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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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Whitney Museum of American Art

945 Madison Avenue (at 75th Street)
New York, NY 10021
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One day pass to Kaufman Astoria Studios Film & Video Gallery : $6

The Whitney Museum houses one of the most significant collections of American art. It’s collection features works from the first half of the century but emphasizes contemporary artists in its exhibitions. The Whitney’s collection includes works by artists such as Edward Hopper, Keith Haring, Alexander Calder, and Andy Warhol, and it’s independent study program jumpstarted careers for artists such as Julian Schnabel. The Whitney Biennial is usually a much-anticipated exhibit for younger and/or emerging artists.

Recent and upcoming exhibitions of note:
Alexander Calder: The Paris Years, 1926—1933
on view through February 15, 2009
Opens January 22, 2009
Jenny Holzer
Opens March 12, 2009