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By Edward Helmore / The Guardian
It’s been a strange, unsettling year in the art market and 2017 looks likely to be just as turbulent. What does a new president who can rattle the world with a tweet mean for an industry so dependent on the international rich? The answer is that no one knows, but it is a hot topic among gallery owners and auctioneers this new year. Read more
By T MAGAZINE / The New York Times
From their studios, ateliers, film sets and kitchens — and even the White House — these are the people whose inventive spirits shaped the conversation this year. Paulina Ołowska is among them. Read more
By Silka P / Widewalls
The growing interest towards innovative Polish artists should not surprise anyone. As a home to a rich legacy of the avant-garde art, Polish artists (during the 1980s) fundamentally changed and re-evaluated artistic traditions. These examinations challenged not only the classical avant-garde but also the works of neo-avant-garde artists as well. Focused on the ideas and theories put forward by the German artist, Joseph Beuys, Polish artists transformed the understanding of painting and of sculpture as well.
The ten Polish artists which are listed below showcase just how eclectic Polish art is and how expressive and critical it can be!
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It is incredible for me to think that I have been personally involved in the sale of all top ten works by Jean-Michel Basquiat ever sold, culminating in the record in May for $57.3 million. I can't say that for any other artist. But credit where credit's due. Much of my formative understanding of Basquiat comes from my friendship with Lars Ulrich. Metallica fans would have immediately recognized a blurred Lars from this 2002 photo by photographer and director Anton Corbijn. Behind Lars is Basquiat's "Profit I", 1982, among Basquiat's best paintings. I had been working with Lars as an unofficial advisor for a few years, and in 1997 he wanted a major Basquiat. Few knew that Lars was an avid collector, let alone that he is one of the most focused, studied and passionate buyers I have ever met. He had bought the Basquiat catalogue raisonné, and literally spent months studying every work in detail. Highly instinctive, yet methodically intelligent. Fascinating. In the late 1990s, the most expensive Basquiat was around $1 million and there were only five collectors at the top level. Lars was way ahead of the game. He had picked out 'Profit I' as his favorite work from the whole short career of Basquiat. It belonged to Bruno Bischofberger, legendary dealer who had discovered Basquiat in 1981 and had propelled him to stardom. It took almost four years of slow burn negotiations to persuade Bruno, an even more obsessive collector himself, to part with his best picture. It was an amazing adventure, that took us to St. Moritz where we painted at 3am in a studio made by Bruno for Basquiat. Meanwhile we got the greatest insight into the artist from Bruno and the close circle who had known Basquiat until his tragic death in 1988, as well as access to so many masterpieces up close and personal. Lars handpicked several other paintings and he made it our mission to source every one. Only collectors like Peter Brant and Philip Niarchos rivaled Lars' Basquiat collection. Today Jean-Michel Basquiat's 'Profit I' belongs to a Swiss corporation and would certainly exceed the record price for the artist if it ever came back on the market. #jeanmichelbasquiat #larsulrich
by Marion Maneker / ART MARKET MONITOR
Brett Gorvy told Bloomberg he’d sold a Basquiat boxer from Christie’s private selling exhibition in Hong Kong several weeks ago to an American buyer who saw the work on his Instagram feed and leapt at the opportunity to pay $24m sight unseen.
The story has provoked a number of skeptical market professionals to try to piece together what they know of the sale. Read more
Polish state acquires Czartoryski art collection that includes Leonardo da Vinci’s painting Lady with an Ermine. Read more
by Julia Halperin / The ArtNewspaper
Museum invites 24 artists to exchange images through their phones “in a game of visual ping-pong”. Read more
The site wojciechplewinski.com has a digital archive of the photographer with over two thousand pictures from his 60-year-long career as well as a virtual gallery with twelve series from 1957 to 2003 chosen by the project’s curator.
The material will be complemented by texts about Plewiński and the selected series, as well as the portraits and the archive materials. Every single series will be enriched by audio commentary by the photographer himself, where Plewiński reveals the circumstances behind certain pieces. Finally, there is also a short video where the artist talks about his career.