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Hindman Antiquities Annual Spring Sale achieves over $1.3 million

A Roman Marble Torso of the Goddess Venus (Pontia - Euploia Type). Circa 1st Century A.D. Price Realized: $63,000.

CHICAGO, IL.- A Roman marble torso of the Goddess Venus (lot 221) was among top performers at Hindman’s biannual Antiquities & Ancient Art auction last week, selling for $63,000. Executed in the 1st century A.D., this nearly life-sized sculpture of the iconic goddess was one of many impressive results achieved for Roman marbles. Overall, the auction realized $1,362,028. Venus, the goddess of sensual love, is shown in the sculpture presented here in a format traditionally used in her connection with seafaring, worshipped as Aphrodite-Venus ‘Pontia’ (of the open sea) and ‘Euploia’ (good sailing). She is depicted as if emerging from the sea nude to be admired by grateful sailors. Noteworthy results also included a Greek bronze right arm from the Collection of Arnold-Peter C. Weiss, M.D. (lot 222), which sold for $94,500. Ancient Egyptian highlights included a Middle Kingdom faience hippopotamus (lot 63), which brought $56,700 against a presale estimate of $40,000-60,000. ... More

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Site Santa Fe presents 'Goodnight Moon' a new solo exhibition by artist Rachel Rose   New James MacNeill Whistler exhibition at the Colby Museum highlights the uncertainties of urban life   Highly sought after Edward Burne-Jones stained glass window to be offered at Bonhams

Rachel Rose, Still from Enclosure - a rigorously researched narrative about the catastrophic social, psychological, and ecological impact of the advent of capitalism in 17th-century agrarian England.

SANTA FE, NM.- SITE SANTA FE recently opened Goodnight Moon, a new solo exhibition by Rachel Rose on view since June 2 through September 11, 2023, and featuring new and recent sculpture and installation, as well as newly commissioned video work and notable historical loans from Yale Center for British Arts. Rachel Rose has emerged over the past decade as one of the foremost artists in her generation, whose film work draws from and contributes to a long history of cinematic innovation. Whether investigating topics such as cryogenics, the American Revolutionary War, or an astronaut’s space walkthrough painting, sculpture, drawing, or film, Rose creates poignant portraits of the past that connect deeply to what we feel in the present, illuminating emotional through-lines between then and now. The varied and nuanced pieces point to the history ... More

Maunder’s Fish Shop, Chelsea, 1890. Transfer lithograph in black ink on ivory laid paper. Second (final) state. Colby College Museum of Art; The Lunder Collection, 2013.378.

WATERVILLE, MAINE.- The Colby College Museum of Art is now presenting Whistler: Streetscapes, Urban Change (June 3–October 22, 2023), a timely exhibition of drawings, prints and paintings by artist James McNeill Whistler (1834–1903) that speak to the enduring phenomenon of urban transformation. Featuring approximately sixty works drawn primarily from the Colby Museum’s renowned Lunder Collection, Whistler: Streetscapes, Urban Change reflects the uncertainties of metropolitan life that Whistler saw firsthand during the Victorian era. Curated by David Park Curry, a 2020–21 senior fellow at the Colby Museum’s Lunder Institute for American Art, Whistler: Streetscapes, Urban Change invites us to consider the implications of art that silently witnessed the struggles of the working poor, at the same time romanticizing poverty for a rising middle-class art market. ... More

Detail of Sol by Sir Edward Burne-Jones (1833-1898), estimated at $100,000 – 150,000.

NEW YORK, NY.- Bonhams will offer a stained-glass window by Edward Burne-Jones' (1838-1898) and created at the studio of William Morris (1834-1896) at its Modern Decorative Art + Design sale on June 14 in New York. This is the last panel to be offered from the collection of Gabreal Franklin, former owner of the seven panels created by Burne-Jones in 1878 for a private commission in England. Five panels were once owned by rock guitarist and founding-member of Led Zeppelin, Jimmy Page, and one is in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s permanent collection. The panel offered, Sol, is the most impressive from the set and is estimated at $100,000 - $150,000. Burne-Jones was commissioned to design the windows by Angus Holden, Mayor of Bradford who later became a Member of Parliament. His home, Woodlands, was demolished at the end of the 19th century and of the nine panels created, only seven have been ... More

To Bend the Ear of the Outer World: Conversations on Contemporary Abstract Painting now open   Early American Conflicts, Politics, Social Movements, & Westward Expansion converge at Hindman   Torkwase Dyson exhibition 'Closer: Bird and Lava' now opening at 'T' Space

Katharina Grosse, Untitled, 2022. Acrylic on canvas, 93 3/4 x 62 1/4 inches (238.1 x 158.1 cm). © Katharina Grosse and VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, Germany 2023. Photo: Jens Ziehe. Courtesy the artist and Gagosian.

