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Stakeholders Sue Over Sotheby’s Sale

July 22nd, 2019

Two Sotheby’s shareholders have sued in NY to block the planned $2.7 billion purchase of the auction house by French collector and telecom magnate Patrick Drahi’s BidFair USA, claiming that Drahi has not disclosed enough information. “As the vast majority of all public company mergers over $100 million are the subject of shareholder litigation, the lawsuits filed were expected and routine,” Sotheby’s said in an emailed statement. “We do not expect the suits to have any impact on our targeted closing timing of the fourth quarter of this year.”
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Judy Chicago to Open Retrospective at de Young Museum

July 22nd, 2019

Judy Chicago will open a major retrospective next year at San Francisco’s de Young Museum.  “I’ve been working for a long time,” Chicago says. “I used to say I hope lived to long enough to come out from behind the shadow of The Dinner Party.”
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More Artists Withdraw from Whitney Biennial

July 22nd, 2019

More artists have withdrawn from the Whitney Biennial over Warren Kanders’s ownership in several defense companies, with collective Forensic Architecture withdrawing after finding ties between Kanders and bullets used by the Israeli Military in Gaza.
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Barnaby Furnas

b. 1973
Lives and works in:

New York, NY

Represented by:

Marianne Boesky Gallery

Education includes:

Columbia MFA, New York
School of Visual Arts BFA, New York

“Barnaby Furnas’s paintings rival the sensationalism of Hollywood special effects: forms explode with Technicolor glory, pyrotechnics and gore are reinvented with painterly splendor, and action-packed carnage is frozen in all-angle suspense. Drawing from the ultra-violence of big-screen cinema and illicit video games, Barnaby Furnas develops his own subversive cartoon world, populated by rock stars and Abe-Lincoln look-a-likes hell-bent on maniacal destruction. Barnaby Furnas uses his blood-and-guts subjects as a means to flirt with abstraction and design, entrenching his hyper-contemporary scenes in historical tradition. Creating a sophisticated visual tension, Barnaby Furnas’s work mirrors a current social anxiety, troubled by the glamorization of war, corruption of faith and the legacy of false heroes.” – Patricia Ellis from

Following the historical painterly tradition, Furnas mixes his own paint out of a combination of urethane and pigment. His style is marked by an unique application of paint, often using explosive splatters of red over a blue background and an unabashed mixture of abstraction and representation.

RXArt Party 2007 [ArtObserved]

External Links

Wikipedia Entry