Andy Warhol Green Car Crash

NEW YORK CITY - Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary Art sale became the most valuable auction ever in the category, and the second highest art auction in history at $384,654,400. The sale’s highlight was Andy Warhol’s epic Green Car Crash (Green Burning Car I) which sold for $71.7 million. Seventeen works sold above $5 million and 74% of the works sold above their pre-sale estimate. Buyers were 47% American, 19% European, 18% Asian and 16% other. Christie’s achieved the world record for any art auction when its November 2006 Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale realized $491 million. Andy Warhol shone throughout the sale and the results confirm that he remains the fastest rising and most coveted star of the contemporary market.

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Jackson Pollock - Convergence, 1952 - Oil on canvas -  Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, N.Y Gift of Seymour H. Knox, Jr., 1956 - © The Pollock-Krasner Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY

NEW YORK CITY - The Jewish Museum presents Action/Abstraction: Pollock, de Kooning, and American Art, 1940-1976 from May 4 through September 21, 2008. In the first major U.S. exhibition in 20 years to rethink Abstract Expressionism and the movements that followed, fifty key works by 31 artists – among them Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Helen Frankenthaler, Mark Rothko – will be viewed from the perspectives of influential, rival art critics Clement Greenberg and Harold Rosenberg, the artists, and popular culture. Following its New York City showing, the exhibition will travel to the Saint Louis Art Museum from October 19, 2008 to January 11, 2009, and the Albright–Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY from February 13 to May 31, 2009.

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Paul Delvaux LeSonge

Roslyn Harbor, NY - When it comes to movements in art absolutely nothing beats the drama and dynamism of the Surrealists.  Mining the recesses of the subconscious for its often bizarre and rarely rational imagery, Surrealism had it all: the fiery personalities and their brilliant technique through which a fantastic torrent of dreams, sex, humor and poetry flowed in an endless expression of passion and invention. Dreams on Canvas: Surrealism in Europe and America opens at Nassau County Museum of Art (NCMA) on Saturday, May 26 and continues on view through Sunday, August 12, 2007.

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Wilmington, DE - The Delaware Art Museum presents Icons & Idols: A Photographer’s Chronicle of the Arts, 1960–1995, an exhibition of the work of Jack Mitchell on view August 5 through October 1, 2006.  During the second half of the 20th century, Mitchell photographed many of America’s finest actors, directors, writers, artists, composers, musicians, dancers, and choreographers in his New York studio.  His subjects have all attained iconic status in their respective fields.  This exhibition features more than 130 black and white photographs, which include such celebrities as Jack Nicholson, Alfred Hitchcock, Truman Capote, Andy Warhol, Philip Glass, Neil Diamond, Rudolf Nureyev, and Merce Cunningham.

“We are thrilled to display Jack Mitchell’s work,” said Danielle Rice, Executive Director of the Delaware Art Museum.  “His photographs are visually stunning and emotionally compelling.  They capture both the public image of these remarkable superstars while also revealing the private individuals we may never otherwise see.”

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Sherry Markovitz - Breasted Buddha, 2002-03 - Beads, papier-mache, mixed media 15 x 13 x 9 in. - Collection of Driek & Michael Zirinsky - Photo: Markovitz/Millett

Bellevue, WN - As a mid-career retrospective of renowned Seattle-based, mixed-media artist Sherry Markovitz, this exhibition is comprised of 41 pieces, which include 29 sculptural works (10 dolls, 5 gourds, 14 animals) and 12 paintings.  On view through 7 September, 2008 at The Bellevue Arts Museum. " Shimmer " Paintings and Sculptures 1979 - 2007

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Siri Berg - 'Coloratura' - Pastel on paper / oil on canvas, 21 x 21 inches - Courtesy Franklin 54 

New York City - Franklin 54 Gallery is pleased to present collage works and assemblages by Siri Berg.  Rich in color and design, the “It’s All About Color” series is comprised of 6 large panels of 20 individual rectangular Japanese wood block prints within each panel.  The series starts with little color in the copper, grey and green range and transforms through each panel into the brilliance of fiery reds and oranges, blues and purples.  Each individual print within is unique with interesting textures and designs, although still within Berg’s minimalism they complete a larger cohesive vision.  The 4 panels in this exhibition are attractive and elegant with rich and subtle colors.

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Artist Ron Jasin and title is KMAC Gig Poster Exhibit Screenprint

Louisville , KY - The best concert posters have always captured both the essence of the music they promoted and the spirit of the time in which they were produced. This is as true today as it was in San Francisco during the Sixties. Gig Posters: The Art of Contemporary Music Promotion provides the general public with an opportunity to see fine poster art and to meet some of the artists who created it, and even walk away with a keepsake from their favorite band.  On exhibition through may 16, 2009 in the Mary and Al Shands Gallery.

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Arnold Newman - Legendary US actress Marilyn Monroe with poet Carl Sandburg, when Monroe was attending a gathering in Beverly Hills, taken shortly before her death. -  © Arnold Newman

Zurich, Switzerland -In the exhibition of around 30 photographs, ArteF Fine Art Photography Gallery present portraits of famous artists and other celebrities, for example Jean Arp, Max Ernst, Alberto Giacometti, Roy Lichtenstein, Piet Mondrian, Pablo Picasso, Ed Ruscha, Georgia O’Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz as well as I.M. Pei, Marilyn Monroe, and Bill Clinton. For example, we see Igor Stravinsky sitting at his monumental grand piano, his head resting pensively on his hand. It is not the well-known composer occupying the centre of the picture, rather the open instrument, which dominates the space as an abstract form.

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Edwin Deakin San Gabriel Mission

Sacramento, Calif. – One-hundred and twenty years have passed since Edwin Deakin was accorded a major show in Sacramento. Beginning January 26, works by the celebrated California painter will return in a long-overdue, career-spanning exhibition at the Crocker Art Museum. Nearly 50 of his paintings and eight drawings will go on display through April 20, 2008, in Edwin Deakin: California Painter of the Picturesque.

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Brassaï - Untitled, vitres cassées d'un atelier de photographe (Ohne Titel, zerbrochene Fensterscheiben eines Fotografenateliers), ca. 1934. Vintage Silbergelatine-Abzug, 17,3 x 29,8 cm. Museum Folkwang, Essen. © Estate Brassaï, RMN.

ZURICH.- From February 27 to May 24, 2010, the Fotomuseum Winterthur is presenting the exhibition The Subversion of Images - Surrealism, Photography, and Film, an extraordinarily rich survey of Surrealist photography. The exhibition comprises over 400 photographs, films, and documents: from very famous photographs by Man Ray, Hans Bellmer, Claude Cahun, Raoul Ubac, Jacques-André Boiffard, and Maurice Tabard to unknown pictures, to magazine publications, artist’s books, advertisements, to fascinating “raw, found documents”, to photo booth photographs, and group portraits of the Surrealists. The exhibition also offers an opportunity to discover lesser-known photographic works by Paul Eluard, André Breton, Antonin Artaud, or George Hugnet, photographic games by Leo Malet or figures such as Artür Harfaux or Benjamin Fondane. More than twenty years after the last major review of the subject, “L’amour fou - Photography & Surrealism” (1985) by Rosalind Krauss and Jane Livingstone, the exhibition The Subversion of Images - Surrealism, Photography, and Film extensively demonstrates and discusses the openness, diversity, and innovation with which the Surrealists employed photography.

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