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LACMA Acquires Eight New Works, and Harvard Museums Receive 70 Otto Piene Sketchbooks

Plus, George Condo and Giorgio de Chirico sell at auction.

Luchita Hurtado, "Untitled" (c. 1951) (© Luchita Hurtado, photo courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth)
Luchita Hurtado, “Untitled” (c. 1951) (© Luchita Hurtado, photo courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth)

The Los Angeles Country Museum of Art (LACMA) has acquired eight new works of art, announced during the Museum’s 33rd annual Collectors Committee fundraiser. The works include Luchita Hurtado’s crayon and ink drawing “Untitled” (c. 1951), which was a gift from Janet Dreisen Rappaport and Herb Rappaport through the 2019 Collectors Committe; Charlotte Perriand’s “Kitchen for an apartment in Le Corbusier’s Unité d’Habitation” (1952), a gift of the 2019 Collector’s Committee; Lisa Reihana’s video installation “in Pursuit of Venus [infected],” jointly purchased by LACMA through the 2019 Collectors Committee and Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Foundation Purchase, and the Phyllis C. Wattis Fund for Major Acquisitions; Luisa Roldán’s wood sculpture “The Education of the Virgin” (early 1680s), a gift of the 2019 Collectors Committee with funds from Linda Borick and Bill Davidson on behalf of the Louis L. Borick Foundation; Farideh Lashaï’s “When I count, there are only you…, But when I look, there is only a shadow” (2012–13), a gift of the 2019 Collectors Committee; Huma Bhabha’s “God of Some Things” (2011), a gift of the 2019 Collectors Committee; five African American quilts, including Mary Lou (“Mother”) Brown’s “Hit and Miss” (1945), Effie Jackson’s “Double Strip (early 1940s), Laverne Bracken’s “Strip” (1992), Sherry Byrd’s “Roman Stripe Variations” (1989), and Rosie Lee Tompkins’s “Hit and Miss Strip” (1983), which were all gifts of the 2019 Collectors Committee; and Anne Truitt’s sculpture “White: Four” (1962), a gift of the 2019 Collectors Committee.

Otto Piene, "Sketchbook: Groton" (2012), mixed media, Harvard Art Museums/Busch-Reisinger Museum, Gift of Elizabeth Goldring Piene, (© 2019, photo by Charles Sternaimolo)
Otto Piene, “Sketchbook: Groton” (2012), mixed media, Harvard Art Museums/Busch-Reisinger Museum, Gift of Elizabeth Goldring Piene (© 2019, photo by Charles Sternaimolo)

The Harvard Museums have received a gift of 70 sketchbooks by Otto Piene, from the poet and author Elizabeth Goldring, the artist’s wife. The sketchbooks date from 1935–2014 and are largely unpublished, and the next Stefan Engelhorn Curatorial Fellow in the Busch-Reisinger Museum (2019–21) will be appointed to study and catalogue the gift. Also included in the gift are a selection of pens that Piene used for his sketches. These will be held in the Center for the Technical Study of Modern Art (CTSMA) and will be used for the long-term preservation of the sketchbooks. [via email announcement]

A pair of vases in the style of Louis XVI, mounted in a lamp, Qing Dynasty, cracked celadon porcelain from China, and chased and gilded bronze mount, the handles formed by two intertwined serpents, mounted on electricity (image courtesy Christie’s)

Christie’s Hommage à Serge Royaux sale in Paris brought in a total of €672,688 (~$760,000) on April 17. The sale’s top lot, a pair of vases of the style of Louis XVI mounted in a lamp (China, Qing Dynasty), sold for €75,000 (~$85,000).

Christie’s Feelings in Colour: The Graphic Art of Howard Hodgkin online sale brought in a total of £302,500 (~$394,000) on April 4–12. The sale’s top lot, Howard Hodgkin’s “As Time Goes By (Red)” (2009), sold for £68,750 (~$90,000).

Christie’s First Open online sale brought in a total of £1,970,000 (~$2,568,000) on April 4–11. The sale’s top lot, George Condo’s “Untitled” (1983), sold for £118,750 (~$155,000).

A Louis XV Chinese lacquer and European varnish gilt-bronze mounted commode, (c. 1750), attributed to Jacques Dubois, opening with two drawers, the Flemish marble top, with a label "Château de Divonne" (image courtesy Sotheby's)
A Louis XV Chinese lacquer and European varnish gilt-bronze mounted commode, (c. 1750), attributed to Jacques Dubois, opening with two drawers, the Flemish marble top, with a label “Château de Divonne” (image courtesy Sotheby’s)

Sotheby’s Sylvain Lévy-Alban: Rive Droite / Rive Gauche sale in Paris brought in a total of €1,942,442 (~$2,195,000) on April 17. The sale’s top lot, a Louis XV Chinese lacquer and European varnish gilt-bronze mounted commode, circa 1750, attributed to Jacques Dubois, sold for €65,000 (~$73,000).

Giorgio de Chirico, "Interno Metafisico con Officine" (1951–52), oil on canvas, 31 1/2 x 23 3/4 inches (image courtesy Sotheby's)
Giorgio de Chirico, “Interno Metafisico con Officine” (1951–52), oil on canvas, 31 1/2 x 23 3/4 inches (image courtesy Sotheby’s)

Sotheby’s Collection Particulière Italienne: De Giovanni Fattori à Giorgio de Chirico in Paris brought in a total of €1,602,063 (~$1,810,000) on April 16. The sale’s top lot, Giorgio de Chirico’s “Interno Metafisico Con Oficine” (1951–52), sold for €480,500 (~$543,000).

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