National Portrait Gallery London Commissions Malala Yousafzai Portrait, and Contemporary Austin Acquires an Ai Weiwei
The National Portrait Gallery in London has commissioned a portrait of activist Malala Yousafzai. The portrait, currently on public display, was done by Iranian-born artist and filmmaker Shirin Neshat and was commissioned with funds from Outset Contemporary Art Fund. âI am honored to have my portrait included in the National Portrait Gallery alongside some of Britainâs most influential writers, artists, and leaders,â said Yousafzai. âI hope it will remind visitors that girls everywhere are fighting for change in their communities and countries â their stories must also be heard.â
The Contemporary Austin has secured funds to acquire Ai Weiweiâs sculpture âIron Tree Trunkâ (2015). The sculpture was installed in 2017 among the trees at the Betty and Edward Marcus Sculpture Park at Laguna Gloria, and now a challenge grant from the Edward and Betty Marcus Foundation that included gifts from individuals, foundations, and corporate donors has made the acquisition possible.
The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA) has acquired the Howard Greenberg Collection of Photographs, funded by a gift from the Phillip Leonian and Edith Rosenbaum Leonian Charitable Trust. The collection, compiled over the course of 35 years, consists of 447 photographs by 191 artists. Included in those photographs are ârare prints of modernist masterpieces and mid-20th century classics,â according to the press release. An exhibition of photographs from the collection will open on August 11, 2019, remaining on view through December 16, 2019. âI am truly thrilled and delighted to have the MFA as the recipient of my personal collection of photographs,â said Greenberg. â â¦ My collection will be an important addition in that it completes certain aspects of mid-20th-century photography, and improves what already exists, including the period between the wars.â
The Smithsonian Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA) have acquired over 200 Rajput and Pahari paintings from the Catherine Glynn Benkaim and Ralph Benkaim Collection to be divided between the two public museums. The paintings were acquired through a gift/purchase by Catherine Glynn Benkaim and her partner Barbara Timmer. The collection is part of a subset of paintings that were made for royal patrons in the Rajput kingdoms of India.
The Scottish Maritime Museum has acquired John Bellanyâs painting âThe Boat Buildersâ withÂ Â£95,000 (~$109,000) from the National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF), Â£90,000 (~$104,000) from the Art Fund, and Â£15,000 (~$17,000) from the National Fund for Acquisitions. âThe Boat Buildersâ will go on display in the Scottish Maritime Museumâs exhibitionÂ Maritime Perspectives: Collecting Art of a Seafaring Nation, which closes on October 21. Afterwards, the painting will remain on view until the end of March, at which point it will undergo conservation work before becoming a part of the permanent display.
A US couple, Bruce and Robbi Toll, who loaned an Impressionist piece by Camille Pissaro to the Marmottan Museum in Paris in 2017 have been told that they will not be getting it back because it was looted from a Jewish family during the World War II occupation of Paris. A Paris court ordered the Tolls to relinquish the painting, titled âLa Cueillette des Pois [Picking Peas]â (1887), which they bought from Christieâs in New York in 1995 for $800,000. The painting was owned by Simon Bauer, a Jewish businessman who had 93 paintings seized by the Vichy government. The painting was on display in a Pissarro retrospective at the Marmottan Museum when it was spotted by Bauerâs grandson, Jean-Jacques Bauer, who has been tracking down his grandfatherâs missing paintings for the past 50 years. The painting is now worth about $1.75 million. Bruce TollÂ co-founded the US luxury homebuilder company Toll Brothers.
The Tate collection has acquired the following works through the 2018 Frieze Tate Fund: Sonia Boyceâs âThe Auditionâ (1997), Giorgio Griffaâs âRose e grigioâ (1969), Claudette Johnsonâs âStanding Figure with African Masksâ (2018), and Johanna Unzuetaâs âApril, May 2016 NYâ (2016). âThe Frieze Tate Fund has made an important contribution to the national collection of contemporary art at Tate,â said Maria Balshaw, director of the Tate. âWe are once again excited to be able to select work from Frieze so that a broad public at Tate can experience new art as it emerges.â [via email announcement]
Phillipsâs New Now auction in New York brought in a total of $6,371,250 on September 26. The saleâs top lot, Yayoi Kusamaâs âButterflyâ (1982), sold for $375,000.
Christieâs Rooms as Portraits: Michael S. Smith and A Tale of Two Cities sale in New York and Los Angeles brought in a total of $3,273,000 on September 26. The saleâs top lot, Richard Diebenkornâs âUntitled (Ocean Park)â (1971), sold for $348,500.
Christieâs Contemporary Edition online sale brought in a total ofÂ Â£745,625 (~$968,000) from September 14â26. The saleâs top lot, Richard Serraâs âHreppholar III & VIII, from: Afangar Icelandic Seriesâ (1991), sold forÂ Â£52,500 (~$68,000).
