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WORKS BY KANDINSKY & MONET STAND OUT AT CHRISTIE'S SALE
DESPITE a sluggish world economy, the 1 percent is doing quite well, if recent results at Christie’s are any indication.During the auction house’s evening sale of Impressionist and Modern Art last week, works by Monet and Kandinsky fetched notable prices. A private U.S. buyer made the winning bid of $43.7 for Monet’s Nymphéas. It is the second highest recorded auction price for a work by the artist.Studie für Improvisation 8 was sold to a European private buyer for $23 million, the largest price ever paid for a work by Kandinsky. The two-day auction of somewhat rare pieces, where works by Brancusi, Miró, Picasso and Renoir, were also on the block, generated $244.7 in sales. On Wednesday and Thursday (14 and 15 Nov.), Christie’s Evening Sale series marches on with Post-War & Contemporary Art. Read more: http://www.vevlynspen.com/2012/11/works-by-kandinsky-monet-stand-out-at.html


CROWN JEWELS AND OTHER BAUBLES IN 'THE ART OF CARTIER'
IT is a collage of calibrated sapphires, rubies and emeralds and was born of a collaboration between Wallis, Duchess of Windsor and Jeanne Toussiant, director of Fine Jewelry at Cartier. The item in question is the Flamingo Brooch. It is among hundreds of pieces of jewelry, timepieces and other precious objects in the new “The Art of Cartier” (El Arte de Cartier) exhibit at Madrid’s Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum. The exhibit is on view through 17 Feb. 2013. The brooch and the 400-plus other objects in The Art of Cartier” are on loan from the famed Cartier Collection. It also has the further distinction of being seen for the first time in a Cartier Collection anywhere. The collection is a traveling show of items begged, borrowed, bought (but not stolen, we’re sure) from the jeweler’s most wealthy, prominent and aristocratic clients and/or their estates and at auction. Read more: http://www.vevlynspen.com/2012/11/crown-jewels-and-other-baubles-art-of.html


'BOYS DON'T CRY' AND A DIFFERENT TYPE OF ART GALLERY
IN “Boys Don’t Cry,” a photographer, a large-scale painter and a massive minimalist sketch artist give vent to some common emotions, creating an engaging and sometimes surprising mosaic. The works of Joseph Cultice, Chris Jehly and Rich Tu are on display through 8 Nov. at Baang + Burne Contemporary, one of New York City’s newest visual art galleries. There are three ways to see "Boys Don't Cry." First, stop by Baang + Burne during gallery hours. Second, through a pre-arranged private tour. Finally, a private cocktail. Just as potentially interesting as the art is the gallery displaying it. Named for Cold War espionage terms describing covert demolition and sabotage operations, Baang + Burne has set forth as its mission to bring art out of the stratosphere and down to earth where people live.
Read more: http://www.vevlynspen.com/2012/10/boys-dont-cry-and-different-type-of-art.html


LOOKING AHEAD AT TIME BEFORE DORAEMON, A STRAY CAT
THE beloved Doraemon is getting the deluxe treatment in Hong Kong with a massive exhibit, “100 Years Before the Birth of Doraemon.” On view at Harbour City’s Ocean Terminal Forecourt until 16 Sept., the exhibit is billed as the largest celebration in honor of the Japanese animated (anime) character. Three installations are set up at different parts of Harbour City. There, too, is "Concept Expo: Gadgets in the Future,” showcasing 30 original gadgets created by artists from around the world and the pop-up Doraemon-themed café, BO-LO’GNE. “Doraemon,” wildly popular in Asia, particularly Japan where it originated, is a series that follows the exploits of a robotic cat of the same name that travels from the 22nd century to help a 20th-century schoolboy named Nobita Nob. Message-based, it focuses on such life lessons as honor, perseverance and courage. In English, “Doraemon” roughly translates into stray cat. Read more: http://www.vevlynspen.com/2012/08/looking-ahead-at-time-before-doraemon.html


ARTEXPO NEW YORK ROLLS OUT 2011 CHAPTER
THE longer one views “A World Without Him,” the more abstract many of its elements become. One element that remains unchanged, though, is the enigmatic woman at its center. She has something draped over her head. She is simply, chicly dressed in a sleeveless shift. The woman is reclining. Her legs are crossed. It is not clear whether she is melancholy, contemplative or simply weary. Her downcast countenance commands the attention. Ronex Ahimbisibwe’s “A World Without Him” is one of thousands of works by both established and emerging artists from around the world to be displayed during the 32 annual Artexpo New York 2011 from 25-27 March. Read more: http://www.vevlynspen.com/2011/03/in-new-york-two-showcases-of-asian-art.html


IN NEW YORK, TWO SHOWCASES OF ASIAN ART
NEW York hosts two important Asian-themed art bazaars: the rechristened Asia Week New York and Asian Contemporary Art Week. The two overlapping art “weeks” compare and contrast nicely. ACAW is a presentation by the city’s leading museums and galleries of the broad spectrum of work by an even broader demographic of Asian artists on the continent and abroad. AWNY née Asia Week, meanwhile, showcases contemporary, as well as classic and ancient art mainly from China, India&Southeast Asia, Japan and Korea. It is also more overtly commercial. Read more: http://www.vevlynspen.com/2011/03/in-new-york-two-showcases-of-asian-art.html


ORDINARY AND QUITE EXTRAORDINARY ‘SUPERHEROES’
WITH the official Broadway opening of the beleaguered “Spider-Man, Turn Off The Dark” pushed back to 15 March, “Superheroes” comes to the rescue. The group exhibit at Casita Maria Center for Arts and Education is on view from 21 January through 2 March. Read more: http://www.vevlynspen.com/2011/01/ordinary-and-quite-extraordinary.html


GEN ART RESURRECTION IN TWO DAY’S TIME
HEAD’S UP: Welcome to the debut of Bits & Pieces. The capsule-length roundup of events various and sundry is to be published at least once a month, usually on Monday or Tuesday. IN the Bible book of James, the writer asserts that “you have not because you ask not.” Gen Art cannot be accused of such as lapse. Read more: http://vevlynspen.blogspot.com/2010/11/gen-art-resurrection-in-two-days-time.html


CELEBRATING A HUMBLE MAN AND MASTER PAINTER

WONDER what the man himself would make of all the fuss the American Folk Art Museum is making over him? The institution that bills itself as the “home to the largest repository of artworks by Henry Darger” last month celebrated the anniversary of HD’s 118th birthday … Read more: http://vevlynspen.blogspot.com/2010/05/celebrating-humble-life-of-master.html
 
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