Archive for February, 2008

AO ON SITE: 4 Weeks/ 4 Shows Opening at Rivington Arms Gallery, February 27

Friday, February 29th, 2008

Benedicte Sehested at Rivington Arms Gallery – Photo from ArtObserved

On February 27 2008, “4 Weeks / 4 Shows” opened at Rivington Arms Gallery in New York. Benedicte Sehested’s photographic exhibition “V. L. and Other Pseudonyms or While My Hair Grows Longer” is the first of four artist’s shows in succession over the next month.

Rivington Arms Gallery [Rivington Arms Gallery]
Benedicte Sehested ‘s exhibition [Rivington Arms Gallery]


GO SEE: Realist French painter Courbet at the Met until May 18

Friday, February 29th, 2008

“The Desperate Man” via the New York Times

From February 27 until May 18, 2008, The Metropolitan Museum of Art will present more than 130 oil paintings and works on paper by the provocative realist french artist, Gustave Courbet (1819-1877).

Gustave Courbet’s exhibition at the MET [New York Sun]
Realist french painter Gustave Courbet’s exhibition [City Guide]
Gustave Courbet’s showcase []
“The most arrogant man in France” in exhibit at the MET [New York Times]


NEWSLINKS 02.28.08

Thursday, February 28th, 2008

Aby Rosen via Wikipedia

Aby Rosen’s influence on the worlds of real estate and art [NYMag]
Review of “The Gates” documentary on HBO [New York Times] and here [New York Sun]
An evaluation of street art’s move to high art [Financial Times]
Editorial on Title validity of “forced sales” under Nazi threats [Wall Street Journal]
Update: Review of Tuymans’s Disney themed works at Zwirner [New York Sun]

Sotheby’s Sets Auction Record with $39.7 million Francis Bacon Nude

Thursday, February 28th, 2008

“Study of a Nude with Figure in a Mirror,” Francis Bacon via Bloomberg

A Francis Bacon painting of a female nude was sold last night in London, for £20 million ($39.7 million).

Auctions record at Sothby’s [BBC News]
Bacon’s painting sold for £20 million [Bloomberg]
Sotheby’s triumph in London last night []
Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Evening Auction [the Economist]


British Dealer Anthony D’Offay Sells 725 Works to Tate for Reported Fifth of Their Value

Thursday, February 28th, 2008

Anthony D’Offay via MSNBC

The British art dealer Anthony d’Offay has made one of the biggest arts sales in Britain for a reported fifth of their value. 725 works have been sold to the national collection, the Britain’s Tate and Scotland’s National Galleries on Wednesday.
British Art Dealer Anthony d’Offay Sells Major Collection [MSNBC]
More Modern Art for British museums []
The Battle between the Tate and the MOMA [Guardian Unlimited]


Sotheby’s Accomplishes Record Quarterly Profits

Thursday, February 28th, 2008

Sotheby’s New York, via New York Post

Sotheby’s International announced, on Tuesday, that their profit margin has grown 46% in the last quarter. The anticipated quarterly estimate was $1.47 per share on $337.7 million in revenue. The resulting figure resounded at a record $345.8 million, which was a $32.1 million dollar increase in comparison to last year.

Sotheby’s annual report released [Fox Business]
Sotheby’s Fourth Quarter raises bar [Business Week]
Auction House Annual Report [Sotheby’s International]
Auction House’s net income breaks record [United Media]
Sotheby’s full year results [Street Insider]


Tate Gallery acquires Saatchi’s “Chapman Family Collection”

Thursday, February 28th, 2008

A part of the Chapman brothers’ ‘Family Collection’ via The Independent

Six years after Charles Saatchi acquired the “Chapman Family Collection”, the Tate Gallery is about to acquire the wooden figures for an unknown price. “The Chapman family collection” was first exhibit at the White Cube in 2002. At this time, the dealer and collector, acquired them for the average price of $2 million.

Jake & Dinos Chapman [White cube]
Tate buys Saatchi’s “Chapman Collection” [ArtInfo]
Jake and Dinos Chapman’s sculpture acquired by the Tate Gallery [The Independent]
Tate acquires Chapman Family Collection [First Post]

Guggenheim director Thomas Krens leaving after 20 years

Thursday, February 28th, 2008

Thomas Krens at Guggenheim Bilbao via The New York Times
After 20 years as director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, the foundation’s board announced yesterday that Thomas Krens will step down from his postion after a new director has been hired. Krens will remain senior adviser for international affairs and oversee the creation of a Frank Gehry-designed museum in the United Arab Emirates.

