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Hindman to offer unique blend of Post War art and design in one July auction

How Soon is Now, Post War Art & Design, July 28, 2020.

CHICAGO, IL.- This carefully curated collaborative auction offers works from some of the most important names in art and design from the second half of the 20th century. Sophisticated acquisition opportunities are available for connoisseurs and savvy emerging collectors alike, including examples by Sol LeWitt, Chuck Close, Keith Haring, Christo, Harry Bertoia, Edward Wormley and Paul Evans. “We are thrilled to present How Soon Is Now as part of our Summer auction schedule. This curated selection of art and design has given us the opportunity to pair artists and designers in the same auction for the first time at Hindman, which has made this a truly cross-departmental effort. We are looking forward to the success of the auction and to creating a new category within the Fine Art and Modern Design departments,” said Joe Stanfield, Director of Fine Art. Among the highlights are Sol Lewitt’s (American, 1928-2007) 1996 work, Cube without a Cube. Lewitt is considered by most art historia ... More

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Live music returns to the shore: 'It's like getting your life back'   Christie's new auction technique: The global gavel   Fire badly damages San Gabriel Mission in California

One of the video screens at a live drive-in concert by Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes in the Monmouth Racetrack parking lot in Oceanport, N.J., July 11, 2020. Mark Makela/The New York Times.

by Nick Corasaniti

OCEANPORT, NJ (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- On a hot, humid summer Saturday night down the Jersey Shore, about 1,000 cars parked in a vast lot, seeking some semblance of normalcy. Normal, on past Jersey Shore summer nights, is to be washed over with live music, to sweat off the salty, sticky ocean mist while a bar band blasts through a cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “Badlands.” It is a DJ bumping enough bass to blow the sand off your feet, or ballads from the summer stage behind the legendary Stone Pony rock club in Asbury Park echoing all the way down Cookman Avenue. Yet this year the Stone Pony can’t be packed shoulder to sweaty shoulder. Live music, especially played indoors, is one life’s many affirmations put on pause by the coronavirus pandemic. But music is as core to life at the Jersey Shore as a melting ... More

René Magritte, L’arc de triomphe, 1962. Estimate: £6.5-9.5 million. Sold for: 17.8 million pounds ($22.4 million). © Christie's Images Ltd 2020.

NEW YORK (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- It started in Hong Kong at 9:25 in the evening, moved back eight time zones to Paris and London in the afternoon, and then finished in New York at 11:15 Friday morning. In just under four hours, $420.9 million had been spent. This was the back-to-the-future format of Christie’s livestreamed “ONE” sale, the latest attempt by an international auction house to demonstrate that, thanks to the latest technology, the multimillion-dollar top end of the art market can still sparkle in the gloom of a pandemic. Christie’s four-venue “global 20th-century art sale” replaced the company’s live evening auctions of contemporary, impressionist and modern art in New York in May and in London in June. It followed Sotheby’s pioneering livestreamed $363.2 million “clicks and bricks” auction June 29 and an equivalent hybrid offering at Phillips July 2 that raised $41 million. The COVID-induced shift from live to online-only sales has severely dented turnove ... More

People stand behind caution tape near charred debris at the San Gabriel Mission after a fire broke out early on July 11, 2020, in San Gabriel, California. Robyn Beck / AFP.

by Maria Cramer

LOS ANGELES (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- A fire early Saturday destroyed the roof and badly damaged the interior of San Gabriel Mission, a Catholic church in California that is more than 200 years old and considered to be the “birthplace” of the Los Angeles region. The mission was founded in 1771 by the Franciscan fathers under the leadership of the Rev. Junipero Serra, a Spanish priest who helped colonize California. Construction of the church started in 1775 and ended in 1805, said Terri Huerta, director of development and communications at the mission. Huerta said the fire broke out one day after $200,000 in renovations had been completed. The walls had just been painted, and the pews, which are more than 110 years old, had been refurbished. “For one day, it was beautiful,” Huerta said. The mission, which ... More

Up for grabs: Tokyo art exhibit invites theft   The Kunstsammlung receives donation "Laundromat" (2016) by Ai Weiwei   Clarifications on Rodin Museum's business model of selling original Rodin bronzes

In this picture taken on July 9, 2020, two men hold artworks after taking them from Same gallery that organised a stealable art exhibition in Tokyo. Behrouz MEHRI / AFP.

by Miwa Suzuki

TOKYO (AFP).- The Tokyo art exhibit opened to enthusiastic visitors, but many of those circulating weren't just there to soak in some culture -- they were casing the joint for a midnight raid. Hours after the gallery closed for the night, a crowd had gathered ready to pounce on the artworks. The police station was nearby, but officers only intervened for crowd control, because all the pieces at the Stealable Art Exhibition were up for grabs. The event was intended as "an experiment", to alter the relationship between artists and visitors, organiser Tota Hasegawa told AFP. It was originally conceived as a low-key event that might attract some covert thievery, but word spread so fast on social media that a crowd of nearly 200 people packed the ... More

Ai Weiwei, "Laundromat", 2016, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen 2020. Photo: Simon Vogel.

