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Welcome! We are finally seeing signs of recovery in the art market. The question that lingered in our heads was "will it get worse before it gets better?" I have seen several signs of what economists call "green shoots" and have experienced business productivity in small but definite spurts. HLAA has been busy with new clients, cataloging and appraising their collections as well as dealing with the secondary art market which has been alight with activity.

Given the slower pace of things in general I have had more time to see art. I was out on the town visiting shows like Steve Cohen's collection open to the public for the first time at Sotheby's and Javier de Villota's first exhibition in the U.S. at the Station Museum in Houston. I also organized a panel discussion with Christie's Education AS and am grateful for the participation of Lisa Erf, David Mugrabi, Barbara Hunt McClanahan, Dominique Lévy and Cristel Force.

Last week's Impressionist and Modern Art sale at Christie's which realized $102,767,000 (USD) was also a sign of better things to come. The results went above and beyond expectations with top lots selling. Picasso's Mousquetaire à la pipe sold for $14,642,500 (est. $12-18 million).  Although we may not have arrived at greener pastures yet, we can appreciate the roses as they start to bloom. Enjoy!    ~Heidi Lee

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Tamara de Lempika, LA CHEMISE ROSE I, circa 1927, Christie's Imp/Mod Sale May 6, 2009, New York. Price realized $3,218,500 (estimate $1,300,000 - $1,800,000)

In This Issue

  • 'Six Degrees of Separation' article on Steve Cohen's collection at Sothebys



Christie's Education Alumni Society cordially invites you to their first annual "Art Leadership Panel: Top industry leaders discuss the economic and institutional forces affecting the arts today" on May 19th. *Waiting List Only*

*Barbara Hunt McLanahan, Judd Foundation, Director
*Dominique Lévy, L&M Arts Gallery
*Lisa Erf,JPMorgan Chase Art Collection, Director Corporate Art Collection
*David Mugrabi, Fashion Concepts Inc, Private Art Dealer
*Christel H. Force, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Research Associate

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Christie's Education New York
  • Christie's Education Panel: "Art Leadership Panel: Top industry leaders discuss the economic and institutional forces affecting the arts today"
  • Date/Time: MAY 19th, 6:00 - 7:30PM
  • Address: Christie's Education New York, 11 West 42nd Street, 8th Floor, New York, NY. Between 5th and 6th Avenues. Tel: 212-355-1501
  • Admission: Free and open to public
  • Transcripts: Available upon request
  • Moderator: Dr. Véronique Chagnon-Burke, Director of Studies at Christie's Education NY.
  • Guests are invited to send panel questions in advance to: vchagnon-burke@christies.edu

RSVP: christieseducation@christies.edu
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Javier de Villota at work on one of his corpse sculptures

A must-see exhibition currently on view at the Houston Station Museum of Contemporary Art, an independent non-profit museum, is the astonishing Javier de Villota retrospective. Jim Harathis, the museum's founder and director, called the Dehumanization Echo exhibtiion "the strongest show ever made in the USA". A true visionary, he has a reputation for finding international talent and being the first to champion their work in the U.S. It is the artist's first exhibition outside the artist's home country who had a retrospective in 2001 at the Centro Cultural de La Villa in Madrid.

Harathis goes against current art trends and prefers artists with a specific edge. Fittingly, he chose to show de Villota's paintings and sculptures due to their politically charged nature. With the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of the Human Rights, the artist devoted an entire body of work to examine the history of human rights violations around the world. He recreated three-dimensional boi in the same vein as Goya's dismembered bodies in his Disasters of War series, using photographs and video to help recreate scenes from concentration camps, 9/11, and the war in Gaza. The artist's challenging subject matter has an antiwar message to present war without all its glory.

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Javier de Villota, Oil on canvas

Also on view is a surrealistic installation created as a tribute to the victims of the Sarajevo War. Bloodied bodies and debris from buildings spill across a concrete platform to recreate the actual  scene of the atrocities. The scene is further enhanced by a mural-sized video documentary that loops real footage of brutalized innocent civilians. The end result is an intensely provacative and emotional realization of the actual event. There are currently five thousand Bosnian refugees living in Houston several of whom attended the opening to personally thank the artist for producing a visualy moving and compassionate body of work about their experience. Villota's work is universal. He respectfully reminds us of the inhumanity and injustices of the past many of which will never be forgotten.

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Javier de Villota Retrospective/March 2009/Station Museum, Houston, Texas
Born in Madrid in 1944 Javier de Villota is an architect, painter, and sculptor. He comes from two generations of Spanish painters, most notably Jose Gutierrez Solana. He lives in Houston with his wife Natacha and two of his sons, Alejandro and Luis.
Click here to see video of Jim Harithas talk about de Villota

Houston Press review
ON THE TOWNjessica
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Pipilotti Rist yoga class/ MoMA

by Jessica Lantos 
The Guggenheim did it. So did the MoMA. And now, P.S.1 is doing it. The white, pristine, untouchable galleries of NYC museums have become playgrounds cum living rooms/yoga studios/movie theaters as of late with their respective exhibitions: 'theanyspacewhatever', Pipilotti Rist's 'Pour Your Body Out (7354 Meters)', and Kenneth Anger's solo show. Each visit, I found visitors sprawled on the floor, on beanbags, shag carpets or the hard concrete. Is this phenomena attendant laziness, or a heightened level of comfort and familiarity on the part of the visitor (as well as increasingly accommodating museums norms)? Has the museum effectively transformed the viewing experience, dropping its notion of being overly staid, cold, and formal?

The deeply personal nature of viewing art is nothing new. Nonetheless this intimate, relaxed atmosphere offers a more meaningful way to connect the viewer in a way that echoes Michael Fried's phenomenological and theatrical notions of interacting with art. The cattle-herding mentality of timed shows has been replaced by a multi-layered sensory environment that involves playdates, temporary works spaces, slumber parties, and oh yeah, looking at art. Ironically, despite the range of options, or in spite of them, the art still remains a priority and most importantly, within this atmosphere there exists the chance for a protracted time frame in which to consider the Kenneth Anger's 1947 film, 'Fireworks' or Rist's dreamy cinematographic visions.
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'theanyspacewhatever' installation/Guggenheim NY

Jerry Salz reported on an impromptu yoga class that took place during the final days of the MoMA show. Upon reading it, I was disappointed that I didn't know about it sooner to attend. No doubt practicing Vinyasa poses in the cavernous atrium of the museum is a singular experience, but is it blasphemous? Irreverent? Or worse, irrelevant? Maybe not. In fact, at a time when video art is reflected in rooftop hotel pools, perhaps we should be doing sun salutations to a backdrop of a gorgeously transcendent video installation. Truly, there could be no better homage to spiritual and aesthetic contemplation.

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Steve Cohen
For twelve days in April the public was given a unique opportunity to view a select group of paintings from the collection of Steve and Alexandra Cohen at Sotheby's auction house. If you traveled to the Upper East Side of Manhattan and rode the elevator to the 10th floor you would have been stunned by the 20 masterworks neatly installed around the room by some of the world's more renowned artists Picasso, de Kooning, Munch, Warhol and the like. This show was noteworthy in more ways than one.  Click her to read full article in Whitewall by Heidi Lee

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Pablo Picasso, Le Repos, 1932, Cohen Collection
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