The Frist Art Museum presents Chaos and Awe: Painting for the 21st Century, a sweeping survey of paintings from around the world that invite contemplation of seemingly ungraspable forces shaping contemporary society, from the ideological to the technological. Organized by Frist Art Museum chief curator Mark Scala, the exhibition will be on view in the museum’s Ingram Gallery from June 22 through September 16, 2018. It will be presented at the Chrysler Museum from November 15, 2018, through April 28, 2019. Continue reading
Works to be sold across the New York sales of Post-War & Contemporary Art, May 17-18, 2018, With more lots to follow in additional categories in fall 2018
Christie’s has announced In Focus: Property from The Collection of Brad Grey, with works to be offered across Post-War & Contemporary Art Evening and Day sales on May 17-18, and the upcoming 2018 Design sale at Christie’s New York. Additional works from the collection will be included in the sales of American Art, Prints and Multiples, Antiquities, Photographs, and a dedicated sale of Important Works by Alberto and Diego Giacometti in Fall 2018. Ahead of the New York spring sales, highlights from the collection will be presented in a special exhibition at Christie’s Los Angeles from May 1-3.
Brad Grey, the late Chairman, and CEO of Paramount Pictures epitomized the Hollywood dream, rising through his determination to the pinnacle of one of the industry’s most legendary studios. A beloved figure in Los Angeles and across the wider world, he left an indelible mark on film, television, and culture. Under Grey’s guidance, Paramount not only gained market leadership but produced noteworthy films such as An Inconvenient Truth, Up in the Air, There Will be Blood and True Grit. Beyond his remarkable record in film and television, Grey is also remembered as a steadfast philanthropist and community advocate. In 2013, he was appointed to the board of trustees of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and served in additional leadership roles at the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts, Project A.L.S., New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, and other notable institutions.
In his personal life, Grey was a noted tastemaker, reflected at his elegant residence in Holmby Hills, where he exhibited a superb collection of fine art and design. Grey saw art as an integral component of the Hollywood spirit; as such, he acquired an important collection of works by artists such as Agnes Martin, Ellsworth Kelly, Richard Prince, Cy Twombly, Ed Ruscha, and Richard Serra. His art collection was joined by modern works of furniture and design by Jean-Michel Frank, Jean Royere, Alberto and Diego Giacometti, Francois-Xavier Lalanne, among others. Taken as a whole, the collection demonstrated the connoisseurship of a man fully immersed in the creative process—an exploration of the same aesthetic principles and storytelling that lie at the heart of filmmaking.
Featured works in the May Post-War & Contemporary Art sales, include Agnes Martin, Untitled #7, executed in 1984 (estimate: $4,000,000-6,000,000); Ellsworth Kelly, Four Panels, painted in 2012 (estimate: $1,800,000-2,500,000), Richard Prince, Untitled (check Painting) #13, executed in 2004 (estimate: $800,000-1,200,000); and Lee Ufan, From Point, executed in 1979 (estimate: $800,000-1,200,000).
Highlights in the upcoming Design sale include Diego Giacometti, Low Table, circa 1970 (estimate: $250,000-350,000); Pierre Chareau, Pair of Armchairs, Model ‘MF732’, from the Grand Hôtel de Tours, circa 1924 (estimate: $200,000-300,000); and Francois-Xavier Lalanne, ‘Singe Avisé’, circa 2005 (estimate: $100,000-150,000).
Mark Rothko’s monumental canvas, No. 7 (Dark Over Light), 1954, will highlight the May 17 Evening Sale of Post-War and Contemporary Art in New York (estimate in the region of $30million). At nearly eight feet tall, No. 7 (Dark Over Light) belongs to a select group of canvases that were among the largest that Rothko ever painted. Its grand scale is matched only by the emotional intensity of its painted surface. Such a highly active painterly surface is a mark of Rothko’s paintings from this important period, but it is the scale on which it has been executed in No. 7 (Dark Over Light) that makes this particular work one of the most extraordinary; its broad sweeps and feathered edges reveal the artist’s ambition to create a pure and direct form of painting. No. 7 (Dark Over Light) is being offered at auction for the first time in over a decade.
