Nan Goldin Doc Wins Top Prize At Venice – Controversial Warhol Red Portrait Auctioned 

Nan Goldin

A new documentary film exploring the career and activism of the American Photographer Nan Goldin and the fall of the Sackler family has taken the top prize at the Venice Film Festival. All the Beauty and the Bloodshed, 2022, was directed by Laura Poitras, who has thoughtfully portrayed recent historical events. 

Poitras said, “Nan’s art and vision have inspired my work for years and have influenced generations of filmmakers.” The film premiered on September 3, 2022, at the 79th Venice International Film Festival, where it was awarded the Golden Lion making it the second documentary (following Sacro GRA in 2013) to win the top prize at Venice. It also will screen at the 2022 New York Film Festival, where it will be the festival’s centrepiece film, and Goldin will design the official poster. The film’s distributor, Neon, said that the theatrical release would coincide with a retrospective of Goldin’s work at the Moderna Museet, set to open on October 29, 2022.

Warhol Red Portrait
Warhol Red Portrait

Controversial Red Self-portrait Of Andy Warhol Auctioned

A controversial red self-portrait of the artist Andy Warhol from a series not recognised by the now defunct Warhol Authentication Board is set to go under the hammer at Larsen’s in Scottsdale, AZ. It will carry a hefty estimate (for an unauthenticated work) of $500,000 to $700,000. The silkscreen was the centre of a $20m lawsuit against the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

‘It’s about setting the record straight, says Richard Ekstract, a 91-year-old New York collector who has owned the painting for over 50 years, receiving directly from Warhol.

Richard Polsky, the self-styled art historian of Basquiat, Haring and Warhol, and the author of several books, including I Sold Andy Warhol (Too Soon). “Self-Portrait (red) should be considered a genuine Warhol.”

Recently Larsen’s auction house offered a Warhol Electric Chair belonging to the Rockstar Alice Cooper. It failed to reach its reserve of $2-3m

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