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Lark Mason Associates presents Spring Asian Art Sale

A pair of Chinese Cloisonné Ewers, Qianlong Mark, Qing Dynasty / Republic Period (Estimate: $30,000-50,000).

NEW YORK, NY.- Lark Mason Associates is pleased to present its Spring sale of Asian, Ancient, Ethnographic Works of Art which is now open for bidding on through April 29th. “With 480 lots from multiple sellers nationwide, this two-session sale offers an impressive array of important and rare Asian works of art from ancient to the twentieth century and will appeal to a wide range of collectors and Asian art enthusiasts,” says Lark Mason, who notes a pair of Chinese Cloisonné Ewers, Qianlong Mark, Qing Dynasty / Republic Period (Estimate: $30,000-50,000). According to Mason, the ewers were purchased in Tokyo after World War II by an American general who was stationed there through the 1950's. Their shape is rare and though most cloisonné forms were developed from Chinese archaic ritual bronzes, this form is rooted in Tibetan Buddhist ritual implements. “This example may have been used in a temple, but it also ... More

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$69 million digital art buyer shines light on 'NFT' boom   'What would I do?' Frank Gehry, 92, is too busy to retire   Sotheby's to offer $25 million Paul Cézanne still life in Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale

This picture taken on April 7, 2021 shows blockchain entrepreneur Vignesh Sundaresan, also known by his pseudonym MetaKovan, as he gestures to a virtual avatar of himself in his home in Singapore. Roslan RAHMAN / AFP.

by Catherine Lai

SINGAPORE (AFP).- The blockchain entrepreneur who paid a record $69.3 million for a digital artwork looks, at first glance, nothing like a wealthy collector. The 32-year-old is casually dressed in a t-shirt and chinos, lives in a regular Singapore apartment, and does not own any property or a car -- with most of his investments in the virtual world. "My prize possession would be my computer. And maybe my watch," Indian-born Vignesh Sundaresan, also known by his pseudonym MetaKovan, told AFP from his sparsely decorated flat. His unpretentious demeanour offers no clue that he is a multimillionaire investor financing a fund focused on "non-fungible tokens" (NFTs), which use blockchain technology to turn anything from art to internet memes into ... More

Frank Gehry at his architecture studio in Los Angeles, April 6, 2021. Erik Carter/The New York Times.

by Robin Pogrebin

NEW YORK (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- It was midafternoon on a Monday and Pritzker Prize-winning architect Frank Gehry — despite having just turned 92 in a pandemic, completed the top floor of his building in the Grand Avenue development, and prepared for a show of new sculpture at the Gagosian Gallery — had little interest in sitting back to reflect on this potentially meaningful moment in his life and career. Instead, he was on the move — giving his first studio tour since the COVID-19 outbreak, far more eager to discuss the myriad designs he has underway, most of which have been proceeding. (Only a high-rise in Manhattan’s Hudson Yards stalled, and his office laid off eight of 170 employees as a result.) Projects include LA's version of New York’s High Line, along the Los Angeles River; new office buildings for Warner Bros. in Burbank; and the scenic design ... More

Paul Cézanne’s Nature morte: pommes et poires (detail). Estimate $25/35 Million. Courtesy Sotheby's.

NEW YORK, NY.- From an exceptional and distinguished private collection, Sotheby’s Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale this May will be highlighted by masterworks from the defining Impressionist and Post-Impressionist French artists whose indelible bodies of work and artistic legacies shaped the course of Modern art history like no others: Paul Cézanne, Edgar Degas, and Claude Monet. Cézanne’s Nature morte: pommes et poires (estimate $25/35 million) leads this outstanding group of four works. A poignant encapsulation of the artist’s greatest achievements, the dazzling canvas is an extremely rare example of the artist’s quintessential still lifes of this caliber remaining in private hands. With an illustrious provenance dating to epoque-defining dealer Ambroise Vollard, the painting stands unparalleled in today’s market. The collection is also highlighted by one of the most harmonious and delicately rendered works of Edgar Degas’s singular ballerinas, ... More

Denise Gardner elected Art Institute of Chicago Board of Trustees Chair   A push to move the golf course that sits atop a Native American 'Stonehenge'   NFTs are selling for millions. Are they warming the planet, too?

Lori Sapio. Denise Gardner, 2021. Courtesy of the Art Institute of Chicago.

