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Christie’s Reformating April New York Sales

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

New Yorker Profiles Korean Tansaekhwa Group in Run-Up to Christie’s Exhibition

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

Christie’s Appoints Sonya Roth as Head of Southern California Arm

Friday, September 11th, 2015

Christie’s Leads November Sales in New York with $100 mil Modigliani

Saturday, September 5th, 2015

Christie’s to Auction Collection of Arthur and Anita Kahn This Fall

Friday, August 14th, 2015

Phillips Hires Three Employees from Christie’s, Including Former Contemporary Deputy Chairman

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015

Christie’s CEO Patricia Barbizet Profiled in FT

Monday, July 27th, 2015

As Auction Records Continue to Fall, Christie’s Steps Up its Focus on Third-Party Investors

Thursday, July 9th, 2015

AO Auction Recap – London: Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary Evening Sale, June 30th, 2015

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

Outcry Over Sale Classic Works in Ireland Halts Christie’s Old Masters Sale

Friday, June 26th, 2015

AO Auction Recap – London: Christie’s Impressionist and Modern Evening Sale, June 23rd, 2015

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

Christie’s High Guarantees Make for Record-Breaking Auctions

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

Christie’s Sells Over $1 Billion in Art This Week

Friday, May 15th, 2015

AO Auction Recap – New York: Christie’s Impressionist and Modern Evening Sale, May 14th, 2015

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

AO Auction Recap – New York: Christie’s Contemporary and Post-War Auction, May 13th, 2015

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

AO Auction Recap – Christie’s ‘Looking Forward to the Past’ Sale, Setting a New World Auction Record of $179 Million for Pablo Picasso’s ‘Les Femmes D’Alger,’ May 11th, 2015

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

Christie’s Moves Impressionist Auction to Second Week of May

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

Sonnabend Collection Offered at Christie’s Next Month in New York

Friday, April 17th, 2015

Giacometti Sculpture May Reach $130 Million at Christie’s Next Month

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

Lucian Freud Painting to Lead Christie’s Auction, Estimated at $30-$50 Million

Saturday, April 11th, 2015

Collection of Late Goldman Sachs Chairman on Sale at Christie’s in New York This May

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

Christie’s New York Post-War Sale Led by Rothko Stripe Painting from 1958

Monday, March 9th, 2015

AO Auction Recap – London: Christie’s Contemporary Evening Sale, February 11th, 2015

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

AO Auction Recap – London: Christie’s Impressionist and Modern Evening Sale, February 4th, 2015

Thursday, February 5th, 2015
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Damien Hirst Opens Newport Street Gallery

October 8th, 2015

Newport Street Gallery, via The GuardianDamien Hirst’s £25m, 37,000 sq ft Newport Street Gallery has opened, drawing rave reviews from The Guardian.  “I’ve felt guilt owning work that’s stored away in boxes where no one can see it. Having a space where I can put on shows from the collection is a dream come true,” Hirst says. Read More »

Carlyle and Banque Pictet Launching New Art Financing Project

October 8th, 2015

Francis Bacon, Self-Portrait (1975), via Sotheby'sCarlyle and Banque Pictet have announced plans for an art market venture that will provide funding for collectors in exchange for up to 50 per cent of the value of the art.  “We will drive the institutionalization of this huge market. By introducing more liquidity to the market, we think the cost of capital for these assets will go down and the value will go up,” said Oliver Sarkozy, of Carlyle’s Global Financial Services Fund, and who is investing in the project. “Leverage generally means asset prices inflate.” Read More »

MoMA PS1 Offering Free Admission to New Yorkers for Next Year

October 8th, 2015

MoMA Ps1, via MoMAMoMA PS1 has announced that it will offer free admission to New Yorker’s for the next year, thanks to a gift by the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation.  “It is important to give back to New York City, a city with so many artists,” says Marina Kellen French, the vice president of the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation.  “MoMA PS1 in Queens has many exhibitions that should be seen by everybody from all five boroughs. I hope the gift will help MoMA PS1 efforts to lower the barriers to enter the museum and reach out to an even wider audience.” Read More »

LACMA Follows Actors in Pierre Huyghe Piece After Exhibition Closes

October 8th, 2015

Pierre Huyghe' Human, via LACMALACMA has a post on its Unframed blog this week, following the life Human the dog from Pierre Huyghe’s work recently installed in the museum, and her owner, artist Marlon Middeke, as he opens a show in Kassel.  “Marlon takes back mastery of himself after years of being, quite literally, just a piece of Huyghe’s art,” writes author Brian Sonia-Wallace. Read More »

Phillips Announces Barbara Hepworth Show for Next Summer

October 8th, 2015

Barbara Hepworth, via Art NewspaperPhillips has announced a non-selling exhibition of works by Barbara Hepworth next summer in London, organized by Andrew Bonacina, the chief curator at the Hepworth Wakefield in Yorkshire.  The show “will serve to show the strength and importance of our collection to a wider audience”, says Simon Wallis, the gallery director. Read More »

