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Herbert Lust, whose large art collection at his home includes the sculpture behind him by Enrico Baj, and, foreground, an early Calder, in Greenwich, Conn., Sept. 1, 2020. Lust, a friend to artists for more than a half-century, has just donated more than 70 photographs from his holdings to the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, fulfilling a promise made years ago. Tony Cenicola/The New York Times.

by Hilarie M. Sheets

NEW YORK (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- In today’s global art market, where collecting is highly mediated by an infrastructure of advisers, dealers, art fairs and auction houses, it’s hard to imagine a student meeting a renowned artist by happenstance and going on to become a devoted friend and collector. But in 1949, while studying comparative literature at the Sorbonne in Paris on a Fulbright scholarship, Herbert Lust found himself at a luncheon, seated next to the great surrealist artist Alberto Giacometti and out of his depth in the table banter about writers the 22-year-old student worshipped. Then, rising to the occasion, Lust fabricated a tale about being a Romanian Jew and walking barefoot over the mountains to escape the Russians (he is, in fact, Jewish but was raised on a farm in Indiana). Interested, Giacometti invited Lust to his studio. “I courted him; I would come by often,” said Lust, now 93, who fessed up to his “cock-and-bull story.” He didn’t immediately like or understand the agitated, elongated figures in ... More

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Phillips to offer landmark Georg Baselitz painting from The Collection of Marcel Brient, Paris   Auction prices that take your breath away   Art Paris 2020 took up the challenge of being the world's first post-lockdown art fair and met with success

Georg Baselitz (b. 1938), Das letzte Selbstbildnis I (The Last Self-Portrait I), 1982. Oil on canvas, 250 x 200 cm (98 3/8 x 78 3/4 in.) Estimate: £4.5 - 5.5 million. Image courtesy of Phillips.

LONDON.- Phillips announced Georg Baselitz’s monumental Das letzte Selbstbildnis I (The last self-portrait I) as the leading highlight of the 20th Century & Contemporary Art Evening Sale in London on 20 October 2020. This large-scale canvas comes directly from the renowned Collection of Marcel Brient, Paris, where it has been for 20 years. Painted in 1982, Das letzte Selbstbildnis I is a seminal work that is emblematic of an iconic period of Baselitz’s oeuvre as well as paying tribute to the late self-portraits of Edvard Munch. It will be on view at Phillips’ new location in Southampton on Long Island from 17 to 21 September, before travelling to Paris from 29 September to 5 October, and finally to London for the Frieze Week viewing before the auction. Cheyenne Westphal, Global Chairwoman, said: “Painted in 1982 at a time when Baselitz ... More

Nicolas Party, Untitled (Landscape), 2013. Estimate: $60,000-80,000. Image courtesy of Phillips.

NEW YORK (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- Sale prices that wildly exceed expectations give a jolt of excitement to art auctions. In the prepandemic days of live audiences, a gasp from the crowd might be heard. Though much of the action has moved online, those moments can still send ripples through the art world. In the past few years, a wave of energy has emanated from a group of 40-and-under contemporary artists whose work has rocketed to enormous prices soon after their first appearance in sales at the big auction houses — in some cases before they have had solo museum shows or passed other milestones on the way to a career in full flower. In June 2018, Swiss artist Nicolas Party, now 40, was a figurative painter on the rise, known for surrealism-inflected landscapes and still lifes, when he made his first appearance at auction. His 2012 pencil-on-paper “Still Life No 97” made a respectable $11,128 ... More

Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin and Brigitte Macron at Art Paris 2020.