DUSSELDORF.- In 2019, the Kunstsammlung presented the hitherto most comprehensive exhibition of Ai Weiwei in Europe at both locations, K20 and K21. Now, recently acquired works and a donation by the artist are on display at K21. Following the reopening of K21 in 2018, the collection is now being almost completely reinstalled. More than half of the rooms are already completed and feature works by, among others, Ei Arakawa, Wolfgang Tillmans, Lutz Bacher, Margarete Jakschik, Jef Geys, Marcel Broodthaers, Ed Atkins, and Cao Fei. Among the highlights of the new presentation of the collection is the installation Stool (2014), the wallpaper piece Odyssey (2016), and the photo series Study of Perspective (1995–2011) by the activist and artist Ai Weiwei. The ensemble is complemented by Ai Weiwei’s work Stacked Porcelain Vases as a Pillar (2017), which the Friends of the Kunstsammlung ... More

Installation view. © agence photographique du musee Rodin - Jerome Manoukian.

PARIS.- Following the publication of the article in Les Echos of July 6, 2020 and a series of dispatches concerning the impact of COVID-19 on its business model, the Musée Rodin would like to provide some clarification. The Musée Rodin is the only non-subsidized state-owned museum in France, funding all of its own operating costs, salaries and activities. In addition to the usual museum funding sources (museum shop and ticket office, space rental, touring exhibitions, partnerships and sponsorship), the Musée Rodin has been producing and selling original Rodin bronzes editions for over a hundred years. This activity is as old as the museum itself; its development is unrelated to the Covid-19 health crisis. The Musée Rodin is a state-owned museum. As such, it does not sell the works of its collection, which are part of the public domain and therefore inalienable and imprescriptible. Its collections have traditionally included ... More

Rembrandt to Richter: Sotheby's announces title of flagship cross-category evening auction in London   Phillips New York Photographs Auction on 13 July features masterworks spanning the 20th and 21st centuries   Fondation Beyeler extends Edward Hopper exhibition, reschedules Goya exhibition

Rembrandt Van Rijn, Self-portrait, wearing a ruff and black hat, 1632, est. £12-16 million. Courtesy Sotheby's.

LONDON.- Sotheby’s announced the second headline work of its major cross-category summer evening auction, which will take place in London on 28 July. Gerhard Richter’s Wolken (fenster) (Clouds (window)) will appear with an estimate of £9-12 million ($11.25-15 million). Spanning more than four metres in length, the immersive skyscape will be on view to the public in Sotheby’s New Bond Street galleries from 23-27 July (34-35 New Bond Street, W1S 2RT). A glorious panoramic view of the clouds, Richter’s subject draws on a long and familiar artistic legacy, from heavenly Renaissance frescoes and the sequential panels of church altarpieces, to John Constable’s cloud studies, J.M.W. Turner’s atmospheric skyscapes and the Romantic sublime landscapes of Caspar David Friedrich. Nevertheless, in 1986 Richter referred to his landscapes as ‘cuckoo’s eggs’ for their misleading nature; where many ... More

Edward Weston, Pepper II, 1929. Gelatin silver print. 9 1/4 x 7 3/8 in. (23.5 x 18.7 cm) Signed, titled and dated in pencil on the mount; annotated '10.00' in pencil on the reverse of the mount. Estimate: $70,000 - 90,000. Image courtesy of Phillips.

NEW YORK, NY.- On 13 July, Phillips presents Photographs, featuring important masterworks of photography spanning the 20th and 21st centuries, to be livestreamed from our custom-built salesrooms in London and New York with virtual bidding worldwide. The first global livestream auction event for photographs, Phillips’ auction offers more than 230 superlative photographic works telegraphing the excitement and energy of the live auction room to our global audience of collectors. Phillips also presents a greatly enhanced virtual experience of the works via our enhanced sales pages that feature in-depth multi-media cataloguing for deep engagement and viewing of the artworks online. The works in the sale span the rich history of photography with classic works by Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, ... More

Francisco de Goya, Witches’ Sabbath (El Aquelarre), 1797-98. Oil on canvas, 43 × 30 cm. Museo Lázaro Galdiano, Madrid.

