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This Week’s Top Stories: Chinese Billionaires' Modigliani Flops at Auction, and When Cindy Sherman Met Sofia Coppola

2 min read  ·  06 Oct 2023

Paulette Jourdain (1919) by Amedeo Modigliani.

Paulette Jourdain (1919) by Amedeo Modigliani.


Surprise Flop at Hong Kong Auction for Chinese Mega Collectors

Two Chinese billionaires’ $58m sale of their museum-quality art proved disappointing at Sotheby’s Hong Kong as they “lost” $8m on Amedeo Modigliani’s 1919 painting Paulette Jourdain purchased in 2015 when it hammered for $30m. (South China Morning Post)


When Cindy Sherman Met Sofia Coppola

Cindy Sherman has interviewed Sofia Coppola about their mutal interest in Priscilla Presley during which Sherman reveals that she found making her one movie far harder than still photography. (AnOther)


Ed Ruscha’s Keeps Calm as America Burns

There are a lot of fires depicted by Ed Ruscha in his MoMA retrospective but instead of disaster scenes, his art is a sea of tranquillity, finds The New Yorker’s art critic, who is not among the fans of the artist’s "candy-coated" Chocolate Room. (The New Yorker)


Kerry James Marshall Goes to Cambridge

The US artist Kerry James Marshall’s portrait of the academic Henry Louis Gates, his first living sitter, has been unveiled at the Fitzwilliam Museum at the University of Cambridge. (The Guardian)


Billionaire Collector Bernard Arnault Under Investigation

The French billionaire and mega collector Bernard Arnault is facing questions from a Paris prosecutor over alleged financial transactions involving the sale of ski resort properties and a Russian businessman. (The Guardian)


Beeple Completes 6,000 Everydays

The artist has reached a landmark in his digital art project “Everydays” completing a new work for the past 6,000 days. (The Crypto Times)

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