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NYT Reports on Dispute Over Price Basquiat at Sotheby’s

Saturday, May 5th, 2018

Jean-Michel Basquiat, via NYTCollector Hubert Neumann is suing Sotheby’s over an allegedly “botched” sale of a Jean-Michel Basquiat, which the auction house has slotted a major sale in its upcoming auction.  “This is a case about a broken promise, a family disagreement, and an art masterpiece that, if this Court does not step in now to save it, will be lost to the people who love it, and to New York, forever,” a court filing reads. (more…)

White Cube Opens Office Space in NYC

Saturday, May 5th, 2018

699 Madison, via Art NewsWhite Cube has opened an office on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, Art News reports. The appointment-only space is the gallery’s first step into the city, a plan that had been pursued for several years.   (more…)

Centre Pompidou Expansions Profiled in Art Newspaper

Saturday, May 5th, 2018

Centre Pompudou, via Art NewspaperThe Art Newspaper looks at the recent expansions of the Centre Pompidou, and the museum’s seeming aims to become a global art brand akin to the Guggenheim. “These outposts will help to reshape our collections,” says PresidentSerge Lasvignes. “We have to be in China, so we can follow the living arts and collect works before they reach the international market. And what is true for Asia is also true for the Arab world and other continents too.”  (more…)

Njideka Akunyili Crosby and Rafa Esparza Named to Hammer Museum Artist Council

Saturday, May 5th, 2018

Njideka Akunyili Crosby, via WNjideka Akunyili Crosby and Rafa Esparza are the newest members of the Hammer Museum’s Artist Council, the museum announced today. “The Artist Council is a crucial guiding voice within the Hammer Museum, and I’m delighted to see Njideka and Rafa join their ranks,” director Ann Philbin said. “We rely on the Artist Council to challenge and enhance the Hammer’s standing as an intellectual and cultural laboratory of ideas. Njideka and Rafa are valuable additions to this esteemed group.” (more…)

NYT Profiles Sotheby’s Scientific Research Department

Thursday, May 3rd, 2018

Jamie Martin, via NYTThe New York Times has a piece on Sotheby’s Scientific Research Department, where the auction house does its deep delving into works’ authenticity using state of the art technology. “I like living within the four corners of what’s right and what’s wrong.” says researcher Jamie Martin. “  (more…)

Aspen Judge Issues Arrest Warrant for Slashing of Christopher Wool Painting

Thursday, May 3rd, 2018

Slashing Christopher Wool, via Aspen TimesAn Aspen judge has issued an arrest warrant for the 2017 slashing of a Christopher Wool painting, stating that the work was likely attacked by the owner’s son.  Its owner originally did not seek insurance damages on the painting, and attempted to clear up the matter privately. “We could even put it up for sale now for $3.5m on the basis it is ‘famous,'” owner Harold Morley wrote in a prior letter. “Since we are not making an insurance claim there is no reason why the recollection of the incident should not be eliminated as quickly as possible from staff and public. (more…)

Andrea Rosen and Luhring Augustine Sell Chelsea Building for 1,650% Return

Thursday, May 3rd, 2018

Luhring Augustine, via BloombergA piece in Bloomberg this week notes that the sale of the building shared by Andrea Rosen and Luhring Augustine Gallery earned 1,650 percent return on the approximately 10,000-square-foot former garage.  The sale was financed by a $25.5 million loan from a fund administered in part by the family company of Jared Kushner. “It feels like it’s time to make the change,” Roland Augustine says. (more…)

Menil Drawing Institute to Open in November

Thursday, May 3rd, 2018

Menil-Drawing-Institute-Exterior-by-Paul-Hester_preview-640x0-c-default, via Architects NewspaperHouston’s log-awaited Menil Drawing Institute has an opening date, and will open to the public November 3rd. The new expansion of the museum will feature work by Jasper Johns in its inaugural show.  (more…)

Gallerists Discuss “Robin Hood” Tax at Frieze

Thursday, May 3rd, 2018

Frieze, via Art NewspaperThe Art Newspaper took to the aisles of Frieze this week to ask small dealers their opinions on a proposed “robin hood” tax for mega-galleries at fairs. “We mustn’t fool ourselves: we live in a neoliberal world and work in a hyper-capitalist industry, and things won’t actually change until the major powers truly understand and see actual value in changing the system from within,” says says Stefan Benchoam of Guatemala City’s Proyectos Ultravioleta. (more…)

Olga Viso Speaks with NYT on Modern Art Museum

Thursday, May 3rd, 2018

Olga Viso, via Art NewsFormer Walker Museum head Olga Viso has a piece in the New York Times this week, as she reviews the current state of the decolonization movement in the art world, and her own efforts with Sam Durant’s controversial Scaffold work. “I believe that museums must embrace this form of dialogue if they are to remain relevant,” she says, referring to open conversations with diverse groups of community members. “To do so requires radically different models of leadership than we’ve had until now. Yet it is hard to resist entrenchment, and difficult to take a risk. It is even more difficult to fail. But I believe that proceeding with empathy and humility are worth everything.” (more…)

Art Market Monitor Spotlights Strong Modernist Market in Coming Sales

Thursday, May 3rd, 2018

Amedeo Modigliani, Nu Couché (Sur le Côté Gauche) (1917), via Sotheby'sThe Art Market Monitor notes increasing focus and interest in the Impressionist and Modern End of the Market, as auctions in New York boast particularly strong prices for works by Picasso and Modigliani. “The balance of excitement this season continues to lean heavily toward the Modern market,” says Marion Maneker. (more…)

