Phillips is getting into the art touring game with works from their Latin American sale appearing in Miami in early November:
Phillips is pleased to announce the four-day exhibition of over 30 works in Miami from the upcoming Latin American Art auction. Artworks by artists such as Lygia Pape, Antonio Dias, Carlos Cruz-Diez, and Olga de Amaral will all be included in the preview. The exhibition, which is completely free and open to the public, will take place from Thursday, 3 November, to Sunday, 6 November at the Palm Court event space, 140 NE 39th Street, Miami.
Phillips released the preview of its Hong Kong sale in late November with this Gerhard Richter to lead the auction:
Comprising over 50 lots, highlights include 20th Century Western paintings by Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, and Keith Haring; important artworks by Asian artists Yoshitomo Nara, Yayoi Kusama, Zeng Fanzhi and Zao Wou-ki; and pieces by celebrated contemporary international figures Anish Kapoor, Adrian Ghenie and Michaël Borremans. The selected group of important design works include pieces by Jean Prouvé, Finn Juhl, Alessandro Mendini and Wendell Castle. Also included are photographs by masters of 20th Century and Contemporary photography Irving Penn, Nick Knight and Hiroshi Sugimoto, and editions by Yves Klein and Roy Lichtenstein. The sale is expected to realise in excess of HKD100 million.
The folks at Taschen sent out this press material to entice pre-orders for their new David Hockney SUMO modeled on the Helmut Newton book they did several years ago:
The SUMO is conceived as a visual autobiography, spanning six decades of Hockney’s art. It has been personally curated by the artist over the past 15 months, together with Benedikt Taschen and editor Hans Werner Holzwarth.
Swiss hotel owner Urs Schwarzenbach has been fined 4m Swiss Francs for illegally bringing art works into the country. His lawyers plan to appeal according to this report:
The billionaire and foreign exchange trader Urs. E. Schwarzenbach have illegally imported into Switzerland, including works by Picasso and Matisse – an estimated value of more than 130 million Swiss francs. And he is said to have lost ten million Swiss VAT. It is the largest known case of art smuggling in Switzerland.
Nashville’s Spencer and Marlene Hays have donated 600 works to the Musee d’Orsay in Paris which will show them in together, according to France’s RFI:
“This donation, exceptional both in its size and its consistency, is the biggest received by a French museum from a French museum since 1945,” the French culture ministry said on Friday.
The 89-year-old couple have bequeathed their huge collection to Paris’s Seineside museum of 19th-century art when they die but 187 works, worth 173 million euros, were to be donated on Saturday.
Along with the Munch announced this morning, Sotheby’s has secured works from Joan Oestreich Kend which include this Picasso, Le Peintre et son modele. Here’s Sotheby’s release:
The works are led by Pablo Picasso’s Le Peintre et son modèle, which will be offered in the Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale with an estimate of $12/18 million. Painted in 1963 and measuring more than five feet across, the painting exemplifies the dynamic force of the artist’s late work on a magnificent scale. Here Picasso depicts the powerful relationship between artist and model, one of the greatest recurring motifs of his late career. In this striking example, the male figure – a recognizable amalgamation of self-portraits – paints a female nude reminiscent of the female subjects of Rubens and Ingres. Le Peintre et son modèle is entirely fresh to the market, having descended through the Oestreich family since it was acquired in 1968 from Galerie Louise Leiris, Paris.
Katya Kazakina got the announcement from Sotheby’s that it has secured an Edvard Munch painting from 1902, The Girls on the Bridge with a guarantee which was then supported with an irrevocable bid. The painting is valued at $50m:
The painting was first brought into the U.S. by industrialist and collector Norton Simon in the 1960s, Sotheby’s said. It has been included in museum exhibitions, including London’s Tate Modern and New York’s Guggenheim, according to Sotheby’s. It is consigned by an anonymous collector who purchased the work for $30.8 million at Sotheby’s in 2008. The company guaranteed the seller an undisclosed minimum price and found a third-party backer who agreed to place an irrevocable bid, ensuring the work sells.
Sotheby’s set five Munch auction records in the past 20 years, according to Simon Shaw, the company’s co-head of Impressionist and modern art worldwide. “Girls on the Bridge” sold for $7.7 million in 1996, then Munch’s record.