This Week’s Top Stories: Rising Stars Shine in New York Auctions, Anti-War Artist Jailed in Russia and Ai Weiwei’s Tweet Too Far

2 min read  ·  17 Nov 2023

Abstract Painting by Gerhard Richter sold for $34.8m. Image courtesy of Phillips

Abstract Painting by Gerhard Richter sold for $34.8m. Image courtesy of Phillips

Jenny Saville Leads Sotheby's $55.2M 'The Now' Auction

Works by Jenny Saville and a record-breaking painting by Julie Mehretu were among the top lots at Sotheby's 'The Now Evening Auction' in New York. (HENI News)

Gerhard Richter Leads Phillips $69.93m Auction in New York

Abstract paintings by Gerhard Richter and Jadé Fadojutimi were among top lots at Phillips New York’s '20th Century & Contemporary Art' sale. (HENI News)

Ai Weiwei Solo Show Postponed After Tweet About Israel

Ai Weiwei has not yet provided a comment about his deleted tweet about Israel, which resulted in Lisson Gallery postponing his show in London. The artist has said the show is "effectively cancelled". (Hyperallergic)

Russian Artist Alexandra Skochilenko Jailed for Anti-War Protest

Alexandra Skochilenko, an artist who replaced supermarket price tags with messages calling for an end to Russia’s war in Ukraine, faces a seven-year jail sentence after a judge rejected her plea for clemency. (Reuters)

Remembering Pop artist pioneer Joe Tilson

Joe Tilson (1928-2023) was one of the founding figures of Pop art in Britain in the 1960s but he stepped away from its celebration of consumerism and focused instead on classical antiquity as a source of inspiration. (Art Review)

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