The WSJ looks at the collection of Greek magnate Basil Goulandris, which currently sits at the center of a major legal dispute surrounding the ownership of a series of works sold to an offshore corporation shortly before Goulandris passed away. The works were intended for a museum in Athens, but many in Goulandris’s family are fighting for what they consider their inheritance. “I’m keeping my walls empty until my paintings come home to me,” says Goulandris’s niece Aspasia Zaimis, who is suing for the works. (more…)
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Sotheby’s Helena Newman spoke with the New York Times this week, registering her disregard for the Brexit’s influence on the European auction market. “Whatever is going on, if you have something really great or really rare, that will ride out any concerns,” she says. “There continue to be global collectors who are looking for museum-quality work.” (more…)
An arrest has been made in connection with the theft of a trailer housing works by Matisse and Chagall earlier this year, the LA Times reports. Robert Michael Slayton was taken into custody when the trailer was found, stripped, in his backyard, with $120,000 worth of art still in his possession. Some works remain missing. (more…)
Gavin Brown has headed north, finally opening his long-rumored Harlem exhibition space with an expansive show of work by British artist Ed Atkins. Culling a diverse series pieces from the artist’s recent output, the exhibition’s awareness of its context, and its presence in this former brewery turned exhibition space, makes for a strangely surreal experience, and a striking perspective on the gallery itself.
Marian Goodman has been awarded the 2016 Leo Award by Independent Curators International, honoring her “groundbreaking support of contemporary art.” “Last year, ICI marked its 40th anniversary, a milestone that Marian Goodman Gallery will celebrate just a year from now,” said Renaud Proch, ICI’s Executive Director. “Today, we’re proud to honor Marian Goodman for her steadfast support of so many of the artists who move us, impact society, and help us make sense of the world in which we live.” (more…)
The Spanish Civil Court has ruled that the Salvador Dalí Foundation has no legal standing to protect the artist’s image, the Art Newspaper reports. The decision backs up previous decisions in Spanish courts, which found that the foundation did not have grounds to defend the artist’s image rights. (more…)
The Guardian takes a tour of the recently completed but still unopened Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center in Athens, which has been forced to remain shuttered during Greece’s fiscal woes. “In difficult moments like this, you need hope,” says Renzo Piano, who designed the space. “Making a good building is an important civic gesture. It makes you believe in a better world.” (more…)
Thaddaeus Ropac has committed himself to a an exhibition space in the London neighborhood of Mayfair, following concerns over the loss of businesses after the Brexit. “However bad [the Brexit situation] is, London is the quintessential centre of the art world, I am absolutely committed to it,” Ropac says. (more…)
The Philadelphia Museum of Art has received a major gift of contemporary work from the collection of Keith and Katherine Sachs, currently on view at the institution. “One day, I had one important work by Robert Gober to work with, the following day I had six,” says curator Carlos Basualdo. “This allows you to tell more interesting stories, and more stories in general.” (more…)
Since his departure from the New York art scene several years prior, Terence Koh has appeared in the art context at fits and starts; a performance here, a reading there, or an unexpected appearance at the PS1 Art Book fair in 2014, where the artist sold materials from his farm in upstate New York. His momentary appearances implied the artist was continuing his work while living far from the madding crowd, but rarely was his work on view, or presented within the gallery context. This changes with Koh’s Bee Chapel, a powerful install at Andrew Edlin Gallery on the Bowery that hints at Koh’s increasingly nuanced practice.
This week’s Contemporary Evening Sales have concluded, following Christie’s stolid outing in London this evening, as only 4 of the auction house’s 40 lots went unsold to reach a final total of £39,566,000. Sales were consistently focused over the course of the evening, with few works falling under estimated price. While an early warning note was sounded with the withdrawal of the sale’s leading Gerhard Richter lot, the auction house’s commitment to placing works this evening ultimately drove it towards a strong bottom line, even if the sale held back from ambitious benchmarks or marquee lots. (more…)
The post-Brexit contemporary sales continued in London this past evening, as Sotheby’s capped a 47-lot offering of contemporary and post-war works, seeing all but 7 works find a buyer, and bringing in a sales tally of £52,194,000 that exceeded its initial $35 million estimates. (more…)
W Magazine profiles 22-year old collector Michael Xufu Huang, a co-founder of Beijing’s private M Woods museum, as he finishes school and continues his work in building out his collection. “In the beginning, you buy with your ears,” he says. “You get really excited when people sell you stuff. Now, I’m very careful.” (more…)
The New York Times reports from the arts community in Lahore, Pakistan, charting the violence and unrest that has come to factor heavily in the work of those educated at the city’s National College of Arts. “The confusion is a kind of blessing because there is no consensus,” says artist Quddus Mirza. “India has this thing about Indianness. Here, there is no identity.” (more…)
The WSJ reports on the success of New York City’s new ID program, which has resulted in 400,000 new yearlong memberships to major city arts institutions, a point that also sees these institutions engaging with communities they had long sought out but struggled to connect with. “It’s not just an issue of how many people are going to buy memberships. It’s how many people are going to retain a relationship to the institution,” says the city’s Cultural Affairs Commissioner, Tom Finkelpearl. (more…)
Christie’s head Jussi Pylkkanen is interviewed in the Art Newspaper this week, as he reflects on his company’s path through the next decades and beyond. “Staying relevant, making sure the contemporary side of the business is in good order and reaching out to the younger audience of 35 and under… we used to send a catalogue to a few hundred people; now, a video on YouTube can be viewed by hundreds of thousands,” he says. (more…)
A landmark report by the Commission for Looted Art in Europe has uncovered evidence that the German government had frequently given Nazi-looted works back to the families of Nazi officers rather than their rightful owners, and had covered up this practice for decades. The report points to a trove of works returned to Henriette Hoffmann-von Schirach, the daughter of photographer and close friend of Adolf Hitler, and wife of Baldur von Schirach, who was condemned at Nuremburg for crimes against humanity. (more…)
The first of June’s Contemporary Art sales in London has wrapped up in London this evening, as Phillips concluded its 20th Century and Contemporary sale to mixed results and a final sales total of £11,873,000, within the evening’s sales estimate. The 31-lot sale saw 10 of its works go unsold, while a handful of other pieces brought impressively strong prices, ultimately casting ominous, albeit foggy indications of the European market in the wake of the Brexit vote.
Frieze London has announced its planned events and curated sectors for the 2016 edition of its annual fair in Regents Park. For its 14th edition, the fair will feature over 160 galleries, its annual projects sections, and a new section called “The 90s,” organized by Geneva-based curator Nicolas Trembley to reflect on important installations and projects from that decade. (more…)
Author Douglas Coupland is searching for a Vincent van Gogh lookalike, with the person most closely resembling the artist winning a $5,000 prize. “I’m learning that most people have someone in their life who looks like Vincent van Gogh,” Coupland says. “It could be your next-door neighbor. It could be a guy at work. It could be you.” (more…)
Rachel Whiteread has installed a new installation on Governor’s Island, an immense, cast-concrete cabin that sits just at the edge of the island. “I wanted to have something that was very humble but had a sort of idea of solitude and showed the city from a different angle,” Whiteread says. “I like the idea of being there on your own with the Statue of Liberty and the site of the former World Trade Center over the water.” (more…)