Christie's Auction of Impressionist and Modern Art in London Realises $60.4 Million

Pablo Picasso, Nu assis et joueur de flûte, 1967, which carried an estimate of £3 to £4 million sold for: £3,401,250

A “musketeer” painted by Pablo Picasso was one of the big attractions at an auction of impressionist and modern art at Christie’s held in London, where it sold for 5.7 million pounds ($9.3 million).

The 1969 work, “Homme a l’Epee,” was the second most expensive lot of the session, after Monet’s “Au Parc Monceau,” that went for 6.3 million pounds ($10.3 million).

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Published in: on June 24, 2009 at 11:55 am  Leave a Comment  
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Battle of the Picasso paintings

The depictions painted on sucessive days are set to be auctioned

Sotheby’s is selling Homme à l’épée, painted on 25 July 1969, with a suggested price tag of between £6m and £8m at its annual summer sale of Impressionist and modern art.

Christie’s will sell a work of the same title, painted the following day, for between £5m and £7m at its summer sale.

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The Dallas Museum of Art Presents a New Way for Visitors to Experience the Museum's Collections

Claude Monet. The Seine at Lavacourt, 1880. Oil on canvas

This summer, the Dallas Museum of Art rolls out the red carpet to present the Summer Spotlight tour, inviting visitors to experience the romance, drama, action, and mystery of great works of art as they view them through a cinematic lens. Beginning in June and running through August, the Museum will highlight 30 of its masterworks, both old favorites in the collections and new acquisitions, to encourage viewers to look at great art in an exciting and different way.

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Published in: on June 1, 2009 at 8:59 am  Leave a Comment  
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Rediscovered Masterwork by Russian Artist Isaak Izrailevich Brodsky Spearheads Sotheby's Sale

Isaak Izrailevich Brodsky (1883-1939), Nanny with Children. Estimate: £300 000-500 000

Sotheby’s London is delighted to announce that on Monday, June 8, 2009, as part of its Russian Art Evening auction, it will offer for sale the recently rediscovered oil on canvas painting, Nanny with Children by acclaimed Russian artist Isaak Izrailevich Brodsky (1883-1939), signed in Cyrillic and dated 1912. The painting, which has been considered lost for almost a century, comes from a private collection in Italy – where it has remained since the 1950s – and is estimated at £300 000-500 000.

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Published in: on May 20, 2009 at 12:47 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Dorotheum: Bright Spots

 Claude Monet, Nympheas, 1917/18, € 370.000 - 420.000

In mid-May modern and contemporary art, design, art nouveau, silver, jewellery and watches will all have their day in the sun. During the Dorotheum Vienna’s 2nd auction week of this year, to be held from 11th till the 15th May 2009, all these categories will present selections of international standing and import.

Reminding us of the delights of the table of a bygone age, the silver auction on 11. May 2009 includes an ornamental tureen from Berlin dating to 1830 (€ 18.000 – 24.000) as well as a pair of four-armed candelabra from St. Petersburg (1856; € 30.000 – 35.000). Though perhaps less practical, a Hungarian coconut goblet of gilt silver dating to the second half of the 18th century would be a worthy addition to any treasure chamber (€ 10.000 – 15.000). In addition, this auction also features a particularly fine collection of Judaica, the second part of which will be put up for sale this autumn.

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Hearst Castle to return artworks seized by Nazis

Painting attributed to a student of Paris Bordone will stay at Hearst Castle

For decades, three Italian Renaissance paintings have hung on the walls of Hearst Castle without betraying their grim history.

But on Friday, state parks officials will formally acknowledge the artworks’ past, turning them over to the heirs of a Jewish couple who were forced by the Nazis to liquidate their Berlin art gallery in 1935.

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Published in: on April 10, 2009 at 8:54 am  Leave a Comment  
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Monet, Modigliani, Low Estimates Boost Christie’s London Sale

Feb. 5 – Portraits by Claude Monet and Amedeo Modigliani were the top lots at a Christie’s International auction in London last night after the company reduced price estimates for its first test of the 2009 art market.

Its 47-lot auction of Impressionist and modern art made 63 400 000 pounds ($91 600 000) with fees, against a revised low total forecast of 58 8000 000 pounds, based on hammer prices. Dealers said that Christie’s, like rival Sotheby’s the day before, was trying to bolster demand weakened by the financial crisis.

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Published in: on February 6, 2009 at 8:48 am  Leave a Comment  
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New Turner prize – winner

Mark Leckey

On December 1, the London museum Tate Britain launched a solemn ceremony of awarding of Turner prize. 44-year-old British artist Mark Leckey known for his video-installations became the new owner of the main award for the contribution to modern art.

Leckey was nominated for Turner’s award for two personal exhibitions in France and Germany where he presented the project Industrial Light and Magic which united video-art, sculpture and performance. Announcing the winner the jury council noted “the originality and great variety of visual forms” of his works. According to Mark Leckey the main subject of his work is the self-knowledge of a person of the 21st century which is in intensive information field”. “It is incredible! It is excellent to create something that can influence the British culture and become its part”, – the artist announced taking the award. Having won Leckey got ahead of three other nominees: sculptor Cathy Wilkes (Scotland), artist Runa Islam (Bangladesh) and Goshka Macuga (Poland) who specializes on installations. The winner of the award got a monetary prize at a rate of £25 000. There is information that many British critics are not satisfied with the jury’s decision. In their opinion, Mark Leckey’s works cannot be considered as an independent work of art as they include many adoptions of other artists.

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Published in: on January 29, 2009 at 1:22 am  Leave a Comment  
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Malevich, Munch and Degas justified expectations

New York – On November 3, Sotheby’s finished evening sales Impressionist’s and Modern Art totaled at $223 812 500. On the one hand this figure is hardly successful: Sotheby’s managed to sell 45 from 70 presented lots and the sales did not fetch the announced $300 000 000. Nevertheless the management of the auction house is in rather positive mood. “There were many expectations concerning these sales, – the head of department of modernism and impressionism Simon Show comments. – They became the first serious test of the art market in new economic situation. And what we have seen today proves that the art market has survived”.

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Impressionists stay without Monet, the 20th century is without Warhol

L. Ury. La Madeleine. Oil on canvas. 1928. Estimate $70 000–90 000. Sotheby’s. Impressionist and Modern Art including Latin American and Russian Art. New York, October 7

New York – On October 7, Sotheby’s will hold two sessions at once of Impressionist and Modern Art including Latin American and Russian Art. The sales will feature 327 works of the end of the 19th – the early 20th centuries including, works by the Russian and Latin American masters. Notably, Sotheby’s will not put up for the sale “the hits” worth a million. Probably, they left them for November auctions which are held in New York, Paris and Milan.

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Published in: on October 23, 2008 at 8:33 am  Leave a Comment  
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