BASEL.- Given the public’s unabated interest, the exhibition devoted to American painter Edward Hopper has been extended through 20 September 2020. The collection display «Silent Vision», shown in parallel, will be on view through the end of November 2020. The major «Goya» exhibition, originally scheduled to open on 17 May, will now take place from 10 October 2021 to 23 January 2022. The autumn exhibition «Close-up», which brings together portraits by nine impressionist, modern and contemporary female artists, had to be postponed due to the persistent coronavirus pandemic and its implications for international art loans. While countless museums worldwide remain closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, in Riehen/Basel many visitors have already been able to enjoy the Fondation Beyeler’s museum and park again since their reopening on 11 May. Tickets can be purchased online and are sold ... More

BBC One's Antiques Roadshow is back this summer and invites you to share your stories   Group exhibition brings together the gallery community of Dover and Grafton Streets   Fairfield University Art Museum launches virtual exhibition of works by Howard Skrill

Fiona Bruce.

LONDON.- The iconic roadshow is set to return this summer, presenter Fiona Bruce and the wonderful team of experts can’t wait to discover your forgotten family heirlooms and missing masterpieces. For the first time in more than four decades, the series will be filmed on a closed set with a small invited audience only, to ensure the safety of guests, production and the wider public. Viewers are being asked to contact Antiques Roadshow about their objects as soon as possible so the team can start planning these really special shows. Upcoming locations are listed on the website where viewers can use the ‘Share Your Story’ form to fill out details of their objects. Presenter Fiona Bruce, who will be filming her 13th series of Antiques Roadshow, said she was delighted to be going back on the road in search of treasures. "Normally we welcome around 5,000 people to each Antiques Roadshow, but of course in these extraord ... More

Block Party at The Arts Club, London, curated by Wedel Art, 4 July – 3 October 2020. Photo: Ed Reeve.

LONDON.- The Arts Club, London, announces Block Party, a group exhibition which brings together the gallery community of Dover and Grafton Streets, including: Cardi Gallery, Gazelli Art House, Galerie Max Hetzler, Sprüth Magers, Richard Saltoun, Robilant + Voena, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac and David Zwirner. Each gallery showcases an artwork from its roster of artists including: Lucio Fontana, Paolo Scheggi, Rose Wylie, Helen Chadwick, Louise Bonnet, Giovanni Ozzola, Gary Hume, Jack Pierson and Mimmo Rotella. The Arts Club has been at its home on Dover Street since 1896, surviving two world wars, including a direct hit on the building during the Blitz of 1940, as well as political and economic anomalies over the years. A historic neighbourhood, art has played a key role is the area’s identity and cultural development. A creative collaboration in celebration ... More

Howard Skrill, Washington from Federal Plaza, Manhattan , 2016, oil stick, pencil, chalk
pastel on paper.

FAIRFIELD, CONN.- The first-ever virtual exhibition created by the Fairfield University Art Museum has recently opened, featuring almost forty works by New York artist Howard Skrill. This exhibition, Howard Skrill: Monumental Follies, explores the impact of public monuments, their creation, removals and their absences. Speaking about the exhibition, the Museum’s executive director Carey Weber said, “The timeliness and relevance of this exhibition, in relation to the ongoing social unrest, was unanticipated. We stand in solidarity with everyone who condemns violence and racism, and hope that the Museum can be a space for difficult conversation around these issues of social and racial justice.” In his drawings and paintings, Skrill documents figurative public statuary, surveys their destruction or relocation, ... More

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Exhibition at Centre d'Art de La Malmaison presents over 20 epic works by Kehinde Wiley
CANNES.- The Centre d’Art de La Malmaison on the Croisette welcomed one of today’s most sought after international stars, the American artist Kehinde Wiley. The Centre d’Art la Malmaison unveiled over 20 epic works, representative of the vast vocabulary that has guided the artist’s work for more than a decade. Drawing his inspiration from the Old Masters, from Titian and Gainsborough to Van Dyck and Ingres, Wiley presents a uniquely political and aesthetic perspective, making visible history’s invisible figures, allowing the viewer to engage with the notions of perception as it pertains to power and place. Kehinde Wiley has traversed the world since 2006 as part of his The World Stage series, whereby organizing local studios and utilizing street casting of denizens from the favelas of Rio de Janeiro to the cramped streets of New Dehli. He uses ... More

