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The Blanton Museum Gifts 500 Works to Texas Museums, and German Museum Gets 150 Beuys Works

Plus, M+ in Hong Kong acquires all of Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries’s works, and the Millennium Sapphire is purchased for $50 million.

Alex Katz, "Ada in a Hat" (1990), silkscreen in 14 colors on Arches paper, 35 x 44 1/2 x 1 inches (Collection of Wichita Falls Museum at Midwestern State University, Gift of the Blanton Museum of Art, 2018, Transfer from The Contemporary Austin, gift of Camille and Dave Lyons, 2010; image courtesy of The Blanton Museum of Art)
Alex Katz, “Ada in a Hat” (1990), silkscreen in 14 colors on Arches paper, 35 x 44 1/2 x 1 inches (Collection of Wichita Falls Museum at Midwestern State University, Gift of the Blanton Museum of Art, 2018, Transfer from The Contemporary Austin, gift of Camille and Dave Lyons, 2010; image courtesy of The Blanton Museum of Art)

The Blanton Museum of Art at The University of Texas at Austin has announced the gift of 500 works to 17 museums throughout Texas. In May 2017, the Blanton and The Contemporary Austin began a collaboration in which The Contemporary Austin gifted its legacy collection, comprising of over 700 works, to the Blanton. This marks the second phase of that collaboration. The gift includes works by Andy Warhol, Alex Katz, Julian Schnable, and Judy Chicago, among others. Blanton director Simon Wicha said, “As leaders in Austin’s vibrant and rapidly growing arts community, the Blanton and The Contemporary Austin are delighted to collaborate on this ambitions multi-phase project, which will impact the arts here in Austin and throughout Texas.

Joseph Beuys, felt suit, donation by Ingrid and Manfred Rotert (© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018, photo by LWL/Sabine Ahlbrand-Dornseif)
Joseph Beuys, felt suit, donation by Ingrid and Manfred Rotert (© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018, photo by LWL/Sabine Ahlbrand-Dornseif)

The Kunstmuseum of the Landschaftsverband Westfalen-Lippe (LWL), or Museum of Art and Culture, in Münster, Germany recently received a donation of 150 multiples by Joseph Beuys. According to the press release, “Multiples are objects of which multiple copies are made.” This practice began in the 1960s in an attempt to make art more accessible to a wider audience. The donation comes from the Rotert family from Osnabrück and includes objects, postcards, photographs, and graphic editions. The works will be on display in the exhibition Shell and Core: Multiples by Joseph Beuys from November 29, 2018 through September 29, 2019.

Hung Liu, "All the Ancestors" (2011), mixed media print, (image courtesy of Trillium Graphics, Brisbane, CA)
Hung Liu, “All the Ancestors” (2011), mixed media print, (image courtesy of Trillium Graphics, Brisbane, CA)

Contemporary Chinese artist Hung Liu and Trillium Graphics master printer David Salgado have donated 55 works of art to the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at the University of Oregon. The works, according to the museum, “exemplify the innovative mixed-media techniques they developed in which printed and painted elements are embedded in layers of resin to evocative, gestural effect.” Liu developed these works with Trillium Graphics through a technique she calls “za zhong,” in which a medium of transparent resin allows a layering of images in Liu’s oil paintings. Liu is known for colorful paintings based on historical Chinese photographs, and David Salgado is the founder, director, and owner of Trillium Graphics. The donated works will serve as the basis for a series of courses at the University of Oregon, ending in a special exhibition in collaboration with faculty and students. Two of the donated works are currently on display in two separate exhibitions at the museum. [via email announcement]

Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries, "The Art of Sleep" (2006, still) (image courtesy of Young Hae Chang Heavy Industries M+, Hong Kong)
Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries, “The Art of Sleep” (2006, still) (image courtesy of Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries M+, Hong Kong)

