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Cerith Wyn Evans wins Hepworth Sculpture Prize

Plus: Hockney sold for $90.3m at Christie’s sets new record for living artist | Bangladeshi photographer Shahidul Alam granted bail | Jean Mohr (1925–2018) | and recommended reading

16 November 2018

Our daily round-up of news from the art world

Cerith Wyn Evans wins the 2018 Hepworth Prize for Sculpture | Cerith Wyn Evans is the second winner of the biennial Hepworth Prize for Sculpture. Born in Wales, Wyn Evans lives in London and has worked in film-making, performance and sculpture since the 1980s. The £30,000 prize is awarded to an artist of any age for a significant contribution to contemporary sculpture. It was given to Wyn Evans for Composition For 37 Flutes, an instrument composed of 37 glass pipes arranged as two overlapping circles that is currently on display at the Hepworth Wakefield gallery.

Hockney sold for $90.3m at Christie’s sets new record for living artist | Last night the artist David Hockney’s painting Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures) (1972) became the most expensive work by a living artist, selling for a record $90.3m at Christie’s postwar and contemporary art evening sale in New York. The work, which was owned by British billionaire Joe Lewis, had previously made headlines because it went up for auction without a reserve price. The estimate had been $80m.

Bangladeshi photographer Shahidul Alam granted bail | The Bangladeshi photographer Shahidul Alam was granted bail by a Dhaka high court yesterday. He had spent 102 days in custody since his arrest on 5 August for criticising the government in an interview with Al Jazeera. A statement on Facebook made by Alam’s lawyers Sara Hossain and Jyotirmoy Barua claimed that the police never submitted an investigation report and that the Al Jazeera interview was never put on the record by the government’s lawyer. Attorney general Mahbubey Alam has stated that the government plans to appeal against the decision.

Jean Mohr | The Swiss documentary photographer and Jean Mohr died on 3 November. Mohr, who spent much of his life working in Palestine and the West Bank, is best known as a literary and documentary collaborator of the art critic John Berger.

Recommended reading | In the Guardian, Janelle Zara speaks to Larry Bell about glass cubes and scientific experimentation, ahead of a new show at ICA Miami next year. Ken Weiner asks if creativity is exclusively human or whether AI can make art in the Scientific American. In The New York Times, John Leland speaks to English musician and performance artist Genesis Breyer P-Orridge as about her terminal illness.

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