acquisition, Vying Peacocks, created in 1929 by Japanese artist Ishizaka Kōyō. “We are reopening the Japanese Galleries as part of continuing celebrations of our landmark Asian collections,” said Julián Zugazagoitia, Menefee D. and Mary Louise Blackwell CEO & Director of the Nelson-Atkins. “These galleries are historic in their own right, having been designed by John Yeon, and their refurbishing allows the art to glow while preserving the timeless modern spirit of this renowned architect.” Objects in the renovated galleries are grouped in sections such ... More

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Historic craft school infuses museum collection with contemporary aesthetics
BOSTON, MASS.- Fostering a conversation between historic objects and contemporary, hand-crafted counterparts, “Conversations in Craft” is a collaborative exhibition between Fruitlands Museum (operated by the Trustees of Reservations), and the acclaimed North Bennet Street School (NBSS) located in Boston and opening on Saturday, November 18, 2017 at Fruitlands Museum in Harvard. Organized by the Trustees’ Senior Curator, Christie Jackson, this exhibition will feature newly created, original pieces of wooden furniture made by master craftspeople from NBSS, alongside historic pieces of furniture hand-selected from the Trustees’ historic houses. Thirteen participants in all worked closely with Jackson to select a piece of historical furniture to respond to, and “answer” in a range of ways—not with copies or reproductions, but with a freshly-inspired, custom ... More

Exhibition presents a selection of Jean-Pierre Laffont's work from the 1960's, '70s, and '80s
NEW YORK, NY.- Sous Les Etoiles Gallery is presenting “Turbulent America,“ French-American photographer Jean-Pierre Laffont’s premiere exhibition with the gallery. Best known as the co-creator of the “Day in the Life” book series, Rick Smolan is also a former TIME, LIFE, and National Geographic photographer. “Turbulent America” represents a selection of Jean-Pierre Laffont’s work from the 1960’s, ‘70s, and ‘80s. Laffont’s photographs capture the genuine sense of what it was like to live in America during these decades. Laffont says, “Taken together, the images show the chaotic, often painful birth of the country we live in today.” As a photographer for the Gamma Agency and Sygma Photo News, Laffont traveled across the country to portray the America that he saw with an insatiable curiosity. Laffont’s work embodied the popular slogan of the time; “the person ... More

Stones, slabs and seascapes: George Victor Du Noyer's images of Ireland on view at Crawford Art Gallery
CORK.- Over 150 watercolours and drawings by George Victor Du Noyer (1817 – 1869) are being exhibited at Crawford Art Gallery from 17 November 2017 – 24 February 2018. Curated by Peter Murray this event is an incredible opportunity to see Ireland through the renderings of Du Noyer, made as he documented the country through his travels during the 1800s. An Irish painter, geologist and antiquarian, George Victor Du Noyer spent his life recording Irish geology, antiquities, natural history and landscape. Born in 1817, over the course of a half-century, Du Noyer travelled the length and breadth of the country with his beloved dog, Mr. Buff, sketching and recording as he went. His work, the subject of a 2014 BBC documentary narrated by Martha Kearney, traced life in the most remote districts in the aftermath of the Famine and during the time when railways were being ... More

Solo exhibition of Korean artist gimhongsok opens at Perrotin, Hong Kong
HONG KONG.- Perrotin, Hong Kong is presenting the premiere solo exhibition dedicated to artist gimhongsok in Hong Kong. Showcasing eleven artworks, the exhibition offers an in-depth view of the artist’s recent studies. gimhongsok’s series A Study on Slanted and Hyperbolic Constitution at Perrotin Hong Kong displays an unstable stack of corrugated cardboard boxes. The stack of cheap boxes is reminiscent of a pile of waste that can be found in the backstreets of any city. The viewer may become confused upon seeing the tape and rips on the surfaces of these boxes as these insignificant byproducts are placed in the context of art. In another work, the artist has stacked the boxes and wrapped them in a protective outer layer, the astounding realism of which causes the viewer to question the work’s artistic and aesthetic values. However, the boxes and the ... More

India's heritage city races to save icons from polluted ruin
AHMEDABAD (AFP).- Traffic chokes the centuries-old stone archway into Ahmedabad's historic quarter, the snarl of honking rickshaws and sputtering buses coats the monuments of India's only heritage city in a greasy layer of soot. Conservation experts warn Ahmedabad, one of the world's most polluted cities, faces a mammoth task defending its newly won UNESCO status as its fragile cultural icons decay under neglect, traffic and trash. The 600-year-old enclave was named India's first 'World Heritage City' in July -- despite warnings from some of UNESCO's own experts that it lacked a convincing plan for protecting its ancient citadels, mosques and tombs. Ahmedabad hosts the towering Bhadra fort, the legendary stone latticework of the 16th-century Sidi Saiyyed mosque, and countless relics fusing the unique Hindu and Muslim architectural styles of its conquerors. ... More

