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Michelangelo Sketch Sells for $24 Million in Paris

May 19th, 2022

A recently unearthed Michelangelo sketch, considered to be the artist’s first nude, has sold  at Christie’s Paris for a record 23 million euros ($24 million). “Michelangelo has decided to make the figure into something that corresponded more to his aesthetic by making him much more robust and monumental, while at the same time keeping the fragility of the figure, who is exposed and shivering” as he awaits baptism,” says Christie’s Old Masters expert Stijn Alsteens.
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Basquiat Work Sells for $85 Million at Phillips $224.9 Million Night

May 19th, 2022

The Jean-Michel Basquiat work from the collection of Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa had a strong return to auction last night at Phillips, where it achieved $85 Million, part of a total sale of  $224.9 million, the highest in the company’s history. 
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Independent Art Fair to Launch New Fair Around 20th Century Work

May 17th, 2022

The Independent Art Fair will launch a new fair in September this year that will focus on 20th Century Works. “Over the years, there has been a shift, with next-generation dealers showing a more diverse group of artists and territories, geographically, socially, politically,” says Independent director Elizabeth Dee. “They are looking forward and looking back, saying, ‘We need to have a canon that looks like our program.’”
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REFERENCE LIBRARY

Paul McCarthy

b. 1945
Lives and works in:

Los Angeles, CA

Represented by:

Hauser and Wirth

Education includes:

University of Utah BA, Salt Lake City
San Francisco Art Institute BFA
University of Southern California MFA, Los Angeles

McCarthy, who trained initially as a painter, works primarily in video and sculpture. His earlier art was influenced by Viennese Actionism, which strives to transcend the limitations of painting by using the body as paintbrush or canvas, and he eventually incorporated bodily fluids in his works.

His 1974 work Painting, Wall Whip featured a video of his headed painted red and his body covered in ketchup, mayonnaise, raw meat and in one instance, feces.

Class Fool, created in 1976, watched as he threw himself around a classroom covered in ketchup until he was too injured and dazed to continue, subsequently vomiting and then inserting a Barbie doll into his rectum.

Retrospective at S.M.A.K.,  Belgium, January – February 18, 2008 [ArtObserved]
Peter Paul Chocolates at Maccrone Gallery, Winter 2007 [ArtObserved]

Wikipedia Entry

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