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Botticelli sold for $45.4 million at Sotheby's auction

Sandro Botticelli's "The Man of Sorrows." A long-overlooked painting regarded for decades as the work of Sandro Botticelli’s studio assistants sold at Sotheby’s in New York on Thursday for $45.4 million with fees. Courtesy Sotheby's.

by Scott Reyburn

NEW YORK, NY.- A long-overlooked painting regarded for decades as the work of Sandro Botticelli’s studio assistants sold at Sotheby’s in New York City on Thursday for $45.4 million with fees, kick-starting this year’s cycle of headline-grabbing prices for trophy artworks at auction. Now billed as a “seminal masterpiece” by the Italian renaissance master, Botticelli’s tempera-on-panel “The Man of Sorrows,” a solemn half-length depiction of the resurrected Christ, was the standout work in a 55-lot sale of old master paintings and sculpture Thursday. Certain to sell for at least $40 million, thanks to a minimum and prearranged “irrevocable bid” from a third-party guarantor, the painting attracted two further bidders. The winning bid, which was not the guarantor’s, was taken by a Sotheby’s old masters specialist, Elisabeth Lobkowicz, in New York. The contest took six minutes, with the bidders tendering tentative $100,000 increments. “It was ... More

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Edel Assanti opens an exhibition of works by Noémie Goudal   Xavier Hufkens opens an exhibition of portraits by Alice Neel   albertz benda presents the U.S. debut exhibition of Malian artist Famakan Magassa

Installation View of Noémie Goudal: Post Atlantica at Edel Assanti, 2022 © Will Amlot, courtesy Edel Assanti.

LONDON.- Edel Assanti is presenting Noémie Goudal’s Post Atlantica, the inaugural exhibition at the gallery at 1 Little Titchfield Street, designed by London based architects Sanchez Benton. Installed across three gallery spaces, Post Atlantica is the most expansive exhibition to date of Goudal’s eponymous series, following presentations of recent chapters at Le Grand Café Centre d’Art Contemporain, Musée Delacroix, Paris Gare de l’est and Frieze London. The exhibition combines a monumental sculptural installation with films, photographs and a series of ceramic sculptures produced during the artist’s ongoing residency at Manufacture Nationale de Sèvres (France). Goudal’s latest body of work unravels an artistic dialogue with the field of paleoclimatology, analysing climate and geology from the vantage point of “deep time” to acquire an understanding ... More

Alice Neel, Peter Homitzky, 1963. Oil on canvas, 126.5 × 90.3 cm, 49 3⁄4 × 35 1⁄2 in. Courtesy the Estate of Alice Neel and Xavier Hufkens, Brussels. Photo: HV-studio.

BRUSSELS.- A new exhibition of portraits by Alice Neel (1900–1984) brings twentieth-century America to life through faces old and young. Painted over a fifty-year period, this thoughtfully selected group of paintings includes many never previously exhibited works, illuminating the creative evolution of her oeuvre across the decades. From babies, infants and teenagers to friends, lovers and patrons, and from the affluent to the poor, everyone was of equal interest and merit to Neel. By pairing portraits of youth with the elderly, we are led to reflect on life’s most meaningful questions: when do we become who we are? And how have we changed? Seeing who we are includes striking examples of Neel’s ability to capture even the youngest sitters’ inner psyche. Sheila (1937) is a rare early work depicting the daughter of José ... More

Famakan Magassa [b. 1997], Soif de sourire, 2021. Acrylic on canvas. 28 3/4 x 24 inches, 73 x 61 cm. Courtesy of the artist and albertz benda, New York.

NEW YORK, NY.- albertz benda opened Famakan Magassa: SOIFS, the U.S. debut of Malian artist Famakan Magassa, on view from January 27 through February 26, 2022. Magassa presents a selection of new, unexhibited works from his incisive ongoing series entitled ‘SOIFS,’ or ‘thirsts'. The first iterations of this series were developed in collaboration with Floreal Duran of 5Mondes Gallery and presented at the L’Institut Français du Mali, Bamako and La Cité internationale des Arts, Paris in 2021. First conceived by the 24-year-old artist while enmeshed in one of Abidjan's frequent traffic jams, Magassa’s ‘thirst,’ is not the immediate, most literal need for water - though it is a crucial issue in his native Mali and throughout much of the world. These are thirsts anchored in society, spanning from the literal to the allegorical: ... More

From pedestal to petri dish, Liz Larner makes sculptures for a new era   NEA announces American Rescue Plan grants to arts organizations   Don Wilson, who gave the Ventures their distinctive rhythm, dies at 88

