Tate has acquired Yinka Shonibare CBE’s “The British Library,” an installation meant as a celebration of diversity in Britain, with 6,328 books bound in “Dutch wax print,” with the names of first- or second-generation British immigrants who have made contributions to British culture and history printed in gold leaf on 2,700 of the books’ spines. The installation was purchased through the assistance of Art Fund, the Tate International Council, the Africa Acquisitions Committee, Wendy Fisher, and THE EKARD COLLECTION, 2019. “The British Library” is a site-specific installation with a digital platform allowing visitors to discuss the work. The work is now open to the public as a part of Tate Modern’s collection displays.
The National Galleries of Scotland and the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) have jointly purchased Antonio Zucchi’s portrait of 18th-century Scottish architect James Adam. The portrait was purchased through a grant from the national charity Art Fund and will be on display at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh first, then at the V&A in their British Galleries in London later this year. Afterwards, the work will go on rotation between the two museums for seven years.
The Cleveland Museum of Art has acquired 17 Dutch drawings dating between 1600 and 1710; Louis Hayet’s painting “Banks of the Oise at Dawn” (1888); Jenny Holzer’s sculpture “Laments: Death came and he looked like … v” (1989); and 13 photographs by “modern American masters,” donated by Diann G. and Thomas A. Mann. The Dutch drawings include works by Jacques de Gheyn, Johannes Thopas, Maria Sibylla Merian, Gerrit van Honthorst, Nicolaes Knüpfer, Pieter Fransz, and more. Among the 13 photographs are pieces by Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Weston, Man Ray, Imogen Cunningham, Edward Steichen, Karl Struss, Walker Evans, Weegee, Richard Avedon, and more.
Christie’s The Collector: Le Goût Français sale in Paris brought in a total of €2,351,025 (~$2,638,000) on April 18. The sale’s top lot, a pair of Rococo consoles from Italy, by Giovanni Battista Foggini from the second quarter of the 17th century, sold for €175,000 (~$196,000).
Christie’s Prints & Multiples sale in New York brought in a total of $11,669,625 on April 17–18. The sale’s top lot, Edvard Munch’s “Angst, from Album des Peintres Graveurs” (1896), sold for $831,000.
Swann Galleries’ sale of Classic & Contemporary Photographs in New York brought in a total of $1,244,028. The sale’s top lot, an album with 118 1920s silver prints photographs, 16 attributed to Martín Chambi, depicting different regions of South America, sold for $58,750. [via email announcement]
As New York braces for a powerful storm, local artists can share their designs for ice sculptures to be constructed and displayed in the island’s new Winter Village.
Join Hyperallergic for an online conversation with cultural organizer and curator La Tanya S. Autry on February 1 at 7pm (EST).
A new exhibition at the National Arts Club in NYC spotlights work from the 1950s and ’60s by the late Abstract Expressionist painter Libbie Mark. Admission is free.
This week, the Tonga eruption as captured from space, Boston gets a big gift of Dutch and Flemish painting, 30 years of New Queer Cinema, an important Marcel Breuer house is demolished, and much more.
Being bowled over by an unknown artist’s first one-person show does not happen often but when it does, it renews your faith that the art world is not just about buzz and hype.
At this free online summit, hear from architects Tadao Ando and Lesley Lokko; artist Himali Singh Soin; author Amitav Ghosh; design studio Formafantasma; and more.
Surrealist images of a Rice Krispies box or Yukon Gold potato explore how data is transformed into the visual language called art.
What is wonderful about the online photography exhibition What Have We Stopped Hiding? is that one is given entrée to the internal monologue of the artists featured in the show.
This immersive video installation utilizes waterscape scenes to speak about concepts such as existence, intimacy, healing, and aquatic ecology.
Self-taught artists were invited to exhibit, and sell, their fuzzy stacks of pancakes and tasseled tapestries.
Our culture seems obsessed with the artist/model relationship, portrayed in countless movies and narratives as a relationship that is lustful and scandalous.
Creator Art Spiegelman said he was “baffled” by the decision and called the school board’s behavior “Orwellian.”