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Sotheby’s to Sell Lee Krasner Work Expected to Smash Record

April 25th, 2019

Sotheby’s Evening Sale this May in NYC will potentially set a new auction record for Lee Krasner, as the artist’s work The Eye is the First Circle (1960) will hit the block with an estimate of $10 million to $15 million, double her current estimate. “This painting represents a critical turning point for Krasner—a rebirth in a sense—as it was executed following a period of great personal loss and tragedy,” says Saara Pritchard, senior vice president and senior specialist of Sotheby’s contemporary art department.
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Kochi-Muziris Biennale Faces Controversy Over Sale of Equipment

April 25th, 2019

The Kochi-Muziris Biennale in India is facing controversy over the sale of equipment and materials from the exhibition’s latest edition, which closed this March.  The injunction follows a claim the organization could not sell a series of air-conditioning units until it had paid for them in full. “Kochi Biennale Foundation has received an interim injunction from the district court pausing the auction of the ACs,” a spokesperson for the Biennale said in a statement. “The auction of all other materials will proceed as planned. The legal response to the injunction is being drafted.”
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Phillips Hires Elizabeth Goldberg as Deputy Chair for Americas

April 25th, 2019

Phillips has hired American art specialist Elizabeth Goldberg from Sotheby’s, appointing her senior international specialist in American art and deputy chairman for the Americas.“As with other auction house categories, the market for American art has changed rather dramatically over the past 15 years, becoming highly selective at the high end with quality being key, ” Goldberg says. “Given this trend, there are certain artists who have emerged as having the power to hang alongside other titans of the twentieth century.” 
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Barnaby Furnas

b. 1973
Lives and works in:

New York, NY

Represented by:

Marianne Boesky Gallery

Education includes:

Columbia MFA, New York
School of Visual Arts BFA, New York

“Barnaby Furnas’s paintings rival the sensationalism of Hollywood special effects: forms explode with Technicolor glory, pyrotechnics and gore are reinvented with painterly splendor, and action-packed carnage is frozen in all-angle suspense. Drawing from the ultra-violence of big-screen cinema and illicit video games, Barnaby Furnas develops his own subversive cartoon world, populated by rock stars and Abe-Lincoln look-a-likes hell-bent on maniacal destruction. Barnaby Furnas uses his blood-and-guts subjects as a means to flirt with abstraction and design, entrenching his hyper-contemporary scenes in historical tradition. Creating a sophisticated visual tension, Barnaby Furnas’s work mirrors a current social anxiety, troubled by the glamorization of war, corruption of faith and the legacy of false heroes.” – Patricia Ellis from

Following the historical painterly tradition, Furnas mixes his own paint out of a combination of urethane and pigment. His style is marked by an unique application of paint, often using explosive splatters of red over a blue background and an unabashed mixture of abstraction and representation.

RXArt Party 2007 [ArtObserved]

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Wikipedia Entry