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  • Exhibitions
    Baltimore Museum of Art Will Deaccession 3 Major Artworks to Support Ambitious Equity Plan

    The Last Supper (1986) by Andy Warhol will be deaccessioned by the BMA and offered by Sotheby’s through private sale. The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) announced Friday details of its Endowment for the Future, an ambitious financial plan that will dedicate funds for the care of the collection and allow the museum to expand its ongoing diversity and equity programmatic initiatives by enacting greater structural change within the institution and increasing access for the community. As part of the plan, the BMA will maintain and increase salaries for staff throughout the museum, establish dedicated funds for DEAI programs, eliminate admission fees for special exhibitions, begin offering evening hours, and enhance its acquisition budget. The specifics for the Endowment for the Future, detailed below, emerged during the BMA’s temporary COVID-related shutdown, in alignment with the ongoing calls for radical thinking and change across the arts and culture sector. The BMA has successfully avoided staff layoffs and furloughs during this challenging period, and the plan reflects the museum’s focus on the future and its ability to continue to fulfill its mission to serve as a truly civic-minded institution. The Endowment for the Future was developed in accordance with the resolutions recently passed by the Association of Art Museum Directors. Brice Marden’s “3” (1987-88) has an estimate from Sotheby’s of $10 million to $15 million. To establish initial funds for the Endowment for the Future, the BMA will deaccession three works in its collection: 3 (1987-88) by Brice Marden, 1957-G (1957) by Clyfford Still, and The Last Supper (1986) by Andy Warhol. The paintings for deaccession were selected following extensive evaluation by the curatorial team to ensure that the narratives essential to the understanding of art history could continue to be told with depth and richness. The BMA has a significant post-war and modern art collection with important examples of Abstract Expressionism, Post-Minimalism, and late works by Warhol thanks to the work of former chief curator Brenda Richardson. The selection was reviewed and approved by the museum’s Board of Trustees on October 1, 2020. The works will be sold by Sotheby’s this fall through public auction and private sale. Together, the three…

  • Exhibitions
    Outdoor Installation of Bay Area Artist Susan O’Malley’s ‘Community Advice’ Project Brings Uplifting Messages to Palo Alto

    The Palo Alto Public Art Program, the Palo Alto Art Center, and the Estate of artist Susan O’Malley have joined forces to present Susan O’Malley’s Community Advice Project, featuring a series of three colorful, radically positive, oversized posters outside the Art Center along Embarcadero Road, in Palo Alto, California. The large artworks were installed on September 30, 2020. Susan O'Malley Susan O’Malley was commissioned to create Community Advice in 2012 in conjunction with the Palo Alto Art Center’s grand reopening exhibition Community Creates. As part of the project, O’Malley interviewed around 100 people in Palo Alto asking, “What advice would you give your 8-year-old self? What advice would you give your 80-year-old self?” Using the words of those she met, O’Malley designed ten different letterpress posters. This revisitation of the project will feature three specific Community Advice posters, along with a reprinting of select posters for community engagement projects. Community Advice showcases Susan O’Malley’s timeless work in a current context of social unrest, disconnection, and community fragmentation. “The power of public art to stimulate discussion and bring communities together at this difficult time cannot be underestimated,” City of Palo Alto Public Art Program Director Elise DeMarzo says. “We hope that viewers will connect with O’Malley’s uplifting work and ask themselves what advice they might give to others and why.” Palo Alto Art Center Director Karen Kienzle adds “We feel strongly that the community needs this project more than ever. The positive, uplifting messages in these works remind us of our very best selves and encourage empathy, kindness, optimism, and love.” Susan O'Malley Susan O’Malley previously remarked, “I wanted to create this project because I think it’s easy to forget how wise we can be. We resist our internal wisdom because of fear, fatigue, inconvenience, or any number of reasons. Also, I like to hear other people’s advice. It reminds me that we are different versions of each other trying to make our way through this life. And sometimes other people’s words magically express exactly what I’m thinking but can’t seem to pull together. Here in the Silicon Valley, I think this is particularly true as we hurl ourselves into fast-paced lives. We feel detached from…

