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Eye on Auctions

Eye on Auctions

Quiet and quality on the rise for aficionados    The next few weeks are relatively quiet in the NY auction world. Much of the activity takes place at Swann Galleries as indicated below, and the previews merit a visit. Refer to the websites for schedules, illustrated catalogues–and sometimes videos, blogs, and press releases about highlights.  ...
Eyes on Auctions

Eyes on Auctions

Americana and More Up for Bid The New York auction season resumes next week with Americana and Old Master works of art. Pieces from a number of stellar private collections, new discoveries, and works not previously on public exhibition will be on display during previews starting this weekend. Refer to the websites for schedules, illustrated...
Eye on Auctions

Eye on Auctions

Memorabilia and more Tribal art, rare fossils, Hollywood memorabilia, Latin American and American works of art, fine books, important autographs, modern decorative arts and design–there is much to enjoy at upcoming auction previews. Open to the public free of charge, the exhibitions may prove a welcome respite to the crowds of sightseers and tourists flooding...
Eye on Auctions

Eye on Auctions

Discerning the decorative arts Fine and decorative arts and high-powered single-owner collections predominate in New York auctions in the coming weeks. Here are the most enticing, which you can view during the free public exhibitions that precede each sale (see the websites for details). Browse the catalogs online; you may want to acquire some for...
Eye on Auctions

Eye on Auctions

Asian Art Week highlights The fall auction season is upon us, and once again I am pleased to bring to your attention many wonderful objects on view during the free preview exhibitions held for a few days before each sale (see the websites for details). Illustrated catalogues are posted online several weeks before the auctions,...
Creative Capstone

Creative Capstone

The monumental El Anatsui exhibition at the Brooklyn The fifth floor rotunda of the Brooklyn Museum is used to great effect as the entrance to “Gravity and Grace: The Monumental Works of El Anatsui,” a memorable exhibition of works by El Anatsui. The Ghanian-born artist has taught and worked in Nsukka, Nigeria since 1975, when...
Eye on Auctions

Eye on Auctions

Closing books and more  The New York auction season draws to a close in June. There are many wonderful objects in a variety of collecting fields to be enjoyed during the previews. As always, check the websites for details, informative videos and blogs, and auctions not discussed below—either for lack of space or because catalogues...
Eye on Auctions 

Eye on Auctions 

Making Impressionists  Many incredible works of art are on view at New York auction houses in the next few weeks as the spring season shifts into high gear. The traditional contest between the two mega-houses begins with auctions of Impressionist & Modern Art, where works from important private collections are the name of the game....
Eye on Auctions

Eye on Auctions

Photos and Fine Books loom large A spate of auctions cluster around the annual AIPAD (Association of International Photography Art Dealers) Show, April 4-7 (aipad.com), and the New York Antiquarian Book Fair, April 11-14 (nyantiquarianbookfair.com), both at the Park Avenue Armory. The upcoming auction previews showcase rare works from a number of significant private collections....
Eye on Auctions

Eye on Auctions

Asian Week Wonders New York auction houses present an astounding variety of top-quality items from India, Tibet, Japan and China during mid-March “Asia Week.” From archaic bronze vessels to modern Indian paintings, there is much to see in the preview exhibitions that begin March 15. Check the websites for details, blogs and videos, related events,...
Eye on Auctions

Eye on Auctions

January auctions in New York are devoted to Americana and Old Master works of art. Here’s a sampling of noteworthy objects on view starting this weekend. You’ll find preview schedules, catalogues—and sometimes videos and blogs related to highlights—on the websites. CHRISTIE’S • christies.com Americana Week begins here with Important Silver. The Jan. 24 sale features...
Eye on Auctions

Eye on Auctions

A wealth of museum-quality items can be seen in New York auction previews during the holiday season, some in multi-owner sales, others in focused single-owner collections. For details, videos related to the auctions where offered, and additional sales, go to the websites. Christie’s • www.christies.com Nov. 28: American Art includes “Deer Santy Claus,” a newly...
Eye On Auctions

Eye On Auctions

A wealth of graphic and decorative art awaits New Yorkers in the coming weeks. Refer to the websites for details, and take advantage of all this bounty during the preview exhibitions. Phillips de Pury invited design guru Murray Moss to curate the extraordinary October 16 sale, Dialogues between Art & Design, juxtaposing and musing on...
Celebrating Gordon Parks

Celebrating Gordon Parks

EXHIBITS AS LEARNING TREES Gordon Parks, who died in March 2006, would have turned 100 this Nov. 30. The youngest of 15 children in a very poor Kansas family, he struck out on his own in his early teens and found ways to express his talents as a self-taught musician, composer, photographer, painter, film director...
Eye on Auctions

Eye on Auctions

The exciting NY auction season began right after Labor Day with a series of Asian Art sales at Sotheby’s, Christie’s and Bonhams, and Swann’s inaugural auction of Fine & Vintage Writing Instruments. The following preview exhibitions can be seen in the next two weeks. Also noted are some special items slated for sale later this...
Free Lunch—In Theory

Free Lunch—In Theory

NYPL brings back a moveable feast It’s always fun to see how the palatial Gottesman Exhibition Hall at the New York Public Library is transformed by the nature of the material on view. This summer it has become a vast food hall, where the social history of the lunch hour is presented, using the resources...
In Transit

In Transit

Art of the Poster A terrific selection of original artwork for posters commissioned by the London Underground and its successor, London Transport, is on exhibit at the New York Transit Museum Gallery Annex in Grand Central Station through July 8. Never before shown in the United States, the works are on loan from the venerable...
Ars Sic Transit

Ars Sic Transit

Poster Art Made Mobile A terrific selection of original artwork for posters commissioned by the London Underground and its successor London Transport, is on exhibit at the NY Transit Museum Gallery Annex in Grand Central Station through July 8. Never before shown in the U.S., the works are on loan from the venerable London Transport...
Eye on Auctions

Eye on Auctions

As the New York auction season winds down, a spate of preview exhibitions present historic items ranging from Washington, Jefferson and Lincoln documents to first generation Apple computer motherboards. Sotheby’s June 15 sale of Fine Books & Manuscripts includes a first edition of James O. Lewis’s Aboriginal Port Folio, the first and rarest colorplate book...
Eye on Auctions

Eye on Auctions

There’s much to engage the discerning eye at upcoming auction previews. Swann’s sale of Maps, Atlases, Natural History and Historical Prints June 7 features desirable American maps, including the first printed sea chart of New England and the New Netherlands, Florence, 1647, and a miniature ivory globe that opens to a sundial. Highlights of American...
EYE ON AUCTIONS

EYE ON AUCTIONS

The spring auctions of Contemporary Art followed by Tribal Art are upon us. Carve out some time; these previews merit visits. Christie’s May 8-9 sale of Post-War & Contemporary Art features six major works by Gerhard Richter dating from the 1960s to the ’90s and property from the superb Evelyn Haas Collection, including her favorite...