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Video: The making of Norman Rockwell's "Golden Rule"

This is a short excerpt of the U.S. premiere of artists and choreographers Gerard & Kelly’s State of (2019) at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA in Los Angeles. A first version of State of was presented in 2017 by the Festival d’Automne à Paris and Parades for FIAC, with the support of Fondation Fiminco and Mona Bismarck American Center. For the performance at the duo uses the WAREHOUSE space in The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA “to open up questions around national symbols and entangled identities though the language of pole dancing.”

Video: Gerard & Kelly: State of / The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA

Our galleries are now closed to the public but the building has never looked more beautiful thanks to our collaboration with collector JJ Martin, founder of fashion brand La DoubleJ, and so we wanted to share some of that beauty and creativity with you. In this video, specialist Hannah O’Leary gives you a private look at our galleries and introduces some of the highlights from our upcoming Modern and Contemporary African Art sale (25 March | London). We’re delighted to present a group of masterworks from the most sought after artists from across the African continent, including Ben Enwonwu, Irma Stern, El Anatsui and Yinka Shonibare. The exhibition in our galleries has been further enhanced by an imaginative collaboration, inspired by the sophistication, colour and vintage patterns of collector JJ Martin, founder of fashion brand La DoubleJ. Click here to watch more Sotheby’s videos.

Video: A Private Look at Sotheby’s Contemporary African Art Exhibition

“It seems funny to say it, but long before there was an ‘art world,’ there was art in the world.” So begins the artist and writer Russell Connor’s meditative tour of public art in New York City. In this time of social distancing, virtually wander the streets and parks of early 1970s Manhattan, from Grand Army Plaza to Wall Street. Local artists feature alongside works by Pablo Picasso, Louise Nevelson, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Alexander Calder, Romare Bearden and more.

As part of The Met’s 150th anniversary in 2020, each month we will release three to four films from the Museum’s extensive moving-image archive, which comprises over 1,500 films, both made and collected by the Museum, from the 1920s onward. This includes rarely seen artist profiles and documentaries, as well as process films about art-making techniques and behind-the-scenes footage of the Museum.

Video: Art in Public Places, 1973 | From the Vaults

Originally installed in the Hertfordshire country house of Sir Henry Capel, the Cassiobury staircase’s life has proven something of an odyssey. Part of the house was destroyed in a fire, and it was eventually demolished in 1927. The staircase, however, survived the destruction and made its way to The Met in 1932. Experience its recent de-installation and reconstruction during the renovation of The British Galleries in this time-lapse.

Video: Time-lapse: De-installation and Reconstruction of a 17th-Century British Staircase

Swiss artist Christine Streuli is known for her colorful, mostly monumental allover paintings. The work of the artist who represented Switzerland at the Venice Art Biennale 2007 draws on a rich vocabulary of symbols, quotes, patterns, motifs and ornaments. Christine Streuli lives and works in Berlin. Since 2015 she holds a professorship at the Universität der Künste Berlin (UdK).

Video: Christine Streuli: Lange Arme, Kurze Beine / Kunstmuseum Thun

In close engagement with the building structures of Kunstmuseum Thun, American artist Sarah Oppenheimer (*1972) has developed a network of architectural instruments. Resembling building details such as windows, doors, and columns, each instrument is manually activated by a visitor’s tactile engagement. Turning a door, pushing a window, or pulling a column will transform the dimension and position of multiple thresholds in adjacent rooms. Museum visitors and the architectural instruments participate in a joint performance, resequencing the time-based choreographies of exhibition space.

Video: Sarah Oppenheimer: N-01 / Kunstmuseum Thun

The timeless themes of Old Master Paintings are striking a chord with a new generation of collectors. In this episode of Expert Voices, get top tips from specialist Arianna Leoni Sceti on how to start a collection, including finding what speaks to you, focusing your budget and why history matters. Our upcoming online sale from the collection of famed dealer Rafael Valls (1 – 8 April) features exceptional examples from most major European schools of painting, and with prices ranging from less than £1,000 to £30,000 is the perfect opportunity for both new and established buyers to build their collection.