LONDON.- Gagosian is now presenting To Bend the Ear of the Outer World: Conversations on contemporary abstract painting, an exhibition of new and recent works by more than forty artists from the Americas, United Kingdom, and Germany. The exhibition has been organized by guest curator Gary Garrels, who, in collaboration with the artists, has selected a single painting by each, with most works presented here for the first time. This is Gagosian’s first exhibition to be sited across its two galleries in Mayfair, at Grosvenor Hill and Davies Street. The exhibition in London examines the significance of abstract painting today, from Garrels’s perspective. Juxtaposing a diverse range of approaches to contemporary abstraction, the exhibition brings together works by three generations of artists, including some never before shown by Gagosian. ... More

William W. Heartsill (1839-1916). Fourteen Hundred and 91 Days in the Confederate Army: A Journal Kept by W. W. Heartsill. Estimate: $15,000 - 20,000.

CINCINNATI, OH.- Hindman will present two days of manuscripts, archives, early photography, and artifacts spanning the entirety of American history in its June 15-16 American Historical Ephemera & Photography auction. The June 15 session will focus on American conflicts including the Civil War and Indian Wars, as well as African Americana and early photography, while the second day is devoted to politics, Native American history, and the settling of the American West. An extensive 19th century archive of a US Army artilleryman stationed in the frontier at the onset of the Civil War is expected to highlight the first day of the sale (lot 130; estimate: $20,000 - $30,000). Captain Joseph Claypoole Clark was serving in the 4th United States Light Artillery stationed in Missouri in the summer of 1860 before embarking down the iconic Oregon Trail toward Utah Territory. By 1861, his letters begin ... More

Installation view of Torkwase Dyson exhibition 'Closer: Bird and Lava'. Photo courtesy of 'T' Space.

RHINEBECK, NY.- ’T’ Space is pleased to present Closer (Bird and Lava), a site-specific installation by Torkwase Dyson. The installation will be composed of large-scale sculptural forms and drawings and will run from June 4 - July 9 at ‘T’ Space Rhinebeck. Consisting of two site-specific objects that toggle between painting and sculpture, the installation at ‘T’ Space will be an expression of systems, structures, enclosures, and throughways evoking themes of containment and expansion. Shifts in scale take the audience on a journey from the intimacy of the artist’s hand, to industrial conditions of seriality, onto the immeasurable or the improvisational. Speaking about the ideas behind Closer (Bird and Lava), Dyson said: "Looking at the environmental implications of dams and levees as extraction developments and infrastructures of dispossession, what comes up are ongoing questions of scale, dimension, geometry a ... More

Westerly Museum of American Impressionism appoints Catherine Shotick as inaugural Director   Martine Gutierrez presents her exhibition Anti–Icon: Apokalypsis at Fraenkel   Rafael Delacruz: Healing Finger Clean Drawings to feature new paintings and a video

Catherine Shotick, Westerly Museum of American Impressionism's newly appointed inaugural Director.

WESTERLY, RI.- The Westerly Museum of American Impressionism (WMAI) has announced the appointment of Catherine Shotick as the museum’s inaugural director. An exciting addition to the New England museum landscape, WMAI is currently being constructed in the seaside town of Westerly, Rhode Island with an anticipated opening in the fall of 2024. Established in 2022 by philanthropists and art collectors Thomas P. and Cynthia D. Sculco, the new art museum will be dedicated to the research and exhibition of American Impressionism. Its core permanent collection will be comprised of over 150 extraordinary examples of such works from the 1880s to 1920 that the Sculcos have collected for forty years, many of them paintings by New England and East Coast artists. The appointment of Catherine Shotick as director of the museum comes after a nation-wide search. Shotick brings to WMAI more than 12 years of experience in all aspects ... More

Martine Gutierrez, Aphrodite from ANTI-ICON: APOKALYPSIS, 2021. Chromogenic print, hand-distressed welded aluminum frame. © Martine Gutierrez, courtesy of the artist, RYAN LEE Gallery, New York, and Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA.- Fraenkel Gallery opened on May 24th ANTI-ICON: APOKALYPSIS, a daring new body of work by artist Martine Gutierrez. The series continues her exploration of identity across the cultural landscapes of gender, race, and celebrity. In 17 new works, Gutierrez has transformed herself into a multitude of idols—a selection from the series comprises Gutierrez’s second exhibition with the gallery. Costumed by the barest of essentials, Gutierrez’s figure is the catalyst, reflecting dystopian futurism upon the symbols of our past. Through each metamorphosis, Gutierrez re- envisions a diverse canon of radical heroines who have achieved legendary cultural influence over thousands of years in both art history and pop culture. Still a patriarchal language, a determinative frame. Still a divisional boundary ... More

Rafael Delacruz, Healing finger clean drawings, 2023. Signed and dated "23" on the reverse. Oil and lithographic print on canvas, 91 1/2 by 75 1/2 in. 232.4 by 191.8 cm.

