Works from the estate of Michael Crichton, author, TV and film director and producer, will be auctioned at Christie’s in New York on May 11. Lots include pieces by Crichton’s friends Jasper Johns, David Hockney, Robert Rauschenberg, Roy Lichtenstein and Claes Oldenburg, as well as works by Picasso, Andreas Gursky, Jeff Koons, Mark Tansey and Wayne Thiebaud. Also a bit of an art critic, Crichton wrote the catalogue for Johns’s 1977 survey at the Whitney Museum.



Disgraced art dealer Lawrence B. Salander recently pleaded guilty to 29 charges of grand larceny and fraud amounting to $120 million. Among those he bilked are John McEnroe and the estate of Robert De Niro, Sr. Salander faces six to 18 years in jail and is due to appear in court again on May 20.

Parsons The New School for Design recently launched the website The Copyright Corner. Developed by associate professor Michelle Bogre, it is intended as a place for artists and designers to discuss copyright and intellectual property issues in their fields. Topics include how to copyright your own work and what constitutes fair use.

Matthew Barney’s “Cremaster Cycle,” comprising five films running over six hours, is on tour for the first time since 2003. It appears at the IFC Theater in New York, May 19-June 1, before traveling to other U.S. cities through November. For info go to www.infc.us/cremaster/playdate.html.?

Photos: (left) From the upcoming Crichton sale, Roy Lichtenstein’s Girl in Water, 1965, 23 by 28 inches, and (right) Jasper Johns’s Flag, 1960-66, 17½ by 26¾ inches.