The painting “Christine” (1971) by Ben Enwonwu, one of Nigeria’s most influential modernist artists, sold for nearly eight times its estimated price at a Sotheby’s London this week. Incredibly, the painting hung in the home of the family of its subject, a hairstylist named Christine Elizabeth Davis, for over 40 years before they realized it had been painted by Enwonwu. It sold at the Modern and Contemporary African Art sale for £1,095,000 (~$1,411,329), while the full auction ended with a total receipt of £4,002,750 (~$5,159,084) in lots sold.
The Louvre will take on Leonardo da Vinci’s famous “Vitruvian Man” (ca. 1490) drawing after a contentious two-year legal battle. An Italian court reversed a lower court’s ruling this week, which will allow the drawing to travel from Venice’s Gallerie dell’Accademia to Paris, where it will go on view as part of the Louvre’s major retrospective in time for the 500-year anniversary of the artist’s death.
Sotheby’s Picasso Online sale raked in a total of £860,000 (~$1,107,925) and featured prints from the collection of Marina Picasso, granddaughter of the famous Pablo Picasso. The top lot of the bunch was the terre de faïence vase “Chouette (A. R. 602)” (1969).
Sotheby’s Sculptural Fantasy sale of American folk art from the collection of Stephen and Petra Levin sold a total of $1,989,812 between its 240 lots.
Sotheby’s Hong Kong’s Contemporary Art Online sale topped out a total of 7,615,625 HKD (~$970,854). Its top lot was a fiber-reinforced plastic piece by KAWS titled “生於1974年” (2007) and inscribed with the words “Medicom Toy.”
The UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (aka BAMPFA) announced this week that it had acquired a massive bequest of almost three thousand quilts by African American artists — probably the largest private collection of the pieces, ever. The gift comes from Eli Leon, who the New York Times described a “self-taught scholar” of the form in his 2018 obituary. The collection includes especially exciting highlights from Rosie Lee Tompkins, a friend of Leon’s mentioned in the first paragraph of that same obit (just as he is mentioned in hers). More than 500 examples of Tompkins’ works are represented in the collection, and many will go on view as part of an upcoming BAMPFA retrospective.
The University of Arizona’s Center for Creative Photography announced this week that it had acquired the archive of Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer David Hume Kennerly. The collection spans 50 years of the photographer’s impactful photojurnalism, in addition to “personal correspondence and mementos such as the helmet and cameras that Kennerly used while photographing the Vietnam War,” according to a press release.
Your list of must-see, fun, insightful, and very New York art events this month, including art made during the first stock market crash, a homage to feline friends, and the 10-year anniversary of a crucial public art initiative.
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The 26th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival’s Philippines retrospective highlights early documentation of the country, local responses to the Marcos dictatorship, and contemporary work.
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Herzog and de Meuron’s design for the Museum of the 20th Century in Berlin has been accused of poor energy efficiency and called a “structural nightmare.”
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SCAD’s booth at Design Miami/ features glazed tiles by alumni artists Nicolas Barrera, Lauren Clay, Gonzalo Hernandez, Cory Imig, Abel Macias, and Nikita Nagpal.
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