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Museum of the City of New York: Reduced but reopening

The “New York at its Core” exhibit in the Museum of the City of New York, Nov. 15, 2016. After layoffs, furloughs and salary cuts, the museum prepares to reopen with a reduced budget and will present an exhibition about the pandemic. Philip Greenberg/The New York Times.

by Colin Moynihan

NEW YORK (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- Near the top of New York’s Museum Mile, north of the Cooper Hewitt, a gem from the Gilded Age, and the Guggenheim, itself a Frank Lloyd Wright work of art, and the classical majesty of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, sits the Museum of the City of New York. It, too, occupies a building of architectural distinction, a five-story, red brick and marble Georgian Colonial Revival completed in 1932 and the home of the museum ever since. But it can be overlooked amid the star power of its cultural neighbors, even when it punches above its weight with expansive exhibitions like “New York at Its Core,” which examines the city’s history since 1609, or “Activist New York,” which reviews the city through the prism of social justice and political agitation. “If you had to pick one place to learn about New York City, it would probably be the Museum of the City of New York,” said Kenneth T. Jackson, a former president of the New-York Historical Society and edit ... More

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"Hilma af Klint: Artist, Researcher, Medium" opens at Moderna Museet Malmö   Andrew Jones Auctions' DTLA Collections & Estates sales offer affordable, sustainable interior style   Woodmere Art Museum welcomes Steve Tobin sculpture to outdoor collection

Hilma af Klint, The Ten Largest, No. 4, Youth, 1907 © Stiftelsen Hilma af Klints Verk.

MALMO.- On June 16, Moderna Museet Malmö opened again after having been closed for a time in response to the Coronavirus pandemic. Finally, “Hilma af Klint – Artist, Researcher, Medium”, a comprehensive presentation of the artist with 230 works occupying the entire museum building, can be experienced by the public. Hilma af Klint (1862–1944) was an artist who allowed herself to take a broader perspective on life and who wanted to open up new ways of looking at reality. Her achievement as a pioneer of abstract art has been celebrated before, but with the exhibition "Hilma af Klint - Artist, Researcher, Medium", Moderna Museet Malmö now wants to offer new insights into the artist’s systematic research. “Hilma af Klint radically turned away from the portrayal of a visible reality,” says Iris Müller-Westermann. “For her, art making was about visualizing contexts that lie beyond what the eye can see. A ... More

Continental glazed earthenware chinoiserie mantel clock, 15 ¾ inches tall by 11 ¾ inches wide (est. $600-$800).

LOS ANGELES, CA.- Andrew Jones Auctions’ DTLA Collections & Estates auctions on Tuesday, June 30th and Tuesday, July 14th will feature market fresh furnishings, decorations and accessories, all enticingly priced. Eager bidders will find different, fun, quirky and out-of-the-ordinary accessories and furnishings, as well as luxe décor and statement pieces for the home, loft, gallery and retail space. Start times both days will be 11 am Pacific time. Private buyers and interior designers will be able to re-design a room or an entire home in an affordable, sustainable way. The sales will be held online through, as well as on the popular bidding platform Absentee bids will also be taken. The 200-plus lot sale on Tuesday, June 30th will include fine art, antiques, design, decorations accessories, historical documents, vintage ... More

Steve Tobin's Alter Root (2002) was recently gifted and relocated to Woodmere Art Museum.

PHILADELPHIA, PA.- On Thursday, June 11, 2020, Woodmere welcomed a new work of art to its grounds that has been a longtime aspiration: Alter Root (2002) by Steve Tobin. The bronze root sculpture is the generous gift of Dennis Alter. "I have long recognized that Tobin, an artist of international renown, is one of the lead artists of Philadelphia. I am thrilled to have given Alter Root a home at Woodmere, where it takes its place as the artist's first work on public view in our city,” Mr. Alter said. In the early 2000s, Tobin began creating bronze casts of the actual roots of upturned trees. The most famous example—and one of the most well-known sculptures in the US—is his Trinity Root, a cast of the stump and roots of a sycamore tree that was smashed by debris during the September 11th terrorist attacks in New York City. The large canopy of the seventy-year-old tree helped shield St. Paul’s Chapel, part of Trinity Church, fro ... More

The radical quilting of Rosie Lee Tompkins   Four men charged for trying to pull down statue outside White House   Seminal paintings by Josef Albers to highlight London and Paris, ONE: A Global Sale of the 20th Century

