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Frieze New York 2018 Wows Audiences Again

Frieze New York 2018

Shot of art-goers at Frieze 2018. Source: 2018

Frieze New York 2018 took over Randall’s Island once again in one of the biggest contemporary art fairs of the spring. Featuring over 1,000 artists from galleries around the world, Frieze brought together some of the best and brightest in the art world today.

Now in its 6th year, Frieze New York has made its mark in the contemporary art fair market and has helped revitalize this sometimes-complicated scene. In the process, it has helped to both bolster established artists, and bring emerging artists out to a wider audience.

It has quickly become a favorite for New York art goers, collectors, and others inside and outside of the art world alike.

Solo Exhibitions Take Center Stage

Frieze New York 2018

Installation view of Pace Gallery booth Frieze 2018. Source: Frieze

Fresh off an exhibit of his work at the MET artist David Hockney had a mini solo exhibition at the Pace Gallery booth. The British artist who has come to be known for his landscape paintings of the British countryside has brought some new paintings for this show.

This work was newer and utilized the Brushes app for iPads and iPhones and had a distinct Hockney twist. There were also other computer-generated images that were digitally manipulated of Hockney working in his studio that played into the larger computer-meets-contemporary-art theme.

Mini solo exhibitions were a trend in this year’s edition of Frieze and Pace was not the only gallery to showcase the work of only one artist. Some of the most famous artists working today also had solo works up including Tracey Emin, Theaster Gates, Arthur Jafa, Zoe Leonard, Jordan Wolfson and others.

Fresh Takes on Political and Cultural Themes

Frieze New York 2018

Marilyn Minter’s Trump Plaque Detail Frieze 2018. Source: Frieze

This year’s fair was not devoid of political commentary and many artists had works that engaged in this. One piece that generated attention was iconic feminist artist Marilyn Minter’s Trump Plaque.

Minter who had a retrospective at the Brooklyn Museum in 2017, offered an ironic take/satire on what the traditional plaque functions as. In Minter’s take, the president’s smiling face is depicted with a transcription of his now crudely famous Access Hollywood tape. The combination of the two is both unsettling, comical, and all too real.

Works by contemporary art darling Robert Mapplethorpe also made an appearance within the Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, C20 booth. Mapplethorpe’s lush images continue to remain fresh given his complex subject matter which investigates identity, gender, sexuality and other cultural topics.

Standout Artists from Dumpsters to Documentaries

Scottish artist Kevin Harman’s dumpster installation was another interesting piece to see among the Frieze crowd. Harman, who worked off-site in Mount Vernon and transported his dumpster there underwent an intense process for the creation of that piece.

For this piece Harman worked without assistants. According to the Art Newspaper; he emptied the contents of the dumpster, washed and scrubbed it clean, proceeded to get rid of all the organic materials, then went to work on create a sense of order within this larger mess. The result was a clean, orderly, sculpture/installation that utilized materials formed into a neat cube that was organized by materials including cardboard, wood, rocks, and bricks.

Frieze New York 2018

Installation view of Sikkema Jenkins & Co. Frieze 2018. Source: Frieze

Other standout artists featured during Frieze New York 2018 included Kara Walker, Erin Shirreff, Leonardo Drew, Jeffery Gibson, Arturo Herrera and Vik Muniz at Sikkema Jenkins & Co. Kara Walker’s work wowed again with its sheer size and subject matter. Within “Rift of Medusa,” from 2017, Walker overwhelms the paper with a combination of collage and ink strokes and paint.

The two morphed into one another create waves and a shipwreck scene with a figure with long hair within the center. The figure appears to be holding a snack or a hose like object above its lips and the work is done in shades of black.

It is through a larger sense of powerful imagery with social commentary that has helped to keep Walker’s constantly on people’s radar while drawing on history that makes it so vital to see, especially now.

Artist Wu Tsang who participated in the 2012 Whitney Biennial also debuted her last film titled “Into a Space of Love.”

The documentary looks at the roots of the house music scene which are based in NYC. Tsang’s dream-like cinematography began to gain momentum after the release of her 2012 documentary “WILDNESS” which explored the lives of those involved at the Silver Platter, a bar in LA that has for decades acted as a haven for those in the LGBTQ community.

Frieze New York 2018

Kapwani Kiwanga’s Shaded Installation Detail Frieze 2018. Source: Frieze

Kapwani Kiwanga, a Canadian artist who is based in Paris, who won the Frieze Artist award, created a site-specific installation that incorporated African cloth used in farming, tilted “Shady.” The piece used several pieces of fabric to create partition like structures that were see-through.

This piece also had more political relevance given the ongoing debate in the US surrounding the Mexican Border wall. Works such as this by Kiwanga and others are helping to raise important issues surrounding identity and race within this current political climate.

The subject matter wasn’t lost on fairgoers and other artists were also taking on larger sociopolitical topics as well related to the current administration and beyond.

Artist Lara Schnitger with the help of volunteers, staged a performance titled “Suffragette City.” The piece consisted of 30 volunteers who helped to create four one hour versions of the performance which was put on by Anton Kern Gallery.

Wearing work coveralls, volunteers marched around the fair carrying Schnitger sculptures while simultaneously chanting things such as “We are walkers, not the dogs.” The performance served as a bigger commentary for women’s rights but also is calling attention to the bigger issues surrounding inequality in the world today as well.

Looking Beyond Art

The fair also featured a series of talks given by people both inside and outside of the art world. Some included Jerry Saltz, head critic for New York Magazine, fresh off his Pulitzer Prize win, as well as academic Fred Moten who was in conversation with the artist Sondra Perry.

Moten, a professor within the performance studies department at NYU, has also generated a good amount of press recently with the release of his new book Black and Blur.

This year’s fair produced both an impressive amount of work and turnout. It is a combination of keeping it fresh, taking risks, but also having a pulse to the ground and having works that both play to this contemporary moment but also can remain timeless that is key. Frieze New York 2018 did just that and the art world and beyond is excited to see what next year’s will bring.

 

About the Author

Anni Irish has been a contributing writer to several online publications including Boston based publication, The Dig, New York Arts Magazine, and ArteFuse among others. She holds a BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts/Tufts University, an MA in Gender and Cultural Studies from Simmons College, and an MA in Performance Studies from New York University.

 

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TEFAF New York Spring 2018 Draws Impressive Crowds and Artworks

TEFAF New York Spring 2018

Source: TEFAF

Last week the European art fair, TEFAF, launched its spring edition at the Park Avenue Armory. Now in its second year, the TEFAF New York Spring 2018 show drew impressive crowds and galleries from across the globe. This year’s fair featured a mix of contemporary and modern art, mixed in with antiques, furniture, and jewelry.

As you entered the fair you were greeted by gorgeous floral arrangements suspended from the ceiling. But on second glance there was also a distinctive piece of art hanging as well– a sculpture by the artist Alexander Calder.

During TEFAF New York Spring 2018, Calder seemed to definitely be having a moment. Pieces of his could be found throughout the fair in different booths, and having a sculpture hanging over the entrance of the main space only served as a reminder of the timelessness of his art.

TEFAF New York Spring 2018

Cy Twombly, Thyrsis, 1976; Source: Galerie Karsten Greve AG

Despite Calder’s undeniable popularity, there were other works featured at the fair that also seemed to capture this moment in the art world. American painter Cy Twombly’s work was very apparent in this year’s fair as well. There were several noticeable pieces of Twombly’s work sprinkled throughout the different booths which were another delight to see in the context of this fair.

TEFAF New York Spring 2018 featured 90 galleries and vendors from across the globe and the works ran the gamut. It was held from May 4th to the 8th, and it’s hard to believe with the huge crowds that this year’s fair drew that it’s still only in its second year in NYC.

There were some new additions to this year’s fair including Gagosian, Gladstone Gallery, Hauser & Wirth, Marian Goodman Gallery, Lévy Gorvy, and White Cube among others.

