Contemporary auctions: A $110m bidding war between an American and a Japanese for the love of Basquiat

Imagine buying a painting for $19,000 in 1984 it being sold for $110.5 million in 2017. That’s what happened on Thursday 18 May at Sotheby’s when the hammer fell on the sale (with fees) of a Jean Michel Basquiat canvas from 1982. The buyer is Japanese collector Yusaka Maezawa. According to professional sources it seems that the rival bidder for the work was Frank Fertitta, owner of a string of casinos in Las Vegas.

Grimaldi Forum Monaco | The Forbidden City in Monaco

Remarkable for its unprecedented scale and the quality of pieces on loan, The Forbidden City in Monaco - Court Life of the Emperors and Empresses of China, explores last Chinese imperial dynasty, the Qing Emperors (1644-1911), whose reigns coincided with the cultural and artistic apogee of Chinese history.

Exhibitions in GARAGE: May 2017

May not only brings the first promise of summer to Garage, but also two new exhibitions.

Exhibition of Modern and Contemporary Bamboo Works Opening at The Met June 13

A spectacular loan exhibition devoted to masterworks of Japanese bamboo art—including award-winning works by six artists who were designated as Living National Treasures—will go on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art beginning June 13.


Final Weeks to See These Exhibitions at The Met Fifth Avenue, The Met Breuer, and The Met Cloisters: The Mysterious Landscapes of Hercules Segers, Small Wonders: Gothic Boxwood Miniatures, Breuer Revisited: New Photographs by Luisa Lambri and Bas Princen, The Poetics of Place: Contemporary Photographs from The Met Collection, Seurat's Circus Sideshow, Renaissance Maiolica: Painted Pottery for Shelf and Table, Renaissance Portrait Medals from the Robert Lehman Collection.

Venice Biennale (2): The Olympic Games for contemporary art . And the winners are...

At the Venice Biennale preview, conversations in the narrow streets are always peppered with ‘Have you seen so-and-so?’, ‘What did you like?’ And in unison this year, everyone replied: ‘I loooved the German pavilion.’

The Met Cloisters Announces Second Summer of Friday  Evening Hours

The Met Cloisters is the branch of The Metropolitan Museum of Art dedicated to the art, architecture, and gardens of the Middle Ages.

About new issue of The Tretyakov Gallery Magazine, #2 2017 (55)

A new issue of The Tretyakov Gallery Magazine, #2 2017 (55) has been published.

Le Stanze del Vetro | Qwalala by Pae White

On May 12, 2017, on the occasion of the 57th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, Qwalala, a monumental new sculpture by American artist Pae White, will open to the public on the Island of San Giorgio Maggiore in Venice.

The Venice Biennale under Christine Macel is on a different planet to the art market and home interiors – Viva Arte Viva!

If the role of art in your life amounts to concerns such as whether the painting in your living room matches the colour of your sofa then you should probably steer clear of the 57th Venice Biennale where the largest exhibition, the international pavilion, is ‘curated’ by Christine Macel. Eschewing glamour, it is intellectually challenging at times and full of surprises.


Every month, MetCollects introduces one work of art recently acquired by the Met. We invite you to have a first look with us.

The New York modern auctions: A bookshelf, some Renoirs, as well as Brancusi and Schiele

Impressionist and modern sales have been moving in a strange direction of late. Adopting marketing strategies that are unusual to say the least, they respond to a market where ‘high quality items are rare and demand is stronger than ever,’ as Thomas Seydoux, the Swiss private dealer, observes.

"Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer" to Open at The Met in November Natella Voiskunski <> Кому: Татья

Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475–1564), a towering genius in the history of Western art, will be the subject of a once-in-a-lifetime exhibition opening at The Metropolitan Museum of Art this fall.

Tate Modern | Alberto Giacometti

This summer Tate Modern will present the UK's first major retrospective of Alberto Giacometti (1901 -1966) for 20 years.

Bird's Hell By Max Beckmann to Lead June Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale - London, 27 June 2017

Max Beckmann’s Bird’s Hell (1938, estimate on request) will lead 20th Century at Christie’s, a series of sales that take place from 17 to 30 June 2017, in the Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale on 27 June 2017, when it will be offered at auction for the first time.

The Met to Host Teens Take The Met! Festival on Friday, May 12

Over 3,000 teens from New York's five boroughs will come together at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on Friday, May 12, from 5 to 8 pm, for Teens Take The Met!—an innovative, teen-centric evening of creativity and activity.

Denmark: An exceptional Zero group exhibition and its heirs, from super performing chicken to Wim Delvoye

It can be difficult finding one’s way among all these biennales – the new tourist panaceas – flourishing across the planet. This rainy spring, for example, in Jutland in the middle of Denmark, separated by 80km and only a few weeks apart from each other, there is a biennale (Socle du Monde Biennale at Herning) and a triennale (the Aarhus Triennale in Aarhus) with absolutely no coordination between them. Apparently chaos is not restricted to the southern part of Europe...

Fondation Vuitton: Listen to African artists. They speak about violence, political life, gender and masks

It’s a vast continent containing an array of political and religious realities, unique histories and countless languages. That’s Africa, a jigsaw of identities. Art critics, however, still have a tendency to use the catchall term ‘African art’. As if there was such thing as European art… The Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris has opted, to its credit, to highlight the diversity.

Daimler Contemporary Berlin | On the Subject of the Ready-Made or Using a Rembrandt as an Ironing Board

For On the Subject of the Ready-Made, Bethan Huws has devised a site-specific project, selecting examples of artwork from the Daimler Art Collection.

Contemporary art: The buoyant market for ageing and deceased artists

‘It has to be said, there were a lot of young artists doing it for the money. In recent years, we’ve seen the market go into overdrive for these precocious talents. But the crisis hit this sector and now the trend is towards older artists', observes Daniele Balice, a Parisian gallerist and co-owner of the gallery Balice Hertling gallery who has made a career from discovering young artists.

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