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Catherine Hutin-Blay Investigation Over Allegedly Stolen Picasso’s Uncovers More Missing Works

Friday, May 29th, 2015

Marina Picasso Speaks to The Guardian on Selling her Grandfather’s Works

Friday, May 29th, 2015

CNBC Claiming Buyer of $179 Million Picasso Still at Large

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani Reportedly Buyer of $179 Million Picasso

Monday, May 25th, 2015

Paintings Allegedly Stolen from Picasso Heir Purchased by Dmitriy Rybolovlv

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

Marina Picasso Selling her Grandfather’s Cannes Villa

Monday, May 18th, 2015

Picasso Step-Daughter Brings Charges Accusing Paris Dealer of Stealing Works

Tuesday, May 12th, 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

Chinese Movie Executive the Buyer of Goldwyn Picasso

Sunday, May 10th, 2015

French Electrician Given Two Year Suspended Sentence for Possession of Picasso Paintings, Must Return the Works

Friday, March 20th, 2015

Stolen Picasso Lost for Over a Decade Discovered in Newark

Saturday, February 28th, 2015

Trial Ends for Former Picasso Electrician, Sentence Due Next Month

Monday, February 16th, 2015

Trial Begins for Picasso Electrician Accused of Stealing Artist’s Works

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

Marina Picasso’s Private Sale of Her Collection has Some Fearing “Flooded” Market

Friday, February 6th, 2015

Marina Picasso to Sell $290 Million in Works from Private Collection

Monday, January 5th, 2015

Picasso Plate Worth $90,000 Stolen from Art Miami

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

Former Electrician to Appear in Court Over Hoarded Picassos

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

Paris’s Picasso Museum Reopens

Monday, October 27th, 2014

Never Before Seen Picasso Self-Portrait to Go On View in London

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Picasso Painting to Depart from Four Seasons After 55 Years

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

Picasso Museum To Reopen in October

Friday, August 15th, 2014

Apple Looks to Picasso for Inspiration

Monday, August 11th, 2014

Researchers Discover Hidden Picasso Underneath “The Blue Room”

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

Picasso Curtain Painting Moved to New York Historical Society

Monday, June 16th, 2014
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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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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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Erwin Wurm’s Twisted Truck Sculpture Given Parking Ticket

June 23rd, 2015

Erwin Wurm's Truck with parking ticket, via The LocalA public sculpture by Erwin Wurm, depicting a full-size Mercedes transporter MB100D truck bending slightly up a wall, has been hit with a parking ticket for its placement outside of the German city of Karlsruhe’s Center for Art and Media (ZKM) in a parking restricted zone.  Karlsruhe mayor Frank Mentrup has stated that he will try and fix the ticket, so that the work may remain parked in the space, albeit illegally. Read More »

Adolf Hitler Watercolors Sell for $440,000

June 23rd, 2015

Fourteen A Hitler watercolor of Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria, via NYTwatercolor paintings and drawings attributed to dictator Adolf Hitler were sold at auction in Nuremburg this week for $440,000 (about 391,000 euros). The most expensive piece, a watercolor of the Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria, brought over $113,000, selling to an anonymous Chinese buyer.

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Cézanne Painting Placed Under Export Bar

June 23rd, 2015

Paul Cezanne, Vue sur L’Estaque et Le Château d’If, via Financial TimesPaul Cézanne’s Vue sur L’Estaque et le Château d’If has been placed under export bar in the United Kingdom this week in an attempt to keep the work in the nation.  “I hope that the temporary export bar I have put in place will result in a UK buyer coming forward and that the painting will soon be back on the walls of one of our great public collections,” says minister of culture Ed Vaizey. Read More »

Guggenheim Selects Final Design for Helsinki Outpost

June 23rd, 2015

Guggenheim Helsinki, via NYTThe Guggenheim has selected the design for its proposed Helsinki location, a series of interlocking pavilions unified by a single tower, designed by Moreau Kusunoki Architectes.  “Our approach was to try to make a building that is closely linked with the city, with the way people use it,” says architect Nicolas Moreau, who runs the firm with his wife Hiroko Kusunoki. Read More »

Lauren Cornell Appointed Curator and Associate Director, Technology Initiatives at New Museum

June 23rd, 2015

Lauren Cornell, via New MuseumThe New Museum has appointed Lauren Cornell, who recently co-curated the 2015 Triennial alongside artist Ryan Trecartin, as Curator and Associate Director, Technology Initiatives.  “Through her work at the New Museum and at Rhizome first, Lauren Cornell has been tracking the influence of technology on art and culture at large,” says Massimiliano Gioni, the Museum’s Artistic Director.  “In her new position, she will help the Museum take an even more active role in engaging with the present and the future.”  Read More »

Maintenance Worker Destroys Jim Osman Sculpture in Connecticut

June 23rd, 2015

Jim Osman's Grassy Lounge ChairA maintenance worker in Madison, CT has accidentally destroyed a bench created by New York City-based sculptor Jim Osman, valued at $10,000.  The work, which Art Observed previously stumbled upon during Bushwick Open Studios last year, was on view for the town’s Sculpture Mile contemporary art show, was taken apart and disposed of after the maintenance worker assumed it had been “left by skateboarders.”  “It’s kind of a big letdown,” Osman says. Read More »

Museum Curators Adding Prestige to Gallery Shows

June 23rd, 2015

In the Studio at Gagosian, curated by John Elderfield, via NYTThe once rigid boundaries between commercial galleries and museum exhibitors are quickly diminishing today, The New York Times notes, as top galleries turn towards high profile museum curators to create historically and culturally resonant shows.  “I think galleries do it for prestige,” says John Elderfield, a former MoMA curator who has done independent work for Gagosian.  “It burnishes their image.  Of course, when one gallery does it, another one wants to do it.” Read More »

Bloomberg Charts Fierce Competition at Auction Houses

June 22nd, 2015

The sale at Christie's this week, via NYTAs London auction houses prepare for this week’s Impressionist and Modern sales, Bloomberg recaps the battles between giants Christie’s and Sotheby’s, and the aggressive stance on auction guarantees that have helped to define the massive prices achieved in recent sales.  “Our profit margin is good,” says Christie’s recently appointed CEO Patricia Barbizet. “Guarantees are risk management and offer an assurance to the seller.” Read More »