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A Monumental Canvas by Yoshitomo Nara Sells for $25 Million in Hong Kong, Shattering the Artist’s Previous Auction Record
A work by the Japanese artist Yoshitomo Nara sold for nearly $25 million at Sotheby’s contemporary evening sale in Hong Kong on Saturday, smashing the artist’s previous auction record by a factor of five. As protesters flooded the streets of central Hong Kong over the weekend, the sale carried on—and, perhaps surprisingly, outperformed expectations.
Art Industry News: A Greeting Card Company Escalates Its Feud With Bansky, Accusing Him of ‘Tricking Fans’ + Other Stories
Plus, UK museums double down on oil sponsorship and the New York Times looks at why Russian oligarch are funding US museums.
After Her Trip to Another Gallery Sowed Chaos, Mona Lisa Is Back in Her Home at the Louvre—Only It’s Gotten a Complete Makeover
The Mona Lisa‘s home has gotten a makeover.
The Louvre’s most famous painting was reinstalled in its longtime gallery in the museum’s Salle des États overnight on Monday. The Leonardo da Vinci masterpiece had been on a staycation in another room, the Galerie Médicis, for a rocky two months while her permanent residence underwent renovations.
Vienna Contemporary Has a New Look and New Leadership, But It Remains a Staid, Regional Fair
What’s in a name? The art fair viennacontemporary has emerged from an exercise in dramatic renaming and rebranding, but years on—not to belabor the Shakespearean analogy—is the aroma really any different?