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Artemis Gallery sale surveys Pacific Northwest Coast, Pre-Columbian and tribal art

Mbulenga female figure carved from single piece of hardwood, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Lulua peoples, circa late-19th to early 20th century CE, 10.25in high. Est. $4,500-$6,000

BOULDER, COLO.- Ancient ceremonial objects, masterfully carved and painted mythical figures, and other fascinating cultural artworks will take center stage on May 24 at Artemis Gallery’s Northwest Pacific Coast, Tribal and Pre-Columbian Art auction. The fully curated offering of 341 lots features prized holdings that were privately amassed over many years by respected collector and dealer Joseph Alphabet. Start time is 10 a.m. Eastern, with Internet live bidding available through LiveAuctioneers. The stunning beauty of pieces created by Native-American peoples of the Pacific Northwest sets the tone for this sale of colorful, extremely high-quality art. Among the most visually appealing entries is an early 20th-century Haida painted, carved-wood helmet. It is topped by a three-dimensional stylized wolf with a collar of silvery fur and bares a tooth-filled mouth. Most recently ... More

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Getty Foundation announces new initiative focused on prints and drawings curatorship   Divine objects star in the South Asian Modern + Contemporary and Arts of India auctions in London   Halcyon Gallery presents an exhibition of early illustrations by Andy Warhol

Paul Jansen (conservation assistant) checks the condition of an Italian drawing in the Print Room of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. © Fred Ernst, 2018.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- The Getty Foundation announced today the launch of The Paper Project: Prints and Drawings Curatorship in the 21st Century, a new initiative to strengthen curatorial practice in the graphic arts field internationally. The launch includes the announcement of six inaugural grants awarded to the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology at the University of Oxford; the British Museum in London; the Courtauld Gallery in London; the Morgan Library & Museum in New York; the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam; and the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden. “The Paper Project is a response to the need for more training and professional development opportunities to serve a rising generation of curators of prints and drawings,” ... More

Vasudeo S. Gaitonde, Untitled, 1986. Estimate: GBP 1,000,000 - GBP 1,500,000 (USD 1,350,000 - USD 2,025,000). © Christie’s Images Limited 2018.

LONDON.- On 12 June, Christie’s will host the 24th annual sale of South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art alongside the Arts of India auction as part of Indian Art London. These sales will offer collectors an exciting opportunity to buy classical Indian art from early Gandharan sculpture to Company School painting, all the way through to iconic modern paintings by leading artists Vasudeo S. Gaitonde, Tyeb Mehta, and a never before seen sculpture by Ravinder Reddy. The South Asian Modern + Contemporary sale features Untitled (Goddess), a formative example of the artists’ now iconic representations of deified Indian women (Lot 46, estimate: £25,000 – 35,000). Bringing together the ancient and the contemporary, and linking temple, kitsch and Pop art, Reddy's larger than life sculptures command attention from the ... More

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LONDON.- Halcyon Gallery is presenting An Exhibition of Early Illustrations by Andy Warhol, offering a rare glimpse into the formative years of one of the art world’s most celebrated names in the period before he became ‘The King of Pop’. Andy Warhol’s illustrations of the 1950s may be less well known than his later silkscreen prints of American icons, such as Marilyn Monroe or the Campbell's Soup cans, yet these seldom seen, hand-drawn illustrations in offset lithograph provide an incredible insight into the foundations of Warhol’s career as an artist. Indeed, these early works are of great importance to Warhol’s own artistic development; it was these whimsical illustrations that gained Warhol his initial recognition and which began his transformation into the ‘Andy Warhol’ that we know today. Having just graduated from Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Institute of Technology, Warhol moved to New Yor ... More

Bonhams announces the Spring Sale of Modern Decorative Art + Design   Exhibition at the J. Paul Getty Museum addresses the enduring fascination with the human face   Monumental masterpieces by William Scott emerge from Irish collections

Harry Bertoia (1915-1978), Untitled (Bush Form), circa 1970 (estimate: $80,000-120,000). Photo: Bonhams.

