Patti Wong, founder of Patti Wong & Associates, joins the esteemed M+ Board of the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (WKCDA). With a decades-long career and a profound understanding of cultural dynamics, Wong brings invaluable insight to the board’s vision. Her strategic acumen and dedication to advancing the arts align seamlessly with the ambitious goals of the West Kowloon Cultural District, ensuring its position as a global cultural hub. As the district continues to evolve, Wong’s appointment heralds a new chapter of innovation and excellence in Hong Kong’s cultural landscape.

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Philip Hoffman, Founder and CEO of The Fine Art Group, and Patti Wong, Co-founder and Partner of Patti Wong and Associates, joined Josh Baer at The Upper House during Hong Kong Art Week for the first installment of the Baer Faxt Talks series. The conversation delves into the advisors’ wealth of experience, revealing behind-the-scenes anecdotes from their collaborations with prominent collectors worldwide.

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09 April 2024
The Baer Faxt Talks at the Upper House Hong Kong

Philip Hoffman, Founder and CEO of The Fine Art Group, and Patti Wong, Co-founder and Partner of Patti Wong and Associates, joined Josh Baer at The Upper House during Hong Kong art week for our inaugural edition of The Baer Faxt Talks series.

Moderated by Rahul Jacob, former Hong Kong Bureau Chief of the Financial Times, this conversation about art advisors and how to navigate the current art market features behind-the-scenes stories from each of the three advisors’ decades of experience working with top collectors around the globe.

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In the wake of Art Basel’s return to Hong Kong, Philip Hoffman, founder and CEO of The Fine Art Group, spoke to Bloomberg about the cautious yet opportunistic stance of art dealers and collectors amidst a subdued market environment.

Hoffman reveals that their esteemed clients remain poised to seize promising investment opportunities, reflecting the resilient allure of the art market amidst economic uncertainties. “The dealers are coming here with lower expectations than five years ago amid a quieter market, but our important clients have asked us to report back on what’s here and are ready to spend if they see the opportunity.”

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What makes a collection important? And how can you use the sale of your collection to bring value to charitable organizations? 

Please join our experts live on Zoom and explore the journey of a unique collector with an extraordinary and discerning eye. We will highlight key artists and works from The Collection of Sidney Rothberg that have not been on public view for decades. 

Colleen Boyle, The Fine Art Group’s Managing Director of Philanthropic Strategy and Rothberg’s daughter and co-curator, Saranne Rothberg, will dive deeper into bridging the worlds of art and philanthropy, illustrating how Rothberg’s incredible art collection will continue to honor his lifelong legacy of collecting and giving back. 

13 February 2024
Creating a Legacy: The Collection of Sidney Rothberg

What makes a collection important? And how can you use the sale of your collection to bring value to charitable organizations?

Our experts explore the journey of a unique collector with an extraordinary and discerning eye. We highlight key artists and works from The Collection of Sidney Rothberg that have not been in public view for decades.

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SALE INFORMATION

Auction Preview: February 16th – February 26th
Sale Dates: February 27th – February 28th
Freeman’s | Hindman, 2400 Market Street,
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103

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Part I: Upcoming auction: What Do You See? The Collection of Sidney Rothberg, Part I | February 27, 2024 (freemansauction.com)
Part II: Upcoming auction: What Do You See? The Collection of Sidney Rothberg, Part II | February 28, 2024 (freemansauction.com)

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NEW YORK JANUARY 2024 SALES

Although the total number of lots decreased this year, sales were up by more than 30% as Americana week garnered more public attention, particularly for Martin Johnson Heade’s Cattleya Orchid with Two Brazilian Hummingbirds.

More than 25% of those who took lots home were new buyers.

THE NUMBERS

Bar graph of sales from Christie's (22.4 million dollars) vs Sotheby's (16.4 million dollars)
Total lot sales / value between Christie's (815 lots, 38.8 million dollars) and Sotheby's (1,582 lots, 27 million dollars).

AUCTION HIGHLIGHTS

Landscape Painting: The American West and The Hudson River School

From Thomas Moran to Martin Johnson Heade, these high-value works sold at auction well above their estimates. These American artists have transformed the country’s natural wonders into transcendent masterpieces, serving as a powerful testament to their impact on America’s artistic and cultural identity.

MARTIN JOHNSON HEADE
Northern Marsh: Sunset, c. 1880s
Oil on canvas
8 x 16 in.

