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A Colossal Stucco Bodhisattava Head. Height: 98.7 cm. (38 7/8 in.) Ming dynasty, 16th century. Photo: Kaikodo.

NEW YORK, NY.- The Asia Week New York Association is pleased to announce that their fall schedule of exhibitions, auctions and a panel discussion will take place from September 17 to October 4. A dozen galleries and five auction houses -Bonhams, Christie's, Doyle, iGavel, and Sotheby's - will participate in Asia Week New York Autumn 2020. The exhibitions will feature an eye-alluring array of ancient and contemporary Far Eastern treasures from China, Japan, Korea, India, Bhutan, Indonesia, and Vietnam, and will go live on September 17 in the Asia Week New York online viewing room In-person visits to the New York galleries can be arranged by making an appointment. Adding to the mix of exhibitions and auctions is "Up Close: A Conversation," featuring each of the 11 dealers who will reveal and discuss one of their prized works. To register for the Zoom presentation on Wednesday, September 25 at 5:00 p.m. EST and 2:00 p.m. PST v ... More

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Picasso portrait of Dora Maar to highlight Christie's New York Evening Sale on October 6   Haute Auctions offers breath of fresh air in the conservative landscape of auctions   Phillips to offer a seminal Yoshitomo Nara canvas

Pablo Picasso, Femme dans un fauteuil, 1941. Estimate: $20-30 million. © Christie's Images Ltd 2020.

NEW YORK, NY.- On October 6, Christie’s will offer Pablo Picasso’s Femme dans un fauteuil, 1941 (estimate: $20-30 million) as a leading highlight of its Evening Sale of 20th Century Art in New York. Sporting a white ruffled blouse and plaid blazer, with her hair elegantly coiffured and topped with a signature feathered hat, the stylish Parisienne pictured in Femme dans un fauteuil is the figure of Dora Maar, Picasso’s great wartime paramour and muse. Painted on 19 June 1941, just over a year into the Nazi Occupation of Paris, this portrait forms part of an astonishing surge of artist creativity that began in May of that year. During this time, Picasso defied the ever-worsening and increasingly horrifying events that were unfolding in his adopted home, and turned inwards, painting the world of his studio and those who peopled it with an irrepressible energy. Conor Jordan, Deputy Chairman, Impressionist and Modern ... More

Jasper Krabbé, Marrakech, 2015. Archival Pigment Print + Oil Paint on Paper. Unique piece, 110 x 150 cm. © Jasper Krabbé.

AMSTERDAM.- Five years after the successful introduction of the "Haute Photographie" fair, Roy Kahmann decided it was time for a new chapter. Enter the new online auction house. Born from his buoyant desire to infuse the photography world with new vigor, “Haute Auctions” is a digital platform that will bring aficionados from around the world to the edge of their seats. With the first lineup featuring the captivating works of William Klein, Roland Fischer, Bastiaan Woudt, Desiree Dolron, Jasper Krabbé, and Paul Cupido, including a unique portrait of Andy Warhol and an archival pigment print sequence, these auctions promise to lead to blistering tension in the final moments before the hammer strikes. Initial auction estimates range from 7,500 to 25,000 Euros. With "Haute Auctions," Kahmann, as one of the largest Dutch collectors in the photography world, wants to bring a new flavor to art photography ... More

Yoshitomo Nara, Hot House Doll, in the White Room III, 1995 (detail), acrylic on canvas, 119.8 x 109.9 cm. Estimate Upon Request.

HONG KONG.- Phillips will offer Yoshitomo Nara’s Hot House Doll, in the White Room III as a highlight of the recently announced Phillips in Association with Poly 20th Century & Contemporary Art and Design Hong Kong Sales in November. The historically important Hot House Doll, in the White Room III was exhibited in numerous institutional exhibitions and appeared as the cover of the artist’s catalogue raisonné, Yoshitomo Nara Complete Works 1984–2010, published in 2011. In particular, it was featured in the ‘Major Works’ section of this publication, considered the most extensive literature and survey of Nara’s work ever published to date. Its highlight as the front cover of this monumental publication as well as having been handpicked by the artist to be included in a curated section highlight its eminence in the artist’s oeuvre. Isaure de Viel Castel, Head of 20th Century & Contemporary Art, Phillips Hong Kong, ... More

Eisenhower Memorial, delayed by design disputes, opens this week   'Castles: Paintings from the National Gallery, London' resumes tour at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens   Bill Wyman's Rolling Stones Archive breaks records at Julien's Auctions

