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WSJ Looks at Dispute Over Greek Collector’s Treasure Trove of Works

Friday, July 1st, 2016

Basil and Elise Goulandris, via WSJThe 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…)

Sotheby’s Helena Newman Allays Brexit Fears Following Auction Week

Friday, July 1st, 2016

Helena Newman, via NYTSotheby’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…)

Rijksmuseum Makes 250,000 Works from Collection Available Online

Friday, July 1st, 2016

Rijksmuseum, via ArchdailyThe Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam has made 250,000 works from its huge collection available for free online viewing or free download.  The museum’s impressive collection of Dutch Masters and 17th Century European works will now be available for all to view online and download for use. (more…)

Arrest Made in Matisse Trailer Theft

Friday, July 1st, 2016

Stolen Matisse Trailer, via LA TimesAn 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…)

New York – Ed Atkins at Gavin Brown’s New Harlem Exhibition Space Through July 1st, 2016

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

Gavin Brown's New Exhibition Space, Ed Atkins at Gavin Brown's, via Art Observed
Gavin Brown’s New Exhibition Space, Ed Atkins at Gavin Brown’s, via Art Observed

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.

Ed Atkins at Gavin Brown's, via Gavin Brown's
Ed Atkins at Gavin Brown’s, via Gavin Brown’s

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Marian Goodman Awarded Leo Award by ICI

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

Marian Goodman, via ICIMarian 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…)

Spanish Court Rules Against Dalí Foundation Protection of Artist’s Image

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

Salvador Dali, via Art NewspaperThe 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…)

Artists Pension Trust Makes First Payments Following Private Sale

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

Mark Bradford, Building The Big White Whale (2012), via PhillipsThe Artist Pension Trust, a mutual fund founded on and maintained with the donations of a group of artists including Mark Bradford, Nina Beier, Daniel Arsham, and Rob Pruitt, among others, has made its first payout, following a $452,085 private sale of works from its collection. (more…)

New Athens Cultural Center Remains Shuttered in Wake of Country’s Financial Problems

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

Athens Cultural Centre, via the guardianThe 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…)

RIP – Fluxus Pioneer Ben Patterson at the Age of 82

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

Ben Patterson, via Art News
Ben Patterson, via Art News

Ben Patterson, an early Fluxus member, musician and composer, has passed away at the age of 82 at his home in Wiesbaden, Germany.   (more…)

Thaddaeus Ropac Committed to London Space Post-Brexit

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

Tony Cragg, Sculptures (Installation View), via Thaddaeus RopacThaddaeus 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…)

Philadelphia Museum of Art Receives Major Gift of Contemporary Works

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

Philadelphia Museum of Art, via NewsworksThe 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…)

New York – Terence Koh: “Bee Chapel” at Andrew Edlin Through July 29th, 2016

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

Terence Koh, Bee Chapel (Installation View), via Art Observed
Terence Koh, Bee Chapel (Installation View), via Art Observed

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.

Terence Koh, Bee Chapel (Installation View), via Art Observed
Terence Koh, Bee Chapel (Installation View), via Art Observed

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AO Auction Recap – London: Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary Evening Sale, June 29th, 2016

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016

Jean-Michel Basquiat, Self-Portrait (1981), via Christie's
Jean-Michel Basquiat, Self-Portrait (1981), via Christie’s

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…)

AO Auction Recap – London: Sotheby’s Post-War and Contemporary Evening Sale, June 28th, 2016

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016

Jenny Saville, Shift (1996-97), via Sotheby's
Jenny Saville, Shift (1996-97), via Sotheby’s

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…)

22-Year Old Collector Michael Xufu Wang Profiled in W Magazine

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016

Michale Xufu Wang, via W MagazineW 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…)

New York Times Explores Intersections of Social Unrest in Lahore, Pakistan’s Art World

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016

Imran Quereshi, via NYTThe 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…)

NYC ID Program Sees 400,000 New Museum Memberships

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016

Visitors at MoMA, via WSJThe 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 Jussi Pylkkanen Interviewed in Art Newspaper

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016

Christie's, via Art NewspaperChristie’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…)

German Government Handed Nazi-Loot Back to Nazi Families, According to Landmark Report

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016

Jan van der Heyden, (Dutch 1637-1712) View of a Dutch square (Hollandisches Platzbild), via CLAEA 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…)

AO Auction Recap – London: Phillips 20th Century and Contemporary Evening Sale, June 27th, 2016

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

Anselm Kiefer, Fur Velimir Khlebnikov Die Lehre vom Krieg Seeschlachten (2004-2010), via Phillips
Anselm Kiefer, Für Velimir Khlebnikov: Die Lehre vom Krieg: Seeschlachten (2004-2010), via Phillips

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.

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Frieze London Announces Projects for 2016 Edition of Fair

Monday, June 27th, 2016

Outside the Frieze Fair, via Art ObservedFrieze 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…)

Douglas Coupland Searching for Van Gogh Lookalikes

Monday, June 27th, 2016

VanGogh2Author 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 Installs New Work on Governor’s Island

Monday, June 27th, 2016

Rachel Whiteread, via Evening StandardRachel 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…)