ESTIMATE:
USD 100,000 – 150,000
ACHIEVED:
USD 381,000 (Premium)

Landscape painting of an open field with pink clouds and orange skies
MARTIN JOHNSON HEADE
Northern Marsh: Sunset
c. 1880s
Oil on canvas
8 x 16 in.
Sotheby’s
Lot #21
ESTIMATE:
USD 100,000 – 150,000
ACHIEVED:
USD 381,000 (Premium)
THOMAS MORAN
Green River, Wyoming, 1883
Oil on canvas
13 x 20 in.

ESTIMATE:
USD 800,000 – 1,200,000
ACHIEVED:
USD 1,451,000 (Premium)

Picture of an orange sunset on a river with mountains among the orange and yellow skies, reflecting on the water.
THOMAS MORAN
Green River, Wyoming
1883
Oil on canvas
13 x 20 in.
Sotheby’s
Lot #14
ESTIMATE:
USD 800,000 – 1,200,000
ACHIEVED:
USD 1,451,000 (Premium)
MARTIN JOHNSON HEADE
Cattleya Orchid with Two Brazilian Hummingbirds, 1871
Oil on panel
13 3/4 x 18 in. 

ESTIMATE:
USD 1,200,000 – 1,800,000
ACHIEVED:
USD 3,438,000 (Premium)

A pink Catteya Orchird among green trees and brown branches, surrounded by two brazilian hummingbirds, in front of a cloudy, blue sky.
MARTIN JOHNSON HEADE
Cattleya Orchid with Two Brazilian Hummingbirds
1871
Oil on panel
13 3/4 x 18 in. 
Christie’s
Lot #208
ESTIMATE:
USD 1,200,000 – 1,800,000
ACHIEVED:
USD 3,438,000 (Premium)
THOMAS MORAN
Afterglow, Green River, Wyoming, 
1918
Oil on canvas
20 x 30 in. 

ESTIMATE:
USD 1,200,000 – 1,800,000
ACHIEVED:
USD 2,228,000 (Premium)

Landscape painting of a yellow, blue, and orange sky, trees, and rocky mountains, reflecting on a small river with horses and people surrounding it.
THOMAS MORAN
Afterglow, Green River, Wyoming
1918
Oil on canvas
20 x 30 in. 
Christie’s
Lot #213
ESTIMATE:
USD 1,200,000 – 1,800,000
ACHIEVED:
USD 2,228,000 (Premium)

Native North American Art

A hidden treasure in American art, Native North American art has been entering the spotlight over the past few years. With the heightened media coverage and the recently updated guidelines to the 1990 Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), art institutions have been progressively reconsidering how the works of Indigenous artists can be best represented. As auction houses continue to feature historical and contemporary Native North American art, there is great scrutiny around how the works highlighted here can give voice to indigenous narratives and celebrate the artistic traditions of the indigenous peoples. While some works did not achieve their estimates, many works significantly exceeded their high estimate due to their rich provenance and history.

Arapho Child’s Robe with Incised and Painted Box-and-Border Design, 19th Century
41 x 61 in.

ESTIMATE:
USD 25,000 – 35,000
ACHIEVED:
USD 317,500 (Premium)

Tan cloth with a orange and blue stitching outlines, there is a tribal print stitched into the middle.
Arapaho Child’s Robe with Incised and Painted Box-and-Border Design
19th Century
41 x 61 in.
Sotheby’s
Lot #20
ESTIMATE:
USD 25,000 – 35,000
ACHIEVED:
USD 317,500 (Premium)
ETAHDLEUH DOANMOE
A Sketchbook of Drawings, c. 1876
8 1/2 x 11 1/4 in.

ESTIMATE: 
USD 200,000 – 300,000
ACHIEVED: 
USD 825,500 (Premium)

Sketch drawing of two Native Americans on horses.
ETAHDLEUH DOANMOE
A Sketchbook of Drawings
c. 1876
8 1/2 x 11 1/4 in.
Sotheby’s
Lot #7
ESTIMATE: 
USD 200,000 – 300,000
ACHIEVED: 
USD 825,500 (Premium)
Apache Basket Tray, Diameter: 22 5/8 in; Height 5 in.

