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Strike at Philadelphia Museum of Art is window into broader unrest

Workers picket outside the entrances of the Philadelphia Museum of Art in Philadelphia, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022. Members of the union, which represents about 180 museum workers, are seeking its first contract. Michelle Gustafson/The New York Times.

by Jon Hurdle

PHILADELPHIA, PA.- Workers picketing outside the entrances of the Philadelphia Museum of Art this week shouted their demands for higher pay and more generous health care benefits in a visible sign of the growing labor movement in museums across the nation. The museum has used management and nonunion employees to keep its galleries, shops and restaurants open during the strike, which began Monday. Amanda Bock, an assistant curator of photography who was part of the protest, said that she had not received a raise on her $56,000 salary in three years, and that the museum’s pay rates lagged behind peer institutions such as the nearby Barnes Foundation. “We want some provisions in there that accommodate for people giving their time and energy and career to this place,” she said, adding, “It’s up to them to come back to the bargaining table with something that respects the work that we do.” The Philadelphia Museum of Art, known by many for the front steps that Sylvester Stallon ... More

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Ernie Barnes touches down at Bonhams Post-War & Contemporary Art Sale in London   Exhibition allows visitors to rediscover Alexandria through a new perspective   Yvonne Rainer, a giant of choreography, makes her last dance

Ernie Barnes (1938-2009) The Gospel Truth, 1985 (detail). Estimate: £600,000 - 1,000,000. Photo: Bonhams.

LONDON.- The Gospel Truth, a masterwork by Ernie Barnes (1938-2009) leads Bonhams’ Post-War & Contemporary Art sale on Thursday 13 October in New Bond Street, London. The work has an estimate of £600,000-1,000,000. Ralph Taylor, Bonhams Global Head of Post-War and Contemporary Art, commented: “The gospel hall paintings of Ernie Barnes have become some of the most renowned and sought-after works by the artist, and The Gospel Truth is arguably the finest example to come onto the market. Barnes' life and career has received renewed recognition since his retrospective at the California African American Museum in 2019. We are particularly excited to offer The Gospel Truth given Bonhams’ recent successes in selling masterpieces by Barnes – having achieved an impressive $1,620,375 for his Solid Rock Congregation (1993) earlier this month at Bonhams New York. This follows on from the strong result for The ... More

Colossal head of a royal statue, 305-222 v.C. / 305-222 av. J.-C. / 305-222 BC. Grofkorrelig nummulietkalk / Chaux de nummulite, à gros grains / Nummulite lime, coarse-grained. Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna, Egyptian and Near Eastern Collection © KHM-Museumsverband.

BRUSSELS.- Alexandria: Past Futures is an original exhibition that allows visitors to rediscover the Egyptian city through a new perspective, far removed from the myths and stereotypes associated with it. The exhibition invites us to consider Alexandria and its history from a new angle, by combining two approaches, namely archaeological research and contemporary art. Bozar is showcasing Alexandria: Past Futures in collaboration with the Royal Museum of Mariemont and the Mucem. The exhibition takes visitors to the Egyptian city of Alexandria, which was founded by Alexander the Great in 330 BC. The port city emerged as one of the first ancient metropolises and was not only an important economic trading centre, but also internationally renowned for its cultural and scientific influence. A range ... More

Choreographer Yvonne Rainer at Fort Tryon Park in New York on Sept. 2, 2022. Erik Tanner/The New York Times.

by Gia Kourlas

NEW YORK, NY.- In 1966, Yvonne Rainer presented “Trio A,” her celebrated solo that emphasized movement over expression. By stripping dance of narrative, of emotion and even of the dancer’s gaze — there is no looking at the audience — the steps could shine. And those steps, delivered with the same temperament no matter how simple or difficult, were the dance. What did Rainer banish? Affectation. In another iteration of “Trio A,” in 1970, the work expanded to six dancers, including Rainer, who performed nude with American flags tied around their necks like halter tops, at the People’s Flag Show at Judson Memorial Church in New York. The event was a response to the prosecution of gallery owner Stephen Radich for showing work that desecrated the flag. Censorship, the Vietnam War — these were issues of the day. Now at 87, with 61 years of ... More

François Ghebaly now representing Sascha Braunig   Pace Prints opens a solo exhibition of large-scale prints and collages by Nina Chanel Abney   Doyle to auction 20th Century Abstraction on October 12

Sascha Braunig, Chalice, 2022. Oil on linen over panel, 35.75 x 24 in. (90.8 x 61 cm.).

