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Go See: Fernand Léger Retrospective at Beyeler Foundation, Switzerland through September 17

Friday, August 29th, 2008

Joseph Fernand Henri Léger

Friday, November 28th, 2008

Leonard Lauder Donates Léger Masterpiece to Met

Saturday, September 21st, 2013

Madonna to Sell Léger to Benefit Girls’ Education

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

Go See – Los Angeles: Picasso, de Chirico, Léger, and Picabia ‘Modern Antiquity’ at the J. Paul Getty Museum through January 16, 2012

Monday, December 19th, 2011

Fondation Louis Vuitton Readies Landmark Modernist Exhibition

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

AO Auction Recap – New York: Christie’s Impressionist and Modern Evening Sale, November 5th, 2014

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

New York – Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sales, November 4th and 5th, 2014

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

Hong Kong – Giacometti: “Without End” at Gagosian Hong Kong, through April 21st 2014

Sunday, April 20th, 2014

AO Auction Recap – London: Modern and Impressionist Evening Sales, February 4-5th, 2014

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

Paris – “Decorum: Carpets and Tapestries by Artists” at Musée d’Art Moderne, through February 9th 2014

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

AO – Auction Preview: Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sales at Christie’s and Sotheby’s, November 5th & 6th, 2013

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

New York: “New Harmony: Abstraction Between the Wars” at The Guggenheim Museum Through September 8th 2013

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

AO Auction Preview: Sotheby’s and Christie’s Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sales, Tonight May 7th and tomorrow May 8th, 2013

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

Seller’s Market Hints at Landmarks Sales at Auction This Month

Monday, May 6th, 2013

Met to Receive $1 Billion in Cubist Masterworks

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

MoMA Celebrates the Art of 1913

Sunday, January 13th, 2013

AO On Site – New York: Paola Pivi, “How I Roll” at Central Park, through August 26, 2012

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

GO SEE – New York: Louise Bourgeois ‘The Fabric Works’ at Cheim & Read, through June 25, 2011

Saturday, May 28th, 2011

AO Onsite – Art Basel Miami Beach 2010 VIP Preview Day News Roundup and Photoset, Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

AO Onsite Auction Results: Christie’s Impressionist & Modern Evening Sale in New York Brings in $231.4M; Sets Records for Matisse & Gris (UPDATED WITH VIDEO)

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

AO Breaking News: Louise Bourgeois Dies Today at age 98 in New York

Monday, May 31st, 2010

AO News RoundUp: Five Modern Masterpieces, valued at up to $613 million, stolen from the Museum of Modern Art in Paris

Friday, May 21st, 2010
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Sotheby’s to Sell Long-Missing Francis Bacon Self-Portraits This July in London

April 27th, 2015

Three Studies for a Self-Portrait (1980) by Francis Bacon, via The GuardianA pair of Francis Bacon self-portraits that have been considered missing since they were painted in the mid-1970’s have been found, and are going on sale at Sotheby’s this July in London, estimated at £15 million each.  “Marlborough Fine Art kept a photographic archive and so both of these paintings appeared in a book on Bacon’s self-portraits but, apart from being reproduced in books, they’ve not been seen,” says Sotheby’s Oliver Barker. “We knew of the existence of the paintings but simply had no idea where they could be.” Read More »

Kiev Biennial Rescheduled for September

April 27th, 2015

Georg Schöllhammer and Hedwig Saxenhuber announce the reinstituted Kiev Biennial, via Art NewspaperFollowing numerous set-backs and a potential cancellation, the second Kiev Biennial will open this September, the Art Newspaper reports.  The rescheduled event will be hosted at the Visual Culture Research Center, a target in the past for right-wing protests and activists.  Speaking of the Euromaidan revolution, Curator Georg Schöllhammer noted that the political upheaval in the country “spoke loudly about what the people of the Ukraine want to get rid of.  I think we have to follow that.” Read More »