An image provided by Eli Leon Bequest, “Untitled,” by Rosie Lee Thompkins. UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Eli Leon Bequest; Ben Blackwell via The New York Times.

by Roberta Smith

NEW YORK (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- In 1997, I walked into the Berkeley Art Museum to be greeted by a staggering sight: an array of some 20 quilts unlike any I had ever seen. Their unbridled colors, irregular shapes and nearly reckless range of textiles telegraphed a tremendous energy and the implacable ambition, and confidence, of great art. They were crafted objects that transcended quilting, with the power of painting. This made them canon-busting, and implicitly subversive. They gave off a tangible heat. I left in a state of shock. I knew I had been instantly converted but I didn’t yet know to what. In memory the California show became a jubilant fugue of small squares of velvet in deep gemstone hues, dancing with not much apparent order yet impeccably arranged for full ... More

In this file photo taken on June 23, 2020 the statue of former US Presides Andrew Jackson is inspected after demonstrators tried overnight to tear it down in Lafayette Park in Washington, DC. JIM WATSON / AFP.

WASHINGTON (AFP).- Four men have been charged for attempting to remove a statue of former President Andrew Jackson from outside the White House as part of anti-racism protests in the United States, authorities said on Saturday. President Donald Trump, who is trying to position himself as a standard-bearer for law and order with less than five months to go before November's presidential election, tweeted calls by police Saturday to identify more than a dozen other demonstrators who took part in the action. On Monday evening, a group of protesters attacked the statue of former President Jackson, a slaveowner who led the United States from 1829 to 1837, which stands in Lafayette Park next to the White House. They wrapped ropes around the monument and tried to knock it down. Based on video footage, four were identified tying or pulling the ropes, or passing a ... More

Josef Albers, Homage to the Square: Between 2 Scarlets, 1962 (detail). Estimate: £1,000,000-1,500,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2020.

LONDON.- As part of ONE: A Global Sale of the 20th Century on 10 July 2020, Christie’s will present two major paintings by Josef Albers in Paris and London, both of which are being offered at auction for the first time. Representing the depth of the artist’s oeuvre and his vision as a constructive colourist Homage to the Square: Between 2 Scarlets (1962, estimate: £1,000,000-1,500,000) will highlight the London session while Homage to the Square: “Veiled” (1961, estimate: €800,000-1,200,000) will star in the Paris session, being seen in public for the first time since 1974. Ana Maria Celis, Head of Sale, ONE: A Global Sale of the 20th Century: “Christie’s is delighted to present two rare paintings by Josef Albers as part of ONE: A Global Sale of the 20th Century. Josef Albers' exploration of colour and form defined him as one of the great abstract painters of the last century and his appeal is universal. I ... More

"Painting at Home with Grandma Moses" highlights artist's influences and techniques   Hamiltons Gallery reopens with long-awaited second half of "Hiro: Fish and Fowl" exhibition   Sotheby's Live Auction of American Art achieves $9 million in New York

Anna Mary Robertson (“Grandma”) Moses, Bennington, 1953 (detail). Oil on pressed board, 17 3/4 x 24 in. Collection of Bennington Museum, Bennington, Vermont, museum purchase. 1986.347. © Grandma Moses Properties Co., New York.

SHELBURNE, VT.- Painting at Home with Grandma Moses, a new online exhibition featuring paintings and archival materials from the collections of Shelburne Museum and Bennington Museum in partnership with Grandma Moses Properties Co., launched on June 18. Painting at Home with Grandma Moses highlights Anna Mary Robertson “Grandma” Moses’s methodical artistic process and varying sources of inspiration that reveal the artist’s work as complex, thoughtful, and thoroughly modern. The exhibition focuses on the artist’s landscapes of the imagination for the modern era that stir feelings of nostalgia for decades past. The exhibition is accompanied by interactive experiences including recorded talks from curators, conservation insights and educational activities. “This interactive exhibition provides an in-depth ... More

Game Fowl, Maryland, 1988 © Hiro.

LONDON.- For decades, the legendary photographer Hiro has become highly regarded for his fashion, beauty, still life and portrait photography for Harpers Bazaar, Vogue, Rolling Stone and many other publications. In the 1980s, as a purely personal project, Hiro photographed dazzling fighting Betta Splendens fish and powerful male game fowl. These photographs, charged with brilliant colour, violent movement, and high emotion, reveal Hiro’s genius in discovering beauty in the unexpected. In places where one could not imagine finding it. His work is characterised by surprises, abnormalities, unusual lighting, surrealism, and an astounding vision. To look at a photograph of Hiro’s is to come face to face with a picture rife with unusual lighting effects, surprising angles, juxtaposing elements and bold colours. The Fighting Fowl series comprises 26 black and white images photographed in either 1981 or 1988. The photographs make an astonishing visual statement of the ferocity of animals. In ... More

Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Abraham Lincoln: The Man (Standing Lincoln) achieved $1.6 million – exceeding its $900,000 high estimate. Courtesy Sotheby's.

