Friday Faves Vol. 7

While we have big love for the Charlotte art scene, we know we are a small tile in the mosaic of a larger art world. For this reason, we are constantly checking in on what’s happening with our favorite museums, galleries, and auction houses around the world. Today, check out what’s on our radar:

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A ‘Ready-Made Collection’ goes to auction at Christie’s

The Glenstone Art Museum in Potomac, MD will send a large collection of artworks to auction on November 12 to fund future acquisitions and buildings. The grouping of artworks includes big names like Louise Bourgeois, Maurizio Cattelan, Hanne Darboven, Katharina Fritsch, Jenny Holzer, Bruce Nauman, Jeff Wall and Cindy Sherman (21 of her “Untitled Film Stills” will be sold in a single lot! According the the article linked above, “anyone willing and able to drop an estimated $6 million to $9 million can amass an instant Cindy Sherman collection.”)

Walter De Maria, “Bel Air Trilogy,” (detail) 2000–2011. Stainless steel rod with 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air Two-tone hardtop.

Walter De Maria, “Bel Air Trilogy,” (detail) 2000–2011.
Stainless steel rod with 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air Two-tone hardtop.

Walter de Maria estate goes to Gagosian

Gagosian, the reigning king of contemporary art, just landed a big egg by acquiring the estate of Walter de Maria (remember his Lightening Field (1977, New Mexico)?). The reclusive artist died without a will, leaving his estate and legacy to no one. The gallery, who gave him six solo shows during his life, jumped at the chance to continue representing him. The gallery will establish a foundation in his name, which will oversee a monograph of his works, and will also stage an exhibition of sculptures and works on paper created between 1976 and 1990.

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Body Embellishment at the Mint Museum

The Mint Museum’s Craft & Design department has been working for years on collecting and curating the artwork for their upcoming show ‘Body Embellishment,” a study of the ways we alter and enhance our bodies. The exhibition will feature tattoos, nail art, jewelry, nail art, millinery and fashion. The museum typically programs conservative exhibitions, so we’re eager to see the content of this one, opening April 11, 2015.

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