The Getty Research Institute has acquired the complete archives of Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen. The collection includes works from every period of Oldeberg’s career, with over 2,000 sketches and collages, 450 diaries and notebooks, collections of correspondence, photography, poetry, audiovisual material, plans and templates related to projects, loose writings, and more. The archives also feature collaborative works between Oldenburg and van Bruggen, such as large-scale projects and sculptures. “Practically speaking, this extensive archive is a detailed and intimate history of most of the major movements in American art since the middle of the last century and it will be a tremendous resource for art historians, curators, and artists,” said Glenn Phillips, curator and head of modern and contemporary collections at the Getty Research Institute. [via email announcement]
On Tuesday, the United States return two ancient figurines to Mexico, after they were seized form the Indiana home of amateur archeologist Don Miller, who died in 2015. Miller had a collection of 42,000 artifacts, many of which were taken illegally. The two figurines were from the Mesoamerican classical period, between 1,300 to 1,800 years ago. Before his death, the FBI raided Miller’s home and seized over 7,000 artifacts. “In the 1960s and 1970s, Mr. Miller participated in archeological digs in Mexico and Central America,” which is when he took the two figurines, special agent Edward Gallant told Agence France-Presse. Miller had agreed to cooperate with the FBI before he died and was never prosecuted. [Artdaily]
Ferens Art Gallery in Hull, UK has acquired Ian McKeever’s triptych “Portrait of a Woman,” which is currently on display in Gallery 3, alongside five works on paper donated by McKeever. ““Portrait of a Woman’ was acquired through the Ferens Endowment Fund and the Art Fund. “We are very proud to have secured this important contemporary painting by the locally born artist Ian McKeever,” said Stephanie Jones, exhibitions assistant at Ferens Art Gallery. [Artdaily]
Christie’s Félix et Heidi Stoll et à divers amateurs [Félix and Heidi Stoll and various amateurs] sale in Paris brought in a total of €1,517,000 (~$1,707,000) on April 9. The sale’s top lot, an important character standing Mezcala, Type M10, from the end of the Preclassive Period, sold for €187,500 (~$211,000).
Christie’s Modern British & Irish Art sale in London brought in a total of £1,916,750 (~$2,507,000) on April 9. The sale’s top lot, David Wynne’s “Boy with a Dolphin” (1973), sold for £212,500 (~$278,000).
Christie’s The Collector: English & European 18th & 19th Century Furniture, Ceramics, Silver & Works of Art sale in New York brought in a total of $3,334,500 on April 9. The sale’s top lot, an important set of four regency silver wine coolers with the mark of Paul Storr, London, two 1811, two 1813, sold for $175,000.
Christie’s The Tibor Collection: A Noble Eye for Chinese Export sale in New York brought in a total of $1,004,875 on April 10. The sale’s top lot, a massive pair of Mexican market Verte-Imari jars and covers from the Kangxi Period (1662–1722), sold for $106,250.
Christie’s Art d’Afrique, d’Océanie et d’Amérique du Nord sale in Paris brought in a total of €3,274,125 (~$3,688,000) on April 10. The sale’s top lot, a statue “Moai Kavakava Hooper” the Hoopermoai Kavakava figure, sold for €850,000 (~$957,000).
Christie’s Interiors: Including Noble & Private Collections sale in London brought in a total of £1,476,562 (~$1,930,000) on April 10. The sale’s top lot, a pair of North European giltwood martial trophy mirrors (19th century), sold for £32,500 (~$42,000).
Sotheby’s Picasso’s Menagerie: A Collector’s Legacy sale in London brought in a total of £2,139,375 (~$2,801,000) on April 9. The sale’s top lot, Pablo Picasso’s “Gross Oiseau Picasso” (1953), sold for £118,750 (~$155,000).
Sotheby’s Style: Furniture, Works of Art and Goldsmith sale in Paris brought in a total of €1,904,751 (~$2,146,000) on April 9. The sale’s top lot, a pair of Louis XIV gilt-bronze mounted Boulle tortoiseshell, brass, mother-of-pearl and tin marquetry commodes, attributed to Nicolas Sageot, circa 1700, sold for €175,000 (~$197,000).
YieldStreet, a digital investment platform, has purchased Athena Art Finance, an art-based lending company previously owned by The Carlyle Group, for about $170 million. Athena was launched in 2015 and has lent over $225 million against works of art. YieldStreet was also founded in 2015 and according to the Art Newspaper aims to make “alternative investments” “available to retail investors.” This is their first corporate acquistion. [The Art Newspaper]