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Basquiat Brings $93.1 Million at Christie's; Records Toppled at Sotheby's $596.8 Million Trio of Sales

ArtfixDaily / May 12th, 2021

A 1983 painting by Haitian-American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat reached $93.1 million on Tuesday at a Christie’s auction in New York, nearly twice its estimated price. A ten-minute bidding battle between three phone bidders for “In This Case” began at $40 million, escalated quickly to $50 ...

Takashi Murakami Guest Curates 'Super-Rough' With Outsider Art Fair Dealers in New York

ArtfixDaily / May 12th, 2021

Japanese artist Takashi Murakami will guest curate Super-Rough, a large-scale group exhibition of close to two hundred sculptural works by approximately 50-60 self-taught, visionary and vernacular folk artists from around the world. Overseen by Murakami, in collaboration with several dozen ...

Rarely Shown In the U.S., Masterworks from the Bemberg Foundation Go On View at San Diego Museum of Art This Summer, Along With Ana de Alvear's Photorealistic Drawings

ArtfixDaily / May 12th, 2021

The San Diego Museum of Art plans to open to two summer exhibitions, Cranach to Canaletto: Masterpieces from the Bemberg Foundation and Everything You See Could Be A Lie: Photorealistic Drawings by Ana de Alvear. From Old Master paintings to contemporary, hyper-realistic ...

Maya Lin's 'Ghost Forest' Takes a Stand In Manhattan's Madison Square Park

ArtfixDaily / May 11th, 2021

After a delay due to COVID-19 precautions, Maya Lin’s Ghost Forest, a towering stand of forty-nine spectral cedar trees, is a powerful new public art work on view in New York's Madison Square Park, now through November 14, 2021. Killed by saltwater infiltration in New Jersey’s Pine Barrens, the ...

Planned 50% Funding Cuts to Arts Education In UK Sparks Protests

Guardian / May 10th, 2021

A planned 50% funding cut to arts subjects at universities in the U.K. has been met with fierce resistance. The UK's Office for Students (OfS) and the education secretary, Gavin Williamson, rolled out a plan that reduces spending for “high cost” higher education arts subjects in England from ...

In A First, Only Artist Collectives Are Shortlisted For Turner Prize 2021

ArtfixDaily / May 10th, 2021

Tate Britain has announced the shortlist for Turner Prize 2021: Array Collective, Black Obsidian Sound System, Cooking Sections, Gentle/Radical, and Project Art Works. An exhibition of their work will be held at the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum in Coventry, UK, from September 29, 2021 to ...

Philadelphia Museum of Art Opens New Galleries and Public Spaces in Major Renovation

ArtfixDaily / May 6th, 2021

On May 7, 2021, the Philadelphia Museum of Art unveils to the public the culmination of two decades of planning, design, and construction: a project by the celebrated architect Frank Gehry that represents a major milestone in the renovation, reorganization, and interior expansion of the museum’s ...

Take A Virtual Walk-Through of Desert X 2021 in the Coachella Valley

ArtfixDaily / May 4th, 2021

After a postponement due to pandemic stay-at-home orders, Desert X 2021 is in its final weeks of a 9-week (to May 16) run in multiple loactions across California's Coachella Valley. On-site visitors can download a mobile app for exact locations and information on artworks. This third edition of ...

British Artists Ackroyd & Harvey Plant 100 Oak Trees Outside Tate Modern

ArtfixDaily / May 4th, 2021

In advance of the Tate Modern galleries' reopening (planned for May 17) in London, Beuys’ Acorns is a fresh installation representing ideas of regeneration, and is free for visitors to see outside the museum.  The installation of 100 oak saplings opened May 4 on the terrace outside Tate ...

Major Traveling Exhibition 'In American Waters' Casts New Light On Our Relationship With the Sea

ArtfixDaily / May 3rd, 2021

This May, the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) debuts In American Waters, a painting exhibition that reframes and expands our understanding of American culture and environment by looking at the sea. For over 200 years, American artists have been inspired to capture the beauty, violence, ...

