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Edward Hopper takes center stage in Sotheby's American Art Auction on 16 November   Artemis Gallery sets house record with $1.2M antiquities auction   Heather James Fine Art opens an exhibition of paintings and works on paper by Elaine and Willem de Kooning


The November auction is led by Edward Hopper’s iconic autobiographical painting, Two Comedians (estimate $12/18 million). Courtesy Sotheby's.

NEW YORK, NY.- Sotheby’s shared highlights from their upcoming American Art auction in New York on 16 November 2018. The sale will be led by Edward Hopper’s seminal autobiographical painting, Two Comedians (estimate $12/18 million), as well as significant examples by American icons such as Norman Rockwell, Grant Wood, Georgia O’Keeffe, Horace Pippin and Robert Henri. Highlights from the auction are now on view in Sotheby’s New York galleries, with the full exhibition of all works opening on the 13th. The November auction is led by Edward Hopper’s iconic autobiographical painting, Two Comedians (estimate $12/18 million). Executed in 1966, Two Comedians represents the culmination of Hopper’s career and manifests a number of the most important themes that he explored in his art. The work depicts the artist and his wife Jo on stage, taking ... More
 

Greek Cycladic marble figure of female, Spedos type, circa 2500-2400 BCE, 6.5in. Sold for $161,850. All images courtesy of Artemis Gallery.

BOULDER, COLO.- Artemis Gallery, the boutique auction house that has become the most trusted source for authentic, fully guaranteed antiquities, Asian and ethnographic art for thousands of collectors worldwide, set a new house record on October 11. The company’s 416-lot auction of art and artifacts from the most significant civilizations of the past 4,000 years grossed $1,228,510 (inclusive of 24.5% buyer’s premium), with after-sales continuing to add to that total. “Our previous record of $812,000 was set in June, and that was a two-day sale. Like the June auction, our October 11 event was part of Artemis Gallery’s ‘Exceptional’ series and therefore contained the best-quality pieces, which attract the higher-dollar bidders,” said the company’s managing director Teresa Dodge. The predicted star of the Ancient Greek art and antiquities section, a finely carved ... More
 

Elaine de Kooning, Bacchus 2, oil on canvas, 16 x 11 in.

NEW YORK, NY.- The first exhibition in many years of paintings and works on paper by Elaine and Willem de Kooning will be on view at Heather James Fine Art, New York, from November 8, 2018 - February 28, 2019. de Kooning x de Kooning traces the artists’ early experimentation with abstraction and figuration with paintings and photographs from the Rudy Burckhardt family collection, and includes later works from other private collections to illustrate how their styles evolved. Highlights include Willem de Kooning's Woman II Springs, c. 1961, part of a critical body of work that became known as his “Women” series. This signature painting will be joined by earlier gouaches from 1937-42 -- initiated right before meeting Elaine -- and a pair of small-scaled abstract paintings completed in 1958 -- soon after the couple separated. Elaine de Kooning’s skill at integrating abstraction into realistic portraiture is reflected in a se ... More


Kestenbaum & Company announces highlights from its forthcoming Auction of Fine Judaica   Exhibition celebrates 50 years since Annely Juda Fine Art was established   Sotheby's to offer rare, rediscovered works by Britain's most pioneering artists


The sale offer 130 Valmadonna volumes - from the earliest Hebrew printed books to unique copies printed on vellum or colored paper.

NEW YORK, NY.- Kestenbaum & Company’s upcoming auction features the legacies of two visionary book-collectors. Both of whom recently passed away and both will long be remembered for their unique contributions to Hebrew booklore. The London-based Valmadonna Trust Library, comprising some 13,000 volumes, was built over more than half a century of prodigious pursuit by its Custodian and visionary, the late Mr. Jack V. Lunzer. In early 2017 the library was acquired by the National Library of Israel where it will be housed in a new landmark building in Jerusalem. Twelve months ago some two hundred volumes were extracted from the Collection and presented by Kestenbaum & Company for auction sale. They have now been appointed to offer a further 130 Valmadonna volumes - from the earliest Hebrew printed books to unique copies printed on vellum or colored ... More
 

Alexandra Exter, Stage Design for ‘Romeo and Juliet’ 1921. Pencil and gouache, heightened with gold, on two joined sheets of paper, 61.3 x 44 cm. © the Artist. Courtesy Annely Juda Fine Art, London.