ESTIMATE:
USD 10,000 – 15,000
ACHIEVED:
USD 7,820 (Premium)

Grey and black woven basket.
Apache Basket Tray
Diameter: 22 5/8 in; Height 5 in.
Sotheby’s
Lot #18
ESTIMATE:
USD 10,000 – 15,000
ACHIEVED:
USD 7,820 (Premium)

PORTRAITS OF GEORGE WASHINGTON

A selection of stylized portraits of President George Washington remained highly sought-after in Americana Week. A rare “Vaughan” type, auctioned during Christie’s sales, was conservatively estimated and supported by provenance from the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s collection, leaving room for bids that exceeded the work’s high estimate. While the portraits offered by Christie’s sold above its high estimates, Sotheby’s portraits did not generate the same level of enthusiasm, perhaps in part due to their optimistic presale estimates. These mixed results provide opportunities to examine the prediction of sales for the future.

GILBERT STUART
George Washington (Vaughan Type), 1795
Oil on canvas
29 x 23 3/4 in. 

ESTIMATE:
USD 1,500,000 – 2,500,000
ACHIEVED:
USD 2,833,000 (Premium)

Portrait of George Washington with red and black background.
GILBERT STUART
George Washington (Vaughan Type) 1795
Oil on canvas
29 x 23 3/4 in. 
Christie’s
Lot #469
ESTIMATE:
USD 1,500,000 – 2,500,000
ACHIEVED:
USD 2,833,000 (Premium)
REMBRANDT PEALE
George Washington, c. 1852
Oil on canvas
36 x 29 1/4 in. 

ESTIMATE:
USD 300,000 – 500,000
ACHIEVED:
USD 529,000 (Premium)

Circular, framed portrait of George Washington with white top and yellow and black suit. He is in front of a tan, shaded background.
REMBRANDT PEALE
George Washington
c. 1852
Oil on canvas
36 x 29 1/4 in. 
Lot #471
ESTIMATE:
USD 300,000 – 500,000
ACHIEVED:
USD 529,000 (Premium)
CHARLES WILSON PEALE
George Washington, c. 1795
Oil on canvas
29 x 29 3/4 in. 

ESTIMATE:
USD 2,000,000 – 3,000,000
ACHIEVED:
USD 1,633,000 (Premium)

Portrait of George Washington in front of a black backdrop.
CHARLES WILSON PEALE
George Washington
c. 1795
Oil on canvas
29 x 29 3/4 in. 
Sotheby’s
Lot #6
ESTIMATE:
USD 2,000,000 – 3,000,000
ACHIEVED:
USD 1,633,000 (Premium)

DECORATIVE ARTS: SILVER AND BRONZE

Western bronzes and ornate silvers continue to capture collectors’ eyes for their craftsmanship and the prestige of well-known makers. Auction houses have practiced conservatively estimating the sale price of decorative arts, resulting in collectors taking home high-quality works within or above the works’ projected estimates.

CHARLES MARTION RUSSELL
The Horse Wrangler, c. 1924
Bronze with reddish brown patina
Height: 14 in.

ESTIMATE:
USD 150,000 – 250,000
ACHIEVED:
USD 201,600 (Premium)

Black state of a man in a cowbo hat, riding a horse.
CHARLES MARION RUSSELL
The Horse Wrangler
c. 1924
Bronze with reddish brown patina
Height: 14 in.
Christie’s
Lot #258
ESTIMATE:
USD 150,000 – 250,000
ACHIEVED:
USD 201,600 (Premium)
CHARLES OSBORNE
An American Silver Centerpiece Bowl Diameter: 12 1/4 in.  
Silver

ESTIMATE:
USD 10,000 – 15,000
ACHIEVED:
USD 35,280 (Premium)

Silver bowl with detailed etching of three naked women in jewelry, among branches.
CHARLES OSBORNE
An American Silver Centerpiece Bowl  
Silver
Diameter: 12 1/4 in.
Christie’s
Lot #361
ESTIMATE:
USD 10,000 – 15,000
ACHIEVED:
USD 35,280 (Premium)

AMERICAN FURNITURE

Among the highlights of American furniture was a tambour desk and bookcase crafted by the sophisticated hands of the Seymour’s, renowned for their innovative and historical designs. Similarly, a card table adorned with American Rococo designs was reminiscent of a similar style currently housed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Both pieces achieved above their high estimates, reflecting collectors’ response to works with notable attributions, strong provenance, and ties to renowned makers.

