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LA Galleries Are Opening NYC Spaces, Art Newspaper Reports

November 30th, 2021

A piece in Art Newspaper this week documents the string of Los Angeles galleries setting up shop in New York. “I think the move is giving us the chance to work more closely and be in more constant dialogue with the best institutions in the country,” says dealer François Ghebaly, who is opening a space in the city. “Selling art at this moment is not difficult, it’s more a question of who we want to sell to.”
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AO On-Site – Miami Beach: Untitled Art Fair, November 29th – December 4th, 2021

November 30th, 2021

Andy Dixon at Over The Influence, via Art Observed
Andy Dixon at Over The Influence, via Art Observed

Located just off the beachside drag of Ocean Drive, amid the sandy hills of Miami Beach and the Atlantic Ocean, Untitled Art Fair has once again raised its posts and opened its doors for its annual show during Miami Art Week. Place amid meandering beachgoers and booming soundsystems, as well as the annual throng of Art Basel Miami Beach visitors, the fair has one of the more unique positions in a week full of unique offerings, one that balances some of the most familiar sights of the city with the impressive work on view inside.

Untitled Art Fair, via Art Observed
Untitled Art Fair, via Art Observed


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NYT Charts Practice of “Preselling” Booths at Art Fairs

November 29th, 2021

A piece in the New York Times this week documents galleries’ recent trend towards preselling works at their fair booths, and the craft of selling work at a fair more broadly. “Managing expectations is an art,” says David Zwirner. “You’ll be successful in this industry if you master that. If you don’t, you won’t.”
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LA Galleries Are Opening NYC Spaces, Art Newspaper Reports

November 30th, 2021

A piece in Art Newspaper this week documents the string of Los Angeles galleries setting up shop in New York. “I think the move is giving us the chance to work more closely and be in more constant dialogue with the best institutions in the country,” says dealer François Ghebaly, who is opening a space in the city. “Selling art at this moment is not difficult, it’s more a question of who we want to sell to.” Read More »

AO On-Site – Miami Beach: Untitled Art Fair, November 29th – December 4th, 2021

November 30th, 2021

Andy Dixon at Over The Influence, via Art Observed
Andy Dixon at Over The Influence, via Art Observed

Located just off the beachside drag of Ocean Drive, amid the sandy hills of Miami Beach and the Atlantic Ocean, Untitled Art Fair has once again raised its posts and opened its doors for its annual show during Miami Art Week. Place amid meandering beachgoers and booming soundsystems, as well as the annual throng of Art Basel Miami Beach visitors, the fair has one of the more unique positions in a week full of unique offerings, one that balances some of the most familiar sights of the city with the impressive work on view inside.

Untitled Art Fair, via Art Observed
Untitled Art Fair, via Art Observed

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NYT Charts Practice of “Preselling” Booths at Art Fairs

November 29th, 2021

A piece in the New York Times this week documents galleries’ recent trend towards preselling works at their fair booths, and the craft of selling work at a fair more broadly. “Managing expectations is an art,” says David Zwirner. “You’ll be successful in this industry if you master that. If you don’t, you won’t.” Read More »

Art Newspaper Reviews Collection of Billionaire Larry Ellison

November 29th, 2021

The Art Newspaper has a piece this week on the collection of billionaire Larry Ellison, which includes four Van Gogh works, most notably one that hung in the hotel room of JFK the night before the president’s assassination in Dallas. Read More »

Brooklyn Museum to Receive $50 from New York City

November 23rd, 2021

New York’s Department of Cultural Affairs will give the Brooklyn Museum a capital infusion of $50 million, making it the largest gift in museum history. “I’m really grateful to the mayor and the commissioner of Cultural Affairs,” says director Anne Pasternak. “When I came to them with this very big idea, they actually took the meeting, and they took it seriously.” Read More »

