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Jewish Museum and NYPL Acquire Works By Maira Kalman, and Storm King Commissions Sarah Sze

Plus, Sotheby’s Midas Touch sale brings in almost $4 million, and Thomas Jefferson’s notes sell at auction.

Maira Kalman, “None of us is perfect“ from <em>The Elements of Style</em> (2004–2017), gouache on paper, 20 1/4 x 17 1/4 inches (image courtesy The Jewish Museum, New York and The New York Public Library)
Maira Kalman, “None of us is perfect“ from The Elements of Style (2004–2017), gouache on paper, 20 1/4 x 17 1/4 inches (image courtesy The Jewish Museum, New York and The New York Public Library)

The Jewish Museum and The New York Public Library (NYPL) have jointly acquired the complete series of 57 gouaches on paper created by Maira Kalman for the 2005 edition of The Elements of Style. Kalman’s book adapts the title of the reference book by William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White, pairing her illustrations with its grammatical rules. “Since I am Jewish and since I adore libraries,” Kalman said, “isn’t it thrilling that these two glorious institutions share the work? I make books. And I make art. The works are the intersection of these, mixed with a great dollop of curiosity. In a kind of Talmudic manner, I think E.B. White would be pleased. Doesn’t it all make complete wonderful sense?” [via email announcement]

Sarah Sze, rendering of "Fallen Sky" (2020) (© Sarah Sze, image courtesy Storm King Art Center)
Sarah Sze, rendering of “Fallen Sky” (2020) (© Sarah Sze, image courtesy Storm King Art Center)

Storm King Art Center has commissioned “Fallen Sky,” a site-specific sculpture by artist Sarah Sze. “Fallen Sky” is a “deliberately incomplete and increasingly delicate 36-foot-diameter spherical cavity, sheathed in mirrored stainless steel.” The work will be placed halfway down Museum Hill below the museum building in an area chosen by Sze, in consultation with Storm King’s curators. “Pressing into the earth, the concave sculpture reflects the concave sky, creating a sense of the landscape in reverse,” says Sze. “As visitors peer into the reflection, they are immersed in the sky from above and below, teetering between a sense that the sculpture has dropped from above and a sense that it is emerging from the earth. Framed by the landscape, the work erases the land and gives form to the air, allowing an intimate view of what is normally vast and immeasurable.” The work will be unveiled in the spring of 2020.

Yves Klein, “Monogold san titre (MG 44)” (1962), gold leaf on wood panel (image courtesy Sotheby’s)

Sotheby’s The Midas Touch sale in London brought in a total of £3,039,500 (~$3,988,000) on October 17. The sale’s top lot, Yves Klein’s “Monogold Sans Titre (MG 44)” (1962) sold for £1,000,000 (~$1,312,000).

Thomas Jefferson, Notes on the State of Virginia; written in the year 1781. somewhat corrected and enlarged in the winter of 1782, for the use of a foreigner of distinction, in answer to certain queries proposed by him [Paris: for the author by Philippe-Denis Pierres] (1782) (image courtesy Sotheby's)
Thomas Jefferson, Notes on the State of Virginia; written in the year 1781. somewhat corrected and enlarged in the winter of 1782, for the use of a foreigner of distinction, in answer to certain queries proposed by him [Paris: for the author by Philippe-Denis Pierres] (1782) (image courtesy Sotheby’s)
Sotheby’s Gallison Hall: The James F. Scott Collection auction in New York brought in a total of $3,731,313 on October 15. The sale’s top lot, Thomas Jefferson’s notes of the state of Virginia, written in the year 1781, somewhat corrected and enlarged in the winter of 1782, for the use of a foreigner of distinction, in answer to certain queries proposed by him, sold for $300,000.

Chaumet, sapphire and diamond ring (1930s), claw-set with a cushion-shaped sapphire weighing 12.83 carats, to baguette diamond shoulders, size 48, signed Chaumet, French assay marks for platinum and partial maker's mark, gross weight approximately 5.84 grams (image courtesy Sotheby's)
Chaumet, sapphire and diamond ring (1930s), claw-set with a cushion-shaped sapphire weighing 12.83 carats, to baguette diamond shoulders, size 48, signed Chaumet, French assay marks for platinum and partial maker’s mark, gross weight approximately 5.84 grams (image courtesy Sotheby’s)

Sotheby’s Paris Jewels sale brought in a total of €4,504,438 (~$5,216,000) on October 11. The sale’s top lot, a signed Chaumet sapphire and diamond ring from the 1930s, sold for €627,000 (~$726,000).

El Anatsui, "Ghanaian Tagomizor" (2005), aluminum bottle caps and copper wire, 61 by 85 inches (image courtesy Sotheby's)
El Anatsui, “Ghanaian Tagomizor” (2005), aluminum bottle caps and copper wire, 61 by 85 inches (image courtesy Sotheby’s)

Sotheby’s Modern & Contemporary African Art sale in London brought in a total of £2,274,625 (~$2,987,000) on October 16. The sale’s top lot, El Anatsui’sGhanaian Tagomizor” (2005), sold for £670,000 (~$880,000).