NEW YORK, NY.- Mitchell-Innes & Nash has recently commenced its first solo exhibition for artist Rafael Delacruz (b. 1989). On view since June 1 through July 7, 2023, Rafael Delacruz: Healing Finger Clean Drawings will feature all new work, including approximately 12 new paintings and a video. The artist Rafael Delacruz’s mother visits Mexico each winter for New Year’s. This past year, she brought back cochineal, a natural dye. Cochineal is a parasite, ruins cacti, and comes in little block-form pellets. If diluted properly, it can be mixed to make oil paint and various colors. Through a process of trial and error, and with the help of the internet and a zine from Moe’s Books in Berkeley, Rafael worked out how to make red, pink, green, and orange. Cochineal is a powerful pigment with a cultural history that involves tinting Catholic clergy capes and the coats of English soldiers; it’s in candy, make up, and a heap of mass-produced fo ... More

THE ARCHIVE AS ... exhibits two centuries of archival documents at Kunstverein München   Phillips presents highlights from Evening Day Editions Auction   Devan Shimoyama: Tell Me now on view at The Contemporary Art Centre of Málaga

Installation view: THE ARCHIVE AS …, Kunstverein München, 2023; photo: Maximilian Geuter.

MUNICH.- On the occasion of the bicentennial of Kunstverein München, the exhibition THE ARCHIVE AS ... brings together two centuries of the institution’s archival documents for the first time that will now be on view until August 27th, 2023. During the exhibition these will be embedded in a dense discursive program to question how this historical material and the topography of its absences can be made productive for the present. Joining materials stored on site at the Kunstverein, among them publications, posters, and printed matter, is an inventory of archival records held by the city archive of Munich. Here administrative documents, documentation of exhibitions or artworks are presented, “read,” and put into relation with each other as visual testimonies situated in an adaptable ... More

Joan Miro, Gaudi II, 1979. Image courtesy of Phillips.

NEW YORK, NY.- Phillips is pleased to announce highlights ahead of the London Evening & Day Editions auction on 7 and 8 June, the second auction to be held in Phillips London Editions Department’s tenth anniversary year. Highlights include an important group of fabric works from artists including Grayson Perry, Damien Hirst, Louise Bourgeois, and Tracey Emin. The Evening Sale will be led by Andy Warhol’s unique trial proof of Alexander the Great and two Marilyn screenprints, along with Pop Art by Keith Haring and Robert Indiana. Further highlights include Contemporary Street Art from the likes of Banksy and an auction debut for Thierry Noir’s East Side Heads, which will be offered alongside significant Pablo Picasso linocuts and lithographs. Comprised of over 290 lots, this carefully curated selection ... More

Devan Shimoyama, Le Pape, 2023. Courtesy of the artist and De Buck Gallery.

MÁLAGA.- The Contemporary Art Centre of Málaga presents Tell Me, Devan Shimoyama’s first solo exhibition in Spain. Curated by Helena Juncosa and Fernando Francés, the show brings together fifteen works created from 2020 to the present day. All these works belong to the artist’s Tarot series, in which Shimoyama reinterprets traditional tarot decks through his own queer African-American experience, translating different cards into mystical allegories of change, evolution and transformation, and dealing with themes such as sexuality, gender identity and the struggle for acceptance. In the works exhibited in Tell Me, the compositional influences of classical painting are combined with textile materials and less usual elements, typical of drag queen culture, such as glitter, rhinestones, ... More

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Finest known Hupeh 5 Yuan heads to Heritage HKINF World Paper Money Auction
DALLAS, TX.- One of the most important criteria for any collectible is rarity. That alone makes a 5 Yuan banknote that will be offered in Heritage Auctions' June 20 HKINF World Paper Money Signature® Auction - Hong Kong event a must-have for any serious collector of Asian currency. The China Hupeh Government Cash Bank 5 Yuan / Kuping Sycee 3 Taels 6 Mace 1904 Pick S2091r S/M#H171-11 Remainder PMG Choice Uncirculated 63 EPQoffered in this auction is from the initial denomination in this short series from 1904. "This is the kind of note some collectors spend a lifetime chasing," says Dustin Johnston, Vice President of Numismatics at Heritage Auctions. "This note is the first and only example in the PMG Population Report. Heritage is the world's top numismatic auctioneer, and even we have not offered this type in the past. There ... More