David Hockney Digital Billboards Deliver A Brilliant Sunrise To Major Cities

New York Times / May 2nd, 2021

Celebrated British artist David Hockney has created a 2½-minute animation of a sunrise in spring that will be broadcast on digital billboards across five major cities thoughout May. Now living in Normandy, France, Hockney, who is 83, used an iPad during lockdown to create the digital work, ...

Eli Broad, Billionaire Businessman Who Revitalized L.A. Cultural Scene, Remembered

ArtfixDaily / May 2nd, 2021

Eli Broad (1933-2021), the influential billionaire businessman and philanthropist who poured his fortune into cultural institutions, art collecting, public education, civic improvement and scientific endeavors, died on Friday in Los Angeles. He was 87. His generous philanthropy, including the ...

Marie-Josée Kravis Named MoMA Chair, Replacing Leon Black

New York Times / April 29th, 2021

New York's Museum of Modern Art announced on Tuesday that philanthropist Marie-Josée Kravis will replace investor Leon Black as chairman. According to the New York Times, Kravis, said in the virtual board meeting: “I know it’s a huge responsibility. I will try to live up to it.” Businesswoman ...

Art Heals: A Museum In Italy Becomes COVID-19 Vaccine Site Enveloped In Claudia Comte's Site-Specific Audiovisual Work

ArtfixDaily / April 29th, 2021

From April 29, 2021, a Covid-19 vaccine center will be set up at Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea in Rivoli, on the outskirts of Turin, Italy. Vaccinations will be administered in the galleries of a Claudia Comte exhibition where visitors will be ensconced in a specially-created ...

Samsung Founding Family To Donate Massive Art Collection As $10.8 Billion Inheritance Tax Looms

AP / April 28th, 2021

South Korea's Samsung founding family will donate tens of thousands of artworks and gift hundreds of millions of dollars to medical research to help pay an estimated 12 trillion won ($10.8 billion) in taxes related to inheritance, following the death of chairman Lee Kun-Hee last year, according ...

'Wampum: Stories from the Shells of Native America' Joins Mayflower 400 Exhibition This Summer at The Box In Plymouth, UK

ArtfixDaily / April 25th, 2021

Wampum: Stories from the Shells of Native America will be displayed next to The Box’s major Mayflower 400: Legend and Legacy exhibition in England, which tells a shared transatlantic history.  Concurrent celebrations which began in 2020 at Plimoth Patuxet Museums (formerly Plimoth ...

Smithsonian American Art Museum Plans To Reopen May 14 With New Installations and Extended Exhibitions

ArtfixDaily / April 23rd, 2021

The Smithsonian American Art Museum and its branch museum, the Renwick Gallery, reopen to the public Friday, May 14. This is the second reopening of the museum following closures on March 14, 2020 and on Nov. 23, 2020 as a public health precaution due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. The museum ...

Olafur Eliasson Floods Museum With Site-Specific Installation Open to 'Human and Non-Human Alike'

ArtfixDaily / April 21st, 2021

A new site-specific installation entitled Life by the Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson has brought a literal flood inside the Fondation Beyeler, in the Swiss city of Basel. For this solo show (now through July 11, 2021), the artist immerses the museum in a border-crossing investigation ...

An Irresistible Urge to Create: The Monroe Family Collection of Florida Outsider Art

ArtfixDaily / April 20th, 2021

The passion for Outsider Art runs deep in Florida, where self-taught artists have forged an indelible mark of special attention on the creative landscape of the state.  An Irresistible Urge to Create: The Monroe Family Collection of Florida Outsider Art is the most comprehensive exhibition ...

Modern Art Museum Shanghai 2021 Program Spotlights Zaha Hadid Architects, Premieres Immersive Alice in Warholand Experience, and Launches a Night Museum and Sculpture Garden

ArtfixDaily / April 19th, 2021

The Modern Art Museum (MAM) Shanghai has announced its 2021 exhibition program, including the first large-scale exhibition of Zaha Hadid Architects in China, ZHA Close Up – Work & Research from 19 June - 15 September, and the first fully curated narrative museum featuring Andy Warhol in ...