This column highlights art musings culled from the many journals and newsletters collected by TS Project Art.
Hung Liu, Cotton Picker, (detail), oil on canvas 2015, Collection: Sig Anderman
Hung Liu: Portraits of Promised Lands
National Portrait Gallery
August 27, 2021 to May 30, 2022
the first retrospective of the artist’s portraiture
and the first major presentation of her work on the East Coast.
Featuring more than 50 paintings, photographs and drawings, the Portrait Gallery’s exhibition will examine the powerful art of Hung Liu (1948–2021), from her earliest photographs and drawings made in the early 1970s to her recent large-scale paintings.
Liu, who was born in Changchun, China, experienced political revolution, exile, and displacement before immigrating to the United States in 1984.
Liu’s “portraits of promised lands” represent her family members as well as anonymous subjects. Over the course of five decades, she portrayed refugees, women soldiers, migrant laborers, sex workers, orphaned children, and other overlooked individuals, whom she described as lost souls or “spirit-ghosts.” Liu reimagined their stories and honored them with her brush.
“Hung Liu: Portraits of Promised Lands,” curated by Dorothy Moss, the National Portrait Gallery’s curator of painting and sculpture, is part of the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative, “Because of Her Story.”
The exhibition’s richly illustrated catalog, is published by the National Portrait Gallery in association with Yale University Press.
by National Portrait Gallery
August 26, 2021
a singular artwork
Brenda Biondo | A Legacy of Shadows, no.2
Legacy of Shadows is a series of photographs concerned with the fracturing of nature and the poignancy of acknowledging beauty in a. time of destruction.” ~ Brenda Biondo
The acquisition of two ceramic sculptures for a client two years ago brought abut the recent opportunity to become acquainted with the full breadth of their collection when relocating to a new residence and re-installing their artwork.
TS Project Art was able to coordinate and ensure the artful and sensitive installation of the collection. A variety of hangings were required, that ranged from straight-forward installations of intimately scaled artwork, to larger-scale paintings filling an entire wall, along with salon style hangings of multiple framed works. Custom stands and pedestals for sculpture and numerous artifacts were also specified for the installation.
The opportunity to work with a collector whose keen eye, and spirit of curiosity reflected in their collection was truly gratifying.
Amoako Boafo, Baba Diop, 2019
AUCTION SETTING RECORDS 2020
While in the midst of the ongoing and tragic global pandemic, record setting sales at auction continued, via live online-streamed auctions. A few of the record setting sales are listed below, and were referenced in an Art News article by Angelica Villa, December 2020.
"Baba Diop," 2019
"As buyers race to cash in on figurative paintings by young artists, Amoako Boafo’s market has rapidly ascended. In December, Christie’s set a new auction record for Ghanian-born artist when his 2019 canvas Baba Diop shot past the $1 million mark during the house’s Hong Kong modern and contemporary art evening sale. The price beat the artist’s previous record of $880,000 set at Phillips earlier in the year."
"One of the top lots in Sotheby’s live-streamed evening sale in June, Helen Frankenthaler’s large-scale 1975 canvas Royal Fireworks sold for a price of $7.9 million. Having come from the collection of dealer Ginny Williams, it set a record for the Abstract Expressionist, whose life and art are being reconsidered alongside those of her female peers."
"I’ve Been Good to Me," 2013
"At Phillips, another work from the Royall family collection sold at the house’s New York modern and contemporary art evening sale in December, Mickalene Thomas’s I’ve Been Good To Me (2013) made $901,200. The result surpassed her previous high of $567,000, set in 2019. In the same night, Kehinde Wiley’s 2017 portrait of Thomas sold for $378,000, setting a new record for the Barack Obama portraitist."