Frieze Hires Christine Messineo as Director of LA and NYC Fairs

November 23rd, 2021

Frieze has tapped Christine Messineo as director of both its LA and NYC fair events. “As a former exhibitor, I understand the commercial, educational and creative dynamics that make Frieze a unique place for discovery,” she says. “I’m excited to embark on this venture in both cities, places I love and have called home.” Read More »

Garage Museum Embarking on Massive Expansion Project

November 23rd, 2021

The Garage in Moscow will launch a massive expansion project, headed by SANAA. “Garage has always had a strong focus on the architecture of public spaces and their history, and this is very much in line with our practice. The Hexagon has a particular charm and we have tried to retain that in our design,” say architects Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa.  Read More »

Tate Modern Names Christine Y. Kim North American Curator at Large

November 23rd, 2021

LACMA curator Christine Y. Kim has been named the inaugural Christine Y. Britton Family Curator-at-Large for the Tate Modern. “Christine is a hugely talented and experienced curator, with a reputation for showcasing the incredible diversity of North American contemporary art,” says Tate director of collections Gregoir Muir. “I’m delighted that she’ll be joining the team in this role. As an American living in the United States, Christine will also bring on-the-ground expertise to Tate’s activities in the region.” Read More »

Frank Stella Interviewed in NYT

November 23rd, 2021

Frank Stella has an interview this week with the New York Times, as he installs a new sculpture outside of the World Trade Center, and reflects on the course of his career. “People used to talk about artists and say things like, ‘Oh, now he’s lost it,’” he says. “And what now seems like minuscule phases and changes in the work were at the time the end of a career. It was kind of a joke. But it was serious in the way people reacted to it.” Read More »

Critic Dave Hickey Passes Away at 82

November 22nd, 2021

Art critic Dave Hickey, a writer known for his keen critical eye and prolific output, has passed away at the age of 82. “People despise critics because people despise weakness,” Hickey was quoted in 2002, “and criticism is the weakest thing you can do in writing.” Read More »

Fifth Version of John Constable Painting Authenticated

November 22nd, 2021

Experts have revealed a fifth version of painter John Constable’s The Glebe Farm, and will go on sale at Sotheby’s. “It’s amazing, really, that in this day and age these things happen and there are still these great masterpieces out there, undiscovered and unknown,” says Julian Gascoigne, director of early British paintings at Sotheby’s. Read More »

Dutch Pavilion in Venice Will Host Estonia in 2022

November 18th, 2021

The Dutch Pavilion at the Venice Biennale will be handed over to Estonia this year, part of a project to welcome new nations into the Giardini. “The one-time transfer of the pavilion shows our appreciation for Estonia in the field of the visual arts, while at the same time giving the Netherlands the opportunity to step out of our comfort zone and see what freedom it gives us when we step outside the walls of the pavilion,” says Eelco van der Lingen, Director of the Mondriaan Fund, which helped oversee the project. Read More »

Julie Mehretu and Kehinde Wiley to Design New Cards for American Express

November 18th, 2021

Artists Julie Mehretu and Kehinde Wiley will create new credit card designs for American Express’s U.S. Platinum Card, part of a project by American Express that also includes a $1 million gift to the Studio Museun.“We are so thrilled and honored that American Express will support the Studio Museum so we can offer deeply meaningful experiences to audiences in Harlem and beyond,” Thelma Golden, the Studio Museum’s director and chief curator. Read More »

Lehmann Maupin Expands in Seoul

November 18th, 2021

Lehmann Maupin is expanding in Seoul, moving to a larger gallery in the Hannam-dong area of the city. “We have seen a growth in young collectors who’ve been behind their screens for the past 14 months, and they are now contributing to a real buzz in the art scene,” says Rachel Lehmann. “The biggest supporters of Korean artists are the Koreans,” she adds. Read More »

Frida Kahlo Work Becomes Most Expensive Work Auctioned by Latin American Artist at $34.9 Million

