Art news / 13 – 19 June

1. It has been announced Johnny Depp’s Jean-Michel Basquiat collection will come up for auction at Christie’s London on the 29 and 30 June as part of it’s Post-War and Contemporary Art Auction, which will also feature artists such as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Francis Bacon and Lucian Freud. Of his love of Basquiat’s works, Depp said: "Nothing can replace the warmth and immediacy of Basquiat's poetry, or the absolute questions and truths that he delivered …. The beautiful and disturbing music of his paintings, the cacophony of his silence that attacks our senses, will live far beyond our breath.” (via Art Daily)

2. Works by Lucian Freud, never seen before by the public, are on view at the National Portrait Gallery as part of their exhibition Lucian Freud Unseen. The works are in a variety of media: watercolour, charcoal, pencil, pen and ink; including illustrations for his daughter, Esther Freud’s novel Hideous Kinky; and were found in a number of his once-hidden sketch books. The exhibition also features works by David Hockney and Frank Auerbach portraying Freud. The exhibition will run until 6 September 2016. Click to read more.

3. An exhibition chronicalling the significance, and influence, of the women in Picasso’s life has gone on show at The Vancoover Art Gallery. The exhibition features over 60 works (including paintings, illustrations and sculptures) and journey’s through the lives of Fernande Olivier, Olga Khokhlova, MarieThérèse Walter, Dora Maar, Françoise Gilot and Jacqueline Roque – some of the most influential women in his life.

“With this exhibition we seek to look beyond Picasso and put a spotlight on the women that heralded the many transformations in his art. These unconventional women often followed their own artistic pursuits and in a form of creative osmosis inspired Picasso intellectually and artistically. Through important works from many international collections this exhibition sheds light on the complex historical and personal narratives that shaped Picasso’s work by focusing on his six most important muses,” said Katharina Beisiegel, Deputy Director, Art Centre Basel.

4. The Broad (Los Angeles’ newest contemporary art gallery) has opened a major exhibition of Cindy Sherman’s work. Cindy Sherman: Imitation of Life showcases Sherman’s iconic photographic series, including Untitled Film Stills (1977–80), The Centerfolds (1981), The Fairy Tales (1985), The History Portraits (1989– 90), The Sex Pictures (1992) and her Clowns series (2003–04) (pictured, Cindy Sherman's "Untitled #417" (2004) from her "Clowns" series), as well as more recent works.

Philip Kaiser, curator of the exhibition said of Sherman:  “She is one of the most important artists of our time, with a body of work that exemplifies the Pictures Generation—artists whose work came to fruition in the age of the proliferation of mass media imagery in the ‘80s, which is relevant to today’s image-saturated world.” It will run until 2 October 2016. (via The Broad)

5. This week the Tate Modern opened is impressive new gallery extension, the Switch House, designed by Herzog & de Meuron. Director of the Tate Modern, Nicholas Serota said, "We wanted to stretch to being more environmental, providing big spaces for artists to work in performance and installation, but also more intimate spaces." The extension will provide enough space for another 800 art works, focusing on more international, and female, artists than previously. (via Art Daily)