Record-breaking prices and a "white glove" sale segment delight in Rago's $3.1 million sale
LAMBERTVILLE, NJ.- Rago Arts and Auction Center's November Fine Art Auctions brought in $3,144,719 in sales on Saturday, November 11. The highest price achieved by a single lot went to Lot 243, an untitled work by David Novros which sold for $150,000 against an estimate of $40,000-60,000 - breaking the record for highest price ever achieved for a work by Novros at auction. The Novros record was part of the single-owner segment, Property from the Collection of an Important American Corporation, which exceeded the high estimate, realizing $946,156 in sales for 75 lots and achieving a 100% sell-through rate – earning it coveted “White Glove Sale” status. Highlights include Lot 210, Soundings by Theodoros Stamos which sold online through the Bidsquare bidding platform for $96,000 against an estimate $35,000-55,000; Lot 213, an untitled wool tapestry ... More

The Edge, University of Bath opens exhibition by one of Britain's most innovative and inventive artists
BATH.- This November, The Edge presents a major exhibition from Steven Pippin - one of Britain’s most innovative and inventive artists. His works test and challenge our relationship with science and technology. Through ambitious experiments, playful exploits and hybrid machines the impact of rapid worldwide technological and scientific advancements of our age is clear to see. After a recent, highly acclaimed showing at the Pompidou Centre in Paris, Engineered Equanimity: The Machines of Steven Pippin at The Edge is the only opportunity for UK audiences to see this important show. The exhibition includes Pippin's most recent inventions alongside a presentation of works spanning a 30 year career, pinpointing distinct moments and breakthroughs. Visitors will witness Pippin’s significant contribution to art, science and technology and gain a new perspective on everything ... More

American Indian artifact traded for 'old Texas spurs and a few dollars' brings $55,000 at Heritage Auctions
DALLAS, TX.- A collector who traded a pair of "old Texas spurs and a few dollars" for a brown basket, which sat on his TV stand for 25 years, is $55,000 richer. Native American art scholars discovered the basket was actually an extraordinarily rare Coiled Jar made by a member of the Chumash Tribe in the 1700s. The bowl was one of the top sellers in a recent auction of high-end American Indian Art held by Heritage Auctions in Dallas. About 25 years ago, collector Dr. James Bryan was shopping at an antiques mall in central Texas where people bought and sold — and sometimes traded — an almost limitless array of goods. Bryan was drawn to a tightly woven basket, which drew his attention repeatedly. "I just admired it," Bryan said. "That one and another similarly woven Indian bowl – I really liked them. It just struck me as being such a beautifully woven ... More

Bernarducci Gallery to represent John Baeder
NEW YORK, NY.- Bernarducci Gallery announced it will represent photorealist painter John Baeder. Baeder is best known for his paintings and prints of American roadside diners. He was the subject of a monograph, John Baeder’s Road Well Taken by Jay Williams, featuring his paintings that capture this particular slice of Americana. Bernarducci Gallery will mount an exhibit of Baeder’s work in 2018. Baeder studied Fine Arts at Auburn University in the 1950s, and was initially inspired by the work of artists like Diebenkorn, de Kooning, and Tworkov. As a student, Baeder would travel home by car between Atlanta and Alabama between semesters, and it was during this time that his fascination with diners took hold, cementing this particular vision of rural America in his mind. After graduating Baeder became an art director, working in advertising, before eventually ... More

Buzz Aldrin's Apollo 11 Cartier Solid Gold Lunar Module replica sold for nearly $150,000 at auction
BOSTON, MASS.- Buzz Aldrin's Apollo 11 Cartier Solid Gold Lunar Module Replica sold for $149,861 according to Boston-based RR Auction. Produced by the legendary jewelry company Cartier, three of the solid gold models of the Lunar Module Eagle were commissioned by a French newspaper and presented to the Apollo 11 astronauts during their post-flight visit to Paris in October 1969. The astronauts’ visit to Paris came as part of their ‘Giant Step’ international goodwill tour, which brought them to 24 countries in 45 days. In the celebratory mania that ensued, one hundred million people turned out to see the crew who had performed man’s greatest triumph—a journey to the moon and back. "The Apollo 11 Moon landing remains one of the greatest achievements of mankind in the second half of the 20th Century,” said Bobby Livingston Executive VP at RR Auction. ... More

Eight new woven paintings by Canadian-born artist Brent Wadden on view at Mitchell-Innes & Nash
NEW YORK, NY.- Mitchell-Innes & Nash is presenting Specific Objects, on view at their 1018 Madison Avenue gallery from November 17, 2017 through January 5, 2018. Specific Objects features eight new woven paintings by Canadian-born artist Brent Wadden. This is the second exhibition with the artist since he joined the gallery in 2014 and his first in the gallery's uptown space. Utilizing found or second-hand fibers like wool and cotton, Wadden works on a loom to create geometric abstract woven paintings. Not unlike Color Field painting of the 1960s, Wadden’s paintings communicate a sense of monumentally or infinity, evoking the expanse of a landscape. Unlike a pristine canvas, however, the viewer finds intimacy in the labor-intensive process. Having never received formal training in weaving, the artist leaves small fissures and inconsistencies in the composition, ... More



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