ArtistsInstitutions 19-12-2017

December 19 | Paintings by Qi Baishi fetch $144 million at auction

Qi Baishi’s work became the most expensive Chinese art in Beijing last night. Elsewhere, museums are increasingly opening up to performance art.

Paintings by Qi Baishi fetch $144 million at auction

With the $144 million sale of 12 paintings by the artist at auction in Beijing last night at Poly International, Qi Baishi (1864-1957) has become the first Chinese artist to have works sell for more than $100 million at auction.

The work, entitled Twelve Landscape Screens (1925), consists of 12 panels depicting mountains, villages and trees in bloom, measuring 1.8 meters by 47 cm. The anonymous buyer has been identified as a Chinese collector.

In 2011, one of Qi Baishi’s works, titled Eagle on Pine Tree, sold for $55m (£41m) in Beijing, at the time a record for a Chinese artist. More via The Guardian.


Qi Baishi, Twelve Landscape Screens. (1925)


A performance by Pierre Huyghe acquired by The Cleveland Museum of Art

The Cleveland Museum has announced that it has acquired the performance Name Announcer by Pierre Huyghe, the first performance work to enter its collection.

In a statement, the museum has described the work as one of the most brilliant examples of Relational Aesthetics. Name Announcer was presented at the Centre Pompidou in 2013 as part of a major retrospective dedicated to the artist, before travelling to the Museum Ludwig in Cologne and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The performance is expected to go on show in the museum’s contemporary galleries in spring 2018, in conjunction with the exhibition “Recent Acquisitions, 2014–2017”. Read more on the museum’s website.


Installation view of the exhibition, "Pierre Huyghe", at the Centre Georges Pompidou, September 2013 – January 2014.



FotoFest 2018 announces focus on India

The biennial photography event FotoFest has announced 48 exhibitors for its 2018 edition, taking place from March 10 through April 22, in Houston. Featuring artists from India and the Indian diaspora, FotoFest’s upcoming edition, titled “INDIA: Contemporary Photographic and New Media Art”, will focus on a number of contemporary issues in India including gender and sexuality, land rights conflict, the environment, human settlement and migration, and caste and class divisions.

Organized by curator Sunil Gupta and FotoFest executive director Steven Evans, FotoFest will welcome artists including: Nandini Valli Muthiah, Anusha Yadav, Roshini Kempadoo, Sohrab Hura and Serena Chopra. More via FotoFest’s website.


Sandip Kuriakose, Interested, 2017. From the series NPNR. Courtesy the artist.

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