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  • 05/12/17--04:48: Psychedelic Concert Posters
  • This post was written by Sarah Shelburne of the Vintage Posters department using examples from the May 25 auction of Graphic Design.     Few art forms have been as…

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    First editions and inscribed copies filled the shelves at our May 16 auction of 19th & 20th Century Literature. The sale broke several auction records and encompassed a variety of genres,…

    The post Records & Results: 19th & 20th Century Literature appeared first on Swann Galleries News.


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    This post includes notes from the catalogue of our May 25 auction of Graphic Design, featuring an extensive selection of works out of the Wiener Werkstätte, the design school for the…

    The post Graphic Design in the Vienna Secession appeared first on Swann Galleries News.


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    Specialist Caleb Kiffer of our Maps & Atlases department on one of his favorite pieces in our June 7 auction of Maps & Atlases, Natural History & Color Plate Books: a…

    The post The Endless Mountains: A Map That Promised More appeared first on Swann Galleries News.


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    Bernhardt Wall was an American illustrator active in the first half of the twentieth century. A selection of fine, early or test examples of his work were given to his…

    The post A Personal Collection of Bernhardt Wall Books appeared first on Swann Galleries News.


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    In January of 1819, Captain William Hodgson steered the three-masted merchant ship Transit down the River Avon from Bristol, beginning a six-month voyage toward the Mediterranean. The ship’s log book he meticulously…

    The post Leaving the Land: Ship’s Logs from England to the Mediterranean in the Nineteenth Century appeared first on Swann Galleries News.


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    Our May 25 auction of Graphic Design offered a cornucopia of inspired works spanning fin de siècle Art Nouveau masters to modernist posters.     The top lot of the sale was Col…

    The post Records & Results: Graphic Design appeared first on Swann Galleries News.


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  • 06/05/17--11:54: Nahui Olin: Muse & Maker
  • Nahui Olin, the pseudonym of Carmen Mondragón, was a Mexican Surrealist active in the 1920s and ’30s. She hailed from the upper echelons of Mexican society, and fraternized with the…

    The post Nahui Olin: Muse & Maker appeared first on Swann Galleries News.


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    A recently rediscovered watercolor by John Marin will be making its auction debut in our June 15 sale of American Art. The work displays two features for which the artist…

    The post Recently Rediscovered Watercolor by John Marin appeared first on Swann Galleries News.


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    Visionary Yoko Ono created “event scores” as a way to encourage people to find art and beauty in their quotidian activities. A signed first edition of her seminal self-published book…

    The post Grapefruit: Yoko Ono’s Guide to Living Art appeared first on Swann Galleries News.


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    On a visit to his Prout’s Neck studio, Winslow Homer’s friend and fellow artist John W. Beatty picked up a dogeared book and asked him if he found it of…

    The post Winslow Homer’s Personal “Bible” appeared first on Swann Galleries News.


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    Our June 7 auction of Maps & Atlases, Natural History & Color Plate Books saw strong results with multiple auction debuts and records, as well as a plethora of unique…

    The post Records & Results: Maps & Atlases, Natural History & Color Plate Books appeared first on Swann Galleries News.


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    Our June 13 auction of Art, Press & Illustrated Books offered a spectrum of books that doubled as objets d’art, with records for important twentieth-century works celebrating art and typography.…

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    The spring 2017 season at Swann Galleries marked the 75th anniversary of our first auction. On March 27, 1942, Benjamin Swann held an auction dedicated to rare and antiquarian books.…

    The post Records & Results: Spring 2017 appeared first on Swann Galleries News.


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    We closed our Spring 2017 season with a climactic sale of American Art on Thursday, June 15. The annual auction offered exclusively original or unique works by artists living or…

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    Mr. and Mrs. Henry Lewis Stimson lived in an estate in Huntington, Long Island. In his memoir, he wrote of her, “That marriage has now lasted over fifty-four years, during…

    The post Mrs. Stimson Joins Her Husband at the Huntington Historical Society appeared first on Swann Galleries News.


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    Specialists at Swann keep up with the cultural heartbeat by frequenting museum exhibitions. Over the summer, we’ll be sharing some of their experiences, beginning with Diana Flatto and Jessica Feldman…

    The post Specialists in the Field: The New Museum appeared first on Swann Galleries News.


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    Our August 2 auction of Vintage Posters will feature an exceptionally wide array of World War I imagery, honoring the centennial anniversary of the U.S.’s entry into the fray. More…

    The post American War Posters, 100 Years Later appeared first on Swann Galleries News.


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    Specialists in the Field is an informal summer segment of the blog in which we speak to specialists at Swann about their extracurricular activities. Unsurprisingly, their interests are generally aligned…

    The post Specialists in the Field: Summer Reading List appeared first on Swann Galleries News.


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    Our August 2 auction of Vintage Posters features the largest — and best — selection of war posters we have ever offered. As England prepared to enter World War Two,…

    The post Abram Games’s Sultry Poster Causes a Stir appeared first on Swann Galleries News.


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    With the recent NPR coverage questioning whether an anonymous photograph actually depicts Amelia Earhart on a wharf in Jaluit Atoll, photography’s role as historic evidence is once again in the…

    The post Daile Kaplan on The Thrill of Photographic Discovery appeared first on Swann Galleries News.