JOHN SEYMOUR/THOMAS SEYMOUR
The Garbisch Very Fine and Rare Federal Tambour Desk-and-Bookcase, c. 1800
Inlaid mahogany, satinwood, brass
84 1/2 x 37 1/2 x 19 3/8 in. 

ESTIMATE:
USD 80,000 – 120,000
ACHIEVED:
USD 177,800 (Premium)

Light brown tambour desk and bookcase.
JOHN SEYMOUR/THOMAS SEYMOUR
The Garbisch Very Fine and Rare Federal Tambour Desk-and-Bookcase
c. 1800
Inlaid mahogany, satinwood, brass
84 1/2 x 37 1/2 x 19 3/8 in. 
Sotheby’s
Lot #55
ESTIMATE:
USD 80,000 – 120,000
ACHIEVED:
USD 177,800 (Premium)
An Important Chippendale Five-Legged Serpentine-Front Games Table, c. 1765
Carved and figured mahogany 
27 3/4 x 33 3/4 x 16 5/8 in.

ESTIMATE: 
USD 100,000 – 200,000
ACHIEVED: 
USD 279,400 (Premium)

Dark brown, five-legged table.
An Important Chippendale Five-Legged Serpentine-Front Games Table, c. 1765
Carved and figured mahogany 
27 3/4 x 33 3/4 x 16 5/8 in.

Sotheby’s
Lot #42
ESTIMATE: 
USD 100,000 – 200,000
ACHIEVED: 
USD 279,400 (Premium)

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As we enter 2024, The Fine Art Group is delighted to share a curated selection of art exhibitions chosen by our team. Spanning diverse artistic styles and genres, these exhibits explore the art world’s recent trends and timeless classics.

NEW YORK, BROOKLYN MUSEUM

Giants: Art from the Dean Collection of Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys

February 10 – July 7, 2024

Ebony G. Patterson, ‘. . . they were just hanging out you know. . . talking about. . . (. . . when they grow up . . .)’, 2016, Mixed Media, Beads, appliques, fabric, glitter, buttons, costume jewelry, trimming, rhinestones and adhesive on digital print on hand-cut matte photo paper, The Studio Museum in Harlem. Horizontal photograph of pink, mixed media piece from exhibition, includes cut out photographs of indivisuals,, stems, and hanging lanterns in front of a pink wall with white polka dots, and beneath a light pink carpet.
Ebony G. Patterson,. . .. they were just hanging out . . . you know . . . talking about . . . (. . . when they grow up . . .), 2016. The Dean Collection, courtesy of Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys.

Giants: Art from the Dean Collection presents an impressive showcase of the extensive art holdings of Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys. This exhibition marks a significant milestone as the first comprehensive display of their collection, which spotlights the work of distinguished Black diasporic artists. Through a diverse array of artwork, Giants underscores the substantial contribution of the Deans to the artists they champion.

NEW YORK, NEUE GALERIE

Klimt Landscapes

February 14 – May 6, 2024

Park at Kammer Castle | Neue Galerie NY, square Lime green, dark blue and white landscape Klimt painting of a lake, grass and trees
Gustav Klimt, Park at Kammer Castle, 1909. Neue Galerie New York.

This major exhibition of Gustav Klimt’s idyllic landscapes will feature significant paintings made while the artist was on his summer holiday in the Austrian countryside. Klimt Landscapes will present highlights from Neue Galerie New York’s collection alongside important loans from museums and private collections across Europe and the United States, including works from the Harvard Art Museums, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Wien Museum.

NEW YORK, THE METROPOLITAIN MUSEUM OF ART

The Harlem Renaissance and Transatlantic Modernism

February 25 – July 28, 2024

(BPRW) Met Exhibition to Present the Harlem Renaissance as the First  African American–led Movement of International Modern Art | Press releases  | Black PR Wire, Inc. - rectangular image of a woman in a blue jumpsuit with brown skin, brown hair and brown eyes. She is holding onto a yellow chair with a background that is half yellow and have light blue. Her nails are white.
William Henry Johnson, Woman in Blue, circa 1943, Clark Atlanta University Art Museum, permanent loan from the National Collection of Fine Art.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art will present a groundbreaking exhibition featuring 160 works encompassing paintings, sculptures, photography, film, and other mediums portraying modern Black life during the 1920s-40s. Beyond highlighting the essence of the Harlem Renaissance, this exhibition underscores the centrality of these artists in the global modern art movement. Including pieces from European colleagues depicting the international African diaspora further solidifies the importance of these works within the broader context of international modern art.

