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Robert Olnick Collection Set for Christie’s Sales Next Month

October 21st, 2016
lichtenstein-from-olnick-collection-via-bloombergReal Estate magnate Robert S. Olnick’s art collection is set to go on sale at Christie’s next month, counting major Agnes Martin and Roy Lichtenstein works among its holdings.  The first selecton works offered next month, are spread over both the evening and day sales, and are valued at a total of $20 million.  “It was really about them making the rounds and buying what they liked,” says Laura Paulson, deputy chairman of Christie’s Americas.

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Guy Wildenstein’s Fate to be Decided by Court Tribunal

October 21st, 2016

guy-wildenstein-via-nytGuy Wildenstein’s fate has been left to a tribunal following arguments in his tax evasion case, the NYT reports.  The judges will spend up to three months considering the case before reaching their decision, which could include jail time and a 250 million euro fine for alleged deceptions in how the works were held.  “The bank knows only what the family told them,” says Alexandre Bronstein, a laywer pushing a criminal case over several of the works seized from the Wildenstein collection.  
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Phillips Announces $12-$18 Million Clyfford Still for November Evening Sale

October 21st, 2016

clyfford-still-untitled-1948-1949-via-phillipsPhillips’s Robert Manley announced the auction house’s star lot for its upcoming November Contemporary Evening Sale in New York, a colorful Clyfford Still priced between $12 million and $18 million.  “Formerly in the collection of the artist’s friend and student, the painter Edward Dugmore, the painting has been off the market for decades and has never been to auction,” Manley notes of the work.
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John Baldessari

John Baldessari
image via NYT
b. 1931
Lives and works in:
Santa Monica, CA
Represented by:

Marian Goodman Gallery, New York & Paris

Education includes:

San Diego State College BA
University of California at Berkley
San Diego State College MA
Otis Art Institute, Los Angeles
Chouinard Art Institute, Los Angeles

Much of Baldessari’s work involves pointing- that is, telling the viewer not only what to look at but how to make selections and comparisons, often simply for the sake of doing so. Baldessari takes photographs and then obliterates essential information with playfully color fills, emphasizing the “filling in the blanks” activity that each individual observer participates in when formulating a judgment of an image.

Baldessari’s Commissioned Paintings series took the idea of pointing literally, after he read a criticism of conceptual art that claimed it was nothing more than pointing. Beginning with photos of a hand pointing at various objects, Baldessari then hired amateur yet technically adept artists to paint the pictures. He then added a caption “A painting by [painter’s name]” to each finished painting. In this instance, he has been likened to a choreographer, directing the action while having no direct hand in it, and these paintings are typically read as questioning the idea of artistic authorship. The amateur artists have been analogized to sign painters in this series, chosen for their pedestrian methods that were indifferent to what was being painted.

John Baldessari

Yves Saint Laurent Shirt, image via W Magazine

His signature works are vintage photographs, blown-up and cropped tightly with large colored blobs filling in or covering up important shapes within the photographs. Or perfect circles blotting out the faces in a snapshot that looks like it could be the photo of headline article.

Baldessari has been collected by many, everyone from the Rubell family to Kate Spade (see article in December 2006 World of Interiors) feature him as a mainstay in their contemporary collections. He has produced a prolific amount of pieces and has exhibited his work in over 120 solo shows worldwide.

Baldessari at Pepe Cobo Madrid Feb 1 – March 19 2008 [ArtObserved]

John Baldessari, Tiger

image via DB Art Mag

Stonehenge (With Two Persons), Mixografia via

Stonehenge (With Two Persons), Mixografia

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Domestic Smoke: Desire, Power, Colored Intervals, and Genie (with Two Boxed Asides) image via

Domestic Smoke: Desire, Power, Colored Intervals, and Genie

(with Two Boxed Asides) image via

Wikipedia Entry

Artist’s Homepage

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