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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

Christie’s Holds Lead in 2014 Auction Tallies

Sunday, January 25th, 2015

Christie’s Names New Chairman of Modern and Impressionist Art for the Americas

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

Rare Caravaggio to Hit Auction Block Later This Month at Christie’s

Saturday, January 3rd, 2015

Cézanne Masterwork Looks to Achieve $12 Million at Christie’s London Next Year

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014
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Camille Henrot Unleashes Series of Nicki Minaj-Inspired Drawings

September 3rd, 2015

Camille Henrot, via GuardianCamille Henrot has unveiled a series of drawings inspired by Nicki Minaj, taking scenes and ideas from the artist’s “Anaconda” video and interpreting them into her signature style.  “Nicki Minaj is a feminist icon,” she says.   Read More »

Jeff Koons to Install Alongside Michelangelo in Florence

September 3rd, 2015

Pluto and Presperina, via Art NewspaperAs part of the Florence antiques biennial, Jeff Koons will install his sculpture Pluto and Prosperina in Piazza della Signoria, placing his work face to face with a replica of Michelangelo’s David.  The installation will parallel a similar exhibition at the Galleria dell’Accademia pairing classic sculpture with modern artists. Read More »

USC MFA Program Returns One Student Following Controversial Student Protests This Spring

September 3rd, 2015

USC, via LA WeeklyWith the commencement of the school year, USC’s controversial recent decisions for its MFA Program has resulted in only one student returning for class this fall.  The absent students have garnered the support of the school faculty, which has criticized the USC administration for “shifting resources and focus away from the execution of our core educational mission and towards bloated administrative salaries, lavish infrastructure projects, and a business model of education.” Read More »

Sotheby’s To Open New Offices in Mumbai

September 2nd, 2015

Priyanka Matthew, via ArtforumSotheby’s is reportedly opening a new office in India, based in Mumbai, and headed up by chairman Edward Gibbs, and regional director of India Priyanka Mathew.  “By opening an office in India, the company will be able to increase the scale and scope of its activities in the country and support a full calendar of events, talks, exhibitions, and charity sales,” the auction house said in a statement. Read More »

Cooper Union Settles Court Case with Committee to Save Cooper Union

September 2nd, 2015

Cooper Union, via Architecture PaperCooper Union has settled its court case with the Committee to Save Cooper Union and the Office of the Attorney General of the State of New York, the school announced late yesterday, signaling a resolution to increase transparency and involvement in the school’s governance.  “Under the agreement, which must be approved by the court, The Cooper Union will increase transparency and participation by broadening the involvement of its students, alumni, faculty and staff in the school’s governance,” the school said in a statement. Read More »

Broad Museum Ticket System Overwhelmed by Demand

September 2nd, 2015

The Broad at Night, via LA TimesThe Broad Museum’s online ticketing system has crashed on its first day of operation, following overwhelming traffic to the site for museum reservations.  “It isn’t that much fun to be in an overcrowded gallery,” Director Joanne Heyler had previously noted. “We’re going to watch very carefully to strike the right balance, with access for as many as we can, but not an uncomfortable experience. We want to keep artworks safe from accidental bumping that can happen when there’s overcrowding.” Read More »

Tunnel Discovered Next to Rockefeller Museum in Israel

September 1st, 2015

Rockefeller-Museum-Jerusalem-EntranceA nearly 100-foot deep tunnel discovered by Israeli police in East Jerusalem may have been intended for a museum heist at the Rockefeller Archaeological Museum, Reuters reports.  The hole had been dug in an elderly woman’s yard, possibly by a group of men reportedly checking a water leak there.  “This is the work of a criminal gang that wanted to gain access somewhere – whether to the museum or the bank, is still being checked,” says police spokeswoman Luba Samri. Read More »

More Galleries Moving Out of Chelsea, Crain’s Reports

September 1st, 2015

Chelsea High Line, via Crain'sCrain’s has a summary of the ongoing migration out of Chelsea by small and mid-level galleries, as rents continue to spike, and those who don’t own their buildings are slowly forced out.  “Just like in SoHo, galleries are the victims of their own success,” says Stuart Siegel, senior VP at CBRE Group Inc., who has specialized in Chelsea for years. “The galleries put Chelsea on the map. Then the world followed them.” Read More »

