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  1. Marie Antoinette pendant fetches $36 million, shattering estimate
    A pearl and diamond pendant owned by Marie Antoinette before she was beheaded during the French Revolution sold for $36 million at an auction on Wednesday, shattering its pre-sale estimate of up to $2 million. The Sotheby's auction at an ultra-luxurious hotel on the banks of Lake Geneva saw feverish bidding for a 10-piece collection owned by the ill-fated queen, featuring jewels unseen in public for two centuries. The 10 items, which had been estimated to fetch a total of roughly $3 million, sold for a combined sum of nearly $43 million, Sotheby's said. A diamond brooch pegged to go for roughly $80,000 (70,000 euros) sold for $1.75 million, excluding fees, one of several pieces that brought in more than 20 times its estimated worth. But the highlight was the pendant featuring an oval diamond and drop-shaped pearl, which Sotheby's said went to an anonymous, private buyer, without giving further details. Sotheby's also said the pendant set a new record
  2. Artcurial to offer three exceptional pieces signed by the Irish designer Eileen Gray
    On November 27th 2018, during its prestigious 2nd semester Art Deco auction, Artcurial will present 3 works from the most in demand designer in the world: Eileen Gray. A console completed toward 1918-1920 (estimate: €1M - 1,2M), a floor lamp from 1925 (estimate: €300,000 - 400,000), and one of the 12 only examples in the world of the famous Bibendum armchair (estimate: €500,000 - 600,000). All three pieces are extremely sought after by collectors as they have been exhibited at the Pompidou Center during the monographic exhibition dedicated to Eileen Gray in 2013. These museum quality pieces are already subject to a new loan request for a monographic exhibition to be held in New York in 2020. Eileen Gray, considered at times an iconic Art-Deco decorator, sometimes an emblematic modernist architect, figures among the major designers of the twentieth century. Painter by trade, the designer was born in 1878, applying her
  3. Pace opens the first exhibition of Richard Tuttle's work in Geneva
    Pace is presenting the gallery’s first exhibition of Richard Tuttle’s work in Geneva, at Quai des Bergues, from 14 November 2018 to 10 January 2019. The exhibition features a selection of Tuttle’s recent works, including remarkable pieces from the Epigrams series. Tuttle is one of the most significant artists working today. Since the mid-1960s, he has created an extraordinarily varied body of work that eludes historical or stylistic categorization. Tuttle’s work exists in the space between painting, sculpture, poetry and drawing. Language, spatial relationship, and scale are also central concerns for the artist. “I use the material to question itself, or to question the very thing, which is already “the picture,” I think. But I may have fallen in love during this long process, not to mention my response to the sensuality of things, to seeing how the thing is embedded in
  4. The Morgan acquires drawings by major twentieth-century African-American artists from the South
    The Morgan Library & Museum announced the acquisition of eleven drawings by five major twentieth-century African-American artists from the South. Largely self-taught, these artists—Thornton Dial, Nellie Mae Rowe, Henry Speller, Luster Willis, and Purvis Young—use drawing to express their personal and cultural identity, finding inspiration in their own lives, as well as in common experiences and folk imagery. The Morgan acquired the drawings through a gift-purchase agreement from the Souls Grown Deep Foundation, whose mission is to preserve and promote the works of African-American artists from the Southern United States. This acquisition supports the Morgan’s goal to expand the scope and depth of its collection of modern and contemporary drawings by including works from the vernacular, nonacademic traditions of the visual arts. It recognizes the important contribution made to the history of drawing by artists workin
  5. Ana Mazzei's first solo show at Green Art Gallery opens in Dubai
    In her first solo exhibition at Green Art Gallery, Ana Mazzei fully embraces the notion of theatricality and spectatorship, both very central to her practice, to present a group of new works specifically created for the space. Titled Antechamber, the show is staged as an intermediary space between the real world outside the gallery and an imaginary ‘other space’. Walking along this in-between space, viewers have to negotiate their way through clusters of works that seem to play different parts in a series of acts that occur simultaneously. However, narrative content - as is characteristic in Mazzei’s work - is only insinuated through fragments of recognizable and often quite archaic or mythological forms or figures that suggest non-linear, incomplete plots suspended in time. In some cases, such as Royale, one single sculptural form is presented on top of a circular