Joseph Walsh, unique "Enignum X" dining table with engraved copper plaque (2013), olive ash, burr olive ash, white oil, 29 1/2 x 141 3/4 x 57 1/8 inches, produced by Joseph Walsh, County Cork, Ireland (image courtesy Sotheby's)
Joseph Walsh, unique “Enignum X” dining table with engraved copper plaque (2013), olive ash, burr olive ash, white oil, 29 1/2 x 141 3/4 x 57 1/8 inches, produced by Joseph Walsh, County Cork, Ireland (image courtesy Sotheby’s)

Sotheby’s Design sale in London brought in a total of £1,939,625 (~$2,547,000) on October 16. The sale’s top lot, Joseph Walsh’s unique “Enignum X” dining table (2013), sold for £316,000 (~$415,000).

A fine and large French ormolu-mounted kingwood and bois satiné three-piece bedroom suite in the manner of Charles Cressent, by Emmanuel Zwierner, Paris (late 19th century), comprising a bed, a commode, and a large vanity and mirror, the commode: 38 inches high, 62 ½ inches wide, 26 ½ inches deep, the bed: 66 ½ inches high, 77 ½ inches wide, 85 ½ inches deep, the vanity: 92 ½ inches high, 72 ¾ inches wide, 18 inches deep (image courtesy Christie's)
A fine and large French ormolu-mounted kingwood and bois satiné three-piece bedroom suite in the manner of Charles Cressent, by Emmanuel Zwierner, Paris (late 19th century), comprising a bed, a commode, and a large vanity and mirror, the commode: 38 inches high, 62 ½ inches wide, 26 ½ inches deep, the bed: 66 ½ inches high, 77 ½ inches wide, 85 ½ inches deep, the vanity: 92 ½ inches high, 72 ¾ inches wide, 18 inches deep (image courtesy Christie’s)

Christie’s A Golden Age: An Important Collection of 19th Century Furniture & Decorative Art auction in New York brought in a total of $1,832,500 on October 16. The sale’s top lot, a fine and large French Ormolu-mounted kingwood and Bois satiné three-piece bedroom suite in the manner of Charles Cressent, by Emmanuel Zwierner, Paris, in the late 19th century, sold for $125,000.

Carlo Mollino, an important 'Tipo B' side chair (1950), from a production of six chairs designed for Casa Licitra Ponti, Milan, Resinflex, brass, tubular brass, 37 3/5 high x 15 wide x 21 inches deep (image courtesy Museo Casa Mollino, Turin)
Carlo Mollino, an important ‘Tipo B’ side chair (1950), from a production of six chairs designed for Casa Licitra Ponti, Milan, Resinflex, brass, tubular brass, 37 3/5 high x 15 wide x 21 inches deep (image courtesy Museo Casa Mollino, Turin)

Christie’s Thinking Italian Design sale in London brought in a total of £3,465,875 (~$4,551,000) on October 17. The sale’s top lot, Carlo Mollino’s important “Tipo B” side chair (1950), sold for £518,750 (~$681,000), a record price for this model as well as the designer.

Daniel Buren, "Peinture aux formes variables" (1966), paint on cotton cloth with white and grey stripes, alternating and vertical, of 8.7 centimeters wide each, 74 ¾ x 74 3/8 inches (image courtesy Christie's)
Daniel Buren, “Peinture aux formes variables” (1966), paint on cotton cloth with white and grey stripes, alternating and vertical, of 8.7 centimeters wide each,
74 ¾ x 74 3/8 inches (image courtesy Christie’s)

Christie’s Paris Avant-Garde sale in Paris brought in a total of €29,602,250 (~$34,056,000) on October 17. The sale’s top lot, Daniel Buren’sPeinture aux formes variables [Painting with varying forms]” (1966), sold for €667,500 (~$768,000).

Ingo Maurer, "Porca Miseria! Chinese Love," first conceived 1994, this version executed 2017, produced by Ingo Maurer GmbH, Munich, Germany, from the production of 2, steel mesh, steel, glazed porcelain and hand painted porcelain figures, painted wood chopsticks 47 ¼ high x 32 inches diameter (image courtesy Christie's)
Ingo Maurer, “Porca Miseria! Chinese Love,” first conceived 1994, this version executed 2017, produced by Ingo Maurer GmbH, Munich, Germany, from the production of 2, steel mesh, steel, glazed porcelain and hand painted porcelain figures, painted wood chopsticks, 47 ¼ high x 32 inches diameter (image courtesy Christie’s)

Christie’s Design sale in London brought in a total of £2,869,062 (~$3,765,000) on October 17. The sale’s top lots, Ingo Maurer’sPorca Miseria! Chinese Love” (2017), first conceived in 1994, and René Lalique’s “Épines Formant Quatre Pieds [Thorns Forming Four Feet],” a rare vase designed in 1921, sold for $75,000 each.

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