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Valuable resource for current information on the art world. Features a series of timely stories covering a variety of art-related news and events internationally. Special sections offer a list of exhibitions sorted by museum, country, and opening and ending dates; coverage of major art events and festivals; informative pages on major art museums worldwide (without links to their websites); reviews of exhibits and stories of special interest; and information on famous events in history for each day of the year.

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  • Exhibitions
    Pace Gallery welcomes Glenn Kaino

    Glenn Kaino, Colonial Division Stage 3, The Troubles Within, 2019, Gold plated model parts, amber, insect pins, and high density urethane 90" x 50" x 4.5" © Glenn Kaino, Photography by John Davis. NEW YORK, NY.- Marc Glimcher, CEO and President of Pace Gallery, announced the gallery’s worldwide and exclusive representation of Glenn Kaino. Kaino is known internationally for his expansive vision and activist-minded practice, which encompasses painting, sculpture, installation, performance, monumental public art, theatrical production, and feature film. Examining a wide range of political, social, and environmental issues in his work, Kaino takes a multidisciplinary and collaborative approach to art making. His work brings together systems of knowledge, forms of production, and people that do not normally have a chance to connect, and often involves long-term partnerships with a diverse array of visionary collaborators. Kaino’s work in any media and within any system is distinguished by his obsessive investment in technical virtuosity, functionality, and legitimacy. The artist’s practice, which has focused on equity, social justice, and climate change, among other urgent topics, traces through lines among various art historical movements, including Arte Povera, Conceptualism, and performance art. A relentless optimist, Kaino creates work that is imbued with hope, revealing structures of power and domination and creating opportunities for direct action and progress, all rooted in the belief that cultural production can affect real change. Kaino often highlights the illusionistic and mesmeric effects of scientific and natural phenomena in his large-scale installations to explore notions of empathy and subjectivity and to bring legibility to the often invisible forces that shape our world. Marc Glimcher says: “Glenn Kaino connects the dots between macro and micro, and across time and space, upending art historical reference points to serve up work that highlights our most uncomfortable social realities. His acute engagement with the world around us results in a broad and inclusive art-making practice that feels vital to us in this moment, aligning him with other recent additions to the Pace roster such as JR, and Rafael Lozano-Hemmer. We look forward to exploring new ideas and projects with Glenn, including exhibitions in the physical and…

  • Auction Industry
    Phillips’ London New Now Auction on 13 July to be led by Andy Warhol’s Flowers

    Andy Warhol, Flowers. Acrylic and silkscreen ink on canvas, 24 x 24 in. (61 x 61 cm) Executed in 1964-65. Estimate: £1,000,000 - 1,500,000. Image courtesy of Phillips. LONDON.-Phillips announced highlights ahead of the New Now sale in London. The sale will be led by Andy Warhol, Gerhard Richter, KAWS, Banksy, Josh Smith, Kehinde Wiley, Lynn Chadwick, Alex Katz, and Kudzanai-Violet Hwami. Further highlights include works by younger stars Salman Toor, Erik Parker, Genieve Figgis, Jonas Wood, and Eddie Martinez. A group of 12 works chosen by Stella McCartney from her McCartney A to Z Manifesto will be offered in the sale, with proceeds going to charities chosen by the artists to feature, included amongst which are Joanna Vasconcelos, Sam Taylor-Johnson, and Cindy Sherman. For the first time, Phillips will offer an NFT in London, titled Phytocene by musician Agoria, Oscar-winning sound designer Nicolas Becker and bio-physicist Nicolas Desprat. Also on offer is a selection of works from contemporary African artists including Amani Lewis and Wonder Buhle Mbambo whose work has been donated by Africa First in order to benefit the Africa First Artist Residency Program. The New Now sale is comprised of over 230 lots and will take place on 13 July at 2pm. Simon Tovey, Specialist, Head of New Now, said, “In true New Now fashion this vibrant contemporary curation presents blue-chip artists such as Andy Warhol and Gerhard Richter alongside younger artists with rising markets such as Salman Toor and Genieve Figgis. We are delighted to feature 12 works by contemporary artists chosen by Stella for her McCartney A to Z Manifesto, with the proceeds going to charities chosen by the artist of each work. Another exciting group is a selection of works donated by Africa First to raise funds for their Artist Residency Program which provides essential support for emerging artists from Africa and the African diaspora. We are thrilled to present to both established collectors and those starting out with our sale this July and look forward to welcoming visitors to the preview exhibition in person at our galleries on Berkeley Square and online on…

