Archive for the 'Minipost' Category

Investigator Arthur Brand Claims Some Isabella Stewart Gardner Heist Works May Be in Hands of Former IRA Members

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

Vermeer, via Daily MailArthur Brand, the Dutch private investigator working on locating works from the the Isabella Stewart Gardner heist has stated that he believes some works are in the hands of former IRA members, the Daily Mail reports, and is confident he can bring at least some of the works home. “Former IRA sources have told me or people that I know that there has been talk about these paintings for years within the IRA,” he says.   (more…)

Report Notes Arts Funding Generates $166.3 billion in Revenue for US Businesses

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

Americans for the ArtsA report by non-profit group Americans for the Arts has figures claiming that the revenue generated nationwide by arts funding sits at $166.3 billion.  “Arts and cultural organizations are valued members of the business community. They employ people locally, purchase goods and services from within the community, are members of their Chambers of Commerce, and promote their regions,” the report reads.   (more…)

New York Times Notes Issues in Installation of Jeff Koons’s Paris Bouquet

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

jeff-koons-via-the-guardianThe New York Times writes on Jeff Koons’s bouquet of flowers sculpture for Paris, intended as a gift to the city in the wake of terrorist attacks, and on the strings attached to the gift that have complicated its installation process. “They presented this bouquet as a symbolic present to Paris, but then we realized it wasn’t exactly a present, since France had to pay to install it,” says art critic Isabel Pasquier. “Whether you appreciate his art or not, Jeff Koons is a businessman, and we quickly understood that he was offering Paris to himself as a present.” (more…)

UK Lottery Sales Down £55 Million, Carrying Challenges for Arts Funding

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

National Lottery, via Arts ProfessionalReports on a drop in UK lottery sales bodes poorly for arts funding in the country, as the total sales for the past year drop by £55 million.  “Given the current climate of economic uncertainty and increasing competition from the gambling sector, we expect 2017/18 to be equally, if not more, challenging for the National Lottery,” says Camelot (the UK Lottery operator) Chairman Jo Taylor. (more…)

Kassel Planning Permanent Documenta Institute in Kassel

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

Documenta, via Art NewspaperDocumenta is planning a permanent “Documenta Institute” in the city of Kassel, which will serve as a research center and events site.  The site is planned as a way to “keep alive the concept and experience of Documenta in the years between exhibitions,” according to a statement by the city.  (more…)

Modigliani Catalogue Raisonné Expansion Planned

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

Amedeo Modigliani, via Art NewspaperUS scholar Kenneth Wayne is preparing an addition to the Amedeo Modigliani catalogue raisonné.  The work will complement Ambrogio Ceroni’s catalogue raisonné, first published in 1958.  “We plan to publish a supplement to Ceroni by 2020 with around 50 works,” Wayne says.

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Leonardo DiCaprio Offers to Turn Over Works Bought by Malaysian Financier Jho Low

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

Leonardo DiCaprio's sale at Christie's, via The GuardianActor Leonardo DiCaprio has offered to turn over Jean-Michel Basquiat and Pablo Picasso works given to him by Malaysian financier and art collector Jho Low, works which were believed to be purchased with funds from the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).  The account, full of government money, was spent on personal excesses and extravagant gifts. (more…)

New Yorkers Arrested for Selling Counterfeited Damien Hirsts

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

Damien Hirst, via GuardianThree New York men have been charged with selling counterfeited Damien Hirst dot paintings online for more than $400,000, The Guardian reports. “The art market’s demand for limited editions can lead to fake pieces with little value,” Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance said in a statement.  “In this case, the alleged fraud went beyond plain imitation, and the defendants are charged with deceiving a multitude of buyers into purchasing counterfeit art that was falsely passed off as genuine.” (more…)

Art Newspaper Charts Functions and Operations for Art Storage Warehouses Worldwide