Liz Larner, No M, No D, Only S & B, 1990. Sand, stone, bark, painted leather. 13 x 16 x 80 inches (33 x 40.6 x 203.2 cm). Walker Art Center, Minneapolis. T. B. Walker Acquisition Fund.

by Karen Rosenberg

NEW YORK, NY.- Liz Larner’s exuberant midcareer survey at SculptureCenter begins with a bang, or a few of them: a motorized steel ball, tethered to a rotating column, smashes into the gallery wall. The piece is called “Corner Basher,” and its speed is controlled by the viewer; turning the dial all the way up results in an increasingly loud and frequent thwacking noise, a growing dent in the architecture and a gleeful sense of transgression. Not everything in the show is as forceful as “Corner Basher” (1988), but other works also play up underused spaces in ways that can seem just as rebellious: the thick industrial chains that curve around the wall in “Wrapped Corner,” for instance, or the nylon and silk cords that extend to the upper reaches of SculptureCenter’s soaring main ... More

More than $57 million in funding will support the recovery of the arts and culture sector.

WASHINGTON, DC.- The National Endowment for the Arts today announced it has recommended American Rescue Plan awards totaling $57,750,000 to 567 arts organizations to help the arts and cultural sector recover from the pandemic. The organizations may use this funding to save jobs, and to fund operations and facilities, health and safety supplies, and marketing and promotional efforts to encourage attendance and participation. The full list of recommended awards, sorted by city/state, is available on “Our nation’s arts sector has been among the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. The National Endowment for the Arts’ American Rescue Plan funding will help arts organizations rebuild and reopen,” said Dr. Maria Rosario Jackson, chair of the NEA. “The arts are crucial to helping America’s communities heal, unite, and inspire as well as essential to our nation’s economic recovery.” Grants are recommended to ... More

He was a founder, with Bob Bogle, of what has been called the best-selling and most influential instrumental band in rock ’n’ roll history.

by Neil Genzlinger

NEW YORK, NY.- Don Wilson, co-founder of the instrumental rock group the Ventures, whose twanging, hard-driving sound, propelled by his dynamic rhythm guitar, led to hits like “Walk — Don’t Run” and helped shape the surf music of the early 1960s as well as influencing generations of guitarists, died Saturday at a hospital in Tacoma, Washington. He was 88. His daughter Staci Layne Wilson confirmed the death. Don Wilson and Bob Bogle formed the group that became the Ventures in the late 1950s and had been having modest success performing in the Seattle area when, with Nokie Edwards on bass and Skip Moore playing drums, they recorded “Walk — Don’t Run” in March 1960. It was their version of a song by jazz guitarist Johnny Smith that had previously been recorded by Chet Atkins. They had already released one 45 rpm ... More

Tina Kim Gallery announces representation of the Pacita Abad Art Estate   Ortuzar Projects presents a survey of over sixty toys, paintings, drawings, and sculptures by Joaquín Torres-García   Board Chairman and longtime friend and supporter of Dallas Museum of Art William M. Lamont Jr. dies

Pacita Abad, I Have One Million Things to Say, 2002. Oil, painted muslin cloth stitched on canvas. Work courtesy the Pacita Abad Art Estate. Photo: Pioneer Studios. In the collection of M+, Hong Kong.

NEW YORK, NY.- Tina Kim Gallery is pleased to announce the representation of the Pacita Abad Art Estate. The late Pacita Abad (1946-2004) was a Filipino American artist with a sweepingly global set of life experiences. An early transnational painter, Abad participated in over 150 solo and group exhibitions in the US, Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Caribbean during her peripatetic, 32-year career. In the past two years, her work has been included in the 11th Berlin Biennale, 13th Gwangju Biennale, and the 4th Kathmandu Triennale. She has also received solo exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Arts and Design, Manila in 2018, as well as at Spike Island in Bristol in 2020, and currently at the Jameel Arts Center, Dubai. Abad is the subject of a major traveling survey, opening at the Walker Arts Center in 2023. Her work has been collected by the Tate, UK; M+ Museum, Hong Kong; the National ... More

Joaquín Torres-García, Hombre Gris (Grey Man), 1925. Painted wood (four pieces), 6 1/8 x 2 3/4 x 8 1/4 inches (15.5 x 7 x 21 cm) (AO 1907) Courtesy of the Estate of Joaquín Torres-García and Ortuzar Projects, New York.

