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Five Artists in the News: Archie Moore and Mataaho’s Are Biennial Winners, Blek Le Rat’s Auction Record and Rauschenberg’s Earth Day Eagle

3 min read  ·  22 Apr 2024

Bruce Lee 3D by Invader sold for $252,600. Image courtesy of Phillips

Venice: Archie Moore’s installation about Indigenous ancestry received the Golden Lion award for best national pavilion.

Venice: Mataaho Collective, a group of Maori artists, was named the winner of the best presentation by the Biennale jury for its intricate structure of woven straps.

Market: Blek Le Rat’s auction record was broken at Phillips when the street artist’s work Tango sold for $118,400 , 51% above the his previous record sale. HENI News

Market: Invader’s Bruce Lee 3D (2015), which sold for $252,600, was the star lot at Phillips $4.26m auction. For more highlights, see the HENI News Report

London: Vivienne Westwood’s personal wardrobe goes under the hammer at Christie’s in June with part of the proceeds going to the late designer’s foundation.

"‘Bacon would leave his house in Narrow Street because he could not work in the brilliant light on the river. He preferred a dark room with a lightbulb.’ Writer Iain Sinclair, whose new book is about the Soho photographer John Deakin, recalls closely observing Francis Bacon when Sinclair was working as a gardener in Limehouse, East London. "

- The Guardian

And in other news

Los Angeles: LACMA’s planned satellite in Las Vega fails to impress the LA Times art critic, Christopher Knight, who would prefer more art on show closer to home.

On this day

On April 22, 1970, Robert Rauschenberg published a poster for the first Earth Day. Proceeds of the edition printed by Castelli Graphics supported the American Environment Foundation as did 50 lithographs of the same image produced by Gemini G.E.L.

Robert Rauschenberg’s Earth Day 1970 poster (detail). Copyright the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation