Retrospectives for Bridget Riley and Sean Scully show the fertility of simplicity. Figuration may still dominate painting but two retrospectives this Summer remind us that there is a generation of abstract painters who are still receiving recognition.
Biennial appearances don’t make artists’ markets, but they do grow them. We looked at the data to see how Shara Hughes, Dana Schutz, Nicole Eisenman, and Jordan Wolfson saw their markets crack open after Whitney Biennial appearances.
Georgia O’Keeffe’s A Sunflower from Maggie (1937) will be a highlight of Christie’s 20th Century Art Evening sale this May in New York. The painting comes from the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA); it is being deaccessioned to benefit the museum’s future acquisitions.
Philadelphia put on the better version of the artist’s retrospective, but New York got to keep some of the most famous works. As the pioneering Jasper Johns retrospective comes to the end of its historic run, a controversy that marked the beginning of the show might now be easier to understand.