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Dino Skeleton Makes $12.4 M. at Christie’s, the State of Benin Bronze Repatriations, and More: Morning Links for May 13, 2022

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The Headlines
WHAT A NIGHT!  On Thursday evening in New York,  Christie’s  offered up back-to-back marquee auctions that hauled in $831 million.  Angelica Villa  has  a full report  in  ARTnews . The first sale featured a dozen works from the storied collection of the late  Anne Bass , which brought in $363 million, well beyond its $250 million presale estimate. Two  Rothko  paintings accounted for $116 million of that, though they underperformed, while a 1900–03 view of the U.K. Parliament by Monet  earned $75 million, trouncing its $40 million low estimate. Perhaps the biggest surprise of the night, though, came in the second event, devoted to 20th-century art, which saw  Ernie Barnes ’s electrifying painting  Sugar Shack  (1976) go for $15.3 million with fees, adding two zeros to its $150,000 low estimate. Among the artists getting new auction records were  Howardena Pindell  and  Grace Hartigan . Head to  ARTnews  for  all the action .
ON THE MOVE.  Artist  Ashley Bickerton , the Neo-Geo giant whose work has “commented on consumerism and industrialization,” has joined  Gagosian ,  Maximilíano Durón   reports in  ARTnews . Peers at the gallery praised his work:  Damien Hirst  said “his questions and ideas stay with you,” and  Jordan Wolfson  termed him “one of the most important artists of his generation.” The gallery will do a solo show in New York next year. Meanwhile,  Jack Pierson , “whose works have reflected on queer themes and the relationship between life and art, has joined  Lisson Gallery ,”  Alex Greenberger   reports in  ARTnews . Lisson, too, has a 2023 show on the calendar with its new signee.
The Digest
MORE AUCTION NEWS:  A skeleton of a  Deinonychus antirrhopus  dinosaur, which inspired the fearsome velociraptors of  Jurassic Park , went for $12.4 million at  Christie’s , more than double its estimate, on Thursday. (Busy day for the house!)  [The New York Times]
In the United States, 56 museums hold some 1,200  Benin Kingdom Court Style pieces , according to an investigation by  Peggy McGlone , and 16 are currently involved in repatriating them to Nigeria.  [The Washington Post]
Artist  Brian Belott  edited a series of tributes to artist  Lance De Los Reyes , aka  Rambo , who  died late last year  at the age of 44. Contributors include artists  Shepard Fairey ,  Chris Martin , and  Donald Baechler , who  died last month . “He was never not working,” Baechler wrote.  [The Brooklyn Rail]
THE WINNER’S CIRCLE.  The Dhungatti artist  Blak Douglas  has won the 2022  Archibald  portraiture prize in Australia, which comes with the equivalent of about $69,000, the  Guardian  reports . Korean photographer  Dongkyun Vak  has won the third edition of the  A New Gaze  photography prize, which is run by the Swiss bank  Vontobel , with a purse of about $20,000,  ArtAsiaPacific  reports . And  Deana Lawson , of the United States, took home the roughly $36,600  Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize ,  ARTnews  reports .
ARTIST TALKS.  Light and Space master  Larry Bell , whose latest show opens at  Hauser & Wirth  in London today, got  the profile treatment  from  Jonathan Griffin  in the  Financial Times , and virtuoso collagist  Yashua Klos , whose first museum show is now on at the  Wellin Museum of Art  in Clinton, New York,  spoke with   Seph Rodney  in the  New York Times .
The Kicker
LIVING WELL IS THE BEST REVENGE.  Home cooks, ready your shopping lists.  Cao Fei  fans, read on. The artist  shared a recipe  for Singapore laksa with  Wallpaper , and it sounds extremely superb. “‘It’s sweet, salty, spicy, fishy and fresh,” Cao said of the dish. “It looks like a stunning, flowing  Jackson Pollock  work, white and red pigments hedging against each other.” What more can you ask for from a dish?  [Wallpaper]

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