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Avery Singer Joins Hauser & Wirth

December 13th, 2019

Avery Singer is now represented by Hauser & Wirth, the gallery announced today.
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Case Over Rudolf Stingel Illustrates Issues in Inigo Philbrick Cases

December 13th, 2019

A new filing in a dispute over a Rudolf Stingel has illustrated more of the background in the case of Inigo Philbrick, particularly how the dealer would move between classifying the transfers of works as sales or loans.  “That is the real story here of what is going on with all of these Inigo deals—there was a lot of easy money allowing him to perpetrate these frauds, not only from the Reubens but others as well,” says attorney Judd Grossman.
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Russian Museums Embrace Putin’s Call for Satellite Venues

December 13th, 2019

Russian museums are seizing on Vladimir Putin’s idea to open satellite venues in various regions of the country as a move to improve living standards.  “We must organise branches of such museums in regional centers of the Russian Federation, so works of art don’t lie around in storage or in basements, but so people see them,” Putin said.
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Avery Singer Joins Hauser & Wirth

December 13th, 2019

Avery Singer is now represented by Hauser & Wirth, the gallery announced today. Read More »

Case Over Rudolf Stingel Illustrates Issues in Inigo Philbrick Cases

December 13th, 2019

A new filing in a dispute over a Rudolf Stingel has illustrated more of the background in the case of Inigo Philbrick, particularly how the dealer would move between classifying the transfers of works as sales or loans.  “That is the real story here of what is going on with all of these Inigo deals—there was a lot of easy money allowing him to perpetrate these frauds, not only from the Reubens but others as well,” says attorney Judd Grossman. Read More »

Russian Museums Embrace Putin’s Call for Satellite Venues

December 13th, 2019

Russian museums are seizing on Vladimir Putin’s idea to open satellite venues in various regions of the country as a move to improve living standards.  “We must organise branches of such museums in regional centers of the Russian Federation, so works of art don’t lie around in storage or in basements, but so people see them,” Putin said. Read More »

Townhouse with Julian Schnabel-Designed Interiors on Market for $18.5 Million

December 13th, 2019

The WSJ gives a tour of the $18.5 million New York Townhouse on sale this month, featuring interiors designed by Julian Schnabel.  The colorful home is currently inhabited by his first wife, Jacqueline. Read More »

George Condo in Talks to Join Hauser & Wirth

December 13th, 2019

George Condo is reported in talks to join Hauser & Wirth, according to Art News.  The report cites several sources saying that the artist is being courted by the massive gallery. Read More »

Companies Jump on Board for Cattelan Banana Send-Ups

December 12th, 2019

A piece in Ad Age this week looks at the number of companies and advertising agencies piggybacking on a massive popularity of Maurizio Cattelan’s banana sculpture Comedian.  Read More »

Work Appearing to be Stolen Gustav Klimt Found in Gallery Wall

December 12th, 2019

A painting believed to be a Gustav Klimt stolen 23 years ago has been discovered in the wall of the Ricci Oddi gallery where it had previously been on display.   “It is very strange, because, immediately after the theft, every single inch of the gallery and garden was checked with a fine-tooth comb,” says Jonathan Papamerenghi, a member of the Piacenza council. “The strangest thing is that the painting is in excellent condition. It does not seem like it has been locked under a trapdoor for 22 years.” Read More »

Bloomberg Offers Support to Save Venice Foundation

December 12th, 2019

Bloomberg is throwing its weight behind the Save Venice foundation, fielding donations to help combat the effects of climate change on the lagoon city. “We’re worrying about the foundations of the buildings, as well as the stonework,” says Melissa Conn of Save Venice. Read More »

Sotheby’s Re-Organizes, Amy Cappellazzo Heads Expanded Fine Arts Division

December 12th, 2019

Sotheby’s has reordered its auction house around two divisions, Fine Arts and Luxury, Art and Objects, with Amy Cappellazzo taking on an expanded role as head of the Fine Arts division. The strategy will look to “reduce the current silos that exists between fine arts, business development and regional organizations,” according to a statement. Read More »

Art News Publishes Top 200 Collectors List

December 12th, 2019

Art News has published the 30th edition of its Top 200 Collectors List, with a number of familiar faces and new names included. Read More »

Friedrich Petzel Profiled in Art News

December 12th, 2019

Friedrich Petzel gets a profile in Art News, as he discusses his vision for his gallery and business model. “My imagination does not allow for 80, 90, 100 artists,” he says. “I think there’s a certain expectation of precision from people who enter the gallery.” Read More »

Rebecca Royal Academy of Arts Elects Rebecca Salter as President

December 11th, 2019

Rebecca Salter has been elected as new president of the Royal Academy of Arts. “A great day for the Royal Academy as Rebecca Salter is elected the first woman to be president since its founding in 1768,” says artist and academician Cathie Pilkington. Read More »