NEW YORK, NY.- Ortuzar Projects is presenting Joaquín Torres-García: Toys, a survey of over sixty toys, paintings, drawings, and sculptures by the Uruguayan artist. Focused on the fifteen-year period from 1917–1932 in which he was actively making and marketing handmade wooden toys, the exhibition positions these objects made for children as a primary component of the artist’s practice, as well as fundamental to the development of his theories of Universal Constructivism. Torres-García’s interests in toys can be traced back to his teaching activities as a young artist in Barcelona. Employed in 1907 as a teacher by the Mount D’Or school, Torres-García was exposed to the radical new pedagogies of Maria Montessori and Friedrich Fröbel, influenced in particular by the latter’s notions that it is through play that children learn to establish a link ... More

Mr. Lamont and his wife, Mary Noël Lamont, were dedicated supporters of many of the Museum’s initiatives. Courtesy of Dallas Museum of Art.

DALLAS, TX.- The Dallas Museum of Art greatly mourns the passing of William “Bill” M. Lamont, Jr., Chairman of the DMA’s Board of Trustees and a longtime friend and supporter of the Museum. A beloved friend and inspiring leader, Mr. Lamont was known for his steady leadership, wise counsel, and love for the institution, along with his quick wit and charm. His deep and personal commitment to the work and mission of the DMA has shaped the Museum into the strong institution it is today. Mr. Lamont’s contributions to the Museum of time, expertise, and support over the years were many. He has served on the Board of Trustees since 2013 and was elected Chairman in 2018. Since 2004, when Mr. Lamont first joined the Board’s Budget and Finance Committee, the Museum greatly benefited from his extraordinary expertise and dedication. Most recently, Mr. Lamont’s constant and calm direction during the Museum’s ... More

Martin Parr Foundation opens 'Intersectional Geographies' curated by Jacqueline Ennis-Cole   Ruth Bader Ginsburg's personal library achieves more than $2.3M at Bonhams   Vegas man gets record $12 million for USA's 1st silver dollar

David Severn's ‘The Pit of Nations: Black British Coal Miners’ was commissioned by Norma Gregory to explore and give voice to representations of black miners’ stories in the UK.

BRISTOL.- This new exhibition brings together a selection of artists and photographers whose diverse work raises awareness of the complex relationships between the most pressing concerns of our time. ‘Intersectional Geographies advocates for a deeper understanding of multi-faceted overlaps between protecting and sustaining our planet’s ecosystems and the people situated within diverse geographical contexts, whether they be mining communities, rural landscapes, and/or home environments… The exhibitions asks questions, opens dialogue, and stimulates conversations that are representative of our time. Thus, creating a visual aesthetic and an atmospheric experience that will undoubtedly evoke empathy, knowledge, understanding and deeper insights’. Curator Jacqueline Ennis-Cole. The term ‘intersectionality’ was coined by Black feminist Kimberlé Crenshaw to describe the multiple and overlapping ... More

Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Annotated Copy of the 1957-58 Harvard Law Review. Sold for US$100,312.50 inc. premium. Photo: Bonhams.

NEW YORK, NY.- Drawing in more bidders than any other auction in Bonhams history (live or online), The Library of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg online sale completed Thursday as a white glove sale, with every lot selling well beyond its pre-sale estimate. Leading the sale was the standout performance of Ginsburg’s heavily annotated copy of the 1957-58 Harvard Law Review, the year that she was a member, which sold for $100,312.50 inc. premium shattering its pre-sale estimate of $2,500 - 3,500. The total hammer price (inc. premium) achieved for this white glove sale was $2,354,510. The sale featured 162 lots of books and ephemera from the legendary justice’s private library, a record of her evolution from student (and voracious reader) to lawyer and law professor, to judge and finally, Justice of the United States Supreme Court. Notably, the library contained a large selection of presentation copies on various subjects inscribed by the author ... More

Believed by many rare coin researchers to be the first silver dollar struck by the United States Mint, this 1794-dated dollar has been purchased for a record $12 million by GreatCollections Coin Auctions of Irvine, California from Las Vegas, Nevada collector Bruce Morelan. Photo: GreatCollections Coin Auctions.

LAS VEGAS, NEV.- A Las Vegas, Nevada resident has sold his prized possession, a superb condition silver dollar made in 1794 that many rare coin experts believe is the first silver dollar ever struck by the United States Mint. It has been purchased for a record $12 million by GreatCollections Coin Auctions of Irvine, California. Vegas business executive Bruce Morelan paid $10,016,875 for the acclaimed rare coin in 2013, a record at the time, and exhibited it across the country and in Europe. One of the coin’s previous owners was Amon G. Carter Sr. (1879-1955) of Texas, a former publisher of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram newspaper. Ian Russell, president of GreatCollections, said, “Because of its sharpness of detail, researchers believe this coin was specially struck, perhaps as a presentation of the country’s ... More