Jussi Pylkkänen, Christie’s Global President, remarked: “No. 7 (Dark Over Light), comes from a small and highly sought-after group of monumental canvases by Mark Rothko. Standing before this radiant picture, one is immediately enveloped by the dramatic brilliance of Rothko’s artistic vision. Between its intensely kinetic surface and its epic scale, No. 7 is a consummate example of Rothko’s ability to convey pure emotional power. Given the international demand for canvases of this quality by Mark Rothko, we expect that No. 7 will draw enthusiasm from collectors around the globe.”
Rothko’s stated aim was to dissolve the traditional, and what he thought of as artificial boundaries, between paint and canvas, between painter and idea, and ultimately between the idea and the observer. To the artist, what the viewer saw was not a depiction an experience, it was the experience, and to this end, he championed what he considered to be the two fundamental elements of picture making—space and color—making these the sole protagonists of his aesthetic drama. Reaching its height in his iconic Seagram Murals, this painterly struggle dominated Rothko’s work for a little over a decade, as in 1968, on the instructions of his doctors, he was forced to retreat into making smaller paintings, often no larger than 40 inches. As a result, works such No. 7 (Dark Over Light) represents the fullest and purest expression of Rothko’s unique artistic vision, one whose visual and emotional power is present in abundance in this magisterial canvas. Continue reading
As one of only five memberships granted to an Australian eco-retreat, Thala Beach Nature Reserve announced that it has been invited to join the exclusive ranks of membership to the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World.
As a member of National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World, Thala Beach Nature Reserve belongs to an exclusive collection of membership lodges that invite guests to discover some of the world’s most treasured environments, while helping to protect those places for generations to come.
The membership granted to Thala Beach Nature Reserve by National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World is a timely and natural union. For more than 10 years, Thala has achieved Advanced Eco-certification and Green Travel Leader status (Ecotourism Australia) through responsible and sustainable practices and environmental sensitivity.
Thala was handpicked for membership after successfully undergoing a rigorous vetting process. The standards for inclusion to National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World are based on the four pillars of sustainable tourism: protection of natural heritage, protection of cultural heritage, support for local communities, and environmentally friendly practices.
National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World is more than a selection of world-class hotels, resorts, and retreats; it is a rich and varied collection of rare experiences in the world’s most beautiful environments. Arguably nature lovers’ most exclusive club, member lodges offer their guests encounters with uniquely stunning regions of the world – and the chance to intimately discover them.
According to Thala Beach Nature Reserve’s owner, Rob Prettejohn, the family-owned beachfront eco retreat has long offered a peaceful sanctuary for nature-loving travelers. “Our busy lifestyles drive us relentlessly. To take some time off to reconnect with nature is a magical and enriching experience.”
“At Thala Beach Nature Reserve, our guests enjoy comfort within a beautiful, natural environment that is home to many unique Australian plants and animals,” explains Prettejohn. “Add good local food and friendly Tropical Queensland hospitality and interactive experiences, including visits to The Great Barrier Reef and guided walks in our ancient Gondwanan rainforests, guests have a combination of experiences available nowhere else in the world.“
Perfectly positioned on a private headland, Thala Beach Nature Reserve is surrounded by the UNESCO World Heritage sites of The Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics, providing easy access for guests to immerse themselves in the surrounding natural grandeur and the abundance of nature-based activities on offer.
Thala’s unique accommodation is made up of 83 eco-designed, tree house-style bungalows that are set on 58 hectares of native rainforest, with 2 kilometers of private-access beach. Thala Beach Nature Reserve is located 45 minutes from Cairns and 15 minutes from Port Douglas in Tropical North Queensland, Australia.
Protection of the local environment, while welcoming travelers, is something Prettejohn holds close to his heart. “When visitors stay with us they contribute to preserving this wonderful and rare place. We are thrilled to now be a member of National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World and to be a part of a culture that embraces the very same values that we at Thala treasure.“