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Ouattara Watts: The Thirty-Year Overnight Sensation

How did an Ivoirian artist Jean-Michel Basquiat discovered in the 1980s suddenly join two of the hottest galleries and become and auction star? Of all of the surprises that took place during the May sales in New York, one big one—the sale of Ouattara Watts’ Afro Beat from 2011 for a remarkable $781,200 during Christie’s 21st Century Evening sale—has gone almost unremarked upon.

FUTURES: Etel Adnan's Long Road to Recognition

When she died last year at 96, the market was already waking up to her singular talent. “I am sensitive to beauty,” artist Etel Adnan says in one of her final interviews recorded for the exhibition of her work at the van Gogh museum that runs throughout this Summer.

Art Basel Sales Report

Art Basel has opened for the VIP preview and that means the galleries are sending out the sales they've made in advance of the fair but confirmed in person or sold on the first day. This post will keep a running account of sales from the galleries that report directly and quote sales in the art press.