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At the Manifesta Biennial, a French city's tough realities go on show

“Untitled 1, 2, 3” (2019), by Anna Boghiguian, installed in La Vieille Charité, a former almshouse in Marseille, France, Sept. 18, 2020. Manifesta, the roving international biennial, is carrying on despite the pandemic — this edition, in Marseille, could be a model for biennials in a changed world. Gabrielle Voinot/The New York Times.

by Farah Nayeri

MARSEILLE (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- On the morning of Nov. 5, 2018, two residential buildings collapsed on the Rue d’Aubagne here, killing eight people and leaving a large gash in the city’s heart. Hundreds of others living in run-down Marseille homes at risk of crumbling were evacuated. Nearly two years later, the pain remains acute: The site where the two buildings stood remains a giant cavity, surrounded by barbed wire, and a nearby billboard commemorates the eight victims. That building collapse is one focus of an exhibition at Manifesta, the roving international biennial, which has gone ahead with its Marseille edition this year, even as the pandemic has forced the cancellation of other major art world events. The no-frills documentary presentation about Marseille’s housing crisis, curated by Samia Henni, features photocopied photographs and sheets of text hanging from clothes pins. Speakers play recorded testimonies from campaigners, social workers, a bus driver and a policeman, ... More

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Lempicka, Dalí and Nolde to highlight Christie's October Evening Sale   Sensational collection of antique shooting gallery targets to be auctioned by Soulis Auctions   The Courtauld acquires rare Gauguin manuscript entitled 'Avant et après'

Salvador Dalí, Bouche mystérieuse apparaissant sur le dos de ma nurse, gouache on magazine cover, 1941. Estimate: $1.2 – 1.8 million. © Christie's Images Ltd 2020.

NEW YORK, NY.- Highlighting the October 6 Evening Sale of 20th Century Art is a dynamic grouping of three works by Tamara Lempicka, Salvador Dalí and Emil Nolde from an Property from a Distinguished Private Collection. All three works will be appearing at auction for the first time in over 25 years. Jessie Fertig, Head of Evening Sale, Impressionist and Modern Art, remarked: “These three works by Lempicka, Nolde and Dalí stand among the best of their kind within each of these diverse artists’ oeuvres. Sensual and alluring, Lempicka’s Les deux amies is a defining example of her the artist’s iconic subject matter, the female nude, and encapsulates the elegance and drama of her coolly refined, classicizing and alluring style. With its rich palette and intense energy, Nolde’s Herbstmeer XVI, is one of the greatest works of its kind to come to market. ... More

1911 pat’d J.T. Dickman (Los Angeles) cast-iron Clown shooting gallery target. One of five known and the only one in old paint combination of aqua, red and white. Custom iron stand conveys with target. Pictured on cover of both the sellers’ 2014 reference ‘Step Right Up! Classic American Target and Arcade Forms’ and Dickman’s 1921 Catalog E, identified as ‘The Great Clown Target with the Bright Eye.’ 20.25 x 15in. Estimate $25,000-$35,000.

LONE JACK, MO.- Ping! Bam! Clang! Those are the ear-piercing sounds that used to excite thrill seekers at target-shooting galleries of the late 19th- and early 20th centuries. Commonly seen at early midways, carnivals, saloons and other public places where people sought amusement, shooting galleries invited all comers – young and old – to step up, take aim and hopefully hit the target and win a prize. Each target was a sturdy, painted cast-iron form, usually replicating an animal or human figure. While originally intended as visual enticements that, over time, would become scrap metal, shooting gallery ... More

The manuscript of ‘Avant et après’ by Paul Gauguin © The Courtauld.