Newark artists, thriving amid crisis and catharsis
NEWARK (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- This city prides itself on its resilience, and its artists share in that spirit. Ever since the coronavirus arrived, Newark’s creative community has been on the front lines, responding to the crisis and now the catharsis. Like elsewhere, the shock was abrupt. Anchor institutions closed their doors in mid-March, among them the Newark Museum and Rutgers University - Newark, with its Paul Robeson Galleries and its Express Newark incubator for arts, entrepreneurship and social justice projects. The artist-run gallery and studio complexes — Index Art Center, Gallery Aferro and Project for Empty Space, which had just moved into a former school in the heart of downtown — were drained of activity. Elder artists, stubborn survivors of Newark’s decades of disinvestment, fiscal crises and ill reputation — and now wary ... More

Almine Rech New York opens summer group exhibition
NEW YORK, NY.- In a historic moment of vast upheaval, unprecedented in living memory, artists continue to create art that, as Josef Albers wrote, “comes from the human soul and speaks to human souls.” Almine Rech’s new exhibition, I Want to Eat the Sunset. We’re Talking About the Cosmos, Even. And Love, I Guess .—Haley Josephs, Lucy Bull, and Aaron Curry—presents creators whose work can engage a metaphysical discourse as much as art historical and intellectual traditions, whether figurative or abstract, in living color or in monochrome, painting or sculpture. A glance at the artists’ reading lists may illuminate matters. For Bull, it’s anthropologist Michael Taussig’s 2009 study What Color is the Sacred?, in which he contemplates color as a “ polymorpous magical substance,” a notion that resonates with Bull. For Curry, it’s Albers’s lectures, ... More

Penny from the reign of Æthelred II fetches £13,640 at Dix Noonan Webb
LONDON.- A very fine and rare penny from the reign of Æthelred II (978-1016), that was produced in Canterbury sold for £13,640 in International coins, medals, banknotes and jewellery specialists Dix Noonan Webb’s live /online auction of Coins, Tokens & Historical Medals on Wednesday, July 8, 2020. The penny which was being sold by a British Collector, was bought by a European collector and had been expected to fetch £3,000-4,000 [lot 90]. Christopher Webb, Head of the Coin Department, Dix Noonan Webb, commented: “The coin was of such quality, we expected it to sell well; the seller and the buyer are both very happy.” Also of note in the sale was a very fine and extremely rare shilling from the reign of Charles I (1625-49), which was part of a Collection of English Coins of the Late Dr John Hulett and produced in Bristol, which sold for £12,400 ... More

GEM - Museum for contemporary art exhibits new and recent works by Kati Heck
THE HAGUE.- With humour and a sense of the absurd, Kati Heck (b. 1979, Düsseldorf) dissects the world around her and creates her own universe. Any search for a clear narrative in her paintings, sculpture, films and performances will be fruitless. Heck provides no certainty, leaving everything to our imaginations. Hauruck d’Orange is her first major solo museum show in the Netherlands. The work of Kati Heck is a masterful cacophony of colour, images and language. Her often large figurative paintings and sculptures bring two worlds together: one that is familiar and can be linked to events and people in the artist’s everyday life, the other absurd or downright disconcerting, like a fever dream. She presents her characters in a theatrical manner – posed or wearing extravagant costumes – and Heck herself regularly features in her work, each ... More

Charming 1937 Fiat 500 Topolino for sale with H&H Classics
LONDON.- This charming 1937 Fiat 500 Topolino or ‘Little Mouse’ has been consigned by David Mitchell, a 92-year-old classic car enthusiast from Lewes, East Sussex. The little car is just like the one which featured strongly in that superb 1953 film ‘Roman Holiday’ with Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck. It is estimated to sell for £5,000 to £7,000 with H&H Classics Live Online Auction on July 22. “The sight of a six foot plus Peck endeavouring to get in the back was a great sequence,” says John Markey of H&H Classics. In the film, Audrey Hepburn is a bored and sheltered princess who escapes her guardians and falls in love with an American newsman, Gregory Peck in Rome. The little Fiat adds greatly to the charm of this story. Previously displayed in a Fiat dealer showroom the Fiat has been in David Mitchell’s ownership for 14 ... More