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Mickey Mantle's first Topps card and final New York Yankees jersey swing for the fences at Heritage Auctions
DALLAS, TX.- A familiar favorite returns to Heritage Auctions, this time with a new story to tell more than a half century since it last saw action. Twice the Dallas-based action house has had the honor of offering the jersey Mickey Mantle wore when he struck his 535th home run on Sept. 19, 1968 — the so-called "Gift" served to the New York Yankees slugger by Detroit Tigers ace and 30-game-winner Denny McLain. Mantle's penultimate homer remains the ultimate show of sportsmanship from a young great to a legend at sunset. And each time the jersey was sold — first in February 2017 for $486,000, then in August 2020 for nearly twice that — that is how its tale was told: This is the flannel The Mick wore when he hit No. 535. ... More

At City Ballet, Jamar Roberts and dancers find a common language
NEW YORK, NY.- So much has happened since Jamar Roberts was to have had his choreographic debut at New York City Ballet, in May 2020. Before he had even set foot in the studio with the dancers, the pandemic shut everything down. Then came a national period of soul searching around the issue of race brought on by the killing of George Floyd. To top it off, in December, at 39, Roberts, retired from performing at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, where he has been the choreographer-in-residence since 2019. It’s no wonder that his long-deferred ballet, now set to open next Thursday, bears little resemblance to the one he had originally planned. “The first music I had chosen” — by ambient composer Kyle Preston — “was kind of doom and gloom, and the piece was basically about the world ending. I just thought, I can’t do that,” Roberts ... More

Lucy Rowan Mann, doyenne of a prime classical music prize, dies at 100
NEW YORK, NY.- Lucy Rowan Mann, whose guidance of the Walter W. Naumburg Foundation and its influential awards helped propel a raft of major classical music careers for 50 years, died Jan. 16 at her home in the New York City borough of Manhattan. She was 100. The cause was COVID-19, her daughter, Lisa Mann Marotta, said. Mann was the executive director of the foundation, which she ran with her husband, Robert Mann, who was its president and the founding first violinist of the renowned Juilliard String Quartet. She handled administration and fundraising, while Robert Mann, who died in 2018, focused on the musical aspects of the competition and on the judging. But Lucy Mann, who started at the Naumburg Foundation in 1972 and continued until this year, did more than office work. She scheduled performances for the young Naumburg winners, ... More

North Carolina Museum of Art celebrates record attendance, new acquisitions
RALEIGH, NC.- The North Carolina Museum of Art celebrates a year of record visitation to the Museum galleries and the 164-acre Ann and Jim Goodnight Museum Park. It also announces a slate of exciting new acquisitions that has increased the representation of female, Black, Native American, and North Carolina artists in the People’s Collection, including Joseph Teth Ashong (Paa Joe), Endia Beal, Faith Couch, Leonardo Drew, Christopher Holt, Vaughn Spann, Lina Iris Viktor, Marie Watt, and Antoine Williams. “The People’s Collection at the North Carolina Museum of Art is dynamic and growing—changing to reflect our commitment to offering multiple perspectives and acquiring important works by Black, Native American, female, and North Carolina artists,” said Valerie Hillings, Museum director. “Our dedicated staff of curators and ... More

Dix Noonan Webb sells three groups of medals for a hammer price of £530,000
LONDON.- The outstanding Indian Mutiny V.C. group of six awarded to Private Patrick Donohoe of the 9th Lancers, who at the Battle of Bolondshuhur on September 28, 1857, went to the aid of his severely wounded officer, was sold for a hammer price of £220,00 by Dix Noonan Webb in their auction of Orders, Decorations, Medals and Militaria, today Wednesday, January 26, 2022. Estimated to fetch £140,000-180,000, the group has not been sold on the open market for over 100 years and was being sold by an Overseas collector [lot 207]. Following the sale, Christopher Mellor-Hill, Head of Client Liaison (Associate Director), Dix Noonan Webb commented: “We are pleased with another great price today further reflecting the glory of the Victoria Cross and also a reflection on the notable Irish contribution in our military history as well as the growing interest ... More

LA Art Show wraps up successful 2022 return
LOS ANGELES, CA.- This weekend, The LA Art Show wrapped its second live event in just 6 months, establishing a return to normal and reuniting the Los Angeles art community under the LA Convention Center roof. Galleries, art dealers, curators, collectors, and art lovers came together to safely explore themes of environmental impact and new technologies, engaging in masked discussions. While the attendees were socially distanced, the community felt closer than ever. Returning director Kassandra Voyagis was able to create an intimate experience despite the large space. With 20% higher attendance than the summer show, bringing the total attendees to roughly 45,000 people, the show was a great success for visitors and galleries alike. The event kicked off with a successful VIP opening night. The celebration was hosted ... More