Other notable works included Robert Gober at Matthew Marks Gallery. Gober who is primarily a sculptor, works with a variety of materials from plaster to wood and plays with everyday objects that are altered in funny and unpredictable ways.

The Gober works in the Matthew Marks booth featured a series of plaster cast hearts that were encased in glass and made to look like small light boxes that hung from the walls. There is also a Gober show that is currently on display at Matthew Marks through May 13.

In an unprecedented move, Matthew Marks also showcased the “White Yellow” by Ellsworth Kelly which was the first time the painting had been on view to the public in close to 60 years. The painting made its original debut in 1958 through Kelly’s then gallery Galerie Maegh in both New York and Paris.

TEFAF New York Spring 2018

John Armleder, Bon Vivant, 2017. Source: Massimo de Carlo

Massimo de Carlo, an international gallery based in Milan, London and Hong Kong also brought some whimsy to the fair this year with works by John Armleder. MDC featured works by the Swiss painter and performance artist that were a series of paintings.

On large canvases that measured roughly 3′, x 4′, Armleder used various colors of paint that he splattered onto the canvas resulting in controlled, long streaks that coat the surface at different lengths and create different forms.

The artist then applied a thin layer of glitter to the paint giving it a level of sheen. These paintings which play on chance, have been created in various contexts and draw on the artist’s interest in both performance and composition and his interest in a what Armleder calls a “supermarket of forms.

TEFAF New York Spring 2018

Zoe Leonard, Albert’s Beauty (From the Series Analogue). Dye Transfer Prin t50 x 40 cm (19.7 x 15.7 in.) Source: Galerie 1900-2000.

The German-based art gallery Galerie 1900-2000 featured the work of a number of great artists including photographer Zoe Leonard and Marcel Duchamp among others. The work from Leonard was also a bright spot within the fair. Galerie 1900 displayed works from Leonard’s “Analogue series” which she photographed between 1998-2009.

Within this series of photographs, Leonard took a total of 412 images which was a huge achievement for the artist. The images depict scenes of urban and domestic spaces are from all over the globe from Africa to Asia. They featured 40 photographs in total from Leonard.

The original work was also featured in an installation at the Museum of Modern Art in 2015, and Leonard is also fresh off her retrospective at the Whitney Museum.

TEFAF New York Spring 2018

A geometric tired ring with three pyramidal hematites, Suzanne Beleperron. Silver and hematite Diameter 1.7 cm (0.8 in.) Circa 1930s. Source: FD Gallery

Despite an emphasis on fine and contemporary art, there were also several exhibitors who had jewelry, furniture and other luxury items. New York based FD Gallery brought a beautiful selection of vintage jewelry.

Their art deco rings were a sight to behold with gems that ranged in shapes, sizes, colors, and cuts. One unique piece featured was the tired geometric art deco ring by designer Suzanne Belperron from the 1930s. The ring features three pyramid shapes made from hematite that sits on a tired silver base.

This year’s spring fair also featured a series of lectures from contemporary art experts, art historians, as well as top conservators, and academics. Some notable speakers included Beth Wees, curator of American Decorative Arts at the MET, Christopher Apostle of Sotheby’s, and Michael Gallagher Conservator in Charge, Department of Painting at the MET, among others.

Although TEFAF New York Spring 2018 is still young, it is making its mark on the contemporary art world and art fair circuit. With this spring’s impressive showing people are excited to see what the fall and future fairs will bring.

 

About the Author

Anni Irish has been a contributing writer to several online publications including Boston based publication, The Dig, New York Arts Magazine, and ArteFuse among others. She holds a BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts/Tufts University, an MA in Gender and Cultural Studies from Simmons College, and an MA in Performance Studies from New York University.

 

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Sotheby’s Dominates the May 2018 Auction Calendar

As the title suggests, Sotheby’s are featured in all three of Borro Blog’s May 2018 auction calendar highlights.

All the major asset classes are covered, with RM Sotheby’s heading to Monaco for their annual sale of blockbuster cars. This is followed by an Important Watches sale and an Impressionist & Modern Art Day sale.

RM Sotheby’s – Monaco 2018

May 12th

May 2018 Auction Calendar - 1957 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Competizione ‘Tour de France’

Monaco, the home of formula one racing, style and high-living will once again see large scale auction houses and classic car punters flood the city for ludicrously priced automobiles, coinciding with the iconic Monaco Grand Prix.

The top lot from RM Sotheby’s last Monaco auction in 2016 was the 1951 Ferrari 340, which sold for a hot €7,280,000 (£6,366,000). RM Sotheby’s will want to emulate 2016’s success with the 1957 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Competizione ‘Tour de France’ as the featured lot, hoping to fetch up to €9 million ($10,987,000).

Sotheby’s – Important Watches

May 13th

May 2018 Auction Calendar - Rolex Chronograph

Sotheby’s are tipping this auction to be a focus on ‘the very best of what vintage and modern horology has to offer’. The Important Watches auctions always live up to expectations, and this auction certainly won’t fall short.

Number 276 is the standout lot to watch; the exceptionally rare, stainless steel Rolex Chronograph. It comes complete with registers, bracelets and tropical subsidiary dials and is set to go for up to £400,000 ($558,000) when it goes under the hammer.

Sotheby’s – Impressionist & Modern Art Day Sale

 May 15th

May 2018 Auction Calendar - Téte De Femme

Sotheby’s are returning to New York for their highly popular Impressionist & Modern Art Day Sale. A host of highly renowned and influential artists such as Max Ernst, Marc Chagall and Francis Picabia are on offer.

However, it is Pablo Picasso who is stealing the limelight once again. Painted on December 5th 1964, the oil based ‘Téte De Femme’ was inspired by Picasso’s sixth and final significant muse, Jacqueline Roque. The work is set to sell for up to $3 million on May 15th.

 

See the full list of dates for the May 2018 auction calendar below:

 