LONDON.- The Courtauld has acquired one of the most significant artist manuscripts ever to enter a UK public collection - a unique and richly illustrated text by the highly influential French Post-Impressionist artist Paul Gauguin. Part-memoir and part-manifesto, the 213-page manuscript, titled Avant et après (Before and after) reveals important insights into Gauguin's life, relationships and thoughts, and includes numerous drawings and prints by the artist. Offered to The Courtauld as part of the Government's Acceptance in Lieu scheme administered by the Arts Council, Avant et après is the last major manuscript by Gauguin in the world outside a public collection, and now the only example in the UK. It was written in 1903, the year of the artist's death, at his home on the Marquesas island of Hiva Ova, French Polynesia. It has never been exhibited publicly and remains unstudied by scholars in its original form. Avant et après ... More

Sotheby's and Planned Parenthood of Greater New York present 'Choice Works': Online Benefit Auction   Georgia O'Keeffe Museum and Harvard Art Museums announce joint acquisition of artist's pigments   Xavier Hufkens announces representation of Huma Bhabha

Dana Schutz, Boat Group 1. Monotype with gouache on paper. Executed in 2019. Estimate $60/80,000. Courtesy Sotheby's.

NEW YORK, NY.- Sotheby’s and Planned Parenthood of Greater New York (PPGNY) are pleased to present Choice Works 2020 – an online auction of 28 artworks donated by leading contemporary artists, with proceeds to benefit PPGNY. Furthering the online sale’s charitable mission, five additional works will offered in our live Contemporary Curated auction on 2 October in New York. Following the Choice Works live auction in 2015 at Sotheby’s, Choice Works 2020 aims to raise critical funds needed for PPGNY to provide for patients in this unprecedented time of need. PPGNY is one of the largest Planned Parenthood affiliates, serving 200,000 patients per year in over 25 health centers across New York State. Open for bidding from 21 September through 5 October, the online sale features works by artists such as: Marina Adams, Rita Ackermann, Matthew Barney, Mel Bochner, Katherine Bradford, ... More

Alison Cariens, conservation coordinator at the Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies, Harvard Art Museums. Photo: Caitlin Cunningham; © President and Fellows of Harvard College.

CAMBRIDGE, MASS.- The Harvard Art Museums today launched A History of Color: An Audio Tour of the Forbes Pigment Collection, a digital resource that showcases the stories and science behind some of history’s most fascinating colors, all contained within one of the world’s largest collections of historical pigments. The tool takes viewers on a guided tour of 27 pigments, dyes, and raw materials—from ochres and charcoal, the oldest pigments known to have been used by humans, to YInMn blue, which was discovered by accident at Oregon State University in 2009. The lively stories of these colors are shared through short audio recordings by two Harvard Art Museums staff members who work closely with the Forbes Pigment Collection: Narayan Khandekar, senior conservation scientist and director of the Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies, and ... More

The artist’s work has been exhibited extensively.

BRUSSELS.- Huma Bhabha is primarily known for her figurative and often monumental sculptures in striking combinations of materials. Using salvaged objects such as fragments of furniture and industrial polystyrene boxes, and a wide range of media including clay, wood, cork, paper, plastic, rubber and metal, Bhabha creates sculptures that hover between the recognisably human and the otherworldly. Important to her practice, Bhabha also makes drawings on photographs and on paper, working with collage. Employing a distinctly personal visual language, she explores the human figure—an enduring presence in the art of all cultures and periods. Rich textural and tonal contrasts, particularly the juxtaposition of vivid, jewel-like colours with dark and muted hues, or the combination of organic and industrial materials, further intensify the supernatural qualities of her oeuvre. Bhabha will carve, scratch or paint the surfaces of her work, often adding expressive lines that not only convey physical attr ... More

Paula Cooper Gallery opens an exhibition of work by Lynda Benglis, Eric N. Mack, and Kelley Walker   Christie's to offer Dolly Parton's Swarovski crystal-studded dulcimer   In Berlin, the art world spreads out to stay safe

Lynda Benglis, Sparkle Flag Fern, 2016. Handmade paper over chicken wire, cast sparkles, 78 x 19 x 23 in. (198.1 x 48.3 x 58.4 cm).