LONDON.- The exhibition features works by a selection of 50 artists who are either represented by or who have shown at the gallery. The exhibition marks the rich history of the gallery, which has been a stalwart and influential space for artists and visitors since its opening by Annely Juda and her son David Juda in Tottenham Mews, central London. Annely Juda had already established the Molton Gallery (1960 – 1963) and then the Hamilton Galleries (1963 – 1967) in London before opening Annely Juda Fine Art with David Juda on 16th June 1968 with ‘Now Open: Important Paintings of the 20thCentury and Young Artists’. This marrying of the twentieth-century avant-garde and contemporary art has carried on throughout the gallery’s history. The gallery became known for exhibiting works of Russian Constructivism, Bauhaus ... More
 

William Roberts, The Joke, oil on canvas, 1923. Est. £300,000-500,000. Courtesy Sotheby's.

LONDON.- Sotheby’s Autumn sale of Modern & Post-War British Art is led by an exciting array of paintings, works on paper and sculpture by the most celebrated and recognised names in the field, capturing the truly international scope of the British Arts scene over the course of the past century. A seminal work by the most celebrated British sculptor of the past century, Henry Moore’s Family Group represents the zenith of the sculptor’s lifelong obsession with the universal motif of parenthood. To Moore, the family became a symbol of hope, of the intransience of human bonds of support, compassion and care, and of turning to the domestic life in the face of immense experiences of trauma. The large-scale iteration of this piece was a fundamental spring-board to Moore’s post-war career. Immediately after the war, architect Eugene Rosenberg commissioned the artist to create a sculpture for his project, ... More


Beverly and Donald S. Freeman donate $4 million to establish endowment at the Dallas Museum of Art   Ernest Hemingway's letter that inspired "The Old Man and the Sea" to be auctioned   Russian billionaire Rybolovlev charged in Monaco fraud case


Beverly and Donald S. Freeman. Photo: Dallas Museum of Art.

DALLAS, TX.- The Dallas Museum of Art announced today that its longtime patrons Beverly and Donald S. Freeman have awarded $4 million to the Museum to establish the Freeman Family Exhibition Endowment. This exceptional gift is designed to advance the presentation of special exhibitions across the DMA’s encyclopedic collection, providing robust opportunities for the Museum to engage audiences with the presentation of art across cultures and time in innovative ways. As part of the endowment, each year the Freeman Family will select one special exhibition from the Museum’s program for which it will offer significant support. In 2015, the Freemans awarded $1.5 million to the Museum to establish The Bonnie Pitman Education Endowment to Do Something New fund, benefiting the DMA’s education programs and in honor of its former Director. Earlier gifts by the couple were also made in support of the Museum’s education initiatives. “This ... More
 

The two-page letter comes with a black and white photo of the marlin. Bidding for the letter begins at $30,000.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- A 1935 handwritten letter by Ernest Hemingway about a 500-pound Atlantic blue marlin caught in Bimini, which inspired his famous novel, “The Old Man and the Sea,” will be auctioned by Nate D. Sanders Auctions on November 8, 2018. Hemingway lived on Bimini from 1935-1937 residing at the Compleat Angler Hotel. He wrote, “To Have and Have Not” and a few articles, but spent the majority of his time fishing on his boat “Pilar.” He faced the dilemma of preventing marlins from being“apple-cored” by mako sharks. Hemingway wrote his classic novel “The Old Man the Sea” in 1951. The semi-autographical novel is about an aging Cuban fisherman and his fight with a gigantic marlin. "Old Man and the Sea" has been noted by Hemingway scholars as most likely inspired by this particular 7 May 1935 trip, including Michael Culver in his biography "Sparring in the Dark: Hemingway, Strater and The Old Man ... More
 

AS Monaco President Dmitry Rybolovlev looks on during the French League Cup final football match between Monaco (ASM) and Paris Saint-Germain (PSG). NICOLAS TUCAT / AFP.

