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Five Artists in the News: Warhol and Kusama Lead Hong Kong Sales, Lee Ufan’s Summer Show and Phyllida Barlow’s Is Big in Somerset

3 min read  ·  28 May 2024

“Phyllida Barlow: unscripted”, at Hauser & Wirth, Somerset. Copyright Phyllida Barlow Estate. Courtesy Hauser & Wirth. Photograph by Ken Adlard

Hong Kong Works by Andy Warhol and Ben Sledsens were among the 72% of lots selling above their low estimate at Christie's on May 28. For more, see the HENI News sales report.

Hong Kong: A work by Zao Wou-ki, which had a guarantee and sold for for $8.09m, was the headline sale at Christie's '20th Century Evening Sale' on May 28. HENI News.

Hong Kong: Yayoi Kusama's INFINITY (1995) sold for $5.94m, leading Bonhams auction on May 25. HENI News

Amsterdam: Lee Ufan’s sculptures have gone on show in the garden of the Rijksmuseum. The Dutch museum’s 2024 outdoor summer show runs until the fall.

Shows: Phyllida Barlow’s posthumous show of 12 works at Hauser & Wirth, Somerset, the gallery's rural outpost in the west of England, is the retrospective the artist never got during her life, writes The Guardian.

And in other news

New York: A gang called RansomHub has threatened to leak data on Christie’s clients after it hacked the auction house, Artnet News reports.

Paris: Art Basel has rebranded its fair in the French capital. It will now be called simply Art Basel Paris, dropping the “+” sign.

"‘I know that I moved the dial on this. It might have been an inch. It might have been two inches.’ Photographer Eric McNatt on his copyright battle with Richard Prince, which ended with a $450,000 out-of-court settlement paid by Prince. "

- Vulture

On this day

On May 28, 1871, thousands of Communards were shot or arrested in Paris. Edouard Manet, who witnessed the bloody suppression, drew a sketch of the body of a victim, which became the basis for a poignant lithograph.

Édouard Manet. Guerre Civile, scène de la Commune de Paris (Civil War) (1871). Open Access Image from the Davison Art Center, Wesleyan University.