Douglas Druick Stepping Down as President and Director at The Art Institute of Chicago

October 8th, 2015

Douglas Druick, via ArtforumDouglas Druick, the current president and director at the The Art Institute of Chicago, has announced that he will be stepping down from his post when a replacement is found. “I have been deeply proud to lead one of the finest museums in the world and to work for three decades with an exceptional cadre of remarkably talented museum colleagues,” Druick says. Read More »

Duke University Receives $25 Million Gift for New Arts Building

October 8th, 2015

Artist rendering of the proposed new arts center at Duke University, via DukeA $25 million gift from trustee David Rubenstein has ensured a new expansion of the Duke arts program, aiding in the construction of a $50 million arts building, billed as “a major step in Duke’s commitment to supporting the artistic work of our students and faculty,” according to Duke President Richard Brodhead. Read More »

Interview Profiles Theaster Gates’s Stony Island Arts Bank Project

October 8th, 2015

Stony Island Arts Bank, via InterviewInterview takes a look inside Theaster Gates’s recently completed Stony Island Arts Bank on the south side of Chicago, and the artistic impetus behind the project.  “I often meet people who live in my neighborhood, when I’m downtown or in other neighborhoods, and we’re all looking for the same amenities,” he says.  “We all want to go to the reggae spot up north, we all want to go to the jazz club downtown. So I think that being here, I’m thinking about, “What are the amenities that I want to benefit from?” In their absence, I feel like, “All right, maybe I should make them.” Read More »

MoMA PS1 Announces Artist List for Greater New York 2015

October 6th, 2015

MoMA Ps1, via MoMAMoMA PS1 has announced the artist list for its recurring Greater New York exhibition, documenting a range of artists working in and around the New York City area.  Highlights of the list include rising star Jamian Juliano-Villani, conceptual retail project Kiosk and designer Mary Ping.  The show opens Sunday Read More »

Christie’s Reformating April New York Sales

October 6th, 2015

Jussi Pylkkanen at Christie's, via Art NewspaperChristie’s has announced plans for a new division of sales this coming April in New York, centering its calendar around the Revolution sale, focusing on 18th to 20th century art.  “Most of our collectors are buying in five or six different fields,” says President Jussi Pylkkanen. “Ten years ago, they may have been buying in one or two fields.” Read More »

Ann Freedman Lawyers Pen Open Letter Over Court Case

October 6th, 2015

Ann Freedman, President of Knoedler Gallery, via New York TimesThe lawyers representing Ann Freedman in her court case over the selling of forged works at Knoedler Gallery have sent an open letter to Art Market Monitor, taking the offensive on maintaining her innocence.  “The criminals who committed these crimes have been charged.  Ann Freedman is not one of them,” the letter reads.  “The discovery in these cases has yielded tens of thousands of pages of documents.  Not one proves that Ann Freedman knew these works were forgeries.  It is the plaintiffs’ self-serving fairy tale that has allowed the case to continue for this long, but a trial will finally show the truth:  plaintiffs just want to print money (their lawsuits request three times more than what they paid for the art), and Ann Freedman just wants justice.” Read More »

CNN Looks at Sifang Art Collective

October 6th, 2015

Sifang Art Collective, via CNNCNN profiles Sifang Art Collective, a massive architectural and art project funded by businessman, Lu Jun, and his art collector son Lu Xun, which features an impressive private museum and buildings by a number of prominent architects and artists, including Ai Weiwei, Chinese Pritzker prize winner Wang Shu and David Adjaye.

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FT Profiles Several Generations of Brazilian Collectors

October 6th, 2015

Heitor and Fernanda Martins, via Art NewspaperThe Financial Times has a profile on the generations of Brazilian collectors that rose to global influence during the 1990’s, and those in market today as Brazil deals with its economic struggles.  “We live in a country of highs and lows, a country that went through a period of euphoria in which many people made money, giving a boost to the art market. But I don’t think that’s what Brazil truly is. Today we’re going through one more crisis, that for those of us who are a bit older has already become a habit from time to time,” says collector Bernardo Paz. Read More »

Jim Shaw Profiled in NYT

October 6th, 2015

Jim Shaw, via NYTJim Shaw is profiled in the New York Times this week, in advance of his retrospective opening at the New Museum this month.  “Jim has always been very important and influential to me because of the way he blurs the distinction between insider art and outsider art, which is something I’ve been involved with for a long time,” says Massimiliano Gioni. Read More »