NEW YORK, NY.- Friday’s sale was led by Augustus Saint-Gaudens’s Abraham Lincoln: The Man (Standing Lincoln) which achieved $1.6 million – exceeding its $900,000 high estimate. The most celebrated American sculptor of his day, Augustus Saint-Gaudens originally created the sculpture as a larger-than-life work to adorn Chicago’s Lincoln Park. Saint-Gaudens was awarded the commission in 1883, largely due to the success and popularity of his earlier Civil War-related projects such as the Farragut Monument in Madison Square Park and the Sherman Monument in Grand Army Plaza, both in New York. The Lincoln Park monument was formally dedicated in October 1887 to great critical and popular acclaim. Beginning in 1910, the artist’s widow, Augusta, authorized the casting of commercial-sized reductions of the original monument. The reductions of Lincoln: The Man, of which the present work is one, stand at 40 ... More

Meijer Gardens presents an exploration of George Segal's work across a wide range of media and materials   June Art Fair to partner with Hauser & Wirth   Artcurial announces highlights included in its Jewellery, Watches and Hermès Vintage sales

George Segal, Helen in Wicker Rocker. Photo: Chuck Heiney.

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH.- Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park is presenting the sculpture exhibition, George Segal: Body Language. This exclusive exhibition organized by Meijer Gardens and the Segal Foundation explores Segal’s career and focuses on his remarkable versatility in representing body language across different media including plaster and various print techniques. This exhibition will run through January 3, 2021. Approximately sixty years ago, George Segal embraced a new working process that catapulted him to become one of the most recognized twentieth-century sculptors. During the summer of 1961, Segal was introduced to medical gauze bandages which he began to use as a primary material to cast plaster sculptures. The following year he was included in the legendary exhibition The New Realists, along with Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg and Jim Dine. ... More

June founders Christian Andersen and Esperanza Rosales. Photo: Marc Asekhame.

BASEL.- June Art Fair announced that its second annual edition will take place online from August 20-31, in collaboration with ArtReview and international gallery Hauser & Wirth, which will host the fair on its website. A special, dedicated microsite featuring additional content that supports each participating gallery will be available on The first edition of June Art Fair, debuting during Basel Art Week in 2019, was set inside a concrete bunker transformed into an exhibition space by Pritzker Prize winning architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron. Providing an alternative to a conventional art fair viewing experience, this new addition to the Basel Art Week calendar was distinguished by a highly-selective, intergenerational group of participants presenting projects in an open format more akin to a meticulously curated, collaborative, public exhibition. Other notable attributes of the June Art Fair included its modest ... More

René Boivin, Signet ring, set with brilliant cut diamond in yellow gold and blackened steel circa 1980. Estimate : 28 000 - 30 000 €.

MONTE-CARLO.- On 16 to 21 July, Artcurial will take up residence at its summer quarters, the Hôtel Hermitage, to hold a tempting programme of prestigious sales: Jewellery, Fine Watches, le Temps est Féminin and Hermès Summer Collection. The directors of each department have assembled an array of treasures including jewellery, bags, watches and collectors’ items to entice the knowledgeable and selective clientele. Centrepiece of the Fine Watches sale will be the Bull Collection. This collection of 36 lots includes some highly sought-after pieces by the biggest names in Swiss watchmaking: Patek Philippe and Rolex, with such iconic models as the Nautilus and the Daytona. The Temps est Féminin sale confirms the steady growth in the market for women’s watches. In the Jewellery sale, there will be a tempting selection of rare stones on offer along with pieces ... More

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Important Watches achieve $3.9 million in online sale at Sotheby's New York
NEW YORK, NY.- Wednesday’s auction was highlighted by two exceptionally rare vintage Rolex Daytona’s, led by a Rolex Daytona Reference 6263 with a Paul Newman ‘Panda’ dial which achieved $500,000 – meeting its high estimate and a world auction record for a wristwatch sold in an online sale and a world auction record for a Rolex Daytona in an online sale. One of the most iconic and desirable of all Daytona’s, the present watch is considered one of the most beautiful examples to appear at auction in recent years. Produced circa 1970, the original owner purchased the present watch in 1971 while on a trip with a friend. Nicknamed the ‘Panda’, the Rolex ‘Paul Newman’ Cosmograph is named after the famous actor and race car driver known for sporting one throughout his life. Richard Lopez, Sotheby’s Senior Specialist and Head of Online ... More

