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Brooklyn Museum Acquires 96 Works and the Getty Gets Bronzes by Claudel and Rodin

Plus a comic book collector donated more than 3,000 objects to the Library of Congress.

Beverly Buchanan, "Untitled (Frustula Series)" (ca 1978), cast concrete, 20 x 10 x 16 in, Brooklyn Museum, gift of Arden Scott, 2017 (© Beverly Buchanan)
Beverly Buchanan, “Untitled (Frustula Series)” (ca 1978), cast concrete, 20 x 10 x 16 in, Brooklyn Museum, gift of Arden Scott, 2017 (© Beverly Buchanan)

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Betty Tompkins, "Fuck Painting #6" (1973), acrylic on canvas, 84 x 60 in, Brooklyn Museum, gift of Robert Gober and Donald Moffett (© Betty Tompkins)
Betty Tompkins, “Fuck Painting #6” (1973), acrylic on canvas, 84 x 60 in, Brooklyn Museum, gift of Robert Gober and Donald Moffett (© Betty Tompkins)

To mark the culmination of its A Year of Yes: Reimagining Feminism program, the Brooklyn Museum announced the acquisition of 96 works, including pieces by Emma Amos, the Guerrilla Girls, Miriam Schapiro, Betty TompkinsAndrea Bowers, Judy Chicago, Mary Beth Edelson, Nona Faustine, Deborah Kass, An-My Lê, Joan Semmel, Sylvia Sleigh, Joan Snyder, Nancy Spero, Jana Sterbak, and Martha Wilson. The acquisitions include many works by artists who were featured in exhibitions that marked the 10th anniversary of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, including Beverly Buchanan, Marilyn Minter, and Betye Saar.

Collector Alicia Koplowitz donated the painting “The Triumph of Love over War” (1784) by Luis Paret y Alcázar to the Bilbao Fine Arts Museum.

Camille Claudel, "Torso of a Crouching Woman" (model about 1884–85, cast by 1913), bronze, 35 x 27 x 26 cm (the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles)
Camille Claudel, “Torso of a Crouching Woman” (model about 1884–85, cast ca 1913), bronze, 35 x 27 x 26 cm (the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles)

The J. Paul Getty Museum acquired two French bronzes: Camille Claudel‘s “Torso of a Crouching Woman” and Auguste Rodin‘s “Bust of John the Baptist.” “It is particularly gratifying to be able to acquire a major work by Claudel — Rodin’s student and lover — at a time when her achievement as an artist is receiving the recognition it deserves,” Timothy Potts, the director of the J. Paul Getty Museum, said in a statement.

Part of Stephen A. Geppi's collection on view at Geppi's Entertainment Museum, Baltimore, Maryland (photo by Shawn Miller)
Part of Stephen A. Geppi’s collection on view at Geppi’s Entertainment Museum, Baltimore, Maryland (photo by Shawn Miller)

Entrepreneur and comic book collector Stephen A. Geppi donated more than 3,000 objects from his personal collection to the Library of Congress.

Bonhams Hong Kong auction of Chinese ceramics and art brought in a total of $11.2 million. The sale’s star lot was an archaic jade ritual cong vessel from the Neolithic-era Liangzhu culture (3,300–2,250 BCE), which more than quadrupled its high estimate, selling for $2.8 million.

The Taber Family Tianqiuping from the Philbrook Museum of Art, which sold for $14.5 million at Christie’s Hong Kong (image courtesy Christie’s Images Ltd. 2018)

An ornate Chinese vase from the early 18th century that had been in the permanent collection of the Philbrook Museum of Art since 1960, but was rarely exhibited, sold for $14.5 million at Christie’s Hong Kong auction house.

The Dallas Museum of Art acquired the monumental painting “The Descent from the Cross” (ca 1480–90) by the German artist Derick Baegert. The work is the museum’s first acquisition under the auspices of the Marguerite and Robert Hoffman Fund for pre-1700 European Art.

Derick Baegert, "The Descent from the Cross" (ca 1480–90), Dallas Museum of Art, Marguerite and Robert Hoffman Fund in memory of Dr. William B. Jordan
Derick Baegert, “The Descent from the Cross” (ca 1480–90), Dallas Museum of Art, Marguerite and Robert Hoffman Fund in memory of Dr. William B. Jordan
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