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found in the attic of their family home near london.

and, sold for US$69.5 million,

the highest price ever paid for any chinese work of art at auction.

a superb and very rare yang cai reticulated double-walled vase with six character mark in underglaze blue of qianlong and of the period

bainbridges | west ruslip, middlesex, UK | 11 november 2010 | lot 800

photo credits bainbridges

what treasures could be hidden in your attic?

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two san francisco art galleries are presenting landmark exhibitions of paintings by richard diebenkorn and helen frankenthaler during april, may, and june 2010.

richard diebenkorn | paintings and drawings from the collection of christopher diebenkorn at the paul thiebaud gallery opened on 20 april 2010 and runs until 26 june 2010.

instead of the gestural techniques of the abstract expressionist and color field painting movements of the 1950’s, richard diebenkorn (1922-1993) developed a more controlled style, where the geometric lines accumulated during the drawing and painting process remain visible. in addition to other modern artists and his academic colleagues, diebenkorn’s residential location influenced his work.

here are some highlights from the show, which not only features abstract works from diebenkorn’s earlier sausalito (1947-1949), albuquerque (1950-1952), urbana (1952-1953), and berkeley (1953-1966) periods, but also from his later santa monica (1966-1988), and healdsburg (1988-1993) periods.

sausalito

richard diebenkorn | untitled | watercolor, ink and paper tape on paper | 1946

photo credit paul thiebaud gallery

albuquerque

richard diebenkorn | untitled | gouache on paper | 1951

photo credit paul thiebaud gallery

urbana

richard diebenkorn | untitled (urbana) | ink and gouache on paper | 1952

photo credit paul thiebaud gallery

berkeley

richard diebenkorn | cityscape #4 | oil on canvas | 1963

photo credit paul thiebaud gallery

santa monica

richard diebenkorn | invented landscape | gouache and crayon on paper | 1977

photo credit paul thiebaud gallery

healdsburg

richard diebenkorn | untitled #10 | crayon, graphite, synthetic polymer, and pasted paper on paper | 1991

photo credit paul thiebaud gallery

the exhibition also features representational figural drawings, still life drawings, landscapes, and cityscapes from the different phases of diebenkorn’s career.

which style and ‘location’ do you prefer?

two san francisco art galleries are presenting landmark exhibitions of paintings by helen frankenthaler and richard diebenkorn during april, may, and june 2010.

helen frankenthaler | paintings 1961-1973 at the john berggruen gallery opened on 1 april 2010 and runs through 22 may 2010.

helen frankenthaler (b.1928), who was influenced by the techniques of abstract expressionist painters such as jackson pollock, willem de kooning, and mark rothko, led the color field painting movement in new york during the 1950’s.  she developed a gestural painting technique that, by pouring paint over an unprimed instead of a primed canvas, allowed the paint to penetrate and stain the surface.

here are some highlights from the show, which features rarely exhibited paintings from the collections of the artist and other private collectors.  some of the earliest paintings in the exhibition include provincetown l from 1961 and pivitol square from 1962.

helen frankenthaler | provincetown l | oil on canvas | 1961

photo credit john berggruen gallery

helen frankenthaler | pivitol square | oil on canvas | 1962

photo credit john berggruen gallery

helen frankenthaler | gulf stream | oil and acrylic on canvas | 1963

photo credit john berggruen gallery

helen frankenthaler | mountain pool | acrylic on canvas | 1963

photo credit john berggruen gallery

helen frankenthaler | orange underline | acrylic on canvas | 1963

photo credit john berggruen gallery

the san francisco museum of modern art loaned interior landscape from 1964 to the berggruen gallery for the exhibition.

  helen frankenthaler | interior landscape | acrylic on canvas | 1964

photo credit john berggruen gallery

according to art scholar, barbara rose, coalition from 1968 is:

‘among the finest paintings produced anywhere in the late sixties’.

helen frankenthaler | coalition | acrylic on canvas | 1968

photo credit john berggruen gallery

but, harold rosenberg, a new york art critic and proponent of the abstract expressionist movement, described frankenthaler’s post-1960’s work as:

‘mere interior decoration.’

helen frankenthaler | moveable blue | acrylic on canvas | 1973

photo credit john berggruen gallery
what do you think?