New Museum Triennial Curator Lauren Cornell Interviewed in Dazed

April 27th, 2015

Lauren Cornell, via WLauren Cornell, the Curator of this year’s New Museum Triennial, is interviewed in Dazed this week, reflecting on her origins in experimental film, her work with Rhizome, and her work in addressing gender and sexuality as a curator.  “I think it seems especially hard or frustrating to come up as a young artist now in an art world that seems to think of itself as ‘over’ inequality, while consistently rewarding white men more than anyone else,” she says.  “In this context, it’s important to create spaces for ongoing inequalities to be named and dealt with constructively.” Read More »

“Like-Kind” Exchanges in Art Market Undergoing Tax Scrutiny

April 27th, 2015

Mike Kelley, via NYTThe New York Times looks at the current practices of “Like-Kind Exchange” on the fine art market, a tax provision allowing collectors and art flippers to defer taxes on sales income by using proceeds to buy an even more expensive work, and the attention it’s currently receiving from tax regulators.  “If you are doing five transactions over 25 years,” says advisor Josh Baer, “each time buying something more expensive, each time you don’t pay the capital gains tax on the way. At the end of the day you are way ahead.” Read More »

New Study on Digital Tech in Museums Set for Release this Week

April 27th, 2015

Young museum-goers at Worcester Art Museum, via NYTA new study on the use of digital technologies in American art museums is set for release this week, an in-depth study that looks at museum projects nationwide and their effectiveness in incorporating new immersive media.  The study covers 41 museum projects, from a “digital census” of French sculpture at Dallas’s Nasher Center to new iPad based wall labeling at the Worcester Art Museum in Massachusetts.   Read More »

Cai Guo-Qiang Profiled in WSJ

April 26th, 2015

Cai Guo-Qiang, via WSJCai Guo-Qiang is interviewed in the Wall Street Journal this week, and gives his personal take on the current state of contemporary art in China.  “Even though the art market is doing better than it did in the 1980s, the artworks that it generates do not have as much soul and strength to their works as the early avant-garde movements [did] in the 1980s,” he says. Read More »

MAK Vienna Becomes First Museum to Use Bitcoin as Currency in Purchasing Work

April 26th, 2015

Event Listeners, via Art NewsThe MAK Vienna has purchased artist Harm van den Dorpel’s Event Listeners screen-saver work with Bitcoins, making it the first museum in the world to use the digitally-centered currency.  The work will be shown at this year’s inaugural Vienna Biennale, running June 11 to October 4. Read More »

Behind the Difficulties in Financing Art Projects

April 26th, 2015

Alice Aycock, via BloombergBloomberg takes a look at the difficulties behind financing large-scale art projects, including the issues often facing galleries when it comes to selling the completed pieces, focusing the study on artist Alice Aycock’s public installation on Park Ave.  “It’s a long-term financial investment,” says Aycock’s gallerist, Thomas Schulte. “One work by Aycock cost $350,000 alone in production costs, and took over a year to make, and in that particular case we needed another year to sell it.” Read More »

Chris Dercon Leaving Tate Modern for Berlin’s Volksbühne

April 26th, 2015

Chris Dercon, via GuardianTate Modern Director Chris Dercon will leave the museum to head up Berlin’s experimental theatre landmark, the Volksbühne in 2017, The Guardian reports.  “Chris Dercon is helping to open Tate Modern to a wider world and more diverse audiences through his support for a more international programme, photography, live performance and film,” says Tate head Nicolas Serota. “We look forward to working with him on the opening of the new Tate Modern and until he takes up his appointment in Berlin in 2017.” Read More »

Shirin Neshat Profiled in FT

April 25th, 2015

Shirin Neshat, via FTThe Financial Times profiles Iranian artist Shirin Neshat as she prepares to open a career retrospective at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, D.C. and Baku, Azerbaijan.  “As an Iranian in exile, she has always been very articulate about the idea of a condition of diaspora and, with that, the complexity of feeling connected to a culture, but living outside it,” says Director Melissa Chiu. “It’s a very personal approach to history, through Shirin’s own eyes.” Read More »

