New York, NY, October 17, 2014—The Morgan Library & Museum will celebrate the 2014 holiday season with an entertaining exhibition of rarely-seen handmade cards created by twentieth-century artists for their friends and family. Drawn from the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art, the exhibition will include nearly sixty seasonal cards made by such important artists as Helen Frankenthaler, Milton Avery, Alexander Calder, Ad Reinhardt, Philip Guston, and Saul Steinberg. The exhibition will open on November 21 and will be on view through January 4, 2015. 

Spanning the decades from the 1920s to the 2000s, the works in the exhibition are tangible reminders of meaningful relationships among friends and colleagues, many of whom formed bonds through the practice of making art. They succeed in evoking romance, peace, humor, and joy in the most personal of ways—directly from the hand of the artist.


YORK, Pa.—From Mickey Mouse to Picasso, Spider-Man to JFK, Hake’s will make a stop at nearly every popular collecting corner during its November 11-13, 2014 auction, with a few unexpected surprises along the way. A trusted source for entertainment memorabilia and historical Americana since 1967, Hake’s consistently lives up to its reputation as a knowledgeable, trustworthy source for authentic pop-culture collectibles. Their November absentee-auction event includes a number of antique and vintage items that even Hake’s own experts have never handled before.

The political memorabilia category is summarized by a statement from none other than Hake’s founder, Ted Hake, who described it as “…the overall best political section we have cataloged in 47 years of operation.”


SAN MARINO, Calif.—  Curators at The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens announced today that they have uncovered in the library collection a volume comprising two sections of the largest book ever written in China, and one of the most important: the Yongle Encyclopedia (Yongle dadian 永樂大典), dating from around 1562. The book had been shelved, uncatalogued, at The Huntington since 1968 after it was presented to the institution by the daughter of a missionary who had lived in China.

Staff at the time did not recognize the significance of the work, so they stored it away for later examination. It took the arrival of archivist Li Wei Yang to bring the true nature of the volume to light. He tentatively identified it as containing two of the sections of the renowned encyclopedia and proceeded to seek the expert advice of Liu Bo, a scholar on staff at the National Library of China.


Light Work is pleased to announce “Where Objects Fall Away,” an exhibition spanning the career of photographer and book artist Raymond Meeks. The exhibition is on view from Nov. 3-Dec. 17 in the Kathleen O. Ellis Gallery at Light Work, located at 316 Waverly Ave. in Syracuse, N.Y. Meeks will deliver a gallery talk on Thursday, Nov. 13, at 5 p.m. A reception will be held from 5-7p.m. on the same evening. All events are free and open to the public.

NEW YORK—Moonlight on a Creek, circa 1928-29, Oscar Bluemner’s masterful symphony of form and color (est. $600,000) highlights the extraordinary King Collection of American Art in Heritage Auctions’ American Fine Art Signature® Auction Nov. 17 in New York.

Comprised of 46 paintings and works on paper from the inception of Modernism in 1907 through the flourishing scene of the 1930s, The King Collection includes iconic works by Stieglitz Circle masters Georgia O'Keeffe, Charles Demuth and Marsden Hartley, as well as masterworks by rare and obscure artists Henry Lyman Sayen and William Henry Kemble Yarrow.

An archive of Dylan Thomas material is to be sold at Bonhams next Fine Books, Atlases, Manuscripts and Photographs Sale on 12 November in London. It features two bounced cheques  made out by Thomas to Phil Richards, the landlord of The Cross House Inn, the poet’s local pub at Laugharne where he lived for many years. Further material in the sale includes signed photographs, a signed and dedicated first edition of The Collected Poems and other memorabilia.  Offered in three lots the archive has a combined upper estimate of over £3,000.

Dylan Thomas, who was born on 27 October 100 years ago, is one of the most popular 20th century English language poets but, like so many creative people, his private life was chaotic.  A heavy drinker from adolescence he was also frequently short of money and the bounced cheques to a pub landlord (estimate £600-800) neatly sum up these twin—and often linked—aspects of his life.

