August 2015 Archives

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New York, New York—(August 31, 2015)—Lion Heart Autographs, for nearly forty years, an internationally recognized dealer of autographs and manuscripts focusing on art, history, literature, music and science, has announced an extraordinary auction of three very rare and previously unknown artifacts recovered from survivors of the RMS Titanic’s infamous Lifeboat No. 1 known the world over as “The Millionaire’s Boat,” or “The Money Boat.” Lifeboat No. 1 was lowered from the Titanic with just five wealthy passengers and seven crew members, who quickly rowed away without trying to rescue anyone else.  The Rare Titanic Artifacts from Lifeboat No. 1 & Other Historic Autographs Auction will take place September 30, 2015 through www.invaluable.com and www.eBayliveauctions.com online bidding platforms with other bidding opportunities on www.auctionzip.com, France’s www.lefigaro.fr and China’s www.epailive.com. The auction will have no buyer’s premium.   Never before has Titanic material of this caliber been offered exclusively on the internet, with September 1, 2015 marking the 30-year anniversary of the discovery of the RMS Titanic at the bottom of the Atlantic ocean. 

The largest and most opulent passenger ship of its time, the RMS Titanic, now more famous for its tragic end than its majesty, created a worldwide sensation when it departed on its maiden voyage from Southampton, England on April 11, 1912. The ship’s owner, The White Star Line, promised its wealthy clientele (including John Jacob Astor IV, one of the world’s richest men), an extravagantly luxurious trip across the Atlantic Ocean.  On April 14, 1912, a moonless evening with calm seas, the dazzlingly elegant voyage turned into a night of terror after the ship collided with a massive iceberg that ripped a 300 foot gash along the vessel’s starboard side. The catastrophic loss of more than 1500 men, women and children became the most famous maritime disaster of all time and the subject of several award-winning films, dozens of documentaries and tens of thousands of books, songs and poems. Video story here, please click link: https://vimeo.com/136624112

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Philadelphia, PA—Freeman's October 22 Books, Maps & Manuscripts auction is an invitation to a world of adventure for armchair travelers, political scholars, and bibliophiles of all creeds. Whether following Alice on her adventures in Wonderland through the pages of an inscribed first edition of Through the Looking Glass, or celebrating the rediscovery of noted statesman Pierre Samuel duPont de Nemours's long-lost manuscript, bold navigators of history and literature will find no trouble "believing at least six impossible things before breakfast."

No figure speaks more directly to the lost world of our childhood than the author of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass. Charles Dodgson, the mathematician and precisian, turned himself inside out in the Alice stories to reveal the emotive and alchemical musings of unfettered madness that was Lewis Carroll. Above all, Carroll tethered us to the realm of childhood and the mercurial nature of self and experience, of what is real and possible. Freeman's October 22 sale Books, Maps & Manuscripts includes no less than a dozen variations of the beloved classic Alice in Wonderland—from the first editions to be published in French and German, to a suite from a musical adaptation belonging to, and signed by, members of the Roosevelt family.

Pioneer Valley Book & Ephemera Fair

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NORTHAMPTON, MA—OCTOBER 18, 2015—Flamingo Eventz and the Southern New England Antiquarian Booksellers (an expanded incarnation of the Massachusetts and Rhode Island Antiquarian Booksellers) have joined forces to present the 11th Annual Pioneer Valley Book & Ephemera Fair on Sunday, October 18, 10am - 4pm at Smith Vocational School, 80 Locust St (Rt. 9), Northampton, MA. Exhibitors from across the Northeast will fill the school’s cafeteria, stage, corridors, and lobby with collectible, rare, antique, modern, fine, scholarly and used books, manuscripts, prints, maps, autographs, photographs, postcards and every other sort of printed ephemera. 

