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Morning Links: Marie Antoinette’s Pendant Edition

Jean-François Janinet, Portrait of Marie Antoinette, 1777, print.


The Market

Sotheby’s tallied $362.6 million at its contemporary sale last night. Artist records were set for Henry Taylor, Jacob Lawrence, Dana Schutz, and Jack Whitten. [ARTnews]

A pearl and diamond pendant that once belonged to Marie Antoinette sold for $36 million at auction in Geneva yesterday. Apparently, the queen smuggled some of her jewelry out of France before she was beheaded in 1793. This particular piece wasn’t seen in public for more than 200 years. [Bloomberg]

The Times reports on the growth and expansion of art storage facilities and the services they offer. The article states, “The growth in art storage can be attributed not only to the expanding art market but also to the increasing size of contemporary works of art, some of which may be multimedia installations filling auditorium-size rooms.” [The New York Times]

The Windy City

Pitchfork and the Art Institute of Chicago have joined forces for a three-night event, which will take place in February and feature performances from over 30 artists. The lineup includes Slowdive, Oneohtrix Point Never, and Laurie Anderson, among others. [Pitchfork]

The Richard H. Driehaus Museum in Chicago has announced a new series of exhibitions titled “A Tale of Today: New Artists at the Driehaus.” The shows will feature contemporary artworks that address the Gilded Age. British-Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare MBE will be the first person to present work in the series. [The Magazine Antiques]


Photographer Wolfgang Tillmans and electronic musician Oscar Powell talked about creating an EP together. Tillmans said of the collaboration, “I think it’s important that we don’t let our art be dominated by the world’s negative aspects . . . But we were both strongly feeling what was going on in the last 18 months, so that definitely condensed around the sound and the content.” [Pitchfork]

Los Angeles–based Australian artist Polly Borland discusses photographing Queen Elizabeth II, her surreal new works, and more. [The Guardian]


Blue Jemz, a beloved New York–based DJ who ran the label Night People with Eli Escobar, died this week. [Resident Advisor]


The Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, New York, has received a gift of $4.8 million—one of the largest donations ever made to an arts organization in the city. [Artforum]


Paris-based artist Kapwani Kiwanga has won the 2018 Sobey Art Award, which comes with about $75,500. [ARTnews]

Behold NASA-affiliated artist Rick Guidice’s psychedelic renderings of space colonization from the 1970s. [Atlas Obscura]

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