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Dawoud Bey Joins Sean Kelly

October 23rd, 2019

Artist Dawoud Bey has joined Sean Kelly in New York.  “I have admired Dawoud’s work for many years and we have been friends for a long time,” Kelly says. “We very much look forward to welcoming him to the gallery and representing his inspiring and important body of work.”
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Work Attributed as “Close to Raphael” Sells at €1.27m in Vienna

October 23rd, 2019

A painting of the Madonna and child attributed as “close to Raphael” has sold for €1.27m in Vienna, Art Newspaper reports, more than three times its estimate.  The sales comes after one historian speculated the work was perhaps by the artist himself. “We think this probably made the work even more interesting,” says Doris Krumpl, a spokeswoman for Dorotheum, where the work was sold.
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Saudi Arabia Plans Modern Art Museum

October 23rd, 2019

Saudi Arabia is planning a modern art museum outside Riyadh, Forbes reports.  Titled the Saudi Museum of Modern Art, it will be “designed according to a modern creative concept influenced by the traditional local architectural style.”
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Dawoud Bey Joins Sean Kelly

October 23rd, 2019

Artist Dawoud Bey has joined Sean Kelly in New York.  “I have admired Dawoud’s work for many years and we have been friends for a long time,” Kelly says. “We very much look forward to welcoming him to the gallery and representing his inspiring and important body of work.” Read More »

Work Attributed as “Close to Raphael” Sells at €1.27m in Vienna

October 23rd, 2019

A painting of the Madonna and child attributed as “close to Raphael” has sold for €1.27m in Vienna, Art Newspaper reports, more than three times its estimate.  The sales comes after one historian speculated the work was perhaps by the artist himself. “We think this probably made the work even more interesting,” says Doris Krumpl, a spokeswoman for Dorotheum, where the work was sold. Read More »

Saudi Arabia Plans Modern Art Museum

October 23rd, 2019

Saudi Arabia is planning a modern art museum outside Riyadh, Forbes reports.  Titled the Saudi Museum of Modern Art, it will be “designed according to a modern creative concept influenced by the traditional local architectural style.” Read More »

German Firm Sues Dealer Over Allegedly Withheld Works

October 23rd, 2019

A new lawsuit filed in Florida sees art dealer Inigo Phil  facing off against Fine Art Partners (FAP), a Germany-based financial services company that claims the dealer is withholding $14 million in works by Donald Judd, and perhaps most notably, one of Yayoi Kusama‘s Infinity Room works. Read More »

Sotheby’s Has $25m Rothko for New York Sale in November

October 23rd, 2019

Sotheby’s has announced  that Mark Rothko’s Blue Over Red will be a featured lot in the company’s Contemporary Art Evening Sale November 14th in NYC.  The work was acquired directly from the artist by dealer and collector Harold Diamond, before being sold to a private collection from the holdings Baltimore collectors Israel and Selma Rosen. Read More »

Yayoi Kusama Balloon to Fly in Macy’s Day Parade

October 23rd, 2019

Yayoi Kusama will have a balloon in this year’s Macy’s Day Parade, Art News reports.  “Her work lends itself to that playful whimsy that we like to see in the sky,” says Susan Tercero, the parade’s executive producer. “What’s fantastic about her art, and why I think she’s so world-renowned, is that it is so accessible. Everyone can look at her art and appreciate it, understand it, and feel something from it, and that’s what we’re trying to do.” Read More »

Instagram Holds Meeting with Art World on Nudity in Art

October 22nd, 2019

Instagram held a closed-door roundtable yesterday with art institutions and artists in New York about its community guidelines and content moderation policies as they relate to nudity in art, Art News reports. “Today was about meeting with the community in the art world to understand their feedback,” spokesperson Stephanie Otway said. “A lot of their feedback is based around our nudity policies, so we definitely felt it was a constructive day for us to think about how these policies evolve and develop in the future. I think it’s the start of a conversation between us and the art community.” Read More »

Art Basel Hong Kong Announces Gallery List

October 22nd, 2019

Amid discord in Hong Kong, the new list of exhibitors for next year’s edition of Art Basel Hong Kong has been announced, with 241 galleries on hand. Read More »

Berlin Dealer Michael Schultz Arrested on Charges of Selling Fake Works

October 22nd, 2019

Berlin gallerist Michael Schultz has been arrested over suspicion of selling fake artworks. The arrest came after German authorities found an alleged fake by an when it was put up for sale at an auction house. Read More »

Yves Klein ‘Anthropometries’ Piece Estimated to Top Record at Christie’s Next Month

October 22nd, 2019

An Yves Klein from his Anthropometries series may beat the artist’s auction record at Christie’s next month in New York, estimated to sell at $12 million to $18 million. Read More »

Caravaggio Tapestry Set to Go On View in Separate Wing of Malta Cathedral

October 22nd, 2019

St John’s Co-Cathedral in Valletta, Malta will open its own wing dedicated to the Caravaggio tapestry set it holds in its collection, following a restoration. “Apart from cleaning the tapestries, losses and open seams were reinforced and lined is such a way that strengthens and supports the magnificent weavings so that they can hang again,” says Cynthia de Giorgio, the curator and museum project leader of St John’s Co-Cathedral.  Read More »

Andrea Lissoni to Take Over as Director at Haus der Kunst

October 22nd, 2019

Andrea Lissoni the senior curator at Tate Modern, will take over as director at the Haus der Kunst, taking over for the late Okwui Enwezor. “We have found a convincing personality who is willing to and can face the challenges of the Haus der Kunst in the field of tension between international radiance and local embedding,” says Bernd Sibler, the art minister in the state of Bavaria. Read More »