Many local SNEAB members always exhibit: from Northampton, Barbara Smith features children’s books, postcards, paper; Joslin Hall offers material on decorative arts; Lin & Tucker Respess, fine Americana and manuscripts; Rich West of Periodyssey old magazines; from Conway, Southpaw Books sells pamphlets on social reforms; from Amherst, Michael Muilenberg select natural history; from Huntington, Barbara Paulson brings Victorian paper and postcards; Peter Masi from Montague displays local history pamphlets; John Kuenzig of Topsfield offers scientific and technical books and instruments; from Greenfield, Steve Finer Rare Books, antique catalogs, technology, and history.

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New York—On September 17, Swann Galleries’ book department will offer Printed & Manuscript Americana, with Mormon materials, Civil War Diaries, Revolutionary War items and pieces from the private collection of Milton R. Slater headlining the auction, along with items that evoke the thrill of American adventures and the intrigue of conspiracy.

Among many notable items is a first edition of The Book of Mormon, Palmyra, NY, 1830, (estimate: $40,000 to $60,000). This was the only edition to list Joseph Smith as the “author and proprietor” rather than as the translator, as well as the only edition with his two-page preface.

In 1962, in a small room above the legendary Gaslight Folk Club in Greenwich Village, New York, the 21-year-old Bob Dylan, hunched at a typewriter, wrote what is widely considered one of the greatest songs in the history of rock music. 53 years later, the original type-written manuscript for the revolutionary, A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall, has emerged for sale at Sotheby’s in London, where it is estimated to sell for £150,000-200,000. Described by Rolling Stone magazine as “the greatest protest song by the greatest protest song writer of his time”, the song marks a key artistic breakthrough by the most influential songwriter alive today. The lyrics will be auctioned as part Sotheby’s “Rock & Pop” sale in London on the 29th September 2015.

'A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall'

The key works of Dylan’s canon have invited debate for decades, but there is a consensus that A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall represents the first full blossom of Dylan as poet. It was the Greenwich Village folk scene that provided the environment which enabled Dylan to stretch his imagination in new and startling ways, and this draft comes from the heart of that scene.

Commissioned by President Thomas Jefferson, the 1804-1806 expedition of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark was intended to map the nation’s newly acquired Louisiana territory. "Mapping the West with Lewis and Clark," a new book published by Levenger Press in association with the Library of Congress, sheds new light on their cartographic discoveries.

Drawing from period maps in the Library’s Geography and Map Division and other repositories, "Mapping the West" examines the critical role that maps played in Jefferson’s vision of a formidable republic that would no longer be eclipsed by European empires.

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CHILDREN’S BOOKS

Lot 15
CARROLL. LEWIS. (The Rev Charles Dodgson):

ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND. &
THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS, AND WHAT ALICE FOUND
THERE.

Tenniel. John. Illustrates.
Published: Macmillan & Co., London. 1866 & 1872.
First Edition

AUSTIN, Texas—The Harry Ransom Center, a humanities research library and museum at The University of Texas at Austin, is acquiring the archive of novelist Kazuo Ishiguro. 

Translated into more than 40 languages, Ishiguro’s fiction has received numerous awards, from the Booker Prize for Fiction for “The Remains of the Day” (1989) to the Whitbread Book of the Year award for “An Artist of the Floating World” (1986). On two occasions, Granta magazine included Ishiguro as one of the 20 “Best of Young British Novelists.”

Chicago, IL (August 2015)—It's never been more convenient for those interested in a career in personal property appraising to begin their journey. The International Society of Appraisers (ISA) is now offering their Core Course in Appraisal Studies the gold standard of appraiser training courses through their online self-paced, on-demand, Learning Center platform.

Widely regarded as the most comprehensive methodology course for personal property appraising, the ISA Core Course is ideal for those with significant relevant experience who wish to apply their background to a prestigious new career. Candidates are typically art scholars, curators, collectors, museum staff, antique dealers, auctioneers, estate liquidators, and others involved in the professional valuation of personal property.

