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Mel Chin Prepares Augmented Reality Project for Times Square

November 22nd, 2017

Study for 'Unmoored' via NYTArtist Mel Chin is preparing an augmented reality project for Times Square, which will illustrate the potential impacts of climate change on one of the city’s most recognizable areas. “We’re working on a mass phenomenon, extending from 45th to 47th streets in the air, that can convey the gravity of what we have before us,” he said.
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Grave of Schiele Muse Wally Neuzil Discovered in Croatia

November 22nd, 2017

Egon Schiele, Portrait of Wally Neuzil, via Art NewspaperThe grave of Walburga “Wally” Neuzil, Egon Schiele’s young muse, has been found in Croatia, the Art Newspaper reports, and will be commemorated by a monument. “It’s an interesting monumental project for the European identity,” says researcher Robert Holzbauer.
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Christie’s to Launch Standalone Sale of Works from Rockefeller Collection

November 22nd, 2017

Odalisque couchée aux magnolias, via Art NewsChristie’s will offer the first set of works from the collection of David Rockefeller next year in a standalone sale.  The offerings include Fillette à la corbeille fleurie (1905), a Rose Period Picasso estimated at $70 million, and Matisse’s Odalisque couchée aux magnolias (1923), which is already estimated to break the artist’s auction record of $41 million. 
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Christie’s da Vinci Sale Explored in Art Market Monitor

November 22nd, 2017

Christie's, via Art Market MonitorThe Art Market Monitor has a strong analysis around the sale of da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi, exploring the motivations of its seller, Dmitry Rybolovlev, and the strategies Christie’s used to attract its buyer, including the inclusion of the Andy Warhol piece, and the spectacle drummed up around the sale by near constant lines to see the painting. “Among the smart moves Christie’s made was bringing the work to San Francisco where there were lines around the block to see it,” Marion Maneker writes. “More importantly, Christie’s got calls from major Silicon Valley figures who had previously been tough to contact. (For those wondering who bought it, there’s a greater chance it went to someone with crazy tech money than someone in Asia).”
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Missing Piece of Magritte Work Found Under Another Work

November 22nd, 2017

X-Ray of Magritte, via momaA missing piece of Rene Magritte’s The Enchanted Pose has been found underneath another of the artist’s works, Reuters reports. Pieces of the artist’s painting were painted over by Magritte to create other works, leaving the location of its pieces a longstanding mystery.
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The Met Makes Strides Towards Stability

November 22nd, 2017

Met Museum, via Art DailyThe NYT reports on the recent gift of $80 to the Met, noting that the donation may signal a new level of stability for the museum after several years of financial and institutional turbulence. We’ve made really good progress,” says Daniel H. Weiss, the Met’s president and chief executive.
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Bartolomé Esteban Murillo Work Discovered in North Wales

November 22nd, 2017

Lost Murillo, via The GuardianA lost 17th Century masterpiece by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo has been rediscovered in North Wales. “It is an absolute masterpiece,” art scholar Benito Navarrete Prieto says. “Magnetic.”
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Telegraph Notes Focus on Liquidity Energizing Recent Auctions

November 22nd, 2017

Cy Twombly, Untitled (2005), final price $46,437,500, via Christie'sThe Telegraph has an interesting article on the wildly successful recent cycle of art sales, noting collectors’ increasing draw towards liquid assets like art.  The piece draws connections to other assets currently burgeoning on the market, including Bitcoin, and notes the appeal of these goods as collectors seek stable investments outside national currencies and stock.
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Met Museum Receives $80 Million Gift

November 19th, 2017

Irvings, via Art NewsThe Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York has received $80 million from trustee Florence Irving, the Art News reports.  “The Irvings have been inspirational donors in building the museum’s collections and galleries of Asian Art since 1987,” says Daniel H. Weiss, the museum’s president and CEO. “This additional gift is truly transformative for the Met, and will ensure that the legacy of scholarship, programming, and collection-building they have been so instrumental in building will continue to thrive.”
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Laura Owens Makes Statement on Protests Against 356 S. Mission Rd

November 16th, 2017

356 MissionArtist Laura Owens has penned a public statement on the current pressure her project space, 356 S. Mission, is facing from anti-gentrification activists. “Alongside the protesters’ demands to close, we have also heard the voices of artists, community groups, families, and individuals in the area who want 356 to remain open,” she writes. “In addition to urgent basic needs and facilities, people in all neighborhoods, of all ethnicities and classes, benefit from quality education and art. We do not believe that access to one should sacrifice the other in a healthy and thriving society. I have always been and remain committed to engaging in productive dialogue that results in effective actions to battle the issues facing our communities.”
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New York – Gilbert & George: “The Beard Pictures” at Lehmann Maupin Through December 22nd, 2017

November 21st, 2017

Gilbert & George, Beardfence (2016). via Art Observed
Gilbert & George, Beardfence (2016). via Art Observed

Marking the 35th Anniversary of their collaborative practice, the famed British duo Gilbert & George have opened a show of new works at Lehmann Maupin in New York City, continuing their recent, enigmatic exploration of more violent, grotesque themes through their familiar blend of pop iconography and deep personal engagement with their work.  Long-billed as a “living sculpture,” this new selection of works by the pair explore their own visages, embellished with surreal beards in each image. Read More »

Paris – Camille Henrot: “Days Are Dogs” at Palais de Tokyo Through January 7th, 2017

November 20th, 2017

Camillle Henrot, Days Are Dogs (Installation View), via Art Observed.
Camillle Henrot, Days Are Dogs (Installation View), via Art Observed