NICE (AFP).- The Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev, owner of the Monaco football club, has been charged along with three others in connection with a fraud case involving a Swiss art dealer, a legal source said Wednesday. The exact charges were not immediately known, but Rybolovlev and the three others, which include one of his lawyers, have been released from custody, said the source, confirming a report on the website of local daily Nice-Matin. The other two taken in for questioning were the wife and son of the former Monaco justice minister Philippe Narmino, the source said. Since 2015, Rybolovlev has been locked in a legal battle with Yves Bouvier, the art dealer he accuses of having swindled him out of up to a billion dollars, by charging inflated fees for works of art. Rybolovlev was detained Tuesday and held overnight for questioning after a mobile phone was seized from his lawyer Tetiana ... More


Fairfield University Art Museum opens 'Mohamad Hafez: Collateral Damage'   Laurence Miller Gallery opens exhibition featuring vintage prints by Helen Levitt   Kader Attia joins Regen Projects


Sea Garbage.

FAIRFIELD, CONN.- The Fairfield University Art Museum presents the new exhibition Mohamad Hafez: Collateral Damage in the museum’s Walsh Gallery from October 26 – December 15, 2018. Born in Damascus, Syria, raised in Saudi Arabia, and educated in the Midwestern U.S., artist and architect Mohamad Hafez explores the impact of the political turmoil of the Middle East through hyper-realistic streetscapes crafted from found objects, paint, and scrap metal. Architectural in appearance yet politically charged in content, his miniaturized tableaus are alternately nostalgic, charming, and deeply painful. Hafez’s work has been highlighted in feature articles in The New Yorker magazine and The New York Times, and his work has been included in numerous museum exhibitions including Artists in Exile: Expression of Loss and Hope (Fall 2017) at the Yale University Art Gallery, with new work currently included in an exhibition ... More
 

Helen Levitt, NYC, ca. 1945.

NEW YORK, NY.- Laurence Miller Gallery presents Helen Levitt: Five Decades, featuring vintage prints gifted by Levitt to James Agee and his family between 1940 and ca. 2000. These include several of Levitt’s most famous New York images, pictures from Mexico City, and never before exhibited portraits of James Agee. Helen first met James Agee at Walker Evans' apartment in New York City in 1938, and the two formed a deep friendship. Helen later traveled to Mexico City with Agee's then wife, Alma, and her son. Several of her Mexican images were later reproduced in Helen Levitt: Mexico City, published in 1997. James Agee was an early collaborator with Levitt, and in 1946 he authored an essay on her photographs that served as the introduction to her book A Way of Seeing. He wrote “At least a dozen of Helen Levitt’s photographs seem to me as beautiful, perceptive, satisfying, and enduring as any lyrical work I know.” Ag ... More
 

Installation view of dOCUMENTA XIII, Fridericianum, Kassel, Germany, June 9 - September 16, 2012. Photo: Roman März, Courtesy Regen Projects, Los Angeles.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- Regen Projects announced representation of artist Kader Attia. Informed by his experience of living between two disparate cultures, Attia’s rigorous research-based practice references literature, history, architecture, psychoanalysis, and post-colonial theory. Spanning photography, sculpture, installation, and video, his multidisciplinary works examine cultural identity and the differences between contemporary cultures – primarily the dichotomy of Western and non-Western – as well as the legacy of imperialism on the colonial world from a socio-political, economic, and aesthetic standpoint. At the crux of his practice is the concept of repair as a global, natural phenomenon in response to cultural, historic, and collective trauma. This investigation looks at the differences between how the Extra-Occidental and ... More



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$350,000 expected for rare Louise Bourgeois portfolio at Swann Auction Galleries
NEW YORK, NY.- Two years after her first solo show Louise Bourgeois completed this extraordinary portfolio of nine engravings with accompanying text, written in the form of parables, printed at the world-renowned Atelier 17 in New York. He Disappeared Into Complete Silence crosses the narrow divide between Abstract Expressionism and Surrealism and echoes themes that occupied the artist for much of her life: childhood trauma, hidden emotion, loneliness, fear, anger, sexuality and fragility. The work, on offer in Swann Auction Galleries’ November 15 Contemporary Art sale in New York, appeared towards the end of the period in the 1930s and 40s when Bourgeois focused on printmaking, a medium she would then abandon until much later in her life. Following its completion she turned her attention to wood totems that recall some of the imagery here. ... More

