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Hopper, de Kooning, Gorky and Stella hit new auction records in New York

Edward Hopper, Chop Suey, oil on canvas, painted in 1929 selling for 91,875,000, at Christie's New York, setting the world auction record for the category of American Art. © Christie’s Images Limited 2018.

NEW YORK, NY.- Part One of Christie’s sale of An American Place: The Barney A. Ebsworth Collection totaled $317,801,250, a vigorous start to the two-day dedicated sale of the travel entrepreneur’s exceptional collection of 20th Century American art. The sale was 88% sold by lot, and 99% sold by value. Highlights of the collection include Edward Hopper’s Chop Suey, 1929, the most important work by the artist still in private hands, which achieved $91,875,000, a record for the artist and the category of American Art. Willem de Kooning’s Woman as Landscape also set an artist record at $68,937,500, and Jackson Pollock’s Composition with Red Strokes sold for $55,437,500. Additional auction records were achieved for the following artists: Arshile Gorky, John Marin, Joseph Stella, Gaston Lachaise, Tom Otterness, Leon Polk Smith, Suzy Frelinghuysen, George Tooker, David Smith, Francis Criss, Charles Green Shaw, and Patrick Henr ... More

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'Incomparable' pink diamond smashes record at Geneva auction   China Guardian Autumn Auctions 2018: Celebrating 25 years of art auction   Sotheby's sells the most expensive watch at auction in 2018 - The Asprey fetches $3.9m in Geneva

Christie's jewelry department head Rahul Kadakia holds the hammer during the "Magnificent Jewels" sale. Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP.

GENEVA (AFP).- An exceptionally rare 19-carat pink diamond fetched $50 million (44 million euros) at auction in Geneva Tuesday, Christie's said, setting a new per carat record for a stone of its kind. The Pink Legacy, which once belonged to the Oppenheimer family which for decades ran the De Beers diamond mining company, was snapped up by American luxury brand Harry Winston, part of the Swiss Swatch group. "$2.6 million per carat. That is a world record per carat for a pink diamond," said Francois Curiel, head of Christie's in Europe. "This stone is for me the Leonardo da Vinci of diamonds," he added. The stone was immediately rechristened the "Winston Pink Legacy" by its buyers. Christie's international head of jewellery, Rahul Kadakia, described The Pink Legacy as "one of the world's greatest diamonds". The rectangular- ... More

Sanyu, Pink Rose in a White Vase Painted in 1931. Oil on canvas, 65 x 49.5 cm. Estimate upon request.

HONG KONG.- It was a quarter of a century ago that the hammer first struck at China Guardian’s inaugural sale at The Great Wall Hotel Beijing, marking the beginning of art auction in China. The rest is history. Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Company, the China Guardian Autumn Auctions 2018 will take place on 20 – 24 November at the Guardian Art Center, preceded by a public preview on 17 – 19 Nov at the Beijing International Hotel. Categories to be offered include Chinese Paintings and Calligraphy, 20th Century and Contemporary Art, Ceramics and Works of Art, Classical Furniture and Works of Art, Rare Books and Rubbing Books, Stamps and Covers, Coins, Banknotes, Jewellery and Watches. A highly anticipated flagship sale at China Guardian, “Grand View: Chinese Paintings highlights – Modern” will be led by works by ... More

Sam Hines auctioneering The Asprey in Geneva. Courtesy Sotheby's.

GENEVA.- This evening, Sotheby’s Geneva sold the most expensive watch auctioned this year. One of the world’s most important vintage watches ever presented at auction, “The Asprey” soared to CHF 3,915,000 ($3,879,834). “The Asprey” - a Patek Philippe perpetual calendar chronograph reference 2499 manufactured in 1952 - was the star lot of an exceptional selection of world-class vintage wristwatches. The auction attracted over 900 bidders from 54 countries, with nearly a quarter of buyers choosing to buy online. Testament to the huge potential in this market and the depth of demand for the finest pieces, 30% of participants were new to Sotheby’s. Enthused by the quality and expertise they found in today’s sale, international collectors drove the final total of the “Important Watches” sale to CHF 12,208,000 ($ 12,098,372) – the second highest total in ten years for ... More

The Frost Art Museum FIU awards 2018 Benefactor Impact Award to Michael Spring   Christie's Paris announces sale of Asian Art including the prestigious collection of Lionel Fournier   Musée d'Orsay and Musée de l'Orangerie present first immersive experience in VR

Dr. Jordana Pomeroy & Michael Spring.

