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Morning Links: ‘Portrait of the Artist (Pool With Two Figures)’ Edition

David Hockney, Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures), 1972, sold for $90.3 million, a record for a living artist at auction.


Auction Season 

A contemporary art sale at Christie’s in New York last night raked in $357.6 million. It was led by David Hockney’s record-smashing Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures), which sold to an anonymous buyer for $90.3 million. [ARTnews]

Also in New York last night, Phillips’s 20th-century and contemporary art sale brought in $88.5 million, with a $22.6 million Joan Miró leading the sale. [ARTnews]

Friday Reads

For the claustrophobic, the introverted, the famous, etc.: Jerry Saltz’s guide to enjoying the Metropolitan Museum of Art while avoiding the crowd. [Vulture]

Manohla Dargis reviews At Eternity’s Gate, Julian Schnabel’s new Vincent van Gogh biopic, writing, “The movie is a freely subjective portrait of van Gogh by another artist trying to see, paint and feel as he did. Schnabel draws on the historical record when it suits him.” [New York Times]


The Swiss Institute has added three new members to its board. [Artforum]

Bangladeshi photojournalist Shahidul Alam has been granted bail by a court. He had previously been arrested for giving interviews on student protests in the area against unsafe roads, and had spent over 100 days in jail. [Al Jazeera]

Have a look at the nominees for the new Jarman Award for artists working in moving image. [Guardian]

Storm King Art Center cofounder H. Peter Stern has died at 90. [New York Times]


Ai Weiwei discusses why he’s over having museum shows, moving to Connecticut,and focusing on making three new films about “the human condition, justice, social justice, and the crisis.” [Artnet News]

Eva Lewitt, the daughter of Sol Lewitt, seems to be having a moment in her own art career. Her sculptures are currently on display at the Jewish Museum, of which she told Vulture, “The Plexiglas strips or “branches” are flopping and being held in place by their own weight. I see them as having inherent energy, which remains, even when I am not there.”

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