Whitney opens exhibition of photographs by Harold Edgerton

The photographs of Harold Edgerton—a pioneer of flash technology and a largely under-recognized figure in the history of twentieth century American photography—are on view in the Whitney’s third floor Susan and John Hess Family Gallery. The works—a revelatory selection of about forty photographs shot from the 1930s through the 1960s—are drawn entirely from the Whitney’s collection, which includes 122 of Edgerton's works. The works on view include photographs depicting single and multiple-exposure images of household products, performances, sporting events, and staged scenarios. Some of the photographs were taken in controlled environments like the bullet piercing a playing card, while others were made in public spaces requiring complex lighting and logistical coordination.

Hermès gems lift Heritage Auctions’ Luxury Accessories Auction beyond $1.4 million

Multiple bidders drove the final price for an Hermès Limited Edition 35cm Barenia Leather & Osier Wicker Picnic Kelly Bag with Palladium Hardware to $62,500 to help push the total from Heritage Auctions' Spring Luxury Accessories Auction to $1,438,852 March 25 in Dallas. The Kelly Picnic is a true collector's piece. This limited edition piece, created using wicker and leather, was introduced first in 2011. Wicker handbags are in growing demand in recent years, and have emerged as evidence of the steady evolution of Hermès handbags. "This auction represented an outstanding Hermès collection and the largest offering of Chanel exotic handbags at one auction," Heritage Auctions Luxury Accessories Director Diane D'Amato said, "and hosting our Signature Auction on Sunday really attracted the finest collectors." An Hermès 30cm Matte

Quinn’s April 14 auction features collection of Wedgwood expert and historian Adele Barnett

In 1759, Josiah Wedgwood and Sons founded a family-owned and operated company whose distinctive wares became synonymous with fine English pottery and decorative accessories. On April 14, an important representation of 18th- to 20th-century Wedgwood blue jasperware will be offered on American shores, at Quinn’s Auction Galleries in Falls Church, Virginia. It is the collection of Wedgwood specialist and founder/past president of Washington, D.C.’s Wedgwood Society, Adele Barnett. Barnett’s interest in Wedgwood began in 1969 when her employer presented her with a birthday gift, a Wedgwood dish emblazoned with her zodiac sign. She liked it so much she decided to start a collection. She later became an active member of regional Wedgwood societies, starting with the Boston chapter, where she would serve as president.

SALTS opens exhibition of works by Kasia Fudakowski, Maria Loboda, and Zoe Paul

Infinity has its Limits brings together works by Kasia Fudakowski, Maria Loboda and Zoë Paul. All share an interest in re-working elements of traditional sculpture, design and architecture through processes of historical excavation. What are our social norms and how do we navigate them? The exhibition investigates a certain cultural landscape, where historical signifiers are superimposed with contemporary commentaries. Experience and the memory we create thereof become the catalysts to construct, archive and suggest environments to which our human body (and mind) can relate. We see foam bodies encased in a metal cage, a fractured, figure-like fountain or a stucco corridor filled with health supplements, all of which build a long historical line. From living like a cave-woman, to the ancient Greeks all the way through the Western medieval

The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago opens first North American museum survey of Otobong Nkanga

The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago presents the first North American museum survey of Nigerian-born, Belgium-based artist Otobong Nkanga, whose work explores the relationship between Africa and the Western world, with a focus on the intense mining of natural resources since the rise of global capitalism. Drawing from a range of media including drawing, photography, tapestry, and installation that she activates with performances, Nkanga examines how raw minerals from Nigeria and other African countries are transported through various covert economies and transformed into desirable consumer objects. This exhibition introduces Nkanga to American audiences with the most comprehensive presentation of her works to date, in addition to the debut of a performance for the exhibition’s opening. On view from March 31 to September

Sotheby’s 2018 Spring Auction Wine Sales day 1: 100% sold, total US$12.9 million

Sotheby’s opened its Spring Sale Series in Hong Kong with the first of a two-day offering of wines and whiskeys, comprising the Cellar from the Estate of Jerry Perenchio and a various-owner Finest & Rarest Wines sale. Together, the two auctions brought an overall total of HK$101,075,865 / US$12,879,087, with 100% of lots sold. “The first part of The Cellar from the Estate of Jerry Perenchio more than doubled the pre-sale high estimate bringing HK$52.8 million / US$6.7 million and is a reflection of Mr. Perenchio’s passion for enjoying and collecting the best of the best. He had one of the great cellars of mature Burgundy and Bordeaux, the rarity of which drew many of the world’s leading collectors, and set new benchmark prices. We hope toasts are raised to Mr. Perenchio and his ‘Rules of the Road’ when these wines are opened and enjoyed, and