  • Exhibitions
    The Beauty and Function of 18th- and 19th-Century Tall Case Clocks to be Examined in a New Exhibition Opening in November 2020 at the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg

    Although it is common today for most people to own a personal timepiece, in centuries past it was not so. Marking time to the exact minute was a new innovation during the late 17th century, and the development of the tall case clock helped to make that possible. Until the early 19th century, only the wealthy could afford these expensive timepieces. Average people had little need for the precision these devices provided, relying instead on the location of the sun in the sky, sundials or public clocks to know the hour. As society became more dependent on time regulation, clocks became more necessary and innovations made them more attainable. How these timepieces evolved, were made and used will be explored in Keeping Time: Tall Case Clocks, a new exhibition of more than 20 tall case clocks from different regions spanning more than a century of timekeeping. Opening on November 14, 2020, in the Iris and Mark Coblitz Gallery at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum, one of the newly expanded Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg, the exhibition will remain on view through December 31, 2022. Tall Case Clock Movement : William Claggett, Newport Rhode Island, ca. 1740, Case: Unidentified Maker, Newport, Rhode Island, ca. 1765, mahogany, chestnut, white pine; brass, iron, steel and lead, Museum Purchase, 1972-36Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg “Colonial Williamsburg is unique in the nation in collecting, studying and exhibiting decorative arts from all parts of early America,” said Ronald L. Hurst, the Foundation’s Carlisle Humelsine chief curator and vice president for museums, preservation and historic resources. “This exhibition will feature clocks from New England, the Middle Atlantic and the American South as well as examples from England.” Tall case clocks are weight-driven movements regulated by pendulums and housed in tall wooden cases. They were the products of two distinct trades: the clockmaker who put together the mechanical movement and the cabinetmaker (or joiner) who made the wooden case. Additional specialists might have cast the brass wheels (gears) for the movement, engraved or painted decoration on the dial, or produced decorative inlaid wooden elements or painted ornament on…

  • Exhibitions
    Cal State LA Exhibition Highlights Renowned Los Angeles Artist Betye Saar

    Nearly half a century after Cal State LA hosted renowned Los Angeles artist Betye Saar’s first solo show, the work of the iconic assemblage artist has returned to the university as part of a new art exhibition.  "For Rosey," (1976) by Betye Saar, Mixed Media Collage, Collection of the California African American Museum, Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Leon O. Banks, Courtesy of the California African American Museum. (Credit: Gareth Mackay) Saar, 94, is known for her celebrated assemblage works—stirring collections and collages of materials and recycled everyday objects that explore themes of race, gender, family and mysticism.  Her first solo survey exhibition was displayed at Cal State LA in 1973. Betye Saar: Selected Works 1964-1973 included pieces that reclaimed derogatory Black memorabilia and explored spirituality.  In the five decades since, Saar’s poignant pieces conveying the personal, political and historical have inspired the work of generations of artists.  Mojo Rising, a new exhibition at the Ronald H. Silverman Fine Arts Gallery at Cal State LA, honors Saar and her immense influence. The gallery is part of the College of Arts and Letters.  The exhibition, curated by jill moniz, includes 40 pieces by Saar and 29 other artists. Viewers can explore the artwork virtually through the gallery’s video tour.  “This exhibition brings together many different voices that Betye Saar has helped make space to hear in Los Angeles and beyond,” said moniz, who considers Saar a mentor, colleague and friend.  Betye Saar in her Los Angeles studio, 2015; photo: Ashley Walker; courtesy of the artist and Roberts Projects, Los Angeles In curating the exhibition, moniz aimed to highlight the influence of Saar’s work and ongoing practice, selecting pieces by artists who know Saar personally or who she taught or mentored.  Featured artists include Betye Saar’s daughters Alison and Lezley Saar, her granddaughter Maddy Inez Leeser, her former students from the Otis College of Art and Design Kerry James Marshall and Sarah Perry, and Saar’s Black Arts West movement contemporaries Nathaniel Bustion, David Hammons and John Outterbridge.  “There’s something very old, and something very new at the same time about what she does. When you…

  • Art Industry
    Dallas Museum of Art Names Paintings Conservation Center to Honor Renowned Conservator Inge-Lise Eckmann Lane

