Da Vinci’s Christ Portrait Shatters Art Record With $450 Million Sale

  “Jesus Christ.” That was the reaction of mega art dealer Larry Gagosian after a rediscovered painting by Leonardo da Vinci became the most expensive work ever sold, soaring to $450.3 million at a Christie’s auction in New York on Wednesday. Alex Rotter, the auction house’s co-chairman of postwar and contemporary art in the Americas, placed the …

A ‘Shazam’ for Art Fairs? The Company Behind Art Basel Looks to Own the Future With a Cutting-Edge New App

Switzerland’s MCH Group, which owns the prestigious Art Basel, is turning to tech in its bid to stay at the top of the art-fair pyramid. Its new app, PRNCPL, is an attempt to create a “Shazam for art” specifically engineered for a fair context. Describing itself as “a new technology platform for the art industry,” it promises to …

The Students

THE STUDENTS The Charles Evans Inniss Memorial Library at Medgar Evers College July 6 – December 31, 2017 The Charles Evans Inniss Memorial Library at Medgar Evers College (MEC) presents The Students: A Study of Color and Light works by Donovan Nelson. This is the inaugural in a 5-year series of exhibitions designed to present contemporary art …

Madonna Visits Ex-Boyfriend Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Paintings with Her Kids

    Out of all the mysterious celebrity unions that have transpired, Madonna and Jean-Michel Basquiat's would probably definitely crack the top 10. Back in 1982, the two icons briefly dated, just as they were both on the brink of mainstream fame. While their relationship fizzled out fast, it's stayed the subject of speculation over …

Sotheby’s Adds $70 Million Picasso, Bacon Portraits of Lovers to November Sale

Sotheby’s today confirms that it has added works by Pablo Picassoand Francis Bacon to its November Evening Auctions in New York. The works both feature the artists’ lovers; both will appear at auction for the first time; and together they have upper estimates totaling $70 million. Francis Bacon’s “Three Studies of George Dyer” is estimated at hammer prices …

‘Racist Art Has No Business Here’: Activists and Chinatown Residents Protest Omer Fast Show at James Cohan Gallery

Yesterday, the art collective Chinatown Art Brigade (CAB) led a protest at James Cohan Gallery’s Chinatown space in New York, where the Berlin-based artist Omer Fast has transformed a ground-floor Grand Street facade and part of its interior into what a news release calls “the waiting room of a Chinatown business with an eclectic aesthetic.” …

Metropolitan Museum of Art Issues Statement Against U.S. Decision to Pull Out of UNESCO

Following news earlier today that the United States will pull out of the cultural organization UNESCO, the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s president and CEO, Daniel H. Weiss, has issued a statement about the news. He calls UNESCO “an important leader and steadfast partner” in the ongoing struggle to conserve cultural monuments and decries the Trump …

Basquiat’s ‘Red Skull,’ Sold at Christie’s in London for $21.5 M., Will Fund New Charter Schools in New Jersey and Miami

There was one bit of good news to come out of the last week’s auctions in London: the anonymous consignor of Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Red Skull (1982), which sold for $21.5 million at Christie’s contemporary evening sale Friday night, announced that he or she would donate all the proceeds after taxes to the the New Jersey chapter of the …

BASQUIAT VERSUS BANKSY

One was an artist, the other just a talented graphic designer. On the eve of the opening of a new exhibition of art by Jean-Michel Basquiat in London, Banksy revealed two painted homages to his American predecessor. The contrast between the most famous exponents of two different generations of street art from opposite sides of …