Jacob Ochtervelt Painting Formerly Looted by Nazis to Go to Auction at Sotheby’s

Thursday, May 3rd, 2018

Ochtervelt, via The GuardianA Dutch golden age painting by Jacob Ochtervelt looted by the Nazis will go to auction at Sotheby’s after its repatriated owners decided to sell the work. “This painting is an eloquent manifesto of his genius, and shows us so clearly why he was a genre painter of the first rank alongside Johannes Vermeer, Pieter de Hooch and Gabriël Metsu,” says George Gordon, the co-chair of the auction house’s Old Masters paintings and drawings department. (more…)

Deanna Lawson Profiled in New Yorker

Thursday, May 3rd, 2018

Deanna Lawson, via New YorkerArtist Zadie Smith writes on the work of Deanna Lawson in the New Yorker this week, spotlighting the artist’s powerful portrait photography. “Deana Lawson’s work is prelapsarian—it comes before the Fall,” she writes. “Her people seem to occupy a higher plane, a kingdom of restored glory, in which diaspora gods can be found wherever you look: Brownsville, Kingston, Port-au-Prince, Addis Ababa.” (more…)

Director of Rome’s Galleria Borghese Facing Charges of Absenteeism

Thursday, May 3rd, 2018

Anna Coliva, via Art NewspaperAnna Coliva, director of Rome’s prestigious Galleria Borghese is facing charges of absenteeism and defrauding the public purse, Art Newspaper reports. She is accused of frequently clocking in to work before leaving to go to the gym or other outings, according to court filings. (more…)

David Hockney Work Looks to Top Record at Sotheby’s New York Next Week

Thursday, May 3rd, 2018

David Hockney, via Art NewsDavid Hockney’s Pacific Coast Highway and Santa Monica is set to hit the auction block at Sotheby’s in New York next week, carrying an estimate of $20 million–$30 million that will easily beat the artist’s auction record. The sale will take place May 16th. (more…)

Katerina Stathopoulou Hired as Assistant Curator at Public Art Fund

Thursday, May 3rd, 2018

Katerina Stathopoulou, via Art NewsKaterina Stathopoulou has joined the Public Art Fund as assistant curator, Art News reports. “Her international perspective, wide-ranging experience, and deep connections with artists make her a perfect match for our program,” says director Nicholas Baume. “We look forward to working with Katerina to develop and present exhibitions that transform the urban environment and engage diverse audiences through powerful works of public art.” (more…)

Sean Kelly to Interview Collectors at Frieze Booth

Thursday, May 3rd, 2018

Callum Innes at Sean Kelly, via Art ObservedSean Kelly Gallery will feature a unique booth at this year’s edition of Frieze New York, interviewing collectors for a podcast on collecting and the market.  “This is about taking it back to the origins of the art world and why we all originally did this,” says Kelly. “It’s about supporting artists. It’s about asking questions about the ecosystem of the whole endeavor” and “moving into a future that benefits artists, collectors and institutions.” (more…)

Bloomberg Questions Stock Market Volatility as Benefit for Art Dealers

Saturday, April 28th, 2018

Frieze New York, via Art ObservedBloomberg asks whether a volatile stock market might actually be a boon for the art market, as collectors look for more stable sites for investment. “In my experience, when the market goes up and down, up and down, that’s good for art,” says dealer Christophe Van de Weghe. “Over the last 30 years, volatility has been very good for us dealers, because that’s when people want to buy a hard asset.”  (more…)

David Zwirner Calls for Tax on Mega-galleries to Support Smaller Spaces

Saturday, April 28th, 2018

David Zwirner, via NYTDavid Zwirner proposed a tax structure of sorts for large galleries this week during a talk in Berlin this week, arguing for a tax on larger galleries at fairs and events to help pay for access for smaller galleries. “I do feel that something is wrong with the current system,” he said. “It’s not good that a few galleries are getting more and more market share and the younger galleries are having a harder time to compete.” (more…)

Thomas Dane Gallery Now Represents Dana Schutz

Thursday, April 26th, 2018

Dana Schutz, via Art NewsThomas Dane Gallery now represents Dana Schutz, Art News reports. Schutz will have her first show with the gallery in October 2019 in London.  (more…)

Museums Explore “Transhistorical” Strategies to Expand Exhibition Focuses

Thursday, April 26th, 2018

Frans Hals and Anton Henning, via NYTThe New York Times explores the recent trend in museum curating towards “transhistorical” exhibitions, pairing contemporary works with pieces from deeper into the art historical canon. “What it is trying to do is to say that history lives,” says Sheena Wagstaff, chairwoman of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s modern and contemporary art department. (more…)

Creative Time to Host Arts Workshops and Music Projects at Firehouse Downtown

Thursday, April 26th, 2018

Firehouse, Engine 31 via Art NewsFirehouse, Engine Company 31, a historic fire station in Lower Manhattan will host “Bring Down the Walls,” a new project by Creative Time that will mix workshops and exhibitions each day with live performances and DJ nights each night.  (more…)

Eva Rothschild to Represent Ireland at 2019 Venice Biennale

Thursday, April 26th, 2018

Eva Rothschild, via Art NewsEva Rothschild will represent Ireland at the 2019 Venice Biennale, Ireland’s Minister of Culture, Heritage, and the Gaeltacht has announced.  “My intention is to make a sculptural environment which engages with current social changes through embodiment, presence, and materiality,” Rothschild says. “I want to create a situation that suggests multiple sculptural possibilities for rearrangement and reordering in which it becomes difficult to distinguish renewal from collapse.” (more…)

Documenta Appoints Corporate Exec as CEO

Thursday, April 26th, 2018

Sabine Schormann, via ArtforumThe Documenta exhibition has appointed executive Sabine Schormann, formerly of of Lower Saxony’s Sparkasse bank and the foundation of VGH insurance, as its new CEO. “I see my role as an enabler. I want to strengthen public perception and ensure the greatest possible development of Documenta without intervening artistically,” Schormann says.

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