    The Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) has announced the naming of its paintings conservation studio as the Inge-Lise Eckmann Lane Paintings Conservation Center, as dedicated by lead donors to the Museum’s conservation program. The Conservation Center, which was established at the DMA in 2013, is named in honor of Inge-Lise Eckmann Lane, a nationally recognized paintings conservator who worked in Dallas from 1999 to 2011 as an independent conservator of modern and contemporary art. Through her dedicated and exemplary work leading the field, Eckmann Lane was foundational to the growth of the DMA’s conservation program. The Inge-Lise Eckmann Lane Paintings Conservation Center serves as the Museum’s base for the study and treatment of works of art, as well as research into cutting-edge conservation methodologies. Since its opening in 2013, the Conservation Center, which includes an adjacent Conservation Gallery, has also granted public audiences an unprecedented level of behind-the-scenes access to conservators and their work. The center’s design allows visitors to observe daily conservation activities, providing insight into artists’ original materials and techniques and the lives of artworks after they leave the artists’ hands. Prior to the 2012 appointment of Mark Leonard as Chief Conservator, and the opening of the Conservation Center one year later, the DMA relied on independent professional conservators in the North Texas region to provide consistent care and treatment for the works in its collection. Notable among these was Eckmann Lane, who, beginning in 2000, partnered with the DMA for 11 years to care for works in the Museum’s modern and contemporary collections. During this time, Eckmann Lane was responsible for the conservation of many important paintings in the collection, with highlights including Jackson Pollock’s Cathedral (1947) and Portrait and a Dream (1953), Franz Kline’s Slate Cross (1951), and Untitled (1943–1948), a late work by Arshile Gorky, as well as many other works in the Dallas community. Eckmann Lane’s contributions to the practice and study of painting conservation are nationally recognized. Prior to working with the DMA, she served as Chief Conservator and Deputy Director at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), where she spent more than 20 years supervising SFMOMA’s exhibition, collection,…

  • Exhibitions
    Fall Antiques at Rhinebeck Will Be Presented by Leigh Keno on the RubyLane.com Platform

    It is with great pleasure that Barn Star Productions welcomes Mr. Leigh Keno as Sponsor of the upcoming Fall Antiques at Rhinebeck Online Show, November 13th, 14th and 15th 2020, on the RubyLane.com platform. Leigh Keno Comments event manager Frank Gaglio, “We have been extremely fortunate to welcome Mr. Keno to our team presenting our fourth online show and promising to be the best event of all. Leigh’s knowledge and hands on experience has been recognized throughout our industry from his tenia on the Antiques Road Show to specialized auctions presenting exceptional Americana and Folk art throughout the years. Additionally, Leigh brings a level of expertise and enthusiasm to every object he places his seal of approval on and that is what we attempt to bring to The Fall Antiques at Rhinebeck Online Show.” With the future of indoor brick and mortar shows still pending, the online option has proven to be a “lifesaver” for our industry and we plan on utilizing this medium to our best advantage presenting rare and wonderful, fresh to the market material for collectors and decorators of all genres to consider and enjoy. The Antiques at Rhinebeck Online Show will begin on Friday, November 13th at 9:AM and continue through Sunday, November 15th Midnight, Eastern Standard Time. Log on to https://www.rubylane.com/events/fall-antiques-at-rhinebeck and join us for your antiques adventure this fall season! For exhibitor’s who would like to know more about this exceptional opportunity please contact Frank Gaglio at [email protected] or call (914) 474-8552 or Alex Gardner at [email protected], (203) 918-1673. Barn Star Antiques Shows…Save Natural Resources, Buy Antiques. www.barnstar.com.

