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Barron’s Offers Tips on Spotting Fake Art Works

June 30th, 2015

Fake Mark Rothko at Knoedler Gallery, via Barron'sAn article in Barron’s this week notes the number of fake artworks in the marketplace today, and precautions collectors may take to prevent acquiring such works, including a set time frame for independent evaluation of a work before money changes hands.  “It’s an effective way to assess the good faith of the gallery or dealer,” says James Martin, a trusted researcher who worked for years researching and evaluating claims of faked art. “And if they won’t agree to that, you have to scratch your head and ask why.” Read More »

Doug Aitken Opens New Version of “Station to Station” in London

June 30th, 2015

Doug Aitken, via AnotherDoug Aitken has launched another iteration of his Station to Station project at London’s Barbican Center, bringing his vast multimedia project to bear on the British capital.  “It will be amazing to see Station to Station come to life in London in such a unique, multi-arts environment as the Barbican,” Aitken says.  “This is a living exhibition with artists of all mediums, creating unique works and unpredictable encounters every day.” Read More »

Frieze London Announces 2015 Projects

June 29th, 2015

Thea Djordjadze, via FriezeFrieze London has announced its list of projects for its October opening in Regent’s Park, including pieces by castillo/corrales, Lutz Bacher, and Thea Djordjadze among others.  Projects range from Jeremy Herbert’s planned subterranean cavern beneath the fair, to Djordjadze’s reinterpretation of the massive plants that inspired many of Henri Mattisse’s famous cut-out works.   Read More »

Whitney Names New Officers to Board of Trustees

June 29th, 2015

Outside the New Whitney Museum, via Art ObservedThe Whitney has announced new officers for its Board of Trustees, appointing Neil G. Bluhm and Laurie M. Tisch as co-chairs, while Richard M. DeMartini will act as president.  “I am grateful for the immense contributions of these devoted individuals and thank them with all my heart for ushering the Whitney into a new era, particularly Bob Hurst who chaired the capital campaign, which made the new building possible,” says President Adam Weinberg. Read More »

FT Looks at the Complicated Proceedings in Issuing a Catalog Raisonné

June 29th, 2015

Andy Warhol's Fourth Volume of his Catalog Raisonné, via FTThe Financial Times charts the ambitious efforts and long time frame for bringing an artist’s Catalog Raisonné to fruition, the effects this effort can often have on an artist’s market, and the resulting disputes over authenticity of works that may occur as a result.  “The authentication of individual works clearly belongs in the purview of the individual author or foundation,” says Deborah Aaronson, Phaidon’s group publisher, who just published the final volume in Andy Warhol’s Catalog Raisonné. “Authentication is clearly a huge issue with Warhol, so it’s not our policy to get caught up with those things.” Read More »

Independent NY Moving to TriBeCa

June 29th, 2015

Spring Studios, the New Site of Independent Art FairThe Independent Art Fair has announced its plans to move downtown, and will open the 2016 edition of the popular Armory Week art fair at Spring Studios in TriBeCa March 3rd.  “We’re excited about the Spring/Independent partnership, as it will allow us to take the fair to a new and exciting dimension by hosting it in an extraordinary environment that the art world has yet to experience,” says fair Co-Founder, Elizabeth Dee In our new home at Spring, Independent will be even more adventurous in support of galleries’ and artists’ projects with the flexibility the space allows.” Read More »

Doug Aitken Interviewed in Financial Times

June 29th, 2015

Doug Aitken, via Financial TimesDoug Aitken is interviewed in the Financial Times this week, as he opens the newest edition of Station to Station at The Barbican in London.  “Culture is the language that will bring us into the future,” Aitken says.  “But at the same time it is being surrounded by this conservative, capitalist system, which makes it harder than ever for individuals who have voices to push them as far as they can go.” Read More »

Herzog de Meuron to Redevelop Berlin’s Tacheles Art Center

June 26th, 2015

Tacheles, via Art NewspaperHerzog de Meuron has announced plans to redevelop Berlin’s famous art squat Tacheles, located in the Mittes district of the city.  The plans have sparked renewed protests over gentrification fears in the city.   Read More »