NEW YORK, WHITNEY MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART

Whitney Biennial 2024: Even Better Than the Real Thing

Opening March 20, 2024

Seventy-one visionary artists and collectives will participate in the eighty-first installment of the Whitney Biennial, opening March 20, 2024. Past participants included Marina Abramovic, Richard Serra, David Hockney, Helen Frankenthaler, and Alex Katz. It is a fantastic exhibition to find up-and-coming American artists that will continue to gain popularity.

Mark Rothko: Paintings on Paper

Until March 31, 2024

Mark Rothko, Untitled, 1969, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Gift of The Mark Rothko Foundation, Inc.

The current Mark Rothko exhibition brings together more than 100 of Rothko’s most compelling and exciting paintings on paper, many on view for the first time. They span from figurative to Surrealist to his well-known rectangular field paintings, allowing viewers to understand the scope of Rothko, who has continuously challenged expectations on what “counts” as painting.

PHILADELPHIA, FREEMAN’S | HINDMAN

What Do You See? The Collection of Sidney Rothberg

February 16 – February 28, 2024

Bob Thomson, Golden Nude, 1960, The Collection of Sidney Rothberg, Philadelphia. Horizontal, rectangular image of a yellow naked women, the background is dark blue and black.
Bob Thomson, Golden Nude, 1960, The Collection of Sidney Rothberg, Philadelphia.

The upcoming exhibition and auction of Sidney Rothberg’s extensive collection of 19th and 20th century works showcases works by internationally acclaimed artists. The pieces, many of which have not been exhibited to the public in over four decades, showcase Rothberg’s expert eye and impeccable taste for fine art. The sale title is a homage to Rothberg himself, who often asked people for their thoughts and interpretations of the art by asking, “What do you see?” With works from Renoir, Diebenkorn, Soutine, and many others, the exhibition is a chance to see a collector’s well-curated collection.

SAN FRANCISCO MUSEUM OF MODERN ART

Zanele Muholi: Eye Me

Until August 11, 2024

Zanele Muholi, Zazi I & II, Boston, 2019; Bader + Simon Collection

South African visual activist Zanele Muholi is renowned for impactful photography, which delves into the complex themes of gender identity, race, and representation. This is Muholi’s first major exhibition on the West Coast and offers a direct insight into the artist’s work. It is an opportunity to intimately explore unfiltered perspectives on the challenges and the beauty and resilience of the LGBTQ+ community in South Africa.

LONDON, TATE MODERN

Philip Guston

Until February 25, 2024

Philip Guston, The Line, 1978, Promised gift of Musa Guston Mayer to The Metropolitan, Museum of Art, New York -- square painting of a pink and vieny hand with two fingers down emerging from a cloud in the sky, the floor beneath the hand is red.
Philip Guston, The Line, 1978, Promised gift of Musa Guston Mayer to The Metropolitan, Museum of Art, New York

Philip Guston is the major retrospective on the artist in the UK in nearly 20 years. Co-organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, this exhibition explores how his paintings bridged the personal and the political, the abstract and the figurative, the humorous and the tragic.

Frank Auerbach: The Charcoal Heads

February 9 – May 27, 2024

Frank Auerbach: The Charcoal Heads - The Courtauld. Black and white horizontal, rectangular charcoal portait of a man.
Franck Auerbach, Self-Portrait, 1958, Private Collection.

This exhibition highlights an extensive and comprehensive group of Auerbach’s large-scale drawings, made during his early career in post-war London. The moody pieces, as the portraits speak of their times as people were rebuilding their lives after the destruction of the war. It will be the first time these drawings will be exhibited together and shown in companionship with a selection of paintings of the same sitters.

LONDON, TATE BRITAIN

Sargent and Fashion

February 22 – July 7, 2024

Lady Helen Vincent, Viscountess d'Abernon | Birmingham Museum of Art - horizontal painting of a woman in a black dress, gold necklace and pink shaw. She has fair skin, brown curly hair in an updo and red lipstick. she is leaning against a tan / dark wall and is in front of a railing.
John Singer Sargent, Lady Helen Vincent, Viscountess d’Abernon, 1904 Collection of the Birmingham Museum of Art, Alabama.