The long-awaited $150 million memorial to Dwight D. Eisenhower in Washington on Sept. 8, 2020. Jason Andrew/The New York Times.

by Peter Baker

WASHINGTON (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- At a time when statues and memorials are being taken down or reconsidered across the United States, a new one is going up in the nation’s capital that could shape the roiling debate over how the country chooses icons to honor. The long-awaited $150 million memorial to Dwight D. Eisenhower will be dedicated in the shadow of the U.S. Capitol on Thursday, paying tribute to the general who led the Allies to victory over totalitarianism in Europe during World War II and the president who sought peace around the world after it was over. The memorial is the result of 21 years of disputes over its design that had nothing to do with the current national reckoning over statuary, but the timing of its debut provides fodder for the continuing conversation about how the United States views itself. Eisenhower ... More

Jan Beerstraaten, The Castle of Muiden in Winter, 1658 (detail). Oil on canvas, 96.5 x 129.5 cm © The National Gallery, London.

LONDON.- In 2017 Bernardo Bellotto’s The Fortress of Königstein from the North – one of the most original and impressive examples of 18th-century landscape painting – was saved for the nation. To celebrate its acquisition, and reflect the National Gallery’s commitment to ensuring its collection is shared and enjoyed throughout the UK, this picture, accompanied by five other National Gallery paintings featuring castles and fortresses, are being shown in exhibitions and displays in venues around the UK in 2020. Bringing together both real and imagined castles, this tour – supported by Art Fund – explores the creative possibilities that castles have presented to artists over the last 500 years. The tour resumed at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens on 8 September following the exhibition at the National Museum Cardiff, which was cut short due to COVID-19. Dr Gabriele Finaldi, Director of ... More

English musician Bill Wyman's Mr Freedom Stage ensemble and his favorite Fender Mustang bass are exhibited during a press preview of "Property from Bill Wyman and his Rolling Stones Archive" at Julien's Auctions. VALERIE MACON / AFP.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- Julien’s Auctions held this weekend Friday, September 11 until Sunday, September 13, Property from Bill Wyman and His Rolling Stones Archive Courtesy of Ripple Productions Limited live in Beverly Hills and online at The three-day music auction event honoring the legendary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, English musician, record producer, songwriter and singer, Bill Wyman, broke world records. The top selling item was a 1968 Gibson Les Paul Standard Model Gold Top guitar and case used by Brian Jones in The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus concert show and film in December 1968 and on other recordings and sold for $704,000, three and a half times its estimate of $200,000. The 1969 Fender Mustang Bass with a Competition Orange finish designed by Leo ... More

Brent R. Benjamin to retire as Saint Louis Art Museum director   Rare, significant items signed by Mao Zedong, Edgar Allan Poe and Albert Einstein headline sale   Doyle to auction important paintings September 17

Benjamin, 61, was named museum director in 1999.

ST. LOUIS, MO.- Brent R. Benjamin, the Barbara B. Taylor Director of the Saint Louis Art Museum, today announced his intention to retire in mid-2021 after serving more than 20 years as director. The museum’s board of commissioners will now begin the process of selecting his replacement. “Brent has led the Saint Louis Art Museum through two of the most successful decades in our 140-plus year history,” said Charles Lowenhaupt, president of the Saint Louis Art Museum Board of Commissioners. “He built a world-class staff that has elevated our reputation as a top-tier art museum nationally and internationally, and he burnished our standing as a crown jewel among St. Louis cultural institutions.” Benjamin, 61, was named museum director in 1999. Among many achievements under his leadership, the museum significantly enhanced its collection, built a world-class expansion on Art Hill, conducted a record-setting capital campaign, hosted t ... More

Presentation copy of a Russian book celebrating the 10th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China in October 1959, 588 pages, signed by Chairman Mao Zedong (est. $200,000-$300,000).

WESTPORT, CONN.- A presentation copy of a Russian book celebrating the 10th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China signed by Chairman Mao Zedong (Tse-Tung); a receipt signed by Edgar Allan Poe, likely for payment of his famous poem “The Raven”; and a signed copy of Albert Einstein’s doctoral dissertation from 1905 are all part of University Archives’ next online auction slated for Wednesday, September 30th. The auction will begin at 10:30 am Eastern time. The full catalog, showing all 356 lots, is up for bidding and viewing now, at the newly revamped University Archives website, as well as the online platforms, and Phone and absentee bids will also be accepted. The sale contains rare and highly collectible items from multiple specialty categories. ... More

Henri Fantin-Latour, Six Roses Jaunes dans un Vase en Verre, 1903 (detail). Est. $200,000 - 400,000. The Collection of Dorothea Benton Frank. Lot 203.

NEW YORK, NY.- Doyle's auction of Important Paintings on Thursday, September 17, 2020 at 11am will present paintings and sculpture by some of the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries' most prominent American, European, Latin American and Asian artists. A special section of the sale will showcase works from The Collection of Dorothea Benton Frank. Highlights include a lovely still life of roses from 1903 by Henri Fantin-Latour (French, 1836-1904) (est. $200,000-400,000), a view of Menton on the French Riviera by Jean Francois Raffaelli (French, 1850-1924) (est. $70,000-100,000) and a small-scale painting from 1946 by Alexander Calder (est. $70,000-90,000).

 From other collections are an 1892 view of Brittany by Emile Bernard (est. $40,000-70,000), an 1893 portrait of Louis Alexander Fagan by John Singer Sargent (est. $80,000-120,000), a 1961 ... More

China Guardian Hong Kong Autumn Auctions 2020 to be held from 5 to 10 October   French-Algerian artist Mohamed Bourouissa has won the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2020   Rizzoli to release new book from Mark Gonzales

Yun Gee, Portrait of Woman in Chair.

HONG KONG.- China Guardian Hong Kong Autumn Auctions 2020 will take place from 5 to 10 October at the Hong Kong Conventional and Exhibition Centre. This first major auction of the year will showcase a wide array of artworks from all around the world to collectors, including Chinese Paintings and Calligraphy, Asian 20th Century and Contemporary Art, Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art and Classical Chinese Furniture, offering nearly 1,300 pieces. Prior to the Autumn Auctions, Jewellery Watches and Luxury Goods will offer a more targeted oriented private selling exhibition “DAZZLE” along with the preview of Asian 20th Century and Contemporary Art at China Guardian (HK) G Art Gallery on 5th floor of Lippo Centre from 14 to 25 September. China Guardian (HK) will introduce a live auction platform to domestic and international collectors for bidding, for the enjoyment of this auction season. Ms. Hu Yanyan, President of China Guardian (HK) ... More

Mohamed Bourouissa, NOUS SOMMES HALLES, 2002-2003. In collaboration with Anoushkashoot © Mohamed Bourouissa, Kamel Mennour, Paris & London and Blum & Poe, Los Angeles.

LONDON.- Mohamed Bourouissa (b.1978) was announced as the 2020 winner of the prestigious Ł30,000 prize via a special online presentation hosted by The Photographers’ Gallery on Monday 14 September 2020. Narrated by the actor, Juliet Stevenson, the film included a short history of the photography prize before presenting the work of each of this year’s nominees, which also includes Anton Kusters, Mark Neville and Clare Strand and then announcing the winner. Particularly focussed on the representation of disenfranchised people and marginalised communities, the Paris-based photographer Bourouissa was selected by the judging panel for his spectacular installation Free Trade. First exhibited in a Monoprix supermarket in Arles as part of Rencontres d'Arles, France, this exhibition brought together an ... More

Mark Gonzales by Mark Gonzales. Photographs by Sem Rubio. Contributions by Hiroshi Fujiwara, Tom Sachs, KAWS, and Gus van Sant © Mark Gonzales by Mark Gonzales, Rizzoli New York, 2020. Images © Sem Rubio.

NEW YORK, NY.- Named the “Most Influential Skateboarder of All Time” by Transworld Skateboarding, Mark Gonzales aka The Gonz is one of the most recognizable names in skateboarding, art, and street style. Born in California in 1968, Gonzales entered the skateboarding world at age 13, and by 16, was featured on the cover of Thrasher magazine. Widely revered since then as the inventor of street skating, Gonzales has remained one of the most prolific innovators in both skateboarding and contemporary art. This October, Rizzoli will be publishing Mark Gonzales, the first comprehensive monograph on the Mark Gonzales universe. Part skate photography, part intimate portrait, this is a bold collection of work straight from the mind of the artist, as seen through Sem ... More

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Edoardo Tresoldi presents Opera, a permanent installation in Reggio Calabria
REGGIO CALABRIA.- On September 12th Edoardo Tresoldi presented Opera, his new public art permanent installation on Reggio Calabria’s seafront, promoted and commissioned by the local Municipality and the Metropolitan City. During the opening weekend a series of free music, performance and poetry events was held. The sound installation by Italian musician and composer Teho Teardo narrated the fusion between Opera and the site through a sound design articulated through the different moments of the day: morning, sunset and night. In addition, poetry events curated by Italian poet and writer Franco Arminio and a secret concert by the well-known Italian songwriter Brunori Sas. Opera was created to celebrate the contemplative relationship between place and human beings through the language of classical architecture and the transparency ... More

