New York - The top-selling lot at the American Art sale at Bonhams was a work by one of America’s greatest illustrators, Newell Convers Wyeth (1882-1945), which realized $1,325,000, more than twice the high estimate. 

After a lengthy bidding war, the work finally went to a telephone bidder.

Titled ...Emerging into an opening that appeared to have been formed partly by the ravages of the wind, and partly by those of fire, the work was painted in 1925 as a commission for The Deerslayer, the 1841 novel by James Fenimore Cooper and prequel to the famed Last of the Mohicans (also illustrated by Wyeth in 1924). The painting, which was sold by a descendant of the artist, is a supreme example of Wyeth’s success in this genre.

Other notable highlights from the auction include:

·         Gordon Fairchild by John Singer Sargent (1856-1925), which sold for $305,000. Sargent was a prolific American artist whose superior techniques of portraiture were coveted by many upper class patrons during his lifetime.This work, painted in 1887, depicts the youngest child of Sargent’s close friends, the Fairchilds, and which got passed down through the sitter’s family, eventually ending up in the possession of the artist’s descendants. 

·         Blackfeet Camp, by Joseph Henry Sharp (1859-1953) that realized $81,250, well over the high estimate of $60,000. In this work, Sharp—who was known for depicting Native American culture in many of his paintings—has painted a Teepee nestled in the serene mountainous region of the West Coast. 

·         A work by the renowned artist, Dennis Bunker (1861-1890), Portrait of Doctor Royal Whitman that fetched $65,000, whose paintings rarely appear at auction.  

·         A vivid and richly colored work, Geisha Girl, by American Impressionist painter, Jane Peterson (1876-1965) that sold for $60,000, more than 1.7 times the high estimate. 

·         Stalking Panther, a bronze sculpture by Alexander Phimister Proctor (1862-1950), which achieved $50,000, racing past its high estimate of $18,000. 

·         Portrait of the Artist's Father, a magnificent oil by Anna Richards Brewster (1870-1952), which realized $47,500, 4.5 times the high estimate of $10,000. Brewster, the daughter of prominent seascape artist, William Trost Richards, most likely painted this while under the tutelage of artist, Dennis Bunker, at the Cowles Art School in Boston, Massachusetts. 

Director of American Art at Bonhams, Kayla Carlsen, said, “We are pleased with the results of today’s auction. The market continues to respond well to works with pristine provenance that are estimated fairly.”

The next American Art sale will be held in November, 2015.

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Leslie Hindman Auctioneers is thrilled to have brought a significant collection of American paintings to the auction market. Both the May 20 day and evening sales offer a testament to the deep interest collectors continue to exhibit for early to mid-20th century American artists. 

Property from the Collection of Carol H. and Richard M. Levin brought an important collection of 33 American paintings to Leslie Hindman Auctioneers for an evening sale held May 20 in Chicago. Five works by Thomas Hart Benton were sold, including his 1967 Discussion, which brought $1,052,500 against a pre-sale estimate of $200,000/400,000.

From May 28th to 30th the halls of Olympia will once again present an unparalleled array of literary material at the London International Antiquarian Book Fair. Now in its 58th year, this major three-day event is one of the largest and most prestigious antiquarian book fairs in the world, showcasing rare, unique and unusual items from 180 leading UK and international dealers. 

From medieval manuscripts to modern signed first editions, visitors to the fair can hold history in their hands as they view and buy museum-quality books, maps, prints, photographs, manuscripts, letters, ephemera and original artwork.  And with prices ranging from a few pounds to many, many, thousands there’s something for everyone here.

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New York—On Tuesday, September 15, 2015, Swann Galleries’ African-American Fine Art department will offer The Art Collection of Maya Angelou, with more than 50 works from Dr. Angelou’s private collection-much of which has never been publicly exhibited.

Nigel Freeman, Director of African-American Fine Art at Swann Galleries said, “The collection of Dr. Angelou shows the natural affinity this great American poet, writer, thinker and educator had with many visual artists. The auction includes paintings, works on paper, fine prints and sculpture by such important African-American artists as Romare Bearden, John Biggers, Elizabeth Catlett, Melvin Edwards, Jonathan Green and Faith Ringgold. Their common artistic interests and experiences are evident in the narrative and expressive qualities of the work in the collection-from John Biggers' market scenes to Faith Ringgold's story quilts. It will also be the first and only time the public will be able to see this private side of one of America's great cultural heroes.”

AUSTIN, Texas — The University of Texas at Austin’s LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections and Harry Ransom Center, a humanities research library and museum, will host the symposium “Gabriel García Márquez: His Life and Legacy” Oct. 28-30 in Austin. In advance of the symposium, the García Márquez archive will open for research in the Ransom Center’s Reading and Viewing Room on Oct. 21.