Chantal Akerman Passes Away at Age 65

October 6th, 2015

Chantal Akerman, via The GuardianChantal Akerman, the Belgian filmmaker whose relentless experimentation and prolific output as both a director and writer defined her as a major influence on late 20th century film, has passed away at the age of 65.  Akerman’s work had achieved wide acclaim for her embrace of experimental and groundbreaking techniques, particularly in her landmark work Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles, which was shot in real-time.  French newspaper of record Le Monde is reporting the death as suicide. Read More »

Sotheby’s to Sell Rare Warhol Mao Work This November in New York Auctions

October 5th, 2015

Sothebys Warhol Mao, via ArtnetSotheby’s has announced a major commission for its fall sale in New York, one of Andy Warhol’s iconic Mao works, estimated to sell for $40 million or more.  The work is the artist’s first in the series of Mao paintings, and came from an idea by dealer Bruno Bischofberger, who suggested Warhol paint the most famous person in the world.  “‘I was just reading in Life magazine that the most famous person in the world today is Chairman Mao. Shouldn’t it be the most famous person, Bruno?'” Interview editor Bob Colacello recalls the artist saying. Read More »

Antony Gormley Writes for Financial Times on Sculpture’s Future

October 5th, 2015
Antony Gormley, EXPANDED FAMILY X3: REACH, 2014

Antony Gormley, EXPANDED FAMILY X3: REACH, 2014

Antony Gormley has contributed a special piece to the Financial Times this week, describing his vision for the future of sculpture.  “Our need is to leave a trace: a trace of our living and dying on the face of an indifferent universe,” he writes.  “Sculpture’s central purpose in confronting the body with another materiality is to engage the imagination, to make links with all that lies beyond the palpable and the observable, deep in space or deep in the unconscious mind.” Read More »

Luc Tuymans Settles Out of Court in Plagiarism Case

October 5th, 2015

Luc Tuymans, A Belgian Politician, via Art NewspaperPainter Luc Tuymans has reached an out-of-court settlement with the photographer Katrijn Van Giel, following the artist’s conviction of plagiarism and subsequent lawsuit over a work that had allegedly borrowed from one of Van Giel’s works.  The work, A Belgian Politician, was originally claimed as “a parody” by Tuymans. Read More »

Collector Olga Hirshhorn, Widow of Hirshhorn Museum Founder, Passes Away at 95

October 5th, 2015

Olga Hirshhorn (right), with Georgia O'Keefe, Joseph Hirshhorn and Dorothy Brett, via Washington PostOlga Hirshhorn, the collector and widow of Hirshhorn Museum founder Joseph Hirshhorn, has passed away at the age of 95.  “I had to choose whether to learn about art or finance or mining,” Mrs. Hirshhorn said of her early years married to her husband, “and I chose art.” Read More »

Bulgarian Artist Delivers “Standby Art” to European Central Bank

October 5th, 2015

A Site Specific Piece on Standby by Nedko Solakov, via ReutersA Bulgarian artist has delivered a coy sculptural work to the European Central Bank, a giant chunk of aluminum that will be replaced with a finished sculpture when the institution achieves all of its stated goals and its staff is fully “satisfied.”  “This will of course never happen because a serious institution is never satisfied,” artist Nedko Solakov says. “I just let the people imagine what the sculpture would look like.” Read More »

Ai Weiwei Reportedly Found Listening Devices in his Studio

October 5th, 2015

Ai Weiwei, via NYTAi Weiwei has reportedly found what he thinks are “listening devices” in the walls of his studio.  The artist posted photos and video of the devices, which were found during a renovation of his studio.  “There will always be surprises,” he noted. Read More »

Centre Pompidou Looking Internationally for Events and Exhibitions, Including Pop-ups in China and Korea

October 5th, 2015

Serge Lasvignes, via Art NewspaperSerge Lasvignes, the President of Centre Pompidou, has announced a string of new plans for the institution, including a series of pop-up exhibitions in Korea and China, and exhibitions focusing on Arte Povera and Beirut. “My aim is to start a dialogue with foreign [art] centers which will enable us to build our collections for the future,” he says. Read More »

Beijing Biennale Sees Controversy and Conflict at Armenian Pavilion

October 4th, 2015

The intruders photographed, via ArtforumThree men in suits posing as authorities at the Beijing Biennale reportedly attempted to destroy works at the Armenian pavilion, Artforum reports.  The men entered the pavilion and sought to remove works by artist Karen Mirzoyan depicting lands contested by Azerbaijan.  “For now I can say that our team and artworks are safe,” said pavilion curator Anna Garrigan.  Read More »

Former Art Thief Found Dead in London Canal

October 3rd, 2015

Sebastiano Magnanini, via The GuardianThe body of Sebastiano Magnanini, a former Italian art thief, was found in London’s Regent’s canal near Kings Cross this week, the Guardian reports.  “His life in Italy, before coming to London, will inevitably form part of the investigation, but at this early stage we are not looking at organized crime as a motive,” says Investigator Rebecca Reeves. Read More »