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Five Artists in the News: Francoise Gilot’s auction record, Remembering Patti Astor and MSCHF pranks The Met

3 min read  ·  10 Apr 2024

Francoise Gilot, Concert on the Green (Le Concert Champêtre). Copyright the artist's estate. Image courtesy of Christie's

Paris: Françoise Gilot’s Concert on the Green sold for $1.42m at Christie’s Paris, a new record at auction for the artist and former wife of Picasso. HENI News

Paris: Andre Derain, Matisse et Terrus, a Fauvist portrait of Henri Matisee, sold for $3.46m, the star lot at Christie’s $13.43m auction. For the top-ten results, see the HENI News report.

New York: MSCHF, the subversive collective, replaced a bathroom sink in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in its latest art stunt.

Hobart: Kirsha Kaechele’s Ladies Lounge in MONA, her partner David Walsh’s private museum, discriminates against men, a tribunal in Tasmania has ruled.

New York: Patti Astor the actress, artist, and co-founder of Fun Gallery, has died, aged 74.

And in other news

Munich: the Pinakothek der Moderne has fired a freelance installer after he was found to have hung his own work of art in the prestigious gallery.

"‘He didn’t want an entourage like Andy [Warhol], and didn’t drink to excess like some others. His only vice was work.’ Mitchell Lichtenstein recalls his father’s strong work ethic as the Albertina in Vienna presents its Roy Lichtenstein show. "

- Brooklyn Rail

On This Day

On April 13, 1912 collector extraordinaire Peggy Guggenheim’s father set sail for New York on board RMS Titanic. His daughter inherited a fortune, aged 13, when Benjamin Guggenheim went down with the ship.