ArtDaily Newsletter: Wednesday, Nov 10, 2021

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Cotsen Textile Traces Study Collection and Center Hosts Virtual Cotsen Textile Traces Global Roundtable
Kantha, embroidered textile, (detail), Bengal, India, late-19th/early 20th century, 29 x 29 cm. Cotsen Textile Traces Study Collection T-1907, courtesy of The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum. Photo by Bruce M. White Photography.

WASHINGTON,DC.- More than 200 textiles from India form a cornerstone of the Cotsen Textile Traces Study Collection at The George Washington University Museum and the Textile Museum in Washington, D.C. They testify to cross-cultural exchanges, offer a rich resource for artistic inspiration and cross-disciplinary research, and serve as the inspiration for the Center’s second annual Cotsen Textile Traces Global Roundtable. On November 17, the theme is Embroidered Textiles; on November 18, Painted and Printed Textiles. Register early to reserve your space. Registered participants will get a full program with a detailed schedule, including links for joining each day. … More


The Best Photos of the Day
Best Photos of the Day
Artemis Gallery will hold its It’s a Small World | Diminutive Artifacts Auction on Thu, Nov 11, 2021 11:00 AM GMT-6. Join them for a very special auction featuring art & artifacts from East to West, North to South, and everywhere in between – with one small thing in common – size! Everything in this auction is approximately 6 inches or less – perfect for that last bit of shelf space in your curio cabinet! In this image: Maya Shell Annular Discs Mythological Iconography. Estimate $18,000 – $27,000.


Six million visited wrapped Arc de Triomphe France hands back 26 treasures looted from Benin National Portrait Gallery announces winner of the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2021

Rope workers and carpenters deploy the fabric of “L’Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped,” by Christo on the facade of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, Sept. 12, 2021. Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris; Elliott Verdier/The New York Times.

PARIS.- Six million people visited the “Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped” when the iconic Paris monument was shrouded in fabric as a posthumous tribute to artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude, according to estimates released on Tuesday. The monument, which towers over the famous Champs Elysees, was covered in 25,000 square metres (270,000 square feet) of silver-blue recyclable polypropylene for three weeks in September and early October. It was the long-held dream of Bulgarian-born Christo, who died last year at age 84, and his late wife Jeanne-Claude, ever since they rented a nearby apartment in the 1960s. The couple were renowned for wrapping huge public monuments around the world. A third of the visitors to the wrapped Arc were foreigners — a sign of the gradual return of tourists to the world’s most visited city as the pandemic eased this summer. … More


French President Emmanuel Macron (L) welcomes Benin’s President Patrice Talon at the Elysee Palace in Paris, on November 9, 2021. Bertrand GUAY / AFP.

by Jerome Rivet and Clare Byrne

PARIS.- France on Tuesday handed back 26 treasures that were looted from Benin during colonial times, fulfilling a promise made by President Emmanuel Macron to restore a lost part of Africa’s heritage. Benin President Patrice Talon and Culture Minister Jean-Michel Abimbola travelled to Paris to bring home the artefacts that were snatched by French forces 130 years ago. Talon said he felt “overwhelming emotion” at recovering the objects taken during the ransacking of the kingdom of Dahomey in the south of present-day Benin, including a royal throne. Speaking to reporters at the presidential palace in Paris, where France signed over the artefacts to Benin, Talon said the treasures were much more than cultural goods — the term used by France to describe them. “This is our soul, Mr President,” he said, flanked by Macron. The French leader hailed “a symbolic … More


£15,000 First Prize: David Prichard for the series Tribute to Indigenous Stock Women.