Bonhams launches first sale for designer handbags and fashion
LONDON.- Bonhams has accessorised its luxury division with an all-new designer handbag and fashion department. The department launched in January 2020 and the inaugural Designer Handbags & Fashion sale will take place on 16 July in Bonhams Knightsbridge saleroom. The sale will offer a curated selection of 245 lots of pre-owned / collectors contemporary and vintage handbags, luggage, costume jewellery and classic fashion pieces, showcasing luxury labels including Hermès, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior, Gucci, and Prada. Included in the selection are 70 handbags from Hermès, ranging from the 1940s, up to 2019. A number of these pieces are in pristine, never carried condition, such as lot 6, the Hermès Bleu du Nord Birkin 30, c.2019, estimated at £8,000-12,000. Jean-Louis Demas of Hermès designed the Birkin bag in 1984 ... More

Christie's sale offers lighting from the 18th to the 21st century
LONDON.- Christie’s presents Let There Be Light (24 June – 14 July), an online themed sale dedicated to the history of lighting, demonstrating the breadth, richness and variety of styles through outstanding examples of lighting. These include candlesticks, candelabra, chandeliers, wall-lights, table and standing lamps, from the 18th to the 21st Century. The sale comprises 134 lots and showcases how precious and finely crafted examples of lighting from the 18th and 19th Century, can sit alongside modern light fixtures in today’s interiors. Via a juxtaposition of lighting styles comes the creation of interiors schemes combining layers of history with modernity, which in turn showcase the character and taste of the modern day collector. Amjad Rauf, Head of Sale, International Head of Masterpiece and Private Sales comments, “Influential interior decorators and ... More

A Met Opera star was born, and then everything stopped
NEW YORK (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- “Once you make it on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera, you are set,” mezzo-soprano J’Nai Bridges said recently. When Bridges, 33, debuted at the Met in November in Philip Glass’ “Akhnaten,” she had already sung canonical roles around the world. But she found in Glass’ Nefertiti an ideal vocal and theatrical fit. With this unconventional role there would be fewer preconceived notions, she said, and “more space for people to receive my performance honesty and openly.” A writer for The New York Times Magazine followed Bridges as she prepared for the debut. Opening night went wonderfully. The reviews were excellent. The run, which included an HD broadcast, sold out. Bridges was ecstatic. And then everything stopped. In March, midway through a well-received run as Dalila in the Washington National Opera’s ... More

Ewbank's set to create market for beloved children's illustrator with landmark sale on July 15
LONDON.- Occasionally a single auction has the power to make a market for an artist. Ewbank’s Auctions have created that opportunity with nearly 200 lots of illustrations and original artwork by the late illustrator Barbara Firth (1928-2013). To be offered on July 15, the collection – acquired from Firth’s estate after she died in 2013 – includes images from some of her most celebrated characters, including Waldo, the pet tortoise she kept till her death and who, at over 100, was considerably older than the artist herself. Also featured are original illustrations for Sarah Hayes’ The Grumpalump (1991), a wide range of images from the Great Escapes series of stories, featuring animals such as Jack the Dog, Tumult the Rabbit and Romeo & Juliet the Lovebirds, as well as the magnificently bizarre tale of The Munro’s New House. There is even one original drawing ... More

The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia Board appoints three new members
SYDNEY.- The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia announced the appointment of three new board members. Joining the MCA Board are Bridget Grant Pirrie, Anthony Medich and Dr Danie Mellor. MCA Chairman, Cav. Simon Mordant AO, said of this appointment: “We’re absolutely thrilled with the appointment of Anthony, Bridget and Danie to the MCA’s Board of Directors. They are all long-time supporters of the MCA and with the current circumstances impacting the industry, the MCA will require strong leadership and direction. We welcome their individual experience, expertise and insight for the Board and the wider Museum.” Anthony Medich is an investor who heads up the Medich Family Office. Medich started his career working as a property manager for the family business looking after the group’s portfolio of commercial properties in Western ... More