CHICAGO, IL.- The Art Institute of Chicago announced today the election of Denise Gardner as the organization’s new chairperson of the Board of Trustees. Gardner will succeed Robert M. Levy as the leader of the governing body of both the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) and the Art Institute of Chicago museum. Levy will remain on the board and Gardner will take over as chair when Levy’s term ends in November. “As we looked for a chair who could fit our needs in the coming years, Denise emerged as the clear leader,” said Art Institute of Chicago trustee Tom Pritzker, who led the nominating committee for the board. “Her vision for the Art Institute reflects our commitment to an inclusive understanding of human creativity.” With her professional background and a nearly 30-year relationship with the Art Institute as a volunteer and philanthropic leader, including 15 years as a trustee and five years in her curr ... More

The public viewing platform near the parking area, which provides a partial view of the ancient Native American mounds, at Moundbuilders Country Club in Newark, Ohio, April 5, 2021. Andrew Spear/The New York Times.

by Sarah Bahr

NEWARK, OH (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- The third hole here at the Moundbuilders Country Club is a tricky par 4: The green is protected by a 6-foot-high mound that almost completely encircles the hole and requires a deft chip to clear if your approach goes awry. “It’s a blind shot,” said Randol Mitchell, the club’s head golf professional, after driving his ball a good chunk of the hole’s 435 yards. “You have to watch out for those mounds.” The topography of the course is built around the mounds, which were prescribed by the cosmology of the Native Americans who created them approximately 2,000 years ago as a way to measure the movement of the sun and the moon through the heavens. ... More

Beeple, Everydays – The First 5000 Days, NFT, 21,069 pixels x 21,069 pixels (316,939,910 bytes). Estimate Unknown. Starting Bid: $100 | Open for bidding from February 25 - March 11. © Christie's Images Ltd 2021.

by Hiroko Tabuchi

NEW YORK (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- When Chris Precht, an Austrian architect and artist, first learned about nonfungible tokens, the digital collectibles taking the art world by storm, he was so enthralled, he said, he “felt like a little kid again.” So Precht, who is known for his work on ecological architecture, was devastated to learn that the artworks, known as NFTs, have an environmental footprint as mind-boggling as the gold-rush frenzy they’ve whipped up. “The numbers are just crushing,” he said from his studio in Pfarrwerfen, Austria, announcing that he was canceling his plans, one of a growing number of artists who are swearing off NFTs, despite the sky-high sums some have fetched at auctions. “As much as it hurts financially and mentally, ... More

Cambodians demand apology for Khmer Rouge images with smiling faces   Off the Wall: Basquiat to Banksy exhibition is now open at Christie's King Street   Exhibition at Hauser & Wirth's Book & Printed Matter Lab spotlights works by Richard Jackson

Photographs of victims of the Khmer Rouge at the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on Nov. 15, 2018. Adam Dean/The New York Times.

by Seth Mydans

NEW YORK (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- Hundreds of stark black-and-white portraits of terrified people are displayed on large panels in Tuol Sleng, the former Cambodian prison that is now a museum. The portraits stand as a visual symbol of crimes against humanity: The subjects were photographed before they were tortured and put to death under the Khmer Rouge, the fanatical communist regime that, from 1975 to 1979, caused the deaths of at least 1.7 million Cambodians. Matt Loughrey, an Irish artist who runs a business colorizing old photographs, recently colorized versions of the same portraits found in the prison. In some cases, he altered the images to put smiles on the victims’ faces. In an interview with Loughrey published Friday, Vice Media said ... More

Banksy, Subject to availability, 2009-10 (detail), estimate: £3,000,000-5,000,000.

LONDON.- ‘Off the Wall: Basquiat to Banksy’ showcases the contemporary explosion of street art and graffiti, charting a course through post-punk New York, millennial Britain and beyond. The exhibition also includes a major highlight from the June Sale Season, Banksy’s Subject to availability, an important work from his series of vandalised oil paintings. ‘Off the Wall: Basquiat to Banksy’ is being presented at Christie’s Headquarters in London until 7 May 2021, with an accompanying online component running concurrently. From the illicit and illegitimate to the painterly and political, it celebrates the negotiation between street and studio over nearly half a century. In 1981, Jean-Michel Basquiat became one of the first graffiti artists to conquer the gallery world, shedding his pseudonym ‘SAMO©’ and infusing his paintings and drawings with raw, urban energy. Alongside him emerged ... More