NEW YORK, NY.- A three-person exhibition of work by Lynda Benglis, Eric N. Mack, and Kelley Walker examines the artists’ shared interest in vernacular and the liminal space between media. Their distinct bodies of work are linked by a perceptive and hand-crafted approach to adornment—transforming quotidian or mass-produced materials through layering, draping and collage. The resulting objects impart looseness and raw mutability, seeming to capture a momentary articulation in the life of the form. Working against precious materials and formal classifications of art, Lynda Benglis, Eric N. Mack, and Kelley Walker engage their surrounding environment to generate intimate experiences of perception. Produced between 2013 and 2018, Lynda Benglis’s wall sculptures are made from handmade paper that the artist carefully wraps around an armature of chicken wire. Their white or sand-toned surfaces are then brushed with isolated gestures of acrylic medium, paint, ground coal, glitter, and gold leaf ... More

The gold painted, crystal-studded dulcimer offered for auction was used during Dolly Parton’s 50th Anniversary concert at the Grand Ole Opry. © Christie's Images Ltd 2020.

NEW YORK, NY.- Christie’s announces an exciting online-only charity auction entitled “Nashville: An Auction to benefit ACM Lifting Lives® COVID-19 Response Fund” led by a Swarovski-crystal bedazzled four-string dulcimer owned by Dolly Parton for 30 years accompanied by its original stand and used by the artist as she celebrated her 50th Anniversary performing at the Grand Ole Opry in 2019. The dulcimer is estimated at $50,000 ‑ 100,000, and leads a sale featuring items generously donated by country music’s biggest names, including Reba McEntire, Tim McGraw, Marty Stuart, Bernie Taupin, and Trisha Yearwood. Dolly Parton comments: “Seeing my country music community suffer due to the pandemic has broken my heart. It was important to donate the dulcimer that was designed for my 50th Opry Anniversary so we can raise awareness and much needed funds to keep these folks on their feet before we can open the doors to our stag ... More

The König Galerie at the Messe in St. Agnes, where 200 works by established and emerging artists were displayed in a converted Brutalist church in the Kreuzberg district as part of Art Week Berlin, Sept. 12, 2020. Gordon Welters/The New York Times.

by Scott Reyburn

BERLIN (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- It has been a long time coming, but after six months of coronavirus-enforced inactivity, the international art world was re-energized by a hectic week here of live exhibitions and events. With all the summer’s most important live art fairs, exhibitions and auctions canceled, Berlin Art Week, which ended Sunday, became the art world’s first significant international event since March. Anchored by Gallery Weekend Berlin, a collaborative promotion of dealer-organized exhibitions that was postponed from its usual slot in April, the event also included the Positions Berlin fair, a platform for less-prominent dealerships, primarily from Germany, and numerous satellite shows at which the art was also on sale. These coincided with the openings of longer-term, noncommercial exhibitions like “Studio Berlin, ... More

TEFAF introduces a new digital platform: TEFAF Online   Sotheby's drops first ever sale of ultra-rare artist-designed Nike Sneakers   Magazzino appoints 2020-21 Scholar-in-Residence and launches open call for 2021-22 applications

The 33rd annual edition of Europe’s most prestigious fair for traditional art and antiques went ahead, despite the cancellation or postponement of other high-profile events, such Art Basel Hong Kong and Art Dubai.

AMSTERDAM.- The European Fine Art Foundation, whose fairs champion museum-quality art from across the ages, announced the launch of its new digital platform, TEFAF Online. Accelerated in response to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, this digital marketplace will host its inaugural fair November 1-4, 2020, with two preview days on October 30 and 31, 2020. TEFAF Online will serve the art community in place of this year’s annual TEFAF New York Fair by gathering the majority of the TEFAF global community -- 283 exhibitors will be directly accessible to buyers in real-time -- to present 7,000 years of art history. This iteration of the fair will continue TEFAF’s tradition of presenting only the finest quality by inviting each exhibitor to showcase only one work of art which represents their expertise. This singular “masterpiece” format, offering a new dimension in the digital fair space, will ... More

The ‘NYC Pigeon’ Nike Dunk Low Pro SB (est. $25,000-30,000), referred to as “the sneaker which started it all” declaring the birth of sneaker culture, designed by Jeff Ng, ‘Jeff Staple’ of Staple Design. Courtesy Sotheby's.

