Discover the exceptional luminosity and rhythmic power of Pierre Soulages’ masterpiece.
On an off-white background, large bands of black and Prussian blue create a right-angled structure that sweep across the surface.
'Soulages never paints from his head with something already in mind, but rather responds to the paint in front of him', explains Paul Nyzam, Post-War and Contemporary Art specialist in Paris.
This important, radical work by France’s greatest living painter, produced at a key moment in his career, is offered in the Paris Avant-garde sale on 22 October
Video: Pierre Soulages: ‘Peinture 162 x 130 cm, 9 juillet 1961’ | Christie's
Curious how Phoenix Art Museum staff installed the latest artworks featured in the Art of Asia Wing while social distancing? Janet Baker, PhD, the Museum’s curator of Asian art, and the Museum’s dedicated registrars and preparators used a floor plan with numbered rooms and walls, numbered art objects, and the video-conference platform Zoom. Check out a short montage video of Museum staff installing Seeking Immortality: Ancient Artifacts.
Video: Seeking Immortality: Behind the Scenes of the Installation
Mirage Gstaad is an artwork in the Swiss Alps that was installed in 2019 as part of the exhibition Elevation 1049: Frequencies. Created by the Los Angeles-based artist Doug Aitken, Mirage Gstaad is a house that is covered entirely in mirrors, thus reflecting and interacting with the mountain landscape over the changing seasons. Mirage Gstaad is the third iteration of Doug Aitken’s “Mirage”, different versions have been installed in both the desert in Palm Springs and a former bank in Detroit. Mirage Gstaad is located between Gruben and Schönried. The sculpture is open until January 2021, admission is free.
Video: Doug Aitken: Mirage Gstaad
The group show “Summer of Suspense / Sommer des Zögerns” at Kunsthalle Zurich is a quite unusual exhibition, born out of the Corona virus crisis. The show is an experiment – as most days, of late, have been – in alternative forms of getting together. 42 local artists slowly develop a show that accumulates over seven weeks. Three days a week (Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday) two artists come to Kunsthalle Zürich to install, perform or present a work, with a toast at 6 p.m. for those who stop by. After seven weeks, all 42 works stay on view from the 12 July until the 30th of August, around which time a new season and sentiment might be afoot. The exhibition has been curated by Daniel Baumann and Matthew Hanson.
ArtVideo: Summer of Suspense / Group Show at Kunsthalle Zurich
This enigmatic short film presents fifty Egyptian funerary portraits from the region of Fayum. Painted during Roman rule between 100 and 300 A.D., these striking, psychological works were executed in encaustic while their subjects were alive and later used to cover their faces after mummification. Narration includes excerpts from late Hellenistic texts including religious works and first-hand accounts from the dwellers of Fayum themselves, along with commentary from the art historian Richard Brilliant. A film by Andrea Simon and Bob Rosen, with music by Meredith Monk.
Video: The Fayum Portraits: Funerary Painting of Roman Egypt, 1988 | From the Vaults
Cool, gestural and precise, Roy Lichtenstein’s White Brushstroke, I from 1965, captures the very best qualities of Pop art. At once reverential to Abstract Expressionism and Minimalism, Lichtenstein boldly took a painter’s most simple movement and uses it to collapse high and low art, bringing Pop art to center stage. Join specialist David Galperin for an depth look at White Brushstroke, I, coming to the Contemporary Art Evening auction on 29 June.
Video: In One Brushstroke, Lichtenstein Tells the Story of Pop Art
In episode four of our series exploring the power of art, Sotheby’s Chairman Mario Tavella enjoys a virtual catch-up with Dr Tristram Hunt, Director of London’s V&A. Discover how the V&A is engaging audiences and the exciting future plans including V&A East, Museum of Childhood, and inspiring the next generations.
Video: Museum Network: In Conversation with V&A Director Tristram Hunt
An introduction to Futurism, the dynamic movement that revolutionised Italian art at the beginning of the twentieth century. Obsessed with speed, the Futurists created art that captured the dawning of a new age. Also included is a closer look at Umberto Boccioni a founding member of the group, who died tragically young during the First World War. An extract from the Christie’s Education online course, Modern Art.
