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Gianguan Auctions sale highlights early Buddhist art, historic paintings & jade carvings

Lot 72 Qing, A Magnificent Underglazed Blue and Copper-red Gilt Decorated Nine-Dragon Vase, Meiping.

NEW YORK, NY.- Gianguan Auctions will hold its online auction sale this October 11. Presenting top tier Buddhist art in its splendid forms with an outstanding collection of jade, crystal and ceramic devotional statues, reflecting regional and highly personal interpretations of the deities, creating an aesthetic that is both sacred and decorative. The strength of the spiritual philosophy is portrayed in this Northern Wei Dynasty, Buddhist Stele, Lot 26, Of pointed arched form, finely carved in high relief with a figure of Buddha standing on a pedestal, the feet emerging from the overlapping folds of the long robes, with serene expression beneath a high ushnis between two bodhisattva, standing on upright lotus blossoms guarded by dragons, all below a stupa, against a ground of foliate scrolls, with a flaming Mandorla, flanked on each side by five flying apsara, each ... More


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Sir David Adjaye OBE to receive 2021 Royal Gold Medal for Architecture   The first photos of enslaved people raise many questions about the ethics of viewing   Museums fail to meet a moment


Sir David Adjaye. Photo: Josh Huskin.

LONDON.- The Royal Institute of British Architects announced that Sir David Adjaye will receive the 2021 Royal Gold Medal, one of the world’s highest honours for architecture. The Royal Gold Medal is approved personally by Her Majesty The Queen and is given to a person or group of people who have had a significant influence 'either directly or indirectly on the advancement of architecture'. Sir David Adjaye has achieved international attention for an exceptional body of work over 25 years. Drawing on his cited influences including ‘contemporary art, music and science to African art forms and the civic life of cities’, his completed projects range from private houses, exhibitions and furniture design, through to major cultural buildings and city masterplans. From the start of his career he has combined practice with teaching in schools of architecture in the UK and the USA, including professorships at the universities of Ha ... More
 

“To Make Their Own Way in the World: The Enduring Legacy of the Zealy Daguerreotypes,” edited by Ilisa Barbash, Molly Rogers and Deborah Willis. Photo: Fabrizio Amoroso/Aperture.

by Parul Sehgal


NEW YORK (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- For a century, they languished in a museum attic. Fifteen wooden cases, palm-size and lined with velvet. Cocooned within are some of history’s cruelest, most contentious images — the first photographs, it is believed, of enslaved human beings. Alfred, Fassena and Jem. Renty and his daughter Delia. Jack and his daughter Drana. They face us directly in one image and stand in profile in the next, bodies held fixed by an iron brace. The Zealy daguerreotypes, as the pictures are known, were taken in 1850 at the behest of the Harvard zoologist Louis Agassiz. A proponent of polygenesis — the idea that the races descended from different origins, a notion challenged in its ... More
 

Matthew Barney with his piece "Crown Victoria" during installation of his show "Matthew Barney: River of Fundament" at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. Emily Berl/The New York Times.

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NEW YORK (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- Philip Guston is no longer here to defend himself — but his fellow artists are, and they are angry. In an open letter published Wednesday in The Brooklyn Rail, nearly 100 artists, curators, dealers and writers forcefully condemned the decision last week by the National Gallery of Art in Washington and three other major museums to pull the plug on the largest retrospective in 15 years of one of America’s most influential postwar painters. The show, after years of preparation, will be delayed until 2024. The stated reason is to let the institutions rethink their presentation of Guston’s later figurative paintings, which feature men in hoods reminiscent ... More


Gladstone Gallery opens an exhibition of new paintings and drawings by Amy Sillman   French trial opens for activists seeking to 'return' African art   Argentine creator of Mafalda cartoon strip dies


Amy Sillman, XL27, 2020. Acrylic and ink on paper, 59 1/2 x 41 1/2 inches (151.1 x 105.4 cm) © Amy Sillman. Courtesy the artist and Gladstone Gallery, New York and Brussels.

