ArtVideos From Around The World

Nestled among the rich vegetation of Sanibel Island’s gulf coast lies an icon of American modernism. The Walker Guest House, designed by the preeminent architect Paul Rudolph for Dr. Walter Willard Walker, has stood the test of time as a perfect union of function and form. In this episode of Expert Voices, Walker family member Tian Dayton and architectural critic Paul Goldberger discuss the genius of the house’s dynamic design and the enduring legacy of both its creator and patron. Famous soon after it was built, the Walker Guest House was voted one of the most important houses of the century by the readers of Architecture Record in 1957 and will be offered as a highlight of Sotheby’s Important Design Sale (December 12 | New York).

Video: Paul Rudolph and the Dynamic Genius of The Walker Guest House

In this episode of our new radio series collaboration with the BBC, "The Way I See It," filmmaker and provocateur John Waters looks at a painting by one of his favorite artists: Lee Lozano’s "Untitled" (1963)—an eight-foot painting of a hammer. Waters discusses this powerful, emotional, threatening, and phallic work with Ann Temkin, The Marie-Josée and Henry Kravis Chief Curator of Painting and Sculpture.

Video: John Waters on why he hates hammers | MoMA BBC | THE WAY I SEE IT

In this video, meet Fabrizio (Fab) Moretti, visual artist and drummer for the internationally Platinum-certified band The Strokes. Then, meet Fabrizio Moretti, renowned art dealer and proprietor of the London-based Galleria Moretti. Deep in the heart of Sotheby’s New York headquarters, these two Fabrizios introduce their exciting collaboration Fabrizio Moretti x Fabrizio Moretti | In Passing, a special auction and exhibition of Old Master paintings and sculptures. This unique sale features a rare selection of 24 works curated by Fabrizio Moretti showcased in a series of immersive and interactive installations designed by Fab Moretti. These two men share more than just a name, and although they each bring a distinctive vision, their carefully designed collaboration reflects a mutual love of art and Old Masters in particular. Fabrizio Moretti x Fabrizio Moretti will be on view at Sotheby's New York 15–18 December, ahead of the live auction on 18 December. Online bidding for the auction is now open, and all works in the auction will be sold without reserve.

Video: When the Drummer Met the Art Dealer: Fabrizio Moretti x 2

Mickey Mouse, Tupac, a baby, planets, injured and dead bodies, Miles Davis. These are some of the 841 images that appear in rapid sequence in Arthur Jafa’s APEX, a video set to a pulsing techno beat and the beeping of a heart monitor. For several decades Jafa has collected hundreds of images from newspapers, magazines, books, and films, saving them in notebooks. Before he began downloading and organizing images digitally, these notebooks often provided inspiration for his cinematography, and he is known for bringing them out to share with friends.

Video: Arthur Jafa: APEX | ARTIST STORIES

In this episode of "The Way I See It," Janna Levin brings her celestial expertise to Vincent van Gogh’s star-filled vision, in conversation with senior curator of Drawing and Prints Jodi Hauptman. Levin helps us see how certain features of the night sky, including “turbulent air,” the light from a star, and the planet Venus, are rendered visible by Van Gogh’s brush. She also points out that her approach is not so different from Van Gogh’s: “People who observe the world, whether they are artists or scientists, are always on the cusp of what they see and then what is internal.”

Video: Van Gogh's Starry Night as seen by an astrophysicist | Janna Levin | MoMA BBC | THE WAY I SEE IT

Goya, Fragonard and Tiepolo each created powerful images in the 18th century that flouted norms and broke the canon, and visitors to the Hamburger Kunsthalle’s exhibition, opening 13 December, can compare these three masters. It’s among the most anticipated shows to see this month, alongside major presentations at the Pera Museum, the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Art and the Bass Museum.