  • Exhibitions
    Miles McEnery Gallery opens an exhibition of recent paintings by Franklin Evans

    Installation view of Franklin Evans: fugitivemisreadings, 24 June – 31 July 2021. Image: Christopher Burke Studio. Courtesy of the artist and Miles McEnery Gallery, New York, NY NEW YORK, NY.-Miles McEnery Gallery opened an exhibition of recent paintings by Franklin Evans. fugitivemisreadings, the artist’s third solo exhibition at the gallery, at 520 West 21st Street and remain on view through 31 July 2021. The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue featuring an essay by Raphael Rubinstein. We inhabit a highly visual world where images substitute words as vehicles for communication and interpretation. Embracing the nature of hybridity and relishing in unexpected juxtapositions, Evans is an artist who rejoices in painting’s ability to assimilate new visual languages and technologies. His painting celebrates this time-tested medium as powerfully coexistent to the visual overload of digital media. His work lives between digital and material, process and object, thought and action, and present and memory. Analogous to an art historical lexicon, Evans has long explored the artist’s studio. He uses art history as a significant input to his practice as investigations of specific artists become content and media within his unfolding world. His latest body of work is rich with details from modern masters and accomplished contemporaries. Evans gives new energy to the many artists who inspire him. Ranging in “stylistic diversity from geometric abstraction to trompe l’oeil, the paintings yield little resemblance to the artists they reference,” and are fusions of signatures and cross references. In decenteringfacespace, Evans emphasizes a view of the art world that flattens hierarchy as emerging and underrecognized artists decenter a canon of established artists. Recalling Matisse’s Joy of Life, 1905, the painting joyoflife2019 breaks down, doubles and reconfigures Matisse’s masterpiece in a digitally mediated maneuver in homage to a twentieth-century tour de force. In reference to his painting pigmentpolymersplatspace, Evans states that “a dizzying repetitive world explodes, an untethered splat of repeated faces extracted from art: Alice Neel, Roy Lichtenstein, and Kerry James Marshall, and, most poignantly Jacob Lawrence.” In his essay on Evans, Rubinstein asserts, “In his anthological paintings and installations woven from countless art-historical citations,…

  • Auction Industry
    Important group of medals awarded to Captain Peter Townsend to be sold at Dix Noonan Webb

    The group of eleven includes a C.V.O., D.S.O., D.F.C. and Second Award Bar and will be sold with the recipient’s original Flying Log Books, bound in one volume - with later annotation in his own hand - covering the entirety of his operational career. LONDON.- The Important Battle of Britain fighter ace’s group of eleven awarded to Group Captain Peter Townsend (1914-1995) of the Royal Air Force, who was also known for his famously controversial romance with the Queen’s sister, Princess Margaret will be offered by Dix Noonan Webb in their live/ online auction of Orders, Decorations, Medals and Militaria on Wednesday, July 21, 2021 on their website It is expected to fetch £160,000 - 200,000. Peter Wooldridge Townsend was born in Rangoon, Burma on November 22, 1914 and was brought home to be raised in Devon. In February 1940, he became the first pilot to bring down an enemy aircraft on English soil, later commanding No. 85 Squadron from May 1940 until June 1941, a period that witnessed him completing over 300 operational sorties, twice taking to his parachute - once when wounded - and raising his score to at least eleven enemy aircraft destroyed. He was subsequently awarded a richly deserved D.S.O, and in June 1942 he assumed command of No. 605 Squadron, recently back from the Far East, and later R.A.F. West Malling and the Free French Training Wing. He was then appointed Equerry to H.M. King George VI in 1944, and Comptroller to the Queen Mother’s Household in 1953, his ultimately forlorn romance with the Queen’s sister, Princess Margaret, brought him further celebrity status to add to his spectacular wartime achievements. Turning his attention to writing, in later years he authored the classic Battle of Britain memoir ‘Duel of Eagles’ whilst his well regarded 1978 autobiography ‘Time and Chance’ tells the story of his eventful personal life. The group of eleven includes a C.V.O., D.S.O., D.F.C. and Second Award Bar and will be sold with the recipient’s original Flying Log Books, bound in one volume - with later annotation in his own hand - covering the entirety of…

