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Join Christine Nelson, Drue Heinz Curator of Literary and Historical Manuscripts, for a fresh look at Anne Brontë (1820–1849), bold author and truth-teller, through the artifacts she left behind. After Brontë published a pseudonymous novel featuring graphic depictions of addiction and domestic abuse, one reviewer accused the author of harboring “a morbid love for the coarse, not to say the brutal.” She issued a written retort: “If I can gain the public ear at all, I would rather whisper a few wholesome truths therein than much soft nonsense.” With highlights from the Morgan’s collection of Brontëana, one of the finest in the world, this presentation complements the current bicentenary installation in the Rotunda of J. Pierpont Morgan’s Library.
Video: No Soft Nonsense: Presenting the Bold Anne Brontë
In this video we have a closer look at the exhibition “Wagnis der Öffentlichkeit” (Venture Into the Public Realm), a group Show at Halle für Kunst in Lüneburg (Germany). At Art Cologne 2020 Halle für Kunst was awarded the ADKV-Prize for Art Associations. In a previous episdode we did an interview with Stefanie Kleefeld (Director, Halle für Kunst Lüneburg), in which she also talks about this group exhibition:
Video: Venture Into the Public Realm / Group Show at Halle für Kunst Lüneburg
Head of Sale Rebecca Tooby-Desmond takes us on an exclusive tour of the London Editions sale with works spanning 500 years from Albrecht Dürer to Grayson Perry. Other highlights include works by Gerhard Richter, Peter Doig and Louise Bourgeouis.
Video: Gallery Tour: Editions | London | January 2021
Hester Diamond was a fearless and visionary collector whose inquisitive nature and bold, distinct point of view is evident throughout her collection. It is in the expressive paintings and sculpture in her apartment, the electric colors of her furniture and the mesmerizing patterns of the textiles she chose. In this video, celebrate Hester Diamond's remarkable life and collection with those closest to her – her sons Michael and David Diamond, her stepdaughter Rachel Kaminsky, Collector Jon Landau, Metropolitan Museum of Art Curator Keith Christiansen, and Sotheby’s Chairman George Wachter. The Collection of Hester Diamond Part I and II will be on offer throughout Masters Week (22-29 January 2021, New York).
Video: Hester Diamond: The Life of a Fearless and Visionary Collector
Video: Daily Challenge #34 / Easy Art / Power lines at sunset painting
Viebahn Fine Arts received the award for the best stand design at Cologne Fine Art & Design 2019. The art dealer from Worpswede (Germany) specializes in exquisite handicrafts, museum furniture, masterpieces of watchmaking and European sculptures, especially classicism. The film takes you to the company’s headquarters, where Nils Viebahn tells you about the goals of his company and why his work gives him and his team new impulses again and again.
Video: Best booth design COLOGNE FINE ART & DESIGN 2019: Viebahn Kunsthandel, Worpswede
The ArtTour International TV Show features art events, artists and awe-inspiring locations around the world.
EPISODE ONE: Our first episode of the ArtTour International TV Show is coming up Thursday June 22! Follow the team of ArtTour International Magazine as we travel to Ferrara, Italy and show you the Este Castle a magnificent medieval fortress in the city center of Ferrara, with a wonderful re-enactment of the medieval dances, showing at end the delicious food you can eat in this location of Italy. We also have an exclusive interview with New York artist Leroi Johnson and his “Electric Primitive” works and a selection of artists in different corners of the world sharing their art and messages of inspiration with the audience.
Video: ArtTour International - Season 1 - Episode 1 "ArtTour To The Este Castle" in Ferrara, Italy
“’Auvers is very beautiful, really profoundly beautiful” wrote Vincent van Gogh to his brother Theo, and his stay there in the final days of his life proved to be enormously productive. In his seventy days in Auvers, van Gogh would paint seventy or so canvases, including the masterwork Fleurs dans un verre. Intricately rendered, this vibrant canvas represents one of the few still life paintings executed during this period and will be a highlight of Sotheby’s Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale in New York.
Video: A Dazzling Still Life from the Final Days of Van Gogh
In this episode of Expert Voices, Michael Macaulay explores the origins of two monumental works by titans of abstraction ¬– Brice Marden and Clyfford Still. From the Baltimore Museum of Art, these museum-quality artworks are masterpieces of their respective eras. Still’s 1957-G and Marden’s 3 are highlights of the Contemporary Art Evening auction (28 October 2020, New York).
Video: Brice Marden and Clyfford Still Spell Out the Story of American Abstraction
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