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Vintage Labor Posters and More Just Sold for Over $500,000

Plus, works by Salvador Dalí and other Spanish artists will go to the Meadows Museum, and the Krannert Art Museum will house the portfolios of Hal Fischer.

William Sanger, “Vote American Labor Party / Roosevelt and Lehman” (1936) (image courtesy Swann Galleries)

Swann Galleries sale of Vintage Posters raked in $503,030 split across 380 lots sold. One of those was William Sanger’s “Vote American Labor Party / Roosevelt and Lehman” (1936), which sold for $7,250 — a record for the artist. (For those wondering, $7,250 in 1936 dollars would have been worth about $132,000.) Other notable entries: an uncredited 1970 ad for Porsche with actor Steve McQueen’s face on it that fetched $7,000 and four posters by Sergio Trujillo Magnenat’s advertising the inaugural 1938 Bolivarian Games. The highest lot sold, for $14,300, was Alphonse Mucha’s “The Seasons” (1900), in which the artist designed “young women as irresistible representations of the seasons” in four decorative panels on silk.

Designer unknown, “McQueen Drives Porsche” (1970) (image courtesy Swann Galleries)

The University of Texas at Austin’s Blanton Museum of Art and Art Galleries at Black Studies will soon display a 2014 gift from Drs. Susan G. and Edmund W. Gordon. The exhibition will include 23 drawings and prints, as well as a rare large-scale painting, by Charles White and will be titled Charles White: Celebrating the Gordon Gift. White’s works touch on pop culture and explore the nuances of Black life in America. The exhibition will include works by White as well as those his artistic circle, according to the museum.

The Krannert Art Museum at the University of Illinois has acquired the conceptual photographs of its alumnus Hal Fischer, a photographer known for his series Gay Semiotics and his work documenting San Francisco’s gay community in the ’70s. The three portfolios acquired were Gay Semiotics, Boy-Friends, and 18th St. Near Castro.

Salvador Dalí, “Venus de Milo with Drawers” (1936) (cast 1971) White paint on bronze, 15 x 3 1/8 x 3 7/8 in. (38 x 8 x 10 cm) (courtesy Meadows Museum, SMU, Dallas; gift of Daniel Malingue, photo by Kevin Todora)

The Meadows Museum at Southern Methodist University in Dallas has acquired four new works by Spanish artists: sculptures “Venus de Milo with Drawers,” (1936) by Salvador Dalí and “Our Lady of Solitude” (1769) by Manuel Ramírez, the drawing “Portrait of Margaret Kahn” (1923) by Ignacio Zuloaga, and the painting “Orchard in Seville” (c. 1880) by Emilio Sánchez Perrier. The works will be displayed in the coming months, according to the museum.

A planned “freedom museum” for banned art in Barcelona will exhibit a sculpture that was censored from Japan’s Aichi Triennale. “Statue of a Girl of Peace” (2011) by Korean artists Kim Seo-kyung and Kim Eun-sung was quickly acquired by the Spanish collector Taxto Benet, who plans to install it in his forthcoming museum.

The United Kingdom’s National Gallery acquired a Richard Parkes Bonington painting with a hefty price tag in an inheritance tax deal administered by the Arts Council. According to Antiques Trade Gazette, giving up the painting in question, “View on the River Seine – Morning” (1826-27), offloaded £643,365 (~$778,854) in taxes on the estate in question.

The  National Cowgirl Museum has announced a fun historical acquisition: Annie Oakley’s needlework belt. The legendary gunslinger and exhibition shooter created the 33.5-inch belt with a needle and thread on her third European shooting tour in 1891. Oakley would practice her needlework in her tent between events.

Correction: This story has been updated to correct details on the University of Texas’s acquisition of works by Charles White as well as the stewardship of the collection. 

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