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COMIC BOOKS HAVE BAD HUGE NUMBERS IN RECENT AUCTIONS. A Tintin drawing sold for $ 3.89 million to Artcurial in Paris on Thursday, new record for a comic book, the Guardian reports. However, the document in question was never printed. Georges remi created the artwork, which depicts a giant dragon threatening the vivid cartoon hero, as the cover of a Tintin book, but was told it had too many colors to be affordable. He gave it instead to a publisher’s son, whose own children parted ways with the play. That same day, in Dallas, a copy of the first issue of Batman, from 1940, went for $ 2.2 million to Heritage auctions, making it the second most expensive comic book ever to sell, the Art journal reports. The first place, for the record, is held by Action comics # 1 (1938), who saw the beginnings of Superman . He went for $ 3.2 million on eBay in 2014.

AFTER THE EXECUTION OF THE PROJECT CLOSELY MONITORED THE LULU SPACE in Mexico City for almost eight years with the artist Martin Soto Climent, conservative Chris Sharp opens a gallery under his own name in Los Angeles. The Chris Sharp Gallery opens January 23 with a solo exhibition by the New Zealand-born, Los Angeles-based artist Emma McIntyre in Mid City, just across the border from Culver City galleries like Roberts projects and Blum & poe . The new venture “arose out of a desire to take the next step as an art professional, with an intention to ensure that certain Los Angeles-based, national and international artists receive the visibility and support they deserve, and hope, to participate in the bizarre, fertile and magical Los Angeles arts scene, ”Sharp said in an email to supporters. Alas, this means that Lulu, who hosted the solos of B. Wurtz and Nina Canell, as well as an exhibition dedicated to fruit-related works of art (curated by Sharp and André Berardini) – will close in April. Last up there: a solo outing by a Mexican artist Isabel Nuño de Buen, who lives in Hanover, Germany.

The digest

A monument for racial equity by Hank Willis Thomas and the architects of the MASS Design Group will be unveiled at Boston Common next year. It will honor the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King. [The New York Times]

Meanwhile, Thomas has opened up about his activities over the past year, his career, and what he’s been watching lately in an interview from his Brooklyn studio. [Wallpaper*]

The Tampa Museum of Art in Florida is planning a renovation that will expand its gallery space and educational offerings. [Tampa Bay Times]

Ahead of the Brexit closing at the end of the year, some collectors and dealers, especially mid-sized galleries working between the UK and Europe, rushed to move art out of the UK to adapt to the new rules. [Bloomberg]

Filmmaker Laura Poitras says she was fired by First Look Media for criticizing her failure to protect the anonymity of a source. [The Washington Post]

Art related to hair is hot. [Financial Times]

A new blue pigment is now commercially available, more than a decade after its accidental discovery. However, it is not cheap! [Artnet News]

The Brooklyn Museum will display a controversial piece of art by Nick Cave in Kinderhook, New York. [The New York Times]

Carolina Miranda writes about pioneering black architect Paul Williams, whose legacy is finally being celebrated. [Los Angeles Times]

Sebastian Smee says the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, missed an opportunity by delaying its Philip Guston exhibition: the crowd to itself. [The Washington Post]

the kick

The collection of the late collector and decorator Hester Diamond is offered to Sotheby’s, and she Beastie boy son, Michel Diamant, a.k.a Mike D, spoke to New York Times about growing up surrounded by art. Here is a bit of the history of the Diamond family: Diamond’s father, who worked as a dealer and died in 1982, was friends with Guillaume de Kooning, and convinced his brother, Joseph diamond , who owned real estate, to rent an apartment to the artist. He “tried to negotiate a deal with Uncle Joe that Bill de Kooning would pay him in paintings,” Diamond said. “Which, of course, would have made him a billionaire when he died, but he refused the deal. He said, ‘What am I going to do with the paintings? Tell her to pay her rent on time every month.

Thanks for the reading. See you on Monday.

Daniel K. Denny