Video: Tim Marlow's Must-See Museum Shows: December 2019

Spetchley Park is an illustrious Regency house in Worcestershire, England. For generations the extraordinary Berkeley family collected a veritable treasure trove of rare and important pieces on their travels and adventures across Europe, North America and India. In this episode of Expert Voices, Sotheby’s specialist David MacDonald describes finding an Egyptian mummy and scrolls of Chinese wallpaper in the attic and cellar, and owner Henry Berkeley talks about the heirlooms that have been locked away for over a century, including the family harpsichord. These and more highlights will be offered in our upcoming sale ‘Spetchley – Property from the Berkeley Collection’ (11 December | London).

Video: Spetchley Park and the Berkeley Family’s Cavalcade of Wonder

Your first Old Master doesn’t have to be a Rubens or a Rembrandt — in fact with estimates from £5,000, starting a collection is a lot less daunting than you might suppose, as specialist Maja Markovic explains.

Video: How to Collect Old Master Paintings | Christie's

In ancient Pompeii, wealthy residents of the city took extraordinary measures to guard their valuables. One such measure found in the ruins, was a Roman strongbox with a four-stage locking mechanism.

Video: How the Wealthy of Pompeii Protected Their Valuables

No two viewers will take the same path through Rainforest V (variation 1), David Tudor’s sprawling, immersive sound installation. Tudor used to say that kids were an ideal audience for this work because they could experience it with more presence and joy than adults. To honor this idea, we thought the children of MoMA’s staff should be the first to interact with it, and we decided to film the encounter.

Video: HOW TO SEE | David Tudor's Rainforest V (variation 1) in 360!

Francisco Zurbarán’s iconic depictions of Christ on the Cross are amongst the most striking and profoundly moving images to be found in Spanish Baroque art. In this episode of Masterworks, discover the power of Zurbarán’s remarkable painting as Christ’s body emerges from the darkness in a scene devoid of narrative details, forcing the viewer to focus on his sacrifice. The deliberately austere and emotionally powerful work was intended to shock the senses and stir the soul of the faithful in 17th century Spain. ‘Christ on the Cross’ is a highlight of our upcoming Old Masters Evening Sale (4 December | London). Click here to watch more Sotheby’s videos.

Video: Zurbarán’s Iconic Depiction of Christ on the Cross

'Nameless and Friendless' was painted in 1857 by Emily Mary Osborn. It captures a single woman trying, and failing, to earn a living as an artist in Victorian England. In a trade traditionally occupied by men, she becomes nameless and friendless.

Video: How This Painting Campaigned for Women’s Rights | TateShots

Albert Einstein’s life in Long Island, New York was an idyllic one. But he continued to harbor a tremendous amount of empathy for his compatriots who had remained in Nazi Germany.

Video: Einstein’s Life in America Shown in Stunning Home Movies

For six decades the work of Gerald Scarfe has delighted newspaper readers and moviegoers around the world. In this episodes of A Life Less Ordinary find out how childhood asthma helped Scarfe take up painting, learn how a caricature of the Prime Minister propelled him to stardom, discover the serendipitous events that shaped his collaborations with Pink Floyd and Disney, and find out how Mrs Thatcher finally got her revenge. Marking the 40th anniversary of his designs for Pink Floyd’s ‘The Wall’, we’re delighted to welcome back Scarfe at Sotheby’s (29 November – 6 December | Online Sale) to celebrate sixty years of being rude.

Video: Cartoonist Gerald Scarfe on Pink Floyd, Politics and Pterodactyls

In 1983 Courtney Sale Ross made a compelling documentary about her artist neighbour, Willem de Kooning: 'Strokes of Genius: de Kooning on de Kooning'.

Video: Inside Willem de Kooning’s World | Christie's

Video: Tatiana Trouvé: On the Eve of Never Leaving at Gagosian, Beverly Hills

Video: Ansel Adams: Pioneering Photographer of the American West | Christie's

Sam Szafran is one of the greatest creative geniuses of the past century. In this episode of Anatomy of an Artwork, discover how this exceptional drawer and colourist depicted ordinary elements from his environment and transformed them into extraordinarily hypnotizing and vertiginous perspectives, in the vein of Piranesi. From the William Louis-Dreyfus Foundation and Family Collections, ‘L’Imprimerie Bellini’ is considered Szafran’s absolute masterpiece. The first of this series to ever be auctioned, it is a highlight of our upcoming Art Contemporain Evening Sale (4 December | Paris).

