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AO Auction Recap – London: Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Evening Sale, February 10th, 2016

Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

Lucian Freud, Pregnant Girl (1960-61), via Sotheby's
Lucian Freud, Pregnant Girl (1960-61), via Sotheby’s

The London Contemporary Auctions continued its mixed run this week, as Sotheby’s concludes this evening’s entry to mixed results.  The 59-lot sale saw 11 works go unsold,not to mention a number of high-profile withdrawn lots, bringing a final tally of £69,461,000, a figure that sat squarely within the auction house’s presale estimates.  Of particular note in the early moments of the sale was the withdrawal of the evening’s star Gerhard Richter lot, a move that left the auction house with a considerable gap in its initial estimates.  Even so, the auction room was practically buzzing as the sale got underway.

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Michael Shapiro Offers Advice for Aspiring Museum Professionals

Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

Former Museum Director Michael Shapiro, via Art ObservedFormer Museum Director Michael Shapiro has published a book of interviews with top ranking museum professionals in the U.S., with advice for many interested in the field of museum work, curatorial work, or preservation.  “The quest is to become a great art historian, and if you have the right temperament [and] skill set, maybe you get drawn into museum work, you get drawn into institutional leadership, but I would never recommend beginning by thinking you want to be a museum director,” says MoMA’s Glenn Lowry. (more…)

AO Auction Recap – London: Phillips 20th Century and Contemporary Evening Sale, February 9th, 2016

Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

Piero Manzoni, Achrome (1958), via Phillips
Piero Manzoni, Achrome (1958), via Phillips

The week of Contemporary Sales is now underway in London, after Phillips concluded its first major auction of 2016, its “20th Century and Contemporary Art,” to uneven results this past evening, seeing 9 of 43 lots going unsold, and a final total of £24,590,500.  Sales were decidedly reluctant this evening, despite the sale’s strong sell through this evening.  Many works lingered at low estimate, or only achieved the low with the added premium and fees, a note that underscores realistic estimates set by Phillips, but perhaps a far less rabid buying market.

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Lisson Gallery to Open in New York This May

Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

Monika Grzymala, Raumzeichnung (outside/inside) (2016), via Lisson GalleryLisson Gallery has announced its plans to open a gallery in New York this May, presenting a body of paintings by Cuban-born painter Carmen Herrera.  The gallery will bring its roster of artists, primarily those without prior U.S. reputation, to show in New York.  “This offers an opportunity for audiences here to become better acquainted with our international artists and bring their work into an American curatorial dialogue,” the gallery told Art Observed.  The space will be located at 504 West 24th Street. (more…)

Kurt Schwitters Installation Moved to Museum in Norway

Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

Kurt Schwitters' Norway Merzbau, via Art NewspaperOne of the few surviving Merzbau by Kurt Schwitters is set for installation at The Romsdal Museum in Molde, Norway.  The work was transferred from its location in a barn in Hjerteoya, several miles south of the city.  “It was a very complicated process,” says art historian Karin Hellandsjo. “Only one photograph from Schwitters’s time exists, depicting a corner of the barn.” (more…)

Waldemar Januszczak Criticizes BBC for Making Art Seem “Like Homework”

Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

Renaissance UnchainedArt critic and television host Waldemar Januszczak has taken the BBC to task for making fine art seem like “homework,” as he prepares a new miniseries on the Renaissance for the station.  “If everybody made art films like me there wouldn’t be a problem,” the critic says. “How can it not be fascinating – this endless, bottomless pit of great visual excitement out there?” (more…)

New York – Catherine Opie: “Portraits and Landscapes” and “700 Nimes Road” at Lehmann Maupin Through February 20th, 2016

Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

 

Catherine Opie, Cecilia, 2013 © Catherine Opie. Courtesy Regen Projects, Los Angeles and Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong

Catherine Opie, Cecilia, 2013 © Catherine Opie. Courtesy Regen Projects, Los Angeles and Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong

Two discernible genres in photography, portrait and documentation determine Catherine Opie’s current dual-gallery exhibition at Lehmann Maupin in New York.  In her inaugural exhibition at the gallery, Opie comes in full throttle, presenting her well-regarded photo-portraits alongside a group of abstracted landscapes in Chelsea, as well as her documentation of the late Elizabeth Taylor’s L.A. mansion in the gallery’s Lower East Side location. (more…)

AO Auction Preview – London Post-War and Contemporary Evening Sales, February 9th – 11th, 2016

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

Gerhard Richter, Abstraktes Bild (1990), via Sotheby's
Gerhard Richter, Abstraktes Bild (1990), via Sotheby’s

Taking up the second week of London’s early-year, marquee auctions, the Post-War and Contemporary Evening Sales are set to get underway this week with a trio of offerings that will again test the health and enthusiasm of the market in the face of what many have called a “cooling off.” (more…)