NEW YORK, NY.- Bonhams announced highlights from the upcoming auction of Modern Decorative Art + Design, which will take place on June 7 at 2pm. The sale encompasses over 130 lots and includes a broad selection of works from renowned designers such as Harry Bertoia, George Nakashima, Frank Lloyd Wright, Claude Lalanne, and Carlo Scarpa. Additional highlights include a Robert Goossens chandelier that was a special commission by fashion designer Cristóbal Balenciaga, Pierre Jeanneret armchairs directly from Chandigarh, a rare wall light attributed to Gino Sarfatti, and an exquisite enamel centrepiece by Thorolf Holmboe, circa 1907. Highlighting the sale is an eclectic collection of ten sculptures by Harry Bertoia that were mostly gifted from the artist to Michael Hall, a family friend. The works span the spectrum of Bertoia’s career from the 1950s to the 1970s and leading the collection is Untitled (Bush Form) circa 1970 (estimate: ... More

Walker Evans, Allie Mae Burroughs, Hale County, Alabama, negative 1936; print 1950s. Gelatin silver print. Image: 24.3 × 19.2 cm. Accession No. 84.XM.956.301. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- From Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, to Edvard Munch’s The Scream, to Dorothea Lange’s Migrant Mother, the human face has been a crucial, if often enigmatic, element of portraiture. Featuring 45 works drawn from the Museum’s permanent collection, In Focus: Expressions, on view May 22 to October 7, 2018 at the J. Paul Getty Museum, addresses the enduring fascination with the human face and the range of countenances that photographers have captured from the birth of the medium to the present day. The exhibition begins with the most universal and ubiquitous expression: the smile. Although today it is taken for granted that we should smile when posing for the camera, smiling was not the standard photographic expression until the 1880s with the availability of faster film and ... More

William Scott, Dark Earth Scheme, oil on canvas, 168.5 by 173cm, 1973 (est. £200,000-300,000). Courtesy Sotheby's.

LONDON.- William Scott was among the most internationally celebrated British painters of the 20th century, his works acquired by the most forward-thinking collectors and institutions of their day. This monumental painting from the pivotal Berlin Blues series caught the eye of Dr Ronald Tallon, an influential Irish modernist architect, who persuaded Scott’s wife Mary to part with it having caught a glimpse of the painting hanging in the Scotts’ London home. Prior to this, Tallon had purchased the sister work from the series, Berlin Blues I, for the Bank of Ireland collection (later donated to the Irish Museum of Modern Art). Scott himself considered this impactful painting immensely significant, selecting it as the basis for a five-pence stamp design he created for the Eire postal service in 1973. Having first pondered in a letter to his son as to whether or not the first ever abstract stamp would be met with approval, his doubts were proved ... More

Han Solo's 'Return of the Jedi' blaster up for auction   The Academy announces major collections gift from George Stevens, Jr.   Works spanning the 20th-21st centuries lead Phillips' Evening & Day Editions Sales in London

Star Wars' Han Solo's BlasTech DL-44 blaster (estimated value $300,000 - 500,000) is exhibited by Julien's Auctions at Planet Hollywood, in New York. HECTOR RETAMAL / AFP.

NEW YORK (AFP).- In the wildly popular "Star Wars" films, Han Solo once told a lightsaber-wielding Luke Skywalker: "Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side, kid." Now, fans of the space saga can own one of the blaster pistol props Harrison Ford used in his iconic role as Solo in "Return of the Jedi" -- an item expected to sell for between $300,000 and $500,000 next month at auction in Las Vegas. The faux weapon, mainly made of wood, was put on display in New York on Monday by Julien's Auctions -- after more than 30 years tucked away in the belongings of James Schoppe, the art director for "Return of the Jedi" (1983). Martin Nolan, the auction house's executive director, said Schoppe, an Oscar nominee for his work on the film, ... More

George Stevens in uniform for World War II, circa 1943.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced a donation to the Margaret Herrick Library and the Academy Film Archive from George Stevens, Jr., the award-winning filmmaker and founder of the American Film Institute. The acquisition of papers and films documenting his creative career and public service extends the coverage of the Stevens Family collection, which now spans five generations and is one of the most comprehensive family collections in the Academy’s holdings. The Margaret Herrick Library’s latest acquisition from Stevens Jr., who received an Honorary Award (an Oscar® statuette) from the Academy in 2012 in recognition of his exceptional contribution to the motion picture arts, includes papers, photographs, letters and scripts from his early career as an assistant to his father on “Shane” and “Giant”; his service as head of motion pictures at the United States ... More

Jean-Michel Basquiat, Flexible, 1984/2016. Estimate: £40,00 - 60,000. Image courtesy Phillips.