Guggenheim’s Director steps down from his position [New York Times]
Searching a new director for Guggenheim’s Museum [ArtInfo]
Thomas Krens Steps Down as Guggenheim Director [New York Observer]
The Depart of Thomas Krens from the Guggenheim [New York Sun]
Guggenheim’s ideal new director [Arts Journal]
Goodbye from the Guggenheim to its director, Thomas Krens [Bloomberg]

Sizable Cyclones a big test for UConn defense

New Haven Register (New Haven, CT) September 16, 2011 | Chip Malafronte The UConn defensive front seven caused major problems against Vanderbilt last week — seven sacks, 13 tackles-for losses and a forced fumble that led to a touchdown. go to web site how many plays did shakespeare write

But the offensive line of Iowa State might pose a stiffer challenge tonight at Rentschler Field (8 p.m., ESPN2). The Cyclones line is a mass of humanity that averages out at 6-foot-4 1/2 and 315 pounds, none larger than left tackle Kelechi Osemele (6-6, 347).

UConn’s strategy is simple.

“Hit ‘em,” junior linebacker Sio Moore said. “Just hit ‘em. Slow them up any way you can.” Defense kept UConn in the game against Vanderbilt, a 24-21 loss in which the Huskies offense was limited to a field goal while the defense accounted for two touchdowns. Moore led the way with 3.5 sacks, including the one that led to the aforementioned fumble to give his team a lead early in the fourth quarter.

Fact is, the defense has carried the mail for some time. UConn’s last offensive touchdown against an FBS opponent came last November, a three-game span in which the defense has three touchdowns and special teams two more.

Under new defensive coordinator Don Brown, the Huskies already talented and experienced unit has been unleashed with more blitz packages and aggressive schemes designed to confuse and punish opposing offenses.

Look no further than Moore, a former West Haven resident, who had 110 tackles in his breakout sophomore campaign but just 1.5 sacks in 13 games.

“We expect to make big plays,” Moore said of the defense. “Our thing is we get out there, we’re about running to the ball and hitting people in the mouth. That’s the only way to live.” Against Vanderbilt there were some hiccups, none more glaring than a 48-yard rush that helped the Commodores to kick the winning field goal with 2:56 remaining. But the Huskies certainly made enough plays to allow UConn to pull off the win despite an offense that failed to generate much after the first quarter. site how many plays did shakespeare write

UConn coach Paul Pasqualoni said he spent much of the week addressing consistency issues on the defensive side.

“You can not give up, in a game like that, four big plays,” Pasqualoni said. “You’re not going to shut everyone out. But this idea of 20-plus run and 40-plus pass, that’s totally unacceptable regardless of how many plays you do make on defense. The effort is really good, playing fast like we all though t they would, we just have to make sure we’re lined up right and reading what we’re supposed to read. If we can get that done, we’ll play more consistently.” Iowa State (2-0) has weapons to go along with the big offensive line, though its offensive numbers are a tad skewed. It knocked off Iowa 44-41 in triple-overtime last week, a game that was tied at 24- 24 following regulation. In the opener, the Cyclones needed a touchdown with 40 seconds remaining to avoid being upset by FCS- level opponent Northern Iowa 20-19. Quarterback Steele Jantz, a dual threat averaging 233 yards passing and 61 yards rushing through two games, will be the focus tonight.

UConn (1-1), still rotating three-quarterbacks, will need the defense to once again keep the game close as it attempts to discover an identity on the offensive side.

If the offense has to rely on the defense, that’s just fine by UConn. Moore says the Huskies defense is more than up to the task.

“If you run out of gas, you’re not a defense,” Moore said. “The defense can’t run out of gas, you have to make plays. There will be games where we might have to lean on the offense. Everyone has to make corrections. We’re in this together, offense, defense and special teams. If we stay together, we’ll be good.” To receive breaking sports news first — simply text the word “nhsports” to 22700. Standard msg+data rates may apply. IOWA STATE AT UCONN – When: Tonight, 8 p.m. – Where: Rentschler Field, East Hartford – Records: Iowa State 2-0; UConn 1-1 – On the air: ESPN 2; WTIC-1080 – Internet: – Series history: UConn leads 1-0 – Last meeting: UConn stunned the Cyclones 37-20 in Ames, Iowa in 2002, and is considered the first benchmark victory in the BCS-era for the Huskies.

- What to look for: UConn will continue its three-headed quarterback experiment, with Johnny McEntee expected to start and Scott McCummings and Michael Nebrich working their way into certain situations. It’s also possible that tailback D.J. Shoemate makes his debut after missing the first two games with an ankle injury. Iowa State’s big offensive line will provide a major challenge to the Huskies defense, which has been strong so far despite allowing a couple of untimely big plays in last weekend’s loss to Vanderbilt.

- Prediction: UConn 28, Iowa State 27.

Chip Malafronte

Contemporary Russian Art Auction, Phillips de Pury, February 28, London

Wednesday, February 27th, 2008

A piece offered at the auction via Phillips de Pury & Company

A major sale of Russian contemporary artworks will be sold in London on February 28 by Phillips de Pury & Company. The auction represents works largely of ‘unofficial artists’ of the Soviet period. The sale will benefit children with AIDS.

