Hank Willis Thomas’s design for *The Embrace,* a new monument to Martin Luther King Jr.
Photo: King Boston

Major Collector Drue Heinz’s Trove Heads to Christie’s and Other Industry News

What you need to know this week—from the sale of Drue Heinz’s incredible art collection to the winner of the 2019 Frieze Artist Award

1. Lauren Halsey Wins 2019 Frieze Artist Award

Frieze has selected Los Angeles artist Lauren Halsey as the winner of the 2019 Frieze Artist Award. Halsey will receive $25,000 to realize a major site-specific work at the New York fair, which will take place from May 2 to 5 on Randall’s Island.

Amedeo Modigliani’s Lunia Czechowska (à la Robe Noire) (1919) will hit the auction block in May at Christie’s. Photo: Christie's

2. Christie’s to Auction Drue Heinz’s Art Collection

The auction house is preparing to sell items from the collection of Drue Heinz, the late collector and widow of H. J. Heinz II, the former president of the pickle and ketchup empire, in two sales: the artworks on May 13 in New York and the decorative items on June 4 in London. Among the art to be sold are works by René Magritte and Amedeo Modigliani.

Recommended: Architect Arata Isozaki Awarded 2019 Pritzker Prize

3. Hank Willis Thomas Selected to Design Boston’s Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial

The organization King Boston has named Hank Willis Thomas the winner of a competition to design a new monument to the civil rights activists Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King. Thomas’s monument will live on Boston Common in the Massachusetts capital, where it is currently expected to be unveiled in 2020.

4. German Authorities Are Investigating Sales of Forged Hitler Paintings

The New York Times reported earlier this week that German authorities are investigating a number of paintings said to be by Adolf Hitler. Antje Gabriels-Gorsolke, one of the prosecutors involved, said the art works were seized as part of an investigation into forgery and fraud.

An installation by Pedro y Juana is set to take over the MoMA PS1 courtyard for the museum’s Warm Up summer concert series from June to September later this year. Photo: Pedro y Juana

5. Pedro y Juana wins 2019 MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program

Mexico City firm Pedro y Juana has won the Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1’s 20th annual Young Architects Program. Pedro y Juana founders Ana Paula Ruiz Galindo and Mecky Reuss beat four other finalists for the prize with their immersive junglescape titled Hórama Rama.

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