MIAMI, FLA.- “We believe strongly that art has helped to transform Miami, and that art transforms lives every day nationwide. For more than three decades, Michael Spring has championed not only Miami’s cultural evolution, but also the nation’s, through his work in leadership positions serving the top arts organizations in America. This is why we chose Michael Spring as our 2018 honoree for the Frost Art Museum FIU’s Art Transforms Benefactor Impact award,” said Dr. Jordana Pomeroy, museum director. As Senior Advisor to the Office of the Mayor, Michael Spring oversees Miami-Dade County’s Cultural Affairs and Recreation portfolio, including the arts, parks and libraries. He is recognized nationally as one of America’s longstanding champions for arts and culture. Spring has served on the Board of Directors of Americans for the Arts (the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts in America); founding Board Member and Officer of A ... More

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

PARIS.- On 12 December, the Asian Art department will present a sale offering 205 lots mainly coming from European private collections. The sale, estimated 4 to 6 million euros, will include 74 pieces coming from the prestigious collection of Lionel Fournier, a section dedicated to South-Eastern pieces and a beautiful group of Chinese jades coming from a private French collection. Lionel Fournier was a pioneer in celebrating esoteric Himalayan art. Indeed, when he pursued the family business of selling luxurious skins to prestigious fashion designers, he discovered Eastern Asian countries and their beautiful artistic production. Over the years, Fournier started to acquire several Asian art pieces and more specifically Tibetan, Himalayan and Nepalese works of art such as Thangkas, manuscripts, stone statues and bronzes figures. Fournier did numerous donations to the Musée Guimet which ... More

Claude Monet, the Water Lily obsession, by Nicolas Thépot © ARTE France, Lucid Realities, Camera lucida productions, Musées d’Orsay et de l’Orangerie, Gebrueder Beetz produktion, 2018.

PARIS.- For their first immersive project in virtual reality since the creation of a digital department, the Musée d’Orsay and Musée de l’Orangerie present a 360° experience in VR associated with the Monet – Clemenceau focus. This film exploring the genesis of Monet’s final work has been produced in partnership with ARTE, Lucid Realities and Camera Lucida productions. This project was chosen by HTC as part of the Vive Arts programme, which assists the world’s leading Museums in developing high quality immersive experiences. This project has also been designated a “Centenary” project, certified by the First World War Centenary Group. “Beyond painting and gardening, I’m good for nothing…” Claude Monet used to say. Even if these words make us smile today, the Water Lilies cycle, almost 250 paintings that the ... More

El Museo's Chair Emeritus, Tony Bechara gifts the museum $1 million dollars   Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture acquires Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee archive   Mary Ceruti named next Executive Director of the Walker Art Center

Tony Bechara.

NEW YORK, NY.- Tony Bechara, El Museo del Barrio's esteemed Chair Emeritus of the Board of Trustees, has made a gift of one million dollars to support the museum's growing curatorial and education programs, as well as its endowment. "This is a significant moment for Latino artists and for El Museo. We are entering into a transformative period of achievement after some years of instability" said Tony Bechara. "Our galleries recently re-opened after a renovation to critical acclaim (The New York Times and The New Yorker). We are also proud to announce our theater will re-open in early 2019 after a state-of-the-art renovation. Our board has grown significantly with new members. We have a brilliant visionary in our new executive director Patrick Charpenel, as well as new directors of development and communications. For our community, for the artists we champion, for everyone who comes to El Museo to see Latino and Latin American culture ... More

The New York Public Library has acquired the full archive of actors and activists Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee. Courtesy of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture/NYPL.

NEW YORK, NY.- The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture at The New York Public Library has acquired the full archive of actors and activists Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee. The extensive archive includes more than 178.85 linear feet of material spanning eight decades of the couple’s careers in theater, film and television; their near 60-year relationship and marriage; and their social, civic, and political activities between 1932 and 2014. Correspondence between Davis and Dee included in the archive provides an intimate look into the couple’s influence as partners in love and life. Handwritten letters between the two capture the affectionate moments of their courtship, proposal, and marriage. Exchanges with friends such as Malcolm X, James Baldwin, Langston Hughes, and Lena Horne reflect the breadth of their close relationships ... More