Phillips de Pury
Phillips de Pury, video of the auction collection [Phillips de Pury]
Auctions in London [New York Sun]



Tuesday, February 26th, 2008

Zhang Xiaogang “Big Family” via Artprice

Sotheby’s gears up this year for its February 27th contemporary auction with flag-ship pieces such as Warhol’s 1986 `Three Self- Portraits’ and Bacon’s 1969 painting`Study of Nude With Figure in a Mirror’ as well as a more trendy selection of Chinese contemporary art.

Sotheby’s to Offer Three Self Portraits by Andy Warhol [Arts Gallery]
Bacon Nude, Warhol Self-Portraits Star in U.K. Sales [Bloomberg]
London’s Grand Finale [The New York Sun]
Sotheby’s Offers $19 Million of Chinese Contemporary Art [Bloomberg]


NEWSLINKS 02.26.08

Tuesday, February 26th, 2008

Yayoi Kusama via T-Magazine

An interview with “dot” artist,Yayoi Kusama [T Magazine]
Louis Vuitton’s boutique controversy at Brooklyn’s Murakami Show [Arts Journal]
On “looted” Russian & French Paintings at Royal Academy of Art [NY Times]
Update: Critique of Jasper John’s recent show [Financial Times]
Wealthy eclipsing public funding for commissioning new works? [Financial Times]

AO ON SITE: Jeff Wall at Marian Goodman Gallery February 23 – March 22

Monday, February 25th, 2008

Jeff Wall Opening at Marian Goodman Gallery

On February 23 Jeff Wall’s solo show at Marian Goodman Gallery New York opened. Jeff Wall’s work explores contradictory modes of image making. Elaborately staged compositions are exhibited along side images that are purely documentary in nature. Wall’s ability to create engaging compositions is matched by his uncanny ability to extract them.

Jeff Wall [Jeff Wall]
Marian Goodman Gallery [Marian Goodman Gallery]
Jeff Wall exhibition at MoMA [MoMA]
Jeff Wall work at Deutsche Guggenheim [Guggenheim]



Monday, February 25th, 2008

British Airways’s new design sculpture at Heathrow Airport via ArtInfo

British Airways unveils Troika’s “Cloud,” 4,638 computerized flipping disks at Heathrow [ArtInfo]
Recent impressionist performance at London’s auctions [Financial Times]
Artnet’s Online art auction website is back [NY Times]
Review of Jane Holzer’s renowned art collection
[T Magazine]
After 20 years, Nahmads selling Monet’s “The Railroad Bridge at Argenteuil”
[NY Times]
Mary Boone on potential “90’s Style” bust in Art Market
[NY Mag]
The Economist’s analysis of the economics of the contemporary art market

GO SEE: PETER DOIG AT TATE BRITAIN, February 25 – April 27

Monday, February 25th, 2008

Peter Doig, Ski Jacket, 1994
Peter Doig, Ski Jacket 1994 via Tate Britain

The Peter Doig retrospective opens today at the Tate Britain in London. This comprehensive survey chronicles the artist who in 2007 became one of Europe’s most expensive living painters when his work White Canoe sold for £5.7 million at Sotheby’s. His canvases blur the line between abstraction and figuration as he creates images drawn from photographs, newspapers or snapshots.

Peter Doig [Tate Britain]
Record Painter [The Guardian]
Peter Doig’s success [ ArtInfo]
Peter Doig’s exhibition at Tate Britain [The Economist]


The ADAA ART FAIR, February 21st through 25th in New York

Friday, February 22nd, 2008

The Art Show
The Art show opening via ADAA

The ADAA got off to a steady start with the opening gala February 21st. Known as America’s most prestigious art fair, this years opening was attended by luminaries such as billionaire collector Eli Broad and New York Observer publisher Jared Kushner.

The Art Dealers Association of America [ADAA]
ADDA’s last night opening [ArtInfo]
The 20th annual show for the Art Dealer Association of America [Bloomberg]

Newslinks 2.22.08

Friday, February 22nd, 2008

“Dog Test” by Robert Longo via Forbes

Longo Quoted on “Dog Test” Drawing Sold Recently in London [Forbes]
Forged Monet discovered last week in German Museum [Herald Tribune]
Chinese art market takes France’s third place standing [Art Newspaper]
Update: Cai Guo-Qiang at the Guggenheim Museum [NYTimes]
Update: More Cai Guo-Qiang at the Guggenheim [Wall Street Journal]
Update, Video: Guo-Qiang’s Gun-Powder Works [NYTimes via C-Monster]
Orginally £300, Banksy piece up for £150,000 [Guardian]
Two W. 25th St. gallery buildings sold for $48.75 million [The Real Deal]

