Art Industry News: Rediscovered Norman Rockwell Baseball Sketch Sells for $1.68 Million + More Must-Read Stories

Plus, a lawsuit over Dale Chihuly's art gets personal and the pioneering artist who taught Gerhard Richter dies at 103.

Norman Rockwell, Tough Call (1949). Courtesy of Heritage Auctions.

Art Industry News is a daily digest of the most consequential developments coming out of the art world and art market. Here’s what you need to know this Tuesday, August 22.


Who Is Really Behind Chihuly’s Art? – Dale Chihuly speaks to the NYT about his ongoing court battle with a former handyman who claims responsibility for a number of his works. The 75-year-old artist has dismissed the claims, but his health is deteriorating, and the more he relies on others to put his work together, the more questions about authorship arise. (New York Times)

John Constable ‘Fake’ Is Actually Real – Dealer Philip Mould, a co-presenter of the BBC’s “Fake or Fortune?” confirmed in a recent episode that a painting he sold for £35,000 as a young man was actually an early version of John Constable’s Hay Wain and is worth around £2 million. (BBC News)

Visitor Steps on Yves Klein Work in Brussels – Last week, a distracted visitor accidentally walked on an Yves Klein installation at Bozar. Luckily, no permanent damage was caused by the footprint in the Klein Blue sand and the artwork was quickly returned to its original glory (with the aid of a vacuum cleaner). (The Bulletin)

How Frank Gehry Designed Cai Guo-Qiang’s Country Home – M.H. Miller visits the Frank Gehry-designed New Jersey home of artist Cai Guo-Qiang, a 9,700-square-foot assemblage of glass and sequoia adorned with titanium roofs that look like flying carpets. The property offers a rare glimpse of creative dialogue between two distinctive artists. (NYT)


Rediscovered Norman Rockwell Nets $1.68 Million – A study for Norman Rockwell’s Tough Call (1948) sold for $1.68 million—more than five times its estimate—after a protracted online bidding war at Heritage Auctions’ sports memorabilia sale. The consignor, a descendant of the Major League umpire depicted in the work, originally believed the original study was just a signed print. (Press release)

See the NADA Miami Beach Exhibitor List – The New Art Dealers Association has released the exhibitor list for its annual Miami Beach fair. The roster of 108 participating galleries from 16 countries includes 23 newcomers, such as Clearing of Brussels and And Now of Dallas. (ARTnews)

Original Eleanor Rigby Score for Sale – The original score for the Beatles’s hit, hand-written by producer George Martin and signed by lyricist Paul McCartney, is expected to sell for £20,000 at the Beatles Memorabilia Auction in Warrington on 11 September. (BBC News)


Abstract Art Pioneer Karl Otto Götz Dies at 103 – The only German member of the CoBrA movement, Götz taught Gerhard Richter and Sigmar Polke at the Düsseldorf Art Academy. He was prohibited from painting under the Nazi regime because of his penchant for abstraction. He died in his home on Monday. (FAZ)

Hammer Lures Back Allegra Pesenti – Pesenti will return to Los Angeles as the new associate director and senior curator of UCLA Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts, part of the Hamer Museum. She left the center in 2013 for a post at the Menil Collection. (ARTnews)

Miró Foundation’s President Emeritus Dies – Eduard Castellet, who was president of the Barcelona-based foundation between 1989 and 2009 and oversaw its second extension, passed away on August 11 at age 87. (El País)


Françoise Gilot on Life After Picasso – CBS catches up with the painter and former partner of Picasso, who is famous for her memoir Life With Picasso. At age 95, she is still active and painting; last year, she had a show in New Orleans. (CBS News)

This Petition to Replace a Confederate Monument Is the Best – A new petition seeks to replace a Confederate monument in Portsmouth, Virginia, with a sculpture of hometown hero Missy Elliot. Launched by a local resident, the petition has already garnered almost 30,000 signatures and notes that “together we can put white supremacy down, flip it and reverse it.” (The Fader)

X-Ray Scan Reveals Portrait Under Molten Lava – With the help of a portable hi-res X-ray instrument, Pratt Institute researchers have reconstructed an ancient portrait of a woman that had been obscured by volcanic ash from Mount Vesuvius. (Daily Mail)

See Images From the Mario Testino Auction – On September 13 and 14, Sotheby’s London will sell works from Mario Testino’s collection to benefit the Museo Mate in Lima, Peru. Ahead of the sales, the first public presentation of his holdings—organized by the Peruvian photographer himself—will open at Sotheby’s New Bond Street. Get a sneak preview below. (Press release)

Wolfgang Tillmans, Outside Meeting House, (1996). Est. £3,000-5,000.

Rineke Dijkstra, Hilton Head Island, SC, USA, (1992). Est. £6,000-8,000.

Sam Taylor-Wood, Cry Laughing (1977). Est. £5,000-7,000.

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