Simon and Kirby's early Captain America art joins pristine copy of the first Avenger's debut comic book
DALLAS, TX.- The eye wanders, and the mind reels at the breadth and depth of history, virtuosity and delights offered in Heritage's June 22-25 Comics & Comic Art Signature® Auction. Where to begin among the nearly 1,500 works and wonders available? With a Frank Frazetta painting so momentous it graced both beloved book and acclaimed album covers? With very-best Golden Age Batmans? Or pages documenting the birth of Bane, revolutionary work from an underground trailblazer, original Calvin and Hobbes strips, the first meeting of MAD's "Spy vs. Spy"? The list is boundless. And endlessly entertaining. Better to begin at the beginning, or close enough, with a centerpiece as striking as it is historic: a Jack Kirby-Joe Simon splash page from just the fifth issue of Captain America Comics to hit newsstands, a work so early in the Sentinel of Liberty's ... More

Kaija Saariaho, pathbreaking composer of singular colors, is dead at 70
NEW YORK, NY.- Kaija Saariaho, a Finnish composer brought up in the male-dominated world of high modernism who forged an artistic identity wholly her own and rose to the top ranks of contemporary classical music, died Friday at her home in Paris. She was 70. The cause was brain cancer, said her publisher, Chester Music. Her final piece, a trumpet concerto, will premiere in August with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Susanna Mälkki, a leading interpreter of Saariaho’s music. Saariaho was always “upset by being called a female composer,” director Peter Sellars said, but her work “has such deep meaning for so many people who did not hear their voices in classical music.” Sellars, a longtime collaborator who is staging her 2006 opera “Adriana Mater” at the San Francisco Symphony next week, added: “It’s a feminine ... More

Cynthia Weil, who put words to That 'Lovin' Feelin',' dies at 82
NEW YORK, NY.- Cynthia Weil, who with her writing partner and husband, Barry Mann, formed one of the most potent songwriting teams of the 1960s and beyond, churning out enduring hits such as The Drifters’ “On Broadway” and The Righteous Brothers’ “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’,” signature tunes of the baby boomer era, died Thursday at her home in Beverly Hills, California. She was 82. Her death was confirmed Friday by her daughter, Jenn Mann, who did not specify a cause. “​​We lost the beautiful, brilliant lyricist Cynthia Weil Mann,” chart-topping singer and songwriter Carole King wrote in a statement posted on social media. King, recounting the friendship and rivalry that she and her former husband and songwriting partner, Gerry Goffin, shared with Weil and Mann (a friendship memorialized in Broadway’s “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical ... More

Broadway Theater to be renamed for Todd Haimes
NEW YORK, NY.- Roundabout Theater Company, the nonprofit with the biggest footprint on Broadway, has decided to rename its flagship theater, which currently bears the name American Airlines, in honor of its recently deceased and transformational leader, Todd Haimes. The theater, on West 42nd Street, is a 740-seat house that opened in 1918 as the Selwyn. It was renamed for American Airlines in 2000 when Roundabout assumed operations and raised money by making a sponsorship agreement with the airline. The airline’s naming rights expire in early 2024, according to a Roundabout spokesperson, and the nonprofit’s board decided to rename the building for Haimes, who had an extraordinary impact on the company: He joined Roundabout as managing director in 1983 and reversed its flagging fortunes; he held a variety of titles over the ... More

For her new play, Tori Sampson revisited her 'Black Power Household'
NEW YORK, NY.- The narrator of “This Land Was Made,” playwright Tori Sampson’s speculative account of the Black Panther Party’s powder-keg origins, is an aspiring writer named Sassy. “Consider me your time-traveling griot,” she tells the audience with wry buoyancy, evoking the West African tradition of storytellers who propagated endangered legacies. The play, which opens Sunday at the Vineyard Theater in Manhattan, is an act of oral history rooted in Sampson’s personal connection to the political awakening at its center. (“Sassy is not me,” Sampson made clear during a recent interview off the courtyard of the Marlton Hotel, a short walk from the theater.) “The Black Panthers were like family to her,” Sampson said of her mother, who was orphaned at the age of 3 and raised by an aunt who was a member of the Black Panther Party in the 1970s. She ... More

