We invited art historian Katy Hessel (aka @thegreatwomenartists on Instagram) to select some of her favourite women artists from our Modern British Art auctions.
Video: The Pioneering Women of British Modernism | With Katy Hessel of The Great Women Artists | Christie's
‘The Lady of Shalott’ was painted by John William Waterhouse in 1888. It’s one of three paintings that the artist based on a poem by Alfred Lord Tennyson – which tells the story of an unnamed woman who suffers from a curse.
Video: The Curse of the Lady of Shalott | TateShots
For over five decades, designer Mario Buatta elaborately styled the homes of American royalty, including those of Henry Ford II, Barbara Walters, Malcolm Forbes, Mariah Carey and Billy Joel. But despite his high-profile clientele, Buatta was sometimes secretive about his own collection, rarely granting access to his Upper East Side apartment. In this episode of Expert Voices, Buatta’s biographer and friend Emily Evans Eerdmans invites us to take a peak behind the curtain and learn how a boy from Staten Island became the “Prince of Chintz”. Sotheby’s sale, Mario Buatta: Prince of Interiors, will offer a diverse array of nearly 1,000 works that the designer lived with and features many pieces that have long been admired in showhouse rooms and magazines. (23-24 January | New York)
Video: How Mario Buatta Became ‘The Prince of Chintz’
The McNay pays tribute to 90s icon, singer, designer, and Texas legend—Selena Quintanilla-Pérez—with five photographs by award-winning San Antonio photographer John Dyer. Selena was the subject of Dyer’s photo assignments for the cover of Más Magazine in 1992 and again for Texas Monthly in 1995, just months before she was tragically killed at age 23.
Video: Selena Forever/ Siempre Selena: Behind The Scenes
The division between the personal and professional lives of New York-based artists Rakuko Naito and Tadaaki Kuwayama has long been blurred. For decades, the Japanese-born couple — who immigrated to Manhattan just after their marriage in 1958 — have shared a rambling mixed-use loft space in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighbourhood with a common living space flanked by separate studios. ‘He’s over there and my studio is over here,’ explains the soft-spoken Naito.
Video: Studio Visit: Tadaaki Kuwayama and Rakuko Naito
Sister Gertrude Morgan expressed God’s message through art and song, and won admirers ranging from Andy Warhol to actor Robert Duvall.
Video: Divine Art by Sister Gertrude Morgan: The Self-styled 'Nurse of Dr Jesus' | Christie's
A small pebble with ornate markings is Britain’s earliest piece of Mesolithic art – but what do the markings denote, and was it worn for cosmetic purposes or spiritual ones?
Video: This Pendant is Britain’s Oldest Piece of Iron Age Art
When Steven Spielberg completed the film adaptation of the novel 'The Color Purple' in 1985 he gifted its author, Alice Walker, a painting titled 'Man on White, Woman on Red' by the African-American artist Bill Traylor. ‘He was hopeful (he said with a smile) that when I saw the film, I wouldn’t feel like the angry Woman on Red,’ says Walker. ‘I answered (with a laugh), “I hope so too.”’
Video: The Bill Traylor Painting Steven Spielberg Gave to Alice Walker | Christie's
It looks like a fairly nondescript plank of wood, found in the fields of Star Carr. But from an archaeological perspective, it’s far more significant: it’s the oldest piece of carpentry found anywhere in Europe.
Video: This 11,000-Year-Old Piece of Wood is More Than it Seems
In this episode of our radio series collaboration with BBC, "The Way I See It," Nobel Prize-winning author Orhan Pamuk joins us in front of two “enchanting” artworks—”Untitled (Bébé Marie)” (1940s) and “Taglioni's Jewel Casket” (1940) both by Joseph Cornell. Asked to describe his selection, Pamuk responds, “this is the hardest thing you are asking from a lover of art—to describe with words magical objects. In fact, I am infatuated with Cornell boxes because I cannot describe them.”
