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Five Artists in the News: David Hockney’s Collected Works, Julie Mehretu’s Art Car and Ai Weiwei Heads West

3 min read  ·  22 May 2024

David Hockney painting Woldgate Woods III, 20 & 21 May. Copyright the artist. Photo by Jean-Pierre Gonçalves de Lima

Profile: David Hockney’s catalogue raisonné is underway, starting with the artist’s painting. The volumes will be published online initially and completing the project could take two decades.

Seattle: Ai Weiwei’s next big retrospective in the US is being organized by the Seattle Museum of Art for 2025.

Paris: Julie Mehretu’s BMW Art Car will be unveiled in the Centre Pompidou. Her design is based on a painting destined for MoMA. The work is currently on view in the artist’s solo show in Venice.

London: Works by Lygia Clark and Hélio Oiticica among other Latin American artists collected by the late critic Guy Brett have been consigned to Alison Jacques gallery, The Art Newspaper reports.

New York: A painting by Claude Monet bequeathed to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, sold for more than $21m at Christie’s last week. Julián Zugazagoitia, the museum’s director, was delighted as proceeds will form a new art-acquisition endowment, 41KHSB reports.

And in other news

Power collector Ron Perelman recently sold more than 70 works by blue-chip artists, including Jean-Michel Basquiat, for a total of $963m to repay loans, according to court filings, ARTnews reports.

"‘She drove ambulances to the front line [in 1940], being one of the first to enter France. She was one of the last allied officers to leave [Paris] as the German army advanced’. Catalogue entry for the 1939 portrait of Yvonne Macdonald by Gerald Leslie Brockhurst, which heads to auction on June 4. "

- Christie's

Gerald Leslie Brockhurst, Portrait of Yvonne MacDonald (1939). Image courtesy of Christie's