Galerie’s Weekly Art and Design Industry News Brief
Here are this week’s must-read news stories in the fields of art and design.
1. A Hopper painting once promised to a museum is destined for auction instead
Edward Hopper’s 1929 painting Chop Suey will be auctioned off at Christie’s upcoming An American Place: The Barney A. Ebsworth Collection sale. The work is estimated to fetch as much as $70 million. However, Ebsworth, who passed away earlier this year, publicly promised the painting to the Seattle Art Museum in 2017. The auction house says it’s selling a portion of Ebsworth’s collection in accordance with his family’s wishes.
2. Hermès opens New York City pop-up dedicated to its scarves
In honor of its seminal square silk scarves, Hermès has launched a pop-up show called “Hermès Carré Club,” located in New York’s Meatpacking District. Open for only four days, the event at the Carré Club boasts Instagram-worthy interactive installations, a café, and a boutique featuring limited-edition scarves. The pop-up is free to enter and is located at 459 West 14th Street until September 16th.
3. David Zwirner and Fraenkel Gallery are collaborating on the representation of the estate of Diane Arbus
Inaugurating the collaboration will be the first complete presentation of Diane Arbus’s “Untitled” series, 65 images made at residences for the developmentally disabled between 1969 and 1971, the last years of the artist’s life. Several of the images have never been seen before. It opens to the public on November 2, 2018, at 537 West 20th Street, New York.
4. India’s first multidimensional interactive art space to open in Kolkata
The 70,000-square-foot Kolkata Centre for Creativity will house eight distinct spaces, including the Museum of Contemporary Culture, a gallery space and dedicated children’s section. The building, designed by architect Pinakin Patel, opens in November with “School,” a solo exhibition of work by the late Indian modernist Dashrath Patel.
5. Manhattan institution Henri Bendel to close its doors in 2019
It was announced this week by the store’s parent company, L Brands, that it would be closing Henri Bendel, the 123-year-old Fifth Avenue department store, in January 2019. The company, which also owns Bath & Body Works and Victoria’s Secret, said in a statement that it was closing the legacy store “to improve company profitability and focus on our larger brands that have greater growth potential.”