LOS ANGELES, CA.- Sascha Braunig has for over a decade devoted her critical focus to the capaciousness and limitations of the feminine form under duress. Braunig’s figures inhabit teetering studies in overextension—waists and fulcra are pinched to extremity; appendages are restricted or decked in barbs; phantom silhouettes sinuously negotiate and adapt to the contours of their technicolor environments. Drawing on feminist artistic discourse, Braunig’s imaginaries engage the postures through which gender performance and systems of power are replicated; training, fitting, and reinforcement are recurring motifs in the severe and sometimes sinister crucibles which Braunig’s figures endure. Cast in vibrant complementary palettes and anchored through Braunig’s graphic, tensile formal vocabulary, her images recapitulate and usurp foundational codes of gendered visuality to create scenes both surreal and unequivocally emblematic. Braunig’s practice wrenches ... More

Nina Chanel Abney · Crew (Devon)(2021) Collage on panel · 24 1/4 x 24 9/16 inches © Nina Chanel Abney. Photo courtesy of the artist and Pace Prints.

NEW YORK, NY.- Pace Prints is presenting a solo exhibition of large-scale prints and collages by American painter Nina Chanel Abney (b. 1982, Chicago), on view September 30 – November 12, 2022, at Pace Prints’ new gallery location at 536 West 22nd Street. This presentation, titled Framily Ties — You Win Some, You Lose Some, marks the inauguration of the new space and Abney's third exhibition with the gallery since 2018. The exhibition centers Abney’s monumental works on paper, a medium which she has developed into a pillar of her practice over the course of four years of collaborations with Pace Editions’ master printers. Beginning with relief printing processes that render Abney’s graphic forms in richly saturated oil-based inks, the artist then cuts and combines printed elements into immersive collaged compositions that use all of the myriad imagery and symbolism of her personal lexicon. The tensions ... More

Sam Francis (1923-1994), Krater, 1985, Acrylic on paper, 34 1/2 x 24 inches. Est. $40,000-60,000. Lot 60.

NEW YORK, NY.- Doyle will present an auction of 20th Century Abstraction on Wednesday, October 12, 2022 at 11am. The sale showcases abstract art spanning the 1940s through the end of the century and will include paintings, drawings, sculpture and prints. From the American Abstract Expressionists, as well as several prototypical artists that predated them, the auction documents the global evolution of abstraction within and beyond the fabled New York School; including Color Field artists, hard-edge abstraction, Minimalism and much more. The public is invited to the exhibition on view Saturday, October 8 through Monday, October 10 at Doyle, located at 175 East 87th Street in New York. View the catalogue and place bids at Balancing Abstract Expressionism, Color Field painting, West Coast abstraction and Japanese calligraphy within his body of work, Sam Francis was one of the first Post-War American abstract painters ... More

Pace opens a solo exhibition of new and recent work by leading Brazilian artist Beatriz Milhazes   Phillips announces highlights from the 20th Century & Contemporary Art Frieze Week Sales on 13 and 14 October   Unique sculpture by Sido and François Thévenin offered in Bonhams Design sale

Beatriz Milhazes, Sonho de Jardineiro, 2021 © Beatriz Milhazes.

NEW YORK, NY.- Pace is presenting a solo exhibition of new and recent work by leading Brazilian artist Beatriz Milhazes. The show, titled Beatriz Milhazes: Mistura Sagrada, will spotlight ten vibrant, large-scale paintings created in 2021 and 2022, as well as a large-scale mobile sculpture. The works in this show exemplify Milhazes’s uncanny ability to forge dynamic, unified choreographies with seemingly disparate elements, patterns, and hues. The layered compositions resulting from these formal investigations possess a kinetic quality, unfolding and reforming over time. The presentation marks Milhazes’s first solo exhibition with Pace since she joined the gallery in 2020 and her first show in New York in nearly a decade. Pace Publishing will produce a catalogue on the occasion of the exhibition. Drawing inspiration from European Modernism, Baroque decorative arts, the Brazilian Antropofagia movement, and other art historical sources, ... More

Salvatore Scarpitta, Red Freight, 1961. Estimate £900,000 - 1,200,000. Image courtesy of Phillips.

