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.
DALLAS – Judge, one of the great American magazines of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, was renowned for many things: its wit, its politics, its immense circulation, and its role as a launching pad for once-editor Harold Ross’ The New Yorker. But the satirical publication is perhaps best known for its stable of pioneering illustrators – among them Buster Brown creator Richard Outcault and James Montgomery Flagg, designer of the Uncle Sam “I Want YOU for U.S. Army” recruitment poster – and as one of Norman Rockwell’s earliest canvases. Indeed, Judge was high on the list of publications to which the illustrator would take his works during his ascendancy as one of America’s most cherished artists.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) – Twenty-seven paintings by three generations of Wyeths have been donated to Maine’s Farnsworth Art Museum, thanks to the late Betsy Wyeth.
WASHINGTON – Recognizing Washington’s many contributions to Art Deco design and culture, Washington DC Mayor Muriel Bowser has proclaimed April 22-29 Art Deco Heritage Week. The Art Deco Society of Washington (ADSW), joined by other organizations, has planned a weeklong celebration of Washington, D.C.’s rich Art Deco heritage.
NEW YORK — The New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) announces the opening of its expansive 2021 exhibition, KUSAMA: Cosmic Nature, featuring work by internationally celebrated artist Yayoi Kusama (Japanese, b. 1929-). Postponed in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the exhibition includes four experiences debuting at the Botanical Garden. NYBG is the exclusive venue for KUSAMA: Cosmic Nature. On view April 10 through October 31, the exhibition is installed across the garden’s landscape, in and around the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, and in the LuEsther T. Mertz Library Building. Advance, timed, limited-capacity tickets are required and on sale at nybg.org/kusama.
One of the most innovative artists and designers of the 20th-century avant-garde, Sophie Taeuber-Arp (Swiss, 1889-1943) challenged the borders between abstract art, design and craft. Tate Modern’s major exhibition, which opens on July 15 and closes October 17, will be the first in the U.K .to trace Taeuber-Arp’s career as a painter, architect, teacher, writer, and designer of textiles, marionettes and interiors. Bringing together more than 200 objects from collections across Europe and America, the exhibition will show how she blazed a new path for the development of abstraction.
MADRID (AP) – Spanish authorities have slapped an export ban on a painting a day before it was due to be auctioned with a starting price tag of 1,500 euros ($1,780), saying it could be a lost work by Italian Baroque master Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio.
LONDON – On April 30, Lyon & Turnbull will offer an important collection of studio and contemporary glass from a private European collection. The consignment, part of its Modern Made auction, features works by leading names in the field from Italy, Britain, Sweden, Japan, and the United States. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.