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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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Jeppe Hein Tapped for Brooklyn Bridge Park Show by Public Art Fund

March 31st, 2015

Jeppe Hein in London, via NYTThe Public Art Fund and Brooklyn Bridge Park will host an exhibition of public works by Danish artist Jeppe Hein this summer, the New York Times reports.  “One of the brilliant things about Jeppe’s work is he can engage you no matter what your background or experience or age in a very direct way,” says chief curator Nicholas Baume. Read More »

Whitney Museum Announces Plans for First Show at New Location

March 31st, 2015

The Whitney Museum, via NYTThe Whitney has announced the details for its first exhibition at its newly completed Meatpacking District location. America Is Hard to See will open on May 1st, showing off the vast new exhibition spaces of the Renzo Piano-designed building, and traces the history of the museum alongside the development of American art in the 20th and early 21st century.  “The game changer is the space,” said Donna De Salvo, the Whitney’s chief curator. Read More »

Ed Ruscha Preps Cactus Omelette for London Festival

March 30th, 2015

Ed Ruscha's Cactus Omelette, via IndependentEd Ruscha is bringing his Cactus Omelette recipe to the Barbican this year, serving up portions of the recipe to festival-goers at London’s installation of Doug Aitken’s Station to Station project.  “It’s essentially an artwork, says curator Leila Hasham. “It’s edible cactus art.” Read More »

Cory Arcangel Interviewed in Dazed Magazine

March 30th, 2015

Cory Arcangel, Awkward Smiles Lakes, via DazedCory Arcangel is interviewed by Dazed this week, as the artist prepares to open his first solo gallery exhibition in Italy.   “Back in the early aughts, Italy was one of those places where it was always very advanced in terms of their understanding of art on the Internet,” Arcangel says.  “I don’t know if people know this but there were a couple of places in the world where people were really excited about the idea that you could make art on the Internet. New York, Eastern Europe, and Italy. I think people forgot about that whole era.” Read More »

New York Post Offers a Glimpse Inside Jeff Koons’s Studio

March 30th, 2015

Jeff Koons, via IndependentThe New York Post reports on a recent tour of artist Jeff Koons’s 29th Street New York studio, by painter Alex Gardega, in an article that offers some interesting, and occasionally bleak snapshots from the artist’s high-precision production methods.  “They have lasers printing holes in paper, so they make thousands of pieces of paper with holes in it, and these artists sit all day long and take one stencil, dab paint over it, take the next over that,” he says. “Hundreds of times a day — all for a 5-inch section.” Read More »

Battersea Arts Center Receives £1 Million in Funding Following Massive Fire

March 26th, 2015

Fire at Battersea Arts Center, via StageThe Battersea Arts Center has received a £1 million grant from the United Kingdom following a massive fire at the South London institution that destroyed its Grand Hall.  “The arts center is having to divert all its available resources into dealing with the aftermath and so I am pleased to be able to confirm that the government will provide £1 million towards the ongoing redevelopment work to help get this south London venue back on track,” says Culture secretary Sajid Javid. Read More »

New York State Attorney General Launching Investigation of Cooper Union

March 26th, 2015

Students Circle the Cooper Union, via New York TimesNew York state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has launched an investigation into the financial decision-making at Cooper Union in New York, where protests and lawsuits erupted following the school’s decision to charge tuition after nearly two hundred years of offering free college education to admitted students.  Read More »

John Baldessari Talks Philip Guston in Video for The Met

March 26th, 2015

Stationary Figure at The Met, via VogueJohn Baldessari is featured on Vogue this week, discussing the formal and thematic concerns he reads in Philip Guston’s Stationary Figure, part of The Met’s new series featuring contemporary artists discussing their favorite works from the museum collection.  “He’s almost a dumb artist, and I’m using dumb in a good way,” Baldessari says.  “It’s seemingly clumsy but very sophisticated brushwork.  I guess it comes out of Van Gogh’s painting of a pair of old boots: you don’t need to paint a cathedral, you just need to be an interesting painter.” Read More »