AuctionAuction HouseCategoryJanuary 2, 1900LocationURL
TimepiecesHeritageJewellery & WatchesMay 1, 2018New York
Prints and MultiplesBonhamsFine Art and AntiquesMay 1, 2018Sydney
From Earth to FireSotheby'sFine Art and AntiquesMay 1, 2018Londonhttps://goo.gl/bT6Lut
The Collection of Peggy and David Rockefeller: Online SaleChristie'sFine Art and AntiquesMay 1, 2018Onlinehttps://goo.gl/jm6gxx
The Greek SaleBonhamsFine Art and AntiquesMay 2, 2018Los Angeles
Made in CaliforniaBonhamsFine Art and AntiquesMay 2, 2018New York
19th Century European PaintingsBonhamsFine Art and AntiquesMay 2, 2018Sydney
Fine Glass and British CeramicsBonhamsFine Art and AntiquesMay 2, 2018New York
The Greek SaleBonhamsFine Art and AntiquesMay 2, 2018Monte Carlo
Made in CaliforniaBonhamsFine Art and AntiquesMay 2, 2018Los Angeles
19th Century European PaintingsBonhamsFine Art and AntiquesMay 2, 2018New York
Old Master PaintingsSotheby'sFine Art and AntiquesMay 2, 2018Londonhttps://goo.gl/646Vg1
Audrey Hepburn:The Personal Collection Part IIIChristie'sMemorabilliaMay 2, 2018Onlinehttps://goo.gl/xtJtGR
Einstein and Family: Letters and PortraitsChristie'sMemorabilliaMay 2, 2018Onlinehttps://goo.gl/qaVXHZ
CollectionsSotheby'sFine Art and AntiquesMay 3, 2018Londonhttps://goo.gl/K6FXGq
DesignSotheby'sDesignMay 3, 2018Parishttps://goo.gl/ZfpwaJ
Bande Dessinée & IllustrationChristie'sFine Art and AntiquesMay 3, 2018Paris Parishttps://goo.gl/1NxrSw
American ArtHeritageFine Art and AntiquesMay 4, 2018Dallas
Nature & ScienceHeritageScienceMay 5, 2018Dallas
The Collection of Peggy and David Rockefeller: 19th and 20th Century Art, Evening SaleChristie'sFine Art and AntiquesMay 8, 2018New Yorkhttps://goo.gl/EJEUP3
Asian ArtBonhamsFine Art and AntiquesMay 9, 2018New York
The Collection of Peggy and David Rockefeller: English & European Furniture, Ceramics and Decorations, Part IChristie'sFine Art and AntiquesMay 9, 2018New Yorkhttps://goo.gl/SoveVS
The Collection of Peggy and David Rockefeller: Art of the Americas, Evening SaleChristie'sFine Art and AntiquesMay 9, 2018New Yorkhttps://goo.gl/htXBwB
ComicsHeritageMemorabilliaMay 10, 2018Chicago
SportsHeritageMemorabilliaMay 10, 2018Dallas
RM Sotheby's: Auburn SpringRM Sotheby'sLuxury carsMay 10, 2018Auburnhttps://goo.gl/j5m5NJ
The Collection of Peggy and David Rockefeller: Fine Art, Day SaleChristie'sFine Art and AntiquesMay 10, 2018New Yorkhttps://goo.gl/gVEZds
The Collection of Peggy and David Rockefeller: English & European Furniture, Ceramics and Decorations, Part IIChristie'sFine Art and AntiquesMay 10, 2018New Yorkhttps://goo.gl/EEsNfu
The Collection of Peggy and David Rockefeller: Travel and AmericanaChristie'sFine Art and AntiquesMay 10, 2018New Yorkhttps://goo.gl/gmQkZH
Picasso Ceramics OnlineChristie'sFine Art and AntiquesMay 10, 2018Online
Modern Edition OnlineChristie'sFine Art and AntiquesMay 10, 2018Online
Space ExplorationHeritageMemorabilliaMay 11, 2018Dallas
The Monaco Sale 'Les Grandes Marques à Monaco'BonhamsLuxury CarsMay 11, 2018Monte Carlo
Texas ArtHeritageFine Art and AntiquesMay 12, 2018Dallas
Musical InstrumentsHeritageFine Art and AntiquesMay 12, 2018Dallas
RM Sotheby's: MonacoRM Sotheby'sLuxury carsMay 12, 2018Monte Carlohttps://goo.gl/THDHov
The Geneva Watch Auction: SevenPhillipsJewellery & WatchesMay 12, 2018Genevahttps://goo.gl/Q6upZs
Important WatchesSotheby'sJewellery & WatchesMay 13, 2018Genevahttps://goo.gl/UB9q1w
Asian ArtBonhamsFine Art and AntiquesMay 14, 2018New York
The Shape of Beauty: Sculpture from the Collection of Howard and Saretta BarnetSotheby'sFine Art and AntiquesMay 14, 2018New Yorkhttps://goo.gl/DDrHtC
Art of Africa, Oceania, and the AmericasSotheby'sFine Art and AntiquesMay 14, 2018New York
Impressionist & Modern Art Evening SaleSotheby'sFine Art and AntiquesMay 14, 2018New Yorkhttps://goo.gl/ZYbDCL
Rare WatchesChristie'sJewellery & WatchesMay 14, 2018Geneva Genevahttps://goo.gl/buxEsu
The World of Gold, Opals and Other "Phenomenal" GemsBonhamsJewellery & WatchesMay 15, 2018Los Angeles
Magnificent Jewels and Noble JewelsSotheby'sJewellery & WatchesMay 15, 2018Genevahttps://goo.gl/n3ev63
Travel, Atlases, Maps and Natural History Including the Library of Colin and Joan DeaconSotheby'sMemorabilliaMay 15, 2018Londonhttps://goo.gl/D8QHs1
Impressionist & Modern Art Day SaleSotheby'sFine Art and AntiquesMay 15, 2018New Yorkhttps://goo.gl/Ct3vTw
Impressionist and Modern Art Evening SaleChristie'sFine Art and AntiquesMay 15, 2018New Yorkhttps://goo.gl/SfCez9
Rarity and Refinement: Treasures from a Distinguished East Asian CollectionChristie'sFine Art and AntiquesMay 15, 2018Londonhttps://goo.gl/Y9LXuJ
Chinese Ceramics & Works of ArtChristie'sFine Art and AntiquesMay 15, 2018Londonhttps://goo.gl/vbdyDE
LaliqueChristie'sFine Art and AntiquesMay 15, 2018Londonhttps://goo.gl/ZAgh8C
Fine and Rare WinesChristie'sFine WineMay 15, 2018Geneva Genevahttps://goo.gl/MU5Sdr
American Art OnlineChristie'sFine Art and AntiquesMay 15, 2018Online
Lalique & Art GlassHeritageFine Art and AntiquesMay 16, 2018Dallas
Raising The Bar: Masterworks from the Collection of Morton and Barbara MandelSotheby'sFine Art and AntiquesMay 16, 2018New Yorkhttps://goo.gl/DSkZgr
Contemporary Art Evening AuctionSotheby'sFine Art and AntiquesMay 16, 2018New Yorkhttps://goo.gl/ya66vC
20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale Morning SessionPhillipsFine Art and AntiquesMay 16, 2018New Yorkhttps://goo.gl/8BvVmM
Impressionist and Modern Art Works on PaperChristie'sFine Art and AntiquesMay 16, 2018New Yorkhttps://goo.gl/SfCez9
Impressionist and Modern Art Day SaleChristie'sFine Art and AntiquesMay 16, 2018New Yorkhttps://goo.gl/SfCez9
Magnificent JewelsChristie'sJewellery & WatchesMay 16, 2018Geneva Genevahttps://goo.gl/gzSrH8
Contemporary Art Day SaleSotheby'sFine Art and AntiquesMay 17, 2018New York
PhotographsSotheby'sFine Art and AntiquesMay 17, 2018Londonhttps://goo.gl/JQPoZA
Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening SaleChristie'sFine Art and AntiquesMay 17, 2018New Yorkhttps://goo.gl/SfCez9
African & Oceanic ArtChristie'sFine Art and AntiquesMay 17, 2018New Yorkhttps://goo.gl/5jNfMS
St George Street Sale: Chinese ArtSotheby'sFine Art and AntiquesMay 18, 2018Londonhttps://goo.gl/ojWcCp
Photographs OnlineSotheby'sFine Art and AntiquesMay 18, 2018Onlinehttps://goo.gl/fY5ycC
Post-War and Contemporary Art Morning SessionChristie'sFine Art and AntiquesMay 18, 2018Londonhttps://goo.gl/s3x1wG
Post-War and Contemporary Art Afternoon SessionChristie'sFine Art and AntiquesMay 18, 2018New Yorkhttps://goo.gl/SfCez9
Americana & PoliticalHeritageMemorabilliaMay 19, 2018Dallas
Finest & Rarest WinesSotheby'sFine WineMay 19, 2018New York
Historic Coins and Medals | Featuring Magnificent Morgan Silver Dollars from the Collection of Ralph and Lois StoneSotheby'sCoinsMay 21, 2018New Yorkhttps://goo.gl/Y8RMR3
Exquisite Eye: Chinese Paintings OnlineChristie'sFine Art and AntiquesMay 21, 2018New Yorkhttps://goo.gl/SfCez9
Fine Autograph Music: the Property of Helmut Nanz and FamilySotheby'sMemorabilliaMay 22, 2018Londonhttps://goo.gl/JKZ4bp
Musical ManuscriptsSotheby'sMemorabilliaMay 22, 2018Londonhttps://goo.gl/qXaS1M
Master PaintingsSotheby'sFine Art and AntiquesMay 22, 2018New York
European ArtSotheby'sFine Art and AntiquesMay 22, 2018New York
American ArtChristie'sFine Art and AntiquesMay 22, 2018Online
DesignChristie'sFine Art and AntiquesMay 22, 2018New Yorkhttps://goo.gl/k2zVey
Contemporary Art Asia: New York EditionChristie'sFine Art and AntiquesMay 22, 2018Paris Parishttps://goo.gl/H9jDfN
Contemporary Art Asia: Hong Kong EditionChristie'sFine Art and AntiquesMay 22, 2018Online
Stephen Shore: Vintage PhotographsChristie'sFine Art and AntiquesMay 22, 2018Online
American ArtBonhamsFine Art and AntiquesMay 23, 2018New York
American ArtSotheby'sFine Art and AntiquesMay 23, 2018New York
Thomas Molesworth: Designing the American West | The Ruth and Jake Bloom CollectionSotheby'sFine Art and AntiquesMay 23, 2018New Yorkhttps://goo.gl/o3UeRo
Latin American ArtChristie'sFine Art and AntiquesMay 23, 2018Online
The Collector: European Furniture, Works of Art & CeramicsChristie'sFine Art and AntiquesMay 23, 2018New Yorkhttps://goo.gl/ZnRwNy
The Collector: English Furniture, Clocks & Works of ArtChristie'sFine Art and AntiquesMay 23, 2018Londonhttps://goo.gl/DZd1kk
Modern & ContemporaryHeritageFine Art and AntiquesMay 24, 2018Beverly Hills
Fine and Rare WinesBonhamsFine WineMay 24, 2018Hong Kong, Admiralty
19th Century European PaintingsSotheby'sFine Art and AntiquesMay 24, 2018Londonhttps://goo.gl/bZzWyW
Livres et ManuscritsSotheby'sMemorabilliaMay 24, 2018Parishttps://goo.gl/4k7iin
Important DesignSotheby'sFine Art and AntiquesMay 24, 2018New York
Important WatchesSotheby'sJewellery & WatchesMay 24, 2018New Yorkhttps://goo.gl/TiWN3X
The Collector: Silver &19th Century Furniture, Sculpture & Works of ArtChristie'sFine Art and AntiquesMay 24, 2018Londonhttps://goo.gl/fkwy9b
Christie's Watches OnlineChristie'sJewellery & WatchesMay 24, 2018Londonhttps://goo.gl/6nRQJg
Fine & Rare Wines: Direct from the Cellars of the Historic Comte Georges de VogüéChristie'sFine WineMay 25, 2018Online
Asian 20th Century & Contemporary Art (Evening Sale)Christie'sFine Art and AntiquesMay 26, 2018Hong Konghttps://goo.gl/xFQDEe
Fine & Rare Wines Featuring Wines Direct from Masseto and a Guinaudeau Family Collection of Château Lafleur and Estate WinesChristie'sFine WineMay 26, 2018Hong Konghttps://goo.gl/Y2xodJ
Asian 20th Century Art (Day Sale)Christie'sFine Art and AntiquesMay 27, 2018Hong Konghttps://goo.gl/f38736
Asian Contemporary Art (Day Sale)Christie'sFine Art and AntiquesMay 27, 2018Hong Konghttps://goo.gl/GqSJX7
Chinese Contemporary InkChristie'sFine Art and AntiquesMay 28, 2018Hong Konghttps://goo.gl/uTHUj1
Chinese Contemporary InkChristie'sFine Art and AntiquesMay 28, 2018Hong Konghttps://goo.gl/FafxtK
Fine Chinese Classical Paintings and CalligraphyChristie'sFine Art and AntiquesMay 28, 2018Hong Konghttps://goo.gl/cVJK59
Important Watches and Private CollectionsChristie'sFine Art and AntiquesMay 28, 2018Hong Konghttps://goo.gl/q1xtCz
Fine Chinese Modern PaintingsChristie'sFine Art and AntiquesMay 29, 2018Hong Konghttps://goo.gl/W3mZRb
Hong Kong Magnificent JewelsChristie'sJewellery & WatchesMay 29, 2018Hong Konghttps://goo.gl/iZpJwt
Livres rares et ManuscritsChristie'sFine Art and AntiquesMay 29, 2018Hong Konghttps://goo.gl/rY4Cve
Handbags OnlineChristie'sHandbagsMay 29, 2018Paris Parishttps://goo.gl/XrN2PU
Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of ArtChristie'sFine Art and AntiquesMay 30, 2018Online
Handbags & AccessoriesChristie'sHandbagsMay 30, 2018Hong Konghttps://goo.gl/ZhWaod
Contemplating The DivineChristie'sFine Art and AntiquesMay 30, 2018Hong Konghttps://goo.gl/frSwer
Leisurely Delights of a Transient LifeChristie'sFine Art and AntiquesMay 30, 2018Hong Konghttps://goo.gl/XpkmUA
Celestial Immortals - The Taber Family Tianqiuping from Philbrook Museum of ArtChristie'sFine Art and AntiquesMay 30, 2018Hong Konghttps://goo.gl/oxFdFo
The Three Rarities - Imperial Qianlong Ceramics From An Important Private CollectionChristie'sFine Art and AntiquesMay 30, 2018Hong Konghttps://goo.gl/3fhwnD
The Nitta MaitreyaChristie'sFine Art and AntiquesMay 30, 2018Hong Konghttps://goo.gl/M4tsz4
Scholarly Art from the Collection of Mr and Mrs Gerard HawthornSotheby'sFine Art and AntiquesMay 31, 2018Hong Kong
Chinese ArtSotheby'sFine Art and AntiquesMay 31, 2018Hong Kong
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How Estate Auctions Are Helping People Ease Financial Burdens