  • Auction Industry
    Selling exhibition features works from the collection of Peter O’Toole

    Milton Avery, Gulls in Fog, 1945. Image courtesy of Phillips. SOUTHAMPTON, NY.-Phillips announced Milton Avery: A Sense of Place, an exhibition at Phillips Southampton from July 1st through July 31st, with works available for both private sale and at auction. Curated by the artist’s grandson, Sean Cavanaugh and Waqas Wajahat, and featuring works directly from the Milton Avery Trust, Phillips will present a selection of approximately 50 works spanning three decades of the artist’s career and focusing on the different locations that served as his inspiration. Works included in the exhibition will be offered through both Phillips’ private sales platform and at auction in Fall 2021. Among the works to be offered in Phillips’ October Sales of 20th Century & Contemporary Art in London are three works from the collection of Academy Award® Winner Peter O’Toole. Robert Manley, Deputy Chairman and Worldwide Co-Head of 20th Century & Contemporary Art, said, “Milton Avery is one of the most celebrated American artists of the 20th century, whose relevance continues to the present day. His appeal travels far beyond typical geographic constraints, a feat that is now underscored by the upcoming major retrospective of his work organized by the Royal Academy of Arts, London and curated by Edith Devaney. Among those dedicated to his work was the celebrated actor Peter O’Toole. A household name across the globe for the past five decades, the celebrated actor was a devoted art collector for much of his lifetime and built a remarkable collection, with a particular affinity for Avery’s works. For this exhibition, we are honored to have the opportunity to work with the Milton Avery Trust, the family of Peter O’Toole, Waqas Wajahat, and several other international private collections in bringing these rare-to-market works to the public.” Despite only visiting Europe once in his lifetime, Avery aligned himself more with European experimentalism than with the American Impressionism and landscape traditions that dominated the academy in the early years of the twentieth century. Milton Avery: A Sense of Place brings together a unique group of works from across three decades. Ranging from the 1930s to 1960s, the…

  • Auction Industry
    Selection of five classic Bentleys with VIP connections for sale by H&H Classics

