By: The Editors
The Reach of Pieztsch: Picture Dreams, an exhibit drawn from the collection of Ulla and Heiner Pietzsch, is at the New National Gallery in Berlin through Nov. 22. Concentrating on Surrealism and Abstract Expressionism, the couple acquired works by André Breton, Jackson Pollock, René Magritte, Ad Reinhardt, Max Ernst, Yves Tanguy, Mark Rothko, Joan Miró, Frida Kahlo and many more.
Iconic Show: Ethiopian Art: 12th–18th Century runs at Sam Fogg’s London gallery Sept. 8–30. Fogg specializes in art from the African nation, which practices one of the oldest forms of Christianity. He will display icons, manuscripts and processional crosses from two dynasties.
Even Cowboys Get the Blues: Though it failed to meet its $2–3 million estimate, the $1.8 million hammer price paid for Charles M. Russell’s 1907 watercolor The Truce, a scene of Indians on horseback, accounted for nearly 10 percent of the $11.5 million total at the annual Coeur d’Alene Art Auction of Western and American art in Reno on July 25. The sum represented a steep drop from the previous year’s total of $37 million.
More Charges: In mid-July Larry Salander pled not guilty to three new charges lodged against him by prosecutors investigating the implosion of Salander O’Reilly Galleries in Manhattan. The initial complaint, filed in March, contained 100 counts alleging that Salander defrauded his clients of almost $100 million. Also arrested was Leigh Morse, a former Salander-O’Reilly staffer who now operates her own gallery on the Upper East Side. She pled not guilty to grand larceny and scheming to defraud, and both she and Salander are free on bail. Representatives of the Manhattan District Attorney’s office stated that they do not expect to file any further charges in the case.
Julius Shulman, the photographer whose images of modernist homes made numerous mid-century architects famous, died in July at the age of 98. (See page 88.)
There’s the Rub: The Philadelphia Museum of Art has selected Timothy Rub as its new director. Rub comes to Philadelphia after serving three years at the helm of the Cleveland Museum of Art. He succeeds Anne d’Harnoncourt, who directed the museum from 1982 until her death last year.
Bringing Down the House: Officials at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston proceeded with plans to remove a carriage house on the grounds to make way for a Renzo Piano-designed addition. The museum secured all the required permissions ahead of the July 6 demolition, but some scholars protested the act, claiming the carriage house had historical significance.
Art Idols? Hundreds of artists auditioned in New York, Miami, Chicago and Los Angeles to become one of 12 who will star in a new art-themed competitive reality TV program for the Bravo network. Actress Sarah Jessica Parker’s production company is joining forces with the company behind Top Chef and Project Runway to create the series, which has the working title American Artist. The winner will receive a gallery show, a national museum tour and a cash prize.
TVs to Watch: A total of 24 prewar televisions will headline the auction of Michael Bennett-Levy’s collection of early technology at Bonhams in Knightsbridge on Sept. 30. The sale will feature typewriters, microscopes, magic lanterns, diesel engines and the aforementioned televisions, some of which contain built-in gramophones, radios and even liquor cabinets. Bennett-Levy, author of two books on early televisions, claims that prewar examples are slightly scarcer than Stradivarius violins.