Lincoln Center names conductor for reimagined mostly Mozart orchestra
NEW YORK, NY.- Jonathon Heyward, the rising young conductor who this fall will become the first Black music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, has been tapped to lead Lincoln Center’s summer ensemble, a reimagined version of the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, the center announced Wednesday. Heyward, 30, will start a three-year contract with Lincoln Center next year. His appointment is part of the center’s changes to the revered Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra: giving it a new name, embracing a wider variety of genres and bringing more racial, ethnic and gender diversity to the stage. “If a 10-year-old boy from Charleston can fall in love with this music, then anyone can,” Heyward said in an interview. “It has everything to do with accessibility and presentation.” Heyward succeeds the orchestra’s longtime music director, ... More

Christian Petzold may be the best German filmmaker you've never heard of
BERLIN.- In the past decade, German filmmaker Christian Petzold has made a Hitchcockian thriller set in postwar Germany, a time-tripping literary adaptation about exiles in occupied France and a magical realist fable about a water sprite in contemporary Berlin. In his latest film, “Afire,” showing at the Tribeca Festival, which runs Wednesday through June 18 in New York City, a young writer struggles to finish a novel at a summer home he is sharing with a beautiful stranger, while forest fires tear through the surrounding landscape. “Afire,” which will be released in theaters in the United States on July 14, won the Silver Bear grand jury prize at the Berlin International Film Festival in February. It was Petzold’s sixth time competing at the Berlinale, as the event is known here, where he has been a fixture since 2005 and where he won the best director trophy in 2012 ... More

At this Staten Island garden, the plants are all queer
NEW YORK, NY.- The Alice Austen House on Staten Island celebrates the life of trailblazing photographer Alice Austen, who lived there in the mid-19th and early 20th centuries. The stately house by the bay, now a National Historic Landmark, has stunning views of Brooklyn and lower Manhattan, and features a selection of some 7,000 photographs taken by Austen of New York City in the Victorian era. Amid its rolling, verdant grounds and vine-covered porch, there’s also a new initiative in the works: the Queer Ecologies Garden Project. It’s something of a misnomer, since many plants and flowers, to use human terms, are transgender or bisexual, in that they can change sex or have both reproductive organs and can self-pollinate, said Marisa Prefer, a Brooklyn-based horticulturist who identifies as nonbinary and who consulted on creating the garden. With ... More

Can New Jersey's new festival top Coachella or SXSW? It thinks so.
NEW YORK, NY.- Gov. Phil Murphy of New Jersey, along with first lady Tammy Murphy, had a vision: A new performance festival in their home state that could rival South by Southwest in Texas or Bonnaroo in Tennessee. And they had a plan to distinguish it. “Austin and Nashville are great towns,” the governor said, referring to two famous arts hubs that are connected to notable festivals. “But if you stop to consider the cultural priorities of the states that govern them, you say, ‘Wait a minute.’ You’re hoodwinked if you get taken by the coolness.” A festival in New Jersey, they argued, would be produced in a state whose values align with issues such as gun safety and reproductive rights, a bragging right difficult to come by in the South. But what organizers are really touting with the event, which is being produced for the first time this month, is the mix of homegrown talent ... More

Alteronce Gumby announces feature documentary 'Color' and recently released 'Dark Matter'
NEW YORK, NY.- Alteronce Gumby, the contemporary abstract painter and emerging filmmaker, has announced the opening of COLOR, a feature documentary produced in partnership with director John Campbell. COLOR explores the many facets to its abundant spectrum anchored by Gumby’s artistic practice, which is grounded in the exploration of color. The film’s announcement and trailer release coincide with the publication of Gumby’s debut museum catalog, Dark Matter, a limited edition of 200 that is accompanied by a print by the artist that was on May 31, 2023, which was celebrated with a book signing and performance in New York City. “I’m thrilled to announce my debut feature film COLOR and first ever catalog – both are expressions of my unending fascination with how we experience color as both a visual property, ... More

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On a day like today, Danish artist Nicolai Abildgaard died
June 04, 1809. Nicolai Abraham Abildgaard (September 11, 1743 - June 4, 1809) was a Danish neoclassical and royal history painter, sculptor, architect, and professor of painting, mythology, and anatomy at the New Royal Danish Academy of Art in Copenhagen, Denmark. Many of his works were in the royal Christiansborg Palace (some destroyed by fire 1794), Fredensborg Palace, and Levetzau Palace at Amalienborg. In this image: Nicolai Abildgaard (1743 - 1809), The Archangel Michael and Satan Disputing about the Body of Moses. ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum. C. 1782. Oil on canvas, 49.7 x 61.7 cm.

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