University Archives auction will include items pertaining to the Beatles, Apollo 11, Paul Gauguin

A scarce first pressing of the 1963 album With the Beatles, signed by all four members of the group, a two-page letter written around 1895 by French artist Paul Gauguin, an Apollo 11 lunar color photo signed by all three astronauts on the mission, an 1833 copperplate engraving of the Declaration of Independence and a Walt Disney-signed animation cel depicting Mickey Mouse as an Argentine gaucho will all come up for bid on Tuesday, November 5th. They’re just a few of the expected top lots in a stellar collection of manuscripts, rare books and Apollo-related items to be sold in an online-only auction by University Archives, at 10:30 am Eastern time. Categories include aviation and space, art, music, Americana, science, foreign leaders and royalty, business and finance and more. In all, 264 premier lots will come up for bid. The catalog

Important works by Nathan Oliveira and the Robin Leach Collection fuel Clars sale

Clars Auction Gallery hosted their most successful October sale in the company’s history with $1,025,000 in total sales (up 10% from 2018). After recently being purchased by a private investment group in August of this year, Clars new CEO and President, Rick Unruh commented, “Since the acquisition, the new Clars has come out of the gate very strong with two successful auctions. I believe we will continue to see record growth going forward as our market share in the West Coast and beyond increases with the exceptional property we will be offering.” A collection of works by Nathan Oliveira (American, 1928–2010), one of the premier members of San Francisco’s Bay Area Figurative School, was the highlight of Clars October 13th Auction garnering an impressive evening total of $128,535 for the combined seven lots

High Museum of Art awarded Bank of America Art Conservation Project grant for Thornton Dial works

The High Museum of Art has been selected as a 2019 Bank of America Art Conservation Project grant recipient for a project to conserve artwork by renowned contemporary artist Thornton Dial (American, 1928–2016). The High holds the largest public collection of Dial’s work, including paintings and assemblages spanning his entire 30-year career, which represents a cornerstone of the Museum’s unparalleled folk and self-taught art department. Dial used a wide range of media, including metals, wood, textiles and plastics. Due to the interactions between these materials, as well as the fact that most are repurposed from previous use, his works require analysis and treatment to improve their condition. In addition, as a master of complexly layered surfaces, Dial created works that are always in danger of loose parts. With the grant

Exhibition explores the rich history of food photography

Feast for the Eyes is a major exhibition at The Photographers’ Gallery, exploring the rich history of food photography through some of the leading figures and movements within the genre. Encompassing fine-art and vernacular photography, commercial and scientific images, photojournalism and fashion, the exhibition looks at the development of this form and the artistic, social and political contexts that have informed it. Food has always been a much-photographed and consumed subject, offering a test ground for artistic experimentation and a way for artists to hone their skills. But even the most representative images of food have rarely been straightforward or objective. Food as subject matter is rich in symbolic meaning and across the history of art, has operated as a vessel for artists to explore a particular emotion, viewpoint or theme

Joy Labinjo opens her first major institutional solo presentation at BALTIC

BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead is presenting a new exhibition by Joy Labinjo; an artist trained in Newcastle upon Tyne who now works from her studio in London. Labinjo’s paintings feature portraits of relatives, friends and people discovered in family photograph albums. For her first major institutional solo presentation at BALTIC, the artist has made a new body of work specially for the exhibition including large-scale oil on canvas paintings and works on paper. Taking over BALTIC’s Ground Floor gallery, Our histories cling to us features work which draws on Labinjo’s personal experiences of growing up Black, British and Nigerian in the UK. Exploring memory and ideas of belonging, her paintings depict intimate scenes of contemporary family life, encouraging us to reflect on our own histories and traditions. Formal occasions

Nelson-Atkins exhibition features latest technological breakthroughs in accessible design

The exhibition Access+Ability, on view at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, features research and designs developed over the past decade with and by people who span a range of physical, cognitive, and sensory abilities. Visitors can view innovative tools that allow people to connect with each other and the world around them, including foldable wheelchair wheels, glasses for colorblindness, and even a robotic dog used as a therapeutic device. Access+Ability was organized by Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City and runs through February 2020. Advances in research and technology fueled the objects and experiences in the exhibition, which were selected based on input from users, designers, caregivers, activists, researchers, occupational therapists, and neuroscientists. “Many

Istanbul Research Institute opens “Memories of Humankind: Stories from the Ottoman Manuscripts”

İstanbul Research Institute invites visitors on a journey among texts, objects, and periods through Ottoman manuscripts. Exhibition “Memories of Humankind: Stories from the Ottoman Manuscripts” brings up the Ottoman manuscript culture and opens up a discussion around the dynamics of this multilayered cultural heritage, 90 years after the adoption of the Latin script, 100 years after the collapse of the empire, and almost 200 years after the spread of the printing press. The exhibition is on view until 25 July 2020. İstanbul Research Institute’s new exhibition “Memories of Humankind: Stories from the Ottoman Manuscripts” brings up the Ottoman manuscript culture which gradually lost its importance as the printing press became widespread in the 19th century; it ceased to be a source of information, stories, or spirituality for the masses in the

Exhibition explores connections between post-war Italian art and design

The architect Charles Zana and Tornabuoni Art are presenting ‘Utopia’, an exhibition that explores connections between post-war Italian art and design, from 18 October to 21 December. This exhibition, designed and conceived by the architect Charles Zana in collaboration with Tornabuoni Art Paris, is based on the idea of dialogue, like previous exhibitions designed by the architect. This dialogue unfolds room by room in the exhibition, whose name is inspired by the ‘Utopia’ lamp created by the pioneering female architect Nanda Vigo in 1970. This iconic lamp – shaped like a frame ­transforms the empty space at its heart into a picture made of light. Charles Zana, architect and curator, comments: In ‘Utopia’ I want to show how the different Italian avant-garde movements disrupted the history of art and design in the 20th century. This incredible creative effervescence of artists and architects in