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

Luxembourg Freeport, via Art NewspaperThe Art Newspaper has a piece this week on the network of art storage warehouses and complexes in the U.S. and abroad, charting the map of companies working in the $1 billion industry.  “Until about ten years ago,” says Stephane Custot of London’s Waddington Custot gallery, “Modern and contemporary art collectors were mainly made up of art enthusiasts and amateurs, they had a real passion, spending their money on what they liked; they collected in order to simply enjoy the work in their home environment. Today you have to work with an increasing number of art funds or speculators buying art for investment. Art buying has become accessible to a much larger audience than before and is considered an asset. The result of this is that more work sleeps in warehouses rather than hanging in collectors’ homes.” (more…)

Ei Arakawa Work Stolen from Skulptur Project Münster

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

ahArtist Ei Arakawa has had a work stolen from the Skulptur Project Münster, an LED panel painting that was pried free from its display.  “This is a really interesting ‘performance’ in a way, revealing how vulnerable art in public space can be, and how public space can be violent,” the artist said. “This often happens in the history of Skulptur Projekte.” (more…)

Sotheby’s Names Jan Prasens Managing Director of Europe

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

Jan Prasens, via Art NewsSotheby’s has tapped Jan Prasens as its new Managing Director of Europe, putting him in charge of the auction house’s operations in the continent, as well as in the Middle East, India and Africa.  “While Jan’s commercial credentials are impeccable, he also commands a deep understanding of our business and clients,” CEO Tad Smith says.  “I am delighted he is taking on this position where I know he will thrive alongside the exceptional team already on the ground there.” (more…)

$12 Million in Art Stolen from Queens Storage Facility

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

William Pordy, via New York Daily NewsRoughly $12 million in art was stolen from a Sunnyside storage facility in Queens, the New York Daily News reports, including pieces by Frank Stella and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.  Owner William Pordy discovered that thieves had broken the locks on the door and stolen all 22 works in storage.  “They broke the locks and they stole everything, all my paintings,” Pordy said. “It’s awful.” (more…)

Artist John Giorno Profiled in New York Post

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

John Giorno, via New York PostArtist and poet John Giorno is profiled in the New York Post this week, as a massive exhibition devoted to his work is set to open across multiple venues in the city, curated by his husband, Ugo Rondinone.  “John has a childlike curiosity,” former REM frontman Michael Stipe says of Giorno. “I love how open he is.” (more…)

Sam Durant Discusses Controversial Work in Minnesota with LA Times

Monday, June 19th, 2017

Sam Durant, via LA TimesSam Durant is interviewed in the LA Times this week, after signing over the intellectual property rights of his controversial work Scaffold to the Dakota people in Minnesota. “I have no intention of making a representation of that again,” Durant says. “They asked me, ‘How do we know you won’t do this again?’ I said, ‘That makes perfect sense. It’s yours. You decide what happens to it.’” (more…)

Hermann Nitsch Profiled in The Guardian

Monday, June 19th, 2017

Hermann Nitsch, via The GuardianArtist Hermann Nitsch is interviewed in The Guardian this week, as he concludes a controversial performance in Australia.  “I want only to show what is,” he says. “I never was interested to make provocation. I want to show intensity. And let’s say, maybe in intensity is a kind of provocation, but for me [it] always is important to show life and to celebrate life.” (more…)

Research on Andrew Wyeth Reveals Artist’s Challenging Relationship with Race

Monday, June 19th, 2017

Andrew Wyeth, via NYTThe New York Times reports on recent controversies in the study of the work of Andrew Wyeth, after researcher Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw published research documenting a series of the artist’s works changing the race of his subjects, or using their bodies as models while often denying them a fully formed sense of identity in his final paintings.  “I think we can find artists to be complicated and frustrating and disappointing in some ways and still love the work,” says Shaw. (more…)

Art Newspaper Traces Rise and Fall of Market Strength for Gutai Group

Friday, June 16th, 2017

Shiraga sells at Sothebys, via Art NewspaperAn article in Art Newspaper this week traces the remarkable market rise for the Gutai group of Japanese post-war artists in the past years, and its subsequent decline in popularity.  “A big price will always drive the market,” says Grégoire Billault, head of contemporary art at Sotheby’s New York. “When people can buy for $200,000 and sell for $2m, it’s irresistible for some of them.  I think it just needs a bit of time. It’s a question of needing a bit of maturity.” (more…)