PARIS.- All eyes were turned on the 22nd edition of Art Paris, as 112 galleries from 15 countries came together in Paris for what was the art market’s first major event in over six months. On Sunday 13th September, as the modern and contemporary art fair closed its doors under the vast glass roof of the Grand Palais, a general mood of enthusiasm reigned in recognition of its immense success. The total number of visitors was 56,931. As a consequence of the strict application of health and safety measures, the maximum number of visitors per day was voluntarily limited to 3,000 (instead of the 5,000 authorised in the Grand Palais) and the vernissage was spread throughout the duration of the fair by means of special, private daily previews from 10 am to 12 pm. These measures avoided crowding, thereby ensuring conditions of optimum safety for exhibitors and visitors alike. If the number of members of the general public ... More

Christie's Maitres anciens, peinture-sculpture auction achives €5,739,000   Gallery marks 50th anniversary of Jimi Hendrix passing with rare photographs   Jack 'Murph the Surf' Murphy, heist mastermind, dies at 83

Ecole anversoise vers 1520 - Atelier de Quentin Metsys, Christ Salvator Mundi (detail). Estimate: €50,000-70,000. Sold for: €490,000 / £276,454 / $355,414. © Christie's Images Ltd 2020.

PARIS.- Christie’s France started the season with this very successful sale which results went above our expectations. The Top lot of the sale is Christ Salvador Mundi executed by the Antwerp school circa 1520 which sold for €490,000, nearly ten times its pre-sale low estimate. The Musée de l’armée preempted the portrait of H.R.H Prince Sixte de Bourbon-Parme by Bernard Boutet de Monvel which was sold for €37,500 and the superb collection of Count Robert de Moustier, which included 9 lots, was sold 100% and achieved a total of €325,250. Pierre Etienne, International director of the Old Master painting department: “We are very proud of the results achieved today and pleased to have seen 1,250 visitors in our viewing rooms for the past week and attending our sale today. These results are very encouraging for all of us and ... More

Gered Mankowitz, Jimi Hendrix, London 1967, C-type print, 50.8 x 61 cm, © Gered Mankowitz Iconic Images.

LONDON.- The directors of Masterpiece Art announced Bold As Love Celebrating Hendrix, an exhibition commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the iconic musician, singer and songwriter. The show is comprised of rare photographs of Hendrix — some never seen before — taken by acclaimed photographers including Ed Caraeff, Baron Wolman, Gered Mankowitz, David Montgomery (UK debut of his works), Ulvis Alberts and the late Charles Everest. Accompanying the photographs are two sculptures by Guy Portelli entitled Hey Joe and Wight Spirit — a large-scale glass mosaic panel which features the handprints of more than 80 musicians who performed at the 1970 Isle of Wight festival, including the handprint of Hendrix himself which Portelli mapped via the iconic ‘hand on face’ photograph taken by Baron Wolman. In addition, the gallery is presenting the original Isle of Wight 1970 WEM speaker system used by Hendrix ... More

Jack Murphy in Crystal River, Fla., Aug. 29, 2019. Eve Edelheit/The New York Times.

by Robert D. McFadden

NEW YORK (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- He called himself “Murph the Surf,” a tanned, roguish, party-loving beach boy from Miami, and he transfixed the nation in 1964 by pulling off the biggest jewel heist in New York City history — the celebrated snatching of the Star of India, a sapphire larger than a golf ball, and a haul of other gems from the American Museum of Natural History. It was not that 27-year-old Jack Roland Murphy and his accomplices, Allan Kuhn and Roger Clark, were superthieves, like the ones Maximilian Schell and Melina Mercouri portrayed in the then-current Jules Dassin film “Topkapi,” about a plot to steal an emerald-encrusted dagger from the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul — a movie the museum thieves had recently seen. Rather, although they had robbed waterfront mansions in Miami and escaped by speedboat, ... More

The Snite Museum of Art announces important acquisition of Cabinet Card portrait of Oscar Wilde   Ketterer Kunst announces highlights included in its Rare Books Auction   Puzzles with Purpose debuts worldwide

Napoleon Sarony (American, born in Canada, 1821–1896), Oscar Wilde, 1882. Albumen print from wet collodion negative, mounted as boudoir print, 30.5 x 18.4 cm (12 x 7 ¼ in.) Sheet,33.0 x 19.0 cm (13 x 7 ½ in.) Mount. Milly and Fritz Kaeser Endowment for Photography, 2020.012.