LONDON.- Phillips presents highlights from the Evening & Day Editions Sales, showcasing works by an array of Modern and Contemporary masters. Highlights include a rare series of six lithographs by Cy Twombly, a notable group of works by Pop artists including Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, an exceptional collection of Richard Hamilton prints, and property from The Edwin C. Cohen Family Collection. With a total of 280 lots, the Day Sale will be held on 7 June at 2pm (lots 62-280), and immediately followed by the Evening Sale at 6.30pm (lots 1-61). Robert Kennan, Head of Editions, Europe, said, “Following Phillips’ 10th anniversary Editions sale in April in New York, which achieved the highest total for the category in company history, we aim to build on this momentum in London as we present works by the most significant artists of the 20th ... More

Major exhibition of French paintings from the Burrell Collection, Glasgow, opens at the Musée Cantini, Marseilles   Sotheby's Hong Kong Chinese Works of Art Sales to take place on 31 May and 1 June   Cabaret du Lapin Agile by Utrillo may bring $100,000 at Heritage Auctions

The Lord Provost of Glasgow accompanied by the Deputy Mayors of Marseilles.

MARSEILLES.- Some of the most iconic late 19th century French paintings from the Burrell Collection have gone on show for the first time outside of Great Britain. From 18 May to 23 September 2018, visitors to Marseilles will see 58 works from the Burrell Collection at the inaugural exhibition Courbet, Degas, Cézanne… Chefs-d'oeuvre réalistes et impressionistes de la collection Burrell, at the newly reopened Musée Cantini, Marseilles. The exhibition includes an impressive range of artists – Boudin, Cézanne, Corot, Courbet, Daubigny, Daumier, Degas, Manet, Millet, Pissarro and Sisley however what is even more astonishing is that none of these paintings have been seen in France since the time of their acquisition. The works on display represent an important aspect of Sir William Burrell’s taste, namely, his love of French 19th century art, from realism to ... More

An Imperial Inscribed Zitan Stand. 34 cm Estimate: HK$80,000-120,000 / US$10,200-15,300. Courtesy Sotheby's.

HONG KONG.- Sotheby’s will present two mid-season sales of Chinese works of art at its Hong Kong Gallery: Scholarly Art from the Collection of Mr and Mrs Gerard Hawthorn (30 May) and Chinese Art (31 May – 1 June). Known for his eclectic and expansive scopes of interest in Chinese Works of Art, Gerard Hawthorn had, over the years, amassed sizeable collections of bamboo, Yixing stoneware and bronzes. These are categories which have gained long overdue traction in comparison to their jade and ceramics counterparts, which have for the most part, embodied the canon of Chinese Works of Art collecting in the West in the past. In tandem with this great collection is the Chinese Art Sale, which constitutes fine selections from several private Hong Kong collections, in particular, a selection of scholarly ... More

Maurice Utrillo (French, 1883-1955), Cabaret du Lapin Agile (detail). Oil on canvas, 18-1/8 x 21-3/4 inches. Estimate: $100,000 - $150,000.

DALLAS, TX.- Paris as Maurice Utrillo experienced it on the streets of Montmartre headlines Heritage Auctions’ June 8 European Art Auction with his Cabaret du Lapin Agile (est. $100,000-$150,000), a scene of Aristide Bruant’s celebrated nightclub. Views of other Parisian landmarks by Edouard-Léon Cortès, François Gall, and Antoine Blanchard set the stage for Ignace Spiridon’s painting Sappho, a depiction of an infamous Parisian courtesan gliding down a staircase, and showing quite a bit of her silk stockings in the process (est. $15,000-$25,000). Spiridon’s painting has a fascinating history. It represented the artist at the 1893 Chicago’s World Columbian Exposition, advertised a Broadway play that was at the center of a sensational indecency trial; and belonged to actress Ronnie Claire Edwards, who was best known ... More

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Nirvana signed photograph sold for $14,323 at auction
BOSTON, MASS.- A Nirvana signed photograph sold for $14,323 according to Boston-based RR Auction. The oversized color glossy photo of Nirvana in their classic grunge fashion, signed in blue felt tip by iconic frontman Kurt Cobain, "Kurt"; bassist Krist Novoselic, "Krist"; and drummer Dave Grohl, "If there's one thing that would put me on the brink of total insanity, it would definitely be signing autographs all [expletive] day long. David." Originating from the John Brennan In-person autograph collection. Brennan first met Nirvana in January 1992, in the lobby of NBC when they were at the Thursday music rehearsal for a “Saturday Night Live” performance. After that, he followed them everywhere, before they were famous. “I just knew,” said Brennan in a statement on the auction house’s website. He met them nearly a dozen times during the band's career. “In just under ... More

