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.
Archive for February, 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 [Newsday.com]
“The most arrogant man in France” in exhibit at the MET [New York Times]
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]
“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 [Guardian.co.uk]
Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Evening Auction [the Economist]
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 [Telegraph.co.uk]
The Battle between the Tate and the MOMA [Guardian Unlimited]
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]
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]
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]
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.
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]
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]
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.
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 [Economist]
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.
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.
“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]
“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]
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.
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 [ActuPhoto]
Brazil as Special Guest ofARCO8 in Madrid [ArtDaily]
ARCO8’s increasing success [ArtDaily] (more…)
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]
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.
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]
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.
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]