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Basquiat Painting Sells for $37 M. at Sotheby’s Hong Kong Auction – ARTnews.com

A work by Jean-Michel Basquiat featured behind the artist on the 1985 cover of The New York Times Magazine—a story that confirmed the artist’s stardom and fame—sold at Sotheby’s Hong Kong for HKD 289 million ($37.2 million) with buyer’s premium on Thursday. The untitled triptych is now  the eighth most expensive Basquiat work sold at auction. The triptych painting, which depicts two figures—one painted fully-black ...

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Sotheby’s Will Open Headquarters in Cologne – ARTnews.com

Sotheby’s already has a big presence in Germany, with offices in Munich, Hamburg, Frankfurt, and Berlin. Soon, the auction house will grow its footprint in the country even more with a new headquarters in one of Germany’s major art hubs: Cologne. This fall, Sotheby’s will inaugurate a new sale center located at the city’s recently renovated historic Palais Oppenheim, in the neighborhood of Bayenthal. ...

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Billionaire Gundlach Gives More to Albright-Knox—and More Art News – ARTnews.com

To receive Morning Links in your inbox every weekday, sign up for our Breakfast with ARTnews newsletter. The Headlines THERE’S MORE UNUSUAL ART-PRIZE ACTIVITY IN THE UNITED KINGDOM. The jury of the prestigious Artes Mundi award, which is based in Cardiff, Wales, declined to name a lone winner for its £40,000 (about $55,600) top honor. It instead decided to give all six of this year’s nominees £10,000 ($13,900), citing the “exceptional ...

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Maya Lin’s Ghost Forest, Meant as an Omen, is Unexpectedly Buoyant – ARTnews.com

The most haunting thing about Maya Lin’s Ghost Forest is how ordinary it appears. On the central “Oval Lawn” in New York City’s well-trafficked Madison Square Park, the celebrated architect and sculptor has installed a stand of forty-nine bare cedar trees, resembling a dying woodland. The tall, toothpick-like conifers, pruned of branches at human height and entirely devoid of leaves, are meant to serve ...

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Researchers Uncover How Prehistoric Cave Artists Lit Their Studios – ARTnews.com

The cave art of our distant ancestors has always been the object of fascination, but the details of how this work was made are often vague. A study on ancient lighting techniques, first repoted by CNN, is bringing us a step closer to understanding how ancient artists worked. Spanish archaeologists Ángeles Medina-Alcaide, Diego Garate, Iñaki Intxaurbe, José L. Sanchidrián, Olivia Rivero, Catherine Ferrier, Dolores ...

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Germany Unveils Comprehensive Database for Its Benin Bronzes – ARTnews.com

In April, Germany made a landmark promise to begin returning the Benin Bronzes—thousands of objects stolen by British soldiers during the 19th century—in its holdings starting next year. As part of the declaration, the country also said it would begin making publicly available information about these works, and now it has lived up to its word. This week, Germany unveiled a digital database for ...

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Lorraine O’Grady and Andrea Fraser Talk Art World Activism – ARTnews.com

Lorraine O’Grady was born in 1934 in Boston. Before becoming an artist in the 1980s, her jobs included translator, intelligence analyst, writer, teacher, and rock music critic. Starting in 1980, she began performing as Mlle Bourgeoise Noire, a middle-class Black persona that stormed art openings and opined about Black art; she retired the persona in 1983, the same year she staged Art Is . ...

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Looted Ethiopian Artifacts Pulled from Auction After Embassy’s Appeal – ARTnews.com

Artifacts looted by British forces in the 19th century have been pulled from auction following an appeal by the Ethiopian government to the English auctioneers to “stop the cycle of dispossession.” The Guardian first reported the news. The Ethiopian embassy in London wrote to Busby, an auction house based in Bridgeport, after discovering the items among the lots headed to the block on June ...

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7 Essential Books on Architecture – ARTnews.com

If you purchase an independently reviewed product or service through a link on our website, we may receive an affiliate commission “Architecture is reaching out for the truth.” So said Louis Kahn, one of the field’s admitted masters, and while you could quibble with him—all art reaches out for the truth, after all—it is the case that no cultural expression shapes daily life like ...

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