Mudam Luxembourg opens exhibition of works by Japanese artist Susumu Shingu
LUXEMBOURG.- Mudam Luxembourg – Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean presents the work of world-renowned Japanese artist, Susumu Shingu, through an exhibition that is unprecedented in Europe. Occupying the entrance, the Grand Hall of the museum, a gallery as well as the Park Dräi Eechelen, the exhibition Spaceship brings together fifteen works including one new production. Susumu Shingu is particularly attentive to the way in which his artworks interact in a tangible way with the environment that hosts them and has endeavoured to establish a close relationship between the exterior edges of the museum and the clean lines of the interior spaces designed by Ieoh Ming Pei. The public will discover Water Tree II, a majestic work playing with water and its reflections produced specifically for the Grand Hall. Susumu Shingu’s art could not exist without ... More

King's Cross unveils new work by Céline Condorelli
LONDON.- A new installation by London-based artist Céline Condorelli has been unveiled in King’s Cross, one of a series of ambitious international art commissions created for the public spaces in the King’s Cross Estate. Entitled Zanzibar, the work is in the entrance to the building R7 on Handyside Street, north of the University of the Arts London. Condorelli has taken the earliest examples of social and public seating in parks and galleries as her starting point. The work is informed by tropical modernist architecture, and is particularly influenced by the work of Lina Bo Bardi. Zanzibar consists of three separate multi-layered seating areas surrounding greenery, two of which are in the entrance to R7 and one outside, linking the two spaces and welcoming visitors to the public space. The work functions as both public furniture and a garden, and can be used ... More

Solo exhibition of recent work by Catherine Opie opens at Lehmann Maupin in Hong Kong
HONG KONG.- Lehmann Maupin is presenting So long as they are wild, a solo exhibition of recent work by Catherine Opie. For the Los Angeles-based artist’s first solo exhibition in Hong Kong, Opie presents a series of photographs shot in one of the United States’ most revered and naturally beautiful locations, Yosemite National Park in California. Opie is known for her ability to create photographs that unite contemporary themes and issues with a classical aesthetic that expands upon her exploration of the tradition of photography as well as the greater art historical canon. In addition to the photographs, Opie includes a series of ceramic sculptures. This recent undertaking of sculpture began as a personal pastime but has evolved into an alternative aesthetic pursuit. Opie has spent a great deal of time visiting wildernesses across the United States, and chose ... More

Exhibition showcases Gottfried Jäger’s generative color work from the 1960s to the early 2000s
NEW YORK, NY.- Sous Les Etoiles Gallery is presenting “Generative Color. Photographs,“ German photographer Gottfried Jäger’s first exhibition with the gallery showcasing his generative color work from the 1960s to the early 2000s. To Jäger, photography is not a reproductive process but a productive system. While pushing the boundaries of the medium in an almost performative manner, Jäger creates abstract geometric shapes representative of the techniques used. In 1968, Jäger developed the idea of Generative Photography, which in his words consists of “finding a new world inside the camera and trying to bring it out with a methodical, analytical system.” Jäger’s generative color work derives from the color spectrum and the refraction of white light. Whether analogical or digital, the work is not a representation of color but a reflection of it. ... More

The MIT List Visual Arts Center presents New York City-based artist Carissa Rodriguez's 'The Maid'
CAMBRIDGE, MASS.- The MIT List Visual Arts Center is presenting Carissa Rodriguez: The Maid. New York City-based artist Carissa Rodriguez examines the material and social conditions in which art is produced and reveals how the canonical figure of the artist is reflected in—and reproduced by—the products of her labor. Rodriguez's solo exhibition, which premiered at SculptureCenter in January, features a newly commissioned video work titled The Maid (2018). The Maid follows a selection of American artist Sherrie Levine's Newborn sculptures throughout the course of a day in various residences, private and institutional, from New York to Los Angeles. Levine made the works in crystal and black cast glass in the early 1990s, molding them after Constantin Brancusi's marble and bronze sculptures of the same name from 1915 and 1920. ... More