    The five due to go under the hammer at H&H Classics’ IWM Duxford auction on May 26th 2021 all boast interesting first owners. LONDON.- In real money terms buying a brand new Bentley has never been more affordable. A base model Bentayga might set one back £133,260 but the firm’s least expensive offering seventy years ago – a MKVI Standard Steel Saloon - would have cost £4,473. To put that into context the average house price in 1950 was £1,891, whereas today it stands at £250,000. Thus, the last seven decades have seen the cost of acquiring a Bentley go from over twice the price of the average UK house to a bit over half. Little wonder then that the Bentley MKVI sold to such an elite clientele. Certainly, the five due to go under the hammer at H&H Classics’ IWM Duxford auction on May 26th 2021 all boast interesting first owners. The most expensive of the quintet when new and the most valuable now thanks to its coachbuilt body, the 1952 Bentley MKVI 4.5 Litre Drophead Coupe was supplied new to R.F. Haworth Esq whose family had made their fortune from the Industrial Revolution. One of only fifty-seven MKVI chassis to be clothed by Park Ward to their design number 99, its sister cars went to the likes of His Majesty King Frederik IX of Denmark, Nubar S. Gulbenkian, His Royal Highness Prince Frederick of Prussia, Maharaja of Darbhanga, Viscountess Errington, the actor John Mills, Miss Marjorie Carnegie, Prince Berar of Hyderabad, 6th Marquis of Bath and shipping magnate Stavros Spyrou Niarchos. Restored to its former glory by the vendor (a serial Rolls-Royce and Bentley owner), the Drophead is estimated at £100,000 - £120,000. Demand for housing reached new heights in post-WW2 Britain with numerous town and cities still bearing the scars of the Lutwaffe’s all too frequent bombing raids. A boom time for builders and property developers such as James T. Cook & son, the latter found itself able to afford a very rare and elegant Bentley MKVI with ‘Pillarless’ two-door coachwork (one of just six crafted by Freestone &…

  • Auction Industry
    Wright to offer works from the collection of the pioneering and innovative designer Harvery Probber

    Harvey Probber, Sling chair. Harvey Probber, Inc. USA, 1948. Laminated birch, upholstery 27 w × 43 d × 29½ h in 69 × 109 × 75 cm. Estimate: $3,000–5,000. CHICAGO, IL.-Wright will present the first auction dedicated to works from the collection of the pioneering and innovative designer Harvery Probber. Probber sold his first sofa design at sixteen, coined the concept of "modular furniture" and proceeded to compose harmonious interiors incorporating art and design throughout his career. As an accomplished designer, innovator, and entrepreneur, Harvey Probber led a life guided by creative interests. From a young age, he explored the formal qualities of furnishings and their role in interior environments leading him to a successful career in design, manufacturing, and distribution. Probber developed an original, award-winning style that fits seamlessly into interiors across the country. One of his greatest contributions to the canon of design was the concept of “modular furniture”; an idea he coined that is so commonplace today that it’s hard to imagine it wasn’t always a part of the field’s vernacular. Probber’s design ideology was undoubtedly modern, but also revered historical and cultural events that preceded and happened alongside his work. In tune with the arts, Probber befriended artists such as Adolph Gottlieb and gallerists, such as Sam Kootz and Bernard Davis. He amassed a collection of European and American modern art that was displayed alongside his furniture in showrooms and catalogs, often inspiring his own work. In 1962, Probber purchased Eastcliff, a Gothic Revival home originally designed in 1925 by Hobart Upjohn for J. Richard Ardrey, a prominent banker. Probber embarked upon the renovation and installation of art and design that transformed the stately home into a 16-room waterfront gallery for his collection of paintings and decorative objects. His furniture and that of his favorite designers provided comfort within the home’s interior composition. Probber was well known in the world of design and beyond and it is hardly surprising that his social circle included musicians, stage and screen stars, artists, photographers, authors, and other accomplished people who regularly convened at Eastcliff. A complete work of art and…

  • Auction Industry
    Bonhams to offer the Robert and Nancy Nooter Collection of African Art