In today’s economic climate, you sometimes have to be creative with the way you secure needed funds. When a loved one dies, or if you are going through a divorce, you may be faced with some pretty difficult financial realities. If you find yourself in these situations, or in others, don’t panic– an estate auction or sale might be an option to help shoulder some of the financial burden.

The Celebrity Factor

Estate Auction - Russell Crowe

Source: Sotheby’s

The good news is, even celebrities are doing it. On April 7th 2018, actor Russell Crowe had several interesting items go up for sale to help pay for his divorce. The auction which took place at Sotheby’s, was even called “The Art of Divorce.”

Some items that were on the auction block included the breastplate Crow wore in the box office hit “Gladiator” which went for $125,000, as well as the matching leather wrist cuffs that fetched $32,000. Other pieces of movie memorabilia and an instrument collection were also up for sale. Crowe made a cool $3.7 million with the auction which will go towards assisting him with his divorce proceedings.

Estate Auction - Gold Piano

Zsa Zsa Gabor’s long-term partner Hans Robert Lichtenberg aka Prince Frederic von Anhalt, held an exclusive estate auction at their Bel Air mansion on April 14th, 2018 in an effort to downsize. Items from the sale raised over $900,000 according to Fortune.

Some items that were on the auction included a wardrobe of Chanel, Valentino, and other famous designers; as well as Gabor’s gold-painted Steinway piano which went for $24,000.

The item that fetched the highest price was a portrait of the actress which was done by the artist Margaret Keane which sold for $45,000. The auction was managed by Heritage Auctions.

The Advantages of Estate Auctions and Sales

Despite these flashier examples of recent celebrity auctions, the broader point is people across income brackets have estate sales and auctions. It is a way to create a source of income that can help you out of a difficult time in your life. While it can be lucrative, it can also be a bit challenging for the average person to organize.

Although, it can be overwhelming when you start to consider the logistics of organizing an estate sale or auction, it is something that will literally pay off in the end. On the bright side, there are companies that can be hired that are skilled in handling the sometimes-tricky issues that may come up when preparing for such an event.

Estate sales and auctions are an especially helpful solution if there are multiple people disputing an estate. By involving a third party, this can not only help reduce the stress of the situation but can also free you up to handle other details.

It can be daunting to go through a loved one’s lifetime’s worth of items; and dividing up their belongings just becomes another task to deal with. These four tips will give you a better sense of how to approach the situation and what to expect.

Make sure you are the survivor(s) of the estate

When you begin to make plans to have an estate auction or sale, make sure that you and or members of your family are the appointed survivors of the estate. Legally, only the person or people the estate has been left to can sell the items.

Know the difference between an estate sale and auction

Estate sales function almost as if they are a tag sale, where each item is priced accordingly prior to the sale. At an estate auction there is an auctioneer who sells the item to the highest bidder. Sometimes when there are multiple people involved in dividing up an estate, things can get complicated.

