On Thursday, Christie’s held its Old Masters auction during its Classic Week at the house’s New York location. Hammering at $19.6 million, the sale generated $24.2 million with buyer’s premium across 49 lots—including 5 of the 12 previously announced works that the Brooklyn Museum was deaccessioning. An additional five were sold during the house’s European art sale. Collectively, the Brooklyn Museum’s deaccessioned works brought in $6.6 million with buyer’s premium, more than double the pre-sale low estimate of $2.25 million for the ten works. All of the works sold were guaranteed.

The sales follow the museum’s announcement in mid-September of long-term plans to deaccession works from its holdings to raise money for collection maintenance. The goal is to generate around $40 million for the fund. The New York institution is among those taking advantage of the temporarily relaxed guidelines issued by the Association of Art Museum Directors as a coronavirus … Read the rest

Photograph © Alec Soth. “Priscilla, Los Angeles, (from The Last Days of W)” (2008), 10 x 12 inches

An ongoing print sale is bolstering fundraising efforts that promote progressive organizing in five battleground states. Offering work from more than 150 photographers and artists—including Cindy Sherman, Alec Soth, and Ed RuschaStates of Change is selling 10 x 12-inch prints for $150 each with all proceeds going to the Movement Voter Project, which is targeting 42 local organizations dedicated to fighting voter suppression in Arizona, Florida, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. All are printed on 100 percent cotton paper, unsigned, and part of an open edition. Check out Colossal’s picks below, and grab your favorites before the five-day sale ends on October 18. (via Artnet)

 

Photograph © Camille Seaman. “Iceberg in Blood Red Sea, Lemaire Channel, Antarctica” (29 December 2016), 10 x 12 inches

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The Ford Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation have joined forces to create a major fund for disabled artists and activists. Titled the Disability Future Fellows, it will award $50,000 grants to 20 visual artists, filmmakers, writers and performers, each of whom will use the money to support an ongoing project. The fellowships, designed by artists and administered by United States Artists, are the first awards of its kind. 

“Institutional structures have not served disabled artists in the past,” said Emil Kang, Program Director for Arts and Culture at the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. “Disability Futures is the result of listening, collaboration, and humble engagement and we at Mellon are pleased to recognize and support these outstanding artists.  

Among those set to receive awards through the initiative are several artists of note. Two 2019 Whitney Biennial alumni will be named Future Fellows: Christine Sun Kim and Carolyn Lazard. … Read the rest

“Home within Home” (2019), polyester fabric, stainless steel, 292.91 x 325.59 x 316.93 inches. Images © Do Ho Suh, courtesy of Lehmann Maupin, shared with permission

Living and working in London, Korean artist Do Ho Suh (previously) is concerned with “home, physical space, displacement, memory, individuality, and collectivity,” ideas he evokes in his life-sized fabric sculptures and installations. His 2019 piece “Home within Home,” which is suspended from an atrium in Incheon International Airport in Seoul, positions two structures vertically, with the larger polyester and steel construction on top. This newer work evokes a similar piece from 2013, titled “Home Within Home Within Home Within Home Within Home,” which placed replicas of Suh’s former living spaces within one another, from his first house in South Korea to an apartment building in Rhode Island.

Often using his own experiences as source material, Suh’s multi-media practice explores both the physical … Read the rest

In a rare acknowledgment on an international stage, one pavilion for the next Venice Biennale will change its name in recognition of the three Indigenous artists selected to show there. The Nordic Pavilion, which represents the countries of Norway, Sweden, and Finland, will be renamed to the Sámi Pavilion for the exhibition’s 2022 edition. The artists selected to represent the three Scandinavian countries are three Sámi artists: Pauliina Feodoroff, Máret Ánne Sara, and Anders Sunna.