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Paris—On 1 and 10 December 2014, Artcurial will present for sale the celebrated collection of Ernesto and Liuba Wolf. With close to 300 pieces, the collection covers many different areas of art history from modern art, books and manuscripts to tribal art, Medieval enamels and Cycladic sculptures. The two sales will respect the diverse range of work, presenting it as a coherent, multidisciplinary whole reflecting the preferences and particular choices of Ernesto and Liuba Wolf.

Bruno Jaubert, director of the Modern Art department at Artcurial, reviews « In the spirit of Cabinet d’Amateur, this collection unites different collections covering various areas of interest, using one guiding principle: « to bring together masterpieces and extraordinary objects » in Ernesto Wolf’s own words. Rich, eclectic and highly personal, it becomes an act of creation by juxtaposing Medieval antiquities with Oriental art from Ancient times through to the Renaissance, books and manuscripts from the Middle Ages to the 20th century and Primitive art with modern sculpture.”

Important works, letters and original art by Hermann Hesse from a private collection will be highlighted at the October 23rd PBA Galleries Literature, Illustrated & Children’s Books, Oz and Books in All Fields sale.  Also offered are significant German Expressionist publications from between the world wars, including a number of works illustrated by George Grosz.  The sale concludes with fine bindings and sets, striking illustrated books, literary highspots, imaginative children’s books and the wonderland of Oz.

Hermann Hesse began painting in his forties, particularly after he moved to the picturesque town of Montagnola, Switzerland, close to the Italian border. Many of his early watercolors are of the places he lived and loved. He wrote, “I have shown my appreciation to the old houses and stone roofs, the garden wall, the chestnut trees, the near and far away mountains, by painting, using hundreds of good sheets of drawing paper, many tubes of water paints, and drawing pencils.” This sentiment can be seen in the nine lots of eleven original watercolor works being offered by Hesse. Two original watercolors from 1922 and 1925 on either side of a single sheet of paper depict a home and the surrounding landscape (Estimate: $10,000/$15,000).


London—The Fletcher Collection of master draughtsman Rex Whistler, The Morris Baumann Collection of Private Press and an important and comprehensive private collection of Italian Futurism will go under the hammer at Bloomsbury Auctions’ 20th Century Books and Manuscripts sale on 23rd October. Also on offer is an impressive collection of modern first editions including ‘The Great Gatsby’ with Francis Cugart’s rare dust jacket and H. G. Wells’ ‘The Time Machine’, signed by the author.

Opening the sale is The Fletcher Collection (lots 1-93), arguably the finest collection of Rex Whistler’s (1905-44) work to ever come to market, it pays testament to the extraordinary abilities of Whistler as a draughtsman, including his designs for dust-jackets, book illustrations, murals, theatre designs and crockery. Whistler displayed his remarkable talents from a young age, as is evident from Whistler’s A Couple in a Four Poster Bed (1921) [lot 1, Est. £1,000-1,500], given by a 16 year old Whistler to his school nurse. Many of the items in the collection contain special designs from Whistler to his broad circle of friends such as Stephen Tennant, Cecil Beaton and his lifelong friend Edith Oliver. Further highlights include Whistlers’ Design for Curtain for Operatic Pills [lot 24, Est. £1,500-2,000] and Proofs of engravings for Gulliver’s Travels [lot 35, Est. £750-1,000]. Whistler's proofs of his engravings for Gulliver’s Travels are covered in his extensive and detailed notes to the colourists and give an insight into his attention to detail.

An archive of over 350 unpublished images by the Victorian amateur photographer Emma Francis Johnston is to be sold at Bonhams sale of Fine Books, Atlases, Manuscripts and Photographs in London on 12 November. It is estimated at £10,000-15,000.

Emma Johnston is one of the lost figures of 19th century photography. Very little is known about her. She came from a comfortable middle class Hampstead family—her father was a solicitor—and remained unmarried.  Other than that, the texture of her life can be best understood through her photographs which cover the years 1858-1864 and document the activities of her immediate circle and the many visitors to the family home, Manor House.

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