Malaga Makes Bid to be Spain’s Newest Arts Hub

March 26th, 2015

Malaga's new pop-up Pompidou space, via NYTThe New York Times notes the city of Malaga’s recent push to become a new hotspot for art in Spain, as the city opens its arms to out of country spaces run by the Centre Pompidou and the State Russian Museum in Saint Petersburg.  “One of the cancers of Spain is that culture is seen as a public good that can’t somehow generate real revenues and be turned into a profit center,” said Salomón Castiel, the director of La Térmica, an arts center in the city. Read More »

El Greco Portrait Returns to Rightful Owner 70 Years After Nazi Theft

March 24th, 2015

El Greco, Portrait of a Gentleman, 1570, via Art NewspaperAn El Greco from the collection of industrialist Julius Priester, and seized by the Gestapo during WWII, has been returned to its rightful owners.  Portrait of a Gentleman has traveled widely since its confiscation in 1944, turning up in galleries in Stockholm, New York and London before a European Commission for Looted Art claim led to its return.  “The story of the seizure and trade of this painting shows how much the art trade has been involved in the disposal of Nazi-looted art and how difficult it is for those who have been dispossessed to find and recover their property,” says Anne Webber, co-chair of the Commission. Read More »

Recently Authenticated Rubens to Go on View in Antwerp

March 24th, 2015

Portrait of a Young Girl, via Art NewspaperA painting recently authenticated as the work of Peter Paul Rubens is set to go on view at the Rubenshuis Museum in Antwerp.  The work, Portrait of a Young Girl, was purchased $626,500 in 2013, and was confirmed as authentic shortly after.   Read More »

Kiev Biennale Cancelled Amidst Ongoing Violence

March 24th, 2015

Protests in Kiev, via Art NewspaperThe continued instability of Ukraine has led to cancellation of the second Kiev Biennale, the New York Times reports.  The 2014 edition had been postponed due to conflict, and the ongoing military confrontation in the eastern portion of the country has ultimately led to the event’s cancellation.  “Due to the fact that the armed conflict in the East of Ukraine does not stop,” a release from the organization says, the event has become “absolutely impossible.”  Read More »

The Atlantic Investigates Public Fascination with Art Heists

March 23rd, 2015

The Scene of the Crime at The Gardner Museum, via The AtlanticAn article in The Atlantic this past week acknowledges the 25th anniversary of the notorious Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum theft in Boston, and examines the public fascination with art heists, examining this phenomenon against the difficulty in unloading stolen works of such cultural prestige.  “The true art isn’t the stealing, it’s the selling,” says Robert Wittman, founder of the FBI’s Art Crimes division. Read More »

Roy Lichtenstein’s ‘Ring’ to Lead May Auctions at Sotheby’s with $50 Million Estimate

March 23rd, 2015

Roy Lichtenstein, The Ring (Engagement), via Sotheby'sRoy Lichtenstein’s The Ring (Engagement) will be one of the top prizes at Sotheby’s Contemporary Evening Sale this May in New York, the Wall Street Journal reports, with initial estimates placing the work’s sale price at about $50 million.  That figure nearly matches Lichtenstein’s $56.1 million record set in 2013.  “I think it’s so sexy how he takes this quiet moment of a proposal and turns it into an exciting crash,” says Chicago plastics magnate Stefan Edlis, the work’s current owner. “Clearly, the woman accepted.” Read More »

Sotheby’s Partners with Drake for Upcoming Exhibition and Sale

March 22nd, 2015

Drake, via New York TimesSotheby’s has announced a partnership with Drake, welcoming the rapper to partner with the auction house during an exhibition and private sale of works by black artists in the coming months.  The artist will select music to play during the exhibition, part of Sotheby’s increased focus on private sales. Read More »

Phillips Lands Major Private Collection for Sale in May

March 22nd, 2015

Brice Marden, Hydra, via ArtnetFollowing up on the claims for serious market contention made by new chief Edward Dolman, Phillips has landed a major private collection for sale in the coming months, valued at nearly $35 million.  The works, which include a Brice Marden estimated at $8 million to $12 million, and a Ed Ruscha valued at $2 to $3 million, will be sold at the auction house’s Contemporary Evening sale in May, with some others being reserved for a special photography sale.  “They were interested in art of their time,” says advisor Allan Schwartzman, who helped build the collection. “There is a lot of abstract work and work where the imaging is involved with the natural world.” Read More »