NEW YORK, NY.- Gladstone Gallery is presenting an exhibition of new paintings and drawings by Amy Sillman at the Gallery’s 24th Street location in Chelsea. The exhibition will also be available online for those who are unable to see the show in person. Dear Reader, The time we’re living in is crazy, horrible, almost medieval with disease, increasing police brutality and militarization, diminishment of democratic rights, and the upcoming ledge of a terrifying election. I was supposed to have a show of drawings and paintings last May at Gladstone and titled it “Twice Removed”: "twice" to propose the idea of a multiplied subjectivity, being of two minds, forked paths, and having allegiances to both subject and object, thinking and feeling, abstraction and figuration, form and content, dialectics and contradictions; "removed" because my paintings are built through negation, a kind of violent ... More
 

The Congolese activist Mwazulu Diyabanza in Paris, Sept. 4, 2020. Elliott Verdier/The New York Times.

PARIS (AFP).- Five activists went on trial in Paris on Wednesday for trying to seize an African funeral staff from France's pre-eminent indigenous art museum as part of a campaign to pressure the government into restituting items they claim were stolen. Emery Mwazulu Diyabanza, a 41-year-old Congolese, led the operation at the Quai Branly museum last June, condemning "the pillage of Africa". "We're taking it home," he said in a video posted on social media after removing the 19th-century funeral staff from Chad and parading it around the building. Since then Diyabanza has staged similar operations at indigenous art museums in the southern French city of Marseille and in Berg en Dal in the Netherlands. "We had no intention of stealing this work, but we will continue as long as the injustice of pillaging Africa has not been remedied," Diyabanza told AFP ahead of the trial. He and four others are charged with attempted theft of a registered artwork, and risked up to 10 years in prison and 150,000 euros ... More
 

Argentinian cartoonist Quino, creator of the "Mafalda" comic strip, poses holding a picture of his famous character at the 34th "Salon du Livre de Paris" book fair in Paris. Joël SAGET / AFP.

by Nina Negron and Sonia Avalos


BUENOS AIRES (AFP).- Argentine cartoonist Joaquin Salvador Lavado, who created the beloved comic strip Mafalda, has died aged 88, his publisher announced Wednesday. Under the pen-name "Quino" he created Mafalda in 1964, and the strip became popular in newspapers across Latin America, Europe and much of Asia before being turned into books. "Quino has died. All good people in the country and in the world will mourn him," Daniel Divinsky, head of Buenos Aires publisher Ediciones de la Flor, wrote on Twitter. His death was mourned in an avalanche of farewell messages and tweets that quickly began trending under #Quino in Argentina. People left flowers in tribute to the cartoonist at a sculpture of Mafalda and her cartoon companions on a bench in the Buenos Aires neighborhood of San Telmo. "I ... More



Peabody Essex Museum opens two exhibitions focused on Salem's rich, storied history   Robert Bechtle, photorealist painter of suburbia, dies at 88   Atlas Gallery opens the first UK solo exhibition of work by Andreas Gefeller


Sarah W. Symonds, The Pingree House in Salem bookend, 1930. Plaster and paint. Gift of Henry Rybicki, 1982 135498 © Peabody Essex Museum. Photography by Kathy Tarantola.

SALEM, MASS.- This fall, the Peabody Essex Museum presents two exhibitions brimming with the stories, people and objects that can only be found in Salem, Massachusetts. Selections from the world’s largest collection of authentic Salem witch trial materials are on view for the first time in nearly three decades. The Salem Witch Trials 1692 presents rarely exhibited documents and objects from the museum’s collection to reveal tragic, true stories told through the perspective of the accused and the accusers. Salem Stories presents 26 vignettes about what makes the city so singular and world renowned. Featuring more than 100 works from natural history specimens to cultural ephemera, this exhibition celebrates Salem’s rich and storied past and prompts visitors to help sculpt its future. Concurrent with the opening of these two exhibitions, PEM will release the Peabody Essex ... More
 

Robert Bechtle, Up Twentieth Street, 2011 (detail). Charcoal on paper, 19 1/8 x 25 1/2 in. / 48.6 x 64.8 cm. Photo: Courtesy Timothy Taylor Gallery.

NEW YORK (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- Robert Bechtle, a photorealist painter who depicted suburban landscapes, parked cars and the way the California light slants on a stucco building at midday, died on Sept. 24 at a hospice facility in Berkeley, California. He was 88. His son, Max, said the cause was Lewy body dementia. Like his fellow photorealists Ralph Goings and Richard Estes, Bechtle used photographs as the basis of his paintings, in his case by projecting slides onto a canvas and painting over them with such technical mastery as to make the finished work appear photographic. But where other photorealists often rendered a flashily depicted Americana, Bechtle went for understatement and found unexpected beauty in the everyday. In 2005, art critic Peter Schjeldahl of The New Yorker called him “the finest of the first-generation photorealists.” Bechtle’s 1974 painting “Alameda Gran Torino,” which ... More
 

Andreas Gefeller, 051, from Clouds, © Andreas Gefeller, image courtesy Atlas Gallery.

