A Girl Reading by Pierre-Auguste Renoir
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, has named Jeremy Strick as its new director. Strick was the curator of 20th-century painting and sculpture at the Art Institute of Chicago, where he organized numerous exhibits, including In the Light of Italy: Corot and Early Open-Air Painting and Louise Bourgeois: The Personages. He succeeds Richard Koshalek, who has been director for 15 years.
Philanthropist Paul Mellon, who died on February 1, has left the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, the largest gift in its history. Mellon bequeathed $75 million and more than 100 paintings, including works by Vincent van Gogh, Paul Cézanne, and Claude Monet. Over the course of his lifetime, Mellon donated 900 works to the museum. Mellon also left $10 million and 50 paintings to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond.
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston has received a gift of 47 Impressionist and Post-Impressionist masterpieces. The gift represents the balance of the John A. and Audrey Jones Beck Collection and includes Camille Pissarro’s The Goose Girl at Montfoucault, White Frost, Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s A Girl Reading, and Georges Seurat’s Young Woman Powdering Herself. The recent acquisitions bring the total number of works Audrey Jones Beck has given to the museum to 70.
The Center for Creative Photography in Tucson, AZ, has received a $150,000 grant from the Henry Luce Foundation. The grant is being used to create a handbook to the center’s photograph collection and archives. The Henry Luce Foundation was established in 1936 by the late Henry R. Luce, co-founder and editor in chief of Time Inc. The foundation supports exhibitions and publications that contribute to the study of art in America.
Lorne E. Render has resigned as executive director of the C.M. Russell Museum in Great Falls, MT. Render has accepted a position as director of the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art at Kansas State University in Manhattan, KS.
Masters of the American West Fine Art Exhibition & Sale Autry Museum of Western Heritage
Los Angeles, CA; January 1999
Overall sales: $625,000
Don Crowley, Masters of the American West Award Tucker Smith, Thomas Moran Memorial Award for Painting Oreland C. Joe, Kenneth T. and Eileen L. Norris Foundation Award for Sculpture Curt Walters, Patron’s Choice Award
Colorado Indian Market & Western
Art Festival Denver Convention & Performing Arts Complex Denver, CO; January 1999
Elnora Teasyatwho and James Callahan, Best of Show Roger Bishop, Artists’ Choice Award California & American Paintings & Sculpture Butterfield & Butterfield San Francisco, CA; December 1998
Overall sales: $3,833,335
William McCloskey, Wrapped Oranges, oil, 11 x 24, $206,000
Edward Potthast, A Happy Group, oil, 12 x 16, $167,500
Dennis Bunker, Two Beached Sailboats and a Dory, oil, 12 x 19, $107,000
Guy Rose, Southern France, oil, 14 x 10 1/4, $107,000
Edgar Payne, Venetian Sails, oil, 42 x 42, $90,500
Featured in May 1999