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|OFILI WINS TURNER PRIZE|
The £20,000 Turner Prize for 1998 has gone to Chris Ofili, the African-English artist known for garishly colored, ethnic-naive paintings with chunks of elephant dung attached to their surfaces. "Thank God, where's my check?" he said as he mounted the podium to accept the award. Ofili beats out the other three short-listed artists: Tacita Dean, Cathy de Monchaux and Sam Taylor-Wood. The prize is administered by London's Tate Gallery and sponsored by Channel 4 Television. Jurors included Pet Shop Boy Neil Tennant, British Council exhibition officer Ann Gallagher, Japanese curator Fumio Nanjo, Tate Gallery director Nicholas Serota and author Marina Warner.
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LATIN AMERICAN ART AUCTIONS IN NEW YORK
Sotheby's sold a total of $7.4 million and set 12 new auction records for artists, including Francisco Naváez ($226,500), Juan León Pallière ($222,500), Luis Cruz Azaceta ($37,375) and Jorge Tacla ($25,300). Top lot was Rufino Tamayo's Still Life with Ice Cream and Melon, which sold for $552,500 (est. $500,000-$700,000).
Christie's sold a total of just over $9 million and set auction records for 15 artists, who include Amelia Peláez ($310,500), Francisco Zuñiga ($255,500), Julio Galán ($77,300), José Bedia ($46,000), Lygia Clark ($29,900) and Cildo Mereiles ($14,950). Top lot was Wifredo Lam's Nativité (1947), which sold to the Reina Sofía for $882,500 (est. $800,000-$1,000,000).
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