Video: Modern Art: Italian Futurism | Christie's Education
In the 1960s, while America was being wowed by Pop art, Europe had its own answer to bringing life and art closer together. In this episode of Expert Voices, learn about Nouveau Réalism - a groundbreaking movement in which artists created radical and rebellious sculptures and paintings in protest against the rise of consumerism. Our upcoming Art Contemporain Day Sale (24 June | Paris) features an exceptional private European collection of historical New Realist art, including works by Niki de Saint Phalle, Arman, Daniel Spoerri, Mimmo Rotella and Christo and Jean-Claude.
Video: The New Realists – Radical Rebellion in 1960s Europe
For those looking for a fun way to fill their time during the Corona crisis, Yorkshire Sculpture International (Henry Moore Institute, Leeds Art Gallery, The Hepworth Wakefield and Yorkshire Sculpture Park) launched a sculpture challenge on social media, hashtag asculptureaday. The rules are simple: all sculpture must be made from items you find in your home, and you must make your sculpture in 5 minutes or under. Despite the Corona crisis, we're pretty busy, but we love sculpture, and we have a lot of stuff lying around, so we decided to accept the challenge. This is the second sculpture we created:
Video: A Sculpture a Day: Top Blower
Isabel Stünkel, Associate Curator, Egyptian Art,
The Met Join a Met curator to explore artworks in The Met collection that relate to healing and magic in ancient Egypt.
Video: Healing and Magic in Ancient Egypt | Insider Insights
The exhibition Gilbert & George: The Great Exhibition, 1971-2016 at Luma Westbau & Kunsthalle Zürich is a retrospective that looks back at the oeuvre of Gilbert & George, two artists that have created art together for half a century. The show allows an insight into the artistic universe of Gilbert & George, with works that deal with death, hope, life, fear, sex, money, race and religion.
Video: Gilbert & George: The Great Exhibition, 1971-2016 / Luma Westbau & Kunsthalle Zürich
Take a tour through the exhibition Photography’s Last Century: The Ann Tenenbaum and Thomas H. Lee Collection with Jeff Rosenheim, Joyce Frank Menschel Curator in Charge of the Department of Photographs at The Met.
Video: Exhibition Tour—Photography's Last Century: The Ann Tenenbaum and Thomas H. Lee Collection
Young learners can explore materials used in Native American clothing with DIA Gallery Teacher Merlin Chappius. He examines different hides, wool, and beading, how the materials were gathered and how hides were tanned for the creation of clothing.
Video: Art Bytes: Native American Clothing
Just Down the Street is the title of Los Angeles-based artist Luchita Hurtado’s inaugural presentation at Hauser & Wirth Zürich. The eighty-year career of the Venezuelan-born artist spans various artistic movements and styles. The exhibition at Hauser & Wirth Zürich features a selection of Luchita Hurtado’s early drawings and paintings from the 1960s. The exhibition runs until July 31, 2020.
Video: Luchita Hurtado: Just Down the Street / Hauser & Wirth Zürich
King George V and Emperor Hirohito are among the motley crew of monarchs depicted in a lightly mocking ‘Vanity Fair’ caricature by Vasily Shukhaev. Discover ‘The Reigning Monarchs of the World’ and other highlights from our upcoming sale of Russian Pictures (26 May - 2 June) in this latest episode of ‘At Home With Sotheby’s’. Other highlights include a fascinating ‘View of Moscow’ by Alexei Savrasov and Ivan Aivazovsky’s magnificent view of ‘The Bay of Naples’.
Video: A Motley Crew of Monarchs and Other Russian Highlights
Sarah Thornton tries to find joy in the little things: recognizing someone through their mask at the farmer's market or the ever enticing 6PM glass of red wine. But even as an introvert by nature, she now longs for a time when she can attend a museum opening, gallery dinner or art fair again. In this episode of Phoning It In, Amy Cappellazzo and art journalist Sarah Thornton discuss what lies in store for our “art ecosystem.” As the chief art market correspondent for The Economist and author of acclaimed books including Seven Days in the Art World (Norton), Thornton is a prescient seer of the art market. Despite the quarantine, Thornton finds good reason to suspect underlying strength among buyers, and also highlights the enduring power of art available now – including Francis Bacon’s Triptych Inspired by the Oresteia of Aeschylus, to be offered in Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Evening Auction.