LONDON.- Atlas Gallery presents the first UK solo exhibition of work by Andreas Gefeller (b.1970, Düsseldorf), “a rising star among Germany’s fine art photographers” (Ben Burdett, Director, Atlas Gallery). Gefeller belongs to the generation which followed the great Duesseldorf school of artist photographers, Andreas Gursky, Thomas Struth, Thomas Ruff and Axel Hütte, who took the art world and the art market by storm in the 1990s. Gefeller’s artistic vision is driven by scientific zeal and a desire to see beyond superficial appearances. Throughout his photographic practice, Gefeller attempts to reveal the fragmented nature of human perception and how the camera can serve as a true documentary lens of reality. Atlas’ exhibition will display works from series spanning Gefeller’s career, including Soma (2000), Supervisions (2002-15), The Japan Series (2010) and Blank (2010-15), and will show the evolution of hi ... More



Amoako Boafo back at Bonhams in Modern & Contemporary African Art sale   Helen Reddy, singer behind 'I Am Woman,' dies at 78   Major outdoor work by Nicole Eisenman unveiled today at Hauser & Wirth Somerset


Amoako Boafo (Ghanaian, born 1984), Portrait. Estimate: £15,000 - 20,000. Photo: Bonhams.

LONDON.- A striking work by rising star Amoako Boafo, entitled Portrait, is one of the highlights of Bonhams’ Modern & Contemporary African Art Sale on 8 October in London. It has an estimate of £15,000 - 20,000. Bonhams Director of Modern & Contemporary African Art, Giles Peppiatt, comments: “Boafo’s work is really exciting, and his important and expressive pieces celebrating black identity have rightly gained international recognition. Mixing influences from his African heritage and his later schooling in Vienna, his bold works – with intense brushstrokes worked through using his fingertips – have understandably captured the imagination of collectors. Following such impressive results for two of Boafo’s works at Bonhams in June, we are especially pleased to be able to offer Boafo’s wonderful Portrait in our next Modern & Contemporary African Art sale.” Born in Accra, Ghana in 1984 and based in Vienna, ... More
 

Singer/activist Helen Reddy, best known for singing the feminist anthem "I am Woman" died on September 29, 2020, according to her family. Frazer Harrison / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP.

by Anita Gates


NEW YORK (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- Helen Reddy, the Australian-born singer whose 1972 hit song “I Am Woman” became the feminist anthem of the decade and propelled her to international pop-music stardom, died Tuesday in Los Angeles. She was 78. The death was confirmed by her children in a message posted on her official fan page on Facebook. Reddy suffered for decades from Addison’s disease (she had a kidney removed when she was 17) and, since at least 2015, from dementia. “I Am Woman” reached No. 1 on the Billboard charts at the end of 1972 (a good six months after it was released — individual call-in requests helped build radio play) and earned her the Grammy Award for best female pop vocal ... More
 

Installation view, Nicole Eisenman ‘Fountain’ 2017, Hauser & Wirth Somerset 2020 © Nicole Eisenman. Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth. Photo: Ken Adlard.

LONDON.- Hauser & Wirth will present their inaugural exhibition with Nicole Eisenman in Somerset this Autumn, bringing together a diverse multidisciplinary language through mixed media works on paper, sculpture and painting. Having established herself as a central figure in American painting throughout the 90s, Eisenman has since expanded her practice into the third dimension with international acclaim in recent years. This exhibition presents the fluid transition and interchangeable approach Eisenman takes to sculptural 2D image making, painting and larger-scale installations. Her oeuvre is distinctive in its emphasis upon the allegorical and its confident combination of autobiographical elements, with historical and fictional narratives that draw attention to contemporary socio-political ... More



