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Week in Review: Goodbye Jeff Koon’s Giant Dugong, Alison Saar’s Olympic Sculpture And A $22M Titian

3 min read  ·  05 Jul 2024

Qatar Museums has announced the decommissioning of Jeff Koons’ Dugong sculpture. Copyright the artist. Photo courtesy of The National

This was the week in London, Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall played host to a party for a triumphant Labour Party on the morning of a landslide victory in the UK general election. In New York, MoMA unveiled Alex Katz's monumental Seasons paintings and in Tokyo Gendai returned for its second edition.


Market: Caroline Walker led Phillips 'Modern & Contemporary Art online auction, which totaled $848,200. For all the highlights, see the HENI News report.


London: Titian's The Rest on the Flight into Egypt set a new auction record for the Italian Old Master when it sold for $22.18m at Christie's. The painting survived being stolen in the 1990s from a British stately home. See the HENI News report.


Doha: Jeff Koons’ sculpture of a giant, iridescent dugong atop a wave is bidding farewell to Qatar after its display was extended following the World Cup, The National reports.


New York: Alex Katz’s monumental paintings inspired by the changing of the season outside his studio have gone on show in the MoMA atrium for the summer.


Paris: Alison Saar has unveiled an Olympic Sculpture ahead of the 2024 Games. The graceful seated figure is installed just off the Champs-Elysées.


London: Brian Clarke's new stained glass animate the new spaces in Westminster's Coroner's Court, bringing in floral and loosely natural themes from the nearby garden.


New York: June Leaf, a figurative artist known for her expressionist paintings and sculptures, has died, aged 94. Leaf enjoyed late career success but was long overshadowed by her husband, the photographer Robert Frank.

In other news

New York: A planned New Jersey branch of the Centre Pompidou has been thrown into doubt after politicians voted down further funding for the project.

Tokyo: Ceramics by veteran Japanese artist Shiro Tsujimura are among the stand-out works at Tokyo Gendai, which has opened to VIP collectors, writes ARTnews.

"‘My mother was always enchanted by the transparency of the pine tree forest.’ Saloua Raouda Choucair’s daughter on why a new museum for her mother’s Modernist art has opened in the Metn mountains of Lebanon."

- The National

The new Saloua Raouda Choucair Museum. Photo courtesy of the Saloua Raouda Choucair Foundation.