Serpentine Launches Children’s Architecture Program

June 26th, 2015

A Serpentine Young Architects Pavilion, via ArchinectThe Serpentine has announced a Build Your Own Pavilion contest for young and aspiring architects, aged 8 to 14, inviting them to try their hand at executing their own unique architectural design.  “The platform and workshops give an insight to the basic principles of architectural design and workshop students will be given the Pavilion brief and a toolkit that begins with sketching by hand, working with simple modeling materials and progressing to 3D design and print technologies,” the Serpentine says. Read More »

Monet Pastel Found Taped Inside Another Work

June 26th, 2015

Le Havre, la jetee, by Claude Monet, via GuardianGallerist Jonathan Green has found a previously unknown pastel work by Claude Monet taped to the inside of another two works he purchased at auction last year.  “We were very excited,” Green told the Guardian. “Pastels by him are incredibly rare. These are a pointer to his future. You can see his fascination with light.” Read More »

Arrest Warrant Issued for Shepard Fairey in Detroit

June 26th, 2015

Shepard Fairey, via New York PostAn arrest warrant for Artist Shepard Fairey has been issued in the city of Detroit, alleging that the artist has caused over $9,000 in damages from various tags and murals he left in the city.  Fairey’s public recognition “does not take away the fact that he is also a vandal,” says Police Sgt. Rebecca McKay. Read More »

Artist Sues Starbucks Over Unlicensed Use of Work

June 26th, 2015

Vanity Fair And Cadillac Toast The Artists Of Wynwood WallsA muralist and designer is suing Starbucks, following the coffee company’s allegedly unlicensed use of her signature style.  Painter Maya Hayuk was approached by the corporation late last year, and declined an offer to work with them on a campaign, but sued when Starbucks rolled out new branding that seemed strikingly similar to her own work.  “Starbucks brazenly created artwork that is substantially similar to one or more of Hayuk’s copyrighted works,” the lawsuit claims. Read More »

WSJ Documents Challenges of Unpaid Workforce

June 26th, 2015

A volunteer guide at the Hirshhorn, via WSJThe Wall Street Journal notes the growing number of volunteer museum docents and tour guides among the baby boomer generation, and problems with managing the volunteer staff that often comes with the territory.  “There was this culture of resistance,”says Hirshhorn Museum spokeswoman Kelly Carnes of volunteers who opposed changes in the tour guide structure. “They really felt entitled after spending enough time here not to make any changes from the way they had previously done things.” Read More »

François Pinault Looking for Museum Site in Paris

June 26th, 2015

Francois Pinault via ForbesFrançois Pinault is reportedly looking to Paris for the potential site of a museum housing his collection of art, WWD reports.  “He has met with [Paris mayor] Anne Hidalgo, who expressed her interest,” says a source close to Pinault. “They are looking together.” Read More »

Takashi Murakami Collaboration with Vans Launches this Saturday

June 26th, 2015

Takashi Murakami x Vans, via Opening CeremonyNew shoes from artist Takashi Murakami and Vans hit stores this weekend, a collaboration that sees the artist’s signature flowers and skulls adorning the skateboard shoe company’s iconic slip-ons.  The collaboration also features a number of limited-edition skateboard decks and t-shirts. Read More »

Cady Noland Refutes Collector’s Attempts to Restore Work

June 26th, 2015

The Cady Noland Log Cabin in Question, via StonescapeArtist Cady Noland has repudiated another one of her past works this month, sabotaging a $1.4 million sale for Log Cabin Blank with Screw Eyes and Cafe Door, a work which she denounced after learning of the new owner’s plans to restore the piece’s rotted wood.  “Noland angrily denounced the restoration of the artwork without her knowledge and approval,” a complaint collector Scott Mueller filed in New York Federal Court this Monday. “She further stated that any effort to display or sell the sculpture must include notice that the piece was remade without the artist’s consent, that it now consists of unoriginal materials, and that she does not approve of the work.” Read More »