  • Exhibitions
    Es Devlin, teamLab, James Turrell to Inaugurate the Superblue Miami Experiential Art Space

    teamLab, Exhibition view of Every Wall is a Door, 2020. Superblue Miami, Miami, Florida © teamLab, courtesy Pace Gallery Superblue, the groundbreaking new enterprise dedicated to producing, presenting, and engaging audiences with experiential art, launches its first venue in Miami on December 22 with Every Wall Is a Door, showcasing dynamic large-scale installations created by three of the world’s leading experiential artists. The inaugural program features the debut of a new immersive environment by Es Devlin, a transcendent digital experience created by teamLab, and an enveloping light-based Ganzfeld work by James Turrell, all on long-term view at least through 2022. Representing artists working across the spectrum of experiential art, Superblue Miami’s opening installations offer visitors an unparalleled opportunity to be transported to an array of new worlds in a single visit. Es Devlin, Rendering of Forest of Us, 2020. Courtesy Es Devlin Studio “The artists inaugurating Superblue’s first experiential art center offer a glimpse into the breadth of the experiential art movement and the extraordinary possibilities for the public to engage with and activate these kinds of works,” said Superblue Cofounder and Chief Executive Officer Mollie Dent-Brocklehurst. “Each of these artists provokes us to see our relationship to the world and each other in completely new ways—from James Turrell’s work with light and space, to Es Devlin’s performative and multi-disciplinary practice, to teamLab, a collective that has continuously sought to transcend boundaries of perception through innovations in technology. Collectively they reflect the arc of experiential art as a movement and the remarkable ways that artists are innovating with emerging mediums and placing audiences at the center of their work. We’re looking forward to opening our doors this December and welcoming the public to become a part of the amazing new worlds these artists create.” Located in the Allapattah neighborhood directly across from the Rubell Museum, Superblue Miami transforms an unused 50,000 square foot industrial building into a centrally located cultural resource for the South Florida community and visitors to the region. Featuring more than 30,000 square feet of flexible installation space, Superblue Miami was specifically conceived for the presentation of large-scale works that…

  • Auction Result
    Hake’s $2.1 million sale, September 23-24, captures world-record prices and breaks house records

    YORK, Pa. – It wasn’t the Fourth of July, but there were plenty of auction fireworks going off during Hake’s September 23-24 auction of pop culture memorabilia, which realized $2.1 million. As experts had predicted, the only known 1916 World Series Championship button – emblazoned with images of the winning Red Sox manager and players – soared to the top of prices realized and, in so doing, set not one, but two world auction records. With a winning bid of $62,980, the oversize button featuring three future Hall of Famers, including then-21-year-old pitching and batting phenom Babe Ruth, became the most expensive button of any genre ever sold at auction, not to mention the highest-priced baseball button.   Only known Boston Red Sox 1916 World Championship button, unusually large 6in size, advertises ‘Alpen Brau – Detroit’s Champion Beer,’ features images of manager Bill Carrigan plus 24 teammates, including future Hall of Famers Babe Ruth, Herb Pennock and Harry Hooper. Provenance: the late Dr. Paul Muchinsky. Sold for $62,980 – a world-record auction price for a button of any type, sports or otherwise.Hake's Auctions “It was the most coveted piece in the late Dr. Paul Muchinsky’s incredible baseball button collection and was pictured on the back cover of his 2004 reference book ‘Baseball Pinback Buttons,’” said Alex Winter, president of Hake’s Auctions. “It was also pictured solo on the cover of our auction catalog, which reflects the high importance we placed on it.” Another record-setter from the Muchinsky collection was a 1952 Mickey Mantle “Fan Club” real-photo button. This particular button was produced in very small numbers and made available only to club members by mail. Over the years, few have survived. An example from the famed Barry Halper Collection sold at Sotheby’s in 1999 for $12,650. Paul Muchinsky’s Mantle Fan Club button set a new world record auction at Hake’s, selling for $23,250 against a pre-sale estimate of $5,000-$10,000. Another high flier, a 1915 “Ty Cobb Right Field” button with advertising on verso for Schmelzer’s Sporting Goods of Kansas City, Mo., caught a winning bid of $17,276. A rare button…

  • Auction Industry
    Fine & Decorative Arts to Kick Off Fall Season at Fontaine’s Auction Gallery Oct. 17