    A Songye/Lulua Stool, Democratic Republic of the Congo, estimate: $40,000-60,000. Photo: Bonhams. NEW YORK, NY.- Fifty-nine works from The Robert and Nancy Nooter Collection of African Art will be offered at Bonhams sale of African, Oceanic & Pre-Columbian Art on May 11, 2021. Leading the group is a magnificent Songye/Lulua Stool skillfully carved out of one piece of wood. It is estimated at $40,000-60,000. In 1965, Mr. Robert H. Nooter and Mrs. Nancy I. Nooter relocated to Liberia while Mr. Nooter served as Director of the country’s USAID mission; this is where their interest in collecting African art began. They continued collecting after their return to the US, making purchases in New York, Paris and London. The couple became heavily involved with the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art throughout the years; Mr. Nooter served on the Museum Board for 23 years and Mrs. Nooter – who was an artist in her own right – worked at the Museum, started up the docent program and co-authored a book with Warren Robbins, the comprehensive and widely used guide "African Art in American Collections" (Smithsonian, 1989). Mr. Nooter also served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Museum for African Art in New York. The Nooters loaned pieces from their collection to many African art exhibitions and donated a great number of works to the National Museum of African Art, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, and the Metropolitan Museum in New York. Other highlights of the Nooter collection include: • Fine Luba Female Caryatid Stool, Democratic Republic of the Congo (Estimate $50,000 – 70,000) • Kota Ndassa Reliquary Figure, Gabon (Estimate $40,000 – 60,000) Bonhams Director of African and Oceanic Art, Fredric Backlar said: “Robert and Nancy Nooter are among the most highly regarded collectors of African art, ardent supporters of the field, and passionate advocates for Africa in general. For more than 50 years, they avidly devoted their time and careers to support Africa and African Art, collecting works exhibiting power, mystery, spontaneity, and beauty. We are both honored…

  • Auction Result
    Phillips announces the first private selling sculpture exhibition to be sold online through Phillips X

    Willem de Kooning, Seated Woman on a Bench, 1972. Image courtesy of Phillips. NEW YORK, NY.-Phillips announced Ground / Breaking, the first dedicated sculpture exhibition to be sold online through Phillips X, Phillips’ private selling exhibition platform. This curated selection of 39 pieces explores the trajectory of 20th and 21st century & contemporary sculpture. Online from 9 April to 21 May 2021, Ground / Breaking will feature works by world renowned artists including Thomas Schütte, Jeff Koons, Willem de Kooning, Ugo Rondinone, Ai Weiwei, Sarah Lucas, Franz West, George Condo, Duane Hanson, and Arthur Jafa, among others. Miety Heiden, Phillips’ Head of Private Sales, said, ‘As Phillips’ first dedicated online sculpture exhibition Ground / Breaking presents an exciting next step for Phillips X. From Willem de Kooning’s Seated Woman on a Bench and Duane Hanson’s life-size 1980s Cowboy through to George Condo’s gold patinated bronze God 2 and Ai Weiwei’s monumental Iron Tree, the 39 works on view traverse a broad expanse of recent sculptural art history. We look forward to welcoming our global audience to Phillips X to view and interact with this exciting selection of sculptures from 9 April to 21 May.’ One of the seventeen sculptures that make up Thomas Schütte’s Grosser Giester series which translates as “Big Spirits”, is Grosser Geist Nr. 6 which was executed in 1998. In the Grosser Giester series Schütte’s figures are all mid proclamation, fluctuating precariously between two states with arms outflung in some mysterious gesture. This is shown in the present work where the subject’s emotional exclamation remains unidentified and open to interpretation. The other pieces from this series reside in distinguished museum collections, including the Kunstmuseum Wolfburg, Centre Pompidou, Museum of Modern Art Chicago, and Beyeler Foundation. Jeff Koons’ Balloon Venus Dolni Vestonice (Orange), towering at over nine feet tall, comes from a series of works through which Koons explored different interpretations of the female form, the human cycle of life and fertility. Koons’ Balloon Venus Dolni series was inspired by two distinctly different relics of art history; a miniature female figurine from the Upper Palaeolithic era circa 50,000-10,000 BCE,…

  • Auction Industry
    Lost treasure from Horace Walpole’s Strawberry Hill Collection discovered in Suffolk and set for auction

