LATEST WORLD BYTES
- Austrian dealer Thaddaeus Ropac has secured representation of the estate of Joseph Beuys, admitting that the German conceptual artist has a “patchy auction history” and is better suited to gallery sales.
- A ten-year agreement between France and Saudi Arabia is on the cards, to develop archaeological site Mada’in Saleh and monumental Nabataean tombs (a Unesco World Heritage Site) of the Al-Ula region into a cultural destination, with France to bring museums, conservation and infrastructure know-how to this $20 billion project.
- Sotheby’s announced that it is launching its first auction in Mumbai in December, reinforcing recent reports that India’s art market is poised for growth.
- Ukrainian art philanthropist Victor Pinchuk, founder of the Pinchuk center, is facing scrutiny for his $150,000 gift to President Donald Trump in 2015.
- Sotheby’s Australia hosted “The Art of Divorce”, selling Russell Crowe’s art collection, with the highest price of $336,396 for Charles Blackman’s The Suitor (1960), and an auction total of $2.8M.
- The Metropolitan Museum of Art has named its new director: Max Hollein, former director and CEO of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.
- Photography sales in New York were calm, with Phillips making $5m in its 9 April sale; Christie’s two live photographs sales made a combined $5.1m; Sotheby’s two photographs sales on 10 April made a combined $5.1m.
- Emmanuel Macron has extended the tenure of Jean-Luc Martinez as director of the Louvre for another three years.
- Beijing’s Gallery Weekend art fair received a positive review from Artnet’s Kenny Schachter, who noted Beijing’s “grittier and more talent-driven” atmosphere, as opposed to Shanghai, “known as a more money-driven upstart with a European sensibility”.
- François Pinault has contributed €3m towards the restoration of Victor Hugo’s former residence, Hauteville House, on the isle of Guernsey.
- CAMA Gallery, opened on Thursday in London with an exhibition of work by 18 Iranian artists, making it the first gallery devoted to Iranian art in Britain, although non of the artists were able to attend due to visa issues.
- Ben Genocchio, made partner at Gmurzynska Gallery after allegations of sexual misconduct ensued his departure from the Armory Show, had a successful debut Basel Hong Kong, selling a Léger for $4.2 million.
- Christie’s will offer an edition of Jeff Koons’ Play-Doh at its evening sale of postwar and contemporary art in New York on May 17, estimated at $20 million.
- A judges ruled in favor of Agnes Martin’s catalogue raisonné committee having the final say without legal liability, following a lawsuit brought by London’s Mayor Gallery against the committee after it refused to authenticate 13 supposed Martin paintings.
- Ten Auspicious Landscapes of Taishan, “the greatest masterpiece” of 18th-century court painter Qian Weicheng, went for $18.7 million at Sotheby’s Hong Kong, following a 40-minute bidding war.
ARTISTS / PROJECTS EVENTS NEWS
- EDUARDO PAOLOZZI: February 24 – May 07, 2018: POP! Art in a Changing Britain – Pallant House Gallery (Chichester, UK)
- EDUARDO PAOLOZZI: February 09 – May 28, 2018: Lots of pictures-Lots of fun – Berlinische Galerie (Berlin)
- YASUAKI ONISHI: – May 2018: Reverse of volume Arte Sella – Bolgo Valsugana Italy.