Newslinks 02.21.08

Thursday, February 21st, 2008

“Electric Fountain” at the Rockefeller Center via NYTimes

3,390 bulbs light the electric fountain at NY’s Rockefeller Center [NYTimes]
On what it means to “bring in” a Work at Auction [NYSun]
Major Highway threatens artists’ haven in Marfa [Time via C-Monster]
Danish collector puts her Hirsts on view in Copenhagen [Art Newspaper]
A critical look at Cai Guo-Qaing’s Guggenheim exhibition [NYSun]

Don’t Miss: Candida Hofer at Kukje Gallery, Seoul, through February 26

Thursday, February 21st, 2008

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Candida Hoefer’s Biblioteca do Palacio Nacional da Ajuda Lisboa I via Artnet

A solo exhibition of Candida Hoefer’s work is currently on view at Kukje Gallery in Seoul, Korea. The artist’s well known photographs evidence human existence despite the fact that the images are captured when they are uninhabited. Her works illustrate the social structure of space through repetition of form and nuanced irregularities.

AO REVIEW: Brazil’s artmarket at past week’s ARC08 Fair, Spain

Thursday, February 21st, 2008

ARC08 part 1

Vernissage.TV ARC08 Part 1 courtesy Vernissage.TV(Click through for Video)

Brazil played a key role at the 27th Madrid International Contemporary Art Fair. Held February 13th through the 18 2008th in Feria de Madrid, ARC08 united 295 galleries from 34 countries, with strong presence from leading art markets including New York, London, and Germany, at the largest contemporary art fair in Europe.

The official presentation of ARCO8 [Ifema]
Photography at International Contemp. Art Fair, Madrid
Brazil as Special Guest ofARCO8 in Madrid [ArtDaily]
ARCO8’s increasing success [ArtDaily] (more…)

GO SEE: Taryn Simon at Galerie Almine Rech, Paris, February 16 – March 15

Wednesday, February 20th, 2008

Taryn Simon exhibition via Galerie Almine Rech, Paris

Taryn Simon’s “An American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar,” will be displayed at Galerie Almine Rech in Paris from February 16 to March 15. Simon offers the public access to rarefied worlds that they would not ordinarily have the opportunity to see.

Taryn Simon [Gallerie Almine Rech, Paris]
Taryn Simon [Taryn Simon]
Hidden and Unfamiliar Interview by Rosecrans Baldwin [The Morning News]


GO SEE: Cai Guo-Qiang at the Guggenheim, February 22 – May 28

Wednesday, February 20th, 2008

Scaffolding was built under the boat via The Guggenheim Museum

The Cai Guo-Qiang retrospective, “I Want to Believe,” opens February 22 at the Guggenheim Museum in New York. The exhibit represents the first solo show by a Chinese-born artist at the Museum.

Scaling New Heights at the Guggenheim [The New York Sun]
Cai Guo-Qiang, I Want to Believe [Guggenheim Museum]
Cai Guo-Qiang [Art Observed]


Newslinks 2.20.08

Wednesday, February 20th, 2008

Sonic Youth via Aquarium Drunkard

Richter’s “Kerze,” famously a Sonic Youth cover, for auction at Sotheby’s [Cinemablend]
Sonic Youth’s new touring art exhibit could be featured at the Whitney [NYMag]
New Saatchi Gallery in West London, will show only Contemporary [UK Times Online]
Video: Interview with Damien Hirst [Charlie Rose]
Review Contemporary Art on the Lower East Side [Bloomberg]

Israeli Exhibition Attempts to reunite looted art with rightful owners

Wednesday, February 20th, 2008


Israel’s National Museum opened a two new exhibitions that aims to reunite works of art and their rightful owners. “Looking for Owners” features roughly 53 works on loan from French Museums that were stolen by the Nazis and never returned. “Orphaned Art” exhibits works of which the owners are known to be deceased. The exhibitions have an impressive roster that include works by Courbet, Matisse, Monet, and Seurat.

Israel Museum Displays Looted Art [Associated Press]
Israel Tries to Unite Owners with Nazi Looted Art [Art Info]
Art Stolen by Nazis Shown for First Time [Telegraph]



Tuesday, February 19th, 2008

Cai Guo-Qiang: 1st Chinese born artist with Guggenheim retrospective [New York Times]
New five-year contract for Lowry at MOMA (Not the MET) [The New York Times]
Ordway Prize, America’s Turner, announced; Driskell Prize also announced [ArtInfo]
Co-Head of I-Banking at Morgan Stanley named to Tate Board [Bloomberg]
Economist: German Expressionism is back [Economist via C-Monster]
Waning art sales spells cancellation for fledgling Duesseldorf art fair [Bloomberg]
Madrid’s famed “art triangle” adds a new cultural center to it’s roster [The Canadian Press]