NOTRE DAME, IN.- The Snite Museum of Art at the University of Notre Dame has added to its impressive collection of over 10,000 photographs with the addition of a cabinet card portrait of the writer Oscar Wilde taken by Napoleon Sarony. David Acton, Curator of Photographs at the Snite Museum, states ”In the latter half of the nineteenth century, Napoleon Sarony was regarded as the leading photographic portraitist in New York. From his studio in Union Square, he also produced fashionable celebrity photographs, mostly in the small, collectible carte-de-visite format. Sarony photographed virtually every star of the New York stage during the 1860s through the 1890s, his work helping to create and perpetuate his subjects’ fame.” ... More

Biblia latina vulgata. Latin vellum mauscript, 12th century. Estimate: € 20,000.

HAMBURG.- It comes in a handy size and with decorative lettering, but if you want to read from the rare 12th century bible manuscript as people used to in the past, knowing Latin would be helpful. The important contemporary document is part of the Rare Books Auction of Ketterer Kunst in Hamburg on November 23. The unusual hand-size format of the Biblia Latina makes it an extremely rare forerunner of French 13th century pocket bibles. The elegant document of the transition from Latin to Gothic script with elaborate initials in typical 12th century manner was most likely made at a Cistercian monastery and was presumably used for reading out. It is now estimated at a moderate price of € 20,000. SEMINAL: The same estimate has been tagged to “Distinctiones sacrae scripturae“ by Mauritius Hibernicus. The Latin manuscript from around 1300 features explanations of biblical terms in alphabetical order f ... More

Nicole Rafiki, My soul ain't for sale, traditional paper puzzle, ESKA Premium Board, gloss finish, 12"x16.5" (310mm x 418mm). Image courtesy Nicole Rafiki Studio and Art x Puzzles.

NEW YORK, NY.- Puzzles with Purpose today announces Art x Puzzles, an online benefit sales initiative conceived to support artists during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis through the sale of Collector Edition Jigsaw Puzzles. Organized by Puzzles with Purpose, the effort launches with exclusive limited edition puzzles created in close collaboration with over 70 contemporary artists from across the globe to support artist studios, existing wider artist relief efforts and causes of personal social and economic concern to participating artists. To that end, a percentage of all proceeds from sales will directly benefit the artists’ chosen charities. Highlights of the many special editions available at launch include Louise Lawler’s 1000-piece “POLLYANNA ADJUSTED TO FIT, DISTORTED FOR THE TIMES” dedicated to gallerist Yvon ... More

Fondazione Prada supports the new charity campaign by Damien Hirst in aid of Save The Children   First major UK solo exhibition of Tavares Strachan opens at Marian Goodman   Dayton Art Institute presents focus exhibition 'Archiving Eden: Dornith Doherty Photographs'

Fondazione Prada has enthusiastically joined Damien Hirst's initiative by offering its support in promoting the charity project in aid of Save The Children. Photographed by Prudence Cuming Associates © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2020.

MILAN.- Fondazione Prada supports leading British artist Damien Hirst in his new charity campaign in aid of Save the Children’s program for education in Italy. Damien Hirst has created four new limited edition prints to be released today, 15 September 2020, from 16:00 CEST to raise money for Save the Children’s project “Riscriviamo il futuro” (Rewrite the future), which aims to support Italian children from disadvantaged backgrounds who have been affected by school closures during the COVID-19 crisis. The editions, titled Fruitful and Forever, feature bright, abstract details from Hirst’s new series of Cherry Blossoms paintings. Depicting blossom trees in full bloom, the series is inspired by the work of Pierre Bonnard, Claude Monet, Vincent Van Gogh and the Pointillist innovations of ... More

Tavares Strachan, Distant Relatives (Andrea Motley Crabtree), 2020. Plaster, natural fibers, brass, acrylic, 30 in W x 26 in D x 62 in H. Courtesy of the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery. Photo: Tom Powel Imaging.

