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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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Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo

4-4-1 Miyoshi
Koutou-ku, Tokyo, 135-0022
Tuesday – Sunday 10am – 6pm
Friday evening 6pm – 9pm
¥500 Adult
¥400 College Students
¥250 High School Students and Seniors
Free for childrenSeparate admission charges for temporary exhibitions

The museum was the first public contemporary art museum in Tokyo when it opened in 1995. They exhibit a large collection of post-war Japanese art, as well as international work. Expansive spaces in this architecturally modern building lend themselves to sizable installations, and the museum exhibits a variety of post-war Japanese art, as well as international work. While most of the space is utilized for temporary exhibits, the permanent collection includes works by artists such as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and David Hockney, as well as a survey of modern Japanese artists.

Recent and upcoming exhibitions of note:
Yukihisa Isobe: A Retrospective
July 28 – September 30, 200
June 2 – January 20, 2008
MOT Annual 2008: With or Without Images
February 9 – April 13, 2008
Tadashi Kawamata
February 9 – April 13, 2008