Rodin sculptures highlight Bonhams Sale of Impressionist & Modern Art

A distinguished selection of sculptures by Auguste Rodin will highlight Bonhams fall sale of Impressionist & Modern Art on November 12. Leading the sale is Le Baiser, 4ème réduction ou petit modèle (estimate: $300,000-400,000). Along with The Thinker, it is considered among the finest achievements and most recognizable sculpture of Rodin’s oeuvre. Le Baiser is one of the most significant representations of all-consuming and undying love. Two lovers wrapped in an erotic embrace, Rodin reinterprets the classical subject matter of forbidden love in an unprecedented three-dimensional visualization. Conceived in 1886 and cast circa 1904, this sculpture was cast in bronze by the Alexis Rudier Foundry in 1945 in an edition of 21. Fresh to the market, Le Baiser was acquired by the present owner in 1995 and has been in the same collection

The Eskenazi Museum of Art celebrates the reopening of its I. M. Pei building with museum fest

This fall the Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art reopens the doors of its renovated I. M. Pei building to visitors and the Indiana University community. The $30 million renovation creates a fresh canvas for the museum’s more than 45,000 objects; a dynamic center for education serving more than 11,000 IU students and nearly 5,000 K-12 students; an innovative center for conservation – with the only paintings conservator in the Big Ten; a center for curatorial studies; and a center for the prints, drawings and photographs collection. This new approach to a teaching museum will help students and visitors understand how a university museum functions. The Eskenazi Museum’s acclaimed I. M. Pei-designed building was inaugurated in 1982 and features the architect’s signature triangles and light-filled atrium. When it reopens,

Landmarks and heritage sites ravaged by fire

After Japan's historic UNESCO-listed Shuri castle was devastated by fire Thursday, here are other cases of major heritage sites that have gone up in the flames in recent years. On the evening of April 15, 2019, smoke and then flames were spotted billowing from Paris's 850-year-old cathedral, the most visited historic monument in Europe. Spreading from the attic, the fire devoured the roof's wooden frame and the spire crashed down in flames. The cause of the blaze is not known, with an electrical fault or a cigarette among the theories. It took 400 firefighters several hours to control the blaze; stained glass windows, towers, bells and most artworks and relics survived. With clean-up and reinforcement work under way, reconstruction is not expected to start before 2021. Late on September 2, 2018, a faulty air conditioning system sparked

Heritage Auctions shatters world record with $504,000 result for Ricky Williams’ 1998 Heisman Trophy

The world’s largest collectibles auctioneer flexed its muscles in impressive fashion last week as it shattered two longstanding pricing records en route to a $2.9 million tally. After a marketing blitz that saw the impending sale of University of Texas Longhorns running back Ricky Williams' 1998 Heisman Trophy promoted by Sports Illustrated, The New York Times and hundreds of other major media outlets, an alumnus of the school claimed victory with the placement of a $504,000 bid for college football's most coveted hardware. “This is a price only Heritage could achieve,” said Chris Ivy, Director of Sports Auctions for Heritage. “Our vast marketing efforts can reach potential bidders our competition never could. Many participants for this piece were new to the hobby and had learned of the offering from our national media campaign.” The second-highest

Ancient Resource Auctions’ Holiday Antiquities Discovery Sale has antiquities from an array of cultures

A large bronze figure depicting the Greek god Harpokrates from the Late Period (circa 664-332 BC), a Greek Gnathian skyphos (deep cup-shaped vessel) from the 4th century BC, and a Mayan polychrome jar from the Ulua Valley of Honduras (circa 400-800 AD) are expected top lots in Ancient Resource Auctions’ Auction #80 on Saturday, November 16th. Officially titled a Holiday Antiquities Discovery Sale, the online-only auction has a start time of 9 am Pacific and features over 300 lots of authentic items from Roman, Greek, Egyptian, Near Eastern and Pre-Columbian cultures. Also offered will be other ethnographic and antique items, as well as a small selection of antiques and ancient-style decorator pieces. “With holiday season approaching, I can’t think of a nicer and more thoughtful gift than an authentic ancient

Cape Ann Museum announces new appointments

Oliver Barker, Director of the Cape Ann Museum, announced two new key appointments as part of an expanding team at the Museum. Diane Wortis has been appointed Director of Development and Trenton Carls will commence next month as Librarian/Archivist at the Cape Ann Museum. Both will report directly to Barker. “We are especially excited to welcome both Diane and Trenton to the Cape Ann Museum” said Barker. “Diane and Trenton's stewardship of their respective areas is critical to the Museum's future success and our commitment to engaging the broader Cape Ann community, while serving greater audiences regionally, nationally and internationally in anticipation of the Museum’s 150th anniversary in 2023.” Diane Wortis brings 30+ years of experience in fundraising, communication, and nonprofit management to her new role

Sterling Associates to auction art and furniture from New Jersey estates

Sterling Associates is known for its eclectic auctions of fine art, furniture, lighting and other quality collectibles sourced from stately country homes and stylish city residences in the New York metro region. An integral part of Bergen County, New Jersey’s art community for two generations, Sterling’s online-only sales are unique in that all goods may be previewed ahead of time at the company’s physical premises in Norwood, New Jersey. On Wednesday, November 6, the Sterling team will host a diverse 209-lot auction of fine art, jewelry; furniture, lighting and other desirable estate goods. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers or Invaluable. Among the notable fine artworks is a Johann Berthelsen (Danish/American, 1883-1972) oil-on-canvas depicting a Central Park pond with two swans enjoying

Nomura presents US$1 million Nomura Art Award to renowned Colombian artist Doris Salcedo

At a gala dinner and ceremony held this evening in Shanghai, China, Nomura announced that the winner of the first annual Nomura Art Award is the renowned Colombian artist Doris Salcedo. The largest cash prize in contemporary visual arts, the US$1 million Nomura Art Award is given by the decision of an independent, international jury to an artist who has created a body of work of major cultural significance. To help this artist take on new challenges and embrace change, the prize money is used in whole or in part to support an ambitious new project that the winner did not previously have the means to realize. Nomura’s heritage of engagement with the arts dates to the company’s founding in 1925 by Tokushichi Nomura II, an avid practitioner of the tea ceremony and supporter of Noh theater. The company today connects markets in the East

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker presents pioneering early choreographies in Dusseldorf

As part of their cooperation, the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen and the tanzhaus nrw in Düsseldorf invite guests to experience pioneering early choreographies from the repertoire of the grandmaster Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker. The internationally renowned Belgian choreographer and dancer is one of the most important representatives of the international dance scene and, with her award-winning works, has been making decisive contributions to the development of contemporary dance for many years. While in the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, the choreographer is reconceiving her key work Fase, Four Movements to the Music of Steve Reich for the monumental Grabbe Hall of K20 as a site-specific dance installation, in the tanzhaus nrw the work will be presented for one evening as a stage version. This not only creates