LONDON.- Marian Goodman Gallery London is presenting In Plain Sight, the first major UK solo exhibition of Tavares Strachan. This ambitious exhibition presents an immersive, site-specific experience and incorporates new and existing work. The exhibition’s point of departure is the life and work of Matthew Henson (1866–1955), an American explorer who was the first person to reach the North Pole in 1909. His story was long overlooked, arguably because he was an African American, and Strachan’s investigation of his life forms part of a major ongoing project by the artist, The Encyclopedia of Invisibility (2018–). Tavares Strachan was born in 1979 in Nassau, Bahamas, and currently lives and works between New York City and Nassau. He received a BFA in Glass from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2003 and an MFA in Sculpture from Yale University ... More

Dornith Doherty. Courtesy of the artist, Moody Gallery, Houston; and Holly Johnson Gallery, Dallas, Texas.

DAYTON, OH.- Where will the world’s food come from in the future, and how are natural resources preserved? The Dayton Art Institute’s latest Focus Exhibition, Archiving Eden: Dornith Doherty Photographs, explores these timely and important questions. The exhibition is currently on view at the museum through January 10, 2021. This poignant photographic series considers the philosophical and ecological issues surrounding the role of science and human action in relation to gene banking. Catalyzed by the 2008 completion of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault in Norway, Dornith Doherty has traveled the world documenting seed banks and preservation efforts in the face of climate change and decreased agricultural diversity. Since initiating the Archiving Eden project in 2008, Doherty has visited 18 centers on five continents. A multi-layered project, the imagery in Archiving Eden ranges in style from documentary to lyric co ... More

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National Museum of African American History and Culture is reopening
WASHINGTON (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- The National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington will reopen to the public on Friday — one of four Smithsonian Institution museums that are involved in the latest phase of reopening, the Smithsonian announced Monday. For the museum, which is dedicated to telling the African American story for all Americans, the reopening comes just a few months after a new chapter began to unfold in the nation’s history. The museum was closed in March amid by the pandemic, and since then the nation has erupted in social justice protests addressing racism and police violence after George Floyd was killed in police custody in May. The protests will give the museum a new chapter in its narrative. “It is definitely a changed America,” said Lonnie G. Bunch III, the secretary of the Smithsonian ... More

Exceptional motor cars at Bonhams Goodwood Speedweek sale
WEST SUSSEX.- A host of automotive rarities and a raft of exceptional single-owner motor car collections will line up at Goodwood next month for the Bonhams Goodwood Speedweek Sale on Saturday 17 October, part of the spectacular ‘SpeedWeek’ event taking place at the historic West Sussex motor circuit. A 1967 Ferrari 330 GTS - one of 100 - a 1969 Ferrari 365 GTC Coupé, one of 26 right-hand drive versions, and an even rarer one-of-seven 2013 RUF Clubsport are all to be offered in the traditional live auction, which will also feature three important collections from the UK and Europe, as well as the ultimate Ferrari, an F40. Claimed in period by Ferrari to be the ‘world’s finest convertible two-seater’, the 330 GTS remains one of the Maranello-marque’s rarest soft-top V12 models, with only 100 examples produced. The 330 GTS specification ... More

