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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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REFERENCE LIBRARY

Claes Oldenburg

b. 1929
Lives and works in:

New York, NY

Represented by:

Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York

Education includes:

Yale, New Haven, CT
Art Institute of Chicago, IL

Oldenburg is a Sweden-born sculptor famous for his large-scale public installations, often made from everyday items. His family moved to the United States when he was young, and he would eventually attend Yale and then the Art Institute of Chicago, where he studied under Paul Wieghardt. He worked in Chicago for several years and opened a studio there before moving to New York City in 1956.

In the 1960s, he became involved with the Pop Art movement made famous by Andy Warhol, and he attended many performance-oriented gatherings which would later influence his own work. His massive sculptures, for which he became best-known were often displayed publically and frequently featured interactive components. His 1974 work Lipstick (Ascending) on Caterpillar Tracks featured a giant tube of lipstick that would deflate unless an viewer pumped air into it, and was displayed at Yale University for years and now resides in the Morse College courtyard. Other famous pieces include Soft bathtub (model) – Ghost Version, a large and loosely hanging sculpture made on a foam-filled canvas out of wood, cord and plaster.

In 1976, he married pop sculptor Coosje van Bruggen with whom he has collaborated with on more than 40 large-scale projects, creating works like the 1999 sculpture Typewriter Eraser, Scale X, an enigmatic piece that roughly resembles a giant radish with blue rope coming out its top. He has also involved himself in a few architectural projects including the construction of an advertising agency in Los Angeles whose entrance is a set of massive binoculars.

Recent and Upcoming Shows and Exhibitions:
“Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen: The Music Room”
PaceWildenstein, New York
April 22 – June 4, 2005
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