Almost 60 of Sargent’s paintings will be shown at the Tate Britain this February in an exhibition focusing not only on the figures that Sargent painted but also on his role as a stylist within his paintings. A companion exhibition with the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, this exhibition will show many of Sargent’s famous portraits next to some of the historical garments the sitters wore.

Hong Kong, M+

Noir & Blanc: A Story of Photography

Opening March 16, 2024

Mario Giacomelli | Io non ho mani che mi accarezzino il volto (There are no  hands to caress my face) (1961-1963) | Available for Sale | Artsy - hprizonta photograph of 12 men in a circle, all in black, most holding hands with one another.
Mario Giacomelli, I Have No Hands to Caress My Face (detail), 1961–1963. Gelatin silver print. Bibliothèque nationale de France, Département des Estampes et de la photographie.

Noir & Blanc, M+’s first exhibition on photography, collaborates with the French May Arts Festival and the Bibliothèque national de France. The exhibition focuses on black and white photography and is comprised of more than 250 key photographs from the BnF’s collection and more than 30 photographs from M+’s collection. It aims to highlight the enduring aesthetics of black-and-white photography and the photography process over the last century.

VENICE, PALAZZO GRASSI

Julie Mehretu: Ensemble

March 17, 2024 – January 6, 2025

Julie Mehretu. Ensemble | Palazzo Grassi - Punta della Dogana - Collection  Pinault -- horizontal painting with a myriad of shapes and colors in front of a white backgroun
Julie Mehretu, Black City, 2007, Pinault Collection.

Julie Mehretu’s exhibition at the Palazzo Grassi combines her printmaking and paintings from the last 25 years of her career. Mehretu’s abstract works pull from art historical, environmental, and personal ideas and references. This exhibition allows viewers to gain insight into Mehretu’s influences, featuring works by close associates and influential figures including Nairy Baghramian, Huma Bhabha, Robin Coste Lewis, Tacita Dean, David Hammins, Paul Pfeiffer, and Jessica Rankin. These pieces exhibited together create a unique dialogue central to Julie Mehretu’s work.

BEIJING, CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY ART

Hiroshi Sugimoto

March 23– June 23, 2024

Hiroshi Sugimoto, Bay of Sagami, Atami, 1997 | Marian Goodman - back and white square photograph with a black sky and grey and white bay
Hiroshi Sugimoto, Bay of Sagami, Atami, 1997.

The upcoming exhibition at the Center of Contemporary Art will be the first significant solo exhibition of Hiroshi Sugimoto’s work in China. A survey of his works from 1974 to the present, the exhibition will explore themes of time, space, and light that are central to the medium of photography.

HAMBURG, HAMBURGER KUNSTHALLE

Caspar David Friedrich: Art for a New Age

Until April 1, 2024

Caspar David Friedrich, Wanderer Above the Sea of Fog, circa 1817. Permanent loan from the Stiftung Hamburger Kunstsammlungen --- horizontal painting of a man's silhouette against the ocean. He is standing on a big rock and lookingat waves as they crash, amongst a foggy, cloudy sky.
Caspar David Friedrich, Wanderer Above the Sea of Fog, circa 1817. Permanent loan from the Stiftung Hamburger Kunstsammlungen

To mark the 250th birthday of Caspar David Friedrich, the Hamburger Kunsthalle is presenting the most comprehensive show devoted to the artist. It will include over 60 paintings and about 100 drawings, demonstrating his work as a German Romanticist and the relationship between humanity and nature as shown through his dramatic landscapes. The exhibition will include 20 contemporary artists reflecting on Friedrich’s themes and works and their relevance to today’s climate crisis.

PARIS, FONDATION LOUIS VUITTON

Mark Rothko

Until April 2, 2024

Mark Rothko - Exhibition at Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris. A horizontal photograph of a square Rothko painting, which is half-light red and half dark blue on the bottom, against a museum wall.
Mark Rothko, No. 14, 1960, San Fransisco Museum of Modern Art Helen Crocker Russell
Fund purchase

The blockbuster Rothko exhibition presented by the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris is an encyclopedic look at the works of the famous American Abstract Expressionist. The exhibition pulls together more than 115 works from significant international institutional collections and private collections including works from the collections of the artist’s children, Kate Rothko Prizel and Christopher Rothko.