Times Square Billboards to Screen Andy Warhol’s “Screen Tests” This May

April 25th, 2015

Edie Sedgwick in a Screen Test, via PaperThe Midnight Moment video art screenings in New York will continue this May, with the showing of Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests on the immense video billboards of Times Square.  The screen tests on view will feature a variety of Factory regulars, including Edie Sedgwick, Susan Sontag and Lou Reed. Read More »

Printed Matter Moving to Two-Floor Space on Eleventh Ave

April 25th, 2015

The new Printed Matter Space, via Printed MatterPrinted Matter is leaving its current space at 195 Tenth Avenue, which is has occupied for the last 10 years, and moving to a new, two-level space at the corner of Eleventh Avenue and 26th Street this September, the organization announced this week.  The new building will double its current space, and will allow a more diverse series of events to be held on-site.  “Printed Matter’s new location will provide us with the much-needed space to facilitate our many different programs and services,” says Printed Matter Board Chair Philip Aarons. “In the past 10 years we’ve more than doubled in size as an organization, and it has become clear that we have simply out-grown our current space. We are thrilled by the prospects and opportunities our new home will provide in the fulfillment and furthering of our mission.” Read More »

Jasper Johns Studio Thief Sentenced to One Year in Prison

April 25th, 2015

Jasper Johns (centre) with James Meyer (right) James Meyer, the former assistant to Jasper Johns convicted of stealing and plotting to sell works from the artist’s studio, has been sentenced to over a year in prison.  “I am truly devastated that I destroyed the close relationship that I had with the man who was my mentor, employer and friend since I was 21-years-old,” Meyer said in court. Read More »

Guggenheim Helsinki Designs Go on View Today

April 25th, 2015

A proposal for the Guggenheim HelsinkiThe fully realized design proposals for the Guggenheim Helsinki are set to be unveiled at the Kunsthalle Helsinki today, marking the next step in the museum’s proposed expansion to Finland.  “We hope this exhibition and its programs will inspire the Finnish public to engage with the possibilities of a Guggenheim museum in Helsinki, and to think about the potential of a prominent site on their waterfront,” says Guggenheim Director Richard Armstrong. Read More »

El Anatsui to Receive Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement

April 24th, 2015

El Anatsui, via Venice BiennaleThe Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at this year’s Venice Biennale will go to Ghanian artist El Anatsui.  “The Golden Lion Award acknowledges not just his recent successes internationally, but also his artistic influence amongst two generations of artists working in West Africa,” says Biennale Director Paolo Baratta. “It is also an acknowledgment of the sustained, crucial work he has done as an artist, mentor and teacher for the past forty-five years.” Read More »

Christo Announces Major Project in Italy

April 24th, 2015

Christo's sketch for the project, via Art NewspaperChristo has announced a new project aiming to create long immense, yellow fabric walkways spanning Lake Iseo in Lombardy, Italy.  The work will be the artist’s largest since his 2005 piece in New York’s Central Park, and the first since the death of his wife Jeanne-Claude. Read More »

Institut Giacometti to Open to Public Next Year

April 24th, 2015

Giacometti in his studio, via NYTThe Institut Giacometti, the foundation museum dedicated to the life and work of Alberto Giacometti, is set to open next year in Paris, featuring a meticulous recreation of the artist’s small, 270 square-foot studio.  The opening of the museum is the result of settled disputes over the estate of the artist, as brokered by Institut head Catherine Grenier, former deputy director of the Centre Pompidou.  “When I got here a year ago,” Grenier says, “this foundation was not at all well known, for one essential reason: It was closed to the public. My priority is to make its activities and its extraordinary collection accessible.” Read More »

New York – Piotr Uklanski: “Fatal Attraction” at The Met Through August 16th, 2015

