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24 Impressionist Master Paintings Donated to the High Museum of Art

Plus, the University of Chicago Library now has the largest institutional collection of Vivian Maier photographs, and the Getty Research Institute has acquired the massive archive of Sidney B. Felsen.

Camille Pissarro, “Pièce d’eau à Kew, Londres” (1892) oil on canvas, 18 1/8 x 21 5/8 inches (courtesy High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Doris and Shouky Shaheen Collection)

Atlanta’s High Museum of Art has accepted a donation of 24 Impressionist paintings by masters like Henri Matisse, Claude Monet, Amedeo Modigliani, Camille Pissarro, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir, among others, from local philanthropists Doris and Shouky Shaheen. The High will house the works in its new Doris and Shouky Shaheen Gallery in its Stent Family Wing beginning in fall 2019.

The Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles has acquired the five-decade-spanning archive of photographer Sidney B. Felsen. Felsen, who will turn 95 on September 3, spent a lifetime documenting fellow artists like Robert Rauschenberg, Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg, Ellsworth Kelly, Jasper Johns, David Hockney, Richard Serra, and was donated by Jack Shear. (Shear, Kelly’s husband, bought the archive off of Felsen earlier this year and donated it to the Getty, also giving 15 prints to the Getty Museum.)

Anish Kapoor, “untitled” (courtesy Art the Arms Fair)

The artist Anish Kapoor has donated a signed print to be displayed and auctioned at the forthcoming Art the Arms Fair exhibition. London’s Art the Arms Fair coincides with the timing of and speaks against Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI), one of the world’s largest arms fairs. “I support Art the Arms Fair in their mission to challenge the multibillion pound business that is the arms trade with its conscience free sale of barbaric weaponry to all corners,” Kapoor said in a statement.

The University of Chicago Library has received a donation of over 2,700 photographs taken by Vivian Maier, making it the largest institutional collection of the photographer’s prints. The gift comes from collector John Maloof and includes “more than 1,200 black-and-white and 1,400 color prints” showcasing her word travels and her documentation of Chicago itself.

The Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Arkansas will be the permanent home of Yayoi Kusama‘s installation “Infinity Mirrored Room―My Heart is Dancing Into the Universe” (2018). The museum will make the highly Instagrammable installation available to museum members for one month starting Labor Day Weekend, with the exhibition opening up to the public on October 2.

Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Online sale ending August 22 closed at £380,750 (~$463,962). At the top of the lots: David Hockney’s “The Arrival of Spring in Woldgate, East Yorkshire in 2011 – 1 April” (2011), which sold for £68,750 (~$83775).

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