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Five Artists in the News: Auction Record for Peter Hujar, Three Early Basquiats Head to Auction and Mira Schor’s Late-Career Resurgence

3 min read  ·  04 Apr 2024

Peter Hujar, Self-Portrait (with string around his neck). Copyright the artist’s estate. Image courtesy of Christie's Online

Market: Peter Hujar’s Self-Portrait (with string around his neck) (1980) sold for $252,000, more than five times the low estimate at Christie's Online, a 60% increase on the late artist’s previous auction record. HENI News

Milan: Gaetano Pesce, the architect, industrial designer and sculptor known for his playful works, has died aged 84. Two planned projects for the Milan Design Week will go ahead, Hypebeast reports.

Market: Ana Mendieta, Untitled (from Silueta series) (1978), sold for $81,900, more than five times the low estimate at Christie's Online. HENI News

New York: Three early paintings by Jean-Michel Basquiat, worth possibly more than $85m, will make their auction debut at Phillips, reports the Observer.

Washington, DC: James Hampton, a janitor and military veteran with no artistic training, created The Throne in the 1950s. Now, his masterwork of outsider art is being conserved in public, the Smithsonian Magazine reports.

In other news

Market: Marlborough Gallery has announced it is closing after 78 years. The gallery’s inventory, which could be worth around $250m, will be dispersed, Artnet News reports.

"‘I wouldn't say there's been a resurgence of my work: I think it's a surgence,’ says Mira Schor, reflecting on her New York homecoming show hot on the heels of the 73-year-old artist's critically acclaimed exhibition at the Bourse de Commerce in Paris."

- Cultured Magazine