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Sotheby’s Makes Bids for Christie’s Execs

February 12th, 2016

Pablo Picasso's La Carafe (Bouteille et verre) sells at Christie's, via Rae Wang for Art ObservedThe New York Times reports that Sotheby’s is quite eager to hire top talent from Christie’s, noting that the auction house has offered waive standing noncompete obligations for former employees in order to hire former executives from Christie’s.  The proposal centered around former Christie’s America head Marc Porter, whom Sotheby’s had recruited as chairman of its new Fine Arts Division.
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Katie Hollander Named New Director of Creative Time

February 12th, 2016

Katie Hollander, via NYTCreative Time has appointed Katie Hollander, longtime deputy head of the organization, to take over for Anne Pasternak as its director.  “The thing I’m most committed to,” Hollander syas, “is thinking about new platforms to help amplify artists’ voices.”
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New Yorker Looks Inside Hermann Göring’s Nazi Art Log

February 12th, 2016

Hitler and Göring, via New YorkerThe New Yorker looks inside the personal art log of Hermann Göring, which catalogs many of the actions in seizing Nazi war loot, and the collectors they were taken from.  “For many people, wartime looting is a rather abstract concept,” says archivist Isabelle Richefort. “Here we can see how it happened, day by day.”
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REFERENCE LIBRARY

Andreas Gursky

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Hong Kong, Island via Artnet.
b. 1955
Lives and works in:

Düsseldorf, Germany

Represented by:

Matthew Marks Gallery, New York
Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York

Education includes:

Kunstakademie, Düsseldorf

Gursky is a German photographer famous for his large and highly-textured photographs that provide a high point of view. He is fascinated with the relationship of people and space. Though not working in definitive series, his work can often be linked by motif. Often, his photographs, which capture a wide-angled view of a vast subject, feature an array of patterns. These patterns, which seem to be one of the most definitive qualities of his work, are not staged or posed, but are instead naturally occurring and captured from an odd or dramatic angle.

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Copan via Sauer Thompson.

Signature works include the 1993 Paris, Montparnasse, which portrays the large, grid-like exterior of a large building while simultaneously allowing voyeuristic views into each curtainless window. More recently, he has incorporated computer editing into his art, frequently creating larger subjects than the initial photograph provides.

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His work, 99 Cent II Diptychon, a dizzying photograph of row after row of candy and other disposable goods on display at a 99-cent store, sold for $3.3 million in 2007 and holds the record for the highest price paid for a photograph taken by a living photographer, via MOMA.

UBS Collection at Mori Art Museum [ArtObserved]

Wikipedia Entry

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