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OLD MASTERS DEPARTMENT. The day is very big news for very old paintings. Early Peter Paul Rubensof about 1609, will strike the block of Sotheby’s in January with a high estimate of $35 million, Barron’s reports. The deliciously titled work, Salome, represented with the severed head of St. John the Baptist, was thought lost until it came up for auction at the same house in 1998. It then sold for $5.5 million. Meanwhile, an anonymous 17th-century painting damaged in the 2020 Beirut explosion has been identified as Artemisia Gentileschion New York Times reports. It is currently undergoing restoration in Getty Center in Los Angeles. And in Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum said to have arranged no fewer than 28 paintings from Johannes Vermeer for a retrospective in 2023, marking it as the artist’s biggest show to date.
MIKE DAVIS, the revered, controversial and courageous writer and scientist died on Tuesday at the age of 76, Carolina A. Miranda reports in Los Angeles Times. The reason: complications related to esophageal cancer. Davies’ most famous work was The city of quartz (1990), which describes how “powerful interests in Los Angeles—namely, real estate developers, aided and abetted by politicians and the police department—have ruthlessly shaped the landscape of the city at their whim,” Miranda writes. The sprawling story turned the former Marxist truck driver into a noted public intellectual. In memory of Nation, John Wiener calls Davis “author and activist, radical hero and family man” and quotes Adam Schatz in French in 1997, writing about the endless stream of calls that came into the Davis house: “The calls go on from morning until midnight. It could be the photographer Richard Avedon or the architect IM Pei requesting one of Davis’ legendary tours of LA”
Gagosian has strongly denied rumors that it is in talks to be acquired by the French luxury giant LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuittonwhose chairman is the collector Bernard Arnault. “There is absolutely no truth to the rumors and the company is not for sale,” a spokesman for Gagosian said. An LVMH representative declined to comment. [ARTnews]
On Saturday, Hauser and Wirth will open a periodic performance festival at its Los Angeles branch that will feature “performance art, theater, dance, music, readings, film screenings and other live events,” Alex Greenberger reports. Artists Jeremy O. Harris and Wu Tsang are among those showing work.
Against the background of the energy crisis in Europe, Hamburg railway station in Berlin turned off the power to his iconic, site-specific And Flavin neon installation. “It is important that we, as an internationally recognized museum, set an example in the current situation and make our contribution to saving scarce resources,” said its directors. [The Art Newspaper]
Shutterstockwhich distributes stock images, said it will give its users access to OpenAI‘c DALL-E 2, which uses AI to generate art based on text prompts. It will also create a fund to pay royalties to artists when the program features their art in images. [PC Magazine]
Artist and architect Maya Lin was hired to design a building in Bard College in upstate New York, where there will be rehearsal and performance space for the school Fisher Center, which presents theatre, music, dance and more. It is expected to cost $42 million and will be 25,000 square feet. [The New York Times]
The Tucson Museum of Contemporary Art there is a new management: hud Julius Caesarwho was previously a senior editor at Arizona State University Museum of Art in Tempe, was appointed director and co-editor; its current interim director and curator, Laura Copelinewas appointed Deputy Director and Co-Editor-in-Chief. [Artforum]
A DISH SERVED COLD. “I’ll take revenge on you for Mr. Van Gogh,” rapper Lil Nas Xwrote on Twitter yesterday, wading into the discourse surrounding the food attacks climate protesters have been waging on famous works of art in recent months. There is no way we can use words to do justice to the images he shared. Just click. [@LilNasX/Twitter]