MoMA aquires Marina Abramović for permanent collection, sets auction record

Abramović performing The Artist Is Present, Museum of Modern Art, March 2010

NEW YORK CITY – Yesterday at Sotheby’s evening sale, the Museum of Modern Art purchased the famed performance artist Marina Amramović for their permanent collection. The hammer price for Amramović far exceeded the estimate of $52-$54 million, ending the night with a record sale of a performance artist at $127 million. Amramović drew record crowds at her exhibition at MoMA in 2010 with her performance The Artist Is Present, sparking the museum’s interest in developing their performance artist collection. “The Museum has already collected 5 prominent artists for this important part of our collection,” said William Adler, Curator of Modern Art at MoMA. “To preserve these artists for future generations, we keep them in cryogenic pods in the Museum’s vaults.”

Other highlights of the sale include Shia LaBeouf, fetching $27.4 million from a private Chinese collector, and a Hand of Glory cut from Joseph Beuys with a hammer price of $12.8 million. We asked Amramović for comment on the momentus sale, but she was unable to speak with the linen gag tied through her mouth. -CQ

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