    The soon-to-be-auctioned work is one of only three known examples of the model, with the other two currently held by The Louvre and the Fitzwilliam Museum. CAMBRIDGE.- A sculpture of an ostrich from the workshop of celebrated Renaissance sculptor, Giambologna, will go under the hammer at Cheffins Fine Sale in Cambridge on 21st April. Having been held in a private collection for over 180 years, and originally purchased from the Horace Walpole collection at Strawberry Hill House, the sculpture is set to sell for between £80,000 -£120,000. Having previously been held in Horace Walpole’s esteemed collection at Strawberry Hill House, the sculpture was detailed in A Description of the Villa of Horace Walpole in 1774. The sculpture is believed to have been bought by Walpole between 1765 and 1766, having been created by Giambologna and his studio in the late 16th century and early 17th century. It was then sold at the ‘Great Sale’ of Strawberry Hill in 1842, 45 years after Walpole’s death, to John Dunn-Gardner of Suffolk, who at the time styled himself as the Earl of Leicester, for fifty pounds and eight shillings, and it has remained in the family’s collection ever since. The soon-to-be-auctioned work is one of only three known examples of the model, with the other two currently held by The Louvre and the Fitzwilliam Museum. The similar model which is held by the Louvre was first documented in 1689 and had previously been part of the French Royal Collection, before it was donated to the Museum in 1881 by Adolphe Thiers, the President of France. Another model was sold for £260 at the E.L Paget sale at Sotheby’s, London, in 1949 where it was purchased by Lieutenant Colonel the Honourable Mildmay Thomas Boscawen who went on to leave the sculpture to the Fitzwilliam Museum following his death in 1958. By contrast, the sculpture offered by Cheffins has not been seen in public for over a century having been retained in a private family collection in Suffolk. The sculpture first came to Cheffins’ attention when a series of paintings by the current owner were offered at the…

  • Auction Result
    Russian coin sells for astounding $2.64 million

    One Russian Ruble is currently worth .013 U.S. Dollar with one major exception. This one's worth $2.64 million. COSTA MESA, CA.-Stack's Bowers and Ponterio, which is currently conducting another of their popular Hong Kong auctions, has sold the 'Joseph/Richter' specimen of the incredibly rare 1825 pattern ruble of Constantine for an astounding $2.64 million. This was the highest realization in the magnificent Pinnacle Collection, which featured many record breakers and market makers on its way to realizing a total of nearly $19.2 million. This monumental, once-in-a-generation crown is among just eight known, and one of only three with a plain edge. The last appearance of an 1825 pattern ruble of Constantine was in 2004, when this very specimen sold for $525,000, the highest amount for a non-U.S. coin at the time. Though it no longer holds this record, this storied ruble now stands as the highest valued non-U.S. coin auctioned by an American auction house and illustrates Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio’s continued leadership in the numismatic market across the globe. The 1825 Constantine Ruble Issued for the would-be emperor, Constantine Pavlovich, the pattern ruble stands as the only coin produced for a reign that never really happened. Constantine was the middle son of emperor Paul I, and was seemingly destined for a life as the "spare" to his elder brother's status as "heir." Following Paul's assassination, Alexander (the elder brother), Constantine, and Nicholas (the younger brother), were all understandably weary of the crown's burden. When Alexander died rather unexpectedly—and, more importantly, without a legitimate heir—the duty fell to Constantine. Mint officials, mindful that coins reinforce the divine right of a ruler to the masses, immediately began producing a prototype so that official coinage could continue without interruption. Constantine, however, had other plans; he decided, after just a few weeks, that he wanted no part of his tsarist duty, abdicating the throne in favor of Nicholas. In a flash, a would-be reign was brought to an end before it officially started. But what about the prototypes created by the mint officials? During this period of uncertainty, some eight examples were produced—five with…

  • Exhibitions
    Pastel portrait by John Russell acquired for the Nationalmuseum Sweden collections

