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Sotheby’s Masters Week sales in New York started off on a high note, with 170 paintings and drawings sold across two auctions, bringing in $67.8 million total. The Master Paintings Evening sale on January 30 brought in a total of $52,710,650. The sale’s top lot, Elisabeth-Louise Vigée Le Brun’s “Portrait of Muhammad Dervish Khan, Full-Length, Holding His Sword in a Landscape” (1788), sold for $7,185,900, setting the world auction record for any female artist of the pre-modern era.
The Museum of Modern Art has received a gift of 800 works from the Gilbert B. and Lila Silverman Instruction Drawing Collection. The collection includes works by over 300 artists, including John Cage, Christo, Merce Cunningham, Walter de Maria, Yoko Ono, Adrian Piper, RAMMELZEE, and Robert Rauschenberg. Some pieces in the collection are Yoko Ono’s “22 Instructions for Paintings” (1962), Eva Hesse’s “Addendum” (1967), Robert Rauschenberg’s only extant instructions for creating his 1951 “White Paintings” (1965), and much more. Most of the drawings, which the Silvermans began collecting in the 1970s, are from the 1960s through the 1980s. [via email announcement]
The Crow family has donated the entire collection of The Trammell and Margaret Crow Museum of Asian Art, along with $23 million, to the University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas). The gift will be used to create a second museum on the UT Dallas campus, and UT Dallas will also operate the current Crow Museum in the downtown Dallas Arts District. The current collection includes over 1,000 works from Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Thailand, Tibet, and Vietnam, spanning across multiple time periods, from ancient to contemporary.
The Library and Archives Canada has acquired a rare 1944 book previously owned by Adolf Hitler. The book is a 137-page German language report, titled Statistik, Presse und Organisationen des Judentums in den Vereinigten Staaten und Kanada [Statistics, Media, and Organizations of Jewry in the United States and Canada], compiled by Heinz Kloss and containing information on population statistics and key organizations and presses of Canadian and American Jewish communities. The bookplate contains a stylized eagle, swastika, and the words “EX LIBRIS ADOLF HITLER.” The acquisition came from a Judaica dealer who obtained it from a collection owned by a Holocaust survivor, and it will be preserved in the Jacob M. Lowy Collection of the library. According to the press release, “Library and Archives Canada hopes that this book becomes a tool for Holocaust remembrance and for fighting Holocaust denial.”
The only complete archive of Supreme skate decks in private hands sold for $800,000 in an online sale at Sotheby’s last week. The deck was purchased by Vancouver collector Carson Guo, who plans to display the archive in his creative shop, opening in Vancouver in 2020. Assembled by collector Ryan Fuller, the archive includes all 248 decks produced by Supreme over 20 years, from 1998–2018. The archive features collaborations with a number of artists, including Damien Hist, Rammellzee, George Condo, and more. “We have been overwhelmed by the response we have received from collectors and fans of Supreme, streetwear, skate culture and contemporary art alike, who came out in droves to view the archive in our galleries, on our website, and across social media,” said Noah Wunsch, Sotheby’s Global Head of e-Commerce. [via email announcement]
Sotheby’s sale of Fine Manuscript and Printed Americana in New York brought in a total of $4,496,375 on January 24. The sale’s top lot, the only known privately held copy of the celebrated William J. Stone Declaration of Independence, for which provenance can be traced back to a direct ancestor who received it in 1824, sold for $975,000.
Sotheby’s sale of Old Master Drawings in New York brought in a total of $15,056,875 on January 30. The sale’s top lot, Sir Peter Paul Rubens’s “Nude Study of a Young Man with Raised Arms,” sold for $8,202,000. This is the world auction record for a drawing by the artist.
Christie’s Catherine Deneuve and Yves Saint-Laurent sale in Paris brought in a total of €900,625 (~$1,029,000) on January 24. The sale’s top lot, Yves Saint Laurent Haute Couture, Fall/Winter 1977–1978, sold for €52,500 (~$60,000).
Christie’s Catherine Deneuve and Yves Saint Laurent online sale brought in a total of £261,750 (~$343,000) from January 23–30. The sale’s top lot, Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche Fall/Winter 1986–1987 tartan long coat, sold for £6,875 (~$9,000).
Christie’s Interiors sale in London brought in a total of £1,214,938 (~$1,593,000) on January 29. The sale’s top lot, Studio of Miguel Canals (1925-1995), “Basket of pears, birds and foliage” sold for £60,000 (~$79,000).
Christie’s Peter Petrou: Tales of the Unexpected sale in London brought in a total of £1,361,875 (~$1,785,000) on January 30. The sale’s top lot, a Cambodian bronze ceremonial bell, Battambang province, probably 2nd century BCE to 2nd century CE, sold for £125,000 (~$164,000).
Christie’s Old Master Prints sale in New York brought in a total of $4,895,750 on January 29. The sale’s top lot, Albrecht Dürer’s “The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, from: The Apocalypse” (c. 1497/98), sold for $612,500.
Phillips’s Evening & Day Editions sale in London brought in a total of £3,625,313 (~$4,731,000) on January 24. The sale’s top lot, Yayoi Kusama’s “Amout pour Toujours” (2000), sold for £200,000 (~$261,000). This was the world record auction for this set.
Archeologists can now prove the Vikings made landfall in the Americas hundreds of years before Columbus reached the Bahamas.
This week, the National Gallery of Art finally acquired a major work by Faith Ringgold, the director of The Velvet Underground talks film, North America’s Hindu Nationalist problem, canceling legacy admissions, and more.
No Vacancy, curated by Jody Graf, will be on view from October 26 through November 8 at the school’s Kellen Gallery in New York City.
Sculptures of Oaxacan alebrijes, envisioned as guardians of the nation’s immigrant community, and catrinas, Day of the Dead skeletons, are now at Rockefeller Center.
“I am trying to keep the immediacy of my emotional experience while I’m painting.”
Art by Athena LaTocha, Wendy Red Star, Marianne Nicolson, Anita Fields, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith & Neal Ambrose-Smith, and more is on view through January 2022.
The intention behind the seemingly bizarre combination was, according to Attie, “to give visual form to the shared American and Brazilian reality of nationalistic divisions that defines our political present.”
Nowhere in the museums’ advertising blitzkrieg for the performance were we told to bring our wildfire-season masks as well as our covid masks, and covid masks don’t prevent smoke inhalation.