At the Opening Night Preview Gala of Art Toronto 2018 last week, the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) acquired new work by Ontario’s Ken Nicol and Ligwilds’xw Kwakwaka’wakw artist Sonny Assu. Nicol’s drawing was purchased with funds raised at the Opening Night, matched by funds from the Peggy Lownsbrough Fund; and the Assu piece was purchased with the James Lahey and Pym Buitenhuis Fund. Nicol’s piece, titled “field II” (2017) “is a magnificent, large scale drawing made over the course of 72 days in 2017,” said Kitty Scott, the Carol and Morton Rapp Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the AGO. Assu’s work, “Re-Invaders: Digital Intervention on an Emily Carr Painting (Indian Church, 1929)” (2014) is a part of his ongoing series Interventions on the Imaginary and “overlays an iconic Emily Carr painting with neon pink 3D Indigenous design elements,” according to the AGO press release. [via email announcement]
The Metropolitan Museum of Art has acquired Serena Perrone’s work “A Volcano Pilgrim in Exchange for Fire” (2010). The piece was purchased from the Cade Tompkins Projects using the John B. Turner Fund.“Thanks to the support of Cade Tompkins Projects, I am pleased to see this series of prints enter the permanent collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, where I hope it will be enjoyed by generations to come and the words of the late poet Craig Arnold will continue to reach new audiences,” Perrone said.
McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, Texas has acquired Yasumasa Morimura’s “Dedicated to La Duquesa de Alba/Black Alba” (2004) and James Gobel’s “Robert” (2007) through funds from the McNay Contemporary Collectors Forum. “These particular acquisitions enhance two expanding priorities of the McNay’s contemporary holdings — an increasing global presence and greater emphasis on under-recognized communities,” said Head of Curatorial Affairs René Paul Barilleaux. Both works will be on display in McNay’s summer 2019 exhibition, Transamerica/n: Gender, Identity, Appearance Today.
Sotheby’s A Private View: Property from the Country Home of Christopher Cone and Stanley J. Seeger sale in London brought in a total of £2,762,717 (~$3,528,000) on October 30. The sale’s top lot, a wood “Adam” (c. 1630–1640) statuette attributed to Leonard Kern, sold for £394,000 (~$503,000).
Sotheby’s Collections sale in London brought in a total of £1,806,839 (~$2,307,000) on October 31. The sale’s top lot, an important Victorian ivory and hardstone inlaid ebony cabinet designed by Alfred Lrimer for Jackson and Graham, circa 1867, sold for £175,000 (~$223,000).
Christie’s Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds Including Oriental Rugs and Carpets sale in London brought in a total of £5,075,250 (~$6,480,000) on October 25. The sale’s top lot, a Kufic Qur’an folio on blue vellum, probably Qairouan, Tunisia, ninth century, sold for £512,750 (~$655,000).
Christie’s Arts d’Afrique d’Océanie et d’Amérique sale in Paris brought in a total of €5,214,750 (~$5,904,000) on October 30. The sale’s top lot, “Masque Fang, Ngil a Fang Mask” sold for €2,407,500 (~$2,726,000).
Christie’s Chefs-d’Oeuvre s’art Africain et Océanien de la Collection Adolphe Stoclet sale in Paris brought in a total of €1,393,125 (~$1,577,000) on October 30. The sale’s top lot, Appue-Tête Yaka a Yaka headrest from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, sold for €1,207,500 (~$1,367,000).
Christie’s sale of Old Masters in New York brought in a total of $9,454,500 on October 30. The sale’s top lot, Antonio Ponce’s “A basket of apples and quincces and flowers in a glass vase on a stone ledge,” sold for $576,500.
Christie’s sale of Property from the Estate of Eugene V. Thaw in New York brought in a total of $2,278,125 on October 30. The sale’s top lot, a wax Bozzetto of a standing man, possibly a model for Julius Caesar, attributed to Giambologna circa 1550, sold for $588,500.
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