    John Russell, Portrait of Lady Georgiana Cavendish (1783–1858), later Countess of Carlisle, at the age of six, 1790. Pastel on paper. NMB 2781. Photo: Cecilia Heisser/Nationalmuseum. STOCKHOLM.-Nationalmuseum has acquired a pastel portrait of Lady Georgiana Cavendish at the age of six. The portrait is the work of John Russel, one of the era’s foremost pastellists. This is the first example of this particular art form by a British artist to be acquired for the museum’s collections. The pastel was painted by John Russel (1745–1806) in 1790 together with a portrait of Georgiana’s younger sister, Henrietta. The two works were both exhibited at the Royal Academy of Arts in London that year under the same title: Portrait of a Young Lady of Quality. By this point, Russel was at the peak of his artistic powers having been appointed Crayon Painter to King George III. The portrait is mentioned in a letter to her daughter by Countess Spencer, who commissioned the work: “The Duke is not yet gone my Dearest Georgiana which has given me time to have a little Craion [sic] picture of Georgiana finished by Russal [sic] – it is drawn in the cap she wore while she had her cold & which I thought became her much”. Georgiana Cavendish (1783–1858) was affectionately known as “Little G”, having been named after her mother Lady Georgiana Spencer, a renowned beauty whose own portrait was painted on many occasions, including several times by Thomas Gainsborough. The younger Georgiana’s father was William Cavendish, 5th Duke of Devonshire. It was not until nine years into the marriage that she was born, and she was very much longed for. Mother and daughter in particular became very close. In 1801, Little G married George Howard, Viscount Morpeth and later the Earl of Carlisle, after which she spent the greater part of her adult life on her husband’s family estate, Castle Howard in Yorkshire. John Russel’s father, John Russell Snr., was a cutler and amateur painter with an interest in chemistry who appears to have passed on both his artistic and scientific interests to his son. Perhaps this…

  • Exhibitions
    Exhibition of new ceramic sculptures by artist Ahrong Kim on view at Kristen Lorello

    Installation view. Photo: Lance Brewer. NEW YORK, NY.- The gallery is presenting a solo exhibition of new ceramic sculptures by Brooklyn-based artist Ahrong Kim. This is Kim’s first exhibition at the gallery. It includes pedestal-based sculptures and an accompanying wall installation made of multiple parts. Kim's works explore the expressive female through a style that embraces maximalism and various technical approaches to the craft of ceramics. In each sculpture, portions of the female head and body combine with other representational elements to create the suggestion of a loose narrative or overall feeling. Various juxtapositions of body and object relate surreal scenes. In Bittersweet, 2020 the upper part of a woman's face sits between a gilded stand and a billowing cloud-like form into which various types of drug store candy and a pair of upturned legs enter. Amorphous forms and porcelain floral bouquets hover above the heads and bodies of Kim's women. They suggest thoughts and wanderings of the mind, dreams, anxieties, and emotional states. Separate to the pedestal-based sculptures, the exhibition includes a wall installation made of multiple cast sculptures in the form of the head of Mickey Mouse. All-over patterns ranging from floral decoration to comic-strip and cartoon logos cover the surfaces of the sculptures from edge to edge. These works introduce concepts of pop, animation, and the collectible into the exhibition, while relating psychological notions of the alter ego, or alternately, feelings of warmth and childhood play. Each of the sculptures in the exhibition is executed in a variety of handmade techniques. These include throwing, hand building, the use of plaster molds, slip casting, and multiple firings, as well as under glazing and the application of gold luster. The artist hand-paints polychrome rectangular grids onto the surfaces of many of the works. The patterns are inspired by traditional Korean 'Jogakbo' patchwork used in the creation of domestic wrapping cloths. As a child, the artist absorbed this tradition from her grandmother, who was a seamstress to the vice president of South Korea. As a graduate student at RISD, she conducted further research on 'Jogakbo' and other histories of textile patterns.…

  • Auction Industry
    Fine Autograph and Artifacts featuring Hollywood in April 14 auction