Oxford Botanic Garden and Arboretum reopen for public to enjoy with pre-booking now essential
OXFORD.- The University of Oxford Botanic Garden and Arboretum have reopened both sites to the public following their temporary closure in March in response to the Covid crisis. The Garden was officially reopened today by Professor Louise Richardson, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford. Both sites are now welcoming visitors but with a new pre-booking system, social distancing and special measures in place to ensure the safety of staff and visitors. At the Botanic Garden, social distancing markings and signage are present across the sites and hand sanitiser is available upon entry and exit. In the interest of public safety, the shop, toilet facilities, Glasshouses and Herbarium Room at the Botanic Garden will not be open, but the Garden itself will be fully accessible. At the Arboretum social distancing markings and signage are ... More

A full view, at last, of modern art in South Korea
NEW YORK (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- Many rich nations use art, music and movies to project an image to the world, but few take it as seriously as South Korea — today’s uncontested champion of cultural soft power. In the last 20 years, the nation’s singers and actors have thumped to Asian and then worldwide superstardom, signaled in 2012 by the viral amusement “Gangnam Style” (the first song to hit 1 billion views on YouTube); strengthened by the stadium-filling concerts of BTS, Loona and other K-pop bands; and capped recently by the unprecedented best picture Oscar for Bong Joon Ho’s “Parasite.” It doesn’t seem an overstatement to say that, after the United States, no country on Earth now has the global cultural impact of this nation of only 51 million, buttressed by vogues for Korean cosmetics, food, fashion and consumer electronics, and helped ... More

Michael Hawley, programmer, professor and pianist, dies at 58
NEW YORK (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- Michael Hawley, a computer programmer, professor, musician, speechwriter and impresario who helped lay the intellectual groundwork for what is now called the Internet of Things, died Wednesday at his home Cambridge, Massachusetts. He was 58. The cause was colon cancer, said his father, George Hawley. Hawley began his career as a video game programmer at Lucasfilm, the company created by “Star Wars” director George Lucas. He spent his past 15 years curating the Entertainment Gathering, or EG, a conference dedicated to new ideas. In between, he worked at NeXT, the influential computer company founded by Steve Jobs after he left Apple in the mid-1980s, and spent nine years as a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab, a seminal effort to push science ... More

Tim Van Laere Gallery opens the group show "Enjoy and Take Care!"
ANTWERP.- Tim Van Laere Gallery is presenting the group show Enjoy and Take Care! with works by Bram Demunter, Marcel Dzama, Armen Eloyan, Gelatin, Adrian Ghenie, Kati Heck, Anton Henning, Tomasz Kowalski, Friedrich Kunath, Edward Lipski, Jonathan Meese, Ryan Mosley, Tal R, Peter Rogiers, Ben Sledsens, Ed Templeton, Rinus Van de Velde, Aaron Van Erp, Henk Visch and Anke Weyer. It’s a generous show, both towards the artists and the public. The paintings and drawings of Bram Demunter (°1993 Kortrijk; lives and works in Knokke-Heist) are always an interactive process between things he reads, hears, sees and thinks. He developed a very own iconography that closely resembles a premodern visual language and image of man. He combines this with elements from modern abstract expressionist painting. With this he refers ... More

Massimo De Carlo presents a new body of work by Giulio Paolini
MILAN.- Massimo De Carlo is presenting Il Mondo Nuovo, Giulio Paolini’s first solo show in his gallery space in Piazza Belgioioso in Milan. The exhibition presents a new body of work created by the artist for the occasion. The show is part of a two-episode project for which the artist will be working in Milan during 2020; in September Christian Stein Gallery will host Qui Dove Sono a solo show by Giulio Paolini in Corso Monforte. Il Mondo Nuovo, the exhibition’s title, is inspired by the homonymous fresco by the Venetian artist Giandomenico Tiepolo (1727-1804): it represents a crowd of onlookers waiting to light some sort of magic lantern, that projects imaginative images of exotic places inside. As in Tiepolo’s fresco it is the curiosity for the unknown and for a mysterious future, that characterizes the scene, in Paolini’s works that are on display the temporal dimension ... More

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On a day like today, Swiss painter Paul Klee died
July 29, 1940. Paul Klee (18 December 1879 - 29 June 1940) was a Swiss German artist. His highly individual style was influenced by movements in art that included Expressionism, Cubism, and Surrealism. In this image: Paul Klee, Young Moe, 1938. Colored paste on newspaper on burlap, 20 7/8 x 27 5/8 in. The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC, Acquired 1948.

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