London—The Folio Society and House of Illustration continue the search for the next big illustration talent with the announcement of the 2016 Book Illustration Competition. Open for entries from 1 September, this year’s competition will invite participants to illustrate the popular modern classic War Horse by Michael Morpurgo, OBE.  

Returning for a sixth consecutive year, the competition is recognised for identifying and cultivating the best illustration talent both in the UK and overseas. The longlisted entries will be exhibited at House of Illustration from 29 January - 6 March 2016. The winner will be revealed at an exclusive ceremony at House of Illustration in February 2016 and will receive a prestigious commission worth £5,000 to illustrate The Folio Society edition of War Horse to be published Christmas 2016. In addition, five runners up will each receive £500.

In 1512, Hakob Meghapart (Jacob the Sinner) opened an Armenian press in Venice, Italy, and published an Armenian religious book, "Urbatagirk" (the Book of Fridays). The era of Armenian printing had begun.

In 2012, the Library of Congress marked the quincentenary of this milestone with an exhibition titled "To Know Wisdom and Instruction: The Armenian Literary Tradition at the Library of Congress" with a companion volume compiled by the Library’s Armenian Area Specialist Levon Avdoyan. This volume is now available as an interactive ebook (through the Armenian eBook Initiative from the iBookstore).

NEW YORK—The first recording contract ever signed by The Beatles, which put the Fab Four on a path that would change music history, is expected to sell for $150,000 as Heritage Auctions presents The Uwe Blaschke Beatles Collection Sept. 19 in New York. The resulting single from the recording session—a rock & roll version of “My Bonnie Lies Over The Ocean”—led directly to the Beatles being discovered by manager Brian Epstein, through whose efforts the group then secured their unprecedented worldwide success.

Blaschke’s collection tells the Beatles’ story through original photographs, documents, autographs and memorabilia. A noted Beatle expert and historian, Blaschke amassed one of the finest collections of Beatles material in Europe, if not the world, much of which was displayed at a dedicated Beatles museum in Hamburg, Germany. The 300+ lot collection covers the entire career of the group, but is especially notable for the inclusion of many items related to the time the Beatles spent in Hamburg from 1960-62, performing in the city’s vibrant nightclubs and honing their distinctive sound which would soon win the world over.

RALEIGH, NC.—Quail Ridge Books & Music offers Signed First Editions Club gift subscriptions for adult literature, children’s picture books, and young adult literature. The subscriptions start in September.

The store’s award-winning booksellers have thoughtfully chosen these new, first edition hardcovers for their exceptional, lasting literary quality. Each will be signed by the author, who may be someone well known or a rising star.

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BALTIMORE—On September 26th, the largest and most important 75th-year retrospective exhibition of original comic art from Will Eisner’s The Spirit will go on display at Geppi’s Entertainment Museum at Camden Yards, Baltimore. More than 50 pieces of Eisner’s rare original art have been curated for the event, which runs through March 7, 2016. Some of the artworks are from actual editions of The Spirit, while others document Eisner’s pioneering work in the graphic-novel format. 

Completely unprecedented in its scope and content, the exhibition is timed to coincide with the Baltimore Comic-Con and Baltimore Book Fair so as many comic-art fans as possible can have access to the unique archive.

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DALLAS—Artwork, literature and personal-owned mementos from the estate of popular and influential poet, singer-songwriter and musician Rod McKuen will be offered at Heritage Auctions across several auctions through the end of the year. McKuen’s best-selling poetry and poignant ballads sold by the millions through the 1960s and 1970s as he once claimed the title of America’s “unofficial poet laureate.”

The collection features treasures from across McKuen’s professional repertoire. Heritage will offer three examples of original art gifted by Charles Schulz in its Comics and Comic Art Auction Aug. 27 in Dallas; McKuen wrote the song “A Boy Named Charlie Brown” which delivered him an instant smash hit and permanent pop-culture fame. One strip comically mentions McKuen by name (est. $15,000+) and a drawing by Schulz references a McKuen poem from his blockbuster book of poetry “Listen to The Warm” (est. $7,500+).