Hauser Wirth and Schimmel Gallery Profiled by LA Times

Monday, February 8th, 2016

Iwan Wirth and partner Manuela Wirth, via LA TimesThe LA Times takes a tour of the soon to open Hauser Wirth and Schimmel Gallery in the former downtown Los Angeles Pillsbury flour mill complex.  “I would say that the model is in some way the Kunsthalle — the noncollecting art museum,” says partner Paul Schimmel. “But also foundations, who are really at the boundaries of what they do: commissioning works, creating group shows, doing education work.” (more…)

Maya Widmaier Picasso Speaks Out on Disputed Sale of Her Father’s Sculpture

Monday, February 8th, 2016

Bust of a Woman, via WSJMaya Widmaier Picasso has spoken out on the dispute over the sale of a bust created by her father, Pablo Picasso, saying she sold the work herself to Larry Gagosian and dismissing other claims to the piece as “baseless.”  The dispute seems to stem from a disagreement between Widmaier Picasso’s daughter and son, who respectively sought to sell the work to Gagosian and the Qatari Royal Family.  Widmaier Picasso says she decided to side with her daughter, who she said  “cannot be faulted for reminding her mother of the sculpture’s true value.” (more…)

Miami Herald Spotlights Challenges at MoCA North Miami

Monday, February 8th, 2016

Bill Viola at MoCANoMi, via Miami HeraldThe Miami Herald takes a look at the last several years at The Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami, which has seen a turbulent past few years, and which is currently trying to chart its path in the city’s changing art scene.  “We’ve been through hell with it and we recognize the important role the museum plays in the community,” says North Miami council member Scott Galvin. “From a reputation standpoint and an economic standpoint, MoCA is what North Miami is known for.” (more…)

Sergei Shchukin of Modernist Masterpieces to be Reunited in Paris

Monday, February 8th, 2016

Henri Matisse's The Dance (1909), via Art NewspaperAn exhibition at the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris this year will reunite a collection of Modernist masterpieces compiled by Sergei Shchukin.  The collection includes landmark works by Matisse and Picasso, and were split by the Soviet regime between various museums.  The works will travel to Paris this fall in a joint effort by the State Hermitage Museum and the Pushkin Museum, which hold the works in their respective collections.  “We are planning everything together and taking a number of steps together, and this is understandable, because we can’t live without the Hermitage, without its collection and our common historical past connected with this collection,” Marina Loshak, the director of the Pushkin says. “There are many projects that we are planning to do together outside of our museums.” (more…)

Ann Freedman to Settle in Case Over Forged Rothko

Monday, February 8th, 2016

Domenico and Eleanore DeSole, via Art NewspaperAnn Freedman has reached a settlement in her $8.4 million case over the sale of a forged Mark Rothko.  Freedman will still testify as part of the case against the Knoedler Gallery.  “From the very beginning of these cases, Ann never wanted to keep a penny of the profits she made” says Lawyer Luke Nikas.  (more…)

New Efforts and Exhibitions Bringing Renewed Interest in Work of Karel Appel

Monday, February 8th, 2016

Karel Appel Retrospective in The Hague, via NTYThe New York Times reports on renewed efforts to restore the prominence of painter Karel Appel, a member of CoBrA and a pioneer of a unique style of figurative abstraction that was well-received in its time by has long sat outside the historical spotlight of post-war painting.  “I’m a little bit surprised by all this, because for a while nothing happened to Appel,” the artist’s widow, Harriet Appel, says.  “I see that many people are getting interested in Appel again, and there’s new research about Appel, there are younger artists now looking at Appel, and all these things shed a new light on that oeuvre.” (more…)

AO On-Site: Mexico City Art Week, February 3rd – 7th, 2016

Monday, February 8th, 2016

Jan Peter Hammer at Labor Gallery, via Art Observed
Jan Peter Hammer at Labor Gallery, all photos via Sophie Kitching for Art Observed

As Sunday drew to a close, another week of fairs, openings and events concluded in Mexico City, centered around the Zona Maco and Material Art Fairs in the sprawling metropolis. (more…)

New York – “Active Ingredient” at Lisa Cooley Through February 14th, 2016

Monday, February 8th, 2016

Borden Capalino, Say Mr. Sandman (2016)
Borden Capalino, Say Mr. Sandman (2016)

Greeting the visitors at the entrance to Lisa Cooley during Active Ingredient, a group exhibition curated by the gallery’s long time collaborator Alex Fleming, is Colette Lumiere’s Sleeping in a Glass Cabinet. Portraying the renowned artist, known for such sleeping performances from inside a glass vitrine during the 1970’s, this 1991 print vividly summarizes the content of the exhibition, delving into a material reinvigoration and transformation of works and their compositional elements through exposure to time and space. (more…)