LONDON.- Phillips announced highlights from the London Frieze week sales of 20th Century & Contemporary Art this October. Building on Phillips’ record-breaking prices achieved for emerging contemporary artists, the Evening Sale proudly presents a selection of works by ultra-contemporary women artists including Austyn Weiner, Rebecca Ness, Michaela Yearwood-Dan, and Anna Weyant. Post-war Italian masterworks from Alberto Burri and Salvatore Scarpitta also feature, alongside highlights from Mark Bradford, Cecily Brown, Elizabeth Peyton, Yayoi Kusama, and Mickalene Thomas. Comprised of 37 lots, the Evening Sale will take place on 14 October at 4pm BST, after the Day Sale on 13 October at 12pm BST. Olivia Thornton, Head of 20th Century & Contemporary Art, Europe, said “We are very excited to present our London Frieze week auctions. It is always a celebratory moment in the global art calendar, where London is abuzz with collectors and t ... More

Untitled pot, 1983, by Magdalene Odundo. Estimate: £20,000-30,000. Photo: Bonhams.

LONDON.- Important and unique sculptures in metal by Sido and François Thévenin are among the star lots at Bonhams Design Sale in London on Tuesday 4 October. They include Musique au Paradis, a monumental wall-mounted sculpture from 1974 estimated at £30,000-50,000. Sido and François Thévenin met in 1952 at the Beaux-Arts de Paris. They married in 1955, and settled on the French Riviera where in 1961, they worked with the artist Jean Cocteau on the sundial 'Les Lézards' for the village Coaraze in the Alpes-Maritimes above Nice. Over subsequent years the couple collaborated with the architect Jacques Couëlle (and later his son Savin) creating door furniture and lighting among other fixtures and fittings for their wealthy clients. Friends with Picasso, Yves Tanguy and Brassaï, François and Sido together created a vast collection of work and exhibited at prestigious locations, including Drouant, Paris, in 1972, and Cartier in 1980. ... More

Exhibition at Museum der Moderne Salzburg highlights Cameron Jamie's graphic work   The Brooklyn Museum celebrates the radical art of Nellie Mae Rowe   The syncopated sounds of old San Juan Hill at the new Geffen Hall

Cameron Jamie, Untitled, 2014–2015, ink, correctional fluid, and pastel on paper, © courtesy the artist and Gladstone Gallery.

SALZBURG.- In his works on paper, artist’s books, sculptures, photographs, performances, and films, Cameron Jamie (Los Angeles, CA, US, 1969– Paris, FR) has for some thirty years explored identity, psychological and physical transformations of the self, and the interrelationship between humans and nature. In 2002, the artist moved from Hollwood, California, to Paris, where he still lives and works today. Other cities that play a major role in his work are Cologne, where he mainly creates ceramic sculptures, and Berlin, where most of his artist books come into being. His drawing work is in an ongoing process of development and breaks the boundaries of the classical understanding of the medium. Jamie’s free-form drawing process and dedication to working with his pen form the ... More

Nellie Mae Rowe (American, 1900–1982). Untitled (Peace), 1978–82. Crayon and pen on paper, 17 × 14 in. (43.2 × 35.6 cm). High Museum of Art, gift of Judith Alexander, 2003.219. © 2022 Estate of Nellie Mae Rowe/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Courtesy of the High Museum of Art.

BROOKLYN, NY.- Nellie Mae Rowe was a self-taught artist born in rural Georgia at the turn of the twentieth century. Discovering her passion for art-making early on, Rowe produced drawings and cloth dolls as a child. While the demands of her family farm, an early marriage, and decades of employment as a domestic laborer delayed Rowe’s artistic journey, she was able to return to her art after the deaths of her second husband and her longtime employers in the 1960s. As a result, Rowe produced an immersive, idiosyncratic, and exuberant body of work. On view at the Brooklyn Museum from September 2, 2002, to January 1, 2023, Really Free: The Radical Art of Nellie Mae Rowe situates ... More

The New York Philharmonic rehearses in the newly renovated David Geffen Hall, in Manhattan, Sept. 19, 2022. The hall is reopening after a $550 million renovation aimed at breaking its acoustic curse — and adding a dash of glamour. Todd Heisler/The New York Times.

NEW YORK, NY.- Before there was Lincoln Center, there was San Juan Hill — a diverse neighborhood located in the West 60s in Manhattan. The “hill” refers to a peak at 62nd Street and Amsterdam. To some, the neighborhood’s reputation was synonymous with racial conflict. In a Page 1 article in 1905, The New York Times reported that, on a weekly basis, the “police of the West Sixty-eighth Street Station expect at least one small riot on the Hill or in The Gut,” a stretch of the neighborhood on West End Avenue, involving the area’s Black and white rival gangs. But beyond the notoriety of the police blotter, a different American cultural story was taking shape on San Juan Hill. Around ... More

