The Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas has acquired the Pierre Bonnard painting “Landscape at Le Cannet” (1928) from the Wildenstein Gallery. This is the first work by Bonnard to enter the museum’s collection and depicts the artist’s villa near Cannes, France. The acquisition, according to the press release, is in honor of Kay Forston, the Kimbell Art Foundation’s president from 1975 through 2017. The painting will be on view starting tomorrow, August 31, in the museum’s Louis I. Kahn Building. [via email announcement]
Van Eaton Art Galleries’ That’s From Disneyland auction and exhibition brought in a total of $8.3 million in a two-day sale on August 25 and 26, and an original Dumbo the Flying Elephant ride car sold for $483,000. The auction featured Disneyland theme park vehicles, props, and artifacts from a 900-item collection. Leading up to the auction, collector Richard Kraft put together a That’s From Disneyland exhibition in a former sporting goods store in Los Angeles. The exhibition was visited by tens of thousands of people, and one couple got married there. Kraft began his collection 25 years ago. “When I finally decided to let it go it became much more about throwing a grand bon voyage party to those magical artifacts than about making projections about their worth,” Kraft said.“I’m still in a state of shock that Dumbo, Jose the talking parrot, and trash cans from Disneyland could make me feel as if I won the lottery.” A portion of the proceeds from the auction will go to two organizations benefitting children with Coffin-Siris syndrome, a genetic disorder that Kraft’s four-year-old daughter Daisy suffers from.
An unnamed US foundation, a group of private donors, and Christopher Cardozo Fine Art have donated to 12 tribal colleges complete sets of Edward Curtis‘s republication of The North American Indian, along with hundreds of Curtis photographs and a curated, digital collection of materials created by Edward Curtis for his photoethnographic publication. The donation values at over $500,000 and is being made in recognition of the 10,000 Native Americans who collaborated on the original publication of Curtis’s work. It is also meant “to support current efforts by Native people to reconnect with their history, culture, and traditions,” according to the press release. The North American Indian was an ethno-photographic project by Curtis, in which he travelled across North America from 1905–1930 creating 40,000 to 50,000 negatives and over 1,000 wax cylinder recordings and filming the earliest footage of Native Americans.
Heritage Auctions‘ sale of Americana and Political Memorabilia in Dallas brought in a total of $1,459,448. The sale’s top lot, a Polk & Dallas Highly Significant 1844 Campaign Flag Banner, sold for $81,250. Other notable items that sold are a pocket watch owned by a passenger on the Titanic ($57,000) and a 1773 cartoon cheering the Boston Tea Party ($37,500).
Christie’s online sale of the Collection of Melva Bucksbaum: Decorative Arts and Design brought in a total of $249,375 from August 16–24. The sale’s top lot, a Chinese Dayazhai Grisaille decorated yellow-ground vase from the late 19th to early 20th century, sold for $35,000.
Christie’s online sale of Horizon: Post-War and Contemporary Art brought in a total of $522,500 from August 13–23. The sale’s top lot, George Condo’s “Untitled” (c. 1983–1984) painting, sold for $75,000.
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