RIP – Artist Huang Yong Ping Has Died, Aged 65

October 22nd, 2019

Chinese artist Huang Yong Ping, a provocative and challenging practitioner who often brought forth taboo subjects in China, has passed away at 65. His death was confirmed by Gladstone Gallery. The artist’s work recently encountered controversy in New York, when his 1993 work Theater of the World was altered to remove animals preying on each other from the inside of the work. “Huang doesn’t give a damn,” said Kamel Mennour. “Sometimes I’ll point out important clients to him, but it makes no difference. He never goes to openings or parties, never reads magazines. He wears the same pants and shoes every day. He’s just obsessively focused on his work.” Read More »

Christie’s to Sell Umberto Boccioni Work for Upwards of $3.8 Million Next Month in New York

October 22nd, 2019

On November 11 in New York Christie’s will sell Umberto Boccioni’s iconic sculpture Unique Forms of Continuity in Space, estimated at $3,800,000-4,500,000. “In his brief life, Boccioni reimagined time, space and movement in three dimensions,” says Max Carter, International Director, Head of Department, Impressionist and Modern Art at the auction house. “Where other works of art are rooted in the past, Unique Forms of Continuity of Space—Boccioni’s greatest achievement and one of the most important sculptures of the 20th century—was, is and will always be the future.” Read More »

NYT Charts Friendship Between Mary Cassett and Edgar Degas

October 21st, 2019

A piece in the NYT looks at the friendship between Mary Cassatt and Edgar Degas, and how the pair’s shared interests and styles helped usher in a new era of art. “Degas was surrounded by Americans,” says historian Nancy Mowll Mathews. “He was someone who liked having people like him. He got them interested in his ideas. Cassatt was one of many who came into the Impressionist circle through Degas.”  Read More »

Newly Discovered Rembrandt to Go on View in Oxford

October 21st, 2019

A newly discovered painting by Rembrandt will go on view for the first time at Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum, The Guardian reports. “In his early paintings, prints and drawings we find a young artist exploring his own style, grappling with technical difficulties and making mistakes. But his progress is remarkable and the works in this exhibition demonstrate an amazing development from year to year,” says Christopher Brown, a former Ashmolean director and co-curator of the show. Read More »

Protestors from Extinction Rebellion Cover Themselves in Oil at National Portrait Gallery in London

October 21st, 2019

Environmental protestors from Extinction Rebellion coated themselves with fake oil at the National Portrait Gallery this week, in protest against the museum’s sponsorship by BP. “Who will there be left to see, who will there be left to paint, if we have no earth and no people?” a protestor said during the action. “We cannot be artists on a dead planet. Oil means the end, but art means the beginning.” Read More »

Volta Art Fair Sold to Ramsay Fairs

October 21st, 2019

Volta Art Fair has been purchased by Ramsay Fairs, the group that owns the Affordable Art Fair and Pulse, the Financial Times reports. The new owners will work “to invest more in marketing and the fair experience,” according to a statement. Read More »

Art Dealer Hildegard Bachert Has Passed Away at Age 98

October 21st, 2019

Hildegard Bachert, an art dealer focused on German and Austrian modernism, has died at age 98.  Bachert was a tireless advocate for the often challenging subject matter of the work she sold, once saying: “We don’t do pretty pictures—our art is tough. If we have people who come in saying, ‘I’m looking for a picture that works over my fireplace,’ I say, ‘I’m sorry but I can’t help you.’” Read More »

Keith Haring Mural Cut from Youth Center Stairwell

October 21st, 2019

A Keith Haring mural is being cut out of the stairwell of Grace House, a Catholic youth center on Manhattan’s Upper West Side and prepared for auction, causing some to decry its removal. “When new kids came to that building and they saw all that stuff, they said, ‘Oh my god, this is Keith Haring. Is this real?’” says former director Gary Mallon. Read More »

NBCUniversal Head Ron Meyer Sues Dealers Over Alleged Fake Rothko

October 21st, 2019

Hollywood exec Ron Meyer has filed a $10m lawsuit against two art dealers he claims sold him a forged Mark Rothko. “Ron Meyer is probably Hollywood’s best liked person. The people he’s quietly helped are legion,” says lawyer Bertram Fields. “It’s a shame that Ron, of all people, should have been stuck with an expensive but fake painting.  We’ll try to right that wrong.” Read More »

MoMA Hit With Multiple Protests as it Reopens

October 21st, 2019

A pair of protests were staged at MoMA the past few days, with groups disrupting the opening this morning over Steven Tananbaum’s position as trustee, and his company’s holding of $2.5 billion in debt from Puerto Rico, which is currently facing government austerity, as well as a protest this past weekend over alleged museum ties to Fidelity Investments, which has stakes in GEO Group and CoreCivic, two private-prison companies. Read More »

MoMA Opens Day Early

October 20th, 2019

In a surprise move, MoMA opened its doors on its newly renovated space a day early, offering free admission all Sunday.  “We decided to celebrate with visitors from New York and around the world by offering free admission to all on Sunday, one day before we officially open the new MoMA on October 21. Come and celebrate with us!” a MoMA spokesperson said in an email. Read More »

NYT Spotlights Post-Brexit Future for EU Art Market

October 18th, 2019

David Zwirner is in the NYT this week, talking about Brexit and how it has affected the future of the European art market. “I thought of having a second leg in Europe since a few years, but Brexit did accelerate that process,” he says. “There were opportunities in Europe we weren’t grabbing in the way we should.”

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