NEW YORK, NY.- Moments ago, a sale of eight ultra-rare and pristine artist-created sneakers dropped on in a sale titled ‘Cult Canvas.’ All made exclusively by Nike, the items celebrate the cross section between art and fashion, illustration and design, and sport and culture. Open for bidding for one week-only, the auction comprises one-off limited-edition pairs and production samples, all of which were made in collaboration, or incorporate an artist’s work: from French Expressionist Bernard Buffet to New York street artist Futura 2000 and Michael Lau, the pioneer of designer toy figures, whose 2006 ‘Gardener Wood’ Nike Dunk Low Pro SB was inspired by his very own skateboarding comic strip, titled Gardener. The sale is attributed to Ryan Chang, Founder and Chief Curator of Applied Arts ... More

Kittler’s research focuses on artistic practices from 1945 to the present day, with a special interest in Italian postwar art and the work of artists Marisa Merz and Carla Accardi.

COLD SPRING, NY.- Magazzino Italian Art announced today its appointment of Dr. Teresa Kittler as its 2020-21 Scholar-in-Residence. As the third scholar in Magazzino’s history to be appointed to this position, Kittler will advance the museum’s commitment to supporting new scholarship of Italian postwar and contemporary art. “We are thrilled to welcome Teresa to the museum’s team this fall,” said Director Vittorio Calabrese. “This appointment reflects Magazzino’s continually expanding research initiatives, dedicated to exploring the nuances of Italian postwar and contemporary art and to further elaborating on how this movement resonates with our current moment.” Kittler’s research focuses on artistic practices from 1945 to the present day, with a special interest in Italian postwar art and the work of artists Marisa Merz and Carla Accardi. For the first part of her residency and due ... More

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Phillips announces exclusive partnership with NOMAD
LONDON.- Phillips partnered with NOMAD this Autumn to present a virtual destination for private sales of art and design, with a selection inspired by Palais Bulles, a masterpiece of architecture in Théoule-sur-Mer, near Cannes. In response to the special circumstances this year, Phillips and NOMAD have collaborated to create a digital experience on, where, as well as the 50 selected works submitted by galleries worldwide, visitors will also find editorial content, digital tours, and interviews. The first online edition of NOMAD will feature select works from galleries such as Gallery FUMI, Fornasetti, Thomsen Gallery, Patrick Seguin, and Yves Macaux. Part of the proceeds of private sales made throughout this collaboration will be donated to The Design Museum in order to sustain one of the world’s most integral design institutions. NOMAD’s ... More

Christie's announces Post-War and Contemporary Day Sale highlights
NEW YORK, NY.- On October 7, Christie’s will host its Post-War and Contemporary Art Day Sale in New York on heels of the newly added 20th Century Evening Sale taking place the previous day. The Day Sale will boast a dynamite selection of both post-war and contemporary works with examples from established mainstays and fresh new talent. Featuring a strong selection of works from artists including Philip Guston, Barbara Kruger, Yayoi Kusama and Matthew Wong, the Day Sale’s offering unites the artists of the mid-twentieth century with their counterparts today in a seamless, thrilling dialogue that promises to deliver quality works for new and seasoned collectors alike. The sale will be live streamed from Christie’s Rockefeller Plaza saleroom, where the auctioneer will take bids from specialists on the phone, and online bidders participating via Christie’sLIVE. ... More

