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Five Artists in the News: Cosima von Bonin Plays the High Line, Kimsooja’s Colorful Comeback and Frieze NY Opens to VIPs

3 min read  ·  01 May 2024

Installation: “Meta-Painting”, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York. Courtesy of the artist and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York / Los Angeles. Photo by Pierre Le Hors

New York: Cosima von Bonin group of fish musicians, WHAT IF THEY BARK?, are now on show on the High Line. First spotted at the 2022 Venice Biennale, it makes The Art Newspaper pick of public art to see during Frieze New York this week.

New York: Peace has broken out between Kristen Visbal, the sculptor of the “Fearless Girl” statue near Wall Street, and the financial firm that commissioned the work after they reached a settlement just before they were due to meet in court, The Times reports.

New York: Kimsooja‘s first exhibition with Tanya Bonakdar Gallery is now on view, the Korean artist’s colorful show is her first in New York for nearly two decades.

Paris: Bernar Venet led Bonhams Contemporary Art auction on April 30 in Paris. His work Underterminated Lines sold for $95,600, 78% above its low estimate. For more highlights, see the HENI News report

Market: Manolo Valdes, Lydia II sold for $296,700, 275% above its low estimate at Christie's. Meanwhile, his sculptures in St Mark’s Square in Venice continue to cause a stir. HENI News

"‘Sometimes there’s a lot of fuss for nothing, but that’s how the market works.’ Michaël Borremans points out that while some contemporary art fetches high prices, many historic works are undervalued ‘because of fashion’."

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On May 1, 1931, US President Herbert Hoover pressed a button in Washington, DC to turn on the lights of the Empire State Building and officially open the skyscraper, then the world’s tallest building. In 1965, Andy Warhol filmed Empire, recording the tower as the sun set on Manhattan and the lights going on and off over the next eight hours.