works on paper

A comprehensive display of Ed Ruscha’s artist’s books, text-based paintings, and photography opened in London last week at Tate Modern’s Blavatnik building. A Nebraska-born artist who defies categorization, Ruscha is adept in any medium, deriving inspiration from seemingly mundane architecture, topography, and mass media. Book collectors will be most familiar with his photobooks, e.g.

Ben Shahn Led Swann’s American Art Sale

New York — Swann Galleries continued the spring 2019 season with a sale of American Art on June 13, which boasted three artist records.

American Modernists were standouts in the sale with two of the three records: Attilio Salemme’s 1945 oil on canvas painting Rivalry, at $21,250, and Nautical Composition with an Anchor, oil on board, by Joseph Lambert Cain, at $11,250. Suzy Frelinghuysen’s Cubist-inspired oil and collage work, Act Three, 1942 reached $40,000, and Esphyr Slobodkina’s Abstract Composition, gouache on board, circa 1940s earned $8,450.

Rare Books &c. at Auction This Week jeremy Mon, 06/24/2019 - 09:01

ALDE will sell 224 lots from the library of Jacques Attali on Tuesday, June 25. Some excellent philosophical and literary editions to be had, including Alain-Fournier's Le Grand Meaulnes (1913), estimated at €14,000–16,000, and Vercors' Le Silence de la mer (1942), estimated at €12,000–15,000.