LONDON.- David Prichard has won first prize in the prestigious Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2021 for Tribute to Indigenous Stock Women, his series of portraits of First Nations women who spent most of their working lives on cattle stations in Far North Queensland. The winner of the £15,000 first prize was announced today, Monday 8 November, at the award ceremony held at Cromwell Place in South Kensington. Second prize was awarded to Pierre-Elie de Pibrac for Hakanai Sonzai, a series of portraits taken in Japan focused on people who exhibited fortitude in the face of adversity. Katya Ilina was awarded third prize for David, taken from a series of portraits that celebrate positive body image and question notions of masculinity and femininity by highlighting their fluidity. The winning portraits are now on display in the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2021 exhibition at Cromwell Place, in South Kensington, London from the 10 November 2021 until 2 January 2022, while the G … More

Exhibition features fifteen paintings dating from 1959 through 1961 by Donald Judd Western art prices soar sky high at Hindman’s Western Art, Including Contemporary Native American Art Auction Taíno people want to stop Christie’s sale of artifacts

Donald Judd, untitled, 1961. Oil on canvas, 50 x 42 in. 127 x 106.7 cm. Donald Judd Art © Judd Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Courtesy Judd Foundation. Photo: Silvia Ros. Courtesy Judd Foundation and Gagosian.

NEW YORK, NY.- Gagosian is presenting the gallery’s first exhibition of work by Donald Judd (1928–1994) in New York since announcing its representation of the artist and Judd Foundation in September. The exhibition features fifteen paintings dating from 1959 through 1961. While Judd’s oeuvre is defined principally though his three-dimensional work—which he conceived in opposition to the essential properties of both conventional painting and sculpture—he began his practice as a painter while also taking graduate courses in art history at Columbia University in New York. In addition, he supported himself as a critic: beginning in 1959, and continuing for the next five years, he wrote prolifically for Art News and Arts Magazine, publishing incisive essays and reviews of contemporary … More


Thomas Hill (British/American, 1829-1908), Indian on Horseback Amongst Sequoias. Price Realized: $130,000.

DENVER, CO.- The strength of the Western Art and Contemporary Native American Art markets were on full display at Hindman on November 4 as its Western Art, Including Contemporary Native American Art more than doubled its presale estimate achieving $3.4 million while selling over 97% of all lots offered. The auction received immense interest from bidders around the globe, with more international bidders registering to phone bid than any Hindman Western Art auction in its history. “What is remarkable about this auction is that every single category performed well,” said Hindman’s Director and Specialist of Western & Wildlife Art Bart Monson. “The enthusiasm for everything from the classical Western pieces to the Contemporary Native American artwork was palpable all day and is indicative of the strength of the market today. It is undoubtedly a great time to … More


Ra Ruiz León, who is Taíno, an Indigenous people of the Caribbean whose descendants can now be found throughout the Antillean islands, standing outside Christie’s in New York on Monday, Nov. 8, 2021, protesting a planned sale of artifacts in Paris this week. Stephanie Bailey via The New York Times.

by Laura Zornosa

NEW YORK, NY.- On the sidewalk outside of Christie’s auction house in Manhattan, Ra Ruiz León, who is Taíno, played the mayohuacán wooden slit drum. She had arrived at Christie’s with a sign reading “Respect Indigenous people! Return our artifacts.” León was one of a small group of people who showed up at a “Bring Back Our Artifacts” ceremony outside of Christie’s at noon Monday, followed by a meetup outside of the French Consulate General. The two events followed an online petition asking Christie’s to stop the sale of sacred artifacts of the Taíno, an Indigenous people of the Caribbean whose descendants can now be found throughout … More

Explore Sydney Contemporary launches 11 November with 1,700+ artworks White Star Line button worn by one of two barbers on board the Titanic headlines auction Dean Stockwell, child actor turned ‘Quantum Leap’ star, dies at 85

Taloi Havini, Taloi Havini: Reclamation, 2021, book, 30cm x 24cm x 3.5cm. Courtesy of the artist and Formist Editions.

