Blackwell Auctions sale features works by Koons, Mapplethorpe, Rauschenberg and more

Blackwell Auctions of Clearwater, Fla., will offer a carefully curated sale of fine paintings, important prints and sculptures on Saturday, October 13. Highlights include Jeff Koons’ iconic Balloon Venus, multiple signed works by Robert Mapplethorpe, Robert Rauschenberg and many others; and original paintings by Albert Bierstadt, Lilla Cabot Perry, Diego Rivera, Raphael Soyer and Man Ray. “With only about 150 lots, this is a tight sale,” said Edwin Bailey, Blackwell’s owner. “There’s a little something for everyone, but there’s really no chaff, no filler. We found ourselves inundated with dozens of great pieces, so we decided that instead of dropping a few of them here and there into our estate auctions, we’d hold an art-only event of consistently high quality across the

Miller & Miller’s Mantiques! Gentleman’s Collectibles auction sets Canadian price records

Men, and the women who love them, turned out in full force September 15th for Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd.’s Mantiques! Gentleman’s Collectibles auction, held online and in Miller & Miller’s gallery at 59 Webster Street in New Hamburg. The auction was a one-stop shop for anyone looking to equip their man caves in style and fashion. Offered were vintage advertising and signs, gas station collectibles, breweriana, firearms and knives, coin-ops, arcade games, vending machines, militaria, barristers’ office furniture, vintage autos, motorbikes and outboards. Over 125 people attended the event in person; more than 500 others registered to bid online, via Miller & Miller Live, and “I’ve never seen such anticipation for an auction,” said Justin Miller of Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd. “The energy in the room from

Hunter S. Thompson archive consisting of 182 letters to be auctioned

An extraordinary collection of 182 letters by Gonzo journalist Hunter S.Thompson will be auctioned by Nate D. Sanders Auctions on September 27, 2018. The letters begin in 1955 when a 17-year-old Thompson wrote to his Louisville, Kentucky childhood friend Paul Semonin, who was attending Yale University. All but two of the letters in the collection were written to Semonin. The other two items include a telegram from Thompson to author Tom Wolfe and a letter to an unnamed friend. Thompson’s letters to Semonin span from 1955-1974 and are highly personal, providing a clear look at Thompson’s view of the world. Nearly every sentence in the letters features Thompson’s hallmark Gonzo journalistic style including riveting details about his experience at Slates Hot Springs in Big Sur as well as his time embedded (including the brutal

Gagosian opens exhibition of new paintings and sculptures by Takashi Murakami

Gagosian is presenting Change the Rule!, new paintings and sculptures by Takashi Murakami. Murakami seamlessly blends commercial imagery, anime, manga, and traditional Japanese styles and subjects, revealing the themes and questions that connect past and present, East and West, technology and fantasy. His paintings, sculptures, and films are populated by repeated motifs and evolving characters of his own creation. Together with dystopian themes and contemporary references, he revitalizes narratives of transcendence in continuation of the nonconformist legacy of a group of eighteenth-century Japanese artists known as the Edo eccentrics. Change the Rule! reveals myriad variations of Murakami’s own imagery, each combination generating new meaning. His first character, Mr. DOB, appears in pink and blue, floating

Exhibition of paintings from Chow Chun Fai’s “Painting on Movies” series on view at Eli Klein Gallery

Eli Klein Gallery is presenting an unprecedented solo exhibition for Hong Kong-based artist Chow Chun Fai, on view from September 8 through November 17, 2018. Chow Chun Fai features 19 works, on view for the first time, from Fai’s “Painting on Movies” series. Fai is one of the many artists influenced by the socio-political turmoil which transpired after the return of Hong Kong, a former British colony, to mainland China in 1997. As past chairman of Fotanian Artist Village in Fo Tan and a member of Factory Artists Concern Group, Fai is one of the few well-known artists in China who is actively engaged in politics. In the “Painting on Movies” series, Fai perfectly recreates scenes from notable international films and paints English translations as subtitles. Each piece has a unique Hong Kong viewpoint which reveals the continued dilemmas

Kuwait activists combat rise in banning of books

In 2014, the Kuwaiti press hailed Gabriel Garcia Marquez as a literary "giant". But since his death, the Colombian writer and a slew of others have been banned as censorship takes root in the Gulf state. More than 4,000 books have been blacklisted by Kuwait's information ministry over the past five years, according to local media reports, including Marquez's "One Hundred Years of Solitude" and Victor Hugo's "The Hunchback of Notre Dame". Dozens of writers and activists have taken to the streets -- on September 1 and again two weeks later -- to protest ahead of Kuwait's annual book fair in mid-November. Kuwaiti novelist Mays al-Othman is among the blacklisted writers, following the 2015 publication of her novel "The Wart," the story of a woman raped during the 1990-1991 Iraqi occupation of the emirate. "Censoring a book

Group of 54 impressionist and modern paintings will come up for bid at Woodshed Art Auction

An elite selection of 54 original oil and watercolor Impressionist, Pop and Modern paintings by and attributed to renowned artists such as Picasso, Monet, van Gogh, Franz Kline and Sam Francis will come up for bid in an auction slated for Thursday, October 4th, by Woodshed Art Auctions, online and in the 500 Gallery at 475 Franklin Village Drive in Franklin. Live bidding will begin promptly at 5:30 pm Eastern time. People can register and bid now, at Previews will be held at 500 Gallery starting September 26th. “Our auctions have grown to the point where we’d like to focus on smaller selections of excellent paintings and drawings,” said Bruce Wood of Woodshed Art Auctions. “It allows those with specific interests to ponder masterpieces without distraction. Previewing this exhibition of paintings at 500

Architekturmuseum opens ‘King Ludwig II: Palaces and Factories’

The exhibition The Architecture under King Ludwig II: Palaces and Factories is the Architekturmuseum’s main contribution to the celebrations marking 150 years since the foundation of the TUM (Technische Universität München), of which it is part. For the first time, the whole spectrum of architecture undertaken under the aegis of the university’s founder, Ludwig II of Bavaria (1864–1886), is being presented in a single exhibition. Ludwig II’s very personal, visionary approach to architecture is symbolised by the world-famous, iconic palaces of Neuschwanstein, Linderhof and Herrenchiemsee, but their unique reputation has eclipsed his other building commissions, which have long failed to receive the attention they deserve. This exhibition is now devoted to a comprehensive survey of the public and private building projects carried out in the Kingdom

Ortuzar Projects opens a survey of works by the Spanish artist Maruja Mallo

Ortuzar Projects presents Maruja Mallo: Paintings 1926-1952, a survey of works by the Spanish artist. This is Mallo’s first exhibition in New York since 1948, and presents a selection of works produced in both Spain and Latin America. Born in rural Galicia, Spain in 1902, Mallo moved to Madrid in 1922 to receive art training. She quickly became a central figure in the Generation of ‘27, an interdisciplinary group of the Spanish avant-garde that included Salvador Dalí, Federico García Lorca and Luis Buñuel. As one of few female artists associated with the group, Mallo quickly received fame for a unique and ambitious surrealism that was at once cosmopolitan and distinctly Spanish. Championed by the philosopher José Ortega y Gasset, who curated her first exhibition in 1928 at the offices of his influential journal Revista de Occidente