Yves Bouvier Vows Revenge for Fraud Accusations

August 31st, 2015

Yves Bouvier, via Art Market MonitorFollowing the unfreezing of his assets last week, Yves Bouvier has given an aggressive interview with a Swiss newspaper, vowing revenge against former client Dimitri Rybolovlev for his accusations of fraud.  “They deceived justice and destroyed my reputation,” he says. “I will destroy the only thing that affects the Russian billionaire in Monaco: his fortune.” Read More »

Olafur Eliasson Proposes Waterfall for “Art Pool” in Copenhagen

August 31st, 2015

An unofficial rendering of Eliasson's project, via Art NewspaperArtist Olafur Eliasson is designing a special waterfall installation for “an art pool,” where viewers can dive underwater to see works by a group of artists.  “I have wanted to construct a waterfall in Copenhagen for a while,” he says.  “I’m keen to participate in this project as it’s a work of art.” Read More »

Delegation of Copyright Reps Call for International Review of Artist Copyright Law

August 28th, 2015

A map of nations supporting resale rights, via Art NewspaperWith the conclusion of a conference at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva, a coalition of art world professionals, government workers and copyright experts have placed a call for an international review of artist copyright law, particularly in consideration of resale royalty inequity in nations like the U.S. and China.  “So many sales take place in countries that don’t recognize the right, such as the US or China,” says artist Gordon Cheung, who supports the measure.  “This unfairly disadvantages artists based in these countries, as well as artists whose work sells in these countries.” Read More »

Resident Artists Build Recreation of Vienna’s Loos Bar in LA

August 28th, 2015

Los Bar at MAK Center LA, via NYTFour artists working at Los Angeles’s MAK Center have recreated the famous Vienna hotspot, Loos Bar (named for its designer, Adolf Loos), recreated in miniature with cardboard, glue and sawdust.  “We wanted all the clichés of a European bar. You can smoke inside. It’s loud. It’s nasty,” says collaborating artist Christoph MeierRead More »

Takashi Murakami Showing Private Collection in Yokohama

August 28th, 2015

Takashi Murakami, via Art NewspaperTakashi Murakami has announced a surprise exhibition of his personal collection of art, toys, antiques and other objects this fall at the Yokohama Museum of Art, the Art Newspaper reports, interviewing the artist on his collection and his love of Anselm Kiefer’s work.  “When I first came to New York, I finally saw a real Kiefer in a show at the Museum of Modern Art,” he says. “When I stood in front of it, I cried. The work was Osiris and Isis (1985-87), a painting of a step pyramid, and I was awestruck.”    Read More »

Met Announces Plans for Former Whitney Building, Set to Open in May

August 27th, 2015

The Whitney Museum, via The WhitneyThe Metropolitan Museum of Art has announced its renovation plans for the repurposed Breuer Building, former home of the Whitney Museum, set to open in March 2016.  The plans for the space will include a “book bar” and restaurant.  “Our approach to inhabiting and interpreting the building honors Breuer’s intent for the space, highlighting its unique character as an environment for the presentation of modern and contemporary art,” says Thomas P. Campbell, the director and CEO of the Met. “The wonderfully scaled galleries and interior spaces of The Met Breuer provide a range of opportunities to present our modern and contemporary program, in addition to our galleries in the Fifth Avenue building.” Read More »

Palestinian Artist Thrown Out of Banksy’s Dismaland Show After Anti-Israel Protest

August 27th, 2015

Banksy, Dismaland (Installation View), via The GuardianPalestinian artist Shadi Alzaqzouq has been thrown out of Banksy’s Dismaland installation following a protest against Israeli artists included alongside his work in the exhibition.  “I found out when I arrived at the show that three Israeli artists were taking part, one of whom served in the IDF,” the artist says.  “I decided I had to protest in some way so I went and got a bed sheet from my hotel room and wrote ‘R.I.P Gaza: Boycott Israel’ on it in coal and hung it over my artwork and laid down like a corpse in front of my two paintings on display.” Read More »