Video: The Hypnotizing Perspective of Sam Szafran’s Pastels

Frances Jetter – AMALGAM Frances Jetter’s Amalgam is an illustrated history of the life and times of her immigrant labor unionist grandfather who left Poland in 1911 when it was still part of the Russian Empire. Although the Russian Army no longer conscripted twelve-year-old Jewish children to serve thirty-one year-long tours of duty, her grandfather chose to evade their draft. After finding work as a pocket maker in a New York garment factory, he became a foot soldier in America’s army of labor, and spent his life fighting for a living wage. Amalgam focuses on his dual roles as a union member advocating for democracy in the workplace, and as a dictatorial patriarch of his Brooklyn family, waging a war against frivolity and toys. This powerful illustrated book contrasts old world ways with the desire to assimilate, and follows the family and the union through the Great Depression and World War II to the 1960s, and the union’s decline. The artist’s sequential narrative is cut from linoleum, with some imagery featuring complex chine collé additions from lithographic or digital prints.

Video: Frances Jetter - Movable Art

While the modern art world was exploring primitivism and championing indigenous culture through assimilation, Rufino Tamayo sought to level the artistic playing filed. In this episode of Anatomy of an Artwork, discover his masterpiece La Máscara roja, offered as a highlight of Sotheby’s Impressionist & Modern Art Evening sale in New York. Filled with references to ancient sculpture, mexican folklore, and modern art, La Máscara roja is a foundational painting in the artist’s oeuvre that attempts to capture the essence of indigenous values through form rather than thematics. (New York | 12 November)

Video: Rufino Tamayo’s Striking Portrait in Red

This December, Sotheby’s is delighted to offer an early subscriber's copy of John James Audubon’s Birds of America in a single lot sale immediately following our Fine Books and Manuscripts auction. In this episode of Expert Voices, Senior International Specialist Selby Kiffer explains why this outstanding work is universally acknowledged as one of the most important achievements in both book illustration and natural history. One of only 15 sets in private hands, this extremely rare “Double Elephant Folio” copy of Birds of America features all 435 magnificent hand colored etched plates depicting 1,065 life-size birds. (18 December | New York)

The established narrative of art history—especially the story of the abstract expressionist movement—often omits the significant contributions made by women. But, in this episode of Expert Voices, reconsider that narrative with Author and Journalist Mary Gabriel as she explores the life of Lee Krasner through the artist’s monumental painting Sun Woman I. Executed in 1957, a year after the death of her husband Jackson Pollock, Sun Woman I is one of the largest and most important paintings from Krasner’s celebrated Earth Green series. The masterpiece’s bright hues and looping lines rejoice in femininity, challenging the prevailing machismo of the age. The series is widely considered as the pivotal moment of her career, and even the notoriously competitive Willem de Kooning recognized that Krasner had “truly arrived” upon viewing her work. Sun Woman I, included in Krasner’s groundbreaking 1983-85 traveling retrospective, will be offered as a highlight of Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Evening Auction (14 November | New York)

This November, Sotheby's is honored to announce that Mark Rothko's Blue Over Red, created in the critical year of 1953, will appear as a highlight of our Contemporary Art Evening Auction in New York. In this episode of Expert Voices, Sotheby’s Chairman Lisa Dennison examines the inspiration behind Rothko’s masterpiece and explores his pioneering approach to abstraction. Executed in a richly saturated palette of orange, red and yellow, dramatically offset by a luminous blue band, Blue Over Red exemplifies the signature radiance of Rothko’s works. (New York|14 November)

In this episode of Expert Voices, discover the expressive allure of artist Emily Carr through her 1912 masterpiece Skedans. Painted after a pivotal journey up the coast of British Columbia, this brilliant work embodies the empathetic spirit and distinctive technique of a 20th century Canadian icon.

This remarkable and diverse collection comprises more than 40 gilt-bronze Buddhist figures and ritual and ceremonial objects, spanning from the 16th to the 19th century. The highlight is an exceptional 17th century rare gilt copper-alloy group of Vajrabhairava and Vajravetali.