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City Ballet dresses up for another fashion letdown
NEW YORK, NY.- Ten years ago, New York City Ballet held its first fashion gala, and with it came one of the most off-putting dances I’ve ever seen. “Bal de Couture,” with choreography by Peter Martins and designs by Valentino, is still wedged in my memory bank for all the wrong reasons. Most egregious? The pointe shoes in shocking red and hot pink. Suddenly, the legs of dancers, usually so sleek and muscular, were transformed into balloon art. It was a lesson I’ve never forgotten: When it comes to dance and fashion, fashion — with its resources, its stars, its seasonal newness — has the upper hand. For the past 10 years, City Ballet has continued its annual fashion gala, relegating choreographers and dancers to second-tier collaborators. Beyond fundraising, how do these events serve ballet? And how do they hope ... More

At fall for dance, resilience takes center stage
NEW YORK, NY.- The fourth program of Fall for Dance, New York City Center’s affordable festival of mixed bills, had more going for it than others: a duet for Robbie Fairchild and Sara Mearns, who danced together so magnificently with Twyla Tharp last year; a New York premiere by rising choreographer Abby Zbikowski for Dayton Contemporary Dance Company; and a highly anticipated taste of Ukrainian dance in the form of Kyiv City Ballet. The Kyiv company, which was in Paris when Russia invaded Ukraine, made headlines after it took up residency at the Théâtre du Châtelet. Still based in Paris, the company is now on a U.S. tour. At Fall for Dance, it offered two works: an excerpt (it felt long anyway) from Vladyslav Dobshynskyi’s “Thoughts” and the more buoyant “Men of Kyiv” by Pavlo Virsky. In “Thoughts” — the complete work was first performed in ... More

The Philadelphia Orchestra returns, with force
NEW YORK, NY.- Carnegie Hall’s season-opening concert — featuring the Philadelphia Orchestra, a frequent visitor in the coming months — on Thursday night had light fare written all over it. Ravel’s “La Valse” and Liszt’s First Piano Concerto are dazzlers, and Dvorak’s Eighth Symphony is a font of graceful melodies. With a gala dinner afterward, the program promised to go down easy. But Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the orchestra’s music director, had other ideas. From the start, “La Valse” was heavy with portent. The snatches of waltz melodies at the beginning did not flit, flicker and come together as they have in other interpretations. The bassoons roused themselves slowly, heavily, refusing to leave their slumber. The strings swooned steadily, and the double basses laid down a menacing pulse. For his choreographic poem, Ravel imagined ... More

Sue Mingus, promoter of her husband's musical legacy, dies at 92
NEW YORK, NY.- Sue Mingus, the wife of the jazz bassist, composer and bandleader Charles Mingus, whose impassioned promotion of his work after his death in 1979 helped secure his legacy as one of the 20th century’s greatest musical minds, died Saturday in Manhattan. She was 92. Her son, Roberto Ungaro, confirmed her death, at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. Though Charles Mingus’ reputation as a brilliant if volatile performer was secure by the time he died of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, at 56, Sue Mingus made sure he was also elevated to the pantheon of great jazz composers, alongside the likes of Duke Ellington and Thelonious Monk. She organized three bands, each with different strengths, to wrestle with the more than 300 compositions he left behind, including his posthumously discovered ... More

Nick Holonyak Jr., pioneer of LED lighting, is dead at 93
NEW YORK, NY.- Nick Holonyak Jr., an electrical engineer who became known as the godfather of the LED lighting that illuminates flat-screen TVs and laptop computers, and who also developed lasers that enabled DVD and CD players, bar code scanners and medical diagnostic devices, died on Sept. 18 in Urbana, Illinois. He was 93. His death, at a nursing home, was announced by the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, his alma mater, where he taught from 1963 until he retired in 2013. The day after he died, the campus’ State Farm Center arena was bathed in red to commemorate his invention of the first visible light-emitting diode in 1962. Holonyak (pronounced huh-LON-yak) was among the first scientists to predict that incandescent bulbs, which heat metal filaments to create energy, and fluorescent lamps, which use ionized ... More

Exhibition marks Judy Glickman Lauder's promised gift of nearly 700 works of art to Portland Museum of Art
PORTLAND, ME.- Presence: The Photography Collection of Judy Glickman Lauder captures the full spectrum of the human experience, from the anonymous to the celebrity and from the everyday to era-defining events such as the Great Depression, the Holocaust, and the Civil Rights Movement. It is a riveting exploration of photography as it engages the human spirit. With approximately 150 photographs by 70 artists, the exhibition is drawn entirely from the collection of Judy Glickman Lauder—photographer, collector, humanitarian, advocate, philanthropist, and community builder. Presence creates a dialogue among an incredible array of photographs by some of the most beloved and influential practitioners of the 20th century, including Berenice Abbott, Diane Arbus, Richard Avedon, Danny Lyon, Sally Mann, Gordon Parks, and James Van Der Zee. It also includes photographs by critical contributors to the medium’s history, such as Irving Bennett Ellis, Graciela Iturbide, Lotte Jacobi, Alma Lavenson, and Gli ... More