Stefan Brüggemann presents a brand-new series of gold-leaf works at Hauser & Wirth St. Moritz
ST. MORITZ.- Spanning – and sometimes combining – sculpture, video and painting, Stefan Brüggemann’s work deploys text in conceptual installations rich with acerbic social critique and a post pop aesthetic. For his inaugural exhibition at Hauser & Wirth St. Moritz, the artist presents a brand-new series of gold-leaf works made during the lockdown in 2020. Evolving from his existing Text Pieces, these laconic texts employ language we regularly encounter in our accelerated digital lives. Presented as shortened modern poems, Brüggemann’s new series offers a caustic perspective on modernity and the digital age – the staccato rhythms of these sloganistic lines mirroring the relentlessness of newsfeed culture. The gold works intend to cut through the noise of the present moment, and their reflective surfaces, with varied textures and mesmeric rhythms, invite ... More

This is theater in 2020. Will it last? Should it?
NEW YORK (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- The megahit live-capture of “Hamilton” on Disney+ notwithstanding, the American theater is not in good shape. The coronavirus shut down almost all productions; tourism ceased; actors, writers and backstage teams lost their jobs. Though we are still miles and months away from a resuscitation, who would have guessed that, in the meantime, the savior of the stage might turn out to be its perpetual enemy, the screen? Adapting to the epidemic, artists immediately began to explore the possibilities of “distributed” theater on Zoom, Instagram, YouTube and other social media. Soon, entire plays — yes, plays — were being written or adapted for the hybrid medium. The new tools were put to the test when, in response to protests over police violence against Black Americans, performers were able to respond rapidly ... More

Exit arias: What opera can teach us about dying
NEW YORK (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- Two years ago, I heard mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato sing the great final lament from Henry Purcell’s “Dido and Aeneas” in Hamburg, Germany. Its text consists of just two sentences: “When I am laid in earth, let my wrongs create no trouble in thy breast. Remember me, but ah! forget my fate.” Purcell sets the words over a solemn, steady bass, the vocal line searching at first. On “Remember me,” the music grows confident and impassioned, only to buckle on the “ah,” the melody wavering in a melismatic sigh. DiDonato vividly rendered this mixture of resolve and dread — her posture upright and still, except for brief moments when she swayed like someone gripped by vertigo. The aria still echoed in my bones the following day, when I visited my father in his nursing home just outside the city. For years he has been ... More

Pieter Henket's "Congo Tales" in Howard Greenberg Gallery viewing room
NEW YORK, NY.- Howard Greenberg Gallery is presenting a viewing room exhibition of work from Pieter Henket’s Congo Tales, which explores cultural mythologies of the local inhabitants of the Congo Basin, containing some of the largest tropical rainforests in the world. The 2017 series has rarely been exhibited, and this is the first time the work is on view through a U.S. gallery. A renowned portrait photographer, Henket achieved acclaim for his work with Lady Gaga, Eddie Redmayne, and Mary J. Blige, among others. Drawing on his mastery of lighting and mise en scène, Congo Tales presents the personal and collective stories of the people living in the Mbomo region of the Congo Basin in central Africa. The stories, which have linked generations together, have been translated into imagery for the first time by Henket who worked closely with the ... More

Oxford report on administrative staff in cultural sector calls out for sector-wide recognition and change
OXFORD.- Findings from the Supporting Leadership project, a research and knowledge exchange project examining the role of executive and administrative assistants within the cultural sector, have revealed the importance of this overlooked section of the workforce. The project has been led by researchers at the University of Oxford with contributions from staff across more than 60 UK museums, libraries, heritage sites, and arts and performance organisations. The Supporting Leadership report suggests opportunities for change and calls out for action from the sector. In the first detailed investigation of this staff group, the report reveals the importance of support roles in enabling and facilitating dynamic cultural sector leadership. It provides mechanisms through which the often ‘invisible’ work that goes on behind-the-scenes can ... More

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On a day like today, Italian artist Piero Manzoni was born
July 13, 1933. Meroni Manzoni di Chiosca e Poggiolo, better known as Piero Manzoni (July 13, 1933 - February 6, 1963) was an Italian artist best known for his ironic approach to avant-garde art. Often compared to the work of Yves Klein, his own work anticipated, and directly influenced, the work of a generation of younger Italian artists brought together by the critic Germano Celant in the first Arte Povera exhibition held in Genoa, 1967. In this image: Piero Manzoni (1933-1963), Milano et-mitologiaa (Milan and mythology), 1956. Oil on board. Private Collection Milan© Fondazione Piero Manzoni, Milano, by VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2013, 95 x 130 cm.

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