Tag: Portrait

Black Chicagoans flock to Bisa Butler, Obama portrait exhibits as museums rise to racial reckoning

Since March, the magnetic swaths of color that are the acclaimed quilted portraits of artist Bisa Butler have filled my social media, as Black friends far and wide converge on The Art Institute of Chicago for the “Bisa Butler: Portraits” exhibit. Those same friends began filling social feeds last month with photos of the Art Institute’s newest exhibit — National Portrait Gallery paintings of ...

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National Gallery to Acquire Thomas Lawrence’s ‘Red Boy’ Portrait – ARTnews.com

Sir Thomas Lawrence’s famed portrait of Charles William Lambton, widely known as Red Boy, will soon join the collection of the National Gallery in London. The institution has committed to buying the work from a private collection for £9.3 million (around $12.7 million). In a statement, the National Gallery said the purchase is a unique opportunity “to acquire an exceptionally important painting by one ...

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$20.7 M. Freud Portrait, Speyer Works Anchor Sotheby’s London Sales – ARTnews.com

Sotheby’s staged its marquee British and Modern Art sales today in London. The back-to-back sales led by Sotheby’s veteran auctioneers Oliver Barker and Helena Newman made £156.2 million ($217 million) combined across 83 lots, landing within the pre-sale estimate £119.7 million-£170.3 million ($165.8 million–$235.9 million) and seeing an 88 percent sell-through rate. The result was up 12 percent from last June’s $193 million “Rembrandt ...

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Lucian Freud’s Portrait of David Hockney Sells for $20.7 M. at Auction – ARTnews.com

A portrait of David Hockney by Lucian Freud sold at Sotheby’s in London during a British modern art evening sale on Tuesday for £14.9 million ($20.7 million) with buyer’s premium. The portrait is now the sixth-most expensive work by Freud to ever sell at auction. Both Freud and Hockney are among Britain’s most acclaimed artists. Five phone bidders from New York, London and Asia ...

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Esteban Jefferson’s Portrait of the Petit Palais – ARTnews.com

When New York–based artist Esteban Jefferson first visited the Petit Palais in Paris, in 2014, it was neither the nineteenth-century French paintings nor the Etruscan vases that caught his eye, but two mysterious portrait busts of anonymous Black figures placed behind the information and ticket desk. While most of the other artworks on display at the museum were accompanied by extensively researched wall texts, ...

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