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Ernie Barnes' 'Sugar Shack' painting brings big price at auction

Ernie Barnes (1938 - 2009), The Sugar Shack. Acrylic on canvas, 36 x 48 in. (91.4 x 121.9 cm.) Painted in 1976. Price realized: $15.2 million. © Christie's Images Ltd 2022.

by Robin Pogrebin

NEW YORK, NY.- Ernie Barnes’ most famous painting, “The Sugar Shack,” an exultant dancing scene that was featured on the cover of Marvin Gaye’s album “I Want You” and during the closing credits of the TV sitcom “Good Times,” sold for a whopping $15.3 million at Christie’s 20th Century auction on Thursday evening to energy trader Bill Perkins. It was 76 times its high estimate of $200,000. “I stole it — I would have paid a lot more,” said Perkins, 53, in telephone interview after the sale. “For certain segments of America, it’s more famous than the ‘Mona Lisa.’ ” Though based in Houston, Perkins said he did not want to risk being on the phone, so he flew to New York City with his fiance, Lara Sebastian, to attend the sale in person. He was worried that he might be outbid by someone of greater means. “What if Oprah shows up? What if P. Diddy shows up?” he recalled thinking. “I’m not going to be able ... More

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The Collection of Anne H. Bass and Christie's 20th Century Evening sales total $843.7 million   Roland Auctions NY announces highlights of their two-part Multiple Estates auction   Dinosaur skeleton sells for $12.4 million at Christie's

Edgar Degas’s Petite danseuse de quatorze ans which soared over its high estimate of $30 million to sell for $41.6 Million, breaking a record for the artist for the first time in almost 15 years ago. © Christie's Images Ltd 2022.

NEW YORK, NY.- Christie’s Spring 2022 Marquee Week held its final evening sales on Thursday, May 12 with three exciting auctions: The Collection of Anne H. Bass achieved $363.1 Million, The 20th Century Evening Sale achieved $468.2 Million, and The Raptor sold for $12.4 Million. The night achieved $843.7 Million in all, bringing the week running total to $1.26 Billion. The most significant American collection to come to market this season, The Collection of Anne H. Bass was 100% sold, and 149% sold above the low estimate. Two of the 12 lots established new records, including Edgar Degas’s Petite danseuse de quatorze ans which soared over its high estimate of $30 Million to sell for $41.6 Million, breaking a record for the artist for the first time in almost 15 years ago. Monet’s Parlement, the top lot of the sale, sold for $75.9 ... More

Pair of Van Cleef &Arpels diamond earrings in snowflake design with platinum setting. Estimate $25-35,000.

GLEN COVE, NY.- Roland Auctions NY in Glen Cove, NY will present their two-part Multiple Estates auction on Friday, May 20th at 10am and Saturday, May 21st at 10am, featuring a with a fine selection of superb Chinese and Asian art, furniture and decorations, including many lots from the Estate of Herbert and Florence Irving, world-renowned collectors of all things Asian, and founders of the Asian Wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Previews will be held on Thursday, May 19th & Friday, May 20th, 10am - 6pm. The two-part auction will focus largely on Asian art and decorative items, antiquities and contemporary art, including Dale Chihuly glass, Peking rugs and contemporary furnishings, while also featuring a selection of high-end jewelry. Along with many items from the extensive collection from the Estate of Herbert and Florence Irving, Roland is also offering a selection from the collection of well-known Palm Beach socialite ... More

A specimen of Deinonychus antirrhopus known as Hector that was auctioned at Christie’s. Christie’s Images Ltd. via The New York Times.

by Julia Jacobs

NEW YORK, NY.- It may not be a Matisse, or a Warhol, but this multimillion-dollar sale at Christie’s comes from the hand of a different kind of artist: Mother Nature. Late Thursday, Christie’s sold the skeleton of a Deinonychus antirrhopus — a species that became one of the world’s most recognizable dinosaurs after the release of the movie “Jurassic Park” — for $12.4 million, with fees, to an undisclosed buyer. The auction continues the trend of high-priced fossil sales, a pattern that has irked some paleontologists, who fear that specimens could become lost to science if they are bought by private individuals rather than public institutions. The auction house said the fossil, nicknamed Hector, was the first public sale of a Deinonychus, an agile, bipedal dinosaur known for the menacing claws on its feet. The sale price was more than double the auction house’s ... More

Works by Ed Clark, John Craxton, Gertrude Abercrombie drive Hindman to new house record for a fine art auction   Lisson Gallery now representing Jack Pierson   Deana Lawson wins the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2022

Ed Clark, Creation, 2006 (detail). Price Realized: $740,000.