Richard Saltoun Gallery reopens with an exhibition of work by the British conceptual artist Bob Law
LONDON.- Richard Saltoun Gallery opened to the public for the first time in six months with an exhibition of work by the British conceptual artist Bob Law (b. 1934 - d. 2004). Beginning in the late 1950s, Law developed an abstract vocabulary that was rooted in corporeal experience yet oriented toward metaphysical concerns. Audacious in their minimalism, his drawings and paintings were shown alongside works by Jo Baer, Sol LeWitt, Robert Mangold and Robert Ryman in the early 1970s. Unlike these New York-based artists, however, Law's work evolved out of an engagement with the English landscape and an esoteric range of interests including alchemy, nature mysticism, numerology, and palaeontology. Curated by the art historian Anna Lovatt, this exhibition demonstrates how Law invested austere forms with affective, wry, or whimsical qualities, contributing ... More

Indonesian maestros lead Sotheby's Modern and Contemporary Southeast Asian Art Autumn Sales 2020
HONG KONG.- Sotheby’s Hong Kong Modern and Contemporary Southeast Asian Art Autumn 2020 Sales Series, scheduled on 5-6 October, will be led by two important works by Indonesian maestros: Sudjana Kerton’s Indonesian Village Life, one of the artist’s most seminal works still in private hands, and Handiwirman Saputra’s Akhir Pekan dan Projek Organik dari tak Berakar tak Berpucuk #3 (Weekend and Organic Projects from No Roots No Shoots #3), a powerful commentary about environmental pollution from a prominent Indonesian collection. A total of 114 lots will be offered across Evening and Day Sales. Kim Chuan Mok, Sotheby’s Head of Southeast Asian Art, says, “This October, we are honored to present a selection of highly significant masterpieces by leading artists from across the region, particularly from Indonesia and ... More

Exhibition at Massimo De Carlo brings together eight Italian artists with an intergenerational perspective
MILAN.- Massimo De Carlo gallery inaugurates the new season with the exhibition Come prima, meglio di prima, presenting works by Gianfranco Baruchello, Carla Accardi, Marisa Merz, Gian Domenico Sozzi, Massimo Bartolini, Pietro Roccasalva, Diego Perrone, and Paola Pivi. This exhibition brings together eight Italian artists with an intergenerational perspective, featuring works that range from the seventies until the present day. In a time in which a new unprecedented approach to art, the world, space and time is inescapably emerging globally, Come prima, meglio di prima explores the opportunities of a liquid time, in which the present and the past meet and overlap to synthesize a future perspective. The work by the eight artists in the exhibition strongly welcomes this possibility. The exhibition begins with Massimo Bartolini’s signature marble ... More

Sotheby's Hong Kong presents 'Wines from the Cellar of Joseph Lau'
HONG KONG.- Sotheby’s Wine will open the Hong Kong Autumn 2020 Sales with Wines from the Cellar of Joseph Lau on 3 October 2020. With a total of over 110 lots estimated in excess of HK$25.7 million / US$3.3 million, this remarkable collection offers the finest French wines from the cellar of the famed entrepreneur and art collector. Patti Wong, Chairman of Sotheby’s Asia, states: “It is with great pleasure that Sotheby’s will present Wines from the Cellar of Joseph Lau this October. A pioneering collector across many fields, Mr Lau has amassed one of the world’s most spectacular wine collections over the past decades, with enduring passion and discerning taste that has focused on the very finest producers and vintages. This autumn, wine lovers will have an opportunity to glimpse through the keyhole and into the cellar of this legendary collector. Adam ... More

Auction newcomers highlight Phillips' New Now sale
NEW YORK, NY.- Phillips’ New Now auction on 30 September will offer nearly 200 works of art, showcasing several artists whose works are newer to the secondary market alongside contemporary blue-chip names. Highlights include works by Otis Kwame Kye Quaicoe, Matthew Wong, Amoako Boafo, and Genieve Figgis, as well as Robert Motherwell, Richard Prince, Vivian Springford, and KAWS. Following the successful livestreamed season this spring, the New Now auction will be broadcast to phone and online bidders across the globe. Sam Mansour, Head of New Now, New York, said, “In the past six months, the auction landscape has changed significantly, though the new reality is one that Phillips has been working toward for quite some time. Our March sale, which took place before lockdown, saw a 52% increase in sale total on the previous ... More