Richard Jackson in front of ‘Big Ideas (1000 Pictures),’ Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Los Angeles CA, 1980. Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- Hauser & Wirth’s Book & Printed Matter Lab is spotlighting multidisciplinary Californian artist Richard Jackson and his career-long fascination with the larger possibilities of artmaking and its extension to books with an intimate presentation – ‘Richard Jackson: Works with Books’ – organized by Dagny Janss Corcoran, renowned Los Angeles art bookseller and a longtime friend of Jackson’s. Celebrating the artist’s career-spanning monograph published in 2020 by Hauser & Wirth Publishers – a critical biography of Jackson, authored by art historian John C. Welchman and featuring an in-depth illustrated chronology by Corcoran – the presentation features Jackson’s artist’s books, a new artwork, a film, and supporting archival material, displaying his preoccupation with the ambiguous requirements ... More

Galerie Barbara Thumm welcomes El Hadji Sy to the gallery program   The Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Snap Inc. launch LACMA x Snapchat: Monumental Perspectives   Victoria Miro reopens with an exhibition of new works by Idris Khan

El Hadji Sy. Photo: Clémentine Delis.

BERLIN.- Galerie Barbara Thumm welcomes El Hadji Sy to the gallery program. 

The gallery is planning a solo show in the fall of 2021. Recent works by El Hadji Sy will be featured as part of "DELIRIUM", curated by Clémentine Deliss for NEW VIEWINGS at Galerie Barbara Thumm. El Hadji Sy (also known as El Sy) was born 1954 in Dakar where he lives and works. As a painter, performer, curator and activist, Sy has shaped Senegalese art and culture significantly for several decades. Sy studied at the École Nationale des Beaux-Arts in Dakar from 1973-1977. He belongs to the second generation of Senegalese artists who came after the renowned École de Dakar. In defiance of Léopold Sédar Senghor’s cultural régime, Sy painted with his feet for 10 years, refusing to be part of received art historical canons. At the same time, he organized the takeover of a disused colonial military building in the centre of Dakar. The space became the head ... More

Artists and technologists collaborate to create five new augmented reality monuments exploring history and representation across Los Angeles.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, in collaboration with Snap Inc., today introduces the first collection of LACMA × Snapchat: Monumental Perspectives projects. This multi-year initiative brings together local artists and technologists to create virtual monuments that explore just some of the histories of Los Angeles communities in an effort to highlight perspectives from across the region. These augmented reality monuments were built using Snapchat’s technology and are available to experience starting today. The five virtual monuments and murals include Mercedes Dorame’s immersive portal between past, present, and future worlds for Indigenous presence in contemporary Tovaangar (Los Angeles), I.R. Bach’s animations ... More

Idris Khan, The Seasons Turn – Autumn 5, 2021. Watercolour, oil, paper on aluminium, 45.5 x 55 cm © Idris Khan. Courtesy the artist and Victoria Miro.

LONDON.- Victoria Miro is presenting an exhibition of new works by Idris Khan. Conceived of as two distinct installations, each a reflection on aspects of the past year, The Seasons Turn includes a suite of 28 watercolour and oil collaged works on paper that incorporate fragments of the score of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, and an environment of enveloping blue paintings whose rich bands of colour are layered with the artist’s thoughts, feelings and responses to 2020. Music in its written and played forms has long been a source of inspiration for Khan who, in two- and three-dimensional works and film, has reimagined the work of composers including Beethoven, Chopin, Schubert and Bach. In these new works Khan returns to Vivaldi’s baroque masterpiece The Four Seasons, using fragments ... More

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Edinburgh festivals will go ahead, in person and online
LONDON (AFP).- The Edinburgh International Festival, a showcase of international dance, music and theater, will go ahead in front of audiences this August, the festival’s organizers said Tuesday. The festival, which normally floods the Scottish capital with tourists, was canceled last year because of the coronavirus pandemic. But events will be staged Aug. 7-29 in three pavilions across Edinburgh, Fergus Linehan, the festival’s director, said in a telephone interview. The pavilions will be specially built to maximize air flow and allow social distancing, he added. The festival’s program will be released in June, Linehan said. The organizers are still waiting for a decision from the Scottish government about how many people will be allowed to attend. But the ongoing pandemic and the limits it has placed on international travel mean it will have a different flavor ... More