Video: How to Start an Old Masters Collection (8 Top Tips)

One of the most ambitious, enigmatic and important works of Francis Bacon’s oeuvre, ‘Triptych Inspired by the Oresteia of Aeschylus’ is a landmark of 20th century art. Inspired by Aeschylus’s trilogy of Greek tragedies from the 5th century B.C., this triptych from 1981 reveals the entire range of Bacon’s iconography and was recently on view in the Centre Pompidou’s celebrated exhibition ‘Bacon: Books and Painting’. It is only the sixth large-format triptych by Bacon to ever appear at auction, and the first to be offered since 2014. ‘Triptych Inspired by the Oresteia of Aeschylus’ will highlight our upcoming Contemporary Art Evening Auction (13 May | New York).

Video: Francis Bacon’s Masterful Triptych of Tragic Grandeur

How do you turn a former orangery into a modern workspace? We had the pleasure of visiting the acclaimed Belgian design duo Muller Van Severen in their greenhouse-turned-home studio in Ghent, Belgium. In the video, the two designers show us around in the spectacular space, while demonstrating their material-driven, playful designs. The studio, which is renovated by interior architect Élise Van Thuyne, is close to the couple’s 19th-century family home, where they have lived for around 12 years. In fact, the house and the studio are only 30 steps apart: “I once counted them, so I know,” Muller says.

Video: Muller Van Severen Interview: A Visit to the Studio

Want to learn more about the legendary Andy Warhol? This episode of Artrageous will not disappoint! From cats and wigs to mad skills, Marilyn Monroe, Campbell's Soup, and how Andy made a living as an artist, Nate pulls back the curtain and gives a quick history of this famous master of pop culture.

Video: Brief History of Andy Warhol: Pop Art King

Watch Episode 3, in which Jodi Archambault, artist and former policy advisor to President Obama, speaks about how the display of Native American art in museums affects how visible she feels as an Indigenous woman in America.

Video: Jodi Archambault l Being Seen l Met Stories

Together with her husband Ezra, Cecile Zilkha committed herself to a lifetime of philanthropy, championing New York institutions including The Metropolitan Opera and The Hospital for Special Surgery. But above all else, Cecile was known for her glamorous style and love of extraordinary jewelry. In this episode of Frank’s Files, go behind the scenes with Frank Everett, stylist Seppe Tirabassi (@seppetirabassi) and photographer Lara Jade (@larajadephotography) at Sotheby’s photo shoot of Mrs. Zilkha’s jewelry at the Zilkha’s legendary New York apartment. Frank introduces the collection’s highlights, all of which will be offered in our Magnificent Jewels auction on 21 April in New York.

Video: Frank’s Files: An Inside Look at the Magnificent Jewels of Cecile Zilkha

Haegue Yang discusses the installation "Handles" with Stuart Comer, The Lonti Ebers Chief Curator of Media and Performance.

Video: Artist Talk: One Work with Haegue Yang | MoMA LIVE

One of the most sought-after female artists on record, Irma Stern was a truly international creative force. In this episode of Expert Voices, discover the stories behind an exquisite collection of works that trace Stern’s journey from a controversial young artist in Cape Town to becoming a critically acclaimed and internationally recognised artist. From striking portraits of the people she encountered on her travels, to the rolling vineyards of her home town, a selection of Stern’s works will be offered in our upcoming sale Modern & Contemporary African Art (25 March | London).

Video: Irma Stern – A Life Well-Travelled

After relining and cleaning Anthony van Dyck's 'Equestrian Portrait of Charles I', it's finally time to retouch the painting. Watch as Paul, one of our Restorers, completes the treatment of one of our largest paintings.

