Sean Connery’s Picasso comes up for sale

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The late James Bond star Sean Connery’s mansion will benefit from Picasso’s gold fingers as paintings from the movie star’s collection will be on sale for an estimated HK $ 150 million ($ 19 million). I want The “Musketeer” painting “Busted’hommedansun cadre” (1969) will be blocked at Christie’s in Hong Kong on May 26th.

The actor was “incredibly immaterial,” says his son, art adviser Stephen Connelly, “but he was careful to paint a lot.” Sean Connery began collecting in the 1980s, first purchasing the work of the Irish painter John Leverly and owning several of Picasso’s works. “. The exception was the 1969 musketeer, which I personally purchased. “He could see Picasso spending time on it and having its raw power. He loved the thick-painted surface and was fascinated by its painted frame.” States that most of the proceeds of the work will be donated to charity.

Christie’s guarantees the work, and the decision to sell in Hong Kong partially reflects Picasso’s subsequent desire for work in Asia. Last year, Sotheby’s sold the “Buste de Matador” (1970) for HK $ 140 million, including fees.


Simryn Gill’s “Channel” (2014), screened at Jhaveri Contemporary in Mumbai © all rights reserved

India’s four most famous art galleries —Experimenters, Chemould Prescott Road, Jhaveri Contemporary, Vadehra Art Gallery — will be attending an exhibition at SadieColes HQ in London on Davie’s Street. Tomorrow’s conversation (May 11th-June 18th) will feature South Asian group art that addresses contemporary concerns shared around the world.

The show, which hosts the 2nd London Gallery Weekend, demonstrates the tangible impact of peer-led collaboration initiatives. It was made possible through the International Galleries Alliance think tank, which was born from the WhatsApp group instigated by Sadie Colles during the pandemic.

“We talked about doing things together, first online, then [as restrictions eased] We realized that we could help each other in the field, “says Prateek Raja, co-founder of Experimenter. “We all have physical space somewhere. Why not use that resource?” Coles offers her space for free. Shireen Gandhy, director of Chemould Prescott Road, describes it as “an unprecedented generosity.” Raja agrees, adding: “Sadie currently has four spaces in India to show her program.”


Creeping requirements Last week from a particular art dealer who said that collectors could “buy one, give one”, that is, only if they got a second piece to donate to the museum, they could buy the work of a high-demand artist. It was criticized at the Talking Galleries conference. In New York.

Alex Logsdail, CEO of Lisson Gallery, described BOGO practices as “very problematic,” and Kibum Kim, a partner at Commonwealth and Council, “really, really harmful” to “force donors to work.” I explained to you. In the collection. ” Sometimes art is not desired, he said, adding that “it puts more pressure on us and creates a false sense of demand.”

At the same conference, which took place for the first time in New York from April 4th to 5th, Ukrainian gallerist Maria Lanco, one of the co-curators of the country’s pavilion at this month’s Venice Biennale, was impressed with the situation since then. She left the country by car shortly after the Russian attack began. Ranko shot art with her, including part of Pablo Makov’s “Fatigue Fountain” for her show in Venice.


White marble sculpture on the head of a woman with closed eyes

Jaume Plensa’s “Hortensia” (2020) © Gasull Fotografia

There was relief everywhere At the Expo Chicago Art Fair, I returned to Navy Pier in style after a two-and-a-half-year hiatus. The pandemic pause affected the event, which was re-dated from the fall, causing exhibitor juggling. Prior to this year’s event, Expo President and Director Tony Carman said:

The new exhibitors were impressive and included the Richard Saltoon Gallery and Gallery Max Hetzler in London, which brought an elegant selection of textile-based works. The latter works ranged from young artists such as Giulia Andreani to non-elderly Bridget Riley with a giant abstract painting “Interval 17” (2022) outside the booth. Some gallerists pointed out that the Expo could be a decent alternative to the Spring Fair in the United States, as Freeze New York has shrunk to about one-third its pre-pandemic size at the new venue.

Overall, the fair exceeded modest expectations as exhibitors, primarily midwestern money-seeking mid-sized galleries, made early sales and the expo organizers met the museum curators who encouraged the event. I did. “If you need a fair with a strong local audience and international appeal, Expo Chicago is one of them,” said Paul Gray, Principal of the City’s Gray Gallery. Artists such as McArthur Binion, Jaume Plensa and David Crammen have sold works from the fair’s sweet spots ranging from $ 30,000 to $ 300,000.


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BAD + Art Fair will be held at Hanger 14 Building in Bordeaux this summer © Julien Fernandez / CEB

And finally . .. ..Is the plus sign the latest accessory for French art fairs? Last month, Art Basel announced that the name of the latest fair is “Paris +, par Art Basel”. The name “BAD +” was chosen for the new fair in Bordeaux this summer. Abbreviation for Bordeaux + Art + Design.

Hosted by Jean-Daniel Compain, managing director of Reed Expositions France, owner of Fiac until 2016, and former gallerist Jill Silverman van Coenegrachts, the new event will take place at 14 industrial hangers in the wine region of the Garonne River. It will be held (July 7th). -Ten). Compain states that the name of his new trade fair was “invented in 2020, long before the announcement of Basel.” He adds: “The importance of the plus sign applies equally to both. The more pluses and quality events in France, the better.”

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