Mary Ceruti currently leads SculptureCenter. Photo: Sam Deitch, courtesy BFA

MINNEAPOLIS, MN.- The Walker Art Center announced today that Mary Ceruti will be its next Executive Director. Ceruti currently leads SculptureCenter, a multidisciplinary organization in Long Island City, New York, as Director and Chief Curator. She began her career at Philadelphia Museum of Art before serving as the Program Director for Capp Street Project in San Francisco. Ceruti has been with SculptureCenter since 1999. "Mary's visionary leadership of SculptureCenter, her dedication to supporting the most important emerging artists of our time, and her well-known track record of attracting and developing great talent made her a tailor-made choice to lead the Walker now. We couldn't be more excited for where Mary will take the Walker next." comments John Christakos, Walker Art Center Board President. Ceruti will assume the directorship of the Walker in late January 2019. She states, "The Walker has been ... More

Charles Gaines presents eight new works from his ongoing series Numbers and Trees at Max Hetzler   Rare calligraphy sells over ten times its pre-sale estimate at Chiswick Auctions   Christie's to offer Russian literary first editions and manuscripts

Charles Gaines, installation view, Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin, 2018. Photo: def image. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin | Paris | London.

BERLIN.- Galerie Max Hetzler is presenting a solo exhibition with works by Charles Gaines at Bleibtreustraße 45. This is the artist's second solo exhibition with the gallery. Since the late 1970s, Charles Gaines is highly regarded as an important figure of conceptual art. In his drawings, works on paper and photographs he continually investigates how rule-based processes and systems construct the experiences of aesthetics, politics and language. By employing multi-layered practices, including images, texts and grids, as well as working in a serial character, Gaines examines image structures and critically questions forms of representation. His formal and at times mathematic methods are often ruptured by mysterious and illogical elements and thus explore what constitutes the rational and the irrational, the objective and the subjective. In his exhibition with ... More

HONGLI (Emperor Qianlong) (1711 – 1799), Poem in Running Script (detail). Ink on paper, hanging scroll, signed Yu'bi, 158 x 53cm.

LONDON.- Chiswick Auctions announced the exceptional result of a rare calligraphic work by the Qianlong Emperor of the Qing Dynasty. The Qianlong Emperor (1711-1799) was arguably the greatest collector and patron of the arts in more than 5000 years of Chinese history. The piece achieved £70,000 against a pre-sale estimate of £6,000-£8,000. The Emperor was also a poet and calligrapher in his own right having written tens of thousands of poems during his lifetime. His collection spanned Chinese, European, Japanese and Indian works. The present work is a poem by Wei Zhuang (836-910) which was included in Literary Compendium, the Complete Library in Four Branches of Literature commissioned by the Qianlong Emperor in 1772. Whilst Imperial works from the Qianlong Emperor’s reign come up for auction from time to time, works by the Emperor himself, whose official ... More

A presentation copy of the first edition of Kamen (1913) inscribed by Mandel'shtam. Estimate: £60,000-90,000

LONDON.- On 28 November, Christie’s will present the single owner auction Russian Literary First Editions and Manuscripts: Highlights from the R. Eden Martin Collection, which features 228 lots of fine Russian books and manuscripts, primarily from Russia's Golden Age and Silver Age of literature (the early 19th and early 20th centuries respectively). Built over the past two decades by the American Chicago lawyer R. Eden Martin, this is one of the last great private collections of Russian literature in America. The collection is highlighted by a presentation copy of the first edition of Kamen (1913), which was inscribed by Mandel'shtam for his early mentor, the poet Viacheslav Ivanov (estimate: £60,000-90,000). Further highlights include a first edition of Gogol's rare first masterpiece Vechera na khutore bliz dikan'ki (1831-32) (estimate: £50,000-70,000) and the first part of Pushkin's Evgenii Onegin (1825) ... More

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Online exhibition celebrates 40 years of the Cotswolds Art and Antique Dealers' Association
LONDON.- Thirty dealers have joined together under the auspices of the Cotswolds Art and Antiques Dealers’ Association (CADA) to present on online catalogue of items for sale in celebration of their 40th anniversary. The exhibition will run until end-December. To view the exhibition visit From Canaletto to Chippendale and Chagall, from Lowry to a Renaissance loving cup, from a Renoir to a rank badge, each dealer is presenting three hero items to represent the wide spectrum that CADA’s specialist dealers have to offer. The Cotswolds is one of the most beautiful and historic areas of England. It is also the home of the largest concentration of art and antiques dealers outside London. The very best of each discipline is represented in the online exhibition, including furniture, silver, early needlework and antique boxes, sculpture, ... More