Video: How to see poetry in everyday objects | Orhan Pamuk | MoMA BBC | THE WAY I SEE IT
Watch Episode 1, “Looking back to look forward,” in which Met image archivist Stephanie Post, educator and former-Project Runway host Tim Gunn, and New York City Ballet dancer Silas Farley share how their encounters with history and the Museum inform their sense of self and their creative practices.
Video: Looking Back to Look Forward | Met Stories
In the late 1960s John Baldessari was part of a group of West Coast American conceptual artists whose work was characterised by a deadpan wit. Based in Los Angeles since, he has become one of the most influential artists of his generation.
Video: John Baldessari – Pure Beauty | Tate
Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller discuss the work The Killing Machine (2007) with Glenn Lowry, David Rockefeller Director of The Museum of Modern Art.
Video: Artist Talk: One Work with Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller | MoMA LIVE
We have visited the prominent Danish sculptor Kirsten Ortwed in her studio in the Italian town of Pietrasanta. In this visually enthralling video, you can watch Ortwed at work on her arresting sculptures and hear her thoughts on being an artist.
Video: Kirsten Ortwed Interview: I'm Not Interested In Beauty
“I try to find architectural settings that become metaphors of those conflicts that I’m dealing with.” Join us for a studio visit with the praised Danish artist Asmund Havsteen-Mikkelsen, whose unease with the contemporary world is expressed through his abstract paintings of modern architectural icons.
Video: Asmund Havsteen Mikkelsen Interview: This Sense of Unease
Watch a review of our artists's 2019 exhibitions ahead of the 2020 programme of exhibitions across our galleries.
Video: 2019 in Review: Happy New Year From Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac.
Later this month, Jacques-Louis David’s Neoclassical masterpiece of Napoleon crossing the alps will travel to New York for the very first time. Displayed at the Brooklyn Museum alongside Kehinde Wiley’s contemporary reinterpretation, both works in this unprecedented pairing reflect the unique conditions of their respective times. It’s just one of January’s must-see exhibitions, chosen by Tim Marlow, the Design Museum in London’s new director and CEO. Don’t miss this and other exhibitions opening this month in Basel, Cornwall, and Los Angeles.
Video: Tim Marlow's Must-See Museum Exhibitions: January 2020
In this episode of The Way I See It, our radio collaboration with BBC, we’ve captured composer Steve Reich’s audible awe as he sees his friend Richard Serra’s monumental 2015 sculpture Equal for the first time. As Reich puts it, he and Serra are “in tune to the same frequencies,” so their meeting in Manhattan in the 1960s and subsequent friendship was both important and inevitable.
Video: Steve Reich on how a composer reads sculpture | MoMA BBC | THE WAY I SEE IT
Join Antony Gormley and Hans Ulrich Obrist, Artistic Director, Serpentine Galleries, for their after-hours one-on-one conversation in the final days of the artist's critically acclaimed solo exhibition. Exploring the exhibition together late at night, their broad-ranging conversation examines the role of sculpture today, as well as providing unique insights into Gormley's practice and a personal reflection on the journey of mounting such an ambitious exhibition.
Video: ANTONY GORMLEY AT THE ROYAL ACADEMY OF ARTS, LONDON
In this episode of our radio series collaboration with BBC, "The Way I See It," human rights lawyer and social justice activist Bryan Stevenson joins us in front of a group of paintings by Jacob Lawrence. “Migration Series” (1940-41) depicts the reality of the Great Migration and, as Stevenson puts it, ”describes the full power that art can have in creating a new relationship to really big ideas like freedom and equality. What emerges in this work,” he says, “is a clear call for a new relationship with what it means to be treated fairly, what it means to be seen as equal, and what justice requires.”
Video: Bryan Stevenson on the power of art to communicate justice | MoMA BBC | THE WAY I SEE IT
Go behind the scenes with contemporary artist Kent Monkman, who discusses the inspiration and making of mistikôsiwak (Wooden Boat People), an exhibition of two paintings that inaugurates The Met's annual Great Hall commission, on view December 19, 2019, through April 9, 2020.
