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Daniel Weiss announces intention to step down as President and CEO of The Met

Daniel Weiss, the chief executive of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, at the museum in New York. Joshua Bright/The New York Times.

NEW YORK, NY.- Daniel H. Weiss, President of The Metropolitan Museum of Art since 2015 and President and CEO since 2017, announced today that he intends to step down in June 2023. An accomplished scholar and author who holds a PhD in art history and an MBA, Weiss was recruited to lead The Met in 2015 after tenures as a college president, university dean, and professor of art history. He led the Museum through a series of historic challenges—financial, infrastructure, and societal—from which the Museum has emerged as a stronger institution with its place intact as among the most ambitious, programmatically robust, and financially strong cultural institutions in the world. “Leading The Met has been an extraordinary honor,” said Mr. Weiss. “The Museum is an intergenerational institution in service to the world, and I have felt that profoundly from my first day here. We have an unparalleled collection and the resources to su ... More

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Jeff Koons' Balloon Monkey (Magenta) sold for 10,136,500 to benefit humanitarian aid for Ukraine   Compton Verney hosts the first large-scale survey of David Batchelor's career   Daniel Sinsel presents a group of new and recent works at Sadie Coles HQ

Jeff Koons, Balloon Monkey (Magenta) (2006-13, estimate: £6,000,000-10,000,000). © Christie's Images Ltd 2022.

LONDON.- On 28 June 2022, Jeff Koons’ seminal sculpture Balloon Monkey (Magenta) (2006-13) sold for £10,136,500 at Christie’s raising vital funds for humanitarian aid for Ukraine. Presented for sale by Victor and Olena Pinchuk, proceeds from the sale will be used to assist soldiers and civilians gravely wounded by war who urgently require prosthetics, medical treatment and rehabilitation to recover as much quality of life as possible*. Representing childhood innocence and joy for both children and adults alike, Balloon Monkey (Magenta) stands as a monumental symbol of hope and solidarity with those men, women and children living in war-torn Ukraine who have suffered terrible loss. Katharine Arnold, Head of Post-War and Contemporary Art, Christie’s Europe: “As the war in Ukraine continues, wreaking devastation across the country, I could not be more honoured to have worked ... More

Installation view, David Batchelor: Colour Is at Compton Verney. Photography by Jamie Woodley.

COMPTON VERNEY.- Throughout 2022, Compton Verney is exploring, examining and enjoying artists’ use of colour. With David Batchelor: Colour Is, the Warwickshire art gallery is hosting the first large-scale survey of the Scottish artist and writer’s work spanning four decades. Throughout his career, David Batchelor (b.1955) has been concerned, predominantly, with colour. His work reflects both a delight in the myriad hues of the modern urban environment and an inquiry into the nature of our rapidly changing surroundings. Batchelor works in a variety of media, including sculpture, installations, drawing, painting, photography and animation. He has also written a number of books, including Chromophobia (2000), which looks at changing Western attitudes to colour. Colour Is invites visitors to explore galleries filled with a diverse range of artworks - nearly 200 in all - from across Batchelor’s career. In Compton ... More

Daniel Sinsel, Untitled, 2022. Signed and dated on stretcher oil on linen (carbonised), hazelnut shells, silk, wire 95.1 x 68.2 x 3.5 cm / 37 ½ x 26 ⅞ x 1 ⅜ in. © Daniel Sinsel. Courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London. Photo: Robert Glowacki.

LONDON.- This June, Daniel Sinsel presents a group of new and recent works – encompassing painting, assemblage and sculpture – marking his sixth solo exhibition at Sadie Coles HQ. Throughout the body of work, Sinsel mediates conventional notions of flatness and spatial tension, articulating unresolved scenographies that teeter on the threshold between illusion and reality. Meticulously rendered in alluring, near psychedelic fields of colour, the imagery is invested with a built-in tension of desire and restraint, through which Sinsel probes the manifold, often concealed narratives of queer experience. Trompe-l'œil objects, disappearing bodies, nutshells, almandine garnets, silk and ribbon form part of a slowly expanding repertoire of symbols and symbolic objects deployed within Sinsel’s practice ... More

Bonhams announces acquisition of Paris auction house Cornette de Saint Cyr   Cartography of the Mind: A Curated NFT Sale to Benefit MAPS totals $1.57 million   Sam Gilliam 'took a step most people didn't understand was possible'

Cornette de Saint Cyr © Fatima Jellaoui.