Things can be become harrier if people aren’t on the same page about how items should be divided or if family members have been estranged.

What to do if you need funds sooner

Sometimes when you are dealing with these kinds of difficult life circumstances, you may need to generate funds faster than you may be able to hold an estate auction. One solution to that problem could be to consign specific items from the estate to an auction.

Rather than waiting for the item to sell at auction, you can work with a company like Borro, to get funds in advance of it being sold. This is what’s referred to as a Sale Advance Loan.

Do your homework

If you decide to go the route of hiring a company to assist you with your auction or sale, do your homework.  Make sure you are working with a reputable company who is insured, licensed, and bonded. This is important to protect you against any potential damages that could occur. Getting referrals from people who have used a company previously can also be a way to go.

Estate Auction - Silver Bowl

Daniel Christian Fueter (1720–1785), Silver Sugar Bowl. Gift of The Estate of Esther and Samuel Schwartz, Paterson, N.J., 2007 Source: The Met

Don’t throw items away before are looked at or appraised

If you are unsure of an item’s value, leave it to the professionals to figure it out. You never know what might interest a potential buyer, so when going through your loved one’s belongings, its best to save everything for the sale or auction.

Something that you may think is junk, could be a collector’s item and there is no way to know unless it is properly looked at.

Have realistic goals

While an estate auction or sale can generate a lot of money, be realistic about it. You never know how much money you will make over the course of your sale or auction, so by having no expectations about a final sales total, it will leave you happier in the end.

Arming yourself with this information can help the process of organizing your estate auction or sale easier. Although it seems like a lot to take on for a short one to three-day event, it will likely turn a profit and help ease some of the financial strain you may experience.

 

About the author: 

Anni Irish has been a contributing writer to several online publications including Boston based publication, The Dig, New York Arts Magazine, and ArteFuse among others. She holds a BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts/Tufts University, an MA in Gender and Cultural Studies from Simmons College, and an MA in Performance Studies from New York University.

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The History of Sotheby’s Auction House

The history of Sotheby’s Auction House begins with Samuel Baker selling books from a catalog in 1734.  It was only in 1778, after Baker’s death, that his Nephew John Sotheby joined the firm and founded the auctioneers ‘Messrs Leigh and Sotheby’. Initially the company specialized in rare books: the main passion of both Baker and co- founder George Leigh.

Flourishing Conditions for 18th Century Auction Houses

The eighteenth century provided the perfect social and economic environment for auction houses to flourish.  The increase in trade, coupled with the onset of the industrial revolution led to a massive increase in the wealth and population of London.

Conditions for auctioneers became so perfect that after Christie’s was founded in 1766, the other leading British auction houses Phillip’s and Bonhams were both founded in the 1790’s.

History of Sotheby's Auction House - Sotheby's Bond Street

Sotheby’s, Bond Street

Samuel Leigh Sotheby

The third and final Sotheby to lead the firm: Samuel Leigh Sotheby, (who was named after his father Samuel Sotheby and George Leigh) extended the firm’s interests beyond Rare Books.  In 1819, he held the company’s first sale of autographed work and in 1829, he held four sales of pictures by the romantic painter Richard Parkes Bonington.

Upon his death in 1861, the Sotheby’s dynasty ended (coincidentally as Christie’s had: after three generations).  Since then, there have been many key figures who have made Sotheby’s the world class institution it is today.

Montague Barlow

The history of Sotheby’s Auction House changed dramatically In 1907, when Montague Barlow, a conservative member of parliament, put together a consortium who bought Sotheby’s for the now risible sum of £30,000.

One of the key changes Barlow made to the company was moving the sale room from Wellington Street (near Waterloo) to New Bond Street, where it remains today. He is also credited with hiring the firm’s first female expert Millicent Sowerby: a book specialist in 1916.

He also managed the sale of the property of the poet Robert Browning and Miss Elizabeth Barrett. The sale made a spectacular £28,000 (over $3 million in today’s money) and made a splash in the media.  The sale was a prototype for the ‘Jackie Kennedy Onassis’ sale which would take place almost exactly 80 years later for $34.5 million, with buyers paying top dollar for mundane items, just because she had owned them.

Peter Cecil Wilson

History of Sotheby's Auction House - Peter Cecil Wilson

The chairman of Sotheby’s who has had perhaps the greatest impact on the firm, is Peter Cecil Wilson.

After joining the firm as a porter in 1936, he became Chairman in 1958 and over the next 22 years, he built the business from a turnover of around $2 million in the late 1930’s to a turnover of $575 million a year.  Wilson exploited the new age of jet travel and mass marketing to make the business international.

He also purchased the New York based auction house Parke-Bernet in 1964, positioning Sotheby’s perfectly for the explosion of the American art market in the coming decade and initiated sales in Monte Carlo, Hong Kong, Amsterdam, Munich, Madrid, Melbourne and Geneva.

Wilson sold many key collections, including in 1954, King Farouk’s $2.5 million collection which sold for the Egyptian Government in Cairo. He also initiated the impressionist art collection of Jakob Goldschmidt, the New York investment banker, which achieved huge prices, such as £220,000 for Cezanne’s ”Garcon au Gilet Rouge” (”Boy in a Red Waistcoat,”) : seven times what any painting had achieved at a public auction in England.

History of Sotheby's Auction House - Boy in a Red Waistcoat

Boy in a Red Waistcoat by Paul Cezanne

Sotheby’s as a Publicly Traded Company

Sotheby’s Parke Bernet Group Limited became a publicly traded company in the UK in 1977.  It was against this backdrop in 1982/3 that Alfred A. Taubmann and his associates bought Sotheby’s, as his consortium was preferred to another group who were trying to stage a hostile takeover. Taubmann, was an American, who had made a fortune by developing a chain of shopping malls.

When Taubmann bought Sotheby’s, he wanted to use his understanding of consumer behavior and his business acumen to modernize the traditional firm.  He remodeled the rabbit warren of buildings that had been knocked together on New Bond Street and made the space work.

He also got rid of many of the old specialists who were from aristocratic backgrounds and there based on connections rather than ability.

Taubmann’s General was Dede Brooks. Brooks was from a good family, and had worked in finance.  Her no-nonsense approach to business coupled with her boundless energy immediately made her irresistible to Taubmann, who quickly made her CEO.

An example of Brooks’ business style, was how she managed to sell over 115,000 catalogs from the Onassis sale for over $4 million by getting an intern to report sales back to her hourly while shouting at him.

History of Sotheby's Auction House - The Scream

The Scream by Edward Munch is Sotheby’s highest selling artwork, fetching $127 million in New York, 2012.

Price Fixing Scandal

The pair’s boundless ambition would leave a stamp on the history of Sotheby’s Auction House and ultimately lead to their downfall. In 2002, they were convicted of fixing the commission rate charged with their arch rivals Christie’s. Before the collusion, owners of important collections would often play both houses off each other to drive down their charges, dramatically reducing their profits.

Taubmann decided to meet his opposite number Sir Anthony Tennant to discuss a number of issues.  He then suggested Brooks meet the Christie’s CEO Christopher Davidge, to continue discussions.

Though what was agreed is in dispute, some have alleged that Davidge and Brooks went as far as divvying up important collections, to avoid competition.  Christie’s came out of the price fixing scandal best off as they claimed immunity from prosecution by shopping Sotheby’s first.

Davidge became the prosecution’s star witness in the case against Sotheby’s and Tennant avoided testifying by refusing to travel to America.  Taubmann would be sentenced to a year and a day, while Brooks was sentenced to six months house arrest, 1000 hours community service and a $350,000 fine.

Back to Prosperity

Since the price fixing scandal, both auction houses have flourished.  After all, there are only two main auctioneers in the world, and as they were both implicated, neither suffered significantly more than the other.