Enter a 17th century battlefield as this immersive CGI video gives you a First Look inside a tour de force of military literature. Soldier and author Henry Hexham’s weapon wielding tips transformed warfare in the 17th century and became the most valuable military encyclopaedia of its day.

Fine art video: The ‘Lightness of Being’ Artist Chris Levine
Perhaps best known for his iconic images of Queen Elizabeth II, artist Chris Levine works with light to create expanded states of perception and awareness. In this episode of A Life Less Ordinary, Chris invites us into his London studio and explains how a childhood fascination with holograms informed his future career, and how his personal struggles led him to meditation which went on to influence his portraits of some of the most photographed women of all time. Chris also explains the serendipitous moment that led to his unusual portrayal of Her Majesty in ‘Lightness of Being’, a highlight of Sotheby’s upcoming Photographs sale (16 May | London).

Fine art video: Camp: Notes on Fashion Gallery Views | Fashion at The Met
Gallery views of The Costume Institute's spring 2019 exhibition, Camp: Notes on Fashion, narrated by exhibition curator Andrew Bolton. Through more than 250 objects dating from the seventeenth century to the present, The Costume Institute's spring 2019 exhibition explores the origins of camp's exuberant aesthetic. Susan Sontag's 1964 essay "Notes on 'Camp'" provides the framework for the exhibition, which examines how the elements of irony, humor, parody, pastiche, artifice, theatricality, and exaggeration are expressed in fashion.

Fine art video: Van Gogh – Challenging the 'Tortured Genius' Myth | Tate
We explore how it is no longer useful to think of Vincent van Gogh's talent as a result of his poor mental health. This video contains language used by Van Gogh to describe his mental health. The way we speak about mental health has progressed since then and is always developing the more we understand. This video was produced in collaboration with Mind, a charity that supports those with mental health problems.
If you are affected by the content of this video please visit Mind's resources page for more information and support:

Fine art video: First Look: A Global Art Collection from The Heart of Texas
Sotheby’s is honored to present a significant number of works from the Collection of Joe R. & Teresa L. Long in our American, Impressionist, Modern and Contemporary Art sales this May.
Over the last five decades, the Long family has acquired extraordinary works by artists including Marc Chagall, Fernand Léger and Emile Bernard in a superb collection that unites portraiture, landscape, and genre paintings from European, American and Latin American art. Recognized extensively for their longstanding leadership and generosity, Joe and Teresa Long have been pillars of their community in Austin, Texas.
In addition to supporting the arts, Mr. and Mrs. Long have been fiercely dedicated to improving education and healthcare access across Texas and recently donated over $60 million to UT Health, allowing for more than 290 scholarships and empowered excellence in faculty recruitment. (14 – 17 May|New York)

Fine art video: Meet the Minds Behind Sotheby's New Galleries
On May 3rd Sotheby's hosted a panel discussion to commemorate the unveiling of our reimagined and expanded New York exhibition galleries at 1334 York Ave. Watch award-winning architecture critic Paul Goldberger join Sotheby's Chairman Allan Schwartzman and lead architect Shohei Shigematsu of the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) in an exploration of the history, design, and transformation of Sotheby's New York galleries.

With 40 galleries of varying sizes spread across four entirely remodeled floors, Sotheby's headquarters has increased its exhibition space from 67,000 to more than 90,000 square feet of premier commercial space for viewing and acquiring fine art, precious objects, luxury goods and more. We invite you to come see the new galleries and explore the works of art on view, including selections from Sotheby's May exhibitions and auctions of Impressionist, Modern and Contemporary Art.

Fine art video: How Robert Rauschenberg ‘Rewrote the Rules of the Game’ | 'Buffalo II' | Christie's
Photographer Chris Rauschenberg, son of Robert Rauschenberg, on his father’s desire to ‘talk about the world in all its complexity’ with Buffalo II. 1964 was a year of socio-political, technological and cultural change in America: the nation mourned the murder of President John F. Kennedy; Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act; and The Beatles led the ‘British Invasion’ of the American pop market.

