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Week in Review: Barbara Hepworth's $5M Bronze, Frida Kahlo's Romanian Roots and Keith Haring's Mural Heads to Basel

3 min read  ·  07 Jun 2024

There is a copy of "Frida Kahlo 1907-1954: Pain and Passion", published by Taschen, in the library at Arad, Romania, where the artist's German grandparents were born.

This was the week the artist Deborah de Robertis, who tagged Gustave Courbet’s most famous nude MeToo, faced a court in France, the Serpentine unveiled its summer pavilion and collectors and gallerists prepared to head to Art Basel in Basel, which opens to invited collectors on Monday, June 10.


London: Barbara Hepworth and Magdalene Odundo led Sotheby's 'Modern British and Irish Art Evening Auction' on June 6. For all the highlights, see the HENI News report.


New York: Kay WalkingStick’s auction record jumped 28% when the Native American artist’s Untitled (Landscape) sold for $32,500 at Swann Galleries. HENI News


Mexico City: Frida Kahlo had Romanian family roots as her grandparents were born in Arad and later moved to Germany, Inside Romania reports.


Berlin: Gerhard Richter’s early work,* Nude study* (1959), which sold for $151,200, 40% above its low estimate, was the top lot at the Grisebach $2.51m 'Contemporary Art' auction. For more, see the HENI News report.


Profile: The Fluxus artist Ben Vautier has died. He killed himself shortly after the death of his wife and fellow artist, Annie Vautier.


Legal: Deborah de Robertis has been charged in France for tagging Gustave Courbet’s most famous nude and the attempted theft of a work by Annette Messager at the Centre Pompidou-Metz.


Basel: A section of Keith Haring’s 300-foot-long mural, Untitled (FDR NY) #5-22 (1984), will be a highlight next week of the Unlimited section of Art Basel, presented by Gladstone Gallery and Martos Gallery.

In other news

London: Serpentine Galleries’ unveiled its 2024 summer pavilion, which has been designed by South Korean architect Minsuk Cho.

Legal: Christie’s is being sued for not protecting collectors’ personal data, following a cyberattack.

"‘I sold a group of works when I was a teenager to the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. I didn’t have a bank account, so someone else had to get the check.’ Adam Pendleton recalls the first paintings he sold for ‘maybe $2,500’."

- The New York Times

Serpentine 2024 Summer Pavilion designed by Minsuk Cho and his practice Mass Studies. Photograph by Iwan Baan/Serpentine