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Phillips To Sell Mark Bradford’s Helter Skelter II in May Sales

April 18th, 2019

Following Phillips’s $12m success with the sale of Mark Bradford’s Helter Skelter I in London last Winter, the auction house will sell the second part of the work this spring, carrying an $8m low estimate and a third party guarantee. “We are thrilled to offer Mark Bradford’s masterpiece, Helter Skelter II, in our May Evening Sale after realizing a world-record price for its companion work last year,” says Jean-Paul Engelen, Worldwide Co-Head of 20th Century & Contemporary Art.
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Pollock-Krasner Foundation Announces Latest Round of Grants Totalling $3 Million

April 17th, 2019

The Pollock-Krasner Foundation has announced 111 grants to artists and 13 to nonprofit organizations, with $3.17 million distributed in total. “At the core of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation’s mission is fostering the work and development of artists, and our 2018–19 grant and award recipients highlight the impact we can have due to Lee Krasner’s legacy,” says Ronald D. Spencer, the foundation’s chairman and CEO.
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NYT Spotlights Artworks Removed from Notre Dame Days Before Fire

April 17th, 2019

A piece in the NYT spotlights the works removed from Notre Dame just days before its massive fire.  “Reconstruction and renovation of Notre-Dame could take between 10 and 20 years, probably for a cost of several hundred million euros,” says Patrick Palem, a veteran restoration expert with SOCRA.
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Dakis Joannou

Collector’s Birthdate: b. 1970

Joannou is the Greek chair of a group of privately held building and civil engineering companies. He is a member of the Guggenheim Museum and the New Museum of Contemporary Art and sits as a council member at the Museum of Modern Art and the Tate.

He is considered one of the world leaders in collecting contemporary European art and has also been closely-linked to American-born Jeff Koons collecting pieces from his 1985 “Equilibrium” series which inspired Joannou to begin collecting art, as well as the British pair of Tim Noble and Sue Webster. Notable works in his collection include Koon’s “Michael Jackson and Bubbles” as well as Chris Ofili’s “The Adoration of Captain Shit and the Legend of Black Stars”.

He is also the founder Athen’s privately-funded Deste Foundation which purchases and shows the work of promising young artists.

On collection:

“Art can certainly be perceived as an economic investment, but also as a sound investment on a human level. For example, if you develop a collection and you then give people access to these works of art, whether by lending them to museums or showing them in your own exhibition space, this goes way beyond an investment of money. That’s how I like to do things.”

Lindemann, Adam. Collecting Contemporary: Los Angeles, Taschen GmbH 2006.

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