    Fontaine’s Auction Gallery will present a broadly diversified auction featuring fine and decorative arts from fine estates throughout New England at its auction on Saturday, Oct. 17, at 11 am. Leading a fine grouping of paintings is a signed George Benjamin Luks ($6/9,000) oil on canvas, “Lower Manhattan,” 19½ by 15½ inches. This auction will feature 400 lots of art glass, cameo glass, American art pottery, Louis Vuitton trunks, 19th & 20th Century lighting, weathervanes, advertising signs, mechanical banks, Asian items, sterling silver, a collection of John Rogers statuary, American & European paintings, early blown flasks, historical soft paste, Shaker items, bronzes, American Indian pottery, Oriental rugs, leaded windows, Arts and Crafts items, swords, firearms, plus related accessories. “This auction is filled with conversation pieces and a really diverse range of fine goods across the board,” said John Fontaine, owner of Fontaine’s Auction Gallery. “No matter what your collecting interest, buyers will be sure to find something here.” An expected highlight in the auction is a George Benjamin Luks (American, 1867-1933), oil on canvas, “Lower Manhattan” ($6/9,000). Other fine paintings crossing the block include a Leon Jean Basile Perrault (French, 1832-1908), oil on canvas, “Give Me for My Chapel” ($3/5,000), and a Robert Kemm (British, 1837-1895), oil on canvas, “Girl with Fishing Net,” ($3/5,000). Several lots are being sold to benefit the Marie McWilliams and Francis X. McWilliams '44 Scholarship Fund at Bard College, including a platinum and diamond ring ($6/8,000), centered by a 1½-carat round brilliant diamond, and a Persian Kerman room size Oriental carpet ($2,5/3,500) having an overall floral design, 12 feet 7 inches by 8 feet 7 inches. This Rookwood Pottery matte vase ($2,5/3,500) is decorated with large green leaves and pink flowers against a deep purple background, signed by Olga Geneva Reed. The auction is a diverse affair, running the gamut from fine antiques to contemporary art, vintage advertising to antique weaponry, and more. Highlights range from a rare Louis Vuitton custom shoe trunk owned by J.P. Morgan family ($3/5,000) in orange leather, to a group lot of 21 pieces of .800 silver, including trays, bowls…

  • Auction Industry
    Storm King Marks 60th Anniversary with Artist-Led Online Programs and Benefit Auction

    Storm King Art Center is the 500-acre outdoor museum located in New York’s Hudson Valley, where visitors experience large-scale sculpture and site-specific commissions under open sky. Andy Goldsworthy, Storm King Art Center In lieu of its Annual Gala in New York City, Storm King Art Center will host a series of online artist talks and panel discussions featuring Storm King artists, curators, and collaborators as the museum celebrates 60 years of art in nature. The two-week live event program will coincide with an online benefit auction hosted by Artsy from October 1-15, 2020. “We are inviting our visitors, artists, and neighbors to celebrate virtually this year, not just to commemorate our 60th anniversary, but also to recognize and honor all those who have supported Storm King over the past six decades,” said John Stern, President of Storm King. “At Storm King, visitors interact with art in a landscape that changes with each passing season – a unique experience made possible because of our supporters who are behind all of what we do and can do. Participating in these artist-led programs and our benefit auction helps us to continue our mission to commission artists, preserve our grounds and collection, and offer new exhibitions and programs each year.” Storm King’s 60th Anniversary Celebration will feature artist talks hosted by Andy Goldsworthy and Maya Lin–whose landmark commissions Storm King Wall and Storm King Wavefield helped define the museum’s site. Storm King Board Members and artists Heather Hart and Virginia Overton will also host online conversations with other special artist guests including Hank Willis Thomas and Maren Hassinger. The online benefit auction, featuring works by preeminent artists from Zhang Huan to Alice Aycock, as well as fine art photographs of Storm King by Jerry L. Thompson, will open to bids on Artsy’s website from 1PM EST on October 1, 2020 through 5PM EST on October 15, 2020.   Offerings will also include a curated Storm King getaway to an architectural gem in nearby Mountainville, complete with glass walls that provide 360-degree sweeping views of the Art Center and Schunemunk Mountain. As a part of the experience, guests will enjoy…

  • Art Industry
    McKay Williamson’s innovative creative consultancy creates meaningful artworks from cherished memories

