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Recent art news and events

The Art Basel fair launches an online version

After canceling her appointment in Hong Kong due to the coronavirus epidemic, the contemporary art fair Art Basel launches a new edition. This is an online version (accessible on a browser or smartphone application), the first edition of which will be held from March 20 to 25. Exhibitors will be able to present the works planned for Art Basel Hong Kong at no additional cost. If the format can not replace the Hong Kong fair, according to Adeline Ooi, Asia director of the event, it allows providing support to all galleries affected by the cancellation. The new formula also questions the evolution of fairs in the digital age. A solution to reduce your carbon footprint in an increasingly globalized art market?

A painting by Amoako Boafo sold for $ 900,000

The young Ghanaian artist, based in Vienna, saw his rating explode Thursday, February 13 at the auction house Phillip's (London). The Lemon Bathing Suit, the portrait of a bather dated 2019, left for 675,000 pounds sterling ($ 900,000), fourteen times its initial estimate. This amount is explained both by the very high demand from the public and the presence of the artist. The colorful portraits of Boafo, depicting members of the African diaspora, have recently been acquired by institutions such as the Rubell Museum (Miami) and the Albertina (Vienna).

A Delacroix regains its colors

After three months of restoration, financed by Bank of America, the masterpiece of Eugène Delacroix Massacres de Scio (1824) is back at the Louvre. Layers of varnish have been removed to restore the brightness of the canvas, revealing all its shades of white (cream, ivory, off-white, etc.). A detail has been revealed: the hand of a new corpse, hidden under the Ottoman horse. The painting joined La Mort de Sardanapale (1827), also awaiting restoration. Beaux Arts