The Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) has acquired five works by key Latin American Artists. The acquisition was made possible through the gifts of Dallas entrepreneur and civic leader Jorge Baldor, as well as through The Eugene and Margaret McDermott Art Fund, Inc.; the de Unger family, a trustee of The Keir Collection of Islamic Art; an anonymous donor; and a promised gift from DMA trustees Nancy and Jeremy Halbreich. The works include Miguel Covarrubias’s full-scale preparatory drawing for the mural “Genesis, The Gift of Life,” installed outside the Museum’s main entrance; pastels by Diego Rivera and Roberto Matta; and a 17th-century Peruvian textile. [via email announcement]
The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden has acquired 30 new works, 10 of which have been gifted from the former Corcoran Gallery of Art. The acquisition includes works by Sam Gilliam, Robert Gober, Petah Coyne, Harvey Quaytman, Charline von Heyl, Georg Baselitz, Chryssa, Liz Deschene, Jill Sanborn, Moath Alofi, Dana Awartani, Zhang Dali, Jessica Diamond, Zhang Huan, Yayoi Kusama, Tony Lewis, Helen Marten, Ahmed Mater, Donald Moffett, Jill Mulleady, Shirin Neshat, José Santos III, Avery Singer, Charline von Heyl, and Tsuruko Yamazaki. “We’re so pleased to begin the year by welcoming 30 incredible works into the Hirshhorn’s collection,” said Hirshhorn Director Melissa Chiu. “The gift from the Corcoran is particularly special, allowing the museum to continue the legacy of the former institution, building upon our current holdings of some of the foremost artists of the 20th and 21st centuries.” [via email announcement]
The Palmer Museum of Art at Penn State has received a gift of 140 American works on paper, donated by Penn State alumnus John P. Driscoll. The collection spans over 150 years from 1795 to 1950. The works include pieces by John Vanderlyn, Jasper Francis Cropsey, Sanford Robinson Gifford, David Johnson, Jervis McEntee, William Trost Richards, Jane Peterson, and more. “This gift of significant drawings, watercolors, and sketchbooks wonderfully complements and greatly enhances the museum’s extensive collection of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century American painting,” said Director Erin M. Coe. “As an integral part of a teaching museum embedded in a tier-one research university, the collection will become an important resource promoting new scholarship and research that fosters the study of American art for generations to come.” [Artdaily]
The German city of Xanten has agreed, after eight years of negotiations, to return Jan van der Heyden’s “View of a Dutch Square” to the heirs of Gottlieb and Mathilde Kraus, two art collectors who fled to Vienna in March 1938 to escape Nazi persecution. The work was seized by Nazis and has been a part of the St. Victor’s Cathedral collection since 1963. The Cathedral acquired the painting from an auction house in Cologne. During World War II, the painting was given to Hitler’s personal photographer and friend Heinrich Hoffmann. It is among over 160 looted works belonging to Gottlieb and Mathilde. [Artnet]
The Nationalmuseum in Stockholm, Sweden has acquired three works by English miniaturists Jeremiah Meyer, Ozias Humphry and John Cox Dillman Engleheart. The works include Meyer’s “A Boy in Blue Coat” (1780s), Humphry’s “Portrait of Suliman Aga Le Luna” (1782), and Engleheart’s “The Barker Family” (1820s). The pieces were purchased through donations and funds from private foundations and trusts, with contributions from the Hjalmar and Anna Wicander Foundation. [Nationalmuseum]
The Library of Congress has acquired a series of handwritten letters from Georgia O’Keeffe and her husband, the photographer Alfred Stieglitz. The letters are dated between 1929 and 1947, separately written to their friend, filmmaker Henwar Rodakiewicz. Up to now, the letters had been preserved in private hands in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The collection was acquired through a purchase and gift agreement from Susan Todd and Michael Kramm of Santa Fe, through the art and manuscript dealer William Channing. The letters are now available to researchers in the Library’s Manuscript Division. [Artdaily]
Sotheby’s Saturday at Sotheby’s: Asian Art sale in New York brought in a total of $3,012,251 on March 23. The sale’s top lot, various calligraphy attributed to Chen Liu, Chen Jiru, Qian Qianyi, Mao Xiang, and Liu Yong, sold for $122,500.
Sotheby’s sale of Fine Classical Chinese Paintings & Calligraphy in New York brought in a total of $7,259,750 on March 22. The sale’s top lot, Shen Zhou’s “Poems on Falling Flowers in Running Script,” sold for $3,020,000.
Sotheby’s sale of Indian, Himalayan & Southeast Asian Art in New York brought in a total of $5,166,500 on March 21. The sale’s top lot, a Thangka depicting a Hevajra Mandala, Tibet, second half of the 14th century (c. 1370–1380), sold for $2,420,000, setting the world auction record for any Tibetan painting.
Sotheby’s sale of Prints and Multiples in London brought in a total of £2,296,000 (~$3,035,000) on March 26. The sale’s top lot, Andy Warhol’s “The Scream (After Munch) (F. & S. IIIA.58)” (1984), sold for £325,000 (~$430,000)
Christie’s online sale of Contemporary Clay: Yixing Pottery from the Irving Collection brought in a total of $639,000 from March 19–26. The sale’s top lot, a compresed Yixing teapot and cover, “Flowing” made by Wang Yinxian and Zhang Shouzhi, sold for $150,000.
Christie’s Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art sale in New York brought in a total of $19,319,875 on March 22. The sale’s top lot, a rare and exceptional “Number Three” Jun Jardinière from the Yuan-Ming Dynasty, 14th–15th century, sold for $3,015,000.
Christie’s Power and Prestige: Important Early Chinese Ritual Bronzes from a Distinguished European Collection sale in New York brought in a total of $4,551,500 on March 22. The sale’s top lot, the Shao Fangding rare and important bronze rectangular ritual food vessel from the late Shang Dynasty, Anyang, 11th century BCE, sold for $1,095,000.
Christie’s Lacquer, Jade, Bronze, Ink: The Irving Collection Day Sale in New York brought in a total of $13,374,625 on March 21. The sale’s top lot, a large archaistic pale green and russet jade carving of a “Pig-Dragon” from China sold for $2,295,000.
Christie’s Handpicked: 50 works selected by the Saatchi Gallery sale in London brought in a total of £321,375 (~$425,000) on March 27. The sale’s top lot, Caroline Walker’s “Conservation” (2010), sold for £31,250 (~$41,000).