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THE FRUITS OF HIS LABOR. Records have fallen Artcurial auction house in Paris on Wednesday, with a 1761 Jean-Simeon Chardin still life, The basket of wild strawberries, for 24.4 million euros (about $26.9 million). It’s the highest paid for a work by the artist at auction, as well as the highest paid for an old French master on the block, the art diary reports. (The previous highest rating for the latter was the £17.1m spent on a Fragonard at Bonham in 2013.) The buyer of Le Chardin, who had made a high estimate of €15 million, was a New York dealer Adam Williamsaccording to TANNING. Remarkably, this is the only known depiction of strawberries from Chardin.
ARTIST UPDATES. Lebohang Kganyewhose work will appear in the South African journal Venice Biennale flag, has been profiled by CNN. Christine Sun-Kimfreshly unveiled a huge fresco to Queen’s Museum in New York (“TIME OWES ME REST AGAIN”, it reads), chatted with the Guardian. Camille Normentwho has personal exposure to Dia Chelsea in Manhattan, speak with Cultivated. And Michael Stuartwhich has an exhibition a few blocks away, Lelong and Co. Gallery., made a Q&A with Artnet News, She discussed bringing seeds from remote areas back to her studio to do some work. “New York doesn’t care,” Stuart said. “You can bring almost anything to New York.”
Sona Karakashian Johnstona Baltimore Museum of Art curator for four decades, between 1970 and 2010, died at 83. An expert on the American Impressionist artist Theodore RobinsonJohnston curated numerous exhibitions of American and French art, ending her career as senior curator of painting and sculpture. [The Baltimore Sun]
Damien Hirt received £1.3million (about $1.71million) in furlough government aid in 2020, according to filings by his company. During this period, 63 people were reportedly fired from his studios. [The Art Newspaper]
The international jury which will award prizes during the Venice Biennale in April includes Adrian Edwards (this year’s co-curator Whitney Biennialwho chairs the panel), Lorenzo Giusti (the director of GAMEC Bergamo in Italy), Julieta Gonzalez (artistic director of Brazil’s Inhotim Institute), Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung (artistic director of Berlin’s Informed contemporary), and Susanne Pfeffer (MMK Museum for Modern Kunst in Frankfurt). [Press Release/La Biennale]
Artist Lucy Ravenwhich has won accolades for its alluring and incisive cinematic installations, has joined Lisson Gallery. Raven will appear at the upcoming Whitney Biennial in New York, which opens to the public on April 6. [ARTnews]
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COMPUTER PROGRAMMER STEPHEN WILHITE, who invented the animated GIF in 1987, providing a platform for countless memes and works of art, died at the age of 74the New York Times reports. “I saw the format I wanted in my head, then I started programming,” he said. once said to the newspaper. Wilhite received a lifetime achievement honor from the Webby Awards , but the fame of his invention far exceeded his own. His wife, Kathleen Wilhite, said a granddaughter once told her computer science teacher about her achievement, who didn’t believe her, so he wrote a letter to the teacher to set the record straight. “Then he signed it Steve Wilhite and he said, ‘Google,'” his wife explained. [The New York Times]