Grant Zahajko announces Part 1, Elks memorabilia auction
DAVENPORT, WASH.- Part 1 of an incredible single-owner collection of items relating to the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks (or, simply, the Elks), 438 lots in all, will cross the auction block in a sale slated for Thursday, October 13th, at 9 am Pacific time, by Grant Zahajko Auctions. The auction is being held online and live in the Grant Zahajko gallery located at 510 Morgan Street in Davenport. A preview will be held Oct. 11 from 1-5 pm, or by appointment. The collection belonged to the late David Wendel, who was active in the Elks and rose to the title of Exalted Ruler. Along the way he accumulated more than 20,000 Elk-related items, a collection so vast it will have to be broken up into several auctions. “Mr. Wendel’s collection is believed to be one of the top three in existence,” said Grant Zahajko of Grant Zahajko Auctions. Part ... More

Holabird announces highlights included in 4-Day Western Frontiers auction
RENO, NEV.- Collections and categories will be plentiful and on full display at Holabird Western Americana Collections’ massive four-day Western Frontiers auction being held October 13-16, online and live in the Reno gallery at 3555 Airway Drive. The 2,100-lot sale will feature Native and general Americana, mining, Express, numismatics, art, bottles, stocks and more. Headlining the event will be Part 3 of the Gary Bracken collection. Parts 1 and 2 (also held by Holabird) were huge successes, and more great rarities from the collection of the Ponca City, Oklahoma lawyer will feature Native Americana (to include baskets and pottery), Colorado and Oklahoma tokens, foreign coins, Colorado whiskey jugs, and saloon ephemera and billheads. Also up for bid will be more great items from the Tucson mining museum collection of Jim and Barbara Sherman, including ... More

Explore the natural world in Cincinnati Art Museum's newest commissioned exhibition
CINCINNATI, OH.- The Cincinnati Art Museum presents Natural World, a photography-based exhibition and artist-designed book that explores and expands existing ideas of the natural order. The special exhibition is on view September 30, 2022–January 15, 2023. Natural World premieres newly commissioned bodies of work by artists John Edmonds (American, b. 1989) and David Hartt (Canadian, lives/works in the United States, b. 1967), together with new writings by poet and scholar Dr. Jason Allen-Paisant (Jamaican, lives/work in England, b. 1980), and Cincinnati Art Museum Curator of Photography Dr. Nathaniel M. Stein (American, b. 1976). Featuring over thirty works of art—including photographs, tapestries, and sculptures—Natural World explores an intersection of perspectives on the world informed by nationality, race, queer identity, and institutional ... More

Legendary J. Doyle DeWitt Collection returns to Heritage Americana & Political Auction
DALLAS, TX.- Barely over a half a year removed from the Inaugural J. Doyle Dewitt Collection Americana & Political Signature® Auction that reached nearly $1.9 million, nearly 700 more lots from the extraordinary collection will be made available in Heritage Auctions The J. Doyle Dewitt Collection Part II Americana & Political Signature® Auction Oct. 15-16. “J. Doyle DeWitt was a giant in the insurance industry,” Heritage Auctions Americana & Political Director Curtis Lindner said. “But within the collecting world, he is known as a student of history who compiled one of the finest collections of American presidential material ever assembled. His collection is as impressive in quality as it is in quantity, and many of those rare presidential items will find new homes through this auction.” Among the highlights is an Abraham Lincoln: Belfast, Maine, Wide Awake ... More

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On a day like today, film star James Dean died in a road accident
September 30, 1955. James Byron Dean (February 8, 1931 – September 30, 1955) was an American film actor. He is a cultural icon, best embodied in the title of his most celebrated film, Rebel Without a Cause (1955), in which he starred as troubled Los Angeles teenager Jim Stark. The other two roles that defined his stardom were as loner Cal Trask in East of Eden (1955), and as the surly ranch hand, Jett Rink, in Giant (1956). Dean's enduring fame and popularity rests on his performances in only these three films, all leading roles. His premature death in a car crash cemented his legendary status. In this image: Actor James Dean is seen in a scene from the Warner Bros. 1956 epic, "Giant." Years after the making of the movie, teenagers are still trying for the cool that was James Dean, the poster boy for the tortured netherworld between child and adult.

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