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Five Artists in the News: Remembering Richard Serra, Arthur Jafa talks Taxi Driver and early sales at Art Basel Hong Kong

3 min read  ·  27 Mar 2024

Richard Serra in 2005. Copyright Richard Serra/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Rafa Rivas, via Agence France-Presse, Getty Images

Richard Serra, who has died aged 85, set out to become a painter but instead became one of his era’s greatest sculptors, inventing a monumental environment of immense tilting corridors, ellipses and spirals of steel, writes Roberta Smith in the New York Times.

Yayoi Kusama works sold for $11m on the VIP collector day of Art Basel Hong Kong, reports The Art Newspaper. Young buyers made their presence known as the fair got off to a “brisk start”.

Works by Mark Bradford and Ed Clark sold for $3.5m and $1.1m, respectively, ARTnews reports. But Art Basel Hong Kong appeared to get off to a slower start pretty much everywhere else.

Arthur Jafa talks about “Taxi Driver”, being called anti-black and impostor syndrome to W Magazine. The artist speaks ahead of his two shows in New York, which includes a new video work inspired by Martin Scorsese’s thriller.

Banksy’s Girl with Balloon was the star lot in Christie's $2.03m online auction of editions with Damien Hirst’s Loyalty the outperformer, selling for 325% above its low estimate. For more highlights, see the HENI News report.