SYDNEY.- Explore Sydney Contemporary, the digital edition of Australasia’s premier art fair, Sydney Contemporary, in partnership with MA Financial Group, launches this week on 11 November with approximately 1,700 artworks on a custom dynamic digital platform. The ten day online fair runs until 21 November and will feature 80+ galleries presenting over 500 artists as well as a program including a series of First Nations artist video portraits, and a keynote panel discussion titled After Shocks: Art, Disruption and Provocation. New works will be released to the platform midway, on 17 November. Visitors to the site will be greeted by a specially commissioned animation by internationally acclaimed Melbourne-based artist David Booth (Ghostpatrol), who will also present work with Blackartprojects (Melbourne) and Hugo Michell Gallery (Adelaide). Highlight presentations include Auckland’s STARKWHITE, in partnership with … More


Button from Titanic barber (and survivor) Charles Weikman, whose daughter gave the button to one of her high school teachers in Palmyra, N.J., a button collector; a note from her is attached.

BOUCKVILLE, NY.- A White Star Line button worn by one of two barbers on board the Titanic (who survived the disaster), plus a trove of items pertaining to the renowned American naval officer, aviator and polar explorer Rear Admiral Richard E. Byrd are expected highlights in Mohawk Arms’ Militaria Auction #86, an Internet and gallery auction slated for December 18th. Auction #86 is brimming with hundreds of items spanning multiple conflicts and generations, online and live in the gallery on Route 20 in Bouckville, in upstate New York. The full catalog will be up soon, at, plus and New items continue to pour in, like an American colonial Rev War-era cannon, circa 1740-1780. Charles Weikman was a chief barber on the ill-fated Titanic the night it struck an iceberg and sank in the icy waters of the North … More


Gregg Donovan arrives to place flowers on the Hollywood Walk of Fame star of actor Dean Stockwell, November 9, 2021 in Hollywood, California. “Quantum Leap” actor Dean Stockwell, who was a regular on film and television over eight decades, has died in Hollywood, his publicist said on November 9, 2021. He was 85. Robyn Beck / AFP.

NEW YORK, NY.- Dean Stockwell, who began his seven-decade acting career as a child in the 1940s and later starred as the cigar-smoking Al Calavicci in the science fiction TV series “Quantum Leap,” died Sunday at his home. He was 85. His death was confirmed by Jay Schwartz, a family spokesman, who did not specify a cause. Stockwell was known early in his career for his turns alongside the biggest stars of the age, and he eventually became a dependable Hollywood mainstay who lent gravitas to series like “JAG” and “Battlestar Galactica.” He earned more than 200 film and television credits as an actor from 1945 to 2015. But he lost interest several times in the profession he had been all but born into, escaping to work on railroads … More

Contemporary Art at Swann Nov 16: David Hockney, Kerry James Marshall, Jenny Holzer & more Christie’s Finest and Rarest Wines and Spirits to be led by the legendary Springbank 1919, 50 Year Old Remarkable archive of artworks by a Derbyshire miner up for auction

Kerry James Marshall, May 15, 2001, color screenprint, 2003. Estimate $7,000 to $10,000.

NEW YORK, NY.- Contemporary Art is on offer at Swann Galleries Tuesday, November 16 with a robust selection of works from the twenty-first century’s leading artists, as well as exceptional material by midcentury practitioners. Leading the contemporary highlights is David Hockney’s Hotel Acatlán: Second Day, a 1984 color lithograph diptych at $60,000-90,000. Further British artists included in the sale will be Howard Hodgkin, Frank Auerbach and Deidre Hubbard. Jenny Holzer is available with two cast bronze plaques: Living Series: More People Will be Building Hiding Places in Their Homes…, 1980–82, and Survival Series: If You Aren’t Political Your Personal Life Should be Exemplary, 1998, estimated at $10,000 to $15,000, each. Clement Meadmore’s 1999 bronze sculpture Start Up is expected to bring $15,000 to $20,000. Additional sculptures by Tony Rosenthal, Mimmo … More


Macallan Collection 1954-1986 (Estimate: £80,000 – 120,000). © Christie’s Images Ltd 2021.