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Wattis Institute launches year-long research season dedicated to the work of Cecilia Vicuña
SAN FRANCISCO, CA.- The Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts embarked on a year-long research season dedicated to the work of Chilean artist, poet, and filmmaker Cecilia Vicuña. The research season, Cecilia Vicuña is on our mind, runs from September 2020 through August 2021. The Wattis will use Vicuña’s work as a point of departure—opening up various questions and themes connecting other artists and ideas to Vicuña’s work—for a series of public reading groups, lectures, performances, screenings, and other events featuring prominent artists and thinkers. Running alongside but separate from the Wattis Institute’s exhibition programming, each of the Wattis’ year-long research “seasons” creates a community around a broad set of themes and subjects as they relate to the work of a single artist. Cecilia Vicuña is on our mind is Wattis ... More

David Bates' Crab Legs brings world-record $275,000 at Heritage Auctions
DALLAS, TX.- David Bates’ Crab Legs set a world record when it sold for $275,000, more than five times its high pre-auction estimate, to lead the total for Heritage Auctions’ Texas Art Auction to $1,280,038.75. More than 600 bidders weighed in during the event that boasted sell-through rates of 96.6% by value and 90% by lots sold. “I am thrilled with the success of our Texas Art auction, but more than anything else, I am thrilled to report that the state of the Texas Art market remains strong,” Heritage Auctions Texas Art Director Atlee Phillips said. "Crab Legs is a spectacular David Bates painting. We knew there would be a great deal of interest, but even we were bit surprised about how competitive the bidding got.” The top lot was one of seven by Bates in the auction, a list that also included: • Barn Door Crappies, 1977: $17,500 • Rooster: $16,250 • Ed, 1988: $12,500 ... More

Opening the doors of design
NEW YORK (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- Two decades ago, when designer Stephen Burks was beginning what would become a renowned international career, there were virtually no African American role models for him to look to. After breaking out with a furniture collection for Cappellini in 2000, he has gone on to design for Roche Bobois, Dedon, Missoni and Moroso, among numerous other top companies. Recently, when it was noted that he was the first Black designer to work with most of the design houses that hired him, he interrupted. Framing it that way, he said, actually “softens the blow a bit.” For many of these companies, he pointed out, “I was the only Black designer.” While he is no longer alone in the business, there remains a dearth of Black designers — a fact that has taken on new urgency in the wake of the death of George ... More

Pavilions inhabit the space between art and architecture
NEW YORK (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- On Valerie Schweitzer’s front lawn in Water Mill, New York, a structure of intersecting cylinders, thrust aloft on posts and partly enclosed by vertical cedar boards, reaches for the sky. Is it a building? A sculpture? An apparatus for play? Schweitzer’s ethereal pavilion is all of those things and something more — a physical manifestation of her architectural dreams. “I had this poetic idea of a structure that could simulate nature,” said Schweitzer, a New York-based architect. “It looks like the regenerating forest: big pods, little pods and varying elevations like branches.” For years, she had experimented with similar pavilions on a computer screen while taking part in architectural competitions. When her mother-in-law saw the digital renderings, she commissioned Schweitzer to finally build one. Lacking the space ... More

Yorkshire Sculpture Park announces winner of Tune Into Nature Music Prize
WAKEFIELD.- Yorkshire Sculpture Park announced the winner of the Tune Into Nature Music Prize, originated by Professor Miles Richardson from the Nature Connectedness Research Group at the University of Derby and supported by Selfridges, Tileyard London and YSP. Twenty-one year old LYDIAH, based in Liverpool, has been selected as the winner of the Tune Into Nature Music Prize for her entry I Eden. The composition is written from the point of view of Mother Nature and highlights the dangers of humans becoming increasingly distanced from the natural world. LYDIAH will receive a £1,000 grant to support her work, the opportunity to perform at Timber Festival in 2021 and a remix with Tileyard London produced by Principal Martyn Ware (Heaven 17). The Prize is the brainchild of Miles Richardson, Professor of Human Factors and Nature Connectedness ... More

The day the music died: virus kills one of Seoul's oldest nightclubs
SEOUL (AFP).- Tucked away in the dazzling neon lights of Seoul's nightlife district, Club MWG, one of the capital's oldest underground music venues, closed its doors last weekend as the pandemic crunch begins to bite South Korean nightclubs. Founded in 1994, Club MWG enjoyed its heyday in the 1990s when underground clubs were rare in the South's capital. An intimate space with room to host 200 people, the club in Hongdae district was known for indie band performances and popular DJs, as well as LGBT party events. But in the past decade, the venue struggled with increasing competition as the district became more commercialised. Then the pandemic broke out -- since May, Seoul's nightclubs have been faced with repeated closure orders, hammering the final nail in Club MWG's coffin. "It feels as if my limbs are being ... More