Sotheby’s now have several new ventures: their own gallery 13S|2, Sotheby’s Diamonds, Sotheby’s wine, Sotheby’s Reality. In 2016 they acquired Orion Analytical a company specializing in the use of forensic science to authenticate art, tackling perhaps the biggest concern the art market faces in the new millennium: authenticity.

Sotheby’s are still innovating and leading the field, after over a century and a half at the top of their game.

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Modernist, Contemporary and Feminist Conceptual Pieces Lead Spring 2018 Exhibitions

Spring has sprung which means the art world is gearing up for another busy season. From an exciting retrospective of conceptual artist Adrian Piper opening this month at MoMA,  to Tarsila do Amaral: Inventing Modern Art in Brazil, and an exciting solo show of contemporary artist Jacob Satterwhite at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise,  there is an array of art to view as a part of spring 2018 exhibitions.

Whether you’re looking to see modernist art, cutting edge contemporary work, or feminist conceptual pieces, there is something for everyone’s taste this season. Here’s a short guide to some of the hottest shows that are on currently up.

Birds of a Feather: Joseph Cornell’s Homage to Juan Gris, Metropolitan Museum of Art

Joseph Cornell is most well-known for his assemblage sculptures. Cornell’s work is now back at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in the latest exhibition Birds of a Feather: Joseph Cornell’s Homage to Juan Gri. The show features roughly 12 shadow boxes Cornell completed over a 15 year period largely in tribute to the Modernist artist Juan Gris. This whimsical and unexpected exhibit from the Met is one that is worth seeing before it closes.

Birds of a Feather: Joseph Cornell’s Homage to Juan Gris will be on view until April 15, 2018 at the Met.

Adrian Piper: A Synthesis of Intuitions, 1965-2016, Museum of Modern Art 

Spring 2018 Exhibitions - 1975

Source: MoMa, Adrian Piper. The Mythic Being: I Embody Everything You Most Hate and Fear. 1975.

Adrian Piper has continued to remain one of the most enigmatic and interesting artists working within the contemporary art world today. A Synthesis of Intuitions, brings together over 290 works which Piper created over the last five decades. Piper has worked in many mediums including performance, drawings, installations, videos, and more.

Straddling the line between conceptual art making practices and intellectual pursuits, Piper also holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Harvard University; she would also go on to be the first women of color to hold a tenure-track position in this field.

This exhibition will also feature iconic works such as Mythic Being, My Calling (Card) #1 and My Calling (Card) #2 (1986) in which Piper created calling cards to confront people’s assumptions surrounding racism and sexism. A Synthesis of Intuitions is not only helping to put Piper on the map but is also introducing her to the next generation of artists in the most comprehensive exhibition of her work to date.

The retrospective will be on view from March 31-July 22, 2018 at MoMA.

Jacolby Satterwhite, Blessed Avenue, Gavin Brown Enterprises

Jacolby Satterwhite returns this fall with his first solo exhibit in the Lower East Side gallery Gavin Brown’s Enterprise. This latest body of work is some of Satterwhite’s most ambitious to date. “Blessed Avenue” consists of an installation with prints, as well as a 30-minute video, and concept album featuring a wide range of collaborations. “Blessed Avenue” features an intense virtual world that explores elements of human sexuality, dance, memory while also commenting on his larger personal history.

Spring 2018 Exhibitions

Source: MoMa, Tarsila do Amaral. A Cuca, 1924

This show is on view until May 6, 2018 at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise.

Tarsila do Amaral: Inventing Modern Art in Brazil at the Museum of Modern Art.

 

Tarsila do Amaral is a painter who played a vital role in the development of the Modernist movement in South America. Born in São Paulo in 1886, she would go onto travel to Paris in 1920, where she would study art. In the 15 years that followed, she would create some of her most prolific work.

The show explores do Amaral’s prolific painting career focusing specifically on pieces she produced during the 1920s and 30s. The exhibition features close to 120 paintings, drawings, sketchbooks, photographs, and other items. This is one of the first exhibits of Brazilian modernism in the US, and specifically of do Amaral’s work and should not be missed.

Tarsila do Amaral: Inventing Modern Art in Brazil is on view until June 3, 2016, at MoMA.

Zoe Leonard Survey at the Whitney Museum

Spring 2018 Exhibitions - Zoe Leonard Mirror no. 2

Source: Whitney Museum, Zoe Leonard¬, Mirror no. 2 (Metropolitan Museum), 1990.

Zoe Leonard is one of the premiere artists of her generation. Working primarily with photography and sculpture, much of Leonard’s work has been inspired by her interest in activism and urban and natural spaces. In this hallmark survey of Leonard, which is also the first of its kind, there are over three decades of photographs and several installations on view.

Zeo Leonard Survey is on view at the Whitney Museum until June 10, 2018.

The five hand-picked exhibitions are only a few highlights of some of the exciting spring 2018 exhibitions. These shows represent some of the most innovative, trailblazing artists who have created work in the last two centuries. Make it a point to see these exhibits so you can be in the know about the NYC contemporary art scene this spring.

 

About the Author

Anni Irish has been a contributing writer to several online publications including Boston based publication, The Dig, New York Arts Magazine, and ArteFuse among others. She holds a BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts/Tufts University, an MA in Gender and Cultural Studies from Simmons College, and an MA in Performance Studies from New York University.

 

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April 2018 Auction Calendar Features Exciting Sales at Sotheby’s

Sotheby’s dominates proceedings this month, with Borro Blog choosing to feature their auctions in all 3 of the highlights. The April 2018 auction calendar gets off to a strong start with two blockbusters; the ‘Important Watches’ sale and the highly anticipated ‘Magnificent Jewels and Jadeite’ coming the following day.

Sotheby’s Apr. 2 Important Watches

April 2018 Auction Calendar

Image Source: Sotheby’s

 Make no mistake, there are an inordinate amount of watches up for grabs at Sotheby’s Important Watches sale, taking place in Hong Kong. 424 lots to be precise. However, top of the lot comes from the Patek Philippe Pink Gold Perpetual Calendar Split Seconds Chronograph Wristwatch. The timepiece has been described by Sotheby’s as ‘extremely rare, important and possibly unique’ and is set to fetch up to $1,533,600 when it goes under the hammer.

Sotheby’s Apr. 3 Magnificent Jewels and Jadeite

April 2018 Auction Calendar

Image Source: Sotheby’s

Sotheby’s continues to show a strong market force in Asia, with their two biggest auctions coming from Hong Kong. This auction has a field of exceptionally valuable jewellery, such as the Burmese Ruby and Diamond Ring that could fetch over $11 million. However, it is the emerald green ‘Circle of Heaven’ Jadeite Bangle that is proving to be the hit, with a higher estimate of $12,800,000.

Sotheby’s Apr. 11 Contemporary Curated

April 2018 Auction Calendar

Image Source: Sotheby’s

A photograph leads the way in this mid-value contemporary art sale taking place in London. The photograph offered comes from one of the most iconic photographers on the planet, Andreas Gursky. He has been known to ‘knock your socks off’ over the years continually, with his big, bold and colourful landscape backdrop photos and this one is no different. ‘Love Parade’ comes signed and mounted in Gursky’s frame and is set to fetch up to £120,000 ($171,000) when it heads to auction on April 11th.

