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Yi Taek-gyun, Books and Scholars’ Accouterments, late 1800s.


The Market

Phillips did $916.5 million of business in art and collectibles last year, a 29 percent increase over 2017, Katya Kazakina reported. [Bloomberg]

An Elisabeth-Louise Vigée Le Brun painting sold at Sotheby’s for $7.18 million, the most ever paid at auction for work by a pre-modern female artist. [ARTnews]

Geraldine Fabrikant took a look at the Bauman Rare Books empire, whose 30-plus member team in New York, Las Vegas, and Philadelphia has sold delights like a first edition of Isaac Newton’s Principia, for $500,000. Publishing executive Nelson Doubleday once bought out a huge chunk of their inventory to have on a yacht. [The New York Times]


In April, the Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida, is planning to use artificial intelligence to create a video version of the artist who will discuss his work as well as current events. [Tampa Bay Times]

Ruba Katrib remembered the late, great Nicola L, writing that her “works were mostly circulated in the design world, where her brilliance was given a recognition withheld from the art world and where the scope of her practice was neglected at the same time.” [Artforum]

Rebecca Kleinman previewed “Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving,” which opens at the Brooklyn Museum next week. [The New York Times]

The Talent

The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, which has been sharply criticized by the museum industry for selling off a number of works by Norman Rockwell and others, has hired as its new director Jeff Rodgers, who is currently provost and chief operating officer at the South Florida Museum in Bradenton. [Berkshire Eagle]

Paula Williams, the executive director of the Albany Museum of Art in Georgia, is retiring. [WFXL Fox 31]

Also planning to retire is Gale Jackson, the director of the Black Mountain Center for the Arts in North Carolina. [Black Mountain News]


Angola, which has participated in the Venice Biennale since 2013, when it took home the Golden Lion for its pavilion, said that it will not participate in the upcoming edition, which is slated for May. [ANGOP]

And Bosnia and Herzegovina said that it was going with Danica Dakic for the grand showcase in the Most Serene Republic. [ARTnews]


Charlotte Burns chatted with Nicholas Cullinan, the director of the National Portrait Gallery in London. [In Other Words]

Writing from New York City, newsman Dan Rather says that “it’s colder than a loan shark’s heart.” And it’s even colder elsewhere. Be careful out there. [@DanRather/Twitter]

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