CHICAGO, IL.- Works by Ed Clark, John Craxton and Gertrude Abercrombie led Hindman Auctions’ May 11th Post War & Contemporary Art auction to a $4,491,375 million total, a house record for a Fine Art sale and more than doubling its presale estimate. “We knew the top lots by current market darlings would have strong interest, but it was beyond refreshing to see the prime examples at every price point receiving enthusiastic engagement and aggressive participation,” shared Zack Wirsum, Hindman’s Director and Senior Specialist for Post War & Contemporary Art. “In addition to hitting a major milestone with the sale achieving the highest result for a fine art sale in the history of the company, it was also great to see people raising paddles live in the auction room again, which contributed to the vibrance of the day.” Ed Clark’s 2006 acrylic on canvas Creation (lot 65) sold for $740,000 against a presale estima ... More

The shrine of Luxury and Pride, 2009, metal and neon, 87 1/2 x 99 x 5 1/4 in. (222.3 x 251.5 x 13.3 cm) © Jack Pierson.

LONDON.- Lisson Gallery announced representation of Jack Pierson. The gallery will represent Pierson across London, New York and China, alongside his current roster of galleries – Regen Projects, Thaddaeus Ropac and Xavier Hufkens. Pierson will present a new work at Lisson Gallery’s Art Basel booth this June, followed by a solo exhibition in New York in 2023. Pierson employs sculptural assemblage, installation, collage and photography in pursuit of love, longing, kinship, poetry, celebration, youth, fantasy and identity. The artist’s mode of non-hierarchical cultural compilation and a process of impulse-led editing allows Pierson to create personal and universal narratives across his multidisciplinary practice. Emerging from the 1980s milieu of the Boston School of documentarian photographers, Pierson was drawn into a world of gendered, punk-influenced performativity, and ... More

Deana Lawson, An Ode to Yemaya, 2019 © Deana Lawson.

LONDON.- The photographer was announced as the 2022 winner of the prestigious £30,000 prize at a special ceremony at The Photographers’ Gallery, London by BBC News Culture Editor, Katie Razzall, on Thursday 12 May 2022. The influential prize, which has been presented in partnership with the Deutsche Börse Group since 2005, rewards artists and projects recognised as having made the most significant contribution to the world of photography over the preceding 12 months. Deana Lawson (b. 1979, Rochester, New York) was awarded the prize for her solo exhibition Centropy at Kunsthalle Basel (9 June – 11 October 2020). Lawson presents a distinctive and provocative approach to image-making, which while drawing on art history, as well as the wider landscape and traditions of photography, proposes a wholly original arena to reframe and reclaim the Black experience. Her interest lies in exploring ... More

Early Bob Dylan 'Poems Without Titles' among Marvels of Modern Music up for auction   'Magali Reus: A Sentence in Soil' opens at Nasher Sculpture Center   Andy Warhol's Marilyn makes headlines again as the highest work sold at Bonhams Prints & Multiples sale

Highlights from the collection, which Dylan penned while at the University of Minnesota, include; "Once Upon a Time," a lengthy four-page handwritten poem in pencil by Dylan.

BOSTON, MASS.- Boasting an extraordinary array of marvelous modern music items, RR Auction's spring sale is sure to be a hit! The auction is filled with incredible autographs and manuscripts, including a beautiful early original Bob Dylan poetry collection. The sixteen pages "Poems Without Titles" were written by Dylan when he was a teenager, in 1959 and 1960. Highlights from the collection, which Dylan penned while at the University of Minnesota, include; "Once Upon a Time," a lengthy four-page handwritten poem in pencil by Dylan. The long, playful poem is written in a two-column format and tells a circular tale of youthful lusts, loves, and conquests. Chronicling a wheel of ex-girlfriends by Judy, Ione, Carol, Barbara, another Judy, and Adele before a final return to Judy #1. The young Dylan's ... More

Exhibition by Dutch artist will consider contemporary life in abstract yet familiar forms.

DALLAS, TX.- The Nasher Sculpture Center announces Magali Reus: A Sentence in Soil, on view May 14 - September 11, 2022. The exhibition will be the second major US show for the Netherlands-born, London-based artist. The meticulously rendered sculptures of Magali Reus often find their inspiration in a readily overlooked everyday object—a dehumidifier, a no-parking sign, a ladder—removing it from its original, useful purpose and transmuting it into a form open to a wide-ranging accrual of new identities, meanings, and associations. Reus describes this act of an object’s physical transformation as “destabilizing and emancipatory,” one that allows it to perform a different function than the one people normally associate it with. These objects and their new functions reflect the disjointed character of contemporary life, where digital production and consumption makes our interactions with ... More

Marilyn Monroe (Marilyn) by Andy Warhol (1928-1987). Sold for $353,175. Photo: Bonhams.

