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Freedman Fitzpatrick Opening Paris Location

January 16th, 2018

Freedman Fitzpatrick, via Art NewsLos Angeles gallery Freedman Fitzpatrick is opening a new location in Paris, Art News reports. “Paris is really similar to L.A. in that way,” Robbie Fitzpatrick says. “A lot of artists are moving there from all over. It’s manifesting itself as a dynamic city that has a lot of possibility to explore, on top of already being an incredibly important city for culture, historically.”
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NYT Looks at Current Art Projects Using Cryptocurrency Technologies

January 15th, 2018

Richard Prince's ready made token, via NYTThe New York Times takes a look at recent blockchain authorization technology, and fine art projects that have explored the blockchain as both a performative space and a place for authenticating ownership for work. “It’s early days, but this could happen in the blossoming art space as well. The blockchain is an entirely new medium for art,” Mack Flavelle, a developer and artist behind one project called CryptoKitties. 
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Artists, Curators and Directors Pen Open Letter Over Documenta Controversy

January 15th, 2018

Documenta, via Art NewspaperA group of art world professionals have penned an open letter over Kassel’s plans for the future of Documenta, expressing concern over the resignation of director Annette Kulenkampff.  The letter challenges the assertion that there “has been no proof whatsoever of (Kulenkampff’s) culpability” for the program’s budget deficits “which arose through a program concept for which all parties shared responsibility.”
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REFERENCE LIBRARY

Jean-Pierre Lehmann

Collector’s Birthdate: NA

Lehmann and wife, Chelsea-based art dealer, Rachel, have resided in New York since they moved from Geneva in 1992 and have been dedicated collectors of art for longer than 20 years.

Lehmann’s collection includes early works by Jeff Koons, Matthew Barney, Kara Walker, Jeff Wall and Gabriel Orozco. Notable works of his collection include Gilbert & George’s “Hands up”, Lisa Yuskavage’s “XLP” and Koon’s “Elephant”.

On contemporary artists:

“One of the problems artists today are going to face is that life, in general, is much longer than it used to be. You don’t have artists dying of tuberculosis or alcoholism when they are thirty-five or forty and leaving very interesting works – but very limited quantities, because their lives were limited. Now, most artists will probably live like everybody else until eighty, ninety or one hundred, and if they want to produce until the end, they’ll have problems, because their productive years will be much longer. Probably then you will see the difference between the good and the less good.”

Lindemann, Adam. Collecting Contemporary: Los Angeles, Taschen GmbH 2006.