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Sotheby’s to Reset Modigliani Auction Record with Massive $150 Million Estimate this May

April 24th, 2018

Modigliani, via Art NewsSotheby’s will set a new world auction record with Amedeo Modigliani’s Nu couché (sur le côté gauche) at this month’s Impressionist and Modern Sale in New York, with an estimate of more than $150 million. The figure is the highest estimate ever placed on a work of art, and has already been confirmed as a record breaker. “This painting reimagines the nude for the modern era,” says Simon Shaw, the co-head worldwide of Sotheby’s Impressionist and modern art department.
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NYT Spotlights Museums’ Efforts to Highlight Latinx Artists

April 24th, 2018

Clarissa Tossin, via NYTA piece in the New York Times this week notes the increased focus by museums towards Latinx artists.  “We’re at a really important point in history where plural curatorial voices can show not just a survey,” says Marcela Guerrero, who was recently hired as the Whitney’s first curator specializing in Latinx artists. “We can now go deeper and start unpacking what Latino art really is.”
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Anicka Yi Interviewed in Frieze

April 24th, 2018

Anicka Yi, via FriezeAnicka Yi is interviewed in Frieze this week, discussing her practice and what she sees as the next steps for women in the arts. “In general, I learned fairly early on that cisgender, straight-identifying females tend to not help other women,” she says of her early experience in the arts. “It’s not even a conscious malicious act, in most instances. It’s a deep conditioning that somehow distancing yourself from the perceived ‘weaker pack’, with all its attendant baggage, might advance your uniqueness as an individual, making you less prone to be judged as a ‘vulnerable woman’.”
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Anselm Reyle

Image via Kopenhagen
b. 1970
Lives and works in:

Berlin, Germany

Represented by:

Gavin Brown Enterprise, New York

Through his paintings and sculptures, Gernman Anselm Reyle is reviving
concepts of 20th century art history. The artist often mentions that
painter Otto Freundlich has been a great influence to him. Minimal and
abstract, Reyle’s works are notorious for eye-catching colors and
surfaces, and are created with a variety of mixed media, such as
chrome, enamel and glitter. His paintings can be drippy, gestural or
sharply geometrical, yet his works are related by their patterns and
bold palettes. Stripes and kaleidoscope-like patterns are common
compositional cliches that Reyle makes his own.

View of Valley Of The Snake Ladies at Andersens Contemporary via Kopenhagen

Reyle produces sculptural works made of cheap, everyday items, and
also has an interest in found-object art, creating a replica of a tiny
sculpture, or developing a painting from a motif he saw in a magazine.
Playing with the cliches of modernism, his chrome found-object
sculptures are glitzy, kitsch and rock-and-roll decorative. Other
objects appear plasticized, like a factory prototype. Reyle is also
known for sculptures made of worthless foil that hang on gallery walls
like topographic maps of a monochrome mountain range. While his
techniques and subjects are diverse, a fascination with the
aggressiveness of neon lighting and psychedelic color palettes are
common threads that also run throughout his work. With an abundance of
creations that are aesthetically simple purely formal, for Reyle, it
doesn’t take much to make a piece of art.

untitled (2006) via Kopenhagen

Wikipedia Entry

More info about the artist coming soon.

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