Contemporary Arts Museum Houston welcomes new curator
HOUSTON, TX.- The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston announces the hire of Rebecca Matalon as Curator. Matalon comes to CAMH following a five-year stint at The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Los Angeles, California. She will begin work at CAMH in January 2019. The addition fulfills a directive set forth in the Museum’s strategic plan of expanding community outreach through exhibitions. Matalon joins an existing curatorial team of Dean Daderko (Curator) and Patricia Restrepo (Exhibitions Manager and Assistant Curator). In addition to fulfilling institutional initiatives, the hire also maintains and aligns with a proud history at CAMH of promoting and cultivating a powerful feminist perspective within its curatorial practice. Matalon will be in Houston and introduced to a group of CAMH supporters at the Museum’s annual event, Another ... More

Collection of John H. Garzoli to highlight Bonhams sale
LOS ANGELES, CA.- On November 19, California and Western Paintings & Sculpture at Bonhams Los Angeles will feature a collection of forty-eight works from the estate of renowned art dealer and scholar John H. Garzoli. Rare examples from the collection include a spectacular large-scale panorama of Yosemite Valley from Inspiration Point by Thomas Hill, painted in 1888 (estimate: $150,000-250,000) and a rare early California genre painting by William Hahn, The Return Trip from Glacier Point, painted in 1874 (estimate: $150,000-250,000). The sale is complemented by works from various owners including a sumptuous painting of Flamingos and Tropical Birds by Jessie Arms Botke, (estimate: $80,000-120,000), an impressive Edgar Payne, The Inyo Sierra, in the Eastern Sierras (estimate: $150,000-250,000) and a colorful Granville Redmond, ... More

Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson opens new location with a retrospective of Martine Franck
PARIS.- For the opening of its new spaces, the Fondation HCB wanted to pay tribute to Martine Franck by a retrospective dedicated to her. Martine Franck professed a wonder and celebration of life, a profound joy faced with humanity while at the same time fighting against exclusion with all the empathy she was able to show. A socially engaged photographer, Martine Franck became an activist for many of these causes she actively photographed, which required a great deal of courage and daring for the young woman who had been taught not to cross the boundaries. “A photograph isn’t necessarily a lie”, she said. “But nor is it the truth. […] You have to be ready to welcome the unexpected”. Born in Antwerp in 1938, Martine Franck grew up in the UK and the United States as part of a family of collectors. A polyglot, history of art student and passionate ... More

Museum of Arts and Design announces Cannupa Hanska Luger as winner of the inaugural Burke Prize
NEW YORK, NY.- The Museum of Arts and Design announced Cannupa Hanska Luger as the winner of the inaugural Burke Prize for contemporary craft. Named for craft collectors Marian and Russell Burke, the prize constitutes an unrestricted award in the amount of $50,000, given annually to an artist age forty-five or under working in glass, fiber, clay, metal, or wood. Luger is the first recipient of the Burke Prize, which recognizes the achievements of a young artist working in and advancing the media and disciplines that shaped the American studio craft movement for which the Museum was founded. MAD Trustee Marian Burke, who endowed the prize together with her husband, Russell, said: "This first iteration of the Burke Prize has been more successful than we could have hoped. Rusty and I congratulate Cannupa on this outstanding achievement. ... More

Eight photographs that are symbolic of Candida Höfer's practice on view at VNH Gallery
PARIS.- VNH Gallery announces the solo exhibition by German artist Candida Höfer (born in 1944 in Eberswalde) which comprises eight photographs that are symbolic of the artist’s practice and that was built as a tribute to her work done in Paris. Overall, this exhibition introduces the one that will be held in the main space of the gallery next Spring (2019) where Candida Höfer will present a selection of recent photographs made in the French capital at the end of 2017 and beginning of 2018, in collaboration with VNH Gallery. During the 70s, Candida Höfer was a student of the photographers Bernd and Hilla Becher at the Fine Arts Academy of Düsseldorf and that is where she soon started developing such a specific esthetic which consists in shooting buildings from the point of view of their interiors and where the human abscence is surprising. Thereupon, ... More