LONDON.- Bonhams, the global auction house, has acquired Cornette de Saint Cyr, the French auction house. Financial terms are not being disclosed. Cornette de Saint Cyr will now be known as Bonhams Cornette de Saint Cyr. Established in 1973, Cornette de Saint Cyr is a much-respected auction house founded by Pierre Cornette de Saint Cyr. Pierre’s sons, Arnaud, the CEO, and Bertrand, Head of Valuations and Collections, continue the family tradition by remaining with Cornette. Based in Avenue Hoche, Paris, with an impressive saleroom in Brussels, Cornette de Saint Cyr is famous throughout the auction world for its high-profile single-owner sales, such as Alain Delon’s Collection of Abstract Art (2007); The Estate of the Franco-Japanese painter, Foujita (2011); the furniture and fittings from the Hotel Royal Monceau (2008); and the couture collection belonging to Hélène Rochas (2016). The Robert & Jean-Pierre Rousset Collection ... More

Beeple’s PILGRIMAGE. Price Realized: $252,000 © Christie's Images Ltd 2022.

NEW YORK, NY.- Cartography of the Mind A Curated NFT Sale to Benefit the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), closed Tuesday, June 28, 2022 totaling $1,569,960 across 27 lots. The sale, which was a collaboration with Ryan Zurrer, founder of Dialectic and Vine Ventures, was 100% sold, selling 130% hammer above low estimate. Sale proceeds will generously be donated to support the research of potentially life-saving psychedelic-assisted therapies led by MAPS, a 501(c)(3) non-profit research, education, and advocacy organization founded in 1986. The artworks are all on view in Christie’s Rockefeller Center galleries at an exhibition powered by Atomic Form that closed this evening. The first two lots saw incredibly competitive bidding, achieving the same price of $252,000 and leading the sale. Sam Spratt’s VII. Wormfood drew a phenomenal ... More

The artist Sam Gilliam in his studio in Washington on May 17, 2018. Gilliam, a pioneering abstract painter best known for his lusciously stained Drape paintings that took his medium more fully into three dimensions than any other artist of his generation, and who in 1972 became the first Black artist to represent the United States at the Venice Biennale, died on Saturday, June 25, 2022, at his home in Washington. He was 88. Gabriella Demczuk/The New York Times.

NEW YORK, NY.- When painter Sam Gilliam died last weekend at age 88, he left behind pioneering artworks, particularly his draped canvases stained with blooms of color that forever changed the way the world would conceive of a painting. But he also left a more personal legacy: his impact on fellow artists and friends. Sculptor Melvin Edwards, 85, was a friend of Gilliam’s for more than 50 years, forming a tight trio with painter William T. Williams. Edwards and Gilliam owned each other’s work and interrogated each other endlessly about process, sometimes talking three or four times a day. “We ... More

Christie's presents the online-only Contemporary Art July sales   Grayson Perry's monumental tapestries exploring class mobility shown in Salisbury Cathedral this summer   New commission by Ruth Ewan to open at Collective, Edinburgh shares an alternative history of Andrew Carnegie

Hernan Bas (b. 1978), The Start of Something New. Oil, gouache, graphite and resin on board, 31 x 23½ in. (78.7 x 59.6 cm.) Executed in 2004. Estimate: $60,000-80,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2022.

NEW YORK, NY.- Christie’s announced a series of three online-only Contemporary Art sales: Contemporary Edition, First Open and Trespassing. The group of sales include a selection of exceptional works from leading contemporary and 20th century artists. With estimates ranging from $500 to $200,000, these sales offer an extensive range of options for both new and seasoned contemporary art collectors. The works will be available for public viewing at Christie’s galleries in Rockefeller Center starting 13 July, closing from 19-21 July.
Featuring more than 120 Post-War and Contemporary Prints and Multiples with estimates starting below $1,000, the Contemporary Edition sale features works for those just beginning their collecting journey and seasoned connoisseurs alike. The sale highlights works from master printmakers such as Andy Warhol, Keith Haring ... More

Grayson Perry, The Vanity of Small Differences - Expulsion from No. 8 Eden Close 2012 (detail). Image courtesy of the Arts Council Collection.