NEW YORK, NY.- An Andy Warhol (1928-1987) print of one of the world's most enduring icons, Marilyn Monroe, exceeds expectations at Bonhams Modern & Contemporary Prints & Multiples sale on May 12 in New York. In a private collection since it was purchased for a few hundred dollars in 1984, Marilyn Monroe (Marilyn), sold for $353,175 breezing past its estimate of $200,000 – 250,000. The work centers an image of the actress that Warhol returned to many times in painting and print, but is made distinct by bright blond hair, ice green eyeshadow and red lips. “Bringing a print of this caliber to auction was an exciting experience. This was the second highest price ever achieved for Marilyn 23, just a hair under the world record,” commented Deborah Ripley, Director of Bonhams Prints & Multiples in New York. “The combination of these two iconic figures – Warhol and Marilyn ... More

Major exhibition exploring Cartier's inspirations from Islamic art and design makes North American premiere   Exhibition presents Hélio Oiticica's 1971 unrealized proposal Subterranean Tropicália Projects: PN15 1971/2022   Exhibition of new and recent work by artist Tom Friedman opens at Lehmann Maupin Seoul

Installation view, Cartier and Islamic Art: In Search of Modernity at the Dallas Museum of Art. Courtesy of Dallas Museum of Art. Photo by John Smith.

DALLAS, TX.- The Dallas Museum of Art is the sole North American venue for Cartier and Islamic Art: In Search of Modernity, a major exhibition tracing inspirations from Islamic art and design, including from Louis Cartier’s exquisite collection of Persian and Indian art and the work of the designers of the Maison Cartier from the early 20th century to present day. Co-organized by the DMA and the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, in collaboration with the Musée du Louvre and with the support of Maison Cartier, the exhibition brings together over 400 objects from the holdings of Cartier, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs (Paris), the Musée du Louvre, the Keir Collection of Islamic Art on loan to the Dallas Museum of Art, and other major international collections. Through strong visual juxtapositions and new scholarly research, the exhibition explores how Cartier’s designers adapted forms and techniques from Islamic art, architecture, and jewelry, ... More

Hélio Oiticica in front of a poster for the play Prisoner of Second Avenue, in Midtown Manhattan, 1972, Facsimile of photograph, ©César and Claudio Oiticica, Rio de Janeiro.

LONG ISLAND CITY, NY.- For the first time in the United States, Socrates Sculpture Park, in collaboration with Projeto Hélio Oiticica and Americas Society, brings an idea originally conceived by late Brazilian artist, Hélio Oiticica to life in Subterranean Tropicália Projects: PN15, 2017/2022. This large-scale immersive environment is based on Oiticica’s never-before-executed proposal from 1971 for Central Park that he conceived while living in New York City. The presentation and partnering programs are built upon Socrates Sculpture Park’s long-standing collaboration with, and support of artists who expand the boundaries of their practice in nontraditional, public spaces. The immersive environment of PN15 draws inspiration from the City’s thriving underground culture, encouraging visitors to drift through the circular structure of curving corridors for a multi-sensory experience. The installation features plants ... More

Tom Friedman, Cyclops, 2022. © Tom Friedman. Courtesy of the artist, Luhring Augustine, New York, Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, and Lehmann Maupin, New York, Hong Kong, Seoul, and London.

SEOUL.- Lehmann Maupin Seoul presents Many Things All at Once, a dynamic presentation of new and recent work by artist Tom Friedman. Concerned with ideas of perception, logic, and assumption, Friedman’s practice engages questions of looking and the purpose of art today. Particularly interested in how our preconceptions influence how we understand the world, Friedman’s work often employs trompe l'oeil effects that make viewers stop and look—and then look again. Known for his meticulous attention to detail and astounding craftsmanship, Friedman creates sculptures, paintings, drawings, videos, and installations that exploit the physical and conceptual nature of his materials and incorporate a dash of dry humor. Many Things All at Once is Lehmann Maupin’s debut exhibition with Friedman, who joined the gallery’s program in 2021. The artist’s first solo presentation ... More

