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The coronavirus outbreak has scrambled this spring’s auction schedule. While Christie’s announced earlier this month that it would push its 20th Century & Contemporary Art Evening Sale in Hong Kong from March to May, Sotheby’s has now announced that it will be moving its Modern & Contemporary Art Sales in April from Hong Kong to New York. Sotheby’s will also be postponing several Hong Kong sales of art, jewelry, watches, and wine, initially intended for April, to July.
In a twist, the sought-after Donald B. Marron Family Collection will be sold collaboratively by Acquavella Galleries, Gagosian, and Pace Gallery rather than by an auction house. Marron, formerly the president of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, passed away in December, leaving behind a collection of around 300 modern and contemporary works valued at more than $450 million. The three galleries will hold a joint exhibition of Marron’s collection in New York this May to coincide with TEFAF New York, Frieze New York, and New York Spring Auction Week.
At Swann Galleries in New York, a sale of fine books, manuscripts, and autographs garnered $971,535, exceeding the sale’s high estimate. Rare first editions of Jane Austen’s six major novels, all in period binding, came to the auction block. Editions of Pride and Prejudice (1813) and Sense and Sensibility (1811) led the sale at $100,000 and $81,250, respectively. Other highlights included a first edition of J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye (1951); a 1863 document signed by Abraham Lincoln that declared America’s first national draft; and five documents that Philip K. Dick signed to his psychiatrist in 1973, including typed letters, a greeting card, and a “Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said” dust jacket. “My check for the $100 that I owe you will be delayed a little longer, because emergency surgery on my lower jaw suddenly ate up all we had on hand…” one letter reads. “(No pun intended).”
The Snite Museum of Art at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana announced the acquisition of “Sky Sentinels,”, a painted aluminum sculpture made by American sculptor Louise Nevelson in 1976 — the same year that she was selected to be the subject of a sweeping retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. The sculpture is a promised gift from art collector and Notre Dame alumnus Charles S. Hayes (’65), donated in memory of Burton and Naomi Kanter.
Poussin and the Dance is a valiant attempt to break into Poussin’s staunchly academic oeuvre and provide a relatable point of entry, highlighting the exciting elements of revelry and movement despite impenetrable and unemotional rendering.
Anarchist illustrator N.O. Bonzo produces decentralized media in a highly bureaucratic cultural landscape. Their illustrations, murals, and literature emerge in unexpected places, from the streets of Portland, Oregon, to the far ends of Reddit and Twitter, addressing relations of labor and identity in the workplace and on the streets. Growth and care are central themes…
This exhibition explores how images of the human body were used to provoke profound physical and emotional responses in viewers from the 15th through 18th centuries.
With scavenged materials, Amanda Maciel Antunes constructs a motherland.
Where are the directors taking the stage to acknowledge workers’ demands today?
The collaborative handmade paper- and printmaking center at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts publishes new works by Liz Collins and Sarah McEneaney.
There is a debate whether the memory of Little Syria should be seized upon to tell truthful and positive stories about Arabs in the US, or whether any conflation between its history and contemporary politics is inappropriate.
The profile includes works by Egon Schiele, Amedeo Modigliani, Peter Paul Rubens, and a prehistoric Venus of Willendorf figurine.
These horrifying dolls definitely won’t murder you in your sleep.