Video: Phoning It In, Ep.3: Sarah Thornton Discusses the Future of the Art World
“Customized Logistics” is the title of conceptual artist Florian Slotawa’s third solo show at the gallery von Bartha in Basel. Slotawa is known for working with readymade objects as a sculptural material. The current exhibition at von Bartha centers around Slotawa’s recent relocation from Berlin to South Tyrol in Northern Italy. It also incorporates the gallery’s 50-year history by placing Slotawa’s works alongside selected sculpture by artists from the gallery’s archives, including Etienne Beothy, Marianne Eigenheer, Enio Iommi, Bernhard Luginbühl, and Beat Zoderer. The exhibition runs until June 13, 2020.
Video: Florian Slotawa: Customized Logistics / von Bartha, Basel
“Pottery making is one of the earliest of the crafts—one of the first of the arts—so old that its very origin is unknown.” In “The Pottery Maker” (1926), an elderly woman brings her granddaughter to a pottery studio in search of a new pitcher—but the mischievous youngster has other plans. This enchanting short film, among the earliest made by The Met, is directed by the renowned filmmaker Robert Flaherty, famous for his feature-length documentaries “Nanook of the North” (1922) and “Moana” (1926).
Video: The Pottery Maker, 1926 | From the Vaults
Vermeer and his contemporaries layered their paintings of domestic life with different meanings and interpretations. In this video, art critic Alastair Sooke and our specialist Maja Markovic take a closer look to reveal more
Video: At Home with Christie’s: Life & Love in the Dutch Golden Age
Take a tour through the exhibition Sahel: Art and Empires on the Shores of the Sahara at The Met Fifth Avenue.
Video: Exhibition Tour—Sahel: Art and Empires on the Shores of the Sahara
Sotheby’s Private Sales allow collectors to buy and sell world-class works of art independent of the auction calendar. In this episode of ‘At Home with Sotheby’s’, specialist Holly Brain reveals some of the highlights available from our Impressionist & Modern Art department. From a melancholy work by Marc Chagall and a beautiful Soutine landscape, to a Matisse portrait and a powerful Bugatti panther sculpture. Click here to learn more about our current offerings and how we can assist your collecting needs.
Video: Chagall and Matisse Lead Modern Art Masters Available for Private Sale
Drop in anytime for a virtual session of our popular series and experience The Met collection through creative drawing challenges. This week, celebrate the changing of the seasons with a botanical drawing exercise that focuses on composition and building shapes through simplified forms. Check out the source image below, grab a pen or pencil, a sheet of paper, and some flowers or houseplants, and get started whenever you're ready.
Video: How to make a botanical drawing: composition and simplified shapes | Drop-in Drawing
Join Chairman Amy Cappellazzo for an exploration of Brice Marden’s Window Study No. 4., offered in Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Day: An Online Auction. A breakthrough for the artist, Window Study No. 4 crystallizes the moment in which Marden incorporated symbols from the natural world with the ethereal quality of light.
Video: A Window into the Sacred and Secular Work of Brice Marden
"Dusting off the relics," Tim Gunn, educator and former-Project Runway host, describes how he sees fashion history in art at The Met and teaches his students to find relevance in the art of the past.
Video: How Tim Gunn sees fashion history in art at The Met | Met Stories
Sotheby’s specialists may be confined to their homes for now but our upcoming sale ‘Eclectic | London’ (2 – 18 May) has no such restrictions. Gone are the confines of geographical region, period and material. Instead this sale celebrates art works created hundreds of years and thousands of miles apart. Discover works from Henri Matisse to Damien Hirst, from Qing Dynasty China to Iznik ceramics. From Old Masters to Impressionist and Modern, Contemporary, Photographs, 20th Century Design and much more, Eclectic | London offers something for every collector. Estimates start from as little as £500, and with many works offered without reserve, it also offers something at every price level!
Video: Eclectic Art to Inspire, Escape and Engage
Consider one of the masterpieces of The Met collection, a painting by Nicolas Poussin, as a Met curator reflects on its meaning and shares new perspectives given the experience of our current moment.
