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    From the catalogue of our April 6 sale of African-American Fine Art.     Assemblage emerged as a dynamic new art form in Los Angeles in the late 1960s. The…

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    A note from the catalogue of our April 6 sale of African-American Fine Art.     Miriam Matthews (1905 – 2003)     Miriam Matthews was a trailblazer as a…

    The post Miriam Matthews, Collector & Advocate appeared first on Swann Galleries News.


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    Keavy Handley-Byrne of the Photographs & Photobooks department contributed to this post on Danny Lyon’s eponymous portfolio in our April 20 auction of Images & Objects: Photographs & Photobooks.  …

    The post Danny Lyon & New Photojournalism appeared first on Swann Galleries News.


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    The crowd was standing-room only at our April 6 auction of African-American Fine Art. The sale totaled more than $2.5M, with five of the top lots breaking previous auction records, all…

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    From the catalogue for our April 27 sale of Printed & Manuscript Americana. The sale will feature a year-long manuscript diary of wealthy Manhattan orphan Edith Brevoort.   Edith Henry Brevoort (1832-1891)…

    The post Edith Brevoort: Diary of a Wealthy Manhattan Orphan appeared first on Swann Galleries News.


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  • 04/13/17--13:33: Modern Daguerreotypes & More
  • While we live in a digital age, faced with a tsunami of photographs on all manner of devices, many modern artists have returned to the earliest photographic techniques. These were delicate, time-consuming…

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    On Thursday, March 30, our annual auction of Printed & Manuscript African Americana exceeded $1M for the first time in the department’s 20+ year history. The success was largely due to…

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  • 04/18/17--13:00: Barkley Hendricks, 1945-2017
  • We learned this morning the very sad news of the passing of Barkley Hendricks. We have lost one of the great American painters of this and the last century. Hendricks…

    The post Barkley Hendricks, 1945-2017 appeared first on Swann Galleries News.


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    The following are notes from the catalogue for our April 20 sale of Images & Objects: Photographs & Photobooks.     William Bradford, a celebrated American painter, was also a…

    The post William Bradford & The Arctic Regions appeared first on Swann Galleries News.


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  • 04/24/17--08:52: The Cherokee Messenger
  • The complete set of The Cherokee Messenger, Oklahoma’s earliest periodical, will be coming to auction in our Printed & Manuscript Americana sale on April 27. Only one other complete set…

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    It’s hard not to judge a book by its cover when it is encased in a fine Cosway-style binding. Two of these sumptuous decorative tomes will be coming to auction…

    The post What is a Cosway-Style Binding? appeared first on Swann Galleries News.


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  • 04/28/17--07:48: Masters of Early Engraving
  • Our May 2 auction of Old Master Through Modern Prints offers a rare opportunity to see the work of some of the earliest scions of European engraving in the same…

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    Notes from the catalogue of our May 11 auction of Contemporary Art.   Though Motherwell is known for his integral role in the New York school of Abstract Expressionism, the…

    The post Notes from the Catalogue: Robert Motherwell’s Early Surrealist Period appeared first on Swann Galleries News.


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    Swann is honored to commemorate the legacy of Marlene Dietrich by offering for the first time select items that have touched her life and that of her family. Our May…

    The post Dearest Marlene: Letters & Photos from the Collection of Marlene Dietrich appeared first on Swann Galleries News.


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    In 1926, Thomas Hart Benton was a teacher at the Art Students League of New York. Disappointed by the lack of a painting manual, he set about writing his own.…

    The post Thomas Hart Benton Links Pollock and Rubens appeared first on Swann Galleries News.


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    Specialist Diana Flatto wrote this post about postwar innovations in printmaking, using examples from our May 11 auction of Contemporary Art.   From the initial proliferation of engraving in the…

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    On Thursday, April 20, our sale of Images & Objects: Photographs & Photobooks set multiple records for early and modern works, with 71% of works offered finding buyers.     Nearly all…

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    On Thursday, April 27, our tenth consecutive auction of Printed & Manuscript Americana exceeded $700,000. Much of the top material was unique or extremely rare, including diaries, letters and archives, many…

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    On Tuesday, May 2, we offered Old Master Through Modern Prints, with highlights from as long ago as 1495 and as recent as 1959.     The top lot of the…

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    On Thursday, May 4, we held an auction of Autographs, with twentieth-century highlights by authors taking the spotlight. The sale performed well overall, with 88% of items offered finding buyers.  …

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  • 05/10/17--11:06: East Hampton Artists
  • The community of East Hampton has long been known as an avant-garde artist enclave. Our May 11 auction of Contemporary Art features a century’s worth of output by artists who…

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    Brothers George and Isaac (who often went by his middle name of Robert) Cruikshank were famed early nineteenth-century caricaturists. Their work appears in two of our sales this season, 19th…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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.…

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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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