Bonhams to offer the Robert and Nancy Nooter Collection of African Art
NEW YORK, NY.- Fifty-nine works from The Robert and Nancy Nooter Collection of African Art will be offered at Bonhams sale of African, Oceanic & Pre-Columbian Art on May 11, 2021. Leading the group is a magnificent Songye/Lulua Stool skillfully carved out of one piece of wood. It is estimated at $40,000-60,000. In 1965, Mr. Robert H. Nooter and Mrs. Nancy I. Nooter relocated to Liberia while Mr. Nooter served as Director of the country’s USAID mission; this is where their interest in collecting African art began. They continued collecting after their return to the US, making purchases in New York, Paris and London. The couple became heavily involved with the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art throughout the years; Mr. Nooter served on the Museum Board for 23 years and Mrs. Nooter – who was an artist in her own right – worked at the Museum, ... More

The Cleveland Museum of Art reinstalls contemporary art galleries
CLEVELAND, OH.- The Cleveland Museum of Art today announced the reinstallation of its contemporary art galleries. The reimagined galleries stage fresh conversations among works in the museum’s contemporary collection, celebrating in particular work by women and artists of color. The reinstallation is made possible with principal support provided by the Sandy and Sally Cutler Strategic Opportunities Fund. The redesigned contemporary art galleries open Tuesday, April 20, in the S. Mueller Family Galleries of Contemporary Art including the Betty and Max Ratner Gallery (224A), Toby’s Gallery for Contemporary Art (229A, 229C) and the Paula and Eugene Stevens Gallery (229B). “By prioritizing the work of diverse artists from around the world, this new installation demonstrates the wide range of perspectives, backgrounds and identities that ... More

Summer auction at Ketterer Kunst to offer works by Ilona Singer and Hans Thoma
MUNICH.- Two works by Ilona Singer and Hans Thoma have both notable provenances and a fascinating history in common. On top they also represent best practice when it comes to finding solutions for works of looted art. Now these two rediscoveries will be sold in the Summer Auction at Ketterer Kunst in Munich on June 18/19. “Unfortunately, large scale rehabilitation of loss of Jewish property attributed to prosecution still is no matter of course. And this is where I see the art trade bearing responsibility. We must not leave owners of such difficult works alone with their problems“, says company owner Robert Ketterer. “We have to deploy all our competence to find solutions. Which is why I am all the happier that we were able to identify the true heirs and that we could help to mediate between them and the consignors. This way we made these two artworks ... More

Phaidon to publish 'Don Marron: Chronicle of Collecting'
NEW YORK, NY.- Phaidon presents Don Marron: Chronicle of Collecting (June 30, 2021; $100 US/$125 CAN; Hardback) , a momentous volume exploring and celebrating the renowned art collection of financier, entrepreneur, and philanthropist Don Marron (1934–2019). Over the course of six decades, Marron amassed one of the most expansive art collections of our time, a selection of which was jointly sold in 2020 by three leading galleries — Acquavella, Gagosian, and Pace Gallery — in an unprecedented art world collaboration. The book pays homage to Marron as one of the most visionary and avid collectors of twentieth and twenty-first century masterpieces. An introduction by Arne Glimcher, founder and chairman of Pace Gallery, details their decades-long friendship and his admiration for Marron’s passion and depth of knowledge ... More

Exhibition at l'étrangère showcases fourteen women artists
LONDON.- l’étrangère is presenting an exhibiton, Staying with the Trouble, showcasing fourteen women artists, kindly hosted by Austin Desmond Fine Art, curated by Joanna Gemes, director of l’étrangère. The exhibition, inspired by a book by Donna J. Haraway, invites us to face our problems head-on, sharing them with others, and finding answers collaboratively. Haraway defines speculative feminism as practice and process; it is becoming-with each other in surprising relays; it is a figure of ongoingness…The author argues that we need each other in unexpected collaborations and combinations; We become-with each other or not at all. This exhibition attempts to link the disparate threads and ideas of women artists working in different times and geographic locations. This rhizomatic structure of connections takes us through the questions of what ... More