    McKay Williamson creates bespoke, deeply personal artworks from clients’ most cherished memories and moments. Courtesy of McKay Williamson Founded by American artist Richard Williamson in 2002, creative agency McKay Williamson has redefined the way people commission and collect art by offering a bespoke experience where a client’s cherished memories can be turned into artworks redolent with personal meaning and significance.  With expert creatives and curators in fine art, design, photography and film, McKay Williamson’s fully integrated consultancy service is tailored to each client’s needs, from sourcing artists to commission artworks, curating media and offering professional insight into interior design.With a belief that art can be demonstrative as well as decorative, this creative agency offers an innovative, contemporary approach to preserving and displaying memories and experiences, bringing a deeply personal narrative to the art in our homes.  Today, the growing demand for personalisation in products and services has grown, and with the coronavirus lockdown sharpening a collective focus on our domestic environment, McKay Williamsons’ innovative creative services bring a deeply personal experience to commissioning and collecting art.  McKay Williamson provides an opportunity for the consumer to collaborate with the artist and get an insight into their creative process. The creative agency works with reputable artists such as BP Portrait Award winners Paul Wright, Craig Whylie and Mary Jane Ansell, celebrated photographer Mark Seliger,  Italy’s official representative at the 2011 Venice Biennale, Marco Grassi, Art Basel exhibitor Marco Battaglini and former President of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters, Peter Wileman.  Courtesy of McKay Williamson A recent commission to celebrate a 40th birthday took inspiration from moments of deep personal significance - the Italian plaza in which he proposed, the Vespa she had arrived on, a latin translation of their wedding vows - which were brought together to create a mosaic work with multiple-layers of meaning. To mark an anniversary of a frequent-flying couple, a world map was populated with personal photographs and love letters to each other, capturing their life and travels together. Commissioned portraits are created in all different forms of media, depending on the artists best practise and include works from Pam…

  • Exhibitions
    October Art Week Announces 5th Edition of Prominent Upper East Side Gallery Participants

    October Art Week (OAW) is pleased to announce its 5th edition that will run from October 9 - 18. This year’s programming will offer by appointment in-person visits and expanded virtual presentations that will welcome art lovers to discover the dynamic fall 2020 exhibitions from top pre-contemporary Upper East Side galleries.  Julian Barrow, PJ. Clarke’s, New York, oil on canvas, 9 x 12 inches (detail). Courtesy Mark Murray Fine Paintings “During this time of upheaval, we look forward with optimism to our 5th edition of October Art Week. We believe this is a vital time to support our Upper East Side galleries, their vibrant local community, and New York’s art scene at large under the current circumstances of the pandemic,” states directors Lydia Melamed Johnson and LeeAna Wolfman. OAW 2020 has been moved up to an earlier date than in years past to coincide with the fall auction schedule, notably Christie's Classic Week (October 1-20), including their Old Masters masterworks live auction (October 15), and Sotheby's sale dedicated to The Collection of Ambassador and Mrs. Felix Rohatyn (October 14). In addition, OAW continues its support of TEFAF New York and their virtual platform this season (November 1-4).  PARTICIPATING GALLERIES Tambaran Gallery 5 East 82nd Street tambaran.com  Adam Williams Fine Art 24 East 80th Street adam-williams.com Christopher Bishop Fine Art 1046 Madison Avenue, Suite 2N christopherbishopfineart.com Sebastian Izzard Asian Art 17 East 76th Street, 3rd Floor izzardasianart.com Mark Murray Fine Paintings 159 East 63rd Street markmurray.com Throckmorton Fine Art 145 East 57th Street throckmorton-nyc.com Ambrose Naumann Fine Art Online only anfainc.com Robert Simon Fine Art Online only robertsimon.com Virtual Event To launch this year’s edition, on Thursday, October 8 at 6PM, OAW directors Lydia Melamed Johnson and LeeAna Wolfman will host a zoom panel with industry professionals Jonquil O'Reilly, Specialist and Head of Sale, Old Masters at Christie’s, New York and Adam Harris Levine, Assistant Curator of European Art at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Topics to be discussed include the current physical limitations and virtual realities of the art world, and the bridges being built between the in-person and digital viewing of art with…

  • Exhibitions
    Special Exhibition: Vintage Posters from the Golden Gate International Exposition of 1939-1940 at Spencer Helfen Fine Arts