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RARE BEATLES MEMORABILIA: HISTORIC ALBUMS BROUGHT TO SALE

February 24, 2024, commemorates the 60th Anniversary of the Beatles’ debut live performance in the United States, igniting a year marked by the auction of significant Beatles memorabilia. Noteworthy among these offerings are John Lennon’s personal copy of The White Album and Iain Macmillan’s portfolio from the Abbey Road cover session, both facilitated by The Fine Art Group for placement and sale.

JOHN LENNON’S COPY OF THE WHITE ALBUM

John Lennon’s copy of The White Album holds a special place in Beatles lore, numbered #0000006 and gifted to his chauffeur, Les Anthony. Released on November 22, 1968, The White Album is a milestone in music history as the Beatles’ inaugural double album. Its iconic plain white cover and groundbreaking compositions remain a cornerstone of the band’s legacy, showcasing their creative diversity and enduring influence on the music industry.

The Beatles The White Album No. #0000006 John Lennon’s Copy, Top-Loader Stereo UK Pressing LP Vinyl Record with Inserts (Apple, PCS 7067/7068, 1968) 
1968 
Heritage Auctions
LOT #26096 

RARE COMPLETE SET OF ABBEY ROAD COVER SESSION PORTFOLIO

Iain Macmillan’s Abbey Road cover session portfolio features seven chromogenic color photographs captured during the iconic August 8, 1969, session. The renowned front cover image, selected by Paul McCartney, depicts the Beatles traversing the zebra crossing alongside the unexpected passerby immortalized on the back cover in a blue dress. Each print, signed and numbered by Macmillan, remains pristine within its original white paper wrapping, housed in a red cloth Folio clamshell box. With only 25 editions produced, complete sets in original wrapping are exceptionally rare, offering collectors a unique opportunity to own a piece of music history. 

The Beatles Abbey Road, Album Cover Session, August 8, 1969, Portfolio of Seven Chromogenic Color Photographs
Edition No. 8/25 
Iain MacMillan
1969 
Heritage Auctions
Lot #26135
 

Together, John Lennon’s copy of The White Album and Iain Macmillan’s Abbey Road cover session portfolio represent quintessential pieces of Beatles memorabilia, each encapsulating pivotal moments in the band’s legendary career. From the groundbreaking compositions of The White Album to the iconic imagery of Abbey Road, these artifacts offer collectors a tangible connection to the band’s enduring legacy and artistic genius. As these rare gems find new homes in the hands of enthusiasts, they serve as reminders of the Beatles’ unparalleled impact on music and popular culture, continuing to inspire and captivate audiences six decades after their historic debut in the United States.

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GIANTS EXHIBITION AT BROOKLYN MUSEUM

Giants: Art from the Dean Collection of Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys is a groundbreaking exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum, opening its doors on February 10, 2024. The collection, amassed by World renowned artists and cultural luminaries Swizz Beatz (Kasseem Dean) and Alicia Keys, aims to highlight the diverse and multigenerational talents of artists.

IMAGE: Animated GIF featuring art from the Dean Collection; Image flashes between several contemporary art works.

Giants: Art from the Dean Collection of Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys
February 10-July 7, 2024
Brooklyn Museum
Great Hall, 1st Floor

“Energy often follows intention, and The Deans have clearly set their intentions to build a world-class collection highlighting Black diasporic artists in this exhibition,” says Shane David Hall, Director of the High-Profile Division. “The opening of Giants: Art from the Dean Collection of Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys is the culmination of this specific intention and the energy surrounding their passion for ‘artists supporting artists.’ We are beyond thrilled to support the passion of The Deans as they continue to support these legendary artists.”

IMAGE: Tall, long image of flyer for the Giants: Art from the Dean Collection Exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum. The image features a yellow background with general information regarding the showcase.

The term “Giants” encapsulates the monumental impact of these artists, both past and present, whose contributions have shaped cultural discourse and expanded artistic boundaries. The exhibition features a carefully curated selection of pieces by iconic figures such as Gordon Parks, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Lorna Simpson, Kehinde Wiley, and Nina Chanel Abney, alongside the monumental works of artists like Derrick Adams, Arthur Jafa, and Meleko Mokgosi.

How do you create a collection with meaning?

A look into the Bar Cross Ranch collection did just that. Built to inform the construction of the Bar Cross Ranch in Wyoming in 1910, the collection celebrates the influential historical art of the West, important Native American artifacts, and ranch culture.

