Auction HousesArtists 10-11-2017

November 10 | Man Ray breaks all records at Christie’s

In Paris, photography takes center stage at both the Grand Palais and at Christie’s, where early photography continues to attract prestigious collectors, ready to bid and break all records. In other news, prizes are awarded, and some spark debates.

Man Ray breaks all records at Christie’s

Man Ray’s 1926 photograph Noir et Blanche sold at Christie’s Paris for €2.7 million, becoming the most expensive photograph ever sold in France, as well as the most expensive early photograph ever sold internationally.

The photograph was offered as part of the sale of Thomas Koerfer’s collection, which realized a total of €3.8 million. More via Christie's.


Francesca Woodman — E.2.1 (Self-Portrait with Lily), 1972-75 ; 30.000 €




The finalists of the 2017 Preis der Nationalgalerie criticize its organization

Sol Calero (born in 1982 in Caracas), Iman Issa (born in 1979 in Cairo), Jumana Manna (born in 1987 in Princeton) and Agnieszka Polska (the prize’s 2017 winner, born in 1985 in Lublin ) have published a statement criticizing the event’s organizers and in particular “the constant emphasis in press releases and public speeches on our gender and nationalities, rather than on the content of our work”. The statement also laments the fact that “the award ceremony for the Preis der Nationalgalerie seemed to be more of a celebration of the sponsors and institutions than a moment to engage with the artists and their work”, adding that “we believe that all exhibitions, including the exhibitions of the shortlisted nominees, should include an artist fee.”

The statement can be read on e-flux.


Sol Calero — photo Alexander Coggin ; Iman Issa ; Jumana Manna — photo Robert Newald ; Agnieszka Polska




Five finalists for the SAM Art Prize

Launched in 2009 by collector Sandra Hegedüs, the SAM Art Prize has revealed its 2017 finalists as follows: Mathieu Kleyebe Abonnenc, Elizaveta Konovalova, Evangelia Kranioti, Abraham Poincheval and Louis-Cyprien Rials.

The winner will receive a €20,000 prize which will go towards the realization of an international project, to then be  presented at the Palais de Tokyo. The laureate will succeed Zineb Sedira, Laurent Pernot, Ivan Argote, Angelika Markul, Bouchra Khalili, Louidgi Beltrame and Mel O’Callaghan. The winner will be announced on December 14. Read more via Sam Art Projects.


© Sam Art Prize




Three new artists in residence at Harlem’s Studio Museum

Launched in 1968, the artist residency program at the Studio Museum has welcomed artists such as David Hammons, Kerry James Marshall, Julie Mehretu and Kehinde Wiley. In 2018, artists Allison Janae Hamilton, Tschabalala Self and Sable Elyse Smith will partake in a residency at the studios of 429 West One-Hundred and Twenty-Seventh Street. All three artists are currently on show at the institution, directed by Thelma Golden. Read more on Artnews.


Tschabalala Self, Bodega Run, 2015, Oil, pigment and flasche on canvas, 111.8 × 76.2 cm, Private collection, New York. Photo: Courtesy Thierry Goldberg Gallery, New York


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