ITHACA, NY—National Book Auctions, located in Ithaca, NY, announces the launch of their next auction catalog.  

This catalog features rare, antique and decorative books as well as select additions of ephemera, artwork and collectibles. Of particular interest is an impressive collection of early titles from the field of Chemistry, along with fine bindings housing Civil War histories.  This catalog also includes our next session from a large and impressive private collection of early engravings.  Dispersed among the many book lots is a personal inventory of desirable antique titles relating to travel and exploration.

Robert Hodierne: Vietnam War Photographs opens September 17, 2015, through January 26, 2016, in the Lora Robins Gallery of Design from Nature, University of Richmond Museums. Robert Hodierne (American, born 1945) was a 21-year-old freelancer when he made his first trip to Vietnam in 1966. The photographer returned in 1969 as a soldier assigned to Pacific Stars & Stripes in Saigon, where he spent another fourteen months. He returned home from Vietnam for the last time in April 1970. During those two tours he photographed combat in every corner of the country, from the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) that was the border with North Vietnam, to the Mekong Delta in the south, to the jungle-covered mountains of the central highlands, to the rice paddies of the central lowlands. The exhibition includes more than forty photographs from his two tours in Vietnam. Today, Hodierne continues as a photojournalist and is Associate Professor of Journalism, and Chair, Department of Journalism, University of Richmond.

While his photographs have been published in many of the world’s major print publications and continue to be published in books and used in documentaries about the war, most of the images in this  exhibition have never been published. The photographs reflect his concern for the ordinary soldier as seen in their faces, faces that have the same haunted look you see on the faces from all the wars that have been photographed. The majority of his work was in black and white, although the exhibition includes one battle he photographed in color. To this day, Hodierne says when he dreams about Vietnam it is always in black and white.

NEW YORK  August 6—The Tenth Annual MASTER DRAWINGS NEW YORK week (www.masterdrawingsinnewyork.com) will take place January 23 through January 30, with a Preview scheduled for Friday, January 22, at 30 leading art galleries on the Upper East Side’s “Gold Coast’ in New York.

Timed to coincide with New York’s major January art-buying events, including the Old Master auctions and The Winter Antiques Show, over the past decade MASTER DRAWINGS NEW YORK has given top dealers from the US as well as the UK, France, Germany, Spain and Italy an opportunity to show their newest acquisitions to the largest assembly of drawings scholars and patrons to gather in New York each year.

Amherst, MA (August 13, 2015)—The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art presents The Art of Eric Carle: From A to Z on view September 15, 2015 through March 20, 2016. The exhibition highlights art from Carle’s 50-year career, examining his many themes, interests, and artistic techniques. The presentation is made possible through the generous support of the Hsin-Yi Foundation.

Throughout his life, Carle’s love of nature, color, and learning have fueled his artistic creativity. The Art of Eric Carle: From A to Z takes visitors on an educational journey and celebrates the unique ways Carle’s books offer opportunities to learn. As children read about animals, families, and fables, they also learn their colors, numbers, and letters. Carle recognizes the inquisitive nature of children and wants to, in his own words, “show them that learning is really both fascinating and fun.”

This Autumn, Dr. Jörn Günther Rare Books will exhibit for the first time at the 29th edition of the Biennale Internazionale dell’Antiquariato di Firenze. This historic and established fair will take place at the magnificent Palazzo Corsini, Florence, from 26 September - 4 October 2015, with a preview on 25 September.

Presenting an extensive choice of art and objects across all disciplines, BIAF is a haven for collectors, curators and art aficionados alike, and is the perfect setting for Dr. Jörn Günther Rare Books to offer both specialist expertise, and an unparalleled selection of illuminated manuscripts and rare books, that range from £50,000 to £10,000,000.