But 1964 also marked a pivotal moment in the canon of post-war American art. In a large, lofty studio above a billiard hall on Broadway in New York, Robert Rauschenberg (1925-2008) was finalising Buffalo II, one of the largest in his celebrated series of silkscreen paintings that captured the social, political and artistic zeitgeist of the decade. ‘Buffalo II is emblematic of the moment of its creation,’ states Chris Rauschenberg, the late artist’s son. It is also a work that represents an important moment in his father’s career — the series he made between 1962 and 1964 saw Rauschenberg challenge preconceived notions of what art could be. Find out more:

Fine art video: How I Got My Job At Tate | Tate Collective
Watch four members of Tate staff share their experiences of working at a gallery and top career tips. From digital and design, to learning and marketing, explore various routes in to working in the creative sector.  

Fine art video: The Morgan Library & Museum
Drawing the Curtain: Maurice Sendak’s Designs for Opera and Ballet
Renowned for his beloved and acclaimed children’s books, Maurice Sendak (1928–2012) was also an avid music and opera lover. In the late 1970s, he embarked on a successful second career as a designer of sets and costumes for the stage. Drawing the Curtain: Maurice Sendak’s Designs for Opera and Ballet will be the first museum exhibition dedicated to this aspect of his career. 

It will include storyboards, preparatory sketches, costume studies, luminous watercolors, and meticulous dioramas from Mozart’s Magic Flute, Janáček's Cunning Little Vixen, Prokofiev’s Love for Three Oranges, Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker, and an opera based on Sendak’s picture book Where the Wild Things Are.

Video: Ulrike Theusner at Galerie Eigen + Art, New Positions, Art Cologne 2019. April 10 2019.

Fine art video: An Inside Look at Jonas Wood’s Studio
In this video, step into the studio of artist Jonas Wood as he reflects on his move to Los Angeles, the importance of the Hammer Museum and his unique approach to creating art.
Jonas Wood and his wife, artist and studio mate Shio Kusaka, have donated their works Shio Butterfly Still Life and (Line 65) to be offered as highlights of Artists for the Hammer Museum – a group of works by more than 40 leading contemporary artists that have been donated to support the creation of a new Artist Fund at the Hammer Museum.
This fund directly support the museum’s pioneering exhibition program and work with emerging artists. The full collection of donated works will be offered across Sotheby's Evening and Day Auctions of Contemporary Art on 16 & 17 May in New York.

Fine art video: From Picasso to Motherwell: A Singular Vision of 20th Century Artistic Innovation
In this episode of Expert Voices, Sotheby’s Contemporary art specialist Michael Macaulay discusses highlights from the Collection of Blema and H. Arnold Steinberg, to be offered across a series of sales in New York, beginning this May.

The Steinberg Collection stands as one the great private curatorial achievements of the past fifty years, and contains works by many of the most recognized artists of the 20th century, including Pablo Picasso, Alberto Giacometti, Agnes Martin, Helen Frankenthaler, Kenneth Noland and Mark Rothko. Together, these incredible works mirror the progression of Modern art from figuration to abstraction and beyond, providing an exciting and critical reevaluation of how these artists relate to each other and offering a fresh perspective on each work individually. (14-17 May | New York).

Fine art video: 2014 Acquisition: A Masterpiece by Charles le Brun
Another great gift from Jayne Wrightsman joins the collection. In 2014 Jayne Wrightsman stepped forward to help The Met acquire an extraordinary masterpiece—a great painting, at a great price. Former Director Thomas Campbell describes how this keystone of French 17th-century painting was acquired; Curator Keith Christiansen interprets its details; and Conservator Michael Gallagher explains how it was conserved.

Today, the painting anchors the Museum's 17th-century European painting collection. Thank you, Jayne! Charles le Brun (French, 1619–1690) Everhard Jabach (1618–1695) and His Family, ca. 1660 The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York Purchase, Mrs. Charles Wrightsman Gift, 2014 (2014.250) View this artwork in the online collection:

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