This news is available in Spanish.

The symposium will explore the life and legacy of the beloved author and public intellectual. International scholars, journalists, filmmakers and former colleagues of García Márquez’s will speak about his global influence in the fields of journalism, filmmaking and literature. Panel topics include “Gabo: The Storyteller,” “Global Gabo,” “Gabo the Journalist” and “Gabriel García Márquez: Cinematic Scribe and Muse.” Panelists hail from Colombia, Mexico and the United States.

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The Grabhorn Press was one of the foremost American producers of finely-printed books from the early 1920s to the mid-1960s. Their fine printing establishment is documented in a comprehensive public exhibition on view at the Grolier Club from May 13 to August 1, 2015. The more than one hundred books and objects on display—selected from a corpus of over 650 books and countless ephemera—offer unprecedented insight into the Grabhorn Press’s remarkable contribution to the art of the book. Curated by Andrew Hoyem, the publisher at Arion Press who was affiliated with the Grabhorns from 1964 to 1973, and associate curator Dr. Simran Thadani, the show is enhanced by important letters, design mock-ups, photographs and other archival material drawn primarily from Hoyem’s collection, and from the archives of the Grabhorn Institute. 

Based in San Francisco, the Grabhorn Press was a descendant of the “arts and crafts” movement started by William Morris in England for the revival of fine printing in the late nineteenth century. Before and during the Grabhorns’ time, there were others in the United States who inherited, practiced, and innovated upon the “arts and crafts” ideals. What set the Grabhorns apart from other Americans of their era were the variety, quality, and quantity of their accomplishments.

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From Mallarméto the Piece of Paper Press via Cubism, Futurism, Dada, Fluxus and conceptual art. The history of artists’ involvement with the book format between 1963 and 2000 includes a fascinating range of artists and movements.

Bernard Quaritch Ltd have today published Stephen Bury’s beautifully illustrated account of the book as a work of art. This second edition includes updated text with new descriptions of 600 key artists’ books and over 130 new, full-page, colour illustrations taken from the internationally renowned Chelsea College of Art & Design Library collection.

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BEVERLY HILLS—A groundbreaking pencil and ink drawing of a brain-like alien and its awful cephalopod-like tentacles from a rare archive of art published in a 1906 special edition of H.G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds sold for $32,500 at an Illustration Art auction held Thursday, May 14 by Heritage Auctions in Beverly Hills, California.

The archive’s fantastical and “steampunk” depictions of aliens and wide-scale destruction were from the imagination of Brazilian artist Henrique Alvim Corrêa and are credited with influencing humanity's perception of aliens, their technology, and weapons in popular culture for the next 100+ years.

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BOSTON, MA.—A rare Thomas Jefferson signed document confirming the salaries for George Washington and John Adams sold for $28,045, according to Boston, MA based auction house RR Auction. 

The one page printed document signed twice by Jefferson, dated February 1793. Congressional broadside-publishing two acts passed by the Second Congress of the United States. The first, entitled “An Act providing compensation to the President and Vice-President of the United States,” approved by President Washington on February 18, 1793, states that “the compensation of the President of the United States shall be at the rate of twenty-five thousand dollars per annum… And that of the Vice-President, at the rate of five thousand dollars.” The second, an act to repeal a 1788 resolution “respecting the Inhabitants of Post Saint Vincents,” approved by President Washington on February 21, 1793, concerns payment for land surveys conducted by “the French and Canadian inhabitants, and other settlers at Post Saint Vincent’s.” Each of these acts is signed at the conclusion by Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson to confirm they were “Deposited among the Rolls in the office of the Secretary of State.”

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New York—Swann Galleries’ auction of American Art on Thursday, June 4 features important works by Paul Cadmus and the artists in his circle, including Jared and Margaret French, Cadmus’s sister Fidelma Cadmus Kirstein and his father Egbert Cadmus, Pavel Tchelitchew, George Platt Lynes and George Tooker.

Headlining the group of works by Paul Cadmus is his 1936 painting Venus and Adonis, egg tempera and oil on canvas, property of the esteemed Forbes Collection in New York. Loosely based on the composition of Peter Paul Rubens’ 17th-century oil painting of the same subject, Cadmus’s Venus and Adonis are seemingly torn apart by the prospect of a tennis match: Adonis rushes off to play, clutching a racket in his right hand and two balls in his left while fending off his Venus. The painting, a satirical look at suburban life in the 1930s, is estimated at $200,000 to $300,000.

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