HENI Artists Agency opens an exhibition of new sculptures and drawings by Gabriel Chaile
LONDON.- HENI Artists Agency is presenting an exhibition of new sculptures and works on paper by Gabrile Chaile, which marks the artist’s debut presentation in the UK and the inaugural project for HAA. Gabriel Chaile has recently emerged as one of the most vital artists of his generation, developing a sculptural language equally rooted in ancient and modern forms, indigenous craft and social advocacy. The four sculptures presented here weave animal and human physiology into spiritual totems rendered in ochre clay that recalls the terrain of Chaile’s homeland in Northern Argentina. Gabriel Chaile explores his indigenous roots through a theorized “genealogy of form”, assuming the role of a visual anthropologist to revive neglected identities and to unearth forgotten histories, giving visibility and voice to communities and individuals that have ... More

The Halsey Institute appoints Katie Hirsch as Director
CHARLESTON, SC.- The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston School of the Arts announced the appointment of a new Director. Katie Hirsch, the current Interim Director and Curator and Director of Strategic Partnerships took the helm of Halsey Institute Director on Thursday, April 1, 2021. Hirsch’s appointment follows the December 2020 retirement of the Halsey Institute’s long-time director Mark Sloan. Katie Hirsch shares, “I am honored to be the new Director of the Halsey Institute. It is a true privilege to lead the talented team that brings innovative artists to Charleston and beyond. I am eager to connect with our community in this new role, and to share the compelling programming that the Halsey has planned.” School of the Arts Dean Dr. Edward Hart says of the appointment, “We are thrilled that Katie Hirsch has ... More

Daniel Barenboim: the tireless and combative maestro
AIX-EN-PROVENCE.- It takes more than a pandemic to slow down Daniel Barenboim, the legendary pianist and Middle East peace activist, who has been on stage for 71 years and says he is always ready to "start again from scratch". Ever the plain speaker, the Argentina-born maestro is not hugely optimistic about the twin passions in his life: classical music and the Israel-Palestine conflict. "The importance of culture and music has been decreasing over the last 40 years... Sometimes we have forgotten that the spirit of the human being needs to be fed," the 78-year-old told AFP during a visit to Aix-en-Provence, where he was recording alongside another legendary pianist and fellow Argentinian Martha Argerich for its Easter Festival, forced online this year. "The main problem for the future of musical life is not the post-corona situation, ... More

Trini Lopez's Palm Springs mid-century modern home brings $2 million at Heritage Auctions
DALLAS, TX.- Singer and actor Trini Lopez's practically untouched, 1961-vintage Palm Springs, California, home sold for $2,090,000, Tuesday, April 13, by Heritage Auctions. The sale price is the highest for comparable properties in more than 10 years. "The family is thrilled with the home's $2+ million sale price," said Nate Schar, Director of Luxury Real Estate for Heritage Auctions. "It is a classic among Palm Springs' Mid-Century homes because it remained virtually untouched since its construction in 1961, which is difficult to say about most other homes of its kind. Trini bought the house in 1968 and lived there for the rest of his life, nearly 60 years, and lovingly preserved the home's original mid-century modern features." Heritage offered the Lopez home as part of the auctioneer's multi-day series of sales featuring many of the late recording ... More

Cocktail shakers pouring in to Heritage Auctions
DALLAS, TX.- For generations, the epitome of suave and cool was James Bond, whose signature lines included the particular way he requested his martinis: shaken, not stirred. Consider the cocktail shaker: by definition, it is must-have barware, created to aid in the thorough mixing of flavors by better integrating a drink's ingredients. But the best cocktail shakers amount to so much more, not only aiding in the creation of the perfect drink, but capturing the attention of those in the room, both visually and by becoming a part in the bartender's show through the rhythmic percussion of ice and ingredients. Without the shaker, Agent 007 would be ordering his drinks just like the rest of us! "Cocktail shakers are an artform of their own, enjoying a swell of popularity among elite collectors," Heritage Auctions Design Director Brent Lewis said. "During Prohibition, some ... More

Inspirational Living: How Popular Culture Has Redefined Luxury in China

On a day like today, French photographer Robert Doisneau was born
April 14, 1912. Robert Doisneau (14 April 1912 - 1 April 1994) was a French photographer. In the 1930s he made photographs on the streets of Paris. He was a champion of humanist photography and with Henri Cartier-Bresson a pioneer of photojournalism. In this image: French photographer Robert Doisneau photographed by Bracha L. Ettinger in his studio in Montrouge, 1992. Photo © Bracha L. Ettinger.

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