New York – Jonathan Borosfky at Paula Cooper Gallery Through February 13th, 2016

Sunday, February 7th, 2016

Jonathan Borofsky, Acrylic on Unprimed Canvas with Bubble Wrap and Duct Tape at 2,680,377, 1978-80
Jonathan Borofsky, Acrylic on Unprimed Canvas with Bubble Wrap and Duct Tape at 2,680,377 (1978-80), all images via Osman Can Yerebakan for Art Observed

A large scale exhibition of historic work by artist Jonathan Borofsky is currently on view at Paula Cooper Gallery.  Globally recognized for his large-scale, representational and industrious sculptures exploring and elaborating on the human condition in performative gestures, Borofsky’s work here exposes his cognition and subjective outlets.  Compiled of modest scale sculpture, painting and print, the selection promises a studious route to the more remote corners of the artist’s practice. (more…)

AO Auction Recap – London: Impressionist, Modern and Surrealist Sales, February 3rd, 2016

Thursday, February 4th, 2016

Pablo Picasso, Tête de Femme (1935), via Sotheby's
Pablo Picasso, Tête de Femme (1935), via Sotheby’s

The first week of February’s auctions concluded last evening, following a difficult set of sales at Sotheby’s that saw tepid, occasionally concerning results, with 13 of the 37 Impressionist and Modern works going unsold, bringing a total of £78,308,000, while the auction house’s small but impressive selection of 16 Surrealist pieces saw 2 go unsold, bringing the modest sale a tally of £14,860,500. (more…)

Michigan Dealer Arrested on Forgery Charges

Thursday, February 4th, 2016

Eric Spoutz and his wife, via NBCMichigan-based dealer Eric Spoutz has been arrested on federal charges for the sale of forged masterworks claimed to be by de Kooning, Joan Mitchell, and more.  Authorities allege he wove a web of lies and deceit over his collection of works and high connections in the art world.  “The only real thing in this situation seems to be the financial losses the victims have incurred for purchasing what they thought were true works of art, whether for investment purposes or personal enjoyment,” says FBI New York assistant director Diego Rodriguez. (more…)

Christie’s Not Obligated to Pay $11.5 million in Damages Caused by Superstorm Sandy

Thursday, February 4th, 2016

Storm Damage, via Art NewspaperChristie’s Brooklyn will not have to pay $11.5 million in damages caused by flooding after Superstorm Sandy in 2012, following a New York state court decision this past month.  The lawsuits were filed by several insurance companies to recoup the costs paid out to their clients. (more…)

Tefaf Coming to New York

Thursday, February 4th, 2016

Tefaf, via NYTTefaf, the massive Dutch fair of fine art, antiques and design, is expanding to New York this October, taking up most of the Park Avenue Armory for the first edition of Tefaf New York.  “On numerous occasions, our exhibitors in Maastricht have expressed the need and desire for a Tefaf platform in the U.S., as have many private and institutional collectors,” says Patrick van Maris, chief executive of Tefaf. “Among the different possibilities Tefaf has explored over the past couple of years, this partnership with Artvest in the Park Avenue Armory New York really stood out. As the world’s most buoyant art market, New York is a perfect match.” (more…)

Takashi Murakami Writes on Collecting for New York Times

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

Takashi Murakami, via NYTTakashi Murakami has a brief comment in the New York Times this week, discussing his collecting habits and aesthetic interests. The artist is opening a show of his personal collection of art and ephemera at the Yokohama Museum of Art in Japan.  “For me, what is important is to hold works of art in my possession, to make the actual purchase,” he writes.  “This is a hands-on way for me to experiment and learn about the personal value that pieces hold to collectors, their value as works of art and the traits by which they can be evaluated.” (more…)

Ai Weiwei Planning New Work with Life Jackets from Greek Island

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

Ai Weiwei, via DWContinuing his advocacy on Lesbos, Ai Weiwei is creating a work of art from over 14,000 life jackets, in an attempt to bring attention to the crimes committed by people smugglers in the Aegean.  “This work aims to mobilize the global community regarding the crime carried out daily in the Aegean by ruthless people smugglers,” a statement reads. (more…)

Peter Fischli Interviewed in New York Times

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

Peter Fischli, via NYTThe New York Times has a profile on Peter Fischli, one half of duo Fischli/Weiss, on the opening their career retrospective at the Guggenheim this week.  “There’s a phrase in German — schiefe Ebene — which you kind of use to mean things going downhill,” he says at one point, gazing down the museum’s curved walkway. “And I think about this image of 30 years of art rolling down the hill. And I think, in this case, maybe it’s a good thing!” (more…)