Fresh-to-market works headline Bonhams Modern and Contemporary Art sale in Hong Kong
HONG KONG.- Yayoi Kusama, Richard Lin, Yu Youhan, and Chen Yifei are among the line-up of formidable Asian artists featured in Bonhams forthcoming Modern and Contemporary Art auction on 26 November in Hong Kong. Yayoi Kusama (b.1929) Infinity-Net 1959 headlines the sale and is expected to fetch between HK$3,000,000 and HK$5,000,000. Executed circa 1979, Infinity-Net 1959 represents a rare body of paintings rendered in her most celebrated style. This lot is a testament to Yayoi Kusama’s remarkable sense of control brought forward by the act of obsessive repetition. Appearing on the market for the first time, the present work comes from a private collection in Japan. As seen in the present work, the repetitive black dots on the bright yellow pumpkin are rhythmic and controlled, which extend to the stem, then scatter into the interior ... More

Sotheby's announces the largest and most ambitious iteration of the Brushwork sales series
HONG KONG.- Continuing on the phenomenal success of the first two ‘white glove’ Brushwork sales, Sotheby’s will present Brushwork III – Abstract Masters, the largest and most ambitious iteration of the series. The sale explores the diverse artistic language of abstraction developed since 1945, offering an expanded selection of ground-breaking artistic creations from over 70 years by abstract masters around the world. Offering approximately 40 lots estimated in excess of HK$130 million / US$16.7 million*, Brushwork III is the highest-estimated sale held at Sotheby’s Hong Kong Gallery. Brushwork III is grounded in the powerful juxtaposition of works by Chinese masters including Zao Wou-Ki, Chu Teh-Chun and Wu Dayu, ... More

Louisiana Museum of Modern Art shows works by Cecily Brown from 1997 until the present
HUMLEBAEK.- Cecily Brown (b. 1969) is a British artist, but has lived in New York for the past 20 years. Ever since the beginning, painting and drawing have been her main artistic activities. Louisiana’s exhibition shows works from 1997 until the present and is her first major European museum presentation for many years. The title of the exhibition quotes the more than 10-metre-long triptych from 2017, Where, When, How Often and with Whom, which is being shown in public for the first time. The title suggests a ‘plot’ indicating a place, a time and a relationship among human beings. But Brown’s works neither ask questions nor offer easy answers. The triptych in question comes at the end of the exhibition and is characteristic of what her pictures aim at. In an interview for Louisiana ... More

Hirshhorn opens the largest US museum survey of pioneering artist Charline von Heyl to date
WASHINGTON, DC.- The largest US museum survey of this pioneering artist to date, Charline von Heyl: Snake Eyes features more than thirty large-scale paintings that reveal the artist’s considerable influence in the field of contemporary art. One of the most inventive artists working today, von Heyl has earned international acclaim for continually rethinking the possibilities of contemporary painting. Her cerebral yet deeply visceral artworks upend longstanding assumptions about composition, beauty, and narrative. Drawing inspiration from a vast and surprising array of sources—including literature, pop culture, metaphysics, and personal history—von Heyl creates paintings that are seemingly familiar yet impossible to classify, offering, in her words, “a new image that stands for itself as fact.” In studios in New York and Marfa, Texas, von Heyl combines ... More




King Cophetua and the Beggar Maid | A modern retelling



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On a day like today, American painter Charles Demuth was born
November 08, 1883. Charles Henry Buckius Demuth (November 8, 1883 - October 23, 1935) was an American watercolorist who turned to oils late in his career, developing a style of painting known as Precisionism. Charles Demuth, Landscape with Windmill #1, 1896, watercolor and graphite on paper, 3 7/8 x 4 3/4 in., Collection of the Demuth Museum, Lancaster , PA.



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