LONDON.- Christie’s Finest and Rarest Wines and Spirits auction on 2 and 3 December 2021 will present an extraordinary selection of leading spirits, highlighted by the legendary Springbank 1919, Macallan rarities and the finest releases from The Dalmore, Brora, Royal Salute and Ardross. The leading lot of the sale is a bottle of Springbank 1919, 50 Year Old (estimate: £200,000 – 280,000), one of only 24 bottles of this legendary, historic bottling of Springbank. The bottle is offered from the collection of Le Clos (Dubai International Airport), who own one of the world’s greatest collections of whisky, and a further selection of auction highlights from the collection include Samaroli bottlings, a collection of The Macallan covering the years 1954 – 1986, rarities from The Dalmore Constellation range and a fantastic collection of Brora annual releases. Noah May, Christie’s Head of Department, Wine & Spirits: “We … More


George Bissill (1896-1973), Miner with Hammer, signed (lower left) oil on canvas, 46 x 35cm, unframed. Estimate: £1,000-1,500.

OXFORD.- The first tranche of a remarkable archive of work by a Derbyshire miner who became a successful artist in the Modern British canon comes for sale at Mallams in December. The cache of paintings, drawings and prints by George Bissill (1896-1973) has been consigned by an Oxford lady whose father was left the contents of the artist’s home and studio in Ashmansworth, Hampshire almost 40 years ago. “The paintings have not been seen since they were taken from George Bissill’s studio in 1983” says Kate Pattinson. “My father Arthur Smith cleared out the entire body of his work – a much larger collection than is offered here – and stored it in attics and cupboards and under beds. “ After her parents died Kate took it upon herself to restore and frame many of the pictures and write the biography of a forgotten artist. A series of planned exhibitions … More


The Revelations of Frida Kahlo’s Self Portraiture


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land-1.jpgLandmark work by Maria Fernanda Cardoso to rise 11 storeys high over Sydney Streets
SYDNEY.- A major new public artwork inspired by the natural movement of water will be installed in Sydney’s CBD this summer by one of Australia’s most celebrated contemporary artists. Ripples and Droplets, a mural by Maria Fernanda Cardoso, spans the length of one wall of a 36-storey residential tower in the centre of Sydney. Standing 11 stories high and covering 335 square metres, the mural is believed to be the largest public artwork by an Australian artist in the Sydney CBD. Commissioned by United Development Sydney as part of the Castle Residences mixed development at 116 Bathurst Street by Candalepas Associates, which is scheduled for completion by Hutchinson Builders in early 2022. Maria Fernanda Cardoso has worked closely with the architect, Angelo Candalepas, since the inception of the project in 2014, and developed the work with public art curator … More

hakes-1.jpgHake’s sets world auction record with sale of Capt. America shield: $259,540
YORK, PA.- A Captain America “hero-prop” shield screen-used by Chris Evans in Marvel Studios 2019 blockbuster Avengers: Endgame sold for a heart-stopping $259,540 at Hake’s Auctions on November 3. The marquee item in a Nov. 2-3 online auction of premier entertainment and historical memorabilia, the star-emblazoned shield opened at $20,000 and attracted 17 bids before selling to its new owner, Wilmot “Wil” Creasy. A commercial analyst with Creasy Group, a Western Australia business focused on mining and metals exploration and investment, Creasy now adds iconic aluminum to his burgeoning pop-culture portfolio, which reportedly also includes extremely rare Pokémon cards [Instagram: Pokewizard96]. The shield was constructed for Endgame by Marvel Studios senior prop master Russell Bobbitt and appeared in the film’s all-important close-up scenes. … More

