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In Perspective

By: The Editors


High Gloss: A trio of Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann furnishings—a piano, a bookcase and a double bed—will headline one of the two Art Deco sales at Sotheby’s Paris on June 4. The boat-shaped bed, from 1928, is made of amboyna veneer, tulipwood and gilt bronze, and is estimated at €60,000–80,000 ($78,000–104,000).

Fine Print: The London headquarters of Bloomsbury Auctions will offer about 250 volumes from the library of Jan van der Marck, the Dutch-born former Detroit Institute of the Arts curator who has a longtime love of finely printed, illustrated and bound books. The auction will take place on June 8.

Museum Quality: A Bonhams & Butterfields museums sale, featuring works deaccessioned from the collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco and the Nelson-Atkins Museum, among others, is scheduled for June 15 in San Francisco.


Little Old New York: What might be the oldest photographic image of Manhattan sold at Sotheby’s New York on March 30 for $62,500. The daguerreotype, dated circa October 1848, shows a bucolic scene of a single house on a hill in an area that is now part of the Upper West Side.

A Prize Portrait: Bernheimer-Colnaghi mounted one of the strongest booths at the 2009 TEFAF and was rewarded with the sale of Rubens’ Portrait of a Young Man, for just under €5 million ($6.4 million). The oil-on-oak panel of the unknown sitter, painted circa 1610–13, was purchased by a German collector.


Back to the Future: Tate Modern celebrates the centenary of Futurism with an exhibition examining the multifaceted modernist movement that worshipped speed, technology and Italy. Opening June 12 the show will feature works by artists including Giacomo Balla, Umberto Boccioni and Gino Severini.

Infinite Fest: In-Finitum will bring artworks by Bill Viola, Alexander Calder and Eugène Delacroix to the Palazzo Fortuny in Venice June 6–Nov. 15. The show, which explores the concept of infinity, is the third and last in a series launched in 2007 by dealer and interior designer Axel Vervoordt.


Another Hermitage Satellite: On June 20 the Hermitage Amsterdam will celebrate the grand opening of its 107,000-square-foot exhibition space, which was built in a restored 17th-century building.

A Sinking Feeling: The last living survivor of the Titanic, 97-year-old Millvina Dean, had hoped to earn about $50,000 in the April sale of 17 items from the sunken ship. The auction at Henry Aldridge & Sons in Devizes, England, garnered only $8,000—less than two months’ rent at Dean’s nursing home.

And congratulations… to Holland Cotter of The New York Times for winning the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for criticism. He’s the first full-time art critic to win the award since Newsday’s Emily Genauer in 1974.

Author: admin | Publish Date: June 2009

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