Danh Vo Loses Lawsuit to Bert Kreuk, Must Produce Large-Scale Work for Collector

June 26th, 2015

Danh Vo, via Art Market MonitorCollector Bert Kreuk has won his lawsuit with Danh Vo, forcing the artist the create a room-sized installation work, after the artist delivered a much smaller-sized work.  Kreuk will pay the artist $350,000 for the piece, but Vo must deliver the piece by a set date.  If not, will be fined $10,000 for each day after he fails to produce the work.     Read More »

Rhizome Announces Open Call for 2015 Net Art Microgrants

June 26th, 2015

Lena NW & Julia Kunberger, Viral (2015), a 2014 Internet Art Microgrant recipientRhizome has opened its 2015 admissions process for its net art microgrants, small financial contributions for projects and new work created online.  The open call runs through July, with winners announced in early August. Read More »

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

June 26th, 2015

Peter Paul Rubens’s Portrait of a Bearded Man, which was set to sell at Christie's, via NYTAn outcry by Irish cultural and business elite has led to a postponed Old Masters sale at Christie’s, which was planning to sell a selection of works taken from a crumbling home outside of Dublin.  An initial offer by a group of donors to purchase the pieces led to a hold on the sale, which included works by Rubens and Francesco Guardi. Read More »

Telegraph’s Lead Critic Richard Dorment Retiring, Pens Article Reflecting on Art World’s Changes Over 30 Years

June 25th, 2015

Richard Dorment InvestitureRichard Dorment, the head arts critic at The Telegraph who is retiring after serving at the position for over 30 years, has an article in the newspaper this week, reviewing the changes in contemporary art since he began writing, and his thoughts on writers unwilling to accept the new in the world of art. “Had the same critics been writing about film, sport, or the stock market they’d have been rumbled in a week,” he notes. Read More »

British Artists Reflect on Their Degree Shows

June 25th, 2015

Work from David Shrigley's Degree Show, via The GuardianThe Guardian looks back at the final degree shows for a number of prominent British artists, including David Shrigley, Gillian Wearing and Tracey Emin, including humorous anecdotes and reflections from the artists on their future careers.  “I remember saying, if I have one exhibition when I leave I will be happy,” Wearing says.  “That’s all I expected.” Read More »

New York Times Looks at Belgrade’s Thriving Performance Scene

June 25th, 2015

A performance at Galerija 12 Hub in Belgrade, via NYTThe New York Times looks at the contemporary performance art scene in Belgrade, Serbia, where a group of young artists are continuing the city’s rich history in the medium, centered around the Galerija 12 Hub.  “The way they work with the artists, how they present the artists and how they think about the common good of the independent sphere is what I think makes a huge difference between the Hub and other spaces,” says choreographer Acin Thelander.   Read More »

Rirkrit Tiravanija and Kamin Lertchaiprasert Launch Kickstarter Project to Build Self-Sufficient Artist Residency in Thailand

June 24th, 2015

Self-Sufficient Artist Residency in Thailand

Artists Rirkrit Tiravanija and Kamin Lertchaiprasert are adding a new infrastructure to the land foundation in Northern Thailand building a new artist residency. This residency will be the first to produce its own energy, and be self-sufficient through community engagement. The first structure that will be built, titled “DO WE DREAM UNDER THE SAME SKY” will require collaborative effort of participants, including students and multidisciplinary professionals, and will house not only a number of workshops, talks, and performances, but also communal cooking and farming when it is completed.

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David Shrigley Unveils Mascot Design for Partick Thistle Soccer Club

June 23rd, 2015

Kingsley, designed by David Shrigley, via The GuardianArtist David Shrigley has designed the new mascot for Scottish soccer club Partick Thistle, a disturbingly rendered sun icon with a comically menacing face, a figure that some in the media have called “terrifying.” Read More »