June 28th, 2012

Cindy Sherman and Bruce Nauman Honored by the National Academy

Cindy Sherman and Bruce Nauman are among the 23 visual artists and architects honored by the National Academy in New York City. For the first time in the institution’s 187-year history, photographers were included in the annual roundup of “Academicians.” Last year the membership categories changed from “Painting, Sculpture, Printmaking and Architecture” to “Visual Arts and Architecture.” This revised designation allowed the inclusion of photographers, videographers and installation artists.

The National Academy was established in 1825 to “promote the fine arts in America through instruction and exhibition,” and includes a museum and art school. As part of the designation, each National Academician contributes a “representative work” to the National Academy’s permanent collection. Visit nationalacademy.org to see the complete list on honorees.

Sherman’s retrospective at Museum of Modern Art in New York City wrapped up this month and will be on display next at SFMOMA from July 14 to October 7, 2012. After that, the exhibition will move on to the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis from November 3, 2012 to January 27, 2013. Check out our review of the exhibition for more details.

 

May 9th, 2012

Jeff Wall Photograph Fetches Artist Record $3.6 Million at Auction

"Dead Troops Talk (A vision after an ambush of a Red Army patrol, near Moqor, Afghanistan, winter 1986," © Jeff Wall.

A 1992 photograph by Jeff Wall sold for $3,666,500 yesterday evening during a Post-War and Contemporary art auction at Christie’s in New York City. The previous record sale for a work by Jeff Wall was $1.1 million.

The work “Dead Troops Talk (A vision after an ambush of a Red Army patrol, near Moqor, Afghanistan, winter 1986″ depicts a grisly scene in which Soviet Red Army soldiers killed by the Afghan mujahideen have come back to life and are conversing with one another.

The photograph, framed in a light box, was the first in an edition of two, with one artist’s print. The photograph has been in the collection of David and Geraldine Pincus, who acquired it from Marian Goodman Gallery in New York. The Pincus’s substantial collection formed a major part of the sale, which set a record for a Post-War and Contemporary art sale at $388.5 million, according to Christie’s.

The high lot in the sale was Mark Rothko’s “Orange, Red, Yellow,” which sold for $86.9 million, another record for a work from the Post-War period.

Three other photographs were included in the sale. A Richard Prince work that appropriated a Marlboro advertisement, “Untitled (Cowboys),” sold for $602,500. Cindy Sherman’s “Untitled #122″ sold for $206,500. And Nan Goldin’s “Ballad Triptych” sold for $218,500.

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