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$80 Million Botticelli Sale at Sotheby’s Mystifies Experts

January 22nd, 2021

The sale of a Botticelli estimated at $80 million this month at Sotheby’s has drawn speculation and questions over the attribution and origin of the work, Art Newspaper reports. “It is surprising how often scholars have questioned its attribution to the master,” says author David Alan Brown.
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Critic Antwaun Sargent Joins Gagosian as Director and Curator

January 22nd, 2021

Critic Antwaun Sargent has joined Gagosian as a Director and Curator, the New York Times reports. “It’s a wonderful platform,” Sargent says. “It’s a place where you come and view art, but it’s also a place where discussion happens.”
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Art Basel Postponed Until September

January 21st, 2021

Art Basel has once again been postponed from June to 23 to 26 September as the coronavirus pandemic continues to pose threats this year. “The decision was made after extensive discussions and analysis in consultation with gallerists and collectors, as well as external experts, putting foremost the health and safety of all concerned while aiming to achieve the broadest possible international attendance for the show,” a statement reads.
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Francois-Henri Pinault

Collector’s Birthdate: b. 1936Pinault is the owner of Christie’s auction house, as well as department store chain Printemps, the Chateau-Latour vineyard and the luxury goods firm PPR, which owns Gucci and Yves Saint Lauren.

His father, Francois, is also an avid art collector and owns upwards of 2,000 invaluable works by the likes of Picasso and Miro. The family fortune is estimated to be worth an excess of 7 billion dollars.

The younger Pinault has been pinned as one of the most aggressive collectors in Europe. He lavishly displayed the “hottest” artists of his collection at the Palazzo Grassi in Venice, Italy in time for the Bienalle. The grand entryway featured a two-story tall Urs Fischer’s sculpture entitled “Jet Set Lady” as well as works by Rudolph Stingel, Anselm Reyle, Richard Prince, David Hammonds, Kristen Baker, Mike Kelley, Laura Owens, and many more.

He has experienced a recent rash of tabloid articles for impregnating and then successfully proposing to movie star actress, Selma Hayek. He was previously married and has two children.

On basic relationship with art and artists:

“I want the artists to be recognized, the works of art to be appreciated, and for the public to further develop a passion for the art of today.”

Lindemann, Adam. Collecting Contemporary: Los Angeles, Taschen GmbH 2006. *( See “Stingel Comes to Whitney” ) *

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François Pinault’s Ultimate Luxury