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Metropolitan Museum Will Sell Over 300 Chinese Artworks to Fund New Acquisitions

Plus, the Meadows Museum in Dallas has acquired four works of Spanish art, a Kansas City home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright sold for $920,000, and Shepard Fairey donated three prints to be shown in the Art the Arms Fair.

“Iris Bleus, Jardin du Petit Gennevilliers” (1892) by Gustave Caillebotte (via Wikimedia Commons)

During Sotheby’s Asia Week in September, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York will sell over 300 works of Chinese art gifted to the museum by philanthropists Florence and Herbert Irving. The proceeds will fully benefit the Irving Acquisition Fund, established to diversify the museum’s art collection. In March 2015, the Irvings donated around 1,300 works for the centennial of the museum’s Department of Asian Arts, agreeing that the museum could sell any of the works so long as proceeds went to future acquisitions.

After three years of conflict, the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) has acquired “Iris Bleus, Jardin du Petit Gennevilliers” (1892) by Gustave Caillebotte. Though the exact amount has not been revealed, it went for over $1 million. At a previous sale in 2016 the work was sold to a British art dealer at a Toronto auction for $678,500, but was blocked from leaving the country. The AGO is receiving a $540,000 grant from the Canadian government to aid the purchase.

A home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in Kansas City, Missouri, has sold for $920,000. Often called the Sondern-Adler House, the home was build in Wright’s renowned Usonian style, incorporating surrounding nature into the building structure.

'The Riverbed' by Yoko Ono at Andrea Rosen Gallery
Yoko Ono, “Mend Piece” at Andrea Rosen Gallery in 2015 (photo by Allison Meier for Hyperallergic)

The Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art (AAA) was gifted the papers of legendary Chelsea art dealer Andrea Rosen. The dealer shuttered her public exhibition spaces and chose to no longer represent living artists in 2017. “Rosen was a meticulous record keeper,” the AAA’s director, Kate Haw, told ARTnews. “The photo documentation is incredibly deep, and the correspondence with collectors and artists is really, really rich.” She says that the files stretch across 250 linear feet, as well as several terabytes of information. AAA currently catalogues the records of over 200 galleries, including Leo Castelli and Sidney Janis galleries.

Shepard Fairey, “End Gun Violence Together Peace Fingers” (2019) (copyright Shepard Fairey)

Shepard Fairey has donated three prints (all artist’s proofs) to be shown in the Art the Arms Fair, and auctioned to support the campaign against arms dealership in the United Kingdom. Hito Steyerl, Peter Kennard, and the Guerrilla Girls are also exhibiting work in the exhibition, which will occur concurrently to the London DSEI arms fair, from September 3–13. The work will be auctioned on September 13 at Maverick Projects in Peckham, South London. In a statement, Fairey said, “As an advocate for peace and justice and a strong believer in the role art can play in shaping dominant ideas in society, I’m proud to contribute to a show that shares my values along with a group of outspoken peers.” | via email announcement

Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Online sale brought in a total of £380,750 (~$465,962) The top lot was David Hockney‘s “The Arrival of Spring in Woodgate, East Yorkshire in 2011 – 1 April” which sold for 68,750 (~$84,136).

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