M+, a new museum of visual culture in Hong Kong’s West Kowloon Cultural District has acquired the complete body of work, along with the rights to any future pieces of Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries, a digital artist duo based in Seoul. This currently includes over 500 works by the artist duo, including gallery installations, lecture performances, drafts, and alternative and translated versions of artworks. The archive will be updated twice a year and available on-site and on demand. Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries was established in 1999 by South Korean artist Young-Hae Chang and American artist Marc Voge. Their work uses “text-based computer animations, synchronized with original music.” Suhanya Raffel, Executive Director of M+ says of the acquisition, “No other artists working online can boast the longevity and continued relevance of Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries, making them undeniably worthy of this high-profile position in the M+ Collections.” Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries adds, “We’re lucky dogs.” The museum will launch a symposium of the works, titled M+ Matters: Art and Design in the Digital Realm on August 31 and September 1.

Wu Guanzhong, "Households around the bridge of the Zhou Village" (image courtesy of the Hong Kong Museum of Art)
Wu Guanzhong, “Households around the bridge of the Zhou Village” (image courtesy of the Hong Kong Museum of Art)

The Hong Kong Museum of Art has received a donation of Wu Guanzhong’s (1919–2010) works from the artist’s family for the museum’s permanent collection. The works include a number of paintings and sketches, as well as work seals, documents, a certificate, and a medallion awarded by the French government. This is one of several donations from the artist’s family, and the Hong Kong Museum of Art now holds the largest collection of Wu Guanzhong works, with over 450 items. The museum has been closed since August 2015 for renovations but will re-open in the second half of 2019 with a permanent Wu Guanzhong Art Gallery.

Tennessee Williams, "The Tidings Brought to Mary at Far Rockaway" (1975), oil on canvas (on loan from David Wolkowky, image courtesy of the Jewish Museum of Florida)
Tennessee Williams, “The Tidings Brought to Mary at Far Rockaway” (1975), oil on canvas (on loan from David Wolkowky, image courtesy of the Jewish Museum of Florida)

David Wolkowsky, a member of one of the earliest Jewish families of Florida, loaned a set of paintings by Tennessee Williams to the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU. The paintings have in the past been exhibited in Key West but will move to Miami Beach for the exhibition Tennessee Williams: Playwright and Painter. The show will feature nine rare paintings that Williams created in Key West in the 1970s. Wolkowsky was a Key West developer and close friend of Williams, and Wolkowsky’s family history is documented in the Jewish Museum’s permanent collection.

1792 gold coin (image courtesy of Heritage Auctions)
1792 gold coin (image courtesy of Heritage Auctions)

A 1792 gold coin believed to have been the property of President George Washington has sold for $1,740,000 at auction in Philadelphia by Heritage Auctions on August 16. Since 1792, the coin has transferred between eight numismatists, and in 1942, collector Eric P. Newman acquired the coin. It had been in his possession until his death in 2017. Jim Halperin, co-founder of Heritage Auctions said of the coin, “Numismatic researchers widely agree it is one of the most important coins in American history.” All proceeds from the auction will go to charitable causes.

The Millennium Sapphire (image courtesy of millenniumsapphire.com)
The Millennium Sapphire (image courtesy of millenniumsapphire.com)

Yulong Eco-Materials Limited (YECO), “a vertically integrated manufacturer of eco-friendly building products and a construction waste management company” in Pingdingshan in Henan Province, China has purchased the Millennium Sapphire for $50 million. The Millennium Sapphire is “one of the most documented gemstones of modern times.” It was discovered in Madagascar in 1995 and holds the record for the largest carved sapphire in the world, at 61,500 carats. The Sapphire was part of a design and carving project directed by Italian artist and designer Alessio Boschi, who wanted to “sculpt a tribute to the creative genius of humanity.” YECO will take the Sapphire on a world tour of museums, develop documentaries, and work to include it in the plots of feature films. YECO CEO Hoi Ming Chan said, “We will develop the business and cash flows of the Millennium Sapphire through branding and licensing along with royalties and ticket sales through major museums worldwide.”

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