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Who doesn’t love the work of Margaret Kilgallen? Three of her works (all pictured above) are featured at the Doyle New York Street Art sale this Monday, April 8.
“Offering the work of Margaret Kilgallen is a specific point of pride for me. In a sense, what this sale is about is championing a style of art that has been maligned and ignored. In Margaret Kilgallen, you have a tremendous young artist who passed far too soon and did not get her due – she only had four solo shows in her lifetime. With our first sale in October, we achieved a world record price for her work at auction, and in doing so, gained a lot of coverage for her and re-introduced her to a portion of the art world that may have missed out the first time around. If that’s my contribution, making people sit up and take notice to great artists; being part of what helps their legacy, that’s something I couldn’t be happier about. That’s really the goal for this auction as a whole – doing what we can to legitimize these artists, document their work and help secure their places in history.”
— Angelo Madrigale, Street Art specialist at Doyle New York
We were visiting the Maps Division today and spied a book from the fantastically-named Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge, published around 1837. The Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge (also known as SDUK) published several interesting books for the diffusion of knowledge, including one about “Vegetable Substances,” many of which you can find at the Library.
Helen Levitt, New York, c. 1942
From the Metropolitan Museum of Art:
Helen Levitt practiced photography with a small handheld camera on the streets of New York, making tender depictions of ordinary city people, and especially children. The street was a stage for her young subjects, upon which they played games, performed improvisational dramas, and made fantastic, untutored chalk drawings such as this figure with double pupils and a hovering crown. For Levitt, graffiti and children’s drawings were present-day emblems of a pre-civilized, magical art, both spontaneous and archetypal.