International News Digest

DECEMBER 8

French publications ran celebratory articles as thirty-five-year-old artist Laure Provost was named this year’s winner of the Turner Prize. “Scoop!” wrote Valérie Duponchelle in Le Figaro, “A French person has won the Turner Prize for the first time.” Duponchelle noted that Provost’s work had already generated a great deal of buzz at the Lyon Biennale, where she installed her mysterious architectural installation which both “narrated and unraveled Kafka’s Metamorphosis” in a piece that was “between Conceptual art and theater.” (Duponchelle also mentioned that Provost shed tears “worthy of the Oscars” while receiving her award) Meanwhile, Le Monde wrote that “a part of the charm of Laure Provost’s work” is that her technique “doesn’t do away with traditional know-how, in the service of art that’s equally dreamy and conceptual.”

The Stedelijk Museum has received a substantial collection of artworks—127 pieces in total by ninety-two artists—from patrons Pieter and Marieke Sanders, to commemorate the tenure of Ann Goldstein, who resigned this summer after serving as the museum’s director for the past three years as its permanent site underwent renovations. The gift includes pieces by artists ranging from Roni Horn to Navid Nuur, as well as the museum’s first works by Lara Almarcegui, Sema Bekirovic, and Steven Waddell.

At its first auction staged on mainland Chinese soil, Sotheby’s earlier last week recorded sales of $37 million, according to Bloomberg’s Frederik Balfour. The auction house also set a record for Chinese-French artist Zao Wou-Ki, whose oil-on-canvas piece, Abstraction, sold to collector Zhang Xiaojun for $14.7 million. The work was consigned by the Art Institute of Chicago. But the evening auction was not without its share of duds: a Rembrandt valued at $57 million, a Picasso oil painting set near $8 million, and a bronze-cast Rodin priced at $1.5 million all failed to sell.