Join us for an insightful webinar as The Fine Art Group’s and Sotheby’s experts unravel the intricate art of curation, exploring the nuanced choices and deliberate steps involved in crafting a cohesive and meaningful art collection.

17 January 2024
The Educated Eye: Curating a Collection with Meaning
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BAR CROSS RANCH COLLECTION SALE HIGHLIGHTS

THOMAS MORAN
Green River, Wyoming
ESTIMATE: $800,000-$1,200,000
ETAHDLEUH DOANMOE (KIOWA, 1856-1888)
A Book of Ledger Drawings, drawn at Fort Marion, St. Augustine, Florida, circa 1876
ESTIMATE: $200,000-$300,000

The Fine Art Group is pleased to announce Western Art and Design from Bar Cross Ranch, Wyoming, brought to sale through Sotheby’s and to go live on January 19th, 2023.

The Fine Art Group’s Agency department was integral to curating and acquiring this collection, designing a historical narrative in harmony with the collection’s past location on a ranch in Wyoming, an iconic location also known for being where Grateful Dead’s lyricist John Perry Barlow and founding member Bob Weir composed music for the band.

Anita Heriot, President, Americas, states, “There is nothing more rewarding as an advisor than to work with a collector hand in hand to build a collection with meaning. The Bar Cross Collection at its very core is a celebration of those Native Americans of the territory and those who depicted the West at a crucial period of transformation.”

Bidding begins on January 19th, 2024.

IMPORTANT SELECTIONS FROM THE BAR CROSS RANCH COLLECTION

THOMAS MORAN
Green River, Wyoming
ESTIMATE: $800,000-$1,200,000
ETAHDLEUH DOANMOE (KIOWA, 1856-1888)
A Book of Ledger Drawings, drawn at Fort Marion, St. Augustine, Florida, circa 1876
ESTIMATE: $200,000-$300,000
GEORGE CATLIN
Wah-ro-née-sah, The Surrounder, Chief of the Tribe
ESTIMATE: $50,000-$70,000
THOMAS MOLESWORTH
Door from Old Lodge, Glenwood Springs, Colorado
ESTIMATE: $40,000-$60,000

THE WEST IN ART

The Bar Cross Ranch collection of fine and decorative art is centered on the art of the Plains, whether by white European artists drawn out West to capture the landscape or the image and culture of the Plains Indians or by the nomadic tribes that once lived in Wyoming, such as the Crow, Sioux, Arapaho and Blackfeet; or the material culture of the ranchers, settlers, the cowboys that developed into rough-hewn aesthetic of the lodge and dude ranch.

The collection includes work by George Catlin, Thomas Moran, Charles Marion Russell, Joseph Henry Sharp, and Rosa Bonheur. Of note is George Catlin’s monumental work, the North American Indian Portfolio. The Portfolio was the product of not only the artist’s years of work on the Plains but also of promotion and touring with his Indian Gallery to finance the project.

THE ART OF THE WEST

The Bar Cross Ranch Collection includes:

  • Numerous ledger drawings.
  • Beaded bags to store and transport goods.
  • A bow and arrows.
  • Painted hides produced by artists and craftspeople of North American tribes.

Form followed function, and design was often dictated by purpose. Paintings on hide, clothing, or tipis were not executed for art’s sake but recorded natural, political, and cultural history. While the materials and sometimes techniques adapted to changing resources, the densely layered purpose of the objects remained.

THE WESTERN AESTHETIC

A distinct domestic aesthetic emerged as settlers, homesteaders, holiday ranchers, and artists moved to the frontier. Furniture was inspired by the rustic ranch style made with materials at hand and contemporary decorative arts, such as Art Nouveau and Arts & Crafts. These styles were adapted in silverware, jewelry, stained glass, and wood-carving to evoke Native American designs and the Western landscape. Forms were simple, with an emphasis on the materials and the hand of the craftsman.

The collection includes numerous examples of hand-crafted arts & crafts furniture and lamps by Roycroft and Stickley, Van Briggle pottery, and the luminous Rookwood Indian Portrait Vases based on photographs by Frank Rinehart and Alexander Gardner, amongst others. The largest single-maker grouping in the collection is that of Thomas Molesworth furniture and lighting. Molesworth, a Wyoming-based designer, is of particular interest as he was an interior designer who insisted on a holistic aesthetic throughout the home.


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