Rare contact sheet of David Bowie by Helmut Newton at Heritage Auctions April 17

Enlarged contact print of David Bowie portraits by Helmut Newton. Estimate: $20,000-$30,000. Heritage Auctions image

Enlarged contact print of David Bowie portraits by Helmut Newton. Estimate: $20,000-$30,000. Heritage Auctions image

 

DALLAS – A never-before-seen contact sheet of David Bowie – shot by Helmut Newton in 1983 at the peak of their careers – is expected to sell for $20,000 to $30,000 in Heritage Auctions’ April 17 photographs auction in New York. Only two of the 36 frames on the sheet have ever appeared at auction outside of Newton’s studio, said Nigel Russell, director of photography at Heritage.

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Nova Ars auction delves deeply into Italian design April 7

Lot 73 - Marzio Cecchi table lamp. Estimate: 2,000-2,500 euros. Nova Ars image

Lot 73 – Marzio Cecchi table lamp, 5.8in high. Estimate: 2,000-2,500 euros. Nova Ars image

 

ASTI, Italy – Nova Ars Auction will sell an interesting design collection at its online-only auction April 7. The sale lineup will include ceramics, furniture, lamps, chandeliers and glass works, with many objects made in Italy. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide absentee and Internet live bidding.

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Philadelphia museum hosts Printmaking in the US, 1940-1960

Harry Bertoia, 'Monoprint,' c. 1942-1943, color relief monoprint. Image: 12 1/8 x 16 3/8 inches; sheet: 12 1/2 × 16 3/4 inches. A.E. Gallatin Collection.

Harry Bertoia, ‘Monoprint,’ c. 1942-1943, color relief monoprint. Image: 12 1/8 x 16 3/8 inches; sheet: 12 1/2 × 16 3/4 inches. A.E. Gallatin Collection.

 

PHILADELPHIA – The exhibition “Breaking Ground: Printmaking in the U.S., 1940-1960” presents some of the most highly experimental prints that convey the breadth and vitality of artistic innovation in the United States during the period.

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Jeffrey Evans to begin selling huge glass collection April 1-2

A sampling of Vaseline glass from the Edward Kleppinger collection, which will be sold beginning April 1. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image

A sampling of Vaseline glass from the Edward Kleppinger collection, which will be sold beginning April 1. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image

 

MT. CRAWFORD, Va. – Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates will begin the dispersal of more than 20,000 pieces of 19th and early 20th century glass collected by the late Edward Kleppinger, Ph.D. of New Orleans, La., in a two-day single-owner auction on April 1 at noon Eastern and April 2 at 9:30 a.m.

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Moran tallies big numbers at Calif. & American fine art auction

‘Sand Dunes and Pines, Monterey Coast, Calif.’ by Franz Bischoff (1864-1929) earned top-lot status at the auction, realizing $180,000. John Moran Auctioneers image.

‘Sand Dunes and Pines, Monterey Coast, Calif.’ by Franz Bischoff (1864-1929) earned top-lot status at the auction, realizing $180,000. John Moran Auctioneers image.

 

MONROVIA, Calif. – Serving as the official grand opening of their new location, Moran’s March 22 California and American Fine Art Auction attracted a large number of attendee bidders, with the first hour of the event a decidedly standing-room-only affair.

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Auction April 6 will reveal if there is magic left in Harry Potter chair

Author J.K. Rowling sat in this oak chair while she wrote two of her Harry Potter books. Heritage Auctions image

Author J.K. Rowling sat in this oak chair while she wrote two of her Harry Potter books. Heritage Auctions image

 

NEW YORK (AP) – It could be said that it’s where the magic and witchcraft began.

The humble chair J.K. Rowling sat on while writing the first two books of the Harry Potter series is going on the auction block in New York City on April 6 with an opening bid of $45,000.

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Ann Goldstein named deputy director at Art Institute of Chicago

Ann Goldstein. © Albrecht Fuchs, Cologne.

Ann Goldstein. © Albrecht Fuchs, Cologne.

 

CHICAGO – Ann Goldstein will join the Art Institute of Chicago as the new deputy director, and chair and curator of Modern and Contemporary Art. Goldstein will begin to transition into her new role starting March 28 and will be fully on board Sept. 1.

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Giacometti chairs once owned by Coco Chanel on auction block

Diego Giocometti armchairs of patinated bronze, 1963. Image courtesy of Christie's

Diego Giacometti armchairs of patinated bronze, 1963. Christie’s Images Ltd.

 

PARIS – Christie’s will sell of a pair of important armchairs realized by sculptor and designer Diego Giacometti (Swiss, 1902-1985) on May 25. The armchairs Pommeaux de Canne come from the former collection of fashion designer Coco Chanel and are estimated at 120,000-180,000 euros ($134,090-$201,135).

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Guggenheim receives $3M challenge grant for art conservation

 The three-year challenge grant will endow two positions to lead innovative research and promote public engagement with art. Photo © The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York

The three-year challenge grant will endow two positions to lead innovative research and promote public engagement with art. Photo © The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York

 

NEW YORK – The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum has received a $3 million endowment grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support the continuing work of the museum’s conservation department.

The grant, to be matched two-to-one, is designated specifically to endow the position of deputy director and chief conservator, held since 2007 by Carol Stringari, and a new position, director of engagement, conservation and collections.
“Carol Stringari and her conservation team are well known and highly regarded for their cutting-edge research, interdisciplinary perspective, and use of innovative techniques in advancing the field of conservation,” said Armstrong.

The conservation department – comprised of nine conservators who specialize in paintings, paper, time-based media, and objects of the late 19th century to the present – plays an integral role in the research, preservation, and presentation of the Guggenheim’s collection.

The newly created position of director of engagement, conservation and collections is the first of its kind in the field. The director will further the work of the Guggenheim by supporting initiatives to make the museum’s collection and the role of art conservation more transparent and accessible to the public.

The Guggenheim conservation team works closely with colleagues at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice and at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao as well as with other arts professionals worldwide. They enable research and scholarship and train the next generation of conservators.

Indiana Bicentennial exhibit features 19 Hoosier artists

Robert Indiana (American, b. 1928), 'LOVE,' 1966, oil on canvas, 71-7/8 × 71-7/8 × 2-1/2 in. Indianapolis Museum of Art, James E. Roberts Fund, 67.8 © 2016 Morgan Art Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Robert Indiana (American, b. 1928), ‘LOVE,’ 1966, oil on canvas, 71-7/8 × 71-7/8 × 2-1/2 in. Indianapolis Museum of Art, James E. Roberts Fund, 67.8 © 2016 Morgan Art Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

 

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indianapolis Museum of Art will celebrate the work of T.C. Steele, Robert Indiana, Michael Graves, Bill Blass, and other Hoosier artists in the upcoming exhibition, “19 Stars of Indiana Art: A Bicentennial Celebration.”

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