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Leonardo da Vinci Painting Inspires Mystery Over Depiction of Transparent Orb

October 19th, 2017

Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi, via The GuardianThe Guardian has a piece this week on the mysterious orb held by Christ in the Leonardo da Vinci painting currently on view at Christie’s. “Solid glass or crystal, whether shaped like an orb or a lens, produces magnified, inverted, and reversed images,” historian Walter Isaacson says of the image. “Instead, Leonardo painted the orb as if it were a hollow glass bubble that does not refract or distort the light passing through it.”
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In Rare Move, Several Florine Stettheimer Works Change Hands this Fall

October 19th, 2017

Florine Stettheimer, New York Liberty, 1918, via Art NewsIn an extremely rare occurrence, two works by Florine Stettheimer have changed hands this year, with one going into the collection of the Whitney Museum, and one going onto the open market.  Stettheimer rarely sold or gave her works away, making one’s appearance, let alone two in the same year, a momentous event. 
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Kader Attia Wins 2017 Joan Miró Prize

October 19th, 2017

Kader Attia, via Art DailyFrench-Algerian artist Kader Attia has been named  winner of the 2017 Joan Miró Prize.  “Attia’s passionate engagement with current affairs and with the shared fate of humanity [which] has close links to Joan Miró’s involvement in the critical episodes that marked his generation, while Attia’s unique take on complex, often traumatic, human relationships across cultures resonates with Miró’s universal aspirations,” the award’s jury said in a statement.
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Leonardo da Vinci Painting Inspires Mystery Over Depiction of Transparent Orb

October 19th, 2017

Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi, via The GuardianThe Guardian has a piece this week on the mysterious orb held by Christ in the Leonardo da Vinci painting currently on view at Christie’s. “Solid glass or crystal, whether shaped like an orb or a lens, produces magnified, inverted, and reversed images,” historian Walter Isaacson says of the image. “Instead, Leonardo painted the orb as if it were a hollow glass bubble that does not refract or distort the light passing through it.” Read More »

In Rare Move, Several Florine Stettheimer Works Change Hands this Fall

October 19th, 2017

Florine Stettheimer, New York Liberty, 1918, via Art NewsIn an extremely rare occurrence, two works by Florine Stettheimer have changed hands this year, with one going into the collection of the Whitney Museum, and one going onto the open market.  Stettheimer rarely sold or gave her works away, making one’s appearance, let alone two in the same year, a momentous event.  Read More »

Kader Attia Wins 2017 Joan Miró Prize

October 19th, 2017

Kader Attia, via Art DailyFrench-Algerian artist Kader Attia has been named  winner of the 2017 Joan Miró Prize.  “Attia’s passionate engagement with current affairs and with the shared fate of humanity [which] has close links to Joan Miró’s involvement in the critical episodes that marked his generation, while Attia’s unique take on complex, often traumatic, human relationships across cultures resonates with Miró’s universal aspirations,” the award’s jury said in a statement. Read More »

Beatrix Ruf Steps Down from Stedelijk Over Accusations of Conflict of Interest

October 19th, 2017

Beatrix Ruf, via Art NewsBeatrix Ruf, former head of Amsterdam’s Stedelijk Museum is stepping down over accusations of a conflict of interest regarding the director’s work as an independent art advisor, as well as the terms of recent donations of art to the institution. “I value the interests of this outstanding institution, and place the interests of the Stedelijk first, above my own, individual concerns. In light of that, I feel that this is an appropriate moment for me to step down. I wish the museum every success in the future because that is what the Stedelijk, its exceptionally dedicated staff, visitors, and supporters, wholeheartedly deserve,” Ruf said in a statement. Read More »

Doug Aitken Receives Inaugural $100,000 Frontier Art Prize

October 19th, 2017

Doug Aitken, via ArtforumArtist Doug Aitken has received the inaugural $100,000 Frontier Art Prize, which “recognizes artistic expression to critically question the way we live and think, now and in the future, at the creative crossroads of art and science; and biology, ecology, chemistry, architecture, food, communications, transportation, medicine, biotechnology, design, space exploration, artificial intelligence and physics,” according to presenters Le Laboratoire and the VIA Art Fund. “As an artist and filmmaker Doug Aitken epitomizes the radical, pioneering spirit that we hope to celebrate with this award,” says Bridgitt Evans, the VIA Art Fund president and founder. “Doug’s ambitious artistic endeavors encourage us to imagine the future while simultaneously slowing us down to critically rethink our present.” Read More »

Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige Win Prix Marcel Duchamp

October 18th, 2017

Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige, via Art NewsJoana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige have been awarded the 2017 edition of the Prix Marcel Duchamp, leaving them with an award of €35,000.  The pair’s work seeks to explore the portrayal and understanding of Lebanon as shaped by the Western media. They have recently shown in the Athens half of Documenta 14. Read More »

Grenfell Tower Benefit Auction Raises Nearly £2 million

October 18th, 2017

Tracey Emin, via BBCAn auction to benefit the victims of London’s Grenfell Tower fire has raised over £1.9 million, the BBC reports. The benefits from the sale, which included works by Wolfgang Tillmans and Tracey Emin will be distributed to Grenfell families by North Kensington-based charity the Rugby Portobello Trust. Read More »

Atelier Van Lieshout Work to Go to Centre Pompidou

October 17th, 2017

Atelier Van Lieshout, via NYTDesign group Atelier Van Lieshout’s Domestikator sculpture, originally deemed too lewd for an installation outside the Louvre, will go on view outside the Centre Pompidou.“To have this major piece in front of the Pompidou is a victory,” says Julien Lombrail, director of the London-based gallery Carpenters Workshop, which represents the artists. “It’s an incredible moment for Paris and the public when we have so many issues surrounding art and censorship. It’s important for us to engage for the future.” Read More »

New York Times Spotlights Challenges for Fall Auction Calendar

October 17th, 2017

Francis Bacon in London, via NYTA piece in the New York Times notes the growing stature of the London Contemporary Art auctions each October, and the challenges of two sets of major auctions each fall focusing on marquee works between New York and London. “There’s a volume issue,” says advisor Anthony McNerney of this month’s sales in the British capital. “A lot of collectors were feeling ‘art blind.’ ” Read More »

Never-Before-Auctioned Léger Leads Christie’s Auction with $65 Million Estimate

October 17th, 2017

Fernand Leger, via NYTFernand Léger’s Contraste de formes, a work which has never been auctioned, will go on sale at Christie’s next month in New York, carrying with it an estimate of $65 million.  The price would set a new record for the artist. “Executed just months before the First World War, Contraste de formes, with its groundbreaking abstract conception and its thrillingly preserved physical state, is without question a major work of Modern Art,” says Conor Jordan, deputy chairman of Impressionist and modern art at Christie’s. Read More »

Claes Oldenburg is Profiled in New York Times

October 17th, 2017

Claes Oldenburg, via NYTClaes Oldenburg is profiled in the New York Times this week, as he reflects on his career and his first bodies of work. “I felt like the Ab Ex painters weren’t saying very much, and I wanted work that would say something, be messy, be a little mysterious,” he says. “Nineteen fifty-nine was the turning point. I was painting these brushy paintings — figurative — and then, thankfully, it all just fell apart.” Read More »

Met Issues Statement on US Withdrawal from Unesco

October 17th, 2017

Met Museum, via Art DailyThe Met has issued a statement in protest against the U.S.’s decision to pull out of Unesco, claiming the decision will have disastrous effects on the country. “President Trump’s decision to withdraw from UNESCO undermines the historic role of the United States as a leader in this effort and weakens our position as a strong advocate for cultural preservation,” the statement reads. Read More »

Russian Performance Artist Sets Fire to Doors of Bank of France

October 17th, 2017

Pavlensky in front of the Bank, via Art NewspaperRussian performance artist Pyotr Pavlensky set fire to an entrance of Bank of France in Paris over the weekend, continuing a series of confrontational performances that have seen him imprisoned multiple times in Russia.  Pavlensky was quickly detained by French police.  Read More »

Ai Weiwei Opens Major Project in New York

October 16th, 2017

Ai Weiwei, via NYTAi Weiwei’s landmark public art project Good Fences Make Good Neighbors has opened in New York, with massive fence sculptures erected across New York. “New York is a city I spent 10 years in,” Ai says of his history with the city. “I was quite hesitant [to do a project here] because I love [New York] so much, it’s not easy for me to just put a simple sculpture in the city … I had to do something to pay back my respect, my love.” Read More »

