Sotheby’s prestigious November sale, as always coinciding with Paris Photo, will offer our clients a range of exquisite photographs from all artistic eras. Beginning with “primitive” photography and a superb daguerreotype by Vincent Chevalier dated 1841, the November sale traditionally has its focus on classical vintage photography. This section is headed by exceptional works by Leni Riefenstahl and her former cameraman, the modernist photographer Willy Zielke. Of equal importance are the light-hearted snap-shots by Jacques-Henri Lartigue, as well as surrealist photographs by Dora Maar, Man Ray, Raoul Ubac and Manuel Alvarez Bravo.
Archive for October, 2011
RAGO’S HOSTS AUCTION OPEN HOUSE ON NOVEMBER 29 FEATURING A TALK ON AMERICAN SILVER BY NEWARK MUSEUM CURATOR ULYSSES GRANT DIETZOctober 27th, 2011 by admin
“Silver in America 1840-1940: Jewelry’s Sister Industry in America’s Gilded Age” looks at the development of silver production from the 1840s, when foreign competition was first halted, to World War II, when silver manufacturing began its long slow decline. Mr. Dietz will discuss the impact that silver – in all its diverse forms, fashions and functions – has had on the everyday life of the American home.
Ulysses Grant Dietz has been the curator of Decorative Arts at The Newark Museum since 1980. He has been collecting silver for the Newark Museum for over 30 years.
The talk takes place during preview week for Rago’s Silver, Jewelry and Great Estates auctions, to be held on December 2, 3, 4, 2011.
It is co-sponsored by the Appraisers Association of America, the premier association of personal property appraisers serving the arts, legal, and financial communities. The certified members of the Appraisers Association of America provide USPAP-compliant appraisals for the fine and decorative arts, jewelry, and household contents for purposes of insurance, estate tax, charitable donation, equitable distribution, liquidation, purchase, and sale.
The auction house opens on Tuesday, November 29 at Noon. A reception begins at 5 pm. Mr. Dietz will speak at 6 pm.
RSVP to 609.397.9374 ext. 119. Unable to rsvp in advance? Please join us if you can. All are welcome.
The Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park Toronto
Bloor Street Entrance
The November 28th auction offers for sale historical and post-war works of art. Included in this auction are paintings by Group of Seven members J.E.H. MacDonald, A.Y. Jackson, and Arthur Lismer. In addition, two fine and recently-uncovered canvases by J.W. Morrice are a highlight, as are David Milne’s superb still life from 1928, three early watercolours, one from his New York period and two from Boston Corners, and two of his much-sought-after colour drypoints. An outstanding Marc-Aurèle Fortin is expected to draw attention, as is a stunning canvas by Jean-Paul Lemieux that has not been exhibited in Canada.
The post-war section of the sale is strong with major works by the Painters Eleven, represented by a powerful Jack Bush, and works by Harold Town, William Ronald, Jock Macdonald, Kazuo Nakamura and Tom Hodgson. The Automatistes of Quebec are represented by Jean-Paul Riopelle, Marcelle Ferron, Jean McEwen, Claude Tousignant, and other Montreal painters such as Yves Gaucher, Jean Dallaire, and Jacques Hurtubise. More contemporary works, from one end of the country to the other, include important work by Alex Coville, Ed Burtynsky, Takao Tanabe, Christopher Pratt, Dennis Burton, Gershon Iskowitz, Jack Shadbolt, and Tony Scherman.
Sotheby’s American Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture Sale on Thursday December 1st will present exceptional 19th Century, Impressionist, Modern and Western works for collectors seeking the best examples by American artists.
We are delighted to offer four extraordinary works by George Catlin from the Benjamin O’Fallon Collection, including two portraits of the prominent Indian Chiefs Black Hawk and One Horn, as well as Interior of a Mandan Lodge and Buffalo Chase, A Surround by the Hidatsa. Originally commissioned by Benjamin O’Fallon, nephew of William Clark and the United States Indian Agent for the Missouri Tribes, the works have been in the collection of the Field Museum since 1894.
Also on offer will be paintings and works on paper from the Estate of Helen Marx. A successful publisher and philanthropist in New York, Mrs. Marx assembled a highly personal collection of works by several of the most notable American artists of the 19th century, including Winslow Homer, Martin Johnson Heade, and Severin Roesen.
Other 19th century highlights include Winslow Homer’s Reverie,1872 one of only four in a series of highly important works by the artist featuring a beautiful young woman gazing out a window, as well as works by American Impressionists such as Childe Hassam, Willard Metcalf, Frederick Frieseke, Edmund Tarbell and Frank Benson, among others.
The work of American modern artists is represented by Milton Avery’s Crucifixon and Edward Hopper’s Construction in Mexico, both compositions which were inspired by the artists’ independent travels through Mexico during the spring of 1946. Marsden Hartley’s Untitled (Still-Life), 1919, was painted during the artist’s transformative two-year sojourn in New Mexico, and is one of only four known “window still-lifes” featuring the New Mexico landscape in the background.
Among the Western American works being presented are paintings by Albert Bierstadt, Ernest Hennings and Maynard Dixon, as well as sculpture by Frederic Remington and Charles Schreyvogel, among others.
Prominent art-world figure Vito Schnabel transforms Sotheby’s new private sales gallery S|2 for the exclusive selling exhibition These Days. Works by The Bruce High Quality Foundation, Dan Colen, Terence Koh and David Benjamin Sherry will be on view in S|2 – a newly-constructed gallery space within Sotheby’s York Avenue headquarters dedicated to hosting private selling exhibitions. The gallery itself has been re-imagined and designed to recall Mr. Schnabel’s own bedroom, offering a truly unique visitor experience within Sotheby’s New York location during the height of the fall auction season.
From the introduction to the exhibition catalogue, Vito Schnabel writes, “These Days is an exhibition I have had in mind for some time now. As I think about the art and artists I choose to work with, the exhibition setting always becomes an immediate concern. Whether a cloistered garden in Venice, a cornfield on Long Island or an empty storefront on West Broadway, I’ve sought to find environments that ‘fit’ – that create an experience of art suited to the particular magic of the art itself. For These Days I’ve brought the location with me. Within Sotheby’s new second floor gallery, S|2, I’ve recreated the interior of my own home. I’ve installed works by young artists that many may find unfamiliar, an unusual experience at an uptown auction house. But, these paintings, sculptures and photographs do for me what I ask of art. They help me understand how I ‘fit’.”