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Joan Crawford's personal jewels dazzle at $5.3 million Heritage Auctions jewelry event
DALLAS, TX.- During Hollywood's Golden Age, the leading ladies of the day sparkled on screen and off, often commissioning red carpet-ready jewelry for their personal collections. Some of their jewels even made star turns themselves, appearing in movies and advertising. Such was the case for the Raymond Yard citrine and gold jewelry suite commissioned by Joan Crawford and offered in Heritage Auctions' May 2 Spring Fine Jewelry event. Consisting of a statement-making necklace, brooch and bracelet, the spectacular suite (estimate: $15,000-$20,000) — which Crawford wore in the 1941 film When Ladies Meet and in a print ad for Royal Crown Cola — was created by Yard especially for the Academy Award-winning actress. The famed jeweler was a bit of a celebrity himself, earning renown among America's elite for his exquisite ... More

Philip Russell Goodwin masterpiece from decisive Texas Revolution battle charges into Heritage Auctions
DALLAS, TX.- A magnificent depiction of the decisive battle in the Texas Revolution could bring $120,000 or more when it is sold in Heritage Auctions' Texas Art Signature® Auction May 21. Philip Russell Goodwin's Sam Houston at San Jacinto, 1907 (estimate: $80,000-120,000), from the Estate of S. Hallock du Pont, Jr., shows more action and drama than is usually found in the artist's works. Sam Houston is the dominant figure, waving a saber and carrying a pistol in his waistband as he leads his charging troops into battle. Part of what makes this painting exceptional is the fact that Houston leads the charge and holds the highest physical position on the canvas, but is shown in the distance. In the foreground, a line of frontiersmen surges forward to engage in the battle. Henry Millard led the infantry regiment under George W. Hockley ... More

Philadelphia Museum of Art presents U.S. premiere of a new Future Fields Commission in Time-Based Media
PHILADELPHIA, PA.- The Philadelphia Museum of Art will present a new multichannel video installation by Martine Syms, the Los Angeles–based artist best known for her interdisciplinary work that straddles the mediums of film, performance, installation, and publishing. Neural Swamp is an immersive work that builds upon Syms’s research into machine systems and the ways in which structures of power control our lives, inform our behaviors, occupy our minds, and shape how we see the world. Conjuring the legacies of Afrofuturism, Cyberfeminism, and the Black radical tradition, Syms employs a range of digital technologies to explore the complex ways in which identity is constructed, performed, ... More

Woody Auction to offer an assortment of American Brilliant Cut Glass
DOUGLASS, KAN.- An auction featuring a wonderful assortment of American Brilliant Cut Glass (ABCG) pieces, featuring a wide array of patterns and makers, many showcasing sterling silver, will be held on Saturday, May 28th, by Woody Auction, online and live in Woody Auction’s modern, 5,000-square-foot auction hall located at 130 East 3rd Street in Douglass, starting at 9:30 am Central time. The ABCG patterns will include Libbey, Hawkes, Sinclaire, J. Hoare, Egginton, Dorflinger, Clark, Maple City, Laurel, Tuthill, W. C. Anderson, Blackmer, Bergen, Hunt, Quaker City, Irving, Meriden, Pairpoint, CF Monroe, Pitkin & Brooks and others. The most numerous patterns are Libbey (22 different patterns), Hawkes (nearly 30 different patterns) and W. C. Anderson (16 different patterns). “This year continues to bring some important ... More

Praz-Delavallade Paris opens Carlotta Bailly-Borg's Polyphonic Dream
PARIS.- Not even in their wildest dreams could Fellini or the masters of Shunga have imagined these bodies made up of arabesques, their lines and contours deliberately traced to flow beyond the frame, their forms contorting between the very boundaries that try to constrain them. Grotesque and naked, these figures seem to revel in their own emptiness, transforming before our very eyes and leaving us dumbfounded by the realisation that we are not entirely one of them. Once they were human beings, or on the point of becoming human, but now their androgenous nature makes them equally attractive and destabilising. Languid silhouettes often turned upside down, they sometimes hold a flower - perhaps caught in the instant before swallowing, - a yet undigested plant that has bloomed after evading the grasp of Carlotta ... More

New space opens in Fitzrovia with Sacha Ingber solo show
LONDON.- VITRINE announced the opening of a second gallery space in London. Located in the heart of Fitzrovia at 38 Riding House Street, the space was inaugurated with the first exhibition in Europe of Brazilian-American artist Sacha Ingber. The exhibition opened on 13 May during London Gallery Weekend 2022’s West End Gallery Day and runs until 3 July 2022. VITRINE Fitzrovia is an 850 square foot ground floor gallery space, with a lower floor viewing room and office. In common with VITRINE's existing spaces in Bermondsey and Basel, glass remains a defining feature of VITRINE Fitzrovia’s architecture, whilst also including a more conventional gallery space, open to the public Wednesday – Saturday, 12-6pm. Sacha Ingber’s inaugural exhibition ‘One Direction’ brings together new and existing wall and floor-based ... More