One musician's plan to make the concert industry more diverse
NEW YORK (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- Shortly before COVID-19 shut the concert industry down, Noelle Scaggs, one of the singers in alt-pop band Fitz and the Tantrums, began noticing that there was seldom anyone else like her on the road. A Black woman in a band of white men, Scaggs saw few other women of color on festival stages. Behind the scenes — among the touring crews and other industry personnel she came into contact with — the situation was no different. “Most of the time,” Scaggs said in an interview, “I was the only woman of color in any room.” Over the summer, as Black Lives Matter protests pushed the music industry into self-examination, with major record labels promising to diversify their ranks, Scaggs began developing a plan to break the homogeneity of the concert world — the multibillion-dollar business that provides most ... More

Jane Lombard Gallery opens a window installation by James Clar
NEW YORK, NY.- Jane Lombard Gallery is presenting Press Reset, an installation by James Clar that is being presented in the ground floor window at the gallery’s new location at 58 White St. Press Reset is the gallery’s first presentation in their new space, a “soft opening” installed as a way to distantly engage with viewers ahead of their official exhibition opening in October 2020. Press Reset is open to the passing public September 16 - October 12, 2020. For Press Reset, Clar employs generative software developed in collaboration with programmers Casey Conchinha and Louise Lessel that visually simulates cosmic supernovas: powerful, energetic and luminous stellar explosions, erupting on a large monitor that fills the main gallery window. The software constantly generates new explosions, so no two will ever be the same. These ... More

Centerbowl, porcelain vases lead Curated Home Auction above $1.4 million
DALLAS, TX.- A Gilt Bronze Marble centerbowl from an elite Dallas, Texas, collection brought $32,500 to lead Heritage Auctions’ The Curated Home Auction to $1,435,074.50 in total sales Sept. 16 in Dallas. “The quality of the lots and private collections in this auction prompted eager bidding and resulted in excellent prices,” Heritage Auctions Silver and Decorative Arts Director Karen Rigdon said, “and serves as a great springboard into our already-anticipated Dec. 4 Decorative Arts Holiday Auction.” Multiple bidders drove Pair of Monumental French Sèvres-Style Bronze Mounted Porcelain Vases, circa 1900 past its estimates until it finished at $35,000. Meanwhile, the Gilt Bronze Mounted Marble Centerbowl, 20th century headlined the collection from the Property of the Estate of Stuart Cutshall in Dallas. The dazzling bowl sparked a flurry ... More

500 Gallery introduces an industry first: Lot views 'in the round' via YouTube
FRANKLIN, MASS.- Bruce Wood was surfing the Internet one day and found himself watching a video of sparkling earrings twirling around in a jewelry advertisement. Then it hit him: “In our gallery, we have a rotating pedestal for showcasing sculptures that are best seen in the round,” he said, “but the inspiration for adding videos to our online catalogs came from that jewelry video.” Wood is the owner of 500 Gallery in Franklin, an auction house that specializes in fine art originals and attributions. It is about to make its initial foray into African tribal art with the first in a series of auctions planned for Wednesday, September 30th. The sale is online-only so, of course, showing each item in its best possible light involved taking crisp, multiple photos per lot. But watching that jewelry video sparked a thought. “It occurred to me that simple videos would ... More

V&A and HTC VIVE Arts announce VR event to celebrate 'Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser'
LONDON.- Through an innovative new partnership, the V&A and HTC VIVE Arts invite audiences from around the world on a mind-bending trip into the wonderful world of Wonderland. Coinciding with the release of tickets on sale for the museum’s eagerly anticipated exhibition Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser – opening 27 March 2021 – an immersive virtual reality (VR) public event will provide a sneak preview of the exhibition bringing environments and exhibits to life, guided by the show’s curator Kate Bailey. Taking place at 2pm (BST) / 9pm (CST) on 22 October 2020, the preview will be free to attend and will be the first live VR event hosted by the V&A, extending its exhibition content beyond the museum doors to take on a new life in a digital world. This special cultural event will be ... More