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    Shrewd perusers of our sales may notice a familiar eave lurking in the catalogue for our upcoming auction of Vintage Posters: the iconic orange roof of the beach house at…

    The post Isle Adam: Inspiration for All Artists appeared first on Swann Galleries News.


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    An unusual lot in our upcoming auction of Vintage Posters features an unusual individual: Captain Costentenus, a Greek Albanian man tattooed from head to foot.     Captain Costentenus was…

    The post The Symbiotic Relationship Between Tattoos & Posters appeared first on Swann Galleries News.


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    Nigel Freeman, founder and director of our African-American Fine Art department, is in London this week visiting some familiar images. Two of the works in the Tate Modern’s latest exhibition, Soul of…

    The post Specialists in the Field: Nigel Freeman at the Tate appeared first on Swann Galleries News.


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    More than 600 colorful advertisements and announcements crossed the block at our sale of Vintage Posters on Wednesday, August 2. The encyclopedic selection represented a century’s worth of development in…

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    Keavy Handley-Byrne of our Photographs & Photobooks department has put together a cheat sheet for identifying some of the more common types of photographs we handle.   A cyanotype print…

    The post Identifying Types of Photographic Prints appeared first on Swann Galleries News.


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    The following was written by Vice President and Director of Photographs & Photobooks, Daile Kaplan:   I love looking at photographs in both black-and-white and color iterations. Long before streaming…

    The post Black and White All Over: The Riddle of Classical Photography appeared first on Swann Galleries News.


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    One of the best parts of working at Swann is the ability to be surrounded by incredible varieties of art collecting and witness their intersection within our gallery. Our specialists…

    The post Specialists in the Field: Sarah Shelburne at Dia: Beacon appeared first on Swann Galleries News.


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    Some people made such an impact on history that we see them in multiple sales each season, across widely disparate genres. One such figure was Mexican revolutionary Emiliano Zapata, who…

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    Specialists in the Field is our segment devoted to specialists incorporating their work into their lives and vice versa. Keavy Handley-Byrne of our Photographs & Photobooks department contributed.   Over…

    The post Specialists in the Field: Keavy Handley-Byrne & Diana Flatto at Magnum Manifesto appeared first on Swann Galleries News.


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  • 09/12/17--13:00: Who is Françoise Gilot?
  • The top lot in our September 19 auction of 19th & 20th Century Prints & Drawings is a masterful lithograph by Pablo Picasso of his muse, Françoise Gilot. The following…

    The post Who is Françoise Gilot? appeared first on Swann Galleries News.


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    As Hurricane Harvey roared through Houston last month, an unlikely victim was left behind: the monumental 1953 mural by John Biggers, titled Contribution of Negro Women to American Life and Education.…

    The post John Biggers Mural Damaged by Hurricane Harvey appeared first on Swann Galleries News.


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    The book arrived in Honolulu by ship from San Francisco on New Year’s Day, 1863, and soon caused a stir throughout the city. It begins by revealing the author’s intent…

    The post A Nineteenth-Century Honolulu Gossip Rag appeared first on Swann Galleries News.


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    On a trip to her homeland, a young Syrian-American woman named Mary Arbeely kept a diary recording her attempts to connect with her ancestors while feeling deeply homesick. The diary,…

    The post Diary of a Syrian-American Woman, 1908 appeared first on Swann Galleries News.


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    Alma Thomas is renowned for her brightly colored abstract works that seem to dance across canvas and paper, but how did she develop that iconic style? Two paintings that reveal…

    The post Alma Thomas’s Journey to Abstraction appeared first on Swann Galleries News.


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    The highlight of our October 5 auction of African-American Fine Art is a series of unique works by Charles White that have never before appeared at auction. We spoke to our…

    The post Four Unique Works by Charles White Debut at Auction appeared first on Swann Galleries News.


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    We opened our fall season with a marathon sale of 19th & 20th Century Prints & Drawings, breaking multiple records and earning more than $2.6M. The September 19 auction offered…

    The post Records & Results: 19th & 20th Century Prints & Drawings appeared first on Swann Galleries News.


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    Hoards of history-lovers came out to attend the preview for our auction of Printed & Manuscript Americana on September 28. The sale featured a trove of unique material, much of which…

    The post Records & Results: Printed & Manuscript Americana appeared first on Swann Galleries News.


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  • 10/10/17--14:14: Do You Speak Photography?
  • This post was written by our Vice President and Director of Photographs & Photobooks, Daile Kaplan.   Photography is ubiquitous in visual culture. Whether you prefer contemporary works by Alec…

    The post Do You Speak Photography? appeared first on Swann Galleries News.


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    A transportive highlight in our October 17 auction of Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel Books is the rare complete set of first editions detailing Captain James Cook’s voyages around the…

    The post The First Accounts of Captain Cook’s Fateful Voyage appeared first on Swann Galleries News.


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    The following post was written by Keavy Handley-Byrne of our Photographs & Photobooks department: Magnum Photos, founded as a cooperative agency in 1947, is perhaps the most well-known photographic collective…

    The post Magnum Photographs: 70th Anniversary appeared first on Swann Galleries News.