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Exhibition Beginning 9 December at Sotheby’s New York Auction on 14 December

Ansel Adams Grand Tetons andThe Snake River, Grand Teton National Park, WYmural-sized gelatin silver print, signed (twice) in ink on the image, flush-mounted, framed, image: 38⅞ by 51⅞ in.framed: 53¾ by 69½ in.Estimate $400/600,000

Sotheby’s is pleased to announce that A Grand Vision: The David H. Arrington Collection of Ansel Adams Masterworks will be offered in a live auction at Sotheby’s New York on 14 December. A comprehensive survey that spans six decades of the beloved artist’s unparalleled career, from 1915 to 1975, the David H. Arrington Collection is among the most significant collections of Adams photography in private hands. This curated selection of more than 100 of Adams’s most iconic photographs features dozens of early prints, murals, and portfolios, and is led by Adams’s most legendary work, Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico (estimate $700,000/$1 million), the earliest print of the image to come to market. The auction is a watershed moment for collectors of Adams photographs, as well as collectors of American masters. Further information www.https://www.sothebys.com/en/about/locations/new-york

 

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Félix Fénéon: The Anarchist and the Avant-Garde—From Signac to Matisse and Beyond

Paul Signac. Opus 217. Against the Enamel of a Background Rhythmic with Beats and Angles, Tones, and Tints, Portrait of M. Félix Fénéon in 1890. 1890. Oil on canvas. 29 x 36 1/2″ (73.5 x 92.5 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. David Rockefeller, 1991. Photo by Paige Knight. © 2019 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

August 27, 2020 – January 02, 2021

The Museum of Modern Art

 

The Museum of Modern Art announces Félix Fénéon: The Anarchist and the Avant-Garde—From Signac to Matisse and Beyond, the first exhibition devoted to the influential French art critic, editor, publisher, dealer, and collector Félix Fénéon (1861–1944). Though largely unknown today and always discreetly behind the scenes in his own era, Fénéon played a key role in the careers of leading artists from Georges Seurat and Paul Signac to Pierre Bonnard and Henri Matisse, each of whom is featured prominently in the exhibition. Félix Fénéon: The Anarchist and the Avant-Garde—From Signac to Matisse and Beyond traces Fénéon’s career through approximately 130 works that highlight his initiatives to help artists via his reviews, exhibitions, and acquisitions; his commitment to anarchism; his literary engagements; and his contributions to the recognition of non-Western art. Bringing together a selection of major works that Fénéon admired, championed, and collected, alongside contemporary letters, documents, and photographs, the exhibition underscores the tremendous impact he had on the development of modernism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Further Information www.moma.org

 

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Whitney Museum of American Art

Vida Americana: Mexican Muralists Remake American Art, 1925–1945

Until Jan 31, 2021

 

Mexico underwent a radical cultural transformation at the end of its Revolution in 1920. A new relationship between art and the public was established, giving rise to art that spoke directly to the people about social justice and national life. The model galvanized artists in the United States who were seeking to break free of European aesthetic domination to create publicly significant and accessible native art. Numerous American artists traveled to Mexico, and the leading Mexican muralists—José Clemente Orozco, Diego Rivera, and David Alfaro Siqueiros—spent extended periods of time in the United States, executing murals, paintings, and prints; exhibiting their work; and interacting with local artists. With approximately 300 works by eighty-five Mexican and American artists, Vida Americana will demonstrate the impact Mexican artists had on their counterparts in the United States during this period and the ways in which their example inspired American artists both to create epic narratives about American history and everyday life, and to use their art to protest economic, social, and racial injustices.

 

Copyright Image:

Alfredo Ramos Martínez. Calla Lily Vendor (Vendedora de Alcatraces), 1929. Oil on canvas, 45 13/16 × 36 in. (116.3 × 91.4 cm). Private collection. © The Alfredo Ramos Martínez Research Project, reproduced by permission 

 

 

Harold Lehman, The Driller (mural, Rikers Island, New York), 1937. Tempera on fiberboard, 92 1/8 × 57 1/8 in. (233.9 × 145 cm). Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC; transfer from the Newark Museum 1966.31.11. © Estate of Harold Lehman. Image: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC / Art Resource, NY

 

 

Jackson Pollock, Landscape with Steer, c. 1936–37. Lithograph with airbrushed enamel additions, sheet: 16 1/8 × 23 3/8 in. (41 × 59.3 cm); image: 13 13/16 × 18 9/16 in. (35.1 × 47.1 cm). Museum of Modern Art, New York; gift of Lee Krasner Pollock. © 2019 The Pollock-Krasner Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Image © The Museum of Modern Art/Licensed by SCALA / Art Resource, NY

 



Whitney Museum of American Art

Making Knowing: Craft in Art, 1950–2019

Until Feb 2022

 

foregrounds how visual artists have explored the materials, methods, and strategies of craft, beginning with works made after World War II when many artists embraced fiber arts and ceramics to challenge the dominance of traditional painting and sculpture. Over the next seven decades, artists have continued to explore techniques such as weaving, sewing, or pottery, and experimented with textiles, thread, clay, and beads, among other mediums. These works speak to artists’ interests in domesticity, hobbyist materials, the decorative, vernacular American traditions, “women’s work,” and feminist and queer aesthetics. By employing marginalized modes of artistic production, they challenge the power structures that determine artistic value.

Drawn primarily from the Whitney’s collection, the exhibition will encompass over eighty works by more than sixty artists, including Ruth Asawa, Eva Hesse, Mike Kelley, Liza Lou, Howardena Pindell, Robert Rauschenberg, Elaine Reichek, and Lenore Tawney, as well as featuring new acquisitions by Shan Goshorn, Kahlil Robert Irving, Simone Leigh, Jordan Nassar, and Erin Jane Nelson.

Further Information https://whitney.org/

 

 

Copyright Image: Liza Lou (b. 1969), Kitchen, 1991-96. Beads, plaster, wood, and found objects, 96 x 132 x 168 in. (243.8 x 335.3 x 426.7 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; gift of Peter Norton 2008.339a-x. Photograph by Tom Powel. © Liza Lou

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