SALISBURY.- On 29 June The Vanity of Small Differences, an exhibition of six huge tapestries by the celebrated contemporary artist Grayson Perry, will open at Salisbury Cathedral.
Each of the 2m x 4m tapestries, inspired by William Hogarth’s The Rake’s Progress, charts a stage in the 'class journey' made by young Tim Rakewell (a wry reference to Tom Rakewell, Hogarth’s protagonist) and includes many of the characters, incidents and objects Grayson Perry encountered on journeys through Sunderland, Tunbridge Wells and The Cotswolds when filming a series for Channel 4. Cleverly and unflinchingly, Perry exposes layers of unconscious tastes or biases in the scenes and individuals he portrays. References to classical art and religious painting also inform the work, bringing, in some cases, a reverence to an otherwise mundane scene or adding an extra layer of meaning. The tapestries have toured extensively over the last ... More

J S Pughe, An Object Lesson, 1901 (from the collection of the United States Library of Congress) detail. Research image for Ruth Ewan’s, The Beast, 2022.

EDINBURGH.- This summer, Collective presents a new major commission for the City Dome by Ruth Ewan. Scottish artist Ruth Ewan presents The Beast, a morality tale centered on the obscured history of the famous Scottish/American steel magnate and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. Comprising a new animation, a selection of archival material and a wall text, the exhibition tells the story of Carnegie’s ruthless accumulation of wealth and the place he bought in history via an uncanny encounter with his palaeontological namesake, Diplodocus carnegii. The Beast runs from 25 June to 18 September 2022. Ewan has long-term interests in creativity and social justice, alternative systems and radical histories. Her work is deeply rooted in research, finding expression in a wide variety of forms including events, performance, writing, installation and print. Collective and Ewan have a long working relationship, including the artist’s firs ... More

Explore portals to other realms and experience the magic of a virtual extension to Sir John Soane's Museum   Heritage Auctions presents the greatest Muhammad Ali collection ever to step in the ring   Auction featuring hundreds of cinema's most stunning silent movie posters roars at Heritage Auctions

Archive of Portals. Space Popular: The Portal Galleries. 2022. Photo: @ Gareth Gardner.

LONDON.- Space Popular: The Portal Galleries will present new work and research by the multidisciplinary design practice Space Popular, led by Lara Lesmes and Fredrik Hellberg. The exhibition responds to the virtuality of Sir John Soane’s Museum by focusing on ‘the portal’: a door or threshold that grants entrance into another environment, whether physical or virtual. The desire to travel virtually across time, space and realms has been a recurring theme in the collective imagination – one that many have explored through fictional narratives. Visitors will be guided through the magic and mechanics of virtual travel in an exhibition that bridges the technologies of Soane’s time and ours. Using Sir John Soane’s Museum as the point from which to begin this journey, Space Popular present their research on the portal through time and across media. Lara Lesmes and Fredrik Hellberg of Space Popular ... More

1971 Muhammad Ali Fight Worn & Signed Robe from Frazier I Bout with Provenance.

DALLAS, TX.- Troy Kinunen didn't set out to assemble one of the world's greatest Muhammad Ali collections; far from it. He was once solely a baseball fan, a former Little Leaguer who idolized Ruth, Mantle, Cobb, Gehrig. He coveted their keepsakes, their cards and signatures. But even decades ago, their treasures were out of reach, too expensive for a young man beginning his journey as a collector. When Kinunen attended a New York sports memorabilia convention in 1988 and bought his first Ali piece — a poster from his Nov. 14, 1966, fight with Cleveland Williams at Houston's Astrodome — he picked it up only because it was one of the few items he could afford. "It was colorful, it was cardboard, it was kind of small, and I thought I could display it," says Kinunen, president and CEO of MEARS Authentications. "And a kind of light bulb went on at that very moment." He would spend the next three decades amassing more than ... More

The Kid (First National, 1921). Fine+ on Linen. One Sheet (27" X 41") Standing Style.