Kaminski hosts extensive auction of fine furnishings from Waldorf Astoria New York
NEW YORK, NY.- Kaminski Auctions is set to host one of the largest and most anticipated auctions of the year. With online bidding and in person previews beginning on October 3rd, Fine Furnishings of the Historic Waldorf Astoria New York will be an extensive display of unique objects from the legendary hotel. Proceeds from the auction will go to support St. Bartholomew’s Conservancy in its mission to help restore and preserve the exteriors and gardens of fellow neighborhood landmark St. Bartholomew’s Church and Community House, directly across the street from the Waldorf Astoria New York, a celebrated site of history and Byzantine-Romanesque architecture. The St. Bartholomew’s Church Site is a National Historic Landmark, a New York City Landmark, and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Andrew Miller, CEO ... More

Exhibition explores the notion of the modern city and urban dystopias of the 20th and 21st centuries
NEW YORK, NY.- In October, the Austrian Cultural Forum New York presents Spaces of No Control, an international group exhibition curated by Walter Seidl exploring the notion of the modern city and its signifying dystopias of the 20th and 21st centuries. The multifaceted show brings together contemporary artists based in Austria and the United States to comment on the current definitions of citizenship and public space. Over the past five decades, public space and architecture have changed drastically as a result of modern technology and its influence on gentrification. The precision of technology no longer requires authorship nor a tangible physical presence to document reality. The more advanced technology grows, the more control investors have in the ownership of urban planning, as citizens are gradually forced to forgo their authority ... More

Exhibition shows how people's view of nature has changed through the ages
STOCKHOLM.- This autumn's exhibition at Nationalmuseum opened on 17 September and features French and Italian art from primarily the 17th century but also French and Nordic art until the turn of the 20th century. The exhibition shows how people's view of nature has changed through the ages and also addresses the many classical stories conveyed in the paintings. Artists on display include Claude Lorrain, Nicolas Poussin and Salvator Rosa and, from more contemporary times, Prince Eugen, Anna Boberg and Otto Hesselbom. The exhibition Arcadia – A Paradise Lost is about an escape from reality and an eternal longing beyond civilization. It illuminates myths, poems and love stories and asks questions about the role of human beings in nature – then and now. The motifs are landscape and nature, but when you examine the pieces more ... More

Kevin Young, poet and author, is named to lead African American Museum
NEW YORK (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- The Smithsonian on Wednesday named Kevin Young, a poet, archivist, author and editor, as the new director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington. Young, 49, is currently director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, a division of the New York Public Library, and poetry editor at The New Yorker magazine. He starts his new role in January. He succeeds the museum’s founding director, Lonnie G. Bunch III, who in 2019 became the secretary of the Smithsonian, its most senior position. The museum, which opened in 2016, was built to tell the African American story for all Americans. Like other Smithsonian museums, it closed temporarily in March because of the coronavirus pandemic. It reopened in September in a somewhat altered America ... More

The carnival parade is canceled, and Rio is reeling
RIO DE JANEIRO (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- For more than a century, Rio de Janeiro’s carnival has been an irrepressible force, unstoppable by wars, disease, labor strikes or political repression. Raucous celebrations took over city streets despite the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic, during both World Wars and through Brazil’s military dictatorship. Glitter flew, hips swayed and drummers pounded in 2008, despite a dengue outbreak that sickened more than 200,000 in the state. Even in 2014, when trash collectors struck, the revelry continued amid the filth. “Carnival is effectively uncontrollable,” said Felipe Ferreira, a researcher at Rio de Janeiro State University who has studied the evolution of the city’s world renowned festival. “It’s a time when people seize the streets.” But now, amid the pandemic, the official carnival parade has been suspended, ... More







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On a day like today, American photographer Richard Avedon died
October 01, 2004. Richard Avedon (May 15, 1923 - October 1, 2004) was an American photographer. An obituary published in The New York Times said that "his fashion and portrait photographs helped define America's image of style, beauty and culture for the last half-century." IN this image: Amon Carter Museum Senior Curator of Photographs John Rohrbach points to a Richard Avedon photograph of Boyd Fortin, Friday, Sept. 9, 2005, in Fort Worth, Texas. The photo is part of the "In the American West: Photographs by Richard Avedon" exhibit.



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