Collectors Look to Art for Liquidity Following Market Rout

August 27th, 2015

Andy Warhol, One Dollar Bill (1962), via Sotheby'sFollowing the massive market rout earlier this week, Bloomberg notes a number of collectors already trying to squeeze liquidity from their art collections.  “Ten years ago no one in the art market paid close attention to these corrections in the stock market,” said Elizabeth von Habsburg, managing director of advisory firm Winston Art Group. “Now clients respond immediately.” Read More »

12- Year Old in Taiwan Trips, Punches Hole in Paolo Porpora Canvas

August 27th, 2015

Boy smashes painting, via GuardianA 12-year old boy in Taiwan accidentally punched a hole in Paolo Porpora’s Flowers, after tripping and falling towards the painting this week.  “The painting’s bottom right is damaged,” says exhibition organizer, Sun Chi-hsuan. “The boy’s hand made contact with the artwork and left a hole the size of a fist.” Read More »

Ai Weiwei to Install “Forever” Bicycles Outside Gherkin in London

August 27th, 2015

Ai Weiwei, Forever, via Art DailyAi Weiwei’s iconic bicycle installation Forever will be installed in front of the Gherkin in London next week, as part of the city’s “Sculpture in the City” event, running from Sept. 4th-13th.  “The Forever bicycles were a brand from when I was growing up. In our village there were no real roads and we always had to ride bikes to carry things,” Ai says.  “I thought they would be a good public sculpture because people relate to bikes. They’re designated for the body and operated with your body. There are a few things today that are like that.”  Read More »

Yves Bouvier Assets Unfrozen by Singapore Court

August 27th, 2015

Yves Bouvier, via Art DailySingapore’s highest court has unfrozen the assets of Yves Bouvier, locked down earlier this year following the Swiss dealer’s lawsuit with Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev over mark-ups on the work Rybolovlev purchased that tallied over $1 billion.  “I am happy that my position has been vindicated,” Bouvier said. Read More »

Stefan Simchowitz Sues Ghanian Artist Over Disowned Works

August 27th, 2015

Ibrahim Mahama, Out Of Bounds (2014), via art ObservedGhanaian artist Ibrahim Mahama, whose stretched jute sack are a highlight of this summer’s Venice Biennale, is the defendant in a lawsuit brought by Stefan Simchowitz and Dublin dealer Jonathan Ellis King, after the artist emailed them disowning 294 pieces by the artist.  “I was really left with no choice,” Simchowitz said, noting that the act has cost the dealers over $4.45 million. Read More »

William Kentridge to Create Massive Frieze on Banks of Tiber River

August 27th, 2015

William Kentridge's Triumphs and Laments proposal, via Art NewspaperWilliam Kentridge has planned a massive installation, Triumphs and Lamentations on the banks of the Tiber in Rome, power-washing its embankments to create a series of monumental images of war and its aftermath.  “Everyone’s triumph is someone else’s disaster,’ Kentridge said at a presentation of the frieze he would use as his plan for the work. “If you’re returning in triumph from a war, it means that other people are returning as slaves.”  Read More »

New York Times Notes Influx of Private Art Advisors in Strong Market

August 24th, 2015

Bernard Berenson, via NYTThe New York Times notes a new wave of young, dynamic, and often privately-affiliated art advisors working in the burgeoning market for art.  “There is a new breed,” says Wendy Cromwell, former president of the Association of Professional Art Advisors, “an independent contractor — kind of like black ops, like a hired gun — who can get you what you need in a tough, changing environment.” Read More »

Fondazione Prada Lends Sculpture to National Museum of Iran

August 24th, 2015

Miuccia Prada with husband Patrizio Bertelli, via Art NewspaperMiuccia Prada is taking an active role in strengthening diplomatic relations between Iran and Italy, lending works from the Fondazione Prada’s current exhibition Serial Classic, on ancient sculpture, to an exhibition starting next month at the National Museum of Iran in Tehran. Read More »

Tania Bruguera Returns to United States

August 24th, 2015

Tania Bruguera, via LA TimesTania Bruguera has returned to the United States, following 8 months of detainment in Cuba for her protest work, Tatlin’s Whisper #6.  The artist’s arrest for the work had evoked fears that she may be placed in detention for “disturbing the public order.”
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