Video:  Art restoration of one of our largest paintings: Retouching Van Dyck's 'Charles I' 

Video: Harun Farocki and Hito Steyerl | Life Captured Still

“Sottobosco” is the title of Swiss artist Nicolas Party's first solo exhibition in Los Angeles. At Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles, the New York-based artist presents new paintings, sculptures, site-specific murals, and an architectural installation. Nicolas Party is best known for his unique approach to landscapes, portraits, and still life scenes created in pastel. With the new works, he explores the sub-genre in Dutch still life paintings called Sottobosco. In this video, Nicolas Party provides us with an introduction to his exhibition that is on show in the south gallery of Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles.

Video: Nicolas Party: Sottobosco / Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles

Artist Pio Abad explores how Gerrit Willemsz Heda's 'Still Life with a Nautilus Cup' relates to his own work.

Video: Unexpected views: Pio Abad on Gerrit Willemsz Heda's 'Still Life' | National Gallery

Gagosian director Pepi Marchetti Franchi speaks about Giuseppe Penone’s 2019 exhibition in San Francisco, detailing the various works, their relationships to the artist’s long-standing sculptural practice, and how Penone's art investigates the complexities of nature.

Video: Pepi Marchetti Franchi on Giuseppe Penone: Leaves of Bronze | Gagosian Quarterly

‘The Eagle and the Chief’ is a striking example of contemporary native American art. Carved from Alaskan red cedar, it’s 22 feet tall and weighs around 3,000 pounds.

Video: A Native American Sculpture That’s Larger Than Life

Artist Billie Zangewa welcomes us at her home in Johannesburg, South Africa. As we tour the city, we learn about what inspires and influences her work. From the love for her son, to her experience of silk as a 'transformative material' – her focus is largely rooted in the home and plays into what she describes as ‘daily feminism.’

Video: Artist Billie Zangewa – the Ultimate Act of Resistance is Self-Love

This lyrical portrait of the Cathedral of Chartres was produced for the 1970 exhibition, “The Year 1200,” a centerpiece of The Met’s centennial celebration. Accompanied by a rich choral score, the film focuses on the dramatic architecture, stained glass, and characterful sculptures adorning the cathedral—all of it an ode to the humanistic spirit. Featuring still photography by Francis Thompson.

Video: The Cathedral of Chartres, 1970 | From the Vaults

Join curator Mary Morton on a tour of highlights from the exhibition True to Nature: Open-Air Painting in Europe, 1780–1870. Young artists of the late 18th and 19th centuries developed their skills at capturing the effects of light and atmosphere by painting outdoors, working quickly in oils on paper or small canvases. The exhibition presents more than 100 of these oil sketches with views ranging from the Swiss Alps to the ruins of Rome. The exhibition is on view at the National Gallery of Art from February 2 to May 3, 2020.

Video: True to Nature: Curator's Quick Tour

In the final years of Georgia O’Keeffe’s nearly century-long life, she employed and befriended the young sculptor Juan Hamilton. The two would become inseparable, and upon her death in 1986, Hamilton inherited fine art and personal affects from the artist’s estate, including rarely seen pieces from the estate of O’Keeffe’s late husband, Joseph Stieglitz. This March, Sotheby’s is honored to present these works in Alfred Stieglitz, Georgia O’Keeffe, Juan Hamilton: Passage, a dedicated auction in New York on 5 March 2020. In this episode of Expert Voices, Head of American Art Kayla Carlsen explores the stories behind this remarkable collection while highlighting exceptional works, including O’Keeffe’s Nature Forms – Gaspé, Stieglitz’s Hand and Wheel and Hamilton’s Untitled (Red Form). (New York | 5 March 2020)

Video: Georgia O’Keeffe’s Century of American Art

Watch Episode 2, in which Chef and Author Yotam Ottolenghi speaks about how food and art can create community, Co-Founder of the Muslim Bar Association Asim Rehman reflects on how he began forming his Muslim American identity through a childhood visit to The Met, and Independent Curator and Art Historian Lowery Sims talks about her role in bringing diversity to The Met collection of contemporary art.

