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sunnylea57 posted:

I overestimated on the Richter. $29.5 mill plus juice = $32,000,000. A very nice Hockney went for $12.7 mill.  Quite a few Basquiat, with the prime piece fetching $25.7 mill.

And probably my favourite of the auction, a Georgia O'Keeffe cityscape went for $13.2.

Wonder how many were bought by w + a?

 New director at NGA:

The National Gallery of Art picked Kaywin Feldman as its new director, the first woman to run the museum.
Kaywin Feldman. Photo courtesy the Minneapolis Institute of

Kaywin Feldman. Photo courtesy the Minneapolis Institute of


The National Gallery of Art, the 77-year-old institution on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., has named Kaywin Feldman as the fifth director in its history. She is currently the director and president of the Minneapolis Institute of Art, and will succeed Earl “Rusty” Powell III, who has served as director since 1992 and announced last year that he would retire in 2019. Feldman will be the first woman director of the institution, which houses one of the U.S.’s most impressive collection of artworks and masterpieces, and is the country’s second-most visited art museum (after the Metropolitan Museum of Art).

In a statement, Feldman said:

The National Gallery of Art is arguably America's greatest treasure. To be chosen to lead it into its next decades is a profound honor. As I prepare to take on the responsibility for this magnificent institution, I want to express my gratitude to the Trustees for putting their faith in me, and to Rusty Powell for the example of his years of enlightened stewardship. I am eager to work with the talented team at the Gallery in taking the institution to even greater heights.

The news comes months after the Metropolitan Museum hired Max Hollein as its new director, a decision that some saw as a missed opportunity to hire that institution’s first woman leader. Feldman begins her tenure on March 11th.

We are in CDMX and doing a bit of a Diego/Frida art crawl.  Yesterday, Diego’s murals at the Palacio Nacional, the Bellas Arts, which also had an excellent retrospective by Francisco Izaca, an artist who was unknown to me, and the Museo de Mural de Diego Rivera.  Today, the Anthropology Museum and the modern art museum.  Tomorrow the Dolores Olmedo (very unfortunately, Fridas 4 or 5 major works are on loan), Sunday the Casa Azul/Coyoacán and Monday to Teotihuacan pyramids.

Spent a few hours this afternoon at Glenstone, in Potomac, MD with my youngest granddaughter.  I have given away passes to this museum twice since it was expanded in 2018, and wish I hadn't.  It's an 18 minute drive from my home, and I'll certainly return as soon as I can scrounge up more passes.  Admission to the museum is free, but passes are snapped up within hours of becoming available.  

I make no claims to being any sort of art expert, nor to any great knowledge of architecture or landscaping, but I was greatly impressed by this place.  Architecturally imposing, yet subtle.  Wonderfully landscaped, and in harmony with the gently rolling hills of the environment.  The docents were excellent and knowledgeable, if a little Orwellian in their gray uniforms and serious demeanor regarding the "house rules."

Was greatly impressed by Collapse, commissioned by Michael Heizer for Glenstone.  Even the gravel surrounding this piece was selected by the artist.  The rust brown, gray and off white components of the rocks perfectly compliment the massive work.

Was, and am still a little freaked out by Robert Gober's untitled multi-sensory large scale, multi-room installation.  It's eerie and a bit scary, and very powerful.  I'm not sure if I want to go back in there.

As an aside, although passes need to be procured months in advance, patrons arriving by the county Ride-On bus system are admitted without prior reservations.  A nice, egalitarian touch by the county and owners of the museum.  Highly recommended.  Passes for October are available on-line the morning of August 1.


The Old Man posted:

I was shocked at how good this show was: Shepard Fairey Looks Back at 30 Years of Dissent

I've never thought much about him and I very much disliked his "Hope" design which helped fuel an unintended backlash leading to comments about our "messiah" or "savior." This show was a revelation in both its size and quality.

A very good artist and his ‘Hope’ work is rightfully iconic. 

Glad you enjoyed the exhibit.

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