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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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The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum

258 Main Street
Ridgefield, CT 06877
Tuesday – Sunday 12 noon – 5 pm
$7 Adults
$4 Students and Seniors
Free for K-12 teachers and children under 18
Free on Tuesday

Featuring work by emerging and mid-career contemporary artists, The Aldrich is a non-collecting art museum. Founded in 1964 by Larry Aldrich in a suburban Connecticut town, the museum underwent extensive renovations and expansion in 2003. It reopened in 2004 with doubled exhibition space, sporting a the name The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum. With 12 galleries total, the building houses a screening room, a sound gallery, a 22-foot-high project space, a 100-seat performance area and an two-acre outdoor sculpture garden.

Recent and upcoming exhibitions of note:
Marti Cormand: 2007 Emerging Artist Award Exhibition
September 9, 2007 to February 24, 2008
Voice & Void: 2006 Hall Curatorial Fellowship Exhibition
September 16 to February 24, 2008
Radius: Emerging Artists from Connecticut and Southeastern New York
October 28 to November 18, 2007