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- A collection of photographs resulting from a recent competition sponsored by the Utah Museum of Fine Arts opens today at the museum. The purpose of the competition is to add depth to the museum's current collection of more than 200 photographs by Utah photographers.

Of the 80 photographers submitting portfolios for this competition, 39 were chosen. In some cases, two or three photographs from each artist were accepted, the total number of works being 59.Purchase selections were made by Susan Makov, art professor at Weber State College, and Craig Law, art professor at Utah State University.

Museum director Frank Sanguinetti said the competition attracted many photographers whose works had not been in the collection previously. In fact, only eight entrants had photographs in the museum's collection.

The exhibit, titled "Utah Photographers 1990: A Juried Exhibition," will open with a reception today from 2-5 p.m. The show will continue through Aug. 5.

- For a while, it appeared that the contemporary art market had lost its steam in New York auction houses last month. During the first two nights at Christie's, total sales fell way below expectations. One-third of the works failed to sell.

But things really heated up the third night when bidding began for Van Gogh's "Dr. Gachet." The painting sold for $82.5 million, the highest price ever paid for an art work sold at auction and twice the expected sale price. It was purchased by Japanese businessman Ryoei Saito. Although Saito spent $33 million more than he intended, he said, "I am extremely pleased with the purchase."

Later in the week, "Au Moulin de la Galette," a painting by Auguste Renoir depicting an open-air dance hall in Paris, sold for $78.1 million.

Van Gogh's and Renoir's paintings are now at the top of the list of prices paid at the world's major auction houses. Dropping from first to third is Van Gogh's "Irises" which sold in 1987 for $53.9 million.

- The Intermountain Society of Artists (ISA) will hold its monthly meeting Wednesday, June 13, at 237 S. 1000 East. Guest artist will be pastelist Merillee Campbell. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. Cost is $2 for members (and spouses) and $4 for non-members.

- Lectures, workshops, classes, etc.

Sunday, June 3, 2 p.m., Salt Lake Art Center - "Heroic Materialism," final episode in "Civilisation" video series. Free.

Monday, June 4, through Friday, June 8, Kimball Art Center, Park City (649-8882) - Watercolor workshop with Osral Allred.

Monday, June 4, through Friday, June 8, New Images Art Gallery/Studio, Brigham City (723-2528) - Chinese classic painting with Han Song Zhu.

Wednesday, June 6, noon, Salt Lake Art Center - Lecture by David Pendell on new exhibition "Spouting Off - Teapots."

Wednesday, June 6, 7 p.m., Nunemaker Place, 1830 S. 1300 East - Fourth and last presentation in Utah Women Artists Series, featuring visual artists Sharon Alderman and Erica Wansgaard and writer Terry Tempest Williams.

Thursday, June 7, through Saturday, June 9 - ISA-sponsored workshop with Ken Baxter. For information, call 968-1724.

Monday, June 11, through Friday, June 15, The Art Barn, 54 Finch Lane (596-5000) - One-week workshop on surface design techniques taught by Martha Klein Haley and Roberta Glidden.

Monday, June 11, through Friday, June 15, Tivoli Gallery, 255 S. State - Utah Watercolor Society-sponsored workshop with Nita Engle.

Monday, June 11, through Friday, June 22, Utah State University - Printmaking workshop focusing on woodcuts by guest artist/educator Sid Chafetz. Open to high school, undergraduate and graduate-level students. For details, call 750-3460.

Wednesday, June 13, noon, Salt Lake Art Center, 328-4201 - Art-lunch lecture by David S, one of artists exhibiting in "Spouting Off - Teapots."