DALLAS, TX.- Dwight Manley likes to collect originals, things that were among the first made, and items that are unique. Nowhere is that seen more vividly – not to mention boldly and colorfully – than in his collection of silent film posters that will find new homes when they are sold in Heritage Auctions’ Treasures of the Silent Screen Movie Posters Signature® Auction July 15-16 – the largest ever dedicated to silent-era posters. Manley’s collection is widely recognized as the premier assemblage of silent film posters – a trove that includes the largest selection of silent Westerns – in the world, a trove of roughly 2,300, more than 550 of which will be included in this exceptional event. Manley said he is parting with the collection because much of it has been stored away, instead of displayed appropriately for others to enjoy. A significant portion of the remaining collection will be donated to the Academy of Moti ... More

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Steidl publishes a photo-novel of Dayanita Singh's earliest years as a photographer
NEW YORK, NY.- Let’s See is a photo-novel of Dayanita Singh's earliest years as a photographer, a return to a time when she did not yet consider herself a photographer, the probing remembrance of “an eye I no longer have access to.” Singh has recently poured through 40 years of her archive—80% of which remains unseen—exploring scans of her contact sheets and being amazed by the gentle and tender images from the 1980s and ’90s she had since forgotten—hostel roommates, friends with whom she lived, family, weddings, funerals; portraits of herself and those who would become important characters in her life: her mother Nony Singh, Zakir Hussain, Mona Ahmed whom she depicted in the emotive visual biography Myself Mona Ahmed (2001). Singh’s first camera, a Pentax ME Super with a 50mm lens, was a gift from the German publisher Ernst ... More

Fortes D'Aloia & Gabriel and Gomide&Co present an exhibition of works by Niobe Xandó & Ernesto Neto
SAO PAULO.- Gomide&Co and Fortes D’Aloia & Gabriel are presenting Niobe Xandó & Ernesto Neto. In the exhibition, fantastic flowers paintings by Niobe Xandó (1915-2010) are juxtaposed with the works in crochet and other organic materials by Ernesto Neto (1964). A critical essay by Julia de Souza accompanies the show. It is in the twilight that the prolific artist from São Paulo Niobe Xandó seems to have glimpsed her fantastic flowers: in the transition between day and night, when the colors of the world take on a suspicious and unruly aspect, like a musical piece that moves from a high to a low tone, impregnating the listener with an almost imperceptible discomfort. In this garden or forest that fades to darkness, the flowers are more than flowers: flower-creatures that appear to swallow themselves or to suffocate all the other elements in these ... More

Miriam Cahn awarded the 14th Rubens Prize of the City of Siegen
SIEGEN.- Since the beginnings of her artistic development during the 1970s, Miriam Cahn has adopted a consciously feminist and self-determined standpoint. Starting out from drawing and completely unfettered by academic rules, Cahn has produced a painterly œuvre of immense expressive power, also incorporating other artistic forms such as writing, photography, filming and sculptural work. The focus of her interest is mankind, the fragility of the human body as well as its relationship to nature: to animals, plants and landscapes. Personal experiences, family memories and present-day observations are combined with socio-political events. Womanhood, gender, love, sexuality, violence, anti-Semitism, war and flight are recurring themes in her work. Uncompromisingly, Cahn confronts the viewer with her view of the unspeakable, demanding a close ... More

He Art Museum presents 'Roy Lichtenstein: More than Dots'
FOSHAN.- One day in 1961, at the age of 38, Roy Lichtenstein appeared in a New York gallery with his brand-new style of prints. Little did he know that he would soon be a new focus of the art world, along with Pop Art, that would become a turning point in art history. Sixty years later, we are still talking about him. After World War II, the world was undergoing a radical change. With grand values falling, television and advertising were burgeoning with an explosive overflow of images. Meanwhile, an unprecedented transformation was about to take place: the dominant abstract expressionism of the 1950s. As illusionism and elitism lost their authoritative persuasive power in the 1960s, the tide of aesthetic democratization was about to emerge and push art to a new era. Pop artists applied copying, collage and flatness to unleash the potential for change, ... More

Heide Museum of Modern Art presents the first Australian museum exhibition of acclaimed light artist Bruce Munro
MELBOURNE.- Heide Museum of Modern Art is presenting Bruce Munro: From Sunrise Road, the first museum exhibition in Australia of the work of internationally celebrated English/Australian artist Bruce Munro, best known for his interactive, large-scale light installations inspired largely by his interest in shared human experience. Presented from Saturday 25 June to 16 October, the exhibition combines spectacular indoor and outdoor experiential artworks with intimate story-pieces, revealing the depth of the artist’s practice and the breadth of his sources, from the personal and philosophical to the literary and spiritual. Situated across Heide’s main galleries and sculpture park, the exhibition presents more than twenty key indoor ... More

