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A Swann Galleries sale of Old Master Through Modern Prints hit over $398,000 in sales. Topping the lots were works by Rembrandt van Rijn, including an etching of “Pieter Haaring” (1655), which went for $81,250, and “A Beggar Seated on a Bank” (1630), which went for $60,000. An etching by Paul Klee, “Der Held mit dem Flügel–Inv. 2.” (1905), hit second place in the lots, selling for $75,000.
The Bern Museum of Fine Art will part with a painting by Édouard Manet, “Ships at Sea in Stormy Weather” (1873), for $4 million — one of the museum’s most valuable pieces from the artist that came from the collection of the late collector Cornelius Gurlitt. Gurlitt’s collection is known for including several verified artworks looted by the Nazis, and when Gurlitt died in 2014, the museum inherited his collection along with the responsibility of restituting the works that were in fact looted. In order to sell this piece, the museum’s director Nina Zimmer told The Art Newspaper, “it had to be a work under no suspicion that it was looted by the Nazis.”
The iconic black outfit worn in the film Grease by Olivia Newton-John has sold for $405,700 in a Julien’s auction of the actress’s belongings, the BBC reported. Newton-John famously sang and danced in the role opposite John Travolta, and other items sold include her shooting script for the film as well as the pink gown she wore to its premiere several decades ago.
A Christie’s online sale of Japanese and Korean Art reached a final sales receipt of $871,750. The top lot was a woodblock print of Katsuhika Hokusai’s “Kanagawa oki nami ura (Under the well of the Great Wave off Kanagawa),” which sold for $250,000.
A Christie’s sale of China Trade Paintings: Selections from the Kelton Collection totaled at £1,616,500 (~$2,071,868) before bidding ended. The top lot of the bunch: a scene credited to the Chinese School, “The Tea Warehouses at Canton: Tea being delivered to the warehouse; and Packing the tea chests for export” (circa 1820), which sold for £68,750 (~$88,121).
Archeologists can now prove the Vikings made landfall in the Americas hundreds of years before Columbus reached the Bahamas.
This week, the National Gallery of Art finally acquired a major work by Faith Ringgold, the director of The Velvet Underground talks film, North America’s Hindu Nationalist problem, canceling legacy admissions, and more.
No Vacancy, curated by Jody Graf, will be on view from October 26 through November 8 at the school’s Kellen Gallery in New York City.
Sculptures of Oaxacan alebrijes, envisioned as guardians of the nation’s immigrant community, and catrinas, Day of the Dead skeletons, are now at Rockefeller Center.
“I am trying to keep the immediacy of my emotional experience while I’m painting.”
Art by Athena LaTocha, Wendy Red Star, Marianne Nicolson, Anita Fields, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith & Neal Ambrose-Smith, and more is on view through January 2022.
The intention behind the seemingly bizarre combination was, according to Attie, “to give visual form to the shared American and Brazilian reality of nationalistic divisions that defines our political present.”
Nowhere in the museums’ advertising blitzkrieg for the performance were we told to bring our wildfire-season masks as well as our covid masks, and covid masks don’t prevent smoke inhalation.