fridman-1.jpgFridman Gallery opens an exhibition of works by Ambrose Rhapsody Murray
NEW YORK, NY.- Fridman Gallery opened Within Listening Distance of the Sea…, the first solo exhibition in New York by Ambrose Rhapsody Murray, presenting a new series of paintings, sewn textiles, and a short film made in collaboration with Logan Lynette, Heather Lee and SpiritHouse Inc & Community. The exhibition is accompanied by a digital catalog with an essay by the art historian, curator and author Kilolo Luckett. The source images in Ambrose’s large-scale works on fabric are archival photographs of Black women and girls from the early 1900s, which often circulated around the world as postcards. Invariably taken by white male photographers, they were forms of pornography, tools of colonial propaganda and lexicons for gendered, racial, scientific and medical violence defining and evaluating “the black female body”. They are relics of the power dynamics that … More

creative-1.jpgCreative Time appoints Head of Storytelling Kathryn McKinney
NEW YORK, NY.- Creative Time, New York’s leading public art organization, is pleased to announce the appointment of Kathryn McKinney as the non-profit’s first Head of Storytelling. McKinney comes to Creative Time from A Blade of Grass, where she served as Head of Content and Communications. McKinney has over a decade of experience leading and advising arts organizations in public relations, marketing, and content strategies designed for global campaigns and hyper-local audiences. Her extensive background working within the fields of arts and culture makes her an apt candidate to communicate the nuanced, technical, and radical ideas of the artists with which Creative Time collaborates. “We are excited to bring on Kathryn McKinney as Head of Storytelling. Kathryn brings a breadth and depth of experience to the organization that will allow us to innovate … More

hahound-1.jpgA handwritten page from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’ sells for world record $423,000
DALLAS, TX.- More than 900 bidders were on the case at Heritage Auctions’ Nov. 6 Historical Manuscripts Signature® Auction. But the day’s biggest mystery was solved when the final price for a handwritten page from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s original manuscript of his beloved Sherlock Holmes book The Hound of the Baskervilles turned out to be a record-shattering $423,000. The last time a leaf from the legendary manuscript was sold at auction, the year was 2012, and the price was a mere $158,500. “This extraordinary rare page from The Hound of the Baskervilles shows the strength of the manuscript market around the world as Heritage continues to source the best examples for our clients,” said Joe Maddalena, Heritage Auctions Executive … More

hapottery-1.jpgPottery from important New England estate, American Indian art lead Ethnographic Art Auction
DALLAS, TX.- An extraordinary array of some 200 lots of pottery from a prominent Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts estate and an extensive selection of American Indian art will be among the highlights in Heritage Auctions’ Ethnographic Art: American Indian, Pre-Columbian and Tribal Art Signature® Auction Dec. 2. “The pottery in this sale is from an important collection, a New England couple who spent years acquiring some extraordinary pieces,” Heritage Auctions’ American Indian Art Specialist Delia Sullivan said. “This exceptional collection includes pieces by many top potters, including Margaret Tafoya, Tony Da, Dextra Quotskuyva Nampeyo, Virgil Ortiz, and many more. Demand for pottery like this is soaring, and this auction includes plenty of options for collectors at all levels.” One of the top lots in this auction is a Sioux Beaded Hide Capelet (estimate: $8,000-12,000). It is a stunning piece … More

audain-1.jpgAudain Prize for Visual Art awards $100,000 to Haida carver James Hart
VANCOUVER.- At a luncheon held yesterday in the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel’s Sapphire Ballroom, the Audain Prize for British Columbia’s most distinguished artists was awarded to James Hart. Hart is a hereditary chief of the Eagle Clan of the Haida Nation. The Audain Prize, which was established in 2004, is one of the big three annual Canadian arts awards granting the winner a cash prize of $100,000. The Scotiabank Giller Prize (celebrating excellence in Canadian fiction) and the Sobey Art Award (for a contemporary Canadian artist) are in this rare company. “It is a real honour to make this award to one of B.C.’s greatest living artists – Jim Hart,” says Michael Audain, Chairman of the Audain Foundation. “Mr. Hart is a carver in a long line of Haida artists: master carver and Hart’s ancestor Charles Edenshaw, Bill Reid, and Robert Davidson with whom Hart apprenticed with … More

