During his lifetime, Bacon wrote the museum that “It was a throw-out and it depresses me […] that it has years later found its way onto the art market and I would prefer if it were not exhibited.”
After former KAWS fans burned their merch, the artwork, which was slated to go to auction at Sotheby’s Hong Kong on October 7, was taken down from the auction house’s website.
Over the summer, Hyperallergic interviewed dozens of art handlers about the variable conditions of their workplaces. This week, we are bringing their stories of accident and injury into the light.
“Christine,” a portrait of an American hairstylist named Christine Elizabeth Davis, was painted in 1971 by Ben Enwonwu, one of Africa’s most influential 20th-century artists.
French-Israeli billionaire Patrick Drahi will soon own one of the world’s largest auction houses after it spent 31 years on the stock exchange.
In 1967, Geraldine Norman was tasked with leading an editorial collaboration between the London Times and Sotheby’s. The project galvanized the conceptualization of art as an investment asset.
A recently discovered work by a long-overlooked Baroque painter didn’t attract the interest that Christie’s prestigious Old Masters auction seemed to expect.
Banksy II: Electric Boogaloo: “In rehearsals it worked every time.”
The auction house’s upcoming October sale seems to have taken an aesthetic hint from President Donald Trump’s interior decorator.
The buyer, an anonymous European woman, will continue with the $1.3 million purchase after Banksy’s highly publicized stunt, calling it her “own piece of art history.”
Skeptics have offered their own theories about the controversy, some denying it was even shredded at all.
A canvas that sold for over a million dollars was shredded by its frame but no one is sure if it was destroyed or simply transformed.