Camille Henrot works better on a grand scale.  The Golden Lion-winning French artist, whose enigmatic and playful sculptures, paintings and installations dwell on the phenomenology of life, and an often overwhelming range of lived experience, seems to draw additional strength from working with as much space as possible, perhaps best seen in her last show at Metro Pictures in New York, where a range of concepts and ideas allowed the viewer to move effortlessly through experiences of neurosis, guilt, pain and anger through to more primal emotions, and on through to a coy fusion of the two in the language of modernity.   Read More »

New York – LA Invitational at Gagosian Gallery Through December 16th, 2017

November 19th, 2017

Chris Burden, via Art Observed
Chris Burden, via Art Observed

For its newest exhibition on view at its 24th Street exhibition space in New York, Gagosian Gallery takes a look to the west, embracing the recent potency of Los Angeles’s fine arts community with a show of works that both spotlight the gallery’s representation of artists currently working in the Californian metropolis, while simultaneously exploring the cultural landscape and iconographies of a city that has shaped their work as much as they have shaped its perception in the art world.  Drawing on work from Alex Israel, Mary WeatherfordJonas Wood and others, the show is a striking introduction to the Californian artists currently working with Gagosian, and the shared lineage of Californian art that the gallery has long participated in supporting. Read More »

AO Auction Results – New York: Phillips 20th Century and Contemporary Evening Sale, November 16th, 2017

November 16th, 2017

Peter Doig, Red House (1995-1996), final price $21,127,500, via Phillips
Peter Doig, Red House (1995-1996), final price $21,127,500, via Phillips

Throwing its hat into the ring on a bustling week of sales in New York, Phillips concluded its offering in the 20th Century and Contemporary Auctions , bringing a final tally of $113.9 million for its 44-lot sale.  The Phillips event was a quick affair, running mechanically through its offerings to achieve its result, with only a small handful of works going unsold. Read More »

AO Auction Results – New York: Sotheby’s Contemporary Evening Sale, November 16th, 2017

November 16th, 2017

Roy Lichtenstein, Female Head (1977) final price $24,501,500, via Sothebys
Roy Lichtenstein, Female Head (1977) final price: $24,501,500, via Sotheby’s

The final hammer has fallen and the doors have closed on the final major art sales of 2017, as Sotheby’s concluded its Contemporary Evening Sale tonight at its York Ave location in New York.  Capping a 74-lot offering with a steady, well-run sale, the auction house achieved a final tally of $310,229,350, bringing the week’s marathon auctions to a close

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AO Auction Results – New York: Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary Evening Sale, November 15th, 2017

November 15th, 2017

Leonardo da Vinci, Salvator Mundi (circa 1500) final price $450,312,500, via Christie's
Leonardo da Vinci, Salvator Mundi (circa 1500) final price: $450,312,500, via Christie’s

Capping its second major sale of the week, and likely one of the more momentous sales of work in recent history, Christie’s capped an astronomical sale this evening in New York, complementing its Contemporary offerings with the much trumpeted Leonardo Da Vinci work Salvator Mundi to reach a record sale total of $785,942,250.

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AO Auction Results – New York: Sotheby’s Impressionist and Modern Evening Sale, November 14th, 2017

November 15th, 2017

Claude Monet, Les Glaçons, Bennecourt (1893), via Sotheby's
Claude Monet, Les Glaçons, Bennecourt (1893), via Sotheby’s

Following a landmark sale last evening at Christie’s, Sotheby’s took its turn this past evening in the Impressionist and Modern category, pursuing the exceptional results its rival notched over the course of the evening.  Tonight was no different, as the auction house led a wild sprint through its 67-lot sale to reach a final tally of $269,718,600. Read More »

AO Auction Results – New York: Christie’s Impressionist and Modern Evening Sale, November 13th, 2017

November 14th, 2017

Fernand Léger, Contraste de formes (1913), via Christie's
Fernand Léger, Contraste de formes (1913), final price: $70,062,500, via Christie’s

The first of the fall’s New York auctions kicked off this evening, as Christie’s capped the first of the week’s Impressionist and Modern Evening sales, surging out of the gate with a strong series of sales that set an impressive tempo for the week, and laid down an impressive challenge to the other auction houses.  Notching a final sales total of $480,414,000, Christie’s sent a strong message of stability in a year marked by uneven, unpredictable auction sales. Read More »

London – Marcel Broodthaers: Un Jardin D’Hiver at Hauser & Wirth Through November 18th, 2017

November 13th, 2017

Marcel Broodthaers, Un Jardin d'Hiver (1974), via Art Observed
Marcel Broodthaers, Un Jardin d’Hiver (1974), via Art Observed

Few artists’ work have left such subtle, yet enduring legacy on the landscape of modern installation, institutional critique and socially-engaged work as Belgian artist and poet Marcel Broodthaers’s work has.  Branching out into uniquely self-aware, narrative spatial arrangements and installations the artist referred to as Décors, Broodthaers’s late work mined the language of the gallery and the museum to turn its perspective both outwards and inwards at the same time, often launching stark engagements with the political and social underpinnings of the art world that ultimately supported and carried his work. Read More »

AO Auction Preview – Fall Auction Week in New York City, November 13th to 16th, 2017

November 13th, 2017

Leonardo da Vinci, Salvator Mundi (circa 1500), via Christie's
Leonardo da Vinci, Salvator Mundi (circa 1500), via Christie’s

As the weather grows increasingly chilly, the art world turns its blue-chip market attention towards New York City once again, where a final series of major Impressionist/Modern and Post-War/Contemporary Evening Sales will open at the major auction houses, once again offering a test of the market’s current strength.  With a last flourish on a year that has packed ample surprises into its market proceedings, this final sale will feature a series of landmark works, chief among them the offering of an extremely rare Leonardo Da Vinci canvas, a work that has already created a storm of chatter among art world insiders. Read More »