A&O Shorts

Painting brilliantly colored works with emotive physicality, Eugène Delacroix was a defining artist of French Romanticism. His first comprehensive retrospective in North America, the Metropolitan Museum’s Delacroix pays homage to the breadth and scale of his oeuvre, assembling an impressive collection of loans from North American and European collections.
Christie’s is marking Frieze Week in London with a series of auctions showcasing 20th- and 21st- century works. The first of these, Un/Breakable, which took place on Tuesday, is a new curated auction that traces 140 years of ceramic art.

Just two dozen rings encapsulate the history of the world as seen in the exhibition, “The Fashioned Hand: Historic Finger Rings.” These twenty-four remarkable and remarkably preserved rings are from the collection amassed by Les Enluminures, a unique firm dedicated to documenting medieval and Renaissance manuscripts, miniatures, and finger rings. The rings, spanning two millennia, will be on display at Frieze Masters, Stand A4, Regent’s Park London from October 4-7, 2018.

For the past 30 years, British sculptor Sarah Lucas has been making waves and making audiences chuckle with her dark sense of humor and unique use of materials. Bringing together important works from across her career, the New Museum presents the first American survey of Lucas’ work.

Taking a contemporary perspective, the Whitney is looking back through their collection, reviewing how programming has evolved in modern and contemporary art. Programmed: Rules, Codes, and Choreographies in Art, 1965–2018 begins with early conceptual works from artists like Sol LeWitt, Josef Albers, and Donald Judd, who used rules and instructions to guide their creative practices. By creating and working within these parameters, these early conceptual artists of the 1960s insisted that the idea behind the work was just as important as the work itself.

Phillips New Now auction proved itself to be a staple of the auction calendar this week, mixing work by emerging and established artists in a successful sale. With over 250 lots offered, the auction expected to realize over $5 million, and made $6.4 million.
A group exhibition showcasing contemporary female artists based in Austria and the United States, Women.Now. explores women’s changing roles through a variety of media, including paintings, pottery, textiles, drawing, mixed media projects and video.
Fifty years after their last show, the Art Institute of Chicago presents the first major survey of the Hairy Who, a group of six Chicago Imagists. Similar to New York Pop Art in their use of imagery from advertising, Chicago Imagists differed from Pop artists in their creation intensely personal work.
Sotheby’s Yellow Ball Auction, presenting the extraordinary art collection of Frank and Lorna Dunphy, realized $13.3 million today, with 92% of lots sold, and participants from 43 countries. Known for managing Damien Hirst, Frank and his wife, Lorna, collected an impressive array of art.