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Six hundred sixty-six women, dead. All of them victims of domestic abuse, all of them Turkish.
Rarely, if ever, has the opening of a museum generated so much excitement and enthusiasm as the
On the heels of Leonard Lauder’s magnanimous gift of his Cubist art collection to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Dutch art dealer and collector Paul Andriesse has made a donation of his own — smaller, to be sure, but no less heartfelt, I’m certain — to the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam. According to a statement from the Stedelijk, “The gift encompasses work on paper, painting, photography, and design by artists including Jean-Marc Bustamante, René Daniëls, Charles and Ray Eames, Marlene Dumas, Joep van Lieshout, Jean Prouvé, Wilhelm Schürmann, Thomas Struth, and James Welling. Selections from the Andriesse donation will be on view from 3 May through September 1, 2013.”
Do they ever stop? I mean, if the sale of this year’s Francis Bacon portrait of lover Peter Lacy is “the greatest,” what will Sotheby’s say when they try to sell another one? “Second-greatest”? Who wants to buy that? Yet Sotheby’s London has announced an invitation to photograph “1/4 Billion [sic] Dollars of Impressionist, Modern, & Contemporary Art” at its London headquarters, including the above-mentioned Bacon, along with a “Sensational Modigliani portrait” and “one of the most famous sculptures of all time” — Rodin’s “Thinker” — not to mention “one of Cezannes’ most perfect still lifes” (as opposed to one of his “less-perfect” ones?).