Everything Lucas Samaras has created is in a sense a self-portrait. This photo-album is the most direct and the most personal work he has producedâ??possibly the most extraordinary portrait-of-the-artist that exists
Led by an $84.2-million Barnett Newman, Christie's New York pulled off another record auction last night, selling $744.9 million in contemporary art over a two-and-a-half-hour sale in a jam-packed salesroom. The tally was the highest auction total ever, beating the house's previous high of $691 million, set in November. Read more
Benjamin M. (Ben) Lifson, critic, curator and photographer, died July 3 in Pittsburgh. He was 72. From 1977 to 1982, Lifson was the photography critic at New York's Village Voice, a position in which he disseminated his sharp, eloquent opinions at a point when the medium was rising in prestige and value. Read more
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