    James Dean Original Photograph by Roy Schatt. BOSTON, MASS.- With over 800 rare and remarkable items up for auction, R.R. Auction's April Fine Autographs and Artifacts sale features something for every collector with online bidding March 26 - April 14. Highlights include books signed by John F. Kennedy; among them is a John F. Kennedy Multi-Signed' History of Ireland' Book Set. The Complete six-volume set of History of Ireland by Rev. E. A. Dalton. First edition. London: The Gresham Publishing Company, 1912. Hardcovers bound in green cloth with elaborate gilt titling and decoration to spines and front covers, 1674 total pages. The first free end page of each volume is signed in black ink, "John F. Kennedy," with the lone exception occurring in the sixth volume, which is signed upside-down on the final free end page; this distinction suggests that the volume was likely stacked upside-down at the bottom and that Kennedy accidentally signed the book believing it was right-side up. The consignor affirms that this book set was purchased in Palm Beach, Florida, shortly after Kennedy's famed 'Winter White House' was privately sold in June 2020. Given this information, and the consistent 'ownership' placement of Kennedy's early full signatures, we strongly believe that this six-volume set derives from the personal collection of John F. Kennedy, the first Irish-Catholic to become President of the U.S. A remarkable post-Revolution recommendation from George Washington. The highly unusual one-page document, signed "Go: Washington, late Com'dr in Chief of the Armies of ye U.S.," February 28, 1785. Penned entirely in Washington's hand, the document reads, in-part: "I certify that Seaver was a Lieutenant of the Massachusetts Line in the Service of the United States of America, and from the testimony of the General Officers under whose orders he acted that he is brave & intelligent, and in all respects has supported the character of a Gentleman and man of honor. Given under my hand this 28th day of Febru'y 1785, Go: Washington, late Com'dr in Chief of the Armies of ye U.S." It's a significant Revolutionary War document, aiding in the career of an officer who…

  • Auction Result
    Van Dyck, Lippi, Savery and Waldmüller sell for strong prices in Koller’s Old Masters & 19th Century Paintings auction

    Jan Brueghel The Younger, Bouquet of flowers in a porcelain vase.Oil on copper. 28.4 × 23.2 cm.Sold for CHF 122 000. ZURICH.-Koller's Old Masters & 19th Century Paintings auction in Zurich on 26 March registered robust prices, with highly competitive bidding for many of the top lots, despite the fact that the sale had to be held without in-person bidding. Anthony van Dyck's St Jerome in the Wilderness, a fascinating, freely executed study which may have belonged to his mentor, Peter Paul Rubens, sold for CHF 2.4 million after a protracted bidding battle, well above pre-sale expectations of CHF 800 000/1 000 000 (lot 3027). A recently rediscovered mystical depiction of St Benedict by Filippino Lippi more than tripled its low estimate to sell to a Swiss collector for CHF 134 000 (lot 3002). A charming bucolic scene by Dutch master Roelant Savery (lot 3022) left one German private collection to enter another, also selling for more than three times its low estimate, at CHF 128 000. An impressive portrait of a young man attributed to the circle of Annibale Carracci (lot 3036) was one of the most successful lots of the day, selling for CHF 226 000. Among the 19th-century works, Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller's 'The love letter', a moody depiction of two young ladies by candlelight, sold for CHF 232 000 to a private Swiss collector (lot 3141). A landscape with figures by Waldmüller fetched CHF 73 000 (lot 3152). A vibrantly coloured view of Capri by Russian expatriate artist Konstantin Gorbatoff changed hands for more than double its estimate at CHF 134 000 (lot 3119), and a tranquil river view by Eugène Boudin (lot 3135) also doubled its estimate at CHF 104 000. 'The results of this auction, especially the enthusiastic bidding for works such as the van Dyck, confirm what we have been seeing for the past year: despite the global upheaval caused by the pandemic in many sectors, the market for Old Masters - and the auction market in general - is in excellent health, especially for high-quality works', commented Cyril Koller, CEO of Koller Auctions. Koller's…