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Hirshhorn Museum Acquires a Tino Sehgal Performance, and Frank Frazetta’s Comic Art Sells at Auction

Plus, the University of Wollongong receives a May Barrie maquette, and Ruby City acquires a Gillian Wearing photograph.

Hirshhorn Museum (image via Flickr)
Hirshhorn Museum (image via Flickr)

The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden has acquired their first performance art piece, Tino Sehgal’s “This You” (2006). “This You” will become a part of the museum’s permanent collection and will debut on Labor Day Weekend, with a group of DC-based musicians. Sehgal describes each piece in this work as a “constructed situation” and the performers as “interpreters.” The performance will consist of one solo woman singer who randomly selects a visitor, singing a song chosen just for them. An “interpreter,” or singer, will be performing any time the museum is open. For the first presentation, interpreters will include Tattiana Aqeel, Erin Frisby, Arielle Goodman, Briona Jackson, Sadie Leigh, Christiana Vandermale, Jahnel Daliya Slowikowski, and Lara Supan.

Gillian Wearing, "Me as an Artist in 1984" (2014), (image courtesy of Linda Pace Foundation)
Gillian Wearing, “Me as an Artist in 1984” (2014) (image courtesy of Linda Pace Foundation)

Ruby City, the new name for the Linda Pace Foundation’s Contemporary Art Center in San Antonio, announced that it has acquired Gillian Wearing’s photograph “Me as an Artist in 1984” (2014) from Regen Projects. The photograph depicts Wearing in her studio with a flesh-toned mask over her face, surrounded by her own artwork. Wearing uses silicon prosthetics in her work to reconstruct family photographs, in which she transforms herself into different family members and younger versions of herself “as a way of drawing a physical connection between herself and others with whom she shares a genetic link,” according to the Linda Pace Foundation. This is the first work by Wearing to join the Linda Pace Foundation’s permanent collection. [via email announcement]

The University of Wollongong (UOW) in Australia has acquired the late sculptor May Barrie’s maquette, “Winged Bull” (1969), through the creative arts alumna Jules McCue. The maquette was created as a model of a sculpture that is currently on display at St. Luke’s Cathedral in Liverpool. It was originally acquired by a friend of Barrie’s, Roberta Bell-Allen. Through her friendship with McCue, she arranged to have the piece donated to the UOW Art Collection. Amanda Lawson, Senior Professor and Director of the UOW Art Collection said of the donation, “The ‘Winged Bull’ maquette is a special piece that captures the working process of a major artist of the region.” Barrie is known for her granite and stone sculptures, which she continued to work on well into her 90s. Another Barrie sculpture, “Viva Solaris” (1976) is currently on display on UOW’s McKinnon Lawn.

Frank Frazetta, "Escape on Venus" (1972) (image courtesy of Heritage Auctions)
Frank Frazetta, “Escape on Venus” (1972) (image courtesy of Heritage Auctions)

Heritage Auctions’s sale of Comics & Comic Art in Dallas brought in a total of $6,670,739 on August 2–4. The sale’s top lot, Frank Frazetta’sEscape on Venus” (1972) painting, sold for $660,000. The painting was used as the cover image for the 1974 re-issue of Edgar Rice Burroughs’s novel Escape on Venus.

 

Nicholas Eveleigh, "Blue Number 2 (After Calder)" (2018), sheet metal, brass, wire and paint, 6.5 x 13 x 13 in. (image courtesy of Christie's)
Nicholas Eveleigh, “Blue Number 2 (After Calder)” (2018), sheet metal, brass, wire, and paint, 6.5 x 13 x 13 in. (image courtesy of Christie’s)

Christie’s Close to Home: Christie’s Staff Art Show in New York brought in a total of $39,625 on August 2. The sale’s top lot, Nicholas Eveleigh’sBlue Number 2 (After Calder)” (2018), sold for $3,750.

Suzanne McClelland, "wait" (1991) (image courtesy of Phillips)
Suzanne McClelland, “wait” (1991) (image courtesy of Phillips)

Phillip’s Phillips x Artsy: Carte Blanche online sale brought in a total of $84,571 on August 2. The sale’s top lot, Suzanne McClelland’swait” (1991), sold for $10,625.

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