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Greenpoint, Brooklyn NY—August 2015—More than 140 dealers from 21 states and two foreign countries will display their books, fine prints, art,  photos, modern design and ephemera, at the Brooklyn Books, Art, Photos and Design Expo (BrooklynBAPD) on September 19 and 20, 2015.  Building on the success of last year’s blockbuster event, the second annual BrooklynBAPD will unfold at the Brooklyn Expo Center, a dramatic year-old, glass-walled venue in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

The Brooklyn Expo Center’s soaring windows and light-filled space is a contemporary backdrop for the time-honored books and collectibles that will be juxtaposed with the modern architecture. In addition to the exciting range of booths and dealers, the Lewis Carroll Society of North America will host two readings from Alice in Wonderland to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the celebrated classic at the organization’s booth each day at 1 pm and 3 pm.

MIDDLEBURG, Virginia­­—August 11, 2015­­—This fall the National Sporting Library & Museum (NSLM) will present an exhibition of works by American illustrator Paul Desmond Brown (1893-1958). Paul Brown from the Permanent Collection, opening August 29th, will feature highlights of Brown’s original equestrian artwork from the NSLM collections and focus on steeplechasing images from the 1930s. The exhibition will be on view in the Museum until January 17, 2016.

Paul Brown, a highly prolific and popular illustrator of the early 20th century, published works in hundreds of books and periodicals, including Time Magazine, Collier’s, Country Life, and Polo. He gained recognition as a commercial artist with many of his illustrations used on Brooks Brothers of New York’s advertising materials. Brown was considered an expert sporting artist for his depictions of horse racing, foxhunting, and polo scenes.The NSLM collection includes over 100 books illustrated or written by Brown, over 200 examples of his original drawings, sketches, and watercolors, and multiple pieces of ephemera and archival materials.

Boxborough Paper Town, Sept. 19

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BOXBOROUGH, MA—SEPTEMBER 19, 2015: Flamingo Eventz is pleased to announce the return of the popular Boxborough Paper Town—The Vintage Paper, Books & Advertising Collectibles Show. This is the original Boxborough Paper Show where you’ll find all things Paper - from classic Ephemera to Books, Board Games, Postcards, Advertising, Classic Vinyl, and more! A long time favorite of both dealers and customers, we continue to make changes and improvements to ensure continued growth and success. We’re bigger, better, more diverse, and with lots of new dealers…this is the paper show to attend for the rare, unusual and hard-to-find treasure!

Scheduled for Saturday September 19, 2015 at the well-known Holiday Inn in Boxborough, MA, Exhibitors from across the Northeast and Canada will gather to present an outstanding array of fine, rare & unusual old books, maps, postcards, autographs, prints, posters, advertising, and much, much more. Plus, we have appraisals by well-known appraiser John Bruno, star of the PBS series Market Warriors, and guest appraisers from 1-3pm. Interested parties—both dealers & customers—should contact Flamingo Eventz at 603.509.2639 / info@flamingoeventz.com.

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NEW YORK, NY (August 2015)—The New-York Historical Society is pleased to announce two major donations to its Museum collection. Fifteen Hudson River School paintings—collected over the course of two decades by the late Arthur and Eileen Newman and including such artists as Thomas Cole, Frederic Edwin Church, and Martin Johnson Heade—will join New-York Historical’s extraordinary collection of 19th-century American paintings. The Museum has also been gifted a stellar contemporary work by longtime New-York Historical Society Trustee Sid Lapidus and his wife Ruth: Fanned Book by Ed Ruscha (2013).

Dr. Linda S. Ferber, the New-York Historical Society’s Senior Art Historian and Museum Director Emerita remarked, “My first visit to see these wonderful Hudson River School paintings at the Newmans’ apartment brought the thrilling realization that the ‘fit’ of their collection and New-York Historical Society’s holdings was truly uncanny. The core of N-YHS’ Hudson River School collection came from the landmark holdings of two great 19th-century New York collectors: Luman Reed and Robert L. Stuart. The 21st-century gift of the Newman Family Collection, formed in recent decades with such dedication and thoughtfulness, brings our historic collections to a new breadth and strength, offering fresh opportunities to foster scholarship and to mount exhibitions that will share the enduring legacy of the Hudson River School’s vision of America with visitors.”