Visual artist Beili Liu awarded Pollock Prize for Creativity
NEW YORK, NY.- The Pollock-Krasner Foundation announced today that the Pollock Prize for Creativity is awarded to Beili Liu, a visual artist who creates site-specific installations and performances that address themes of migration and cultural memory, as well as labor, social, and environmental concerns. The $50,000 award is directed towards Liu’s sculptural installation and performance series Dreams of the High North: Between Survival and Belonging, a solo exhibition at the Norwegian national arts and cultural institution Hå Gamle Prestegard, on view from June 2023 through September 2023. The Pollock Prize for Creativity, established in 2016 to honor the artistic legacies of Lee Krasner and Jackson Pollock, is given to an artist whose work embodies high creative standards and has a substantial impact on individuals and society. Liu currently serves ... More

Exhibition of new works by Ivan Grubanov on view at Galerie Ron Mandos
AMSTERDAM.- Galerie Ron Mandos is presenting For God and My Country, an exhibition of new works by Ivan Grubanov (1976), a former Rijksakademie resident and representative of the Serbian pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale in 2015. In his installations and paintings made of flags and worker suits, the Serbian artist explores the notion of nationalism. Through his memories of the bloody civil conflict that broke the former Yugoslavia apart, the artist addresses the question what it means to be part of a nation, and what it means to be associated with a national identity. For God and My Country is an installation with chairs, flags, and a worker suit. It involves a nationally articulated slogan, derived from the Latin “Pro Deo et patria”, which is a motto used by many families, educational institutions, and military regiments, such as the American ... More

Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp opens an exhibition of works by Falke Pisano
ANTWERP.- Superhost 2022, the second edition of the series at M HKA, is a project by Falke Pisano titled Where Should We Begin? It consists of a site-specific installation, displays of artworks by Falke Pisano and invited artists, performative works, lectures, screenings, interviews and workshops conducted by the host and her guests throughout the year. Where Should We Begin? is a sustained, multi-layered (practical, conversational and artistic) research into labour conditions in the field of art, with a specific focus on the labour involved in public programming in art institutions. Situated within the museum, this research aims at collapsing discursive ideals and material realities to discover how different practitioners carve out a space for imagination and desire as they consciously negotiate the conditions in which they work. Superhost curators asked ... More

Miller & Miller announces highlights included in Canadiana & Folk Art Auction
NEW HAMBURG.- Original oil paintings by Franz Johnston and Alexander Young Jackson, both founding members of Canada’s “Group of Seven”, plus a one-piece Adam-style corner cupboard from an estate near Orono, Ontario are expected top lots in an online-only Canadiana & Folk Art auction slated for Saturday, Feb. 12th, by Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd. The 376-lot auction has a start time of 9 am Eastern time, with Internet bidding available on the Miller & Miller website, as well as Telephone and absentee bids will also be accepted. The categories include folk art, furniture, art, tools, Canadiana, architectural items, vintage toys, pottery and stoneware, and beautiful textiles. The oil on board rendering by Franz Johnston (1888-1949), titled The Battlement, Lake of the Woods, measures 13 inches by 10 ½ inches and is expected ... More

Mahershala Ali finally gets the leading role he deserves
NEW YORK, NY.- In a more just world, Mahershala Ali, one of America’s most gifted actors, would have played the lead in at least a dozen films by now. He has certainly paid his dues and then some. Over the past two decades, the 47-year-old actor has starred or played key roles in prestige series (HBO’s “True Detective”), sci-fi franchises (“The Hunger Games”) and network-defining political thrillers (Netflix’s “House of Cards”). In 2017, he won his first Academy Award for his performance in “Moonlight,” a master class in what you can do with just 20 minutes or so of screen time, and a second Oscar two years later, for his performance in “Green Book.” So it may come as a shock to learn that Ali has never played the lead role in a feature film before, not until his star turn in the sci-fi drama “Swan Song,” now streaming on Apple TV+. “I always ... More

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On a day like today, Dutch painter Hendrick Avercamp was born
January 27, 1585. Hendrick Avercamp (January 27, 1585 (bapt.) - May 15, 1634 (buried)) was a Dutch painter. Avercamp was born in Amsterdam, where he studied with the Danish-born portrait painter Pieter Isaacks (1569-1625), and perhaps also with David Vinckboons. In 1608 he moved from Amsterdam to Kampen in the province of Overijssel. Avercamp was mute and was known as "de Stomme van Kampen" (the mute of Kampen). In this image: Hendrick Avercamp, IJsgezicht met jager die een otter toont. Rijksmuseum Amsterdam.

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