AO Newslinks for Tuesday December 1st, 2009

December 1st, 2009

Eight Elvises, which sold for $100 million in a private deal last year via TheEconomist

—  The Economist has a downloadable special report on the art market, in it Sarah Thornton reports in an article on Warhol, in the wake of the sale of his work in the recent New York  contemporary auctions for $43.8 million, that in August 2008 Andy Warhol’s singular “Eight Elvises” was sold privately to an unknown buyer for $100 million [Economist]

– Close to $100M of Russian art aims to be sold for Russian Art Week in London, where the vast growth of wealth in Russia allows for repatriation of that country’s works [Bloomberg] more on this here [WallStreetJournal]

A discerning look into some of the less disclosed but nevertheless driving forces and relationships behind various high profile exhibitions [Financial Times]

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Alfred Molina via

In London, Alfred Molina is to play Mark Rothko in a play regarding Rothko’s time producing the Seagram’s Murals. [FinancialTimes]

–  The Venice Biennale posted record attendance at 375,000 this year [Artinfo]

– The recently curated opening of Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld, the 24-year-old son of French Vogue editor Carine Roitfeld, covered by AO here, is visited by Bloomberg [Bloomberg]

– A video interview with Anish Kapoor, now exhibiting at the Royal Academy through December 11th [BBC]

– Charles Saatchi issues 950 copies of an 850-page book chronicling his galleries and shows [Evening Standard]

– James Rosenquist tells of his New York in his seminal years, his memoir has just been published [NYMag]

– A studio visit with artist and now filmmaker Sam Taylor-Wood [Guardian]

Kehinde Wiley designed Puma soccer cleat via soccercleat101

– Kehinde Wiley designs a limited edition soccer cleat for Puma [SoccerCleat101]

– Damien Hirst reportedly exploring an exhibition in Monaco at the Oceanographic Museum [Telegraph]

–  The former financial director of the Guggenheim Bilbao jailed for stealing half a million euros from the museum [AFP]

– Gavin Turk, Tracey Emin, Gary Hume and others participate in an inaugural Art Barter event [Independent]

– Christie’s contemporary sales in Hong Kong show improvement over those of April [ArtInfo]  – as did the classical Chinese paintings auctions [Artnet]

Marina Abramović “The Kitchen I” via DazedDigital

– An interview with, Marina Abramović, the “grandmother of performance art” [Dazed Digital]

– Art Info covered Ryan McGinness’s direct from artists auction in New York [ArtInfo]

– Leonardo’s “Angel in the Flesh” will be shown at the  Italian Cultural Institute of Los Angeles alongside an associated work by Bill Viola [ArtDaily]