Art Berlin Fair Cancelled

December 11th, 2019

The Art Berlin fair has been scrapped, Art Newspaper reports. “We regret this step very much,” says Gerald Böse, the managing director of Koelnmesse. “But at the moment we don’t see the conditions necessary to achieve our visions in producing this event.” Read More »

British Court Orders Sotheby’s Repaid for Disputed Work Sold for $10.8 Million

December 11th, 2019

A British court has ruled that Sotheby’s is due repayment for a disputed Frans Hals work, which originally sold for $10.8 million before being declared a fake.  “We were glad to see our position completely vindicated by the court,” a representative for Sotheby’s says.  Read More »

Guardian Interviews Artist Who Ate Maurizio Cattelan’s Banana

December 11th, 2019

Artist David Datuna, who ate Maurizio Cattelan’s banana at Art Basel Miami Beach. “Warhol put banana on a canvas,” he says. “Cattelan takes a real banana and puts it on the wall. David took banana from the wall and ate it!” Read More »

Francesco Bonami Talks Art Fairs with Art News

December 11th, 2019

Art News interviews curator Francesco Bonami about his experiences at Art Fairs.  “People go to art fairs to meet people, then to look at art, but often people don’t want to meet you and sometimes they don’t want even to look at art,” he says. “You also learn a different language where ‘very good’ means good, ‘good’ means ok, and ‘ok’ means ‘it’s a disaster, I have not sold anything.'” Read More »

Parthenon Marbles Suffered Damage Due to Pollution

December 11th, 2019

A piece in Art News notes that the Elgin Marbles have suffered damage due to pollution over the years, after the study of a series of casts has uncovered evidence of what the statues looked like during the 1800’s.  “Elgin’s casts could be important records of the state of the sculptures in the very early 19th-century before modern pollution would hasten their deterioration,” says researcher Emma Payne. Read More »

Donation From Resnick Family Makes Catherine Opie Endowed Chair at UCLA Art

December 10th, 2019

Catherine Opie will be the first endowed chair in the art department of UCLA, LA Times reports.  “This allows my area to grow,” Opie said. “The Resnicks have been really generous, not only to the university as a whole — but I’ve really appreciated what they’ve done for the department.” Read More »

LA Luminary Bettina Korek to Head Serpentine Galleries

December 10th, 2019

Bettina Korek of Frieze LA will take over as new head of the Serpentine Galleries.  “Some of the most compelling qualities of LA as a city are embodied by the Serpentine as an institution: intrepid innovation, fluidity across disciplines, an irrepressible preoccupation with the future. I am honoured to share the responsibility of leading the Serpentine into its 50th year and to continue to cultivate creative and philanthropic synergy between London, the US and the rest of the world,” she said in a statement. Read More »

Bloomberg Traces Names and Faces Behind Philbrick Art Scandal

December 10th, 2019

A piece in Bloomberg traces the ongoing dispute between dealer Inigo Philbrick and the mysterious Guzzini Properties LTD.m uncovering that the company is owned by David and Simon Reuben.  “My clients are philanthropic collectors, who, unfortunately, must now litigate to secure their rightful title to artworks after their good-faith, arm’s-length purchases,” says lawyer Wendy Lindstrom. Read More »

Lawrence Abu Hamdan Wins 2019 Edvard Munch Art Award

December 9th, 2019

After sharing this year’s Turner PrizeLawrence Abu Hamdan has won the 2019 Edvard Munch Art Award, which includes a residency and $50,000. A statement by the Munchmuseet noted the institution “values the artist’s commitment to human rights and his capacity to address urgent political subjects through his art.” Read More »

Maurizio Cattelan Work Removed from Perrotin ABMB Booth After Drawing Massive Crowds

December 9th, 2019

Maurizio Cattelan much talked about banana work was removed from the Galerie Perrotin booth at Art Basel Miami Beach this weekend after crowds gathering to see the work became too large. “Art Basel collaboratively worked with us to station guards and create uniform lines,” reads a gallery statement. “However, the installation caused several uncontrollable crowd movements and the placement of the work on our booth compromised the safety of the artwork around us, including that of our neighbors.” Read More »

Teen Admits to Attempted Murder in Tate Modern Case

December 9th, 2019

The teenager who threw a young boy from the balcony of the Tate Modern has admitted to attempted murder, and will be sentenced early next year, after saying the act was intended to silence those who said he was not mentally ill. “I wanted to be on the news, who I am and why I did it, so when it is official no-one can say anything else,” he said. Read More »

Art Basel Offering Deals to Exhibitors in Hong Kong Fair

December 9th, 2019

Art Basel is offering support to dealers exhibiting in its Hong Kong fair this coming year, with a 5% to 10% discount on stand fixtures such as walls, flooring and lighting, which some speculate is an attempt to lure uneasy galleries in the wake of the protests in Hong Kong. “The $200,000 cost of doing Art Basel in Hong Kong is the difference between a small or mid-tier gallery going under. We are prepared to take the risk but we would like that properly acknowledged,” said one anonymous dealer. Read More »