Alex Katz Does Cover for New York Magazine

October 16th, 2017

Alex Katz, via NYMAlex Katz has provided the illustration for the 50th anniversary issue of New York Magazine, drawing a series of subway riders in a stripped down approach. “Alex Katz made drawings of people on the subway in the 1940s when he was a student on his way to Cooper Union,” says Magazine photography director Jody Quon. “We wanted to see if he would revisit the experience of doing the subway drawings.”  Read More »

United States Withdrawing from Unesco

October 15th, 2017

UNESCO, via NYTCiting an “anti-Israel bias,” the United States will withdraw from Unesco, the United Nations cultural organization, the New York Times reports. “Universality is critical to Unesco’s mission to strengthen international peace and security in the face of hatred and violence, to defend human rights and dignity,” says Unesco director Irina Bokova. Read More »

Guggenheim Bilbao Launches Series of Events for 20th Anniversary

October 15th, 2017

Guggenheim Bilbao, via Art NewspaperThe Guggenheim Bilbao has embarked on a series of projects celebrating its 20th anniversary, including a massive lighting installation outside the museum by artist group 59 Productions. “We are very proud and lucky to have a building that is a masterpiece,” says director, Juan Ignacio Vidarte. Read More »

Eli Broad to Step Back from Philanthropy Projects

October 15th, 2017

Eli Broad, via NYTPhilanthropist Eli Broad has announced that he will step down from his public life, halting his work supporting museums and other public institutions. “I am retiring,” Mr. Broad said. “Now. Right now. I am just tired. I want to spend more time with my family. Catch up on my reading.” Read More »

Mary Weatherford Now Represented by Gagosian Gallery

October 15th, 2017

Mary Weatherford, via Art NewsGagosian has taken over worldwide representation of artist Mary Weatherford, Art News.  Weatherford will show with Gagosian around the globe, except in Los Angeles, where she will continue to show with David Kordansky. “I first admired Mary’s work in MoMA’s ‘The Forever Now,’ and am thrilled she has joined the gallery,” Gagosian said in a statement. “It’s exciting to have her included with the roster of great artists in our ‘L.A. Invitational’ exhibition opening later this month in New York.” Read More »

Gary Nader to Sell Works from Collection to Fund Museum Project

October 15th, 2017

Nader Museum of Latin American Art, via Art NewsArt Dealer Gary Nader has announced plans to sell off over $100 million in works from his collection to fund a museum for Latin American art. The institution is likely to open in downtown Miami.  Read More »

New York Times Profiles Efforts of Auction Houses to Stay Ahead of Game in Current Market Landscape

October 15th, 2017

Jean-Michel Basquiat, via NYTThe New York Times reports on the maneuvering of auction houses in recent years to adapt to the changing landscape of both the information revolution and the ever-shifting art market. “I don’t know many industries that have been through so many structural changes in such a short period of time,” said Guillaume Cerutti, the chief executive of Christie’s. Read More »

Tobias Meyer Working with Newhouse Family on Art Collection

October 13th, 2017

Tobias Meyer, via NYTTobias Meyer, an art adviser and former auctioneer at Sotheby’s is currently advising the Newhouse Family on the collection of the late Si Newhouse. “Si Newhouse possessed an incredible eye, and with astuteness and passion assembled one of the greatest collections of 20th century art,” Meyer said in a statement. “He was my mentor and friend, and I am honored to now work with his family.” Read More »

Kassel in Talks with Documenta Artist Over Plans to Keep Obelisk Work

October 13th, 2017

Olu Oguibe, via Art NewspaperThe City of Kassel is in talks Nigerian artist Olu Oguibe to keep his immense obelisk on view at the city’s Königsplatz after Documenta. “We are in talks with the artist and will be ready to go with the campaign as soon as we have an agreement,” a spokesman for Kassel mayor Christian Geselle said. Read More »

Nicole Eisenman’s Skulptur Projekte Work May Remain in Münster

October 13th, 2017

Nicole Eisenman in Muenster, via Art NewspaperNicole Eisenman’s Sketch for a Fountain, erected in Münster for this year’s Skulptur Projekte, has earned the love of of the city’s citizens, who are currently rallying to keep the work in the city permanently. “We think this is great,” spokesperson Jana Duda says. “We never thought of keeping it permanently, but now there is interest and money.” Read More »