A week in art – summarised here! Let us know any stories we missed in the comments.
1. This week London’s Victoria and Albert Museum was announced as the winner of the £100,000 Art Fund prize. Guests in attendance at the event included Grayson Perry, Antony Gormley and Gavin Turk – all of whom can be found in the V&A’s collections. The prize is the largest for a museum in the world and the largest Art fund prize in the United Kingdom, and is awarded to the museum judges believe has been the most imaginative, innovative and successful. Click here to read more on this story.
2. A number of works by Swiss sculptor and painter, Alberto Giacometti, stored at the Grisons Museum of Fine Art in Churc, Switzerland; have been seized. The 16 sketches by Giacometti and 101 photographs of the artist by photographers including Man Ray, and Robert Doisneau, have been kept in storage for the last two years following an accusation from The Alberto Giacometti Foundation in Paris that the works were stolen decades ago. Now, the trove has been confiscated by Swiss police, awaiting further notice. Read more on this story here.
3. An exhibition surveying Francis Bacon’s penchant for gambling has opened in his beloved city of Monaco. The theme running through Francis Bacon: Monaco and French Culture, is that of Chance – which Bacon believed links both art and gambling – he said, “the vice of gambling… is for me intimately linked with painting”. Clive Barker, a friend and sculptor, remembered how Bacon would tirelessly talk about how “chance” affected his paintings – with success or failure being akin to “the spin of a roulette wheel.” Francis Bacon: Monaco and French Culture, Grimaldi Forum, Monaco, 2 July – 4 September. See more here.
4. Peter Paul Rubens masterpiece Lot and His Daughters (circa 1613–14) has broken new records at Christie’s Old Master and British Paintings Evening Sale. The painting sold for £44.8 million setting a new record for the category, and Ruben’s second most expensive price ever – his first being £49.5 million for The Master of the Innocents. The evening, featuring other Old Masters including Pieter Brueghel and Van Cleve the Elder, also saw eight other artist records broken, proving at least the art market is remaining strong after Brexit.
Other highlights of the evening included Paul Gauguin‘s rediscovered Fleurs D’Ete Dans Une Goblet and Pieter Brueghel the Younger‘s The Four Seasons. (via The Art Newspaper)
5. Scottish artist Peter Doig has found himself in an interesting predicament: a 62-year-old corrections officer is claiming Doig painted a landscape while an inmate in Thunder Bay Correctional Center, Northwestern Ontario. Robert Fletcher, the corrections officer, is suing Doig for $5 million in damages, claiming Doig painted the work and sold it to him in 1970 for $100. Doig however, insists that although he did grow up in Canada, he has never been to Thunder bay and certainly hasn’t been incarcerated. He told the New York Times. “This case is a scam, and I’m being forced to jump through hoops to prove my whereabouts over 40 years ago.” Doig has lived in Trinidad since 2002, along with fellow artist Chris Ofili. Doig has created portraits of the two of them and they have both exhibited together on the island. (via Art Net)