Weekly Roundup: Peter Lik Photograph Sets World Record, MoMA Announces Yoko Ono Exhibition, and More


In case you missed it, here’s what made headlines in the art world this week

Peter Lik sells most expensive photograph of all time
The world’s most expensive photograph has sold for $6.5 million to a private collector. The photograpb, Phantom was taken by fine art photographer Peter Lik, and was joined by sales of his Eternal Moods for $1.1 million and Illusion for $2.4 million for a total of $10 million. According to Lik’s representatives, these three sales, in addition to the previous sale of his One for $1 million in 2012 means Lik now lays claim to four of the 20 most expensive photographs sold in history. Phantom–the record-breaking photograph–is a black and white rendition of Lik’s iconic Ghost of Antelope Canyon in Lake Powell Navajo Tribal Park. [Digital Photography Review]

Picasso artwork stolen from Art Miami fair
An unknown burglar–or burglars–swiped a silver plate crafted by Spanish master Pablo Picasso sometime between Thursday night and Friday morning from Art Miami, the premier Basel satellite fair. David Smith, owner of the Amsterdam-based Leslie Smith Gallery, said he arrived at the booth Friday to find an empty holder on the wall where the artwork hung Thursday. The 1956 piece, Visage aux Mains (Face with Hands), is a 16.5-inch-wide silve plate with a smiling face and stick-finger hands. It’s No. 16 in a 20-late series, Smith said, and is valued at about $85,000. [Miami Herald]

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Reopens\
On Friday, December 12th, New York’s Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum will reopen and reveal the results of a three-year, $91 million renovation of its home, the Carnegie Mansion. The museum’s transformation includes new interactive technologies, from high-definition touch-screen tables that can be used to explore the collection to the Immersion Room, which lets visitors experience the wallpaper collection (America’s largest, by the way) at full scale. The revitalized garden by Hood Design will be debut in 2015 and the the pièce de résistance of the new interactive capabilities, the Pen , will be available in early 2015. [Architectural Digest]

Rare Tiffany Lamps could fetch $4.6 million at Sotheby’s
The highlight of Sotheby’s upcoming sale Tiffany: Dreaming in Glass in New York on December 17 is a group of seven lamps comprising one of the most important collections to come to auction in more than 100 years. The seven lamps are expected to bring in $3.1-4.6 million for the auctioneer. Among the top lots of the group are two successively numbered “Wisteria” table lamps, circa 1901-5, offered as separate lots, each with an estimate of $700,000-$1 million.The entire 41-lot sale is estimated to bring $4.6-$6.8 mil. [artnet news]

MoMA to host Yoko Ono exhibition
Yoko Ono will receive a major solo exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 2015, the organization announced on Thursday. The exhibition, Yoko Ono: One Woman Show, 1960-1971, is scheduled to open May 17th for a four-month run. The museum is billing it as its first exhibition dedicated exclusively to the work of the Japanese-born artist. The decade covered by the exhibition saw Ono burst onto the international art scene and rise to even greater heights of stardom with her marriage to Lennon. MoMA said that the show will feature 125 of Ono’s early objects, works on paper, installations, performances, audio recordings and films as well as rarely seen archival materials. [LA Times]

Man is jailed for punching a hole through a $10 million Monet painting
Andrew Shannon, the man who punched a hole through a Claude Monet painting worth $10 million in June 2012, has been sentenced to five years in prison. The attack took place at the National Gallery of Ireland, in Dublin, where Shannon attacked a Monet painting, entitled Argenteuil Basin with a Single Sailboat (1874). The incident was recorded on the museum’s CCTV cameras, which show Shannon deliberately punching the artwork. After seeing the footage, the jury needed only 90 minutes of deliberation before finding him guilty. The convicted criminal will not be allowed in any gallery for 15 months after his release. The painting is now back on display in the Dublin institution, after having been restored. [artnet news]

Image: Detail of Peter Lik, Phantom