The First Art Newspaper on the Net Established in 1996 United States Tuesday, September 16, 2014


Sotheby's Gallery in New York announces a retrospective selling exhibition of works by Rudolf Bauer
Rudolf Bauer, Third Symphony in Three Movements, Triptych (center panel). Oil on canvas, 51 3/8 by 61 1/4 in. Painted in 1930-34. Photo: Sotheby's.
NEW YORK, NY.- Sotheby’s Gallery will present the selling exhibition Rudolf Bauer: Tomorrow Today in New York from 22 September – 10 October 2014. The retrospective, featuring more than 40 masterworks by the German artist, coincides with the 75th anniversary of Art of Tomorrow, the landmark opening exhibition at Solomon Guggenheim's Museum of Non-Objective Painting.

Having established himself at Galerie Der Sturm in the early-20th century alongside Paul Klee, Franz Marc and Wassily Kandinsky, Bauer was anointed as the foremost non-objective artist and became the centerpiece of Solomon Guggenheim’s founding collection. However, scandal and betrayal led Bauer to abandon painting prematurely, and ultimately caused his legacy to be largely omitted from the modern Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum’s program and, indeed, history.

Rudolf Bauer: Tomorrow Today combines key works from all points in his career and across all media: dramatic lyrical canvases, mesmerizing geometric compositions and exquisite works on paper, which reveal the vanguard genius and enduring influence of abstraction’s forgotten pioneer. The exhibition will be the largest, most important solo exhibition ever held in New York since the artist’s lifetime, and the first retrospective look at the artist’s career in New York since 1985. Among the highlights of the show are many of major works once owned by Solomon Guggenheim, and asking prices will range from $8,000 to more than $1 million.

Julian Dawes, Specialist in Sotheby’s Impressionist & Modern Art Department in New York, commented: “We are excited to join the series of events this fall that will raise awareness of Rudolf Bauer as an influential yet often-unfamiliar figure in 20th century art. Despite his status as a contemporary of and leader among celebrated names like Kandinsky, Klee and Moholy-Nagy, personal and professional scandal caused Bauer to be overlooked in art history. As a corollary, his work had been
undervalued in the market until very recently, when increased awareness of his impressive oeuvre has resulted in a surge in bidding and buying. We look forward to sharing his story with many more collectors and connoisseurs, for whom this exhibition offers an excellent opportunity to acquire works that represent the very best of non-objectivist art.”

Born in Germany in 1889, Rudolf Bauer had been a well-regarded painter and illustrator for several years when, in 1916, he met the young painter Hilla Rebay. The two became passionate companions and lovers, and Rebay the vocal champion of Bauer’s growing body of “non-objective” art. In the years to follow, Rebay – a Baroness with connections to New York’s high society – would meet Solomon Guggenheim and introduce him to Bauer and his work. Infatuated with both Rebay and Bauer, Guggenheim sought to purchase every painting by the artist that he could find.

In 1938, Bauer was arrested by the Nazis for his “degenerate art,” placed in a prison camp, and eventually freed thanks to a bribe sourced by Guggenheim, who brought him to America. The two entered into a contract in which, in exchange for a home in Deal, New Jersey, a custom car and monthly payments from a trust, Guggenheim’s Foundation would own all future work done by Bauer – a fact which the artist did not fully understand at the time of signing. Once he realized the implications of the contract, he ceased painting for the remainder of his life.

In 1959, after Guggenheim’s death, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum opened. It was once planned to house Bauer’s creations, but opened without a single of his paintings on its walls. Over 300 of Bauer’s great works were relegated to the museum’s warehouses, where they remained for decades. Most were sold. The man who was once at the forefront of modern art has scarcely been heard of in the art world in the last 75 years.



Today's News

August 16, 2014

Red 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO Berlinetta becomes the most expensive car ever sold at auction

After Dark, the winning project in the inaugural IK Prize is revealed at Tate Britain

Sotheby's Hong Kong presents a superb 8.41-Carat Internally Flawless Fancy Vivid Purple-Pink Diamond

15 metre long floating Sea Turtle launches undersea exhibition at SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium

A summer group exhibition featuring video-based works on view at Pace Beijing

Phillips announces Auction of Photographs from the Collection of the Art Institute of Chicago

National Gallery of Australia receives major donation from contemporary artist Dale Frank

Sotheby's Gallery in New York announces a retrospective selling exhibition of works by Rudolf Bauer

Exhibition of recent paintings by Carl Ostendarp on view at Elizabeth Dee in New York

Faggionato celebrates its 20th anniversary with ambitious group show

Historic Willoughby-Baylor House reopens with new exhibitions and updated Norfolk History Museum

Striking photographic portrait of the landscape and people of North Philadelphia published

Dürer, Rembrandt prints, British landscapes, among highlights of Norton Museum of Art's new season

Frick Collection announces election of two new board members

The Thing Itself: A summer group show on view at Yancey Richardson

Fresh Mud Pies Sitting On the Windowsill: Four artists exhibit at Samson

'Jie (Boundaries): Contemporary Art from Taiwan' at the Johnson Museum

Returning to Governors Island this September: The 7th Annual Governors Island Art Fair

Bridie Lunney named winner of 5th John Fries Award for Emerging Art

The Michael Jacksons: An Ethnographic monograph by Lorena Turner

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- Scientists at Germany's Karl May Museum weigh returning Native American scalp

2.- Totally Thames launches Florentijn Hofman's first ever UK commission: HippopoThames

3.- Restoring Albrecht Dürer's masterpiece The Arch of Honour of Maximilian I

4.- German Consulate in New York presents the work of forgotten 20th century master painter

5.- Cave carving in Gibraltar may be first known example of Neanderthal rock art

6.- Monet discovered in suitcase taken into German hospital by 'Nazi art' hoarder

7.- Gustav Klimt's 'Portrait Adele Bloch-Bauer II' on view at the Museum of Modern Art

8.- Dreadnoughtus: Meet Argentina's supermassive, 85 feet from nose to tail, 'fear nought' dino

9.- Monet's 'Impressionism' birth dated by Texas State University's 'Celestial Sleuth'

10.- 'Chess' man star attraction at tattoo convention in Peru



Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 

Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez - Marketing: Carla Gutiérrez
Special Contributor: Liz Gangemi - Special Advisor: Carlos Amador
Contributing Editor: Carolina Farias

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org theavemaria.org juncodelavega.org facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site