 

The entire auction calendar for April can be found below:

AuctionAuction HouseCategoryAugust 5, 1900LocationURL 
Fine Classical Chinese PaintingsSotheby'sFine Art and AntiquesApril 1, 2018Hong Konghttps://goo.gl/AMjeZu
Modern and Contemporary Southeast Asian ArtSotheby'sFine Art and AntiquesApril 1, 2018Hong Konghttps://goo.gl/QENkrv
Contemporary Art Day SaleSotheby'sFine Art and AntiquesApril 1, 2018Hong Konghttps://goo.gl/YNLq6G
Modern Asian ArtSotheby'sFine Art and AntiquesApril 1, 2018Hong Konghttps://goo.gl/nZtxrk
Fine Chinese PaintingsSotheby'sFine Art and AntiquesApril 2, 2018Hong Konghttps://goo.gl/SFeUzW
Curiosity IVSotheby'sFine Art and AntiquesApril 2, 2018Hong Konghttps://goo.gl/sfKPiF
Important WatchesSotheby'sJewellery & WatchesApril 2, 2018Hong Konghttps://goo.gl/smJ2Yq
Ten Auspicious Landscapes of Taishan by Qian WeichengSotheby'sFine Art and AntiquesApril 3, 2018Hong Konghttps://goo.gl/dJW2iM
Imperial Porcelain from a Distinguished Private CollectionSotheby'sFine Art and AntiquesApril 3, 2018Hong Konghttps://goo.gl/J16654
Imperial Alchemy The H.M. Knight Falangcai BowlSotheby'sFine Art and AntiquesApril 3, 2018Hong Konghttps://goo.gl/Fxgise
The Lost Wisdom Sutra – A Treasure from the Golden Age of XuandeSotheby'sFine Art and AntiquesApril 3, 2018Hong Konghttps://goo.gl/yT9yKz
Gems of Chinese Art from the Speelman Collection ISotheby'sFine Art and AntiquesApril 3, 2018Hong Konghttps://goo.gl/ncSCN9
Magnificent Jewels and JadeiteSotheby'sJewellery & WatchesApril 3, 2018Hong Konghttps://goo.gl/DBxVcK
Important Chinese ArtSotheby'sFine Art and AntiquesApril 3, 2018Hong Konghttps://goo.gl/JW3Sxp
MoMA: Walker Evans Christie'sApril 3, 2018Online
Urban ArtArtcurialFine Art and AntiquesApril 4, 2018Parishttps://goo.gl/VtZ9oo
Pavilion Online: Chinese Art Christie'sApril 4, 2018Online
Fine and Rare WinesBonhamsFine WineApril 5, 2018

London
Fine Wine & SpiritsArtcurialFine WineApril 5, 2018Parishttps://goo.gl/F12aBa
DAVENPORT 2018MecumLuxury carsApril 5, 2018Davenporthttps://goo.gl/UN84gi
HOUSTON 2018MecumLuxury carsApril 5, 2018Houstonhttps://bit.ly/2GfWAqe
The Comedians Christie'sApril 5, 2018Onlinehttps://goo.gl/z1KKMF
The Yamakawa Collection of Twentieth Century Photographs


Christie'sApril 6, 2018New Yorkhttps://goo.gl/pfafLS
Photographs


Christie'sApril 6, 2018New Yorkhttps://goo.gl/NDYsuh
Fine Wine & SpiritsArtcurialFine WineApril 6, 2018Parishttps://goo.gl/F12aBa
RM Sotheby's: Fort LauderdaleRM Sotheby'sApril 6, 2018Fort Lauderdalehttps://goo.gl/oiNwFe
Movie PostersHeritageMemorabilliaApril 7, 2018Dallas
Automobiles sur les Champs 12ArtcurialLuxury carsApril 8, 2018Parishttps://goo.gl/dbgk3C
A Quantum of History: The Prigogine Collection


Christie'sApril 9, 2018Paris Parishttps://goo.gl/Equrbo
PhotographsPhillipsPhotographyApril 9, 2018New Yorkhttps://bit.ly/2py0xg5
First Open Christie'sApril 9, 2018Onlinehttps://goo.gl/5Rkozs
A Beautiful Life: Photographs from the Collection of Leland HirschSotheby'sPhotographyApril 10, 2018New Yorkhttps://goo.gl/iMyNwv
PhotographsSotheby'sPhotographyApril 10, 2018New Yorkhttps://goo.gl/4JGEjD
Silver, 19th Century Furniture, Sculpture, Works of Art, Ceramics & Carpets


Christie'sApril 10, 2018New Yorkhttps://goo.gl/nH1ZLb
Arts d'Afrique, d'Océanie et d'Amérique


Christie'sApril 10, 2018Parishttps://goo.gl/pcKXcj
The Collector: English & European Furniture, Fine Art, Ceramics & Silver


Christie'sApril 10, 2018New Yorkhttps://goo.gl/29xYef
California JewelryBonhamsJewellery & WatchesApril 10, 2018

Los Angeles
Sculpted by Nature: Fossils, Minerals and Meteorites Christie'sApril 10, 2018Online
Old Masters OnlineSotheby'sFine Art and AntiquesApril 10, 2018Onlinehttps://goo.gl/H65LHP
Decorative Art and DesignBonhamsFine Art and AntiquesApril 11, 2018

London
JewelryBonhamsJewellery & WatchesApril 11, 2018

London
The Contents of a Catalonian VillaBonhamsFine WineApril 11, 2018

London
Important Mobilier, Sculptures et Objets d'artSotheby'sFine Art and AntiquesApril 11, 2018Parishttps://goo.gl/iq15Kw
Contemporary CuratedSotheby'sFine Art and AntiquesApril 11, 2018Londonhttps://goo.gl/qyBHra
Milan Modern and Contemporary Art


Christie'sApril 11, 2018Milanhttps://goo.gl/EbLVgY
The Feather Collection: Fine Furniture & Works of Art


Christie'sApril 11, 2018New Yorkhttps://goo.gl/e8XZX2
New NowPhillipsFine Art and AntiquesApril 11, 2018Londonhttps://goo.gl/Y2Ah7Z
Importante Orfèvrerie Européenne, Boîtes en Or et Objets de VitrineSotheby'sFine Art and AntiquesApril 12, 2018Parishttps://goo.gl/K1kLCV
Interiors


Christie'sApril 12, 2018Londonhttps://goo.gl/dVGHko
Palm Beach 2018Barrett JacksonLuxury CarsApril 12, 2018Palm Beachhttps://bit.ly/2n4IVr8
Andy Warhol: Sunsets Join auctionChristie'sApril 12, 2018Onlinehttps://goo.gl/d7W6we
Decorative ArtHeritageFine Art and AntiquesApril 14, 2018Bel Air
Fine TimepiecesSotheby'sApril 17, 2018Londonhttps://goo.gl/CP5nUG
Magnificent Jewels Christie'sApril 17, 2018New Yorkhttps://goo.gl/4TnS32
Ritz ParisArtcurialFurnitureApril 17, 2018Parishttps://goo.gl/Gqy7GC
Fine JewelryBonhamsJewellery & WatchesApril 17, 2018

New York
Modern Decorative Art and DesignBonhamsFine Art and AntiquesApril 17, 2018

Los Angeles
The Marine SaleBonhamsOtherApril 18, 2018

London
Finest and Rarest WinesSotheby'sFine WineApril 18, 2018Londonhttps://goo.gl/jA3i
Magnificent JewelsSotheby'sJewellery & WatchesApril 18, 2018New Yorkhttps://goo.gl/zpCP19
19th Century Art Christie'sApril 18, 2018New Yorkhttps://goo.gl/wVqcyz
Antiquities Christie'sApril 18, 2018New Yorkhttps://goo.gl/2mNqyX
Japanese Christie'sApril 18, 2018New Yorkhttps://goo.gl/nL6kLm
Ritz ParisArtcurialFurnitureApril 18, 2018Parishttps://goo.gl/bDuh1h
ManuscriptsHeritageMemorabilliaApril 18, 2018Dallas
Arte Moderna e ContemporaneaSotheby'sFine Art and AntiquesApril 18, 2018Milanhttps://goo.gl/Htpm6A
Watches OnlineSotheby'sJewellery & WatchesApril 18, 2018Onlinehttps://goo.gl/JSbAax
Fine JewelsSotheby'sJewellery & WatchesApril 19, 2018New Yorkhttps://goo.gl/CFyrTB
Old Masters Part I Christie'sApril 19, 2018New Yorkhttps://goo.gl/4bFtmG
Old Masters Part II Christie'sApril 19, 2018New Yorkhttps://goo.gl/HdCo4Q
Ritz ParisArtcurialFurnitureApril 19, 2018Parishttps://goo.gl/B8X9oq
Prints Christie'sApril 19, 2018New Yorkhttps://goo.gl/kaKQk6
SportsHeritageSportsApril 19, 2018Dallas
Life + Curated: The Victor A. Diaz CollectionSotheby'sFine Art and AntiquesApril 20, 2018New Yorkhttps://goo.gl/WQxo3J
The Exceptional Sale Christie'sApril 20, 2018New Yorkhttps://goo.gl/fju6ww
Ritz ParisArtcurialFurnitureApril 20, 2018Parishttps://goo.gl/Dh7Mzv
LUXE: ART OF DESIGN | European Decorative Arts and 20th Century DesignSotheby'sFine Art and AntiquesApril 20, 2018New Yorkhttps://goo.gl/HX7YeD
World CoinsHeritageCoinsApril 20, 2018Chicago
Finest & Rarest WinesSotheby'sFine WineApril 21, 2018New Yorkhttps://goo.gl/jA3i
Ritz ParisArtcurialFurnitureApril 21, 2018Parishttps://goo.gl/QcbUqt
The Spring Stafford SaleBonhamsFine Art and AntiquesApril 22, 2018