Tracey Emin Reflects on the Works of Egon Schiele in The Guardian

Friday, June 16th, 2017

Schiele, via The GuardianTracey Emin is featured in The Guardian this week, as she reviews works by Egon Schiele, one of her principal inspirations.  “You could see the anguish he was going through: ‘I am in pain. I am drawing this, but I am drawing this in a different way, because I see it differently from other people. I see it through the eyes of pain.’” (more…)

Creative Time Flying Artist-Commissioned Flags Over New York Office

Thursday, June 15th, 2017

Creative Time, via Art NewsCreative Time is embarking on a new project that sees a series of artist-commissioned flags flying over the organization’s headquarters in downtown Manhattan, including work by Tania Bruguera, Alex Da Corte, Jeremy Deller, LaToya Ruby Frazier and Yoko Ono.  “We live in a very dark political time, bombarded by bad news every morning, so it’s important for people not to feel outnumbered by bad ideas,” Nato Thompson, Creative Time’s artistic director, says. “We can produce a community and we can resist, collectively.” (more…)

Met Appoints President Daniel H. Weiss to Run Museum

Thursday, June 15th, 2017

Daniel Weiss, via NYTThe Met has announced a shake-up in its administration structure, placing president Daniel H. Weiss at the head of the museum, and putting the directorship of the museum under his supervision.  “He has worked hard, he’s gained the confidence of the board, of the curators, of the executive staff — he is the natural person to lead and run the museum at this time,” says Daniel Brodsky, chairman of the museum’s board of trustees. “There is really no one else to consider other than Dan.” (more…)

Wolfgang Tillmans Joins Council for Institute of Contemporary Art London

Thursday, June 15th, 2017

Wolfgang Tillmans, via Art NewspaperLondon’s Institute of Contemporary Art is growing its supervisory council, adding Wolfgang Tillmans, Russian collector Delya Allakhverdova and Lebanese patron Maria Sukkar.  “These new appointments align with my ambition to make the ICA a truly progressive and radical contemporary arts organization ready of the 21st century. Seventy years on, this need is felt more acutely than ever,” says director Stefan Kalmár. (more…)

Art Basel Sees Strong Sales for Blue-Chip Works, Financial Times Reports

Thursday, June 15th, 2017

Jean-Michel Basquiat, via Financial TimesThe Financial Times focuses on sales at this week’s Art Basel fair, noting the ever-increasing popularity of blue-chip works in an uncertain financial market.  “Ten years ago, everyone raced upstairs for the exciting new artists, now they rush downstairs for the opportunities in the blue-chip, postwar market,” says art adviser Hugo Nathan. (more…)

Artist Khadija Saye Among the Missing After London Tower Fire

Thursday, June 15th, 2017

Khadija Saye in Venice, via Art NewspaperKhadija Saye, a 24-year-old London artist currently showing at the Venice Biennale, is currently missing following the massive tower block fire in the British capital.  “We’ve been calling the hospitals, but I know from my own experience after the London riots people will be in hospital with no belongings, many of them will be unconscious,” says Labour MP David Lammy, whose wife mentored and employed Saye for some time. “So of course we hope and pray that she is amongst them and not perished in that building as I suspect hundreds will have done at the end of this count.” (more…)

Menil Collection to Close for Renovations

Thursday, June 15th, 2017

Menil Collection, via Houston ChronicleHouston’s Menil Collection will close its doors for eight months for a major renovation project, including a full restoration of the building’s floors, the Houston Chronicle reports.  The piece notes the damage to the museum’s stained-black pine flooring, which has resulted from years of foot traffic.  “Everything I do in the building has to consider his architecture,” facilities manager Steve McConathy says of Renzo Piano’s original design for the building. (more…)