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RECORDS FALL.On Monday night at an auction atChristie’sin New York, dealerLarry GagosianwonAndy Warhol’s storied paintingShot Sage Blue Marilyn(1964)for $195 million(with fees included), a record for a 20th-century artist on the block,Angelica Villareports inARTnews. That was almost double Warhol’s previous high mark at auction—the $105.4 million paid for the 1963Silver Car Crash (Double Disaster)atSotheby’sin 2013—but it fell below the $200 million low estimate that the house had tagged to the piece. The work came from the estate of Swiss dealersThomasandDoris Ammann, who also had 35 other works go before bidders in the Rockefeller Center salesroom. All-in, the nightbrought $318million, above its $284 million low estimate. Proceeds will go to a foundation started by the Ammanns that focuses on healthcare and education.
INTO THE GROOVE.Digital artistBeepleand superstar singerMadonnahavecollaborated on three videosthat will be sold as NFTs, raisingmoney for charity,Zachary Smallreports in theNew York Times. “This is such an absolute, insane honor,” Beeple, akaMike Winkelmann, told theTimes. The works—with the “Ray of Light” singer nude, birthing “flora, fauna and technology,” per Small—will be offered on theSuperRaremarketplace this week. The charities that will benefit from the project areBlack Mama’s Bail Out, theCity of Joy Foundation, and theVoices of Children Foundation.
Barbara Krugercreated the cover for the latest issue ofNew Yorkmagazine. A kind of update of her legendary 1989 pieceUntitled (Your body is a battleground), its text reads, “Who Becomes a ‘MURDERER’ in Post-Roe America?”[New York]
Paris’sCentre Pompidouhas suspended a donation of some$619,000 from Russian oligarchVladimir Potanin, who has given more than $1 million to the museum in recent years. Potanin, who quit theGuggenheim Museum‘s boardin March, has been sanctioned only in Canada amid the war in Ukraine.[Artnet News]
ArchitectDeborah Burke, whose firm has done work for the21c Museum Hotelsand theYale School of Art, answered 21 questions forCurbed. Where would she live, if she could live anywhere in New York? “In the 79th Street Boat Basin, in a boat I would design,” she said.[Curbed]
The New York office ofOMAreleased designs for a 22,300-square-foot arts and education facility in Detroit calledLantern. The firm is working on the project with theLibrary Street Collective, a local group that creates art spaces, and it will include galleries, studios, and more. [Dezeen]
In other auction news: An online sale of items once owned by the late Supreme Court JusticeRuth Bader Ginsburg, including a portrait of her by artistEleanor Davisand aJosef Albersprint, brought in about $800,000, which will go to theWashington National Opera, an organization she supported.[Associated Press]
Steve Cohen—the hedge-fund billionaire and art collector (who is reported to own another Warhol “Shot Marilyn”)—is said to be a fan ofMacklowewhiskey, an elixir going for $1,500 a bottle. Its owner isJulie Macklowe, whose parents-in-law are divorced collectorsHarryandLinda Macklowe. Work from their collection is being offered atSotheby’sthis month.[Bloomberg]
ARTIST MATTHEW WONG, a gifted painter who died by suicidein 2019,at 35, is the subject of acomprehensive profilein this week’sNew Yorker. The piece is byRaffi Khatchadourian,who writes that Wong made “works of astonishing lyricism, melancholy, whimsy, intelligence, and, perhaps most important, sincerity.” The artist’svoice emerges in old Facebook messages, texts, and notes to friends. In 2012, when he was experimenting with photography, he told a friend, “To take photographs is a way of confirming that I exist, which is something I question all the time. When I can make an image I’m satisfied with, then that question goes away for a little while.”[The New Yorker]