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    ALSDORF’S ASIAN ART AT CHRISTIE’S NEW YORK

    Tuesday, August 25th, 2020

    THE sale of James and Marilynn Alsdorf’s private collection of Asian art is at Christie’s in New York on September 24. The connoisseurship of this Chicago couple is widely recognised. They spent their 38-year marriage building a wide-ranging collection marked by both quality and diversity. For the Alsdorfs, collecting represented the opportunity for exploration, adventure and pursuit of beauty, extending from the art-filled rooms of their Chicago residence to China and India.

    They gifted and lent hundreds of works to the Art Institute of Chicago where he served as chairman from 1975-78 and she served for a time as president of the museum Women’s Board. In 1997, Mrs. Alsdorf presented the AIC with 400 works of Indian, Himalayan, and Southeast Asian art. Less than a decade later she supported the Renzo Piano-designed renovation of what are now the Alsdorf Galleries for Indian, Himalayan, and Southeast Asian Art. The collection will be sold across two sale sessions on September 24, with a complementary online auction from September 4 to 29.

    RARE AND MAGNIFICENT BRONZE FIGURE OF SHIVA TRIPURAVIJAYA

    SOUTH INDIA, TAMIL NADU, CHOLA PERIOD, CIRCA 1050 ($1-1.5 million)

    EL GRECO: AMBITION AT DEFIANCE AT THE ART INSTITUTE

    Monday, February 10th, 2020

    With its otherworldly elongated forms and instantly recognisable proto-modern style the art of El Greco continues to fascinate.  His View of Toledo from about 1598-99, normally at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, is to travel to the Art Institute of Chicago for a major exhibition titled El Greco: Ambition and Defiance to run from March 7 to June 21. Born in Crete and trained as an icon painter Domenikos Theotokopoulos moved to Venice in 1567 and  later sought patronage within the papal circle. El Greco’s outspoken criticism of Michelangelo meant he received no commissions from the church during the six years he spent in Rome from 1570-1576. He moved to Toledo in 1577 and earned a major commission for an altarpiece now in the collection of the Art Institute.  After falling out with the powers that be at Toledo Cathedral he embarked on a career as a portraitist.  The Chicago show, organised jointly with the Reunion des musees nationaux, Grand Palais, Paris and The Louvre, will bring together over 55 paintings and sculptures from the output of this remarkable Old Master.

    El Greco – View of Toledo