The Luxury Channel brings you our pick of art news and gallery gossip from New York….
Arno Elias – Pop International Galleries
From Sari-clad women on the streets of India, to a pair of mating lions on Africa’s Savannah, to a panoramic perspective of New York City’s skyline, Arno Elias’ images conjure emotion and capture unforgettable moments from his photographic journey across the world. Elias’ most recent additions to his extensive body of work are to be unveiled at Pop International Galleries in SoHo, New York this week – a series of incredible, hand-embellished photographs highlighting global diversities. The artworks presented have been captured during Elias’ recent sojourns through Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Egypt, India, Burma and Laos. He is involved with (among other organizations) UNICEF and the Brigitte Bardot Foundation, which focuses on animal rights, but has also recently been commissioned by the St. Regis Hotel in New York to create two unique works of art for the hotel’s permanent collection, one of which will be prominently featured in the hotel lobby.
Piers Secunda – William Holman Gallery
Casts of actual bullet holes shot by the Taliban may not be to everyone’s taste, but Piers Secunda’s work is certainly thought-provoking. Secunda travelled to Kabul to the sites of two suicide bomb attacks, where bullet holes were confirmed on site by the Kabul police to be Taliban-related. The casts of the bullet holes have then been integrated into a series of wall-mounted paint sculptures, and the works will be on show in New York as part of Anthony Haden Guest’s War Stories at William Holman Gallery, until 21st June. The exhibition brings together an impressive and diverse group of artists, whose work focuses primarily on war and conflict.
Gerald Bland – The Fine Arts Building
Gerald Bland is smiling, but exhausted….his new gallery has opened, and New York loves it. Gerald Bland Antiques has been a destination on Madison Avenue for over 25 years – now his devoted followers will be making their way to his new gallery, which he opened this week within the Design Centre mecca of East 59th Street, in The Fine Arts Building. Now Gerald has space to show the direction he has been taking in the past few years – not only carrying 1690 to 1840 period furniture but also contemporary art and decorative accessories, unique pieces giving one tradition but with an edge. The space has an urban chic New York loft feeling, with high ceilings and deconstructed walls. Here, working with his daughter Georgiana, Gerald will be taking his company forward as a leading source for the new and exciting designers in decorative arts. Some of our favorite pieces were Eve Kaplan’s mirrors and lights – really distinctive and bright.
Sotheby’s – Impressionist And Modern Art Sale
It was a night of frantic bidding at Sotheby’s Impressionist and Modern Art Sale, which saw sales of $219 million. Picasso’s Le Sauvetage proved the most popular work on the night, with a final hammer price of $27 million. Leonardo Di Caprio was spotted with his entourage in a private skybox, although the group left just five lots in – but their jubilant mood suggested they had bought whatever it was they had come for.
Jeff Koons – Sotheby’s
Sotheby’s offered Jeff Koons’ most accomplished and major work of recent years: an immaculate, gleaming, seven-foot tall statue of the cartoon character and American pop culture icon, Popeye. The sculpture had never appeared at auction until now, nor been exhibited publicly, but carried an estimate in the region of $25 million. It eventually sold for $28.2 million.