ArtistsGalleries 13-11-2017

November 13 | A new foundation dedicated to catalogues raisonnés

Scholar and St. Etienne gallery director Jane Kallir will launch a new foundation dedicated to catalogues raisonnés and related research. Elsewhere, David Zwirner announces representation of a new artist . In Paris, Sotheby’s photography auctions were a success.

A new foundation dedicated to catalogues raisonnés

Scholar Jane Kallir, director of New York’s Galerie St. Etienne, has announced the launch of the Kallir Research Institute, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the “development of catalogues raisonnés and related art research”. The institute will be housed at the Galerie St. Etienne, located at 24 West Fifty-Seventh Street. The Kallir Institute’s first focus will be the publication of a catalogue raisonné of works by Egon Schiele, expected to be completed by October 31, 2018, the 100th anniversary of the artist’s death. More via Artforum.


Sotheby’s Paris photography sale proves a success

Sotheby’s latest photography sales, which took place on November 10 in Paris, realized a combined €2.7 million.

The auctions — the first, a sale of works from an anonymous European collection, and the second comprising of lots spanning the nineteenth and twentieth century —  saw the sale of Irving Penn’s Still Life with Watermelon (1947) realize €150,000, almost twice as much as its pre-sale high estimate of €80,000. A portrait of Picasso by the photographer realized €118,750, also by far surpassing its high estimate of €80,000. The Grand Palais is currently featuring a retrospective dedicated to the photographer. The sale also featured 16 lots by Robert Mapplethorpe, among which Calla Lily (1986) realized €137,500. As for nineteenth-century photography, the last known portrait of poet and intellectual Charles Baudelaire, taken by Étienne Carjat in 1865, was sold for €112,500. More via Sotheby’s.


Irving Penn, Still Life with Watermelon. 1947. Courtesy Sotheby's.


David Zwirner is now representing Rose Wylie

In the wake of her institutional and commercial success of recent years, artist Rose Wylie joins David Zwirner’s roster of artists, after an enormously successful, sold-out exhibition at the dealer’s London space last November. Auction results for works by Wylie have soared from the modest £1,900 a painting by the artist fetched in 2013. In the past year alone, works by the 83-year-old artist have sold at between $50,000 and $150,000. Wylie’s works will be on show at the Serpentine Galleries from November 30. More via The Art Newspaper.


Rose Wylie, Girl in Lights. Courtesy the artist and David Zwirner.


Berkshire Museum artworks will not hit the market… for now.

On Friday, The Massachusetts Appeals Court has decided that the proposed sale of 40 works by the Berkshire Museum — which were set to be auctioned off at Sotheby’s later today — has been halted until December 11 after an appeal requested by the Massachusetts attorney general. The attorney general’s office will have the option to file a motion to extend the date of the injunction beyond December 11 so that it can complete its investigation. The Berkshire Museum director Elizabeth McGraw has spoken of the decision as a “disappointment” for the museum, its members and the citizens of Berkshire county, one which will not allow the institution to address its financial difficulties. More via ARTnews.


The Berkshire Museum.

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