TULSA, Okla. – The Bob Dylan Center (BDC) will open on May 10, 2022, welcoming visitors from around the world to access and interact with more than 100,000 exclusive cultural treasures found in The Bob Dylan Archive. These will include handwritten lyric manuscripts to some of the world’s most treasured songs, previously unreleased recordings, never-before-seen film performances, rare and unseen photographs, visual art, and other priceless items spanning Bob Dylan’s unparalleled seven decades as one of the world’s most important cultural figures.
SYDNEY, Australia – Award-winning fine art aerial photographer Brad Walls, also known as Bradscanvas, released a new body of work titled Water Geomaids, in which he invites audiences to experience an intimate and unique perspective on synchronized swimming just in time for the 2021 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo.
LONDON – From May 17 to November 21, Tate Modern presents a major new exhibition of Auguste Rodin (French, 1840-1917). It shows how he broke the rules of classical sculpture to create a dramatically different image of the human body, mirroring the ruptures, complexities and uncertainties of the modern age. Featuring more than 200 works, many of which have never been shown outside France, The EY Exhibition: The Making of Rodin offers a unique insight into Rodin’s ways of thinking and making.
DALLAS – One could say there were millions of reasons why Heritage Auctions’ three-day Spring Sports Catalog Auction was a newsmaker, beginning with the final tally: more than $33.5 million, a new record high for the world’s leading sports auction house.
This new highwater mark, set May 6-8, comes just two months after March’s $32.7-million Platinum Night Sports Auction – and only five months after Heritage’s first $22-million sports auction. In fact, December’s total set what was then the all-time record for any event ever held featuring only sports cards and memorabilia.
LOS ANGELES – Bonhams announces it has been entrusted with the sale of The Early West: The Collection of Jim and Theresa Earle, one of the most important and well-documented collection of firearms belonging to Western Lawmen and Outlaw Legends. Jim Earle, a beloved engineering professor at Texas A&M, and his wife Theresa assembled this incredible collection over the course of more than 40 years. The collection includes historical firearms, Western manuscripts & memorabilia, and Western art. Highlighting the sale is most iconic treasure of early western history: the gun Pat Garrett used to kill Billy the Kid (estimate: $2 million-$3 million).
LONDON – May 5, 2021 marks 200 years since the death of the great military leader and first Emperor of France, Napoleon Bonaparte, in exile on the island of St. Helena. One of the most significant figures in world history, Napoleon’s political and cultural legacy is undeniable. To commemorate this anniversary year, on October 27, Bonhams will present Napoleon Bonaparte: The British Sale at New Bond Street, London.
NEW YORK – Cy Twombly’s Untitled (Rome), from the artist’s celebrated series of Blackboard paintings, will star in one of Sotheby’s May marquee auctions. Once part of the celebrated Saatchi collection, the Twombly painting has since remained in the same esteemed private collection for nearly 30 years, where it hung alongside many of the artist’s best-known works. Estimated at $35 million to $45 million, it will be offered alongside works by many of the greatest names of the 20th and 21st centuries, including Jean-Michel Basquiat, Willem de Kooning, Robert Colescott, and more in Sotheby’s Evening Sale of Contemporary Art on May 12.
PHILADELPHIA, Pa.—Freeman’s is pleased to present Sylvia Shaw Judson’s Bird Girl, the highlight of its June 6 American Art and Pennsylvania Impressionists auction. This fresh-to-market work is one of the most recognizable American sculptures to ever appear at auction. Conceived in 1936 by the Chicago-based Judson, Bird Girl was cast by Roman Bronze Works in New York, and will carry a pre-sale estimate of $100,000-150,000. One of four extant original bronzes, this iconic image is immediately familiar from Jack Leigh’s haunting photograph used as the cover of John Berendt’s 1994 best-selling novel Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.