Utah Jazz owner's $25 million coin collection to be sold
SANTA ANA, CA.- Stack’s Bowers Galleries will present the spectacular collection built by Utah businessman and Utah Jazz owner Larry H. Miller across two sales to be held in November and December 2020. Assembled quietly over many decades, the Larry H. Miller Collection comprises an astounding array of rarities that are found only in the most legendary cabinets in U.S. numismatics. Now being offered publicly for the first time by Stack’s Bowers Galleries, the Miller Collection is sure to join the ranks of such revered names as Garrett, Norweb, Eliasberg, Pogue, and other luminaries. Highlights from the Larry H. Miller Collection include such rarities such as: • 1804 Draped Bust Silver Dollar. Class I Original. Proof-65 (PCGS). Ex Stickney-Eliasberg.: Est Value $3 million and up • 1894-S Barber Dime. Proof-65 (NGC) CAC. Ex ... More

Outsider Art Fair announces new Director, and hybrid online-physical Paris edition
PARIS.- Outsider Art Fair, the premier fair dedicated to Self-Taught Art, Art Brut and Outsider Art, announced Nikki Iacovella as its new Director. The 8th Paris edition of OAF is scheduled to take place from October 21-30, 2020, and for the first time will include a hybrid of online and in-person components. Since 2018, Iacovella has served as the Managing Director at Peter Freeman Inc. in New York. Prior to that she was a Gallery and Project Manager for Art Basel. Originally from Brisbane, she managed a Melbourne-based gallery specializing in indigenous Australian art before moving to New York. “Nikki has the perfect combination of top echelon fair and gallery experience. We look forward to the addition of her strong voice as we head towards our thirtieth year in business,” said fair owner Andrew Edlin. "With its devout following and strong community of ... More

Abraham Lincoln lock of hair and historically important telegram sold for $81,250 at auction
BOSTON, MASS.- A thick lock of Abraham Lincoln's hair and a historically significant telegram sold for $81,250, according to Boston-based RR Auction. The hair was removed during his postmortem examination, measuring approximately 2″ long, and was presented to Dr. Lyman Beecher Todd, a cousin of Mary Todd Lincoln. The hair is mounted to an official War Department manuscript telegram sent to Dr. Todd by George H. Kinnear, his assistant in the Post Office at Lexington, Kentucky, received in Washington at 11 PM on April 14, 1865. Dr. Lyman Beecher Todd's own account of the autopsy, now preserved in an 1895 manuscript held in the Ida Tarbell collection of Lincoln papers at Allegheny College in Meadville, PA, differs slightly from his son's, noting that he clipped the lock himself: "When all was over, General Hardin entered, and handed me a ... More

The National Gallery of Art acquires drawing by Ralston Crawford
WASHINGTON, DC.- The National Gallery of Art announced that the superb drawing Lights in an Aircraft Plant (c. 1945) by American artist Ralston Crawford (1906–1978) has been promised to the museum by Linda Lichtenberg Kaplan, a noted Washington, DC, curator, art historian, writer, philanthropist, and collector. Kaplan has donated several works of art to the Gallery over the years, including Modern Sculpture with Aperture (1967) by Roy Lichtenstein in 2004; Foliage (late 19th century) by William Trost Richards in 2015, through the Corcoran Collection acquisition; Aeroplane (1925–1927) by Louis Lozowick in 2018 (promised gift); and Fascism (1934) by Francis Criss also in 2018 (partial and promised gift). In the 1930s, Crawford played a key role in the development of precisionism, an artistic movement that focused on urban and ... More

Three sleeping beauties emerge from more than a combined century's worth of slumber
LONDON.- Our love of cars follows many paths: one of the less trodden is taken by those people who so love a car that they put it away for 50 years in a garage or barn under a tarpaulin rather than part with it. Maybe this shows as much love as those who spend fortunes restoring such cars? In the next H&H Classics sale on September 16 these two groups have a chance to connect briefly when three cars which have been in storage for between three and five decades each – true barn finds - come to auction. The trio of sleeping beauties will thus have a chance of attracting buyers / restorers who will relish the challenge of bringing them back to life. The cars are a Jaguar, a Rover and a Singer. There is something a bit magical about finding cars like these and bringing them out of hibernation for a brief moment in the auction spotlight, and once sold ... More

