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Go See – London: Joan Miró – The Ladder of Escape at the Tate Modern through September 11th, 2011

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

Breaking: Mona Hatoum Awarded 2011 Joan Miró Prize

Monday, February 7th, 2011

Go See: Joan Miró, Painting and Anti-Painting, 1927-37 at MoMA, NYC through Jan. 12

Saturday, November 8th, 2008

Portugal Will Move Forward on the Sale of 85 Miró Works from the National Collection

Monday, September 1st, 2014

Angolan Millionaire Makes Reported Bid for Portugal’s Miró Artworks

Saturday, April 5th, 2014

Missing Miró Recovered at Spanish Art Handling Company

Saturday, October 12th, 2013

Lausanne – “Miró: Poetry and Light” at Fondation de l’Hermitage, through October 27th 2013

Friday, September 13th, 2013

AO On Site- London: Joan Miro, “The Ladder of Escape” at Tate Modern through September 11th, 2011

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

Go See- New York: "Miró: The Dutch Interiors" at The Metropolitan Museum of Art through January 17, 2011

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

Works Seized in Brazil’s Petrobas Investigation Donated to Oscar Niemeyer Museum

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

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

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

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

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

London – Alexander Calder: “Gouaches” at Gagosian Gallery Through July 26th, 2014

Monday, July 14th, 2014

AO Auction Preview – London: Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sales, June 22nd-23rd, 2014

Sunday, June 22nd, 2014

San Francisco Real Estate Investor Charged with $11 Million Art Fraud

Friday, May 30th, 2014

AO Auction Recap: Impressionist and Modern Evening Sales, May 6th-7th, 2014

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

Growing Market Pays Off for Sketches and Drawings

Monday, April 14th, 2014

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

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

Jan Krugier’s Collection to Go to the Auction Block at Christie’s

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

Paris – Roy Lichtenstein: “Lichtenstein: Expressionism” at Gagosian Gallery, through October 12th 2013

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

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

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

AO Auction Preview – Modern and Impressionist Evening Auctions in London, June 18th-19th, 2013

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

Sotheby’s Modern Art Auction in London Yesterday Produce Uneven Results

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

Portrait by Picasso, estimated at $56 million, to be Included in Sotheby’s February Auction in London

Monday, January 14th, 2013
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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 »

LACMA Announces $200 Million in Donations for 50th Anniversary Exhibition

April 22nd, 2015

Calder and Abstraction - From Avant-Garde to Iconic_Alexander Calder_LACMA_installation view1As the Los Angeles County Museum of Art continues its 50th-anniversary acquisitions campaign, the museum announced over $200 million in new art received as “anniversary gifts” to the institution.  A number of the works go on view this week as part of the museum’s “50 for 50: Gifts on the Occasion of LACMA’s Anniversary” exhibition. Read More »

Alfred Taubman, Former Sotheby’s Owner and Philanthropist, Passes Away at 91

April 21st, 2015

Alfred Taubman, via Detroit Free Press
Alfred Taubman, via Detroit Free Press

Alfred Taubman, the shopping mall developer and business mastermind who turned Sotheby’s from a private auction house to the publicly traded art market power it is today, has passed away at the age of 91.

Taubman earned his fortune during the years following World War II, re-engineering the American retail experience through his design and development of the modern shopping mall, and used his earnings to purchase Sotheby Parke Bernet for $130 million in 1983.  Within five years, Taubman had retooled its customer experience and sales strategies before taking the company public in 1988.   Read More »

Michael Ovitz Sues for $2.5 Million Over Richard Prince Work

April 21st, 2015

Michael Ovitz, via Hollywood ReporterFormer Walt Disney President Michael Ovitz has filed a $2.5 Million bad faith breach of contract lawsuit against insurance company American International Group (AIG) and Chartis Property Casualty Co. for allegedly failing to reimburse Ovitz for a lost Richard Prince work.  “While Defendants ultimately acknowledged coverage and full insurance benefits for another loss under almost identical circumstances, Defendants steadfastly, unreasonably, and without probable cause, refused to provide coverage for the loss at issue herein,” and thus represented bad faith, the suit says. Read More »

More Collectors Purchasing Online Doing so for Investment

April 21st, 2015

Buying art online, via Art NewspaperA new report released by fine art insurance company Hiscox finds that an increasing number of collectors, at least 75% of those surveyed, are viewing online art sales as an investment opportunity.  “I wonder whether this change in attitude is genuine,” says Robert Read, the head of fine art at Hiscox, “or whether it is a dot.com moment where people feel they are missing out if they don’t.”

Forensic Research Leads to Chronological Show of Goya’s “Witches and Old Women” Show for First Time

April 21st, 2015

Goya’s Dream of the Good Witch, via Art NewspaperA thorough forensic study dating Francisco Goya’s private series “Witches and Old Women” has resulted in an exhibition at the Courtauld Gallery in London, showing the works in chronological order for the first time.  “His work is all about capturing that human spark,” says Goya scholar Juliet Wilson-Bareau.  “From his youth onwards, he observed everything that life had to offer. He was utterly fascinated by the human animal form from the word go.” Read More »

Laurence D. Fink Says Contemporary Art has Surpassed Gold as Investment Vehicle

April 21st, 2015

UCLA Anderson Center For Finance & Investments Presents R.O.I. '07An article in Bloomberg this week notes the statement of Laurence D. Fink, head of the world’s biggest asset manager, BlackRock Inc., that contemporary art has surpassed gold as a more secure investment.  “Historically gold was a great instrument for storing of Fink said at a conference in Singapore. “Gold has lost its luster and there’s other mechanisms in which you can store wealth that are inflation-adjusted.” Read More »

Inside the Rebuilding Process at Glasgow School of Art

April 21st, 2015

Mackintosh Library at Glasgow School of Art, via The GuardianThe Guardian reviews the ongoing rebuilding efforts at the Glasgow School of Art, after the school’s Mackintosh library was destroyed in last year’s massive blaze.  A fundraising campaign has already launched to help finance a new building, but a debate over rebuilding the space or starting over is currently drawing considerable attention.  “[Mackintosh] was driven by a lifelong search for new forms in architecture and technology and was never a copyist,” architecture professor Alan Dunlop says. “I have no doubt that he would reject the approach of building a replica.” Read More »