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Contemporary Art Sales Break Auction Records

Jackson Pollock Painting World Record Auction Price

Jackson Pollock’s Number 4, 1951, sold at Sotheby’s this week for $40.4 million, a record for the artist

The market for contemporary art is on a hot streak, as evidenced by back-to-back record smashing auctions this week at Sotheby’s and Christie’s in New York.

Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Evening Sale on November 13th reached the highest total of any auction category in Sotheby’s long history, raking in over $375 million (beating the firm’s previous record of $362 million set at Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Evening Sale in May 2008). World record auction prices were attained for five artists: Hans Hofmann, Arshile Gorky, Robert Motherwell, Wade Guyton and Jackson Pollock, with Pollock’s “Number 4, 1951,” selling for $40.4 million. A seminal large-scale 1954 painting by Mark Rothko was the top lot in the auction at $75.1 million.

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SHEN CHEN (Chinese, 1955)

SHEN CHEN (Chinese, 1955)
Untitled, 2008
Acrylic on canvas
68 x 48 inches

Shen Chen, a Chinese born artist based in New York, blends multiple cultural elements, layering concepts of time and space with Zen philosophy, meditation, and repetition.

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Monumental Reward Offered Following $10 Million Art Heist

Stolen Artwork Piet Mondrian

Piet Mondrian, Composition (A) En Rouge Et Blanc, 1936, is one of the artworks burglarized from the home of financier Jeffrey Gundlach. Photo courtesy Santa Monica Police Dept.

Famed bond fund manager Jeffrey Gundlach, hoping for the safe recovery of a prized $10 million art collection stolen from his Santa Monica home, is offering a huge reward totaling $1.7 million. The Los Angeles Times asked art advisor Cheryl Perkey to share her insights regarding the art world’s reaction to this whodunit. Read the full Los Angeles Times article.

BANKSY “Stop and Search”

BANKSY (British, B. 1974)
Stop and Search, 2007
Screenprint on wove paper, signed and numbered
Edition of 500
30 x 22 inches

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Mark Bradford: Archaeologies of the City Made Beautiful

Mark Bradford, The Nina, the Pinta and the Santa Maria, at SFMOMA

On view at SFMOMA: Mark Bradford (American, born 1961), The Nina, the Pinta and the Santa Maria, 2011, Mixed-media collage on laminate paperboard

Heading to San Francisco? Be sure to see the dazzling exhibition of Mark Bradford’s artworks at SFMOMA.

Mark Bradford takes urban detritus, such as street posters and string that he scavenges from his own neighborhood in South Central Los Angeles or other cities, and transforms it into colorful and richly layered abstract paintings.

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YAYOI KUSAMA Infinity Nets

YAYOI KUSAMA (Japanese, 1929)
Nets Infinity QTA, 2004
Acrylic on canvas
44 1/8 x 57 1/2 inches
Signed, titled and dated on the reverse

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Armory Show 2012: Top Picks of the NY Art Fair

The Armory Show New York 2012 Art Fair The contemporary art world converges in New York City this week for the annual Armory Show and other art fairs around Manhattan. I enjoy attending the New York art fairs each year, and here I am again, in search of engaging artworks for my clients.

The 2012 edition of The Armory Show art fair is scaled down in size from previous years, which I found to be a good thing. More meat, less fat!

Check out my art fair photos to experience some of my top picks from the 2012 Armory Show. Like what you see? Feel free to contact me for more infomation.
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ED MOSES, Black on White, 2011, 96 x 78 inches

ED MOSES (American, born 1926)
Black on White, 2011
Oil and acrylic on canvas
96 x 78 inches
(Courtesy William Turner Gallery)

Art Fair Opens with Fire and Ice

Judy Chicago Disappearing Environments at Art Contemporary Los Angeles 2012

Disappearing Environments by Judy Chicago and Materials & Applications at ALAC 2012


Preview night of Art Los Angeles Contemporary was enlivened by an installation created with 25 tons of dry ice and glowing flares. Presented by Judy Chicago and Materials & Applications, the piece is a reinvention of Disappearing Environments, a 1968 work by Judy Chicago, Lloyd Hamrol, and Eric Orr.

Art Los Angeles Contemporary, the international contemporary art fair of the West Coast, brings together 70 blue chip and emerging galleries from around the world with a focus on Los Angeles galleries. Visit ALAC January 19-22, 2012 at Barker Hanger in Santa Monica, California.

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KARL BENJAMIN, Untitled, 1962, oil on canvas

KARL STANLEY BENJAMIN (American, born 1925)
Untitled, 1962
Oil on Canvas
44 1/4 x 50 inches