Original comic art, toys and historic Americana generate $1.26M at Hake’s March 13-14 auction

Fresh-to-market original comic book art spurred a fan frenzy at Hake’s March 13-14 auction and produced a $1.26 million result, with new auction records set by several prize entries. Predicted to finish well in the money, Rob Liefeld’s original pen-and-ink art for Page 27 of New Mutants #98, published by Marvel in February 1991, did not disappoint. It swept past its $20,000-$35,000 estimate to settle at $40,380, making it the auction’s top lot. “The artboard is from the issue that introduced Deadpool, the wildly popular antihero who went on to star in countless comics, video games and films,” said Hake’s president Alex Winter. “Original page art from Issue 98 is especially rare if it actually depicts Deadpool – which was the case with the page art we sold – because he appears on only seven pages in that issue.” The artwork had been held privately

Musicians brace for Brexit disharmony

As the Brexit saga reaches a crescendo, classical musicians based in Britain fear that a disorderly divorce could threaten their European livelihood and stunt the development of potential maestros. Viola player Aliye Cornish told AFP she was particularly concerned because she is due to start a European tour in Spain on March 30 -- the day after Britain is scheduled to leave the EU. "At the moment we have no formal guidance on how to prepare," she said. Like many classical musicians in Britain, Cornish spends months every year working in the EU. Their concern is that bureaucratic uncertainty will mean missing out on jobs. "I've heard stories of colleagues having offers of work retracted from ensembles in the EU 27, who are concerned there may be too many restrictions in place," she said, taking a break from a rehearsal in the historic surroundings

Ketterer Kunst announces first Rare Books Online-Only Auction

As a consequence of the excellent results that the 1 € Fine Art Auctions have yielded and just in time for the company’s 65th anniversary, Ketterer Kunst launches a broad online presence for its Rare Books Department. The saleroom auction in Hamburg on May 27 will be accompanied by an online book auction that runs until May 29. All objects of the online offer will be called up with a starting price of 1 €. This extremely attractive calling price promises thrilling bidding races. The bibliophile gems from five centuries have estimate prices of up to € 10,000 and a sales volume of around € 90,000. In total around 100 objects from fields such as Architecture, Facsimiles, Children's Books, Modern Literature, Natural History and World Literature will go under the virtual hammer. Next to Johann Jakob Marinoni‘s important astronomical main work “De astronomica specula“ and Tommaso Filippo

Guild Hall announces the launch of the museum’s digitized permanent collection

Guild Hall announced the launch of its digitized permanent collection, with works by Donald Baechler, Ross Bleckner, Georges Braque, Alexander Calder, John Chamberlain, Willem de Kooning, Max Ernst, Eric Fischl, Jane Freilicher, April Gornik, Adolph Gottlieb, Grace Hartigan, Childe Hassam, Mary Heilmann, Winslow Homer, Jasper Johns, Ellsworth Kelly, Lee Krasner, Roy Lichtenstein, Man Ray, Claes Oldenburg, Jackson Pollock, Fairfield Porter, Robert Rauschenberg, Cindy Sherman Andy Warhol, and many others, all accessible online via pc.guildhall.org. This unprecedented access to the Guild Hall Permanent Collection was made possible with generous lead support from The Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation, and an additional award from the Gerry Charitable Trust. Jess

Toomey & Co. Auctioneers has strong bidder interest in first ‘Art & Design’ sale of 2019

Toomey & Co. Auctioneers began its 2019 auction calendar on March 10 with a highly successful Art & Design sale featuring nearly 700 lots, which included fine and decorative artworks, sculpture, early 20th century and modern furniture, art pottery, lighting, silver, metalwork and jewelry. The auction was marked by significant bidder interest, with high in-person, phone and online engagement, which resulted in a 93% sell-through rate. There were several Fine Art highlights in Art & Design with works by major artists represented. American Impressionist Frederick Carl Frieseke’s Woman with a Blue Dress, 1917 realized $75,000. Contemporary painter Joe Coleman’s Betrayal, 2001 brought $37,500. Andy Warhol’s After the Party, 1979 achieved $18,750. Charles Warren Eaton’s Among the Berkshires brought $23,750 and an After Alexander Calder Zebra tapestry sold for $10,000. Results were also strong

Most ambitious U.S. exhibition of Ursula von Rydingsvard’s influential recent work opens in Washington

The National Museum of Women in the Arts presents Ursula von Rydingsvard: The Contour of Feeling, a major exhibition celebrating one of the most influential sculptors working today. On view March 22–July 28, 2019, The Contour of Feeling marks the most ambitious von Rydingsvard exhibition to date in the United States and her first solo exhibition in Washington, D.C. Featuring approximately 30 sculptures and 10 works on paper, the exhibition focuses on the artist’s signature works— monumental, organic-shaped sculptures made from carved cedar wood—as well as other pieces that are on view in this project for the first time. This exhibition is guest-curated by Mark Rosenthal, formerly curator of 20th-century art at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., and organized by the Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia, where it was on

Mexican imprints & manuscript material leads Swann Americana Auction

Swann Galleries’ Tuesday, April 16 auction of Printed & Manuscript Americana features a robust selection of Mexican imprints and manuscripts, state material and items relating to the Civil War and President Lincoln. Mexican material forms the cornerstone of an extensive section of Latin Americana. Among the highlights are works such as Juan Navarro’s 1604 Liber in quo quatuor passions Christi Domini continentur, the first music by a New World composer printed in the Americas (Estimate: $8,000-12,000); a 1677 first edition of Mexican poetess Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz’s Villancios que se cantaron en los maitines del gloriosissimo Padre S. Pedro Nolasco, which consists of Christmas carols to be sung in honor of the thirteenth-century saint ($30,00-40,000); and Primera parte del sermonario del tiemp de todo el año, duplicado, en lengua Mexicana,

Dallas Museum of Art’s Anna Katherine Brodbeck named Senior Curator of Contemporary Art

Dr. Agustín Arteaga, The Eugene McDermott Director of the Dallas Museum of Art, today announced that Dr. Anna Katherine Brodbeck has been named the Hoffman Family Senior Curator of Contemporary Art, overseeing the Museum’s exemplary contemporary art collection, programming, exhibitions, and scholarship. Brodbeck steps into her new position after serving for two years in the DMA’s Department of Contemporary Art as The Nancy and Tim Hanley Associate Curator, and previously as Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art. “Katherine’s leadership and contributions to the DMA have been exceptional, and it has been a true pleasure to collaborate with her in shaping the direction of contemporary art at the Museum,” said Arteaga. “As we continue to expand the vision for the DMA’s collection and programming across the institution—aiming to bring underrecognized narratives of art history to the forefront—Kathe

Bodleian Libraries digital collaboration brings German manuscripts from medieval monasteries to life

The University of Oxford’s Bodleian Libraries and the German library, Herzog August Bibliothek in Wolfenbüttel, have announced a new collaborative digitization project that will open up repositories of medieval manuscripts from German-speaking lands. The three-year project will ensure that more than 600 western medieval manuscripts from both libraries’ remarkable collections are made freely available online to researchers and the public worldwide through a special online resource at https://hab.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/en. The project was launched at an event at the Bodleian Libraries on 19 March with the German Deputy Head of Mission, Julia Gross, in attendance. The project, funded by The Polonsky Foundation, will have much to tell us about the European Middle Ages and about the history of Germanic monastic traditions. Through coordinated digitization and shared software and cataloguing standards, the