June 12 | Art for Justice
A philanthropist sells a Roy Lichtenstein painting for a record price and a good cause. Elsewhere, Thaddaeus Ropac and Lisson gallery are now representing the Rosenquist and the Leon Polk Smith estates, respectively.
The sale of a Roy Lichtenstein contributes to the Art For Justice Fund
Art collector and patron Agnes Gund has confirmed that she has parted with her prized painting Masterpiece by Roy Lichtenstein (1962) earlier this year — selling it for a whopping $165 million. Proceedings for the sale will go towards the establishment of a fund supporting criminal justice reform in the US. The fund will be managed by Ms. Gund, together with the Ford Foundation.
Following the sale, the Roy Lichtenstein work has become one of the world’s most expensive artworks. Masterpiece was sold to collector Steve A. Cohen through Acquavella Gallery. The Art For Justice Fund aims to strengthen education and employment opportunities for former inmates, as well as to safely reduce jail and prison populations across the country. Read more on The New York Times.
Agnes Gund. ©Damon Winter / The New York Times
Ropac to represent the Rosenquist Estate
Galerie Thaddeaus Ropac has announced that it is now representing the estate of the late American artist James Rosenquist. (1933-2017). In November 2017, “Painting as Immersion” — an important retrospective dedicated to the artist — will open at the Museums Ludwig in Cologne.
James Rosenquist working on Flash Life, Aripeka, Florida, 1989.
Photo : Russ Blaise. Courtesy Thaddaeus Ropac Gallery
Lisson Gallery to represent the Leon Polk Smith Foundation
Lisson Gallery has announced that it is now representing the Leon Polk Smith Foundation in collaboration with Washburn Gallery.
Founded by the American painter himself, the foundation aims to preserve and promote his work. Leon Polk Smith (1906-1996) was a member of the Hard-edge school, and his work is characterized by its unusual formats as well as its themes, often evoking the custom and traditions of Indian Americans.
Leon Polk Smith, Constellation T, 1968. ©Leon Polk Smith Foundation. Courtesy Lisson Gallery
Mathieu Boisadan takes home the Marin Prize
The jury of the 21st edition of the Marin Prize has awarded artist Mathieu Boisadan, (b. 1977) who is represented by Patricia Dorfmann gallery in Paris.
Boisdan's work explores the themes of conflict, catastrophe and war, as well as the sometimes violent nature of human relationships. The Antoine Marin Prize recognizes each year an artist chosen by an art critic or a fellow artist. An exhibition of works by Boisadan as well as fellow laureates will be on show in Arcueil until July 1.
Mathieu Boisadan, La beauté ne s'apprivoise pas, 2017. Courtesy Galerie Patricia Dorfmann