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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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San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

151 Third Street (between Mission and Howard Streets)
San Francisco, CA 94103
Monday – Tuesday 11am – 5:45pm
Wednesday Closed
Thursday 11am – 8:45pm
Friday – Sunday 11am – 5:45pm

Monday – Tuesday 10am – 5:45pm
Wednesday Closed
Thursday 10am – 8:45pm
Friday – Sunday 10am – 5:45pm

$12.50 Adults
$8 Seniors
$7 Students
Free for children 12 and under
Free first Tuesday of each month
Thursday 6pm – 9pm half price admission

The San Francisco MOMA opened in 1935 under the name the San Francisco Museum of Art. It was the first museum on the West Coast of the United States to be entirely devoted to 20th-century art . The word “Modern” was later added to the museums title in 1975.

Recent and upcoming exhibitions of note:
Olafur Eliasson: Take your time
September 8 – February 24, 2008
Jeff Wall
October 27 – January 27, 2008