Stafford
Rugs and Carpets: Including Distinguished CollectionsSotheby'sApril 23, 2018Londonhttps://goo.gl/STBHfK
Post-War and Contemporary Art Christie'sApril 23, 2018Amsterdamhttps://goo.gl/vRUrDM
Islamic and Indian ArtBonhamsFine Art and AntiquesApril 24, 2018

London
The Orientalist SaleSotheby'sFine Art and AntiquesApril 24, 2018Londonhttps://goo.gl/1bpzrN
20th Century Art / Middle EastSotheby'sFine Art and AntiquesApril 24, 2018Londonhttps://goo.gl/tb6g9B
Illustration ArtHeritageFine Art and AntiquesApril 24, 2018Dallas
California and Western Paintings and SculptureBonhamsFine Art and AntiquesApril 24, 2018

Los Angeles
Christie's Watches Online Christie'sApril 24, 2018Online
Old Master PaintingsBonhamsFine Art and AntiquesApril 25, 2018

London
The Pavilion Gardens Motor Car AuctionH&H ClassicsLuxury carsApril 25, 2018Derbyshirehttps://goo.gl/qsNQj7
Fine JewelryBonhamsApril 25, 2018London
Arts of the Islamic WorldSotheby'sApril 25, 2018Londonhttps://goo.gl/ZL3GeW
Le Goût Français Christie'sApril 25, 2018Parishttps://goo.gl/BpvgXm
Silver & VertuHeritageJewellery & WatchesApril 25, 2018Dallas
Important DesignBonhamsApril 25, 2018Los Angeles
CurrencyHeritageCoinsApril 25, 2018Schaumburg
The Elegant HomeBonhamsApril 25, 2018London
Fine JewelryBonhamsApril 25, 2018London
Important DesignBonhamsApril 25, 2018London
The Scottish SaleBonhamsApril 25, 2018Los Angeles
The Scottish SaleBonhamsApril 25, 2018New York
The Elegant HomeBonhamsApril 25, 2018

Los Angeles
HOME & InteriorsBonhamsApril 25, 2018New York
US CoinsHeritageCoinsApril 25, 2018Schaumburg
Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds Including Oriental Rugs and Carpets Christie'sApril 26, 2018Londonhttps://goo.gl/pXLoyL
Important DesignPhillipsFine Art and AntiquesApril 26, 2018Londonhttps://goo.gl/HWaJt9
Books & ManuscriptsArtcurialBooksApril 26, 2018Parishttps://goo.gl/ErqabB
World CurrencyHeritageCoinsApril 26, 2018Schaumburg
Prints & MultiplesSotheby'sApril 26, 2018New Yorkhttps://goo.gl/jA3i
Furniture & Works of ArtArtcurialFurnitureApril 27, 2018Parishttps://goo.gl/4zgLLp

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ADAA Art Show Dazzles Spectators This Year

On Sunday the Art Dealers Association of America (ADAA)’s fair concluded. Now in its 30th year, the ADAA show has become one of the most influential contemporary art fairs on the circuit today. This is apparent in what it brings, and also through its membership with the Park Avenue Armory. Although the ADAA Art Show typically happens the first week in March coinciding with other fairs, it opened earlier than expected this year. Given the hype of shows such as Spring/Break and the Armory Show, the ADAA fair gave art goers a bit a break before continuing on to a jam-packed week of viewing works from across the globe.

Who Attended

The 2018 fair featured an impressive showing of 72 galleries from across the country. The show which opened on February 28th, had an strong turnout which even included a few celebrity sightings including the likes of Woody Allen and Steve Martin according to artnet. Bringing together a large selection of works dating from the 19th century through today, this fair offered up a comprehensive feast for the eyes. Through a mix of old and new, the ADAA show had a little something for everyone who attended.

Noteworthy Galleries

Some noteworthy galleries this year included: Cheim & Read which featured a series of new large-scale sculptures by Lynda Benglis, Lehmann Maupin which unveiled new photographs by famed photographer and sculptor Catherine Opie, and the Tanya Bonakdar Gallery who featured several new pieces by Tomás Saraceno which included installation, sculpture, and works on paper.

ADAA Art Show - Peter Hujar, Two Men in Leather Kissing, n.d., vintage gelatin silver print.

Source: ADAA, Peter Hujar, Two Men in Leather Kissing, n.d., vintage gelatin silver print

The Pace/Macgill Gallery booth also brought something unique this year showing the work of photographer Peter Hujar. Their booth featured a large-scale vintage silver gelatin print titled, Two Men in Leather Kissing, which captured the essence of Hujar’s photographic spirit. The two men in the photograph are seen wearing hats, one in a leather jacket, the other clad in a black t-shirt, intertwined in a passionate kiss. It is hard to make out either man’s face but to the bottom left there is a lone scorpion tattoo. It is details such as these that capture the personality of his subjects. Hujar became known for establishing the very personal aspects of his subject’s identity in each of the photographs he took, and this piece embodies his artistic practice.

ADAA Art Show - Hans Arp, Wolkentier Animal de nuage (Cloud animal), 1961 (cast 2012), bronze.

Source: ADAA, Hans Arp, Wolkentier / Animal de nuage (Cloud animal), 1961 (cast 2012), bronze

Hauser & Wirth also brought its best with art heavy hitter Hans Arp for this year’s fair. A piece by Arp tilted Wolkentier/Animal de nuage (Cloud animal), which was made in 1961, and cast in 2012, captures Arp’s playful approach to sculpture and composition. Arp, who was a founding member of the Dada movement, also dappled in painting, poetry and in other mediums. This piece encompassed a biomorphic/cloud like quality that seemed to suspend it in the air despite the way it was displayed.

Solo Exhibitions

This ADAA show also had a number of solo exhibitions ranging in era and from a variety of artists. Some other works that were on display this year included influential sculptor Tony Smith put on by Pace, as well as paintings by Mildred Thompson through Galerie Lelong & Co and others.

There was even a performance by influential Chinese artist Wang Dongling which happened in the Chambers Fine Art booth. Dongling, who is considered to be one of China’s foremost ink artists, created a series of calligraphy-based works on the first day of the fair. This year’s fair also included a keynote address by President and CEO of specialty art insurer AXA Art Americas Corporation, Christiane Fischer tilted, “The Value of ‘Dead’ Art: Afterlives of Damaged Works.”

Art fairs such as the ADAA Art Show help to capture a specific moment in the art world, while also highlighting its past. This fair is a bright spot within the larger makeup of the art world and helped to showcase a wide range of works from many artists working across multiple disciplines. The 2018 show is one that is sure to be remembered and will definitely give future fairs a run for their money.

 

About the Author
Anni Irish has been a contributing writer to several online publications including Boston based publication, The Dig, New York Arts Magazine, and ArteFuse among others. She holds a BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts/Tufts University, an MA in Gender and Cultural Studies from Simmons College, and an MA in Performance Studies from New York University.

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