Sothebyâs Alias Daniel CordierÂ Paris online sale brought in a total ofÂ â¬554,000 (~$640,000) from September 24âOctober 1. The saleâs top lot, Henri Michauxâs âTrois Grandes TÃ¢ches, Passion VÃ©gÃ©tale [2 Oeuvres]â (1954â55), sold forÂ â¬47,500 (~$55,000).
Sothebyâs London sale of Important Picasso Ceramics online brought in a total ofÂ Â£1,343,500 (~$1,743,000) on September 28. The saleâs top lot, Pablo Picassoâs ceramic vase, âGros Oiseau Picasso A.R. 185â (1953), sold forÂ Â£112,500 (~$146,000).
Sothebyâs sale of Prints & Multiples in London brought in a total of Â£4,393,688 (~$5,700,000) on September 26. The saleâs top lot, Andy Warholâs âThe Scream (After Munch)â (1984), sold forÂ Â£382,000 (~$496,000).
Sothebyâs Alias Daniel Cordier sale in Paris brought in a total ofÂ â¬4,131,252 (~$4,770,000) on September 27. The saleâs top lot, Simon HantaÃ¯âs âUntitled (Double Sided)â (1973), sold forÂ â¬465,000 (~$537,000).
Sothebyâs Modern Art Evening sale in Hong Kong brought in a total ofÂ 1,109,363,500 Hong Kong dollars (HKD) (~$141,549,000) on September 30. The saleâs top lot, Zao Wou-Kiâs painting âJuin-Octobre 1985â (1985), sold for 510,371,000 HKD (~$65,121,000).
Sothebyâs Contemporary Art Evening sale in Hong Kong brought in a total of 455,593,000 HKD (~$58,131,000) on September 30. The saleâs top lot, Joan Mitchellâs painting âSyrtisâ (1961), sold forÂ 56,513,000 HKD (~$7,211,000).
Sothebyâs Fine Classical Chinese Paintings sale in Hong Kong brought in a total ofÂ 39,001,250 HKD (~$4,976,000) on October 1. The saleâs top lot, Bada Shanren (Zhu Da)âs âPine Tree and Rockâ (1702), sold forÂ 13,320,000 HKD (~$1,700,000).
Sothebyâs sale of Modern and Contemporary Southeast Asian Art in Hong Kong brought in a total ofÂ 62,161,250 HKD (~$7,931,000) on October 1. The saleâs top lot, Isaac Israelsâs âTwo Javanese Ladies,â sold forÂ 2,250,000 HKD (~$287,000).
Sothebyâs sale of Contemporary Art in Hong Kong brought in a total ofÂ 114,333,750 HKD (~$14,588,000) on October 1. The saleâs top lot, Yayoi Kusamaâs âPumpkinâ (1989), sold forÂ 5,400,000 HKD (~$689,000).
Sothebyâs sale of Modern Asian art in Hong Kong brought in a total ofÂ 78,347,500 HKD (~$9,997,000) on October 1. The saleâs top lot, Chu Teh-Chunâs âFrimas IIâ (1986), sold forÂ 7,320,000 HKD (~$934,000).
Sothebyâs sale of Fine Chinese Paintings in Hong Kong brought in a total ofÂ 333,643,250 HKD (~$42,571,000) on October 2. The saleâs top lot, Zhang DaqianÂ (Chang Dai-chien)âs âSelf-Portrait with a Tibetan Mastiff,â sold forÂ 49,739,000 HKD (~$6,346,000).
Sothebyâs sale of American Art in New York brought in a total of $3,953,375 on October 2. The saleâs top lot,Â William MacLeodâs âView of the City of Washington from the Anacostia Shoreâ (1856) sold for $312,500.
Swann Auction Galleriesâ sale of Printed & Manuscript American was the highest earning Americana auction at the galleries in six years, bringing in a total of $1.2 million on September 27. The saleâs top lot, Francis W. de Wintonâs diary, containing notes on pow-wows with Indians during an official tour of western Canada, sold for $65,000. [via email announcement]
The Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art has received a promised gift of $1 million from philanthropist and photographer Michael Becker. This is the largest gift in the museumâs history and will go towards the museumâs endowment as towards operations, exhibitions, and other programming. Becker donates to a number of charities that focus on LGBTQ rights, AIDS treatment, mental health, and educational and arts work.
MoMAâs exhibition Neelon Crawford: Filmmaker is a retrospective of his experimental work documenting machinery, travels in South America, and more.
Rather than engaging with Africaâs cultural sector through a singular lens, what if the world looked to it as a source of innovation and instruction?
The museum and the Nigerian National Commission for Museums and Monuments entered into a shared agreement to collaborate on mutual loans of Benin objects and other âexchanges of expertise and art.â
Tahnee Ahtone, La Tanya S. Autry, Dan Cameron, Jeremy Dennis, and Frederica Simmons are the recipients of this yearâs fellowships.