Solo exhibition by London-based Italian artist Lorenzo Vitturi on view at Flowers Gallery
LONDON.- Flowers Gallery is presenting a solo exhibition by London-based Italian artist Lorenzo Vitturi. The works in his new series Money Must be Made are based at the Balogun Market in Lagos, Nigeria, the second biggest market of its kind in West Africa. Located on Lagos Island, Balogun Market sprawls from street to street under the shadow of the now-unoccupied Financial Trust House. In its heyday, the twenty-seven storey Financial Trust building was the tallest on the island, housing western corporations and banks. While Vitturi’s previous project Dalston Anatomy reflected on the gentrification displacing local businesses in London, Vitturi explores the inverse situation in this area of Balogun Market, where its thriving business is causing global corporations to relocate. Populated by tens of thousands of people each day, Vitturi describes the ... More

Hans Hofmann's Holocaust could bring $500K at Heritage Auctions' Modern & Contemporary Art Auction
DALLAS, TX.- One of the most fascinating and emotionally charged paintings by famed Abstract Expressionist Hans Hofmann could sell for as much as $500,000 or more in Heritage Auctions’ Modern & Contemporary Art Auction May 24 in Beverly Hills, California. Hans Hofmann Holocaust, 1953 (est. $300,000-500,000) is expected to be the top lot in the auction, which features 125 lots, several of which could yield six-figure returns. “Hans Hofmann is an iconic Abstract Expressionist artist, and to see such a brilliant and uncommon work from the 1950s is thrilling,” Heritage Auctions American Art director Aviva Lehmann said. “Here, we see Hofmann paint from his historical memory something that words would always fail — struggle, destruction, and then ultimately rebirth, following World War II. He does so through pure abstraction, with a churning, circular ... More

Brilliant Period Cut Glass pieces come under the gavel at Woody Auction
ST. LOUIS, MO.- A rare pedestal crescent vase by Libbey in the Herringbone pattern knocked down for $22,000 and a large round tray, also by Libbey, in the Diana pattern, realized $17,000 to take top lot honors at the sale of several outstanding collections of Brilliant Period Cut Glass held on May 12th by Woody Auction, online and at the Crowne Plaza St. Louis Airport Hotel, not far off I-70 in St. Louis. The auction comprised just under 400 lots of Brilliant Period Cut Glass, many of them rare, beautiful and stunning pieces. Featured was the continuation of the Bill Chandler collection, boasting many important pieces, as well as the Stanley and Ruth Gotliffe collection out of New Jersey. As with all sales held by Woody Auction, every item up for bid was offered to the highest bidder, without reserve. Perhaps it should come as no surprise the two top lots were ... More

CooeeArt MarketPlace builds momentum with $1.4 million Aboriginal and Oceanic art offering
SYDNEY.- The May 29th multi-vendor auction features works from over 50 private collections, including 5 works that will be sold to raise money for the Purple House dialysis clinic in Ernabella, SA. Highlights include an early Papunya board by Kaapa Mbitjana Tjampitjinpa (Est. $15,000-20,000); a striking black and white line Yam Dreaming by Emily Kngwarreye (Est. $50,000-70,000); a major colour-field work by Christine Yukenbarri (Est.$24,000-28,000); West Australian Daniel Walbidi’s masterwork Tali and Warla (Est.$55,000-75,000); a rare fighting scene created in 1880 by Colonial artist Tommy McRae (Est.$40,000-50,000); Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri’s Larumba, Honey Ant (Est. $35,000-45,000); and Fish and Storm Clouds, as seen in the Bahmah Forest, Lin Onus’s spiritual homeland (Est.$380,000-480,000). CooeeArt MarketPlace held its first stand-alone ... More

The Messenger by Hilary Jack unveiled at Mellerstain House for second season of Borders Sculpture Park
KELSO.- The second season of Borders Sculpture Park at Mellerstain House launched with The Messenger (4 May – 1 October 2018), a series of newly commissioned artworks by British artist Hilary Jack. The Messenger is a series of four site-specific works in the landscape, made in response to the rich history of Mellerstain House and the fascinating characters who lived there, revealing the intriguing story of the family that has created and maintained of one of Scotland’s most outstanding examples of 18th century architecture, as well as the wider and turbulent history of the Borders. Curated by Sarah Coulson of Yorkshire Sculpture Park, each of Jack’s four artworks in The Messenger focuses on a different aspect of this compelling narrative, from Mellerstain House’s foundation in 1725 to the present day. The first lady of the house, Lady Grisel Baillie (1665 ... More

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On a day like today, Belgian author and illustrator Hergé was born
May 22, 1907. 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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