The Heat Index

Nalini Malani, Alexis Rockman, & Other Artists on the Rise

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Nalini Malani, Alexis Rockman, & Other Artists on the Rise
Nalini Malani, "Tales of Good and Evil," 2008

As the art world gears up for the global onslaught of fall exhibitions and auctions, the latest edition of the Heat Index primes you with a few names you're likely to hear a lot from in the months to come. 

ART PRIZES

— Nalini Malani, a painter of dark Indian mythology, will accept Japan’s Fukuoka Prize on September 12, as well as open a solo exhibition at the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum. That honor coincides with the publication of a joint book on Malani and South African draughtsman William Kentridge, as well as  a stateside viewing of her video In Search of Vanished Blood at Galerie Lelong.

IN THE MUSEUM SPOTLIGHT

— If the Oscar-winning fortune of Life of Pi didn't bring enough glory to Alexis Rockman, the painter who created the visual inspiration for the film, then the artist is about to encounter plenty more with a solo exhibition of new work inspired by the New York City's ecosystem opening at Sperone Westwater in mid-September, followed by an exhibition of his watercolors from the Ang Lee film at the Drawing Center later in the month.

— Beginning in October, Jim Hodges, known for constructing sculptures and installations out of the everyday ephemera of life—lightbulbs, curtains, rocks—will kick off his first major U.S. retrospective, "Give More Than You Take," which will tour to the Dallas Museum of Art, the Walker Art Center, the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, and the UCLA Hammer Museum through 2015.

— Fresh off the heels of her show at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center earlier this year, video artist Alix Pearlstein is opening a series of three videos at the Ballroom Marfa—an out-of-the-way but established launchpad for emerging talent—as the latest commission for the institution's “Artists Films International.” 

AUCTION STARS

— Fred Sandback's prices have been on the rise lately: One of the conceptualist's drawings tripled its estimate in Munich last month, while a $200,000 sculpture just sold at Christie's set the artist's second-highest auction record to date. (Also, on the exhibition front, Sandback's drawings will make a European grand tour, first at an exhibition at Switzerland's Kunstmuseum Winterthur during next year's Art Basel, followed by stops at the Josef Albers Museum and the Museum Wiesebaden.)

— Color Field painter and Clement Greenberg protege Jack Hamilton Bush more than doubled his auction record with the sale earlier this month of his Red Side Right (Right Side Red) for more than $600,000—15 times its presale estimate—at Christie’s inaugural First Open: Summer Edition sale. The artist had a handful of lots on offer and each sailed swiftly past expectations, possibly helped by their provenance: the paintings all once belonged to the late American variety-show singer Andy Williams.

— Something is stirring in Minimalist painter John McLaughlin's market. In May, Sotheby's trounced the artist's auction record with the sale of a 1962 painting of three vertical stripes for five times its estimate, or $305,000. Then, at Christie's this month, a gray cube-within-a-cube painting that was estimated at $15,000-$20,000 sold for a whopping $160,000.

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