In a statement, Katya García-Antón, the director of the Office for Contemporary Art Norway and the lead commissioner of the pavilion, said, “The global pandemic, the impact of climate change, and worldwide calls for decolonization are leading us all to focus on alternative possibilities for our future and that of our planet. At this pivotal moment, it is vital to consider Indigenous ways of relating to the environment and to each other.”… Read the rest

Monday, October 12

National Galleries of Scotland Cuts Ties with Anthony d’Offay
After Tate cut ties with embattled former dealer Anthony d’Offay in September, the National Galleries of Scotland has followed suit. According to an Art Newspaper report, the Edinburgh-based museum has halted its partnership with d’Offay, who was accused of sexual misconduct by multiple women in 2018. Works on loan to the museum from d’Offay’s collection will be returned. D’Offay was formerly a trustee of the Artist Rooms Foundation, which displays works in solo presentations at Tate and the National Galleries of Scotland.

Saudi Arabia Launches First Residency program 
The Saudi Ministry of Culture has announced the launch of Art Residency | Al Balad, a residency program that will host international and Saudi artists, curators, and writers in Al Balad, the historic district of the city of Jeddah. Nineteen participants from 13 countries will join 23 Saudi artists … Read the rest

Tom Gores, a trustee at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, has resigned from the institution’s board after activists called for him to step down over concerns related to his financial firm’s investment in Securus Technologies, a company that has faced controversy over the way it manages the phones services it provides to prisons. Gores had been a trustee at the museum since 2006.

In a letter to LACMA CEO and director Michael Govan made public on Thursday on the website of Platinum Equity, for which Gores works as chairman and CEO, Gores wrote that, while he had committed to reforming Securus’s business practices, other LACMA board members had raised concerns. “My decision to step away from the board is based on relieving LACMA of any further distraction,” he wrote, “and ensuring that the transformation work at Securus, and in all of our businesses, continues to move … Read the rest

Encapsulating the life story of Agnes Gund, one of the most beloved people in the art world, is no small task, but a new documentary called Aggie has set out to try. Long considered one of the world’s top collectors, and formerly the president of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, she more recently made headlines when she decided to sell a major artwork by Roy Lichtenstein to fund a new initiative that aims to end mass incarceration in the United States. A hero to many, she has now been memorialized by her daughter, Catherine Gund, a well-regarded documentary filmmaker who has turned her lens on her mother for a newly released feature-length film.

It’s clear that Agnes Gund is a bit of an unwilling subject. Just after the opening credits, Catherine asks Agnes from offscreen, “What do you think of this film?” Agnes replies, “I … Read the rest

All images courtesy of DB Burkeman and Rich Browd, shared with permission

From plastic grocery bags to original emojis to household goods and paraphernalia, the yellow smiley face is an iconic mark of modern culture. A new book funding on Kickstarter celebrates the symbol’s decades-long history as it dives into the eclectic uses that range from fine art to graffiti to Hollywood. In 60 pages, The Sm;)e Book compiles work from 70 artists, including Banksy, the Chapman Brothers,  Alicia McCarthy, and James Joyce.

Despite the smiley’s well-known status throughout the mainstream culture, the book is particularly personal to co-creators DB Burkeman and Rich Browd. Burkeman shares with Colossal that his mother was fascinated by the hippie movement and plastered surfaces with smiley face stickers and adorned her clothing with grinning patches and pins. As he grew up and later became a DJ, he noticed the symbol flourishing in the … Read the rest

As he enjoys a late-career rise to widespread fame, artist Frank Bowling has been knighted by the Queen of England as part of her birthday honor’s list, which is given out twice annually, once on New Year’s Eve and once on the Queen’s birthday. Bowling had already been named an officer of the Order of the British Empire, and the knighthood is yet another symbol of his growing status within the British art world. The remainder of the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for this year will be revealed on Saturday.

Few Black British artists have been named knights. For some, the designation has been a fraught one. In 2003, the poet Benjamin Zephaniah famously rejected the award because of the “years of brutality” associated with the word “empire,” which he said implicitly can be linked to slavery and colonialism.

Attitudes have begun to change, however. In 2019, artist and filmmaker … Read the rest