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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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P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center

22-25 Jackson Ave (at 46th Ave)
Long Island City, New York 11101
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P.S.1 is an affiliate of The Museum of Modern Art and is one of the oldest and largest non-profit contemporary art museums in the United States. P.S.1 was originally created in 1971 as The Institute of Art and Urban Resources, Inc., converting abandoned buildings into usable spaces for artists and art exhibitions in New York City. They now have spaces in both Manhattan and Queens, promoting creative exploration and providing an uninhibited and engaging environment for artists and audiences. P.S.1 also has an internet radio station, Art Radio, fully dedicated to contemporary art.

Recent and upcoming exhibitions of note:
Senso Unico
Opening October 21, 2007
Kris Martin
Opening October 21, 2007
Min Tanaka
Opening October 21, 2007