Video: Nicolas Poussin's Blind Orion Searching for the Rising Sun, 1658 | Insider Insights
How did interior spaces inspire Impressionist artists like Manet, Degas, Vuillard and Bonnard? Find out in the first episode of our new series, hosted by art critic Alastair Sooke and our specialist Giovanna Bertazzoni
Video: At Home with Christie's: Intimacy & Impressionism | Manet, Degas, Bonnard, Vuillard
Although this popular motif, the paisley, originated in the East, it has become a worldwide fashion staple named for a town in Scotland. The intricate, tear drop shape developed from the Persian "boteh" and is believed to be based on a bent cypress tree symbolizing fertility and prosperity.
Video: India: Fashion's Muse | The Evolution of the Paisley
In 2007, we filmed both the exhibition as well as the accompanying art talk of Mexican artist Carlos Amorales in Zürich, Switzerland. As part of our VTV Classics series, we are now publishing a re-edited version of the 2007 video of the opening. Furthermore, we are soon publishing an unreleased recording of the art talk that took place at Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst in Zürich.
Video: VTV Classics (r3): Carlos Amorales: Dark Mirror (2007)
Can’t remember Covent Garden before the Apple Store? In this episode of ‘At Home With Sotheby’s’, Old Master Paintings specialist Georgina Eliot introduces mid-season sale highlights, including a 17th-century view of London’s iconic piazza. The sale also includes excellent examples from most major schools of Western European art and over 70 portrait miniatures from the celebrated collection of the late Dr Erika Pohl-Ströher. With estimates ranging from a few thousand pounds to over £50,000, this is both the perfect introduction to Old Masters and an opportunity for established buyers to expand their collections. ‘Old Masters including Portraits from the Pohl-Ströher Collection’ runs from 29 April to 7 May.
Video: An Iconic View of London and Other Old Masters Highlights
Look, listen, sing, and have fun with picture books. Recommended for families with children ages 18 months–6 years. This week, Met educator Julie Marie reads “You Can't take a Balloon into the Metropolitan Museum” and connects it to “The Temple of Dendur.”
Video: Storytime with The Met: You Can't take a Balloon into the Metropolitan Museum
As John Gilpin rode helplessly atop a runaway horse, what began as a simple journey to meet his wife for their wedding anniversary, devolved into a raucous comedic caper. Holding on dearly as he sped out of town, poor John Gilpin lost his hat, his wig, his cloak and most importantly, his wine – two large bottles to celebrate his special occasion. The ridiculous, comedic ballad was an instant hit when English poet William Cowper published it in 1782. Nearly 100 years later, when the Stockbridge Races in Hampshire, Southern England, were awarding the winner of “The Stockbridge Cup,” they presented this dashing Victorian Silver Punch Bowl, by John Hunt and Robert Roskell, emblazoned with familiar scenes from Gilpin’s most perilous pursuit. This April, this magnificent punch bowl is offered as a highlight of Sotheby’s Style: Silver, Furniture, Ceramics Auction. (22 April | Online)
Video: John Gilpin’s Wild Ride
We continue our series of VernissageTV Classics with a time travel to Art Basel in 2007. The Art Unlimited sector of Art Basel 2007 featured some 70 artists from 28 countries. Art Unlimited offers artists and galleries a platform for works that exceed the scope of conventional art fair exhibition booths, including large-scale sculptures, video projections, installations, wall paintings, photo-graphic series, and performance art. In 2007, the sector included works by artists such as Catherine Sullivan, Mark Wallinger, Pierre Huyghe, Ai Weiwei, and Katharina Grosse.
Video: VTV Classics (r3): Art Basel 2007 / Art Unlimited (2007)
How CITYarts Transformed Alexander Hamilton Playground with Community Youth and Artist Hugo Bastidas:
Following in the Footsteps of Alexander Hamilton was a 3-year long mural project in Harlem, NY (138th and Hamilton Pl.). These three 80'H x 25'W Murals celebrate the unique community identity of Hamilton Heights, where Hamilton lived, and inspire our youth to follow in his footsteps.
Video: How CITYarts Transformed Alexander Hamilton Playground with Community Youth and Artist Hugo Bastidas
Beautiful but deadly; hear more about Titian's retelling of Ovid's poignant stories of Diana in paint.
Diana, the strong, beautiful goddess of hunting is a subject Titian chose for more than one painting in the ‘poesie’ series; not least because she embodies two of Philip II’s favourite pursuits, women and hunting.
Video: Titian's 'Diana's | Titian: Love, Desire, Death | National Gallery