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At AuctionArt Paris, Vincent van Gogh‘s so-called “suicide gun”— the weapon believed to be the weapon the artist used to kill himself — has sold for €162,500 ($183,000). The rusty, 7mm pocket revolver was found by a farmer in a field in the northern French village of Auvers-sur-Oise in the 1960s. It was passed down through the family before later being put up for auction and eventually displayed at the Van Gogh Museum in 2016.
The auction house Sotheby’s has gone private in a $3.7 billion sale after spending 31 years on the stock exchange. It’s new owner is French-Israeli billionaire Patrick Drahi.
Recent auctions at Sotheby’s have done good business. The Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale on June 19 sold £98,875,924 (~$125,602,086). The highest lots in the pot: Claude Monet’s “Nymphéas” (1908) for £23,731,624 (~$30,146,281) and Amedeo Modigliani’s ” Jeune homme assis, les mains croisées sur les genoux” (1918) for £18,422,000 (~$23,403,861).
Sotheby’s Impressionist and Modern Art Day Sale on June 20 sold £16,563,750 (~$21,040,931) with Pablo Picasso’s “Le peintre. Buste de profil” (1967) topping the lots at £1,695,000 (~$2,156,040).
Sotheby’s Modern and Post-War British Art this week moved £8,250,250 (~$10480292) worth of paintings and more, with L.S. Lowry’s “A Cricket Match” (1938) cresting the rest and selling for £1,155,000 (~$1,451,373).
The Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry now sits under a new roof at the University of Iowa Libraries. It is the largest collection of concrete and visual poetry in the world and includes works from artists like Dom Sylvester Houédard, Henri Chopin, John Cage, Johanna Drucker, Yoko Ono, Tom Phillips, and more.
The Baltimore Museum of Art has acquired over 70 new works from artists as varied as Charles Gaines, Ebony G. Patterson, Faith Ringgold, Anna Maria Werner, and André Derain, along with a host of others. Some particular highlights include Mary Lovelace O’Neal’s “Running Freed More Slaves Than Lincoln Ever Did” (1995); Patterson’s “…we lost…for those who bear/bare witness” (2018); and Geta Brătescu’s “Mutter Courage (Mother Courage)” (1966).
Christie’s Modern British Art day auction on June 18 sold £5,802,625 (~$7,371,828) worth of art, with two works by Frank Bowling topping the lots: “Beggar No. 3” (1963) for £695,250 (~$883,266) and “Self-portrait” (1959) for £443,250 (~$563,118). Bowling’s runner up was Frank Auerbach’s “Head of J.Y.M.” (1986), which sold for £237,500 (~$301,727).
Christie’s Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale sold £36,413,750 (~$46261120) worth of works from artists like Fernand Léger, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, and Egon Schiele. It’s highest price realized: August Macke’s “Spaziergänger (Anlage mit Modegeschäft und Spaziergängern)” (1913) for £1,163,250 (~$1,477,827).
Christie’s Impressionist and Modern Art Day Sale topped out at £6,560,625 (~$8,334,814) and featured works by Picasso, Raoul Dufy, Max Ernst, Marcel Duchamp, and Renoir. Picasso took the lead on this one, with his “Nature morte – Journal, verre et paquet de tabac” (1921) going for £431,250 (~$547,872).
The Broad Museum in Los Angeles has acquired two significant pieces: “African American Flag,” (1990) by David Hammons and “Deep Blue” (2018) by Mark Bradford. The former is the first Hammons piece the museum has acquired; other work by the artist is currently included in Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power 1963-1983 — on view at the Broad until September 1. The latter is a 50-foot mixed-media piece realized on canvas.
The art world has paid attention to other artists from the same era, but we have not done the same with Sonia Gechtoff, and it is time that we did.
Wifredo Lam developed a style that dances between figuration and abstraction, but the selected compositions at Pace gallery tend to repeat.
“Following Sonorous Bodies” is available online. The journal also seeks guest editors for themed issues, books, and more, as well as contributors for Issue 8, “Birds & Language.” Proposals are due December 15.
These four artists dig into the cultural and geologic history of the enclave of Staten Island to produce work that resonates with the core of bell hooks’s commendation to love.
As acceptance of digital art grows, there is also a need to validate quality and recognize artists who explore radical ideas and achieve creative breakthroughs.
These multimedia works debuting on Voice include a “Death Mechanism” and allow fans to collect the artist’s origin story, told specifically for the metaverse.
Anthology Film Archives’ complete retrospective of the influential Canadian experimental filmmaker includes many exceptionally rare titles.
Breuer’s Bohemia is centered around the life and work of Marcel Breuer, but touches upon an entire cohort of Modernist influencers.
On December 13, learn about the Sam Fox School’s graduate programs in Visual Art and Illustration & Visual Culture, as well as the university’s competitive financial aid packages.
A conversation with Richard Kraft about his artist book in which he created penalty flags for nearly 10,000 of Trump’s misdeeds.
The guidelines are specifically meant to combat a form of online harassment known as doxing.
Your list of must-see, fun, insightful, and very New York art events this month.