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BOSTON, MA—(August 7, 15)—RR Auction is proud to present The American Civil Rights Collection of Chip Logan during an online auction in August.

Son of civil rights activists Marian Bruce Logan and Dr. Arthur Logan, Warren Arthur ‘Chip’ Logan grew up amongst some of the most powerful figures of the movement. Putting her career as a cabaret singer on hold, Marian dedicated herself wholeheartedly to the cause, becoming the only northern board member of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and Martin Luther King, Jr.’s ‘right arm’ in the New York area. Her importance to King takes center stage in this collection.

DALLAS—The original John Byrne and Terry Austin double splash page art from X-Men #137 (Marvel, 1980), “The Fate of the Phoenix!”, arguably the most famous image from the greatest and most popular X-Men story of them all, is expected to bring $150,000+ when it comes to auction on Aug. 27, 2015, as the centerpiece of Heritage Auctions’ Aug. 27-29, 2015 Comics and Comic Art Signature® Auction

“Fans never expected the cover blurb of ‘Phoenix Must Die!’ to be accurate, but that’s where this comic arc shockingly ended,” said Todd Hignite, Vice President of Heritage Auctions. “This two page spread featuring Cyclops, Jean Grey (aka Marvel Girl/Phoenix), the Beast, Angel, Nightcrawler, Wolverine, Storm, Colossus, Professor X, Lilandra, and Gladiator is one of the most memorable splash pages of all time.”

Boston, MA—August 6, 2015—The Associates of the Boston Public Library is pleased to announce the selection of Jennifer De Leon of Milton, Massachusetts as the recipient of its 12th annual Children's Writer-in-Residence fellowship.

The Children's Writer-in-Residence fellowship, created in 2004, furthers the Associates’ mission of supporting the Boston Public Library by promoting the importance of writers, books, and reading in our culture.

Heritage Auctions has announced that auction industry veteran Nigel Russell has joined the company as its new Director of Photographs, New York, effective immediately. Nigel will be based out of Heritage’s New York offices at 445 Park Avenue (at 57th Street).

“Nigel is a tremendous talent and we’re quite happy to have him on-board,” said Greg Rohan, President of Heritage Auctions. “He brings a wealth of experience to the job and an encyclopedic knowledge of photography. We’re excited about working with him to expand the reach of our Photography auctions.”

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From well-known and treasured stories including Aesop’s Fables, Black Beauty and The Tale of Peter Rabbit, to writers such as Michel de Montaigne, Anton Chekhov and T.S. Eliot, storytellers have used animals not only to capture the imagination of readers, but to deliver powerful and revealing messages about what it means to be human.

Animal Tales, a new exhibition in the British Library’s Entrance Hall Gallery, asks why animals have come to play such an important role in literature for adults and children alike with a variety of charming editions and manuscripts from the Library’s collections.

Freeman’s is pleased to announce the July opening of their second southeast regional office at 5401 Patterson Avenue in the historic capital city of Richmond. The new office will provide the area with a local connection to the global art market through auction and appraisal services as well as cultural events and community involvement. 

“Freeman’s is a world class auction house with an established international presence. Our firm maintains a strong a focus on client service and is built on the experience of our specialists, all of whom possess a comprehensive knowledge of their fields and market conditions. We’re excited to bring our expertise to the greater Richmond area,” said Vice President Colin Clarke.

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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, an exclusive auction of 50 works of art collected by Dr. Angelou during her lifetime. The collection hung in her private residences, with only a few pieces occasionally lent to museums and institutions, making this the first time the majority of these works have been publicly exhibited.