Video: Yotam Ottolenghi, Asim Rehman, and Lowery Stokes Sims l Breaking down barriers l Met Stories

In this video, Neil Jenney speaks about his 1969 painting "Media and Man." The work is currently featured in Gagosian’s Frieze LA Online Viewing Room, now open through February 19.

Video: Neil Jenney on "Media and Man" | Frieze LA 2020 Online Viewing Room

This impressionistic visual diary is a quirky love letter to the Museum featuring long-time employee and artist Ray Cusie. Cusie began his career at The Met as a security guard but later worked in exhibition design and finally as keeper of audiovisual equipment. The film follows Cusie on a dynamic tour of the building, from the roof to the conservation studios, and on beautiful, meditative strolls through the galleries. He retired from the Museum in 1990, and continues to make to art. The directors, Nikki Silva and Dan Nadaner, were Rockefeller Foundation Fellows in Museum Education from 1975–1976.

Video: A Look at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1976—The Hidden World | From the Vaults

In this video, David Reed speaks about his painting “#721 (For Hitchcock and del Sarto).” The work is currently featured in Gagosian’s Frieze LA Online Viewing Room, now open through February 19.

Video: David Reed on “#721 (For Hitchcock and del Sarto)” | Frieze LA 2020 Online Viewing Room

Acclaimed Belgian artist Ann Veronica Janssens works with uncatchable materials such as liquids, light and colour. In dialogue with Professor in Physics Kristine Niss, Janssens demonstrates a fascinating trick of the mind, where a coloured surface of liquid rises from the bottom as in one of her works.

Video: Ann Veronica Janssens Interview: Creating an Optical Illusion

Bob Dodge of Artemis Gallery discusses some more of his favorite items from our February 13th Exceptional Auction.

Video: February 13th Auction Highlights - Part 2

London-based writer Emma Dabiri (@emmadabiri on Instagram) shares her favourite four paintings by emerging artists from our Post-War and Contemporary Art Sales - 12 & 13 February at Christie's London.

Video: The Rising Stars of Contemporary Art | With Emma London-based writer Emma Dabiri

Join curator Mary Morton on a tour of highlights from the exhibition True to Nature: Open-Air Painting in Europe, 1780–1870. Young artists of the late 18th and 19th centuries developed their skills at capturing the effects of light and atmosphere by painting outdoors, working quickly in oils on paper or small canvases. The exhibition presents more than 100 of these oil sketches with views ranging from the Swiss Alps to the ruins of Rome. The exhibition is on view at the National Gallery of Art from February 2 to May 3, 2020.

Video: True to Nature: Curator's Quick Tour

“If things created by humans should function next to natural things, the passing of time is necessary. Only the passage of time will bring forward the kind of landscape I want to create,” says the renowned Japanese architect Junya Ishigami. Learn about his award-winning project, the poetic landscape ‘Water Garden’, in this short video.

Video: Junya Ishigami Interview: Creating Nature with Time

Have you ever been curious to learn how works of art get into the galleries? Behold the trials, frustrations, and unique satisfactions of presenting art to the public. This short documentary follows the custom installation of Isamu Noguchi's beloved sculpture Water Stone (1986) in gallery 229, where it still resides, and offers a special opportunity to witness a living artist interact with staff as their work is prepared for display.

Video: Water Stone, 1987—Installing Isamu Noguchi's Iconic Sculpture | From the Vaults

Toward the end of her life, Dorothea Lange (1895–1965) reflected, “All photographs—not only those that are so called 'documentary’...can be fortified by words.” A committed social observer, Lange paid sharp attention to the human condition, conveying stories of everyday life through her photographs and the voices they drew in.

Video: Dorothea Lange: Words & Pictures | MoMA EXHIBITION

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