Auction Records: At Sotheby’s, Julie Mehretu, Barbara Chase-Riboud, and Barkley L. Hendricks Reach New Heights, Major Kerry James Marshall Painting Finds One Bidder

BLACK FEMALE ARTISTS had a great night at Sotheby’s New York. “Walkers With the Dawn and Morning” (2008), an intense storm of hazy grays by Julie Mehretu, set a historic new artist record, pushing the her high mark to more than $10.7 million. Pioneering sculptor Barbara Chase-Riboud also achieved a record result and young British painter Jadé Fadojutimi hammered in record range as sales of her work reached new heights across Sotheby’s, Christie’s, and Phillips this week and last. Spanning three generations, each of the artists has established her own innovative brand of abstraction. Fall sales at New York’s major auction houses have generally been decidedly lukewarm this season. There were some bright spots in Sotheby’s evening auctions, however. The two back-to-back sales on Nov. 15 featured marquee lots, record results, and a few prices far exceeding estimates. Lot 7: JULIE MEHRETU, “Walkers With the Dawn and Morning,” 2008 (ink and acrylic on canvas, 95 ⅝ by 142 ⅛ in. 242.9 by 361 cm). | Estimate $7 million-$10 million. SOLD for $10,737,500 fees included. RECORD   KICKING OFF THE EVENT, The Now Evening Auction included 18 lots and all found buyers. Introduced after the pandemic, the sale focuses on in-demand […]

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