Marcato Capital Filing Indicates Equal Shares to Third Point

March 22nd, 2015

Mark McGuire on CNBC, via CNBCA recent 13D filing from Mark McGwire’s Marcato Capital in the past week states that the hedge fund now holds stocks in three Sotheby’s funds amounting to about 9.5%, equivalent to Daniel Loeb’s Third Point, and requests that the company release previously withheld information around the company’s recent dealings.  “The redacted material goes to the very heart of the parties’ dispute in this litigation – the conduct and competence of Sotheby’s board of directors in adopting a poison pill,” Marcato states in its filing. Read More »

303 Gallery Launching Publishing Imprint

March 20th, 2015

SueWilliamsInstillationView303Gallery2010303 Gallery has announced plans for its own publishing imprint, appointing former Fulton Ryder director Fabiola Alondra as the head of the wing. which will feature “limited edition artist’s books, ephemera, and all manner of printed materials in collaboration with gallery artists,” according to the gallery. Read More »

Collection of MGM Exec Samuel Goldwyn to Sell at Sotheby’s

March 20th, 2015

Pablo Picasso, Femme au Chignon Dans un Fauteuil, via NYTThe art collection of late film executive Samuel Goldwyn will go to auction at Sotheby’s in the next few months, spread across nine sales in New York (including May’s Impressionist and Modern Evening Sale) and estimated at a total value of $25 million to $30 million.  “To me, these film pioneers and these artists had the same spirit and energy,” says Sotheby’s Simon Shaw. “The art had to be bold, I suppose, to hold its own in that house.” Read More »

Fire Damaged Works to Go on View at Bode Museum in Berlin

March 20th, 2015

Francesco Maratta's 17th-century bust of his brother before and after restoration, via Art NewspaperA number of works which were damaged during a massive fire in Berlin’s Friedrichshain bunker, including pieces by Caravaggio, Rubens and Donatello, are on view at the Bode Museum in Berlin, showcasing the immense restorations done on some works while exploring the ethical and historical implications of their damage.  “We will be showing a number of horrendous-looking pieces—works that are so badly damaged that they haven’t been displayed in generations,” says Julien Chapuis, the museum’s deputy director and show curator. “We want to be brutally honest about the condition of these works so that we can start a dialogue as to how they can be presented in the future.” Read More »

LACMA Calls for Defense of Nevada Desert Site of Michael Heizer’s “City”

March 20th, 2015

City by Michael Heizer, via LACMALACMA has published an editorial on its blog this week, calling for renewed efforts in preserving the Nevada region of desert called Basin and Range, where artist Michael Heizer is working to complete his monumental City project.  “As the possibility for protecting Basin and Range comes close to a reality, LACMA and other museums around the country are hoping to bring attention to the positive cultural impact protecting this land would have,” the article states. Read More »

MSG’s Tad Smith Named Head of Sotheby’s

March 19th, 2015

Tad Smith, via NYUSotheby’s has named Tad Smith as its new company CEO, taking over from William Ruprecht.  Smith, formerly the CEO of Madison Square Garden and a professor at the NYU Stern School of Business, will look to calm some of the turbulence at the company between stockholders and its board. Read More »

German Art Dealer Gets 6 Years in Prison for Fraud

March 18th, 2015

Helge Achenbach, via Deutsche WelleProminent German dealer Helge Achenbach has been sentenced to 6 years behind bars for his role in 20 counts of art fraud, allegedly overcharging clients on a number of sales.  The dealer also currently owes over €20 million to the Albrecht family in damages, but is unlikely to pay after his companies insolvency. Read More »

Ebay and Sotheby’s Launch Art Sales Site

March 18th, 2015

Pablo Picasso by Irving Penn, via Art NewspaperEbay has launched a new section of its website this week, making good on its long-hinted-at art sales collaboration between the auction giant and Sotheby’s.  The site will stream all sales from the auction house save its major biannual sales.  Early highlights include an offering modern and contemporary photographs by Man Ray, Paul Strand and László Moholy-Nagy on April 1st. Read More »