artnet News Cheat Sheet
The top 10 news stories for June 16–20.
Those not able to travel to Switzerland for Art Basel in Basel toured the megafair vicariously by way of Coline Milliard’s guide to its 25 best booths, from Sterling Ruby in the Xavier Hufkens booth to Yves Klein at Hauser & Wirth.
Ben Davis checked out an exhibition of early and very recent paintings by Pierre Soulages at Dominique Lévy and Emmanuel Perrotin galleries, finding subtle, retro pleasures in the play of textures in his famous “ultra-black” paintings.
Coline Milliard tallied the frenzy of purchases at Art Basel in Basel, from a $35 million Warhol to a $100,000 Anthony Caro, and all price points in between. She noted an influx of buyers from Asia, presumably lured by Art Basel in Hong Kong, and a spike in the proportion of works that had been pre-sold to research-happy collectors.
On the eve of Jeff Koons‘s Whitney Museum retrospective, Eileen Kinsella took a close look at the market for the American art star’s work, from the sky-high prices paid for his iconic sculptures, to the surprisingly robust demand for his paintings.
Beyond Art Basel, Alexander Forbes explored the offerings at the megafair’s satellites, finding plenty of formally daring and affordable works at Liste and Volta.
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