Kunsthalle Osnabrück launches this year's theme Romanticism
OSNABRÜCK.- The Kunsthalle Osnabrück launched the first part of the exhibition and art mediation programme "Romanticism". Against the backdrop of a global pandemic and a war in Ukraine, Kunsthalle Osnabrück sets out to explore the question: What’s the current state of our hope and desire for love, identity and belonging? This year’s theme “Romanticism” uses the eponymous art and literature movement as a distorting mirror with which to examine the current state of society. Sweeping across Germany and Europe, hardly any other movement has managed to shape such a strong collective feeling situated between departure, nostalgia and nationalism through aesthetic means. Set against the backdrop that is the art gallery’s medieval architecture, we want to investigate whether the current sense of global turmoil has inspired a comeback of the visual ... More

MACRO - Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome opens an exhibition of works by Julia Born
ROME.- In Rome, texts, words, and names, from antiquity through to the present day, constitute a multifaceted web of language disseminated across the urban landscape. Monumental words set in stone coexist with ephemeral messages (written on walls and other surfaces), generating a graphic panorama which can be understood as a place of sedimentation, an itinerary where complex histories and the present intertwine and can be observed from different angles. The spectres of these polyphonic voices, irreverent gestures, words in which to believe (or not), declarations of love, and ideologies, never cease to haunt us. Swiss designer Julia Born is interested in different forms of writing as means of expression. She has collected graphic fragments from across the city of Rome, transforming the walls of the exhibition space into a monumental display of found, ... More

Paul Holberton Publishing announces 'Look Close, Think Far: Art at the Ackland'
LONDON.- This richly illustrated volume introduces one of America’s finest university art museums – one whose directors, curators, donors, and patrons have left a remarkable legacy, a museum collection that encourages us all to “look close, think far.” This selection of over 280 highlights is presented with brief commentaries and an essay that traces the growth of the Ackland Art Museum’s outstanding collection. The Ackland Art Museum at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is one of the United States’ most distinguished public university art museums. Founded in 1958, it now houses over 20,000 works of art, covering some 5,000 years of cultures from around the globe. “Look Close, Think Far” is the tagline of the Ackland, informing everything from the dynamic and varied program of special exhibitions to ambitious interpretation, education, and ... More

Poly Auction Hong Kong announces highlights included in the 10th Anniversary Auctions
HONG KONG.- To celebrate Poly Auction Hong Kong’s 10th Anniversary, delicate works of Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, as well as Fine Chinese Paintings and Calligraphy with outstanding provenance and exceptional rarity, will be offered for sale at the upcoming 10th Anniversary Auctions. The masterpieces were acquired by Poly Auction Hong Kong’s specialists after discerning selection. This series of exquisite treasures are perfect examples of distinguished Chinese artistry which passed down from generations and of traditional Chinese aesthetics. Poly Auction Hong Kong is also delighted to offer vintage tea cake, Moutai, collection-grade Whisky and Cognac for sale, providing collectors with an opportunity to convert these rare collections into distinctive taste and value. Building on the success of the Highlights Previews held last month ... More

Button Gwinnett signed doc completes $1.4 million Declaration collection
WILTON, CONN.- If the name Button Gwinnett doesn’t ring a bell, you’re in good company, even among many American history buffs. Unremarkable as he was, Gwinnett’s rare signed document accounted for completing an autograph collection of the signatories of the Declaration of Independence that was purchased by dealer John Reznikoff for a record price of $1.4 million. Gwinnett, a businessman and politician who represented Georgia at the First Continental Congress, was the first of the signatories to die, his passing in 1777 the result of losing a duel less than a year after the Declaration was issued, when he challenged a rival for calling him “a scoundrel and a lying rascal.” The last Button Gwinnett document to sell at auction fetched nearly $700,000 over a decade ago at Sotheby’s. John Reznikoff, the president of University Archives, purchased ... More

Craft in America opens 'Location Services: Jewelry Perspectives on Time & Place '
LOS ANGELES, CA.- Craft in America is presenting a female-led exhibition investigating the concept of place in relation to personal narrative, identity, and materiality. Location Services: Jewelry Perspectives on Time & Place spotlights three distinct points of view on place through the lens of contemporary jewelry. This exhibition brings together the work of Motoko Furuhashi, Kerianne Quick, and Demitra Thomloudis and features an on-site collaborative research space shared between the artists. Viewers will be invited into the process through interactive features of the artists’ work. Location Services looks at site as inspiration, as material, and as a point of interaction through three distinct craft practices. Through the creation of wearables, the three artists promote a conversation about place. Furuhashi, Quick, and Thomloudis share a common ... More

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

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