Peyton Wright Gallery announces an exhibition and book signing for William Frej's new book
SANTA FE, NM.- Peyton Wright Gallery and Peyton Wright Publishing announced an exhibition and book signing for William Frej’s new book Maya Ruins Revisited: In the Footsteps of Teobert Maler. There will be an opening reception and book signing on Friday, October 2 from 5-7pm. There will be an artist’s talk and book signing on Saturday, October 3 from 1-3pm. The gallery will observe protocols of the New Mexico Department of Health, and masks will be required for all patrons. This stunning, substantial volume documents William Frej’s forty-five year search for remote Maya sites primarily in Guatemala and Mexico, inspired in large part by his discovery of the work of German-Austrian explorer Teobert Maler, who photographed them in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Many of Frej’s magnificent photographs are juxtaposed here ... More

Replica of burned Melania statue unveiled in Slovenia
SEVNICA (AFP).- A field in Slovenia near the hometown of US First Lady Melania Trump on Tuesday became the site for the latest artistic homage to Melania to grace her homeland. A bronze life-sized statue of her by American conceptual artist Brad Downey was unveiled near the town of Sevnica, after the previous one was burnt down by unknown arsonists in July. Artworks inspired by the Trumps have previously aroused strong feelings in Slovenia. A wooden statue of her husband US President Donald Trump in the village of Sela pri Kamniku -- which was intended as a criticism of populist politics -- was also burnt down in January. In contrast to the previous Melania statue, which was carved out of a tree and featured a blue dress and heels, the new bronze version is monochrome. Downey told AFP he wanted his latest work to serve ... More

Beirut in race to save heritage before rain returns
BEIRUT (AFP).- Beirut has only "days" left to preserve damaged heritage buildings before the rain finishes off the destruction caused by the August 4 port blast, Lebanon's antiquities chief warned Tuesday. "There are 100 historical buildings that need covering before the rain," said Sarkis Khoury, head of the Lebanese Directorate General of Antiquities. "There are 45 buildings that require total shoring up lest they collapse, and another 55 need partial shoring up," he told AFP. He was speaking after a meeting with the heads of three international heritage organisations, who were visiting Beirut to muster support for the Lebanese capital. One of the largest non-nuclear explosions in history, originating from a stock of ammonium nitrate at the Beirut port, ripped through the city and gutted some of its most historical streets six weeks ago. Lebanon was already experiencing a deep soci ... More

Four debut novels make 2020 Booker Prize shortlist
LONDON (AFP).- Four debut novelists were on Tuesday shortlisted alongside Zimbabwean author Tsitsi Dangarembga and Ethiopian-American Maaza Mengiste for the Booker Prize for best English-language fiction, to be awarded in November. American Avni Doshi's first novel "Burnt Sugar" will compete with fellow US debutants Diane Cook ("The New Wilderness") and Brandon Taylor ("Real Life"), and Scotland's Douglas Stuart ("Shuggie Bain"), for one of the world's most celebrated literary awards. Dangarembga's "This Mournable Body", the final part in a trilogy, and "The Shadow King" by Mengiste make up the six-strong shortlist of four women and two men. It was whittled down by a panel of five judges from a US-dominated longlist of 13 finalists, which had included veteran Hilary Mantel. "The shortlist of six came together ... More

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On a day like today, Alsatian sculptor and painter Jean Arp was born
September 16, 1886. Jean Arp / Hans Arp (16 September 1886 - 7 June 1966) was a German-French, or Alsatian, sculptor, painter, poet and abstract artist in other media such as torn and pasted paper. In this image: Visitors look at Jean Arp's painting "Femme" (woman), right, exhibited at Drouot Gallery in Paris, France Tuesday, April 1, 2003. The painting is one among hundreds of art pieces from French surrealist writer Andre Breton's art collection which is being auctioned.

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