A weekly update of art world news.
Rare Collection of Native American Portraits Now Online
The American Antiquarian Society has digitized and uploaded over 200 photos of Native Americans as they assimilated into Euro-American culture by John N. Coate, John K. Hiller, William Henry Jackson, and Edward Curtis. Taken in the 1800s, and reflecting on how Indigenous peoples are represented through a White man’s lens, the photography collection consists of portraits as well as Native Americans in their homes, including Jackson’s Descriptive Catalogue of Photographs of North American Indians. The 225 photographs can be viewed here. Lauren Hewes, the Society’s Andrew W. Mellon Curator of Graphic Arts, said, “There’s a lot of image-making of Native people before the camera was invented, but this represents the chapter one of this photographic history of Native people.”
Read the full story (Hyperallergic)
Frieze New York to Compensate Galleries for Lost Sales
Last weekend the seventh edition of Frieze New York took place on Randall’s Island. The weather welcomed collectors to the tent-based fair with a steamy 90 degrees, proving a challenge to the fair’s climate control system. Numerous galleries complained about low sales due to the sweltering heat that discouraged collectors from attending. One art dealer was quoted as saying, “probably millions of dollars were lost” in sales on the first day. Frieze has struggled to combat the unpredictable New York weather in recent years, with Director Victoria Siddall saying, “We know we need a radical change to take into account the extreme weather conditions we are seeing and to create the best possible setting for the fair.” Frieze has since issued an apology and promised to compensate participants for their losses. A Frieze representative stated, “The details have yet to be finalized, but the commitment has been made.”
Read the full story (Artnet News)
Rockefeller Collection Goes to Auction
Peggy and David Rockefeller’s famed art collection has gone to auction at Christie’s. The entire collection consisted of 1,600 pieces and was divided into numerous sales. The profits from the first auction, totaling $646.1 million, went to charity. The record breaking sale consisted of works by Monet, Picasso, and Matisse among others. It was the highest profiting auction by a single owner ever. All 44 lots sold and eight new artist records were set. It was just the first of many auctions, the last of which concludes today.
Read the full story (The Art Newspaper)