House of Electronic Arts in Basel opens an exhibition of works by the Belgian artist Emmanuel Van der Auwera
BASEL.- The Belgian artist Emmanuel Van der Auwera is more than just an attentive observer of our time. «Seeing is Revealing»—seeing as revealing, as uncovering something underlying runs like a thread through his work. In his expansive video installations, Van der Auwera devotes himself to questions of perception—from the mediated experience of a world seen through a smartphone to the images that come from intelligent machines. He often refers to real events, uses existing material from the internet, which he re-sorts, deconstructs for its meaning and transforms into impressive aesthetic image tableaus. For his first solo exhibition in Switzerland, Van der Auwera created three new works that are on ... More

Works by Jeffrey Gibson, Barkley L. Hendricks, Peter Sacks, and Marie Watt Enter the Rose Art Museum's collection
WALTHAM, MASS.- The Rose Art Museum announced the acquisition of four significant works that will enter the museum’s permanent collection. Purchased with funds from the museum’s endowment, the most recent acquisitions include Jeffrey Gibson’s BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY (2021), Barkley L. Hendricks’s photograph Self Portrait with Black Hat (1980–2013), Peter Sacks’s mix-media work Without Name (2020), and Marie Watt’s Forerunner (2020). These important artworks add further depth to the Rose’s outstanding contemporary and modern art collection and join new and major pieces by Radcliffe Bailey, Jamal Cyrus, Jennie C. Jones, Whitfield Lovell, Noé Martínez, and Fred Wilson. ... More

IBASHO presents a solo show of the geisha, model, actor, singer, performer, photographer and artist Hanayo
ANTWERP.- IBASHO is presenting the solo-exhibition ‘Hanayo – Keep an Eye Shut’. Hanayo is a Japanese artist (1970) who has pursued a multifaceted career since the late 1980s, encompassing the roles of geisha, model, actor, singer, performer, photographer and artist, developing an unconventional approach to expression, based on a highly original worldview described by curator Jérôme Sans as “Hana-world.” ​ To mark the publication of the book Keep an Eye Shut by Kehrer Verlag, covering thirty years of Hanayo’s photographic output, Hanayo’s solo-exhibition at IBASHO will show works from her book spanning a period from 1990 until 2020. After joining the photography club at junior high school, ... More

Asya Geisberg Gallery opens the second solo exhibition of Shane Walsh
NEW YORK, NY.- Asya Geisberg Gallery is presenting “Psychoalphadiscobeta,” the second solo exhibition of Shane Walsh. With the doting love of a superfan, Walsh fills each painting with fragmented homages to languages of abstraction, spliced with glowing reenactments of pop-cultural visual references from the ‘80s and ‘90s. Influences stream by or pop out: xeroxed zines, video game arcades, television motion graphics, and design elements from disco and early graffiti. Walsh’s cut and paste ethos grew out of his experience as a DJ during the 1990’s and his involvement in the subcultures of that era. His manic compositions arrive at a form of painting that is both deeply autobiographical, historically omnivorous, and full of intricate maneuvers and diverse materials that fuse into a melded but never seamless painterly mash. ... More

Overlooked no more: Junichi Arai, innovative textile designer
NEW YORK, NY.- Junichi Arai was born in Japan into a family of weavers who made elegant obis of silk — sashes to wrap around the waist of kimonos. So when he, following tradition, took up the craft as well, at age 13, it didn’t take long for him to establish himself. It was 1945, toward the end of World War II. The family’s steel looms had been melted down for the war effort, and the family had rented its factories to the imperial army for use as warehouses. Arai’s grandfather Wakijiro Arai found a wooden loom and gave his grandson some recycled threads of silk and rayon to work with. He started by weaving rags. “It was something the farmer would use, a practical thing,” Arai once said. After the war, as Japan began rebuilding itself, the family was able to weave on new steel looms. At 17, Arai started incorporating gold and silver ... More

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On a day like today, English painter Thomas Gainsborough was baptised
May 14, 1727. Thomas Gainsborough RA FRSA (14 May 1727 (baptised) - 2 August 1788) was an English portrait and landscape painter, draughtsman, and printmaker. Along with his rival Sir Joshua Reynolds, he is considered one of the most important British artists of the second half of the 18th century.He painted quickly, and the works of his maturity are characterised by a light palette and easy strokes. Despite being a prolific portrait painter, Gainsborough gained greater satisfaction from his landscapes.He is credited (with Richard Wilson) as the originator of the 18th-century British landscape school. Gainsborough was a founding member of the Royal Academy.

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