Known best as an award-winning poet, writer, educator and activist among many other titles, relatively few people outside her personal circle were aware of Dr. Angelou’s relationship to visual art. She cultivated friendships with many important African-American artists, both inspiring and finding inspiration in their work.

DALLAS—Heritage Auctions has announced that it has joined forces with the Dutch auction house MPO Auctions to form Heritage Auctions Europe, based in Amsterdam, Netherlands, officially operating and offering full service in numismatics and across all 40 Heritage auction categories as of Aug. 1, 2015. The Amsterdam expansion joins Heritage’s recently announced Honk Kong expansion.

“Heritage is a growing global brand,” said Cristiano Bierrenbach, Vice President of Heritage Auctions. “We’re all excited by the opportunities this office represents. Based just outside of Amsterdam, a convenient central location in Europe, Heritage is now even better suited to serve our European clients who will now have direct access to Heritage’s global audience of bidders.”

Photographers, like ventriloquists, can cast "voices" in a seemingly infinite number of genres and period styles. This does not negate the camera's direct relationship to the world-tying image to subject as naturally as a footprint-but instead reveals that photographs are always admixtures of fiction and reality tilted toward one end of the scale or the other. Grand Illusions: Staged Photography from the Met Collection, a survey of 40 photographs spanning the first 170 years of the medium, focuses on the ways in which artists have staged and composed images so that the imaginary is pictured as if it were real. The installation will explore photography's relationship with other mediums such as literature and film, as well as its persuasive powers when used in advertising.

Among the highlights of Grand Illusions is Pierre-Louis Pierson's Fright (1861-64), one of the many portraits Pierson made in collaboration with Virginia Verasis, Countess of Castiglione, between 1856 and 1867. In this unique painted photograph, the countess gave explicit directions to the painter Aquilin Schad about how to embellish the scene in which she is depicted fleeing from a conflagration during a ball. Other highlights of the show include Lewis Carroll's tableau vivant, Saint George and the Dragon, (1875); René Magritte's sinister staged snapshot La Mort des fantômes (The Death of Ghosts) (1928); Ralph Bartholomew Jr.'s Eastman Kodak advertisement (1946-52), which was used in a marketing campaign targeting American teenagers; and Laurie Simmons's wistful image of the miniature world of a doll house in First Bathroom/Woman Standing (1979).

Washington, DC—A rare early portrait by Mary Cassatt (1844-1926), a self-portrait by Jan Miense Molenaer (1610-1668), a groundbreaking work by Arshile Gorky (1904-1948), and a remarkable photograph of Alice and Lorina Liddell by Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (1832-1898), better known as Lewis Carroll, are among the works recently acquired by the National Gallery of Art, Washington. 

Three rare illustrated books and a portfolio, all highlighting aspects of the New World, were donated by Harry W. Havemeyer in memory of his father, Horace Havemeyer. Harry W. Havemeyer also pledged an extraordinary collection of 117 early American views and historical prints assembled by him and his father, in whose memory the pledge was made.

New York, NY—One of the most important contemporary American artists, Martin Puryear (b. 1941) is known primarily for the refined elegance of his abstract, hand-made sculptures. However, throughout his career he has consistently turned to drawing to elaborate ideas and forms for works in three dimensions. Martin Puryear: Multiple Dimensions, on view at the Morgan Library & Museum from October 9 through January 10, 2016, is the first exhibition to explore the essential role drawing plays in the artist’s practice. The show includes over seventy works—from quick sketches to monumental, finished compositions—borrowed largely from Puryear’s own collection. Most of the drawings have never been exhibited and span the artist’s undergraduate years to the present. The exhibition will also include a selection of prints and sculptures related to the drawings.

Puryear has described his development as “linear in the sense that a spiral is linear. I come back to similar territory at different times.” The exhibition highlights this iterative process, showing how the artist takes an elemental form and rediscovers and refashions it in diverse media, often over many years, moving among levels of abstraction and experimenting with scale and materials.

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