    September 22, 2020 – Ongoing We are pleased to present several rare and important vintage advertising posters for the Golden Gate International Exposition of 1939-1940 on the occasion of the 80th anniversary of that enchanting event. Shawl, Nyeland & Seavey, "1939 World’s Fair on San Francisco Bay," 1937 The Golden Gate International Exposition of 1939 and 1940 (GGIE) was held on Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay. The GGIE was open from February 18, 1939 through October 29, 1939 and from May 25, 1940 through September 29, 1940. The GGIE celebrated, among other things, the completion of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge in 1936 and the Golden Gate Bridge in 1937. The theme of the GGIE was the "Pageant of the Pacific," focusing on the goods of nations bordering the Pacific Ocean. The GGIE's theme was physically symbolized by "The Tower of the Sun," and an 80-foot-tall statue of "Pacifica" created by California's dean of modernist sculpture, Ralph Stackpole. Pacifica was the goddess of the Pacific Ocean, representing world peace and the power of a united Pacific coast. The art exhibition included as part of the GGIE comprised artworks by virtually every then-active artist in the State of California. And, importantly, the call went out to various artists and advertising agencies for designs for posters to advertise the GGIE. What was created are stunning images featuring the newly built bridges, the statue of Pacifica, and Miguel Covarrubias’ image of the flora and fauna of the Pacific, among other designs. Simon Vanderlaan, "San Francisco World's Fair, 1939," Ca. 1939 We are most honored to offer several vintage examples of the posters created to advertise the enchanting GGIE. Gallery Hours: Our Gallery is closed to visitors during the national emergency. We are answering emails and voicemails on a regular basis. Artwork purchases are rapidly shipped by Federal Express or can be picked up curbside. 310.273.8838 Spencer Helfen Fine ArtsMailing Address:9190 West Olympic Boulevard, Suite 424Beverly Hills, CA  [email protected]://helfenfinearts.com/ About Spencer Helfen Fine ArtsEstablished in 2003, Spencer Helfen Fine Arts is a gallery focusing on California and American Modern Art. In addition, the Gallery exhibits…

  • Art Industry
    The Exciting Truffle Art House

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  • Auction Industry
    ‘Button Power’ by Christen Carter and Ted Hake explores pin-back buttons prior to social media

    “Social media is today’s most popular platform for self- expression, but the button preceded it as a way to tell others what was on your mind and as a tool to help spread an idea. No other form of wearable expression has yet to replace the humble button – and unlike social media, a button is something you can literally stand behind.” – excerpt from ‘Button Power’ Cover of the new book Button Power by Christen Carter and Ted Hake, which goes on sale October 13, 2020Hake's Auctions NEW YORK, N.Y. – With an itinerary that journeys through campaign rallies, rock concerts and pivotal events of our time, Button Power(Princeton Architectural Press; on-sale October 13, 2020; ISBN: 9781616898700) documents a people's history of American culture as seen through the pin-back button. Lively commentary from two of America's foremost button experts, Christen Carter and Ted Hake, explores how the small-but-powerful button has inspired, amused, and captured the spirit of events and movements that reflected society and changed history. Whether supporting women’s suffrage, civil rights, or the ‘60s hippie ethos of peace, love and no nukes, nothing, it seems, has ever presented a more effective statement of one’s own beliefs than a button. In line with the current news focus on protests and presidential elections, Button Power offers a fascinating retrospective on the cultural movements, fads and trends that became part of the American landscape long before social media existed.  More than 1,500 beautifully photographed buttons grouped into 12 broad categories are depicted in the high-quality hardbound book’s 192 pages. Artists, athletes, actors, politicians, punk and pop musicians; and product mascots of the past 125 years make cameos, including Rube Goldberg, Muhammad Ali, Wonder Woman, the Ramones, Shirley Chisholm, and the Apollo 11 astronauts, among hundreds more. Sample double-page spreadHake's Auctions The first book of its kind, Button Poweris a visual feast of popular art in miniature, with lavishly illustrated spreads enhanced by little-known backstories and entertaining anecdotes from Carter and Hake. Their encyclopedic knowledge spans decades and is summoned with ease and humor. For fans of pop culture, visual culture, and design, this book will be…