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The Jewish Museum Receives Barnett Newman’s Art Collection, and Rosa Parks’s House Goes Up for Auction

Plus, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston receives a 17th century Chinese scroll, and the Krannert Museum in Illinois expands its collection after a five-year-fundraising initiative.

Jasper Johns, "Untitled"(1991), watercolor, pencil, and graphite on paper, 27 1/2 x 41 in. Artwork © Jasper Johns / Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York (photo by Kris Graves)
Jasper Johns, “Untitled”(1991), watercolor, pencil, and graphite on paper, 27 1/2 x 41 in. Artwork © Jasper Johns / Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York (photo by Kris Graves)

The Jewish Museum has received a major gift of artworks from the Barnett and Annalee Newman Foundation. The artworks come from Barnett and Annalee Newman’s personal collection, as well as works created by artists who received the Barnett and Annalee Newman Award. In addition, the Foundation has donated $10 million for the endowment of the Jewish Museum’s first contemporary art curatorial position, for care of the new collection, and for future institutional use. The gift includes works by Adolph Gottlieb, John Graham, Jasper Johns, Claes Oldenburg, Camille Pissarro, Robert Rauschenberg, Mark Rothko, Aaron Siskind, Saul Steinberg, Frank Stella, Clyfford Still, and the late Barnett Newman himself, among others. The artworks will be on display in a series of exhibitions beginning in 2019. [via email announcement]

Rosa Parks's Detroit house, after it was reassembled and placed in Berlin (© Fabia Mendoza, image courtesy of Guernsey's)
Rosa Parks’s Detroit house after it was reassembled and placed in Berlin (© Fabia Mendoza, image courtesy of Guernsey’s)

The house in which Rosa Parks sought refuge in Detroit after fleeing the South went up for auction in Guernsey’s African American Historic & Cultural Treasures sale on July 25 and 26. According to the Los Angeles Sentinel, it was listed with a minimum bid of $1 million. Though the house did not sell at auction, Arlan Ettinger of Guernsey’s was approached afterwards by an undisclosed buyer who had trouble placing a bid online. As of now, the buyers are interested, though “it will take a few days to work out the details,” says the Sentinel.

Malcolm X (image via Wikimedia)
Malcolm X (image via Wikimedia)

The manuscript for Malcolm X’s autobiography, including an unpublished chapter, was acquired by the New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, after being sold at auction for an undisclosed price at Guernsey’s African American Historic & Cultural Treasures sale on July 25 and 26. The unpublished chapter is titled “The Negro” and is thought to be one of three unpublished chapters. The manuscript also contains handwritten edits by Malcolm X and his collaborator Alex Haley. In addition, the library acquired “A series of literal and literary ‘fragments,’ or short notes and drafts by Malcolm X written or typed on small pieces of paper,” according to the press release.

"Ten Thousand Li up the Yangtze River" (detail) (1699) (image courtesy of the MFA Boston)
Wang Hui, “Ten Thousand Li up the Yangtze River” (detail) (1699) (image courtesy of the MFA, Boston)

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA) has received a 17th century Chinese  scroll titled “Miles along the Yangzi River (Wanli Changjiang Tu)” (1699), created by Wang Hui (1632–1717), a Chinese painter. The gift comes from collector Wan-go H.C. Weng. Weng’s family has owned the 53-foot-long scroll since 1875, and Weng has donated it in honor of his 100th birthday. This expands the MFA’s collection of work from the Qing Dynasty (1644–1911), and it’s the fifth work by Hui to become a part of the museum’s collection, two others of which were also donated by Weng.

Yinka Shonibare, (image courtesy of the artist and James Cohan, New York; photo by Patrick Sampson)
Yinka Shonibare, “The American Library Collection (Activists)” (2018) (image courtesy of the artist and James Cohan, New York; photo by Patrick Sampson)

The Mead Art Museum at Amherst College in Massachusetts has acquired a Yinka Shonibare installation titled “The American Library Collection (Activists)” (2018). The installation consists of 234 books wrapped in Dutch wax print fabric. The names of first and second generation American activists and writers are inscribed in gold foil on the spines of the books. Some of those names include Grace Lee Boggs, Cesar Chavez, and Sonia Sotomayor, according to the museum’s press release. An email to Hyperallergic states that the work was acquired from James Cohan Gallery in New York. The installation will open on October 30.

The Bass Museum of Art in Miami Beach has acquired major contemporary works by Sandford Biggers, Mark Handforth, Karen Rifas, Mika Rottenberg, Pascale Marthine Tayou, and Lawrence Weiner for the museum’s permanent collection. The acquisition was made possible through the John and Johanna Bass Acquisition fund, which launched in 2016.

The Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, Florida has received a $16 million gift from the Kenneth C. Griffin Charitable Fund in support of the Campaign for the New Norton. This $100 million campaign involves the construction of a new museum wing that will bring more exhibition space, more education space, and new public gardens. In addition, the Kenneth C. Griffin Charitable fund will also give another $4 million “to endow the directorship.” Kenneth C. Griffen is the founder and CEO of a Chicago-based investment firm. Originally from Florida, he donates to a number of educational and cultural causes.

Bea Nettles, "The Skirted Garden" (1969), gift of the artist (2017) (photo courtesy of the Krannert Art Museum)
Bea Nettles, “The Skirted Garden” (1969), gift of the artist (2017) (photo courtesy of the Krannert Art Museum)

Krannert Art Museum in Champain, Illinois has expanded its collection through a five-year, $10 million fundraising initiative that has just ended. They’ve acquired a number of new works, particularly by female artists such as Linda Conner, Doris Derby, Bea Nettles, and Melanie Yazzie. “I’m proud that it’s something we’re thinking about,” said museum director Jon Seydl. “Not just work by women, but feminist practice and broader questions of gender and representation, and how we present those ideas in the museum. It’s a vital thing to do.”

A stolen violin designed by Ferdinando Gagliano and valued at over $200,000 has been returned to its owner after being sold to a pawn shop in Massachusetts for $50. Gagliano was a violin maker from Naples, Italy in the late 18th century. The violin was stolen from the owner’s home on July 20, while the family was sleeping.

As a part of its annual spring grants, the Warhol Foundation has awarded $3.6 million to 42 different organizations. Most of the money is going towards exhibitions, programming, and scholarly publications relating to social and environmental problems, and each grantee receives between $35,000 and $120,000.

Richard Hambleton, "Shadow Jumper" (image courtesy of Sotheby's)
Richard Hambleton, “Shadow Jumper” (2005) (image courtesy of Sotheby’s)

Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Online sale in London brought in a total of £539,500 (~$708,000) on July 31. The sale’s top lot, Richard Hambleton’sShadow Jumper” (2005), sold for £60,000 (~$79,000).

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