Panerai and Sotheby's offer three unique prototypes in an exclusive online auction
LONDON.- This November, Sotheby’s hosts an exclusive online sale of three unique prototypes from the luxury Italian watchmaker Panerai. Open for bidding until 19 November, the “Panerai: The Prototypes” sale coincides with the first anniversary of the watchmaker’s flagship store on New Bond Street in London. The sale follows the success of the 2017 online auction collaboration between Panerai and Sotheby’s in which a bronze Luminor Submersible watch sold for five times its low estimate. “We are thrilled to offer these unique pieces in auction, says Jean-Marc Pontroué, Panerai CEO. Our R&D team works relentlessly to design and create new models that encompass the history of our brand with a determined look towards the future. With this special auction we are aiming to satisfy clients who look to differentiate themselves and value the utmost exclusivity. ... More

Sotheby's Hong Kong Chinese Art Sales to take place on 29-30 November
HONG KONG.- Sotheby’s will present two sales of Chinese art at its Hong Kong Gallery this November: Chinese Works of Art from the Collection of Emil Hultmark (29 Nov) and Chinese Art (29 – 30 Nov). The former sale presents a selection of items from the collection of the Swedish academic Dr Emil Hultmark (1872-1943). Ranging from archaic bronzes and jades to early Ming ceramics, and all acquired in Europe during the 1930s, this sale provides collectors with a fascinating window into this golden age of European collecting. In tandem with this great collection is the Chinese Art Sale, featuring several private collections, including Song ceramics from Xinyangtang, a distinguished Hong Kong collection formed during the 1980s; a Japanese family collection of jade carvings; Qing porcelains and works of art from an old Hong Kong collection; and a selection ... More

Stan Lee's legacy: ubiquity of superheroes in pop culture
PARIS (AFP).- The face of superhero culture may be gone with the passing of Marvel legend Stan Lee, but there is no risk of his work fading into the pop culture background. Instead, the indelible characters he created such as Spider-Man, The Hulk or the X-Men are essentially modern mythological heroes, whose place on the big screen is immutable. "Graphically and culturally, these characters have influenced fashion, street art, pop art, design, television and cinema: their importance is significant," said Jean-Jacques Launier, the founder of the Art Ludique museum in Paris. The museum -- dedicated to the "art of entertainment," according to its website -- staged an exhibit on Marvel superheroes in 2014 and then a similar one for DC Comics last year. Superheroes first entered the wider public consciousness in 1938 with the arrival of Superman in Action ... More

Survey exhibition devoted to American artist Martha Rosler showcases five decades of her work
NEW YORK, NY.- The Jewish Museum is presenting Martha Rosler: Irrespective, a survey exhibition of the work of the influential artist Martha Rosler, from November 2, 2018, through March 3, 2019. Rosler is considered one of the strongest and most resolute artistic voices of her generation; she is also a prolific writer, lecturer, professor, and advocate for social justice. She skillfully employs diverse materials to address pressing matters of her time, including war, gender roles, gentrification, inequality, and labor. From her feminist photomontages of the 1960s and 1970s to her large-scale installations, Rosler’s vital work reflects an enduring and passionate vision. Martha Rosler: Irrespective showcases both well-known and rarely seen selections from more than five decades of work. Installations, photographic series, sculpture, and video represent a practice ... More

Marvel: the multi-billion-dollar empire Stan Lee brought to life
NEW YORK (AFP).- In a little more than 20 years, Marvel has gone from a company that declared bankruptcy (1996) as the comic book industry waned to a global empire generating billions of dollars a year. The following is a look at the wide-ranging activities of the group, which for decades was led by Stan Lee, who died on Monday at age 95. It is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Disney, which bought it for $4 billion in 2009. The Marvel Cinematic Universe is a lucrative one: over the past decade, from "Iron Man" in 2008 through this year's "Ant-Man and the Wasp," 20 Marvel films have hit the big screen. In total, the Marvel Studios productions have raked in a whopping $6.8 billion in North America alone, according to industry tracker Box Office Mojo. According to AFP calculations based on figures from Box Office Mojo, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter ... More

2018 Shpilman Prize awarded to New York based artist Alison Rossiter
JERUSALEM.- Out of 66 artists nominated by art professionals from 38 different institutions around the world, the SIPEP2018 Committee has selected the American artist Alison Rossiter as the SIPEP2018 winner and awardee of the $40,000 prize. Honorable mentions were also given to: Rafał Milach (Poland), Noémie Goudal (France), Dor Guez (Israel), and Ivan Boccara (Morocco). The Prize was dedicated this year to the idea of 'The Last Photograph,' exploring the place of actual photographs in our 'virtual' age and the changing roles of cameras as transmitters of immediate – yet never truly 'live' – information. Rossiter was born in 1953 in Jackson, Mississippi, and lives and works in New York. A trained photographer, she worked as a photography conservator for several decades and began making camera-less photographic prints in the late 1990s. Her ... More