morgan-1.jpgThe Morgan announces Jesse R. Erickson as the Astor Curator of Printed Books and Bindings
NEW YORK, NY.- The Morgan Library & Museum announces the appointment of Jesse R. Erickson, Ph.D., as the Astor Curator and Department Head, Printed Books and Bindings. This pivotal position stewards a collection that ranges from the earliest printed ephemera to important contemporary first editions. The Morgan’s holdings encompass numerous high points in the history of printing, often exemplified by a lone surviving copy or a copy that is perfect in every way. Dr. Erickson, who will assume his post in January 2022, will succeed Dr. John Bidwell, who has held the position since 1999 and will retire at the end of the year. “Dr. Erickson is a rising star in the world of special collections curators and librarians, whose knowledge about, and enthusiasm for, the history of the printed word will create new opportunities around the Morgan’s distinguished collection,” said Dr. Colin B. Bailey … More

friedman-1.jpgMichael Anastassiades’ debut solo-exhibition with Friedman Benda opens in New York
NEW YORK, NY.- Friedman Benda is presenting Upbeat, Michael Anastassiades’ debut solo-exhibition with the gallery and first solo show in the United States. A seminal figure in contemporary design, Anastassiades is internationally renowned for his precisely considered forms that delicately balance material and light. To realize this ambitious body of work, Anastassiades intentionally divested his exploratory prototyping process of industrial fabrication methods. Instead, he consciously resolved to confine production within the studio walls. Localizing initial creation proved a revelatory turning point; marking a departure from the studio’s signature, controlled materials, bamboo has been introduced as a core element. “The project has been an exercise of negotiation with the variability of nature. To understand the material and establish certain constants on which I could build … More

chamber-1.jpgChamber Music Society’s leaders on balancing old and new
NEW YORK, NY.- Inside the offices of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center hangs an old letter from an alarmed listener. “The accordion is not a chamber music instrument,” huffs the letter, written in the wake of a concert featuring a Bach sonata transcribed for cello and accordion. “Please do not impose that on your loyal audience again.” The sentiment gives a sense of the grand passions aroused by even tiny tweaks to the society’s programming. Since becoming the organization’s artistic directors in 2004, the husband-and-wife team of David Finckel and Wu Han have faced those passions, which fuel an often fiery debate about the future of classical music. Some quail whenever the society, which presents more than 100 concerts per year in New York and beyond, veers even slightly from traditional crowd pleasers, including works by Bach, Mozart and Beethoven. … More

woody-1.jpgWoody Auction announces highlights included in Dec. 4 antique auction
DOUGLASS, KAN. .- Woody Auction will close out 2021 in grand fashion, with a Saturday, December 4th antique auction highlighted by the Wilson collection out of Illinois that features nearly 100 lots of Crown Milano, plus offerings from private collections that include brides baskets, Steuben, Quezal, Durand, Tiffany, Mettlach plaques and a sizable lamp collection, beginning at 9:30 am Central time. “With just over 400 lots, this auction has something for everyone on your holiday shopping list,” said Jason Woody of Woody Auction, who added, “All items up for bid will be sold without reserve, online via and live in the Woody Auction auction hall located at 130 East Third Street in Douglass. Also, there is no buyer’s premium for those who attend in person and pay by cash or check.” Steuben is enormously popular with collectors and this sale has … More



The King’s Animals


Karlo Kacharava


On a day like today, English artist William Hogarth was born
November 10, 1697. William Hogarth (10 November 1697 – 26 October 1764) was an English painter, printmaker, pictorial satirist, social critic and editorial cartoonist who has been credited with pioneering western sequential art. His work ranged from realistic portraiture to comic strip-like series of pictures called “modern moral subjects”. Knowledge of his work is so pervasive that satirical political illustrations in this style are often referred to as “Hogarthian.” In this image: A visitor looks at a William Hogarth painting ‘David Garrick as Richard III’, on display at Tate Britain art gallery in London, Monday, Feb. 5, 2007.

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