November 17th, 2021

A Frida Kahlo work has sold for $34.9 million this week at Sotheby’s, making it it the most expensive Latin American work sold at auction. “Painted in the same year her beloved Diego embarked on an affair with her friend, the Mexican golden age actress Maria Félix, this powerful portrait is the painted articulation of her anguish and sorrow,” says Anna Di Stasi, the director of Latin American Art at the auction house. Read More »

Sale of Work from Macklowe Family Collection Achieves $676.1 Million Result

November 16th, 2021

The art collection of the Macklowe family, sold as part of a fierce divorce battle, achieved a $676.1 million result last night at Sotheby’s, with every lot selling through. “It’s a strong market,” says collector Eugenio López Alonso. “Top quality always sells.” Read More »

Dealer Inigo Philbrick to Reportedly Plead Guilty in a New York Court this Week

November 16th, 2021

Dealer Inigo Philbrick will reportedly plead guilty to the alleged frauds he is accused of this week in New York, the Daily Beast reports.“Inigo Philbrick was a serial swindler who misled art collectors, investors, and lenders out of more than $20 million,” reads a statement by U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman. “When his schemes began to unravel, Philbrick allegedly fled the country.” Read More »

Scholar Sylvère Lotringer, Founder of Semiotext(e), Has Died

November 15th, 2021

Sylvère Lotringer, the influential scholar and founder of the book series Semiotext(e), has passed away at the age of 83. “He could meet people on their level and communicate this wealth of ideas to them,” says writer Chris Kraus. “So many people talk about how meeting Sylvère and hearing him made them change their lives. For him, all of this learning and all of this philosophy was a tool for living a more purposeful and meaningful life.” Read More »

Agnieszka Kurant Interviewed in NYT

November 15th, 2021

Artist Agnieszka Kurant gives the NYT an interview this week, holding court on her work and philosophy. “She has ambitions to make major contributions to the way we understand ourselves, and to how we categorize and organize knowledge,” says curator Maya Ceruti. Read More »

LA Times Reflects on Work of Gordon Parks

November 15th, 2021

The LA Times has a piece this week reflecting on the art and impact of photographer Gordon Parks, with a group of photographers and artists discussing his influence. “He had the ability to slipstream between high and low culture, rich and poor, to weave in and out of spaces and gain subjects’ trust,” says John Maggio. “But he almost never broke the fourth wall, he almost never became part of the story.” Read More »

Curator Christopher Y. Lew is Leaving his Position at The Whitney

November 15th, 2021

Curator Christopher Y. Lew is leaving The Whitney Museum, Art News reports. “It has been an absolute honor to work with such a talented museum staff and so many visionary artists during the first years of the Whitney’s new building,” he said in an email announcing his departure. Read More »

After Long Wait, M+ Museum Opens in Hong Kong

November 12th, 2021

The M+ Museum has finally opened in Hong Kong’s Kowloon neighborhood. “Nobody outside can come to the opening but it is an opportunity as well,” says director Suhanya Raffel. “This is an institution for this city. We can really engage with the city now, because we are all here and not traveling. After all this time, after all this waiting, it is very nice to make the museum opening about Hong Kong.” Read More »

Prado Curators Downgrade Authorship of “Salvator Mundi”

November 12th, 2021

The Salvator Mundi that sold at Christie’s has been downgraded by curators at The Prado to “attributed works, workshop or authorized and supervised by Leonardo.” “It is to be hoped that a future permanent display of the work will allow it to be reanalyzed with greater objectivity,” says curator Vincent Delieuvin. Read More »

Mana Contemporary Director Indicted Over Alleged Tax Evasion Scheme

November 11th, 2021

Two men, including the executive director of Mana Contemporary, have been indicted in connection with a tax evasion scheme at Moishe’s Moving. The indictment states that director Eugene Lemay, as well as bookkeeper Joel Lingat, and “other co-conspirators perpetrated a scheme to defraud the U.S. government of payroll and income taxes due and owing to the IRS.” Read More »