Video: Artist Interview—Kent Monkman: mistikôsiwak (Wooden Boat People) | Met Exhibitions
This episode of "The Way I See It" features artist, musician, and jazz innovator Jason Moran. Moran’s music explores and expands the properties of jazz—he shapes his medium into a form that seems to breathe the air of our moment. His performances are theatrical and often incorporate his own visual art and stage designs. He has collaborated with artists such as Carrie Mae Weems, Julie Mehretu, Joan Jonas, and Kara Walker in works that merge sound, performance, and visual art.
Video: This Mondrian painting is actually a jazz score | Jason Moran | MoMA BBC | THE WAY I SEE IT
Sir David Cannadine, Dodge Professor of History at Princeton University, President of the British Academy, and Editor of the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, explores the interconnected, transatlantic worlds of the traditional and titled British wealth elite and the new American multimillionaires—the former on the defensive, the latter on the rise—during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The lecture investigates why, among both groups, and especially those who formed Anglo-American marriage alliances, Sargent was the man they wanted to paint and draw their portraits.
Video: British Aristocrats and American Plutocrats in the Age of Sargent
Since the 1950s, Sheila Hicks has brought a spirit of continuous discovery to working with fiber, which she calls “supple materials.” She has made everything from minimes—small woven sketches—to massive outdoor installations. She says that while she has no prejudices about materials, “the more pliable they are, and the more adaptable they are, the more I am attracted to them.” Her approach to process is similarly open, challenging the notion that weaving’s warp and weft must follow a grid, wrapping memorable objects in fiber, and even using her materials to puncture ceilings.
Video: Sheila Hicks: Pillar of Inquiry | ARTIST STORIES
Celebrated Canadian painter Wanda Koop discusses her first solo museum exhibition in the US, “Concentrations 62: Wanda Koop, Dreamline” at the Dallas Museum of Art.
Video: Wanda Koop – "To me, they represent tears" | Concentrations 62: Dreamline
Culture writer Roxane Gay describes the importance of sitting with discomfort in front of Kara Walker’s enormous drawing "Christ's Entry into Journalism" (2017).
Video: Roxane Gay on using art to confront history | MoMA BBC | THE WAY I SEE IT
One of Norway’s greatest painters, Harald Sohlberg’s landscapes capture a powerful sense of emotion. Sohlberg’s meditative works invite the viewer to share in his awe of the Nordic landscape and to question our own relationship with the natural world. In this episode of Expert Voices, hear how Sohlberg achieved such strength of colour and discover how his technique differed from his contemporary Edvard Munch. Painted in 1898, ‘Ripe Fields’ is a seminal work in Sohlberg’s career and will appear at auction for the first time in our upcoming sale of 19th Century European Paintings (11 December | London).
Video: The Life-Enhancing Beauty of Harald Sohlberg’s Landscapes
In this episode of "The Way I See It," actor and comedian Steve Martin looks at paintings by two early pioneers of American abstraction and takes us on a journey of seeing—shape and color transform into mountains, sky, and water.
Video: Steve Martin on how to look at abstract art | MoMA BBC | THE WAY I SEE IT
Hello this is Jim Lentz of Heritage Auctions to talk about our upcoming Signature Animation Art auction for this December 13, 14 and 15 . This is our largest animation and Disneyanna auction ever that will be done over three days!
Video: Largest Animation and Disneyanna Auction Ever!!!
Tarnish is slowly engulfing one of the oldest objects in MoMA's collection, a daguerreotype from 1842 capturing two separate images—the Arch of Septimius Severus and Capitoline Lion in the Roman Forum. Within two years of the invention of photography, Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey, a French aristocrat, assembled a team to travel the Mediterranean and make over a thousand images of the region’s cities, people, and ruins. These early daguerreotypes projected images directly onto silver plates, like a mirror imprinting a reflection onto its polished surface. Akin to Polaroids, they were unique photographic objects that offered no convenient method of replication.
Video: Conserving one of the oldest photographs in MoMA's collection | CONSERVATION STORIES
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
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Heritage & Future
Each part of each piece of art is created by Award-winning artist Bender. Creation continues passionately with new discoveries every day, with the ambition and aspiration of the history and culture of Swedish soil and roots that can be traced to the 1883, - for the future.