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Five Artists in the News: Steve McQueen Bombs the Bass, Uman Gives Independent a Boost and Christie's Hit by a Cyberattack

3 min read  ·  13 May 2024

Steve McQueen on site in his installation “Bass” at Dia Beacon. Photography by Bryan Derballa for The New York Times

New York: Steve McQueen unveiled Bass, an immersive environment of light and bass grooves in Dia Beacon that transforms the vast basement of the factory turned art museum. The Times speaks to the artist and filmmaker.

London: Lucian Freud’s daughter, the novelist Rosie Boyt, has written a memoir based on the diaries she kept when she posed naked, aged 18, for her father. She spoke about it to The Guardian.

New York: A work by Uman was sold at Independent by Nicola Vassell Gallery for $100,000, The Art Newspaper reports, describing the booth-free fair as an “adrenaline shot” for collectors.

Venice: Berlinde De Bruyckere tells Elephant magazine why the musician Nick Cave inspired the title of “City of Refuge”, her Venice exhibition confronting violence and brutality

New York: Two watercolors by Egon Schiele that were once owned by the cabaret star Fritz Grunbaum, who was murdered by the Nazis, are due to be sold by Christie’s this week.

"‘When I die, my paintings won’t be worth anything, I’ll be forgotten.’ Francis Bacon moaned to his friend, Barry Joule, as he griped about his "tricky" dealer, Marlborough Gallery. "

- The Guardian

And in other news

New York: Christie’s has announced that its marquee auctions will ahead as planned from May 15, despite major cyberattack. The security setback comes as a Bank of America report a dip in auction sales.

On This Day

May 13, 1982, Braniff Airlines filed for bankruptcy. The colorful airline had famously commissioned Sandy Calder to paint one of its aircraft in his signature style in 1973. The artist celebrated the inaugural flight of Flying Colors on a trip from Dallas to New York via LA and Chicago.

Sandy Calder, Flying Colors (1973). Image courtesy of the Calder Foundation.