Art news / 27 June – 3 July

This week has been a busy one for David Hockney, as well as some significant auction results post-Brexit.

1. A new exhibition of portraits by David Hockney has opened at the Royal Academy of Arts. The exhibition, titled 82 Portraits and 1 Still-Life, is a collection of Hockney’s most recent body of work – created in light of the traumatic accidental death of his assistant, Dominic Elliot, at the artists home. The works, with their bold and deft use of colour, are drawing comparisons to Matisse82 Portraits and 1 Still-Life, is on at the Royal Academy of Arts until 2 October 2016. Click here for more on this story.

2. Two of Klimt’s most famous portraits will be reunited for the first time in 10 years in a new exhibition at New Yorks Neue Galarie, Klimt and the Women of Vienna’s Golden Age 1900-1918, opening in September. The two portraits of Adele Bloch-Bauer were recovered having been looted by the Nazis. Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer (1907), nicknamed ‘Woman in Gold’, is a perfect example of the artists notorious “Golden Style”. In total, the exhibition will contain 12 paintings, 40 drawings, and 40 works of decorative art, as well as vintage photographs of Klimt. Klimt and the Women of Vienna’s Golden Age, 1900–1918 will be on view at the Neue Galerie, from 22 September to 17 January 16 2017. (via Art Net)

3. The Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation has lost an appeal to protect the artist’s image. The Civil Chamber of Spain’s Supreme Court dismissed the foundation’s lawsuit against Juan Javier Bofill Pellicer – an exhibition producer – who organized an exhibition at The Royal Artistic Circle of Barcelona featuring works from Dalí’s Clot Collection. The court cited that Dalí had left his artistic creations, rights and intellectual property to the state of Spain, and as the lawsuit was filed almost 20 years after Dalí’s death in January 1989, the court ruled that “such circumstance implies that his fundamental personality rights—specifically the right to his own image—became extinct with his passing, as death marks the end of the legal personality of natural persons.”  (via The Art Newspaper)

4. Art imitates life, and sometimes, life imitates art. Last week Banksy’s infamous work of art, Kissing Coppers, came to life when one policeman proposed to another during the Pride Parade in London (charged with more emotion than usual due to the recent massacre at the gay night club in Orlando, Florida) and their shared an intimate embrace that was shared online and viewed over 14 million times.  Which image do you think is the most famous now? (via BBC News)

5. Fears for the British art market have been calmed after a stellar week of sales for British artists and auction houses. Christies 250th anniversary sale fetched a total of £87.2 million, only just below its estimate. There were auction records set for seven artists including — Henry Moore, Frank Auerbach and Bridget Riley. The most coveted lot was Henry Moore’s Reclining Figure (1951), which sold above its estimate for £22m. Bridget Riley’s Untitled (Diagonal Curve) (1966) nearly doubled the artist’s previous record, selling for £3.8m. (Riley was actually in the building during the sale, but was attending a non-selling exhibition downstairs – the auctioneer Jussi Pylkkanen said she was “uninterested in what her works were selling for.”)

The one painting not to sell was an £18m Lucian Freud, Ib and her Husband (1992) – Pylkkanen said afterwards “Sometimes works just don’t perform as we’d expect.”

Johnny Depp’s collection of Basquiat‘s also sold well above their estimates as Pykklanen encouraged the crowd to “be brave.” (via The Art Newspaper)