Bryan Fonseca, independent voice in Indianapolis theater, dies at 65
INDIANAPOLIS (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- Bryan Fonseca, a leading theater producer in Indianapolis who challenged audiences with cutting-edge plays and was one of the city’s first impresarios to stage a show during the coronavirus pandemic, died there on Sept. 16. He was 65. The cause was complications of COVID-19, a spokeswoman for the theater said. Fonseca co-founded the Phoenix Theater in 1983 and led it for 35 years. It was a home for productions that might never have found a place on the city’s half-dozen more mainstream stages. His stagings shows included Terrence McNally’s exploration of a group of gay men, “Love! Valour! Compassion!” — which attracted picketers — “Human Rites,” by Seth Rozin, which deals with female circumcision, and unconventional musicals like “Urinetown” and “Avenue Q.” He left the Phoenix ... More

A $10,000 bill sets $384,000 world record at Heritage Auctions
DALLAS, TX.- A 1934 U.S. bank note set the world record for the most valuable type of its kind sold at auction when it brought $384,000 at Heritage Auctions. The $10,000 bill sets the ceiling on the most valuable “small size” piece of currency ever sold. “This is easily the best of its kind I have ever seen,” said Dustin Johnston, Director of U.S. Currency at Heritage Auctions, which sold the note Friday evening, Sept. 18, as part of a five-day event. “This is the finest example ever offered of a perennial trophy note and we were pleased to offer it at auction.” The note is one of just three $10,000 bills to survive in such remarkable condition, according to Paper Money Guaranty (PMG), which graded the note. It is one of just eight surviving 1934 Kansas City $10,000s, serial number 562 of only 1,200 examples originally printed. This was the smallest print run by any ... More

Benjamin Langford prompts a closer look at our roots
NEW YORK, NY.- Special Special is presenting Late Summer, Benjamin Langford’s first solo exhibition with the gallery. Langford transforms the space with large-scale, illusionistic sculptures that bloom and drape across the walls, including vines, leaves, and fauna in various stages of growth. The artist photographs found plants in high resolution, prints them on canvas, then hand-cuts and reassembles them into soft sculptures. The finished works invite viewers to examine their odd shapes, realistic textures, and minute details otherwise easily dismissed. As with each exhibition, Special Special has also worked with the artist to produce a functional art edition. For Late Summer, the gallery collaborated with Langford to create felt planters entitled “Tubers”. The planters come in two varieties—either turnips or sunchokes—each available in editions ... More

Miwon Kwon joins Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts Board of Directors
LOS ANGELES, CA.- The Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts announced today the appointment of art historian Miwon Kwon to its Board of Directors. She joins other members Stephanie Barron, Catherine Opie, Claire Peeps, Ed Rada, Gary Simmons, and Joan Weinstein. “We are thrilled to welcome Miwon to the board of the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts," says Stephanie Barron, Interim Board Chair. “We find ourselves in a time of so much uncertainty and instability in the art community and in the world at large—when flexibility and ingenuity are more crucial than ever. Miwon’s expansive knowledge of contemporary art, architecture, public art, and urban studies will be invaluable to the Foundation as it responds to the unprecedented challenges of our time.” Kwon is a Professor and the Chair of the Department of Art History at the University ... More

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On a day like today, American sculptor Louise Nevelson was born
September 23, 1899. Louise Nevelson (September 23, 1899 - April 17, 1988) was an American sculptor known for her monumental, monochromatic, wooden wall pieces and outdoor sculptures. Born in Czarist Russia, she emigrated with her family to the United States in the early 20th century when she was three years old. Nevelson learned English at school, as she spoke Yiddish at home. In this image: Playwright Edward Albee, center, joins his star, Iree Worth, left, backstage at the Morosco Theater in New York City Thursday, Jan 31, 1980 . After the opening performance of his "The Lady From Dubuque." The two were greeting well -wishers, who included Louise Nevelson, at right.

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