Thierry Goldberg Gallery opens an exhibition of works by poet and photographer Kevin Claiborne
NEW YORK, NY.- In the time of pandemic and protest, the poet and photographer Kevin Claiborne is asking urgent, necessary questions. They are the questions long unanswered, that have placed Black people at the center of this moment, where they are disproportionately affected. His relentless performance of inquiry is the project, “BLACKNESS IS” (2020–), that sees his questions married to landscapes in an admixture that form images that represent, what he calls, the “body as border:” Earlier this year, on a trip to Joshua Tree, in the Mojave Desert, Claiborne began writing down the questions that came to him that he considered as a way to get to the core of Blackness. “In Joshua Tree,” he explains, “I started thinking about the relationship between the environment and Black people’s identity development in beautiful yet potentially harmful places. ... More

A violinist lost his seat and his job. He blames China.
NEW YORK, NY (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- Yi-Wen Jiang, a violinist who was, until recently, billed as a member of the Shanghai Quartet, an internationally known chamber group with roots in China, says he didn’t give the pig emoji a second thought. Responding to a post on social media about Chinese American relations a few months ago, he typed in the image of the smiley pig face — “the cute one,” he said — and went about his day. But his posting soon caused an outcry and he was called a bigot for what his critics said was his effort to deride the Chinese people as pigs. Within days, Jiang had lost his job and, he said, his reputation. Now Jiang, who has been a U.S. citizen for more than two decades, has brought a lawsuit in New Jersey Superior Court, contending that his offhand remark on social media was purposely distorted by those who object ... More

Solo exhibition of works by Maja Ruznic opens at Hales
LONDON.- Hales opened Name of the Voice, a solo exhibition of works by Maja Ruznic (b. 1983 Bosnia & Hercegovina). Her first solo exhibition with the gallery comes after her inclusion in Hales New York’s group exhibition, The Moon Seemed Lost. Ruznic is primarily a painter, drawing on personal and collective memories to create works that deeply connect with human psyche. She describes the process of painting as trying to remember a dream, touching on Bracha L. Ettinger’s theories of ‘matrixial borderspace’: the space of shared effect and emergent expression, across the thresholds of identity and memory. Ruznic deftly weaves themes of trauma and suffering with mythology and healing, softening the darker subject matter in her work. This softening is then applied to the process of painting, where blurring and allowing shapes ... More

Monarch Auction and Estate Services to offer "Tuscan Treasures Auction: The Kirk Butler Collection"
PHOENIX, AZ.- For Robert Haynes, auctioneer and owner of Monarch Auction and Estate Services, fresh to the market collections are his favorite part of the business. So, when he was presented with the opportunity to represent the impressive collection amassed over the years by Kirk Butler of Cactus Stone and Tile fame, he jumped at the opportunity. The museum-quality collections belonging to Mr. Butler are amazing. “The collection must be seen to be believed.” The online only auction takes place on Saturday, September 26th and begins closing at 10AM MST. A Public preview will be held Friday, September 25th from 9 am-5 pm. Please note, the Auction Company is asking that you email to reserve an appointment to preview in advance. For proper safety protocols, we must limit the number of people who ... More

Only known 1916 World Series Champion Red Sox/Babe Ruth button to be auctioned by Hake's
YORK, PA.- The legend of Babe Ruth, the historical importance of the Paul Muchinsky (1947-2015) pinback button collection, and the mystery of why a Detroit brewery would promote the 1916 World Series Champion Boston Red Sox form an intriguing backstory that continues to unfold at Hake’s Auctions. The puzzle surrounds the prized headliner of Hake’s 2,048-lot collectibles and pop culture sale that closes for bidding on September 23-24: a 6-inch celluloid button deemed so important, experts believe it could set a new world auction record for a baseball pinback. It has the distinction of being the only 1916 World Series Championship button known to exist. The oversize button individually depicts and identifies the manager and 24 teammates from the 1916 Boston Red Sox team, including three future Hall of Famers: Herb Pennock, Harry ... More

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On a day like today, Italian-French businessman Ettore Bugatti was born
September 15, 1881. Ettore Arco Isidoro Bugatti (15 September 1881 - 21 August 1947) was an Italian-born French automobile designer and manufacturer. He is remembered as the founder and proprietor of the automobile manufacturing company Automobiles E. Bugatti. In this image: "1925 Bugatti Brescia, Chassis no. 2461 Engine no. 879". Photo: Courtesy Bonhams

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