Our not-so-secret crush on Paula Cooper was validated yet again today.
The New York gallery icon (and member of the Nasher Museum’s national advisory board) was the talk of Art Basel this week. Carol Vogel writes in The New York Times about a gloriously huge painting of Paula “looking glamorous with sultry eyes and a cigarette in one hand.” The 11-by-15-foot painting fetched $3 million this week at Art Basel.
BASEL, Switzerland — The day before the invitation-only opening of Art Basel, scores of collectors and dealers gathered in the cavernous building that houses Art Unlimited, the annual show of super-size artworks. Word had spread quickly about an extraordinary photo-realist painting by the Italian-born artist Rudolf Stingel. Based on a 1980s photograph of the New York dealer Paula Cooper looking glamorous with sultry eyes and a cigarette in one hand, the large canvas (it measures 11 by 15 feet) was hung dramatically in a space by itself. Its price was around $3 million, and it was bought by François Pinault, the French luxury goods magnate and owner of Christie’s, before the fair even opened.
“Stingel created the painting just for Art Unlimited,” said Steven P. Henry, director of the Paula Cooper Gallery in Chelsea. “He’s been working on it for months.”
Read the rest of Carol’s column.
IMAGE: “Untitled (Paula)” a photo-realist painting from 2012 by Rudolf Stingel. The 11-by-15-foot work is being shown at Art Basel. Stefan Altenburger, Rudolf Stingel/Paula Cooper Gallery, New York.