A holy grail of Glenn Gould manuscripts offered at Bonhams Books and Manuscripts sale
NEW YORK, NY.- On December 5, Bonhams Books and Manuscripts sale will offer Glenn Gould’s extensively annotated copy of his recording for the second “Goldberg Variations,” one of the most significant and well-known interpretations in classical music (estimate: $100,000-150,000). This annotated complete score and accompanying notes offer profound insight into the landmark recording. Gould manuscripts are very rare in the marketplace, with no substantial Gould manuscript ever having been sold at auction. Darren Sutherland, Books and Manuscripts Specialist, commented: “It’s very exciting to offer this extensively annotated Glenn Gould score from his 1981 recording of the Goldberg Variations. The vast majority of Gould material is held institutionally, and never reaches the private market.” Pianist Glenn Gould (1932-1982) of Canada, rocketed ... More

6th edition of ART021 Shanghai boasts outstanding presentations and strong sales
SHANGHAI.- ART021 Shanghai Contemporary Art Fair concluded its sixth edition on Sunday, November 11, with strong attendance and significant sales made by exhibitors across all levels of the market. Hosted annually at the historic Shanghai Exhibition Centre, the fair featured 103 of the world’s leading galleries from 30 cities spanning 18 different countries, showcasing local talent alongside established and emerging artists from across the world. The sixth edition presented exceptional booths by a roster of premiere international and regional galleries. The success of newlyfeatured galleries from emerging markets such as Latin America, Eastern Europe, Central Asia, and South Asia, reflect a continued growth in appetite from domestic and international collectors for new types of art. “I am extremely grateful to the exhibitors who participated in ... More

Auction of antique arms & armour includes an eclectic range of rare and important items
LONDON.- A rare carved Maori large model canoe, otherwise known as a Waka, dating from the 19th century and measuring over 2 metres in length and a horse harness made for a Lord Mayor of London are among the eclectic array of objects with fascinating provenance that will be offered in Thomas Del Mar Ltd’s sale of Antique Arms, Armour & Militaria at 25 Blythe Road, London W14 0PD on Wednesday, 5th December, 2018 at 12noon. Viewing will take place on the preceding Sunday, Monday and Tuesday and online bidding is available via and Created from a single piece of wood, the canoe is carved with traditional masks and was listed in the inventory of Worden Hall in Lancashire – it is estimated at £4,000-6,000. Also from Worden Hall is an English or Flemish close helmet, circa 1560, which carries an estimate ... More

Iris, a new Interactive installation by SOFTlab, exhibited in Prague's Mirror Chapel
PRAGUE.- Iris, designed by NY­-based design studio SOFTlab, is an interactive array of responsive mirrors and LEDs that creates a circular enclosure. Iris was installed within the Mirror Chapel as part of the Prague's 2018 Signal Festival. The mirrors rotate in response to the movement of people in the circular space, while the LEDs respond to ambient sound. The circular array can be thought of as a lens that reflects both light and sound. The installation is meant to blend or confuse light and sound through its capacity to focus and unfocus these mediums. As the mirrors rotate, they open the perimeter allowing not only direct views of the Mirror Chapel, but also creating a Mise en abyme, mixing the surrounding chapel, viewers, and light in a vertically fragmented, recursive, and panoramic image. Both the intricate nature of the Mirror Chapel’s architecture ... More

Things You Should Know About Modern Art to Open Your Heart to It
A common expectation, rooted in classical art, is that art should be beautiful, should bear a deep, but the obvious meaning should disappoint or entertain. Modern art is a category that everyone recognizes as being in existence, but few consider it legitimate: it is sometimes difficult to understand why these two triangles are a masterpiece of minimalism, but those are not. The unenlightened viewer might think that it is enough to pick up any drawing set, like these, and you are already a modern artist. In fact, it is not so easy. Let's see what you need to know about contemporary art in order to perceive it adequately. In fact, trying to understand the essence of modern art, we are embarking on a rather slippery path because now there is a lot of art. If before there was always one direction, for example, Baroque, and leading artists wrote in this style, now there is no such ... More

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On a day like today, American painter Georgia O'Keeffe was born
November 15, 1887. Georgia Totto O'Keeffe (November 15, 1887 - March 6, 1986) was an American artist. She was best known for her paintings of enlarged flowers, New York skyscrapers, and New Mexico landscapes. O'Keeffe has been recognized as the "Mother of American modernism".

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