Five Artists in the News: Gerhard Richter’s ‘Lost’ Mural, Robert Mapplethorpe Leads Elton John’s Auction and Katharina Fritsch’s blue cockerel has a luxury coop in Doha

3 min read  ·  23 Feb 2024

Ebony G. Patterson. . . . they were just hanging out . . . you know . . . talking about . . . ( . . . when they grow up . . .), (2016). The Dean Collection, courtesy of Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys. Copyright Ebony G. Patterson. Courtesy of the artist, Monique Meloche Gallery, and the Studio Museum in Harlem. Photograph by Adam Reich

Ebony G. Patterson. . . . they were just hanging out . . . you know . . . talking about . . . ( . . . when they grow up . . .), (2016). The Dean Collection, courtesy of Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys. Copyright Ebony G. Patterson. Courtesy of the artist, Monique Meloche Gallery, and the Studio Museum in Harlem. Photograph by Adam Reich

Kehinde Wiley's mural and Arthur Jafa’s Big Wheel are among the large-scale works that sing in "Giants", writes W Magazine, in its review of the exhibition of Swizz Beatzand Alicia Keys’ Dean Collection at the Brooklyn Museum.

Elton John’s photographs by Robert Mapplethorpe and Andre Kertesz were among the 43% of lots selling above their low estimate at Christie's in New York. The high-profile auction of John's collection totaled $3.47m, falling short of pre-sale expectations. For more see the HENI News report.

Gerhard Richter’s student work, a mural painted in a museum stairwell in Dresden, will go back on public display, 45 years after it was painted over, The Art Newspaper reports. Richter had said it was not worth keeping but in 2022 he had a change of heart and agreed the German Hygiene Museum could uncover the "lost" work.

In an interview, Lawrence Weiner recalls Norman Fisher, a player and “high-class drug dealer” in 1970s New York, who amassed a large collection of works by the artists he befriended. Highlights are now on show in “A Walk on the Wildside” at MoCA Jacksonville, Florida, Whitehot Magazine reports.

A Markus Lüpertz show will launch Michael Werner Gallery’s new space in Los Angeles this spring, ARTnews reports. The dealer will also open a space in Athens.

And in other news

Katharina Fritsch’s Hahn (2013), the artist’s big blue cockerel, has a luxury new coop. The monumental sculpture can now be seen in the lobby of the landmark Sheraton Hotel in Doha. Check it out on Instagram.