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A Sotheby’s contemporary art evening sale in London failed to generate excitement, bringing in £92.5 million ($119.8 million). [Art Market Monitor]
Amid controversy, Desert X, a biennial-style outdoor sculpture show, has opened Al Ula, Saudi Arabia. “We’re just here making art,” one participant said, dismissing allegations that artists should not have shown in the government-backed exhibition. [The New York Times]
After some were arrested while filming a video critical of the Russian government, members of the art collective Pussy Riot have been released from prison. [Monopol]
Artist Ahmad Fuad Osman has accused Malaysia’s National Art Gallery in Kuala Lumpur of censoring his art—and is now demanding that the museum close his mid-career survey there early. [Artforum]
Artist Mat Collishaw has departed the roster of Blain Southern gallery “with immediate effect.” He is the second artist to leave the gallery suddenly, after Jake and Dinos Chapman. [The Art Newspaper]
Adrian Searle gives Tate Modern’s Steve McQueen survey five stars, writing, “McQueen is alert to the here and now.” [The Guardian]
Karl Ove Knausgaard profiles artist Anselm Kiefer, whose works, he writes, are “so monumental, so charged with time, so burdened by history, and because the private sphere, the near and the personal, is so completely absent from them.” [The New York Times Magazine]