April 24th, 2015

Piotr Uklanski, The Nazis (1998), via Art Observed
Piotr Uklanski, The Nazis (1998), via Art Observed

Currently on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art is a retrospective focusing on the work of Polish-born artist Piotr Uklanski, many of which are pulled from the rarely seen Joy of Photography series that the artist executed in the years following his move to the United States following the fall of Communism. Read More »

The Telegraph Goes Inside the Trends towards Art Collection and Exhibition as Status Symbols

April 23rd, 2015

Preview of Christie's spring sales in New York of Impressionist, Modern, Post-War And Contemporary Art, London, Britain - 10 Apr 2015The Telegraph looks at the growing competition among the world’s wealthiest for high-priced art trophies as status symbols, and notes the growing trend towards the establishment of non-profit foundations and museums as an even more appealing demonstration of wealth.  “Making your collection available to the public, understanding the journey you have been on, your taste,” says Celine Fressart, head of special projects at 1858 Ltd.  “That, really, is the ultimate in bragging rights.” Read More »

Armenian Pavilion to Commemorate 100 Years Since WWI Massacre

April 23rd, 2015

The Armenian pavilion on the San Lazzaro degli Armeni island, via Art NewspaperThis year’s Armenian pavilion at the Venice Biennale will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the massacre of more than one million Armenians by Ottoman Turks during the First World War.  The exhibition, titled Armenity and held on San Lazzaro degli Armeni island (home to the Armenian Catholic Monastery), will feature works by artist Sarkis, and is curated by Adelina Cüberyan von Fürstenberg, who has often worked with the artist.  “It is very important for me to keep the production going, for culture but also to keep the dialogue open,” Sarkis  says.  “We are the link between two pavilions. We are the breath. Whoever thinks otherwise is free to think so, of course.” Read More »

New York Times Looks at the Soon to be Completed Prada Foundation Complex in Milan

April 23rd, 2015

Prada Foundation, via NYTThe New York Times profiles Prada Foundation’s new Milan arts complex, designed by Rem Koolhaas and serving as the arts foundation’s permanent location.  “After more than 20 years of staging exhibitions around the world, my husband said he thought it was about time we do something permanent in Milan,” Miuccia Prada says. Read More »

Art Institute of Chicago Receives Landmark $400 Million Gift

April 22nd, 2015

Andy Warhol, Mona Lisa Four Times, via Chicago TribuneThe Art Institute of Chicago has received a major donation of contemporary works this week, totaling 42 works valued at over $400 million, including iconic pieces from Andy Warhol, including an Elizabeth Taylor portrait and Mona Lisa Four Times, as well as several “Film Stills” from Cindy Sherman.  “It’s a powerful statement to have a collection of this international stature staying here in Chicago,” says Robert Levy, chairman of the Art Institute’s board. “It’s unbelievably exciting for the Art Institute, for the City of Chicago, for the entire art community of Chicago. It’s all good.” Read More »

Early Reviews Praise New Whitney Museum

April 22nd, 2015

Whitney Museum, via Art NewspaperThe completed Whitney Museum is set to open in a matter of days, and articles in both New York Magazine and the New Yorker are already praising the space for its massive exhibition spaces and intriguing design by architect Renzo Piano.  “The audacity of the building shows that, yes, the Whitney will survive the new era,” writes Jerry Saltz.  “But the better question is whether it has found a way to thrive in it. And, believe it or not, I am in love with what this building represents.” Read More »

Robert Rauschenberg Foundation No Longer Represented by Gagosian

April 22nd, 2015

Rauschenberg Foundation, via RhizomeThe Robert Rauschenberg Foundation is no longer represented by Gagosian Gallery, Artforum reports, a move which ends a partnership first started in 2008.  The organization will now look to Pace Gallery (which represented Rauschenberg later in his career), Thaddaeus Ropac, and São Paulo’s Luisa Strina for worldwide representation.   Read More »