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Gavin Brown to Open Space in LES

October 16th, 2014

Gavin Brown, via WGavin Brown is opening a new location on the Lower East Side at 291 Grand Street, a building which has also recently seen the addition of Margaret Lee’s 47 Canal.  The gallery will also maintain the same name has his original space.  “We couldn’t think of what else to call it!” the gallerist says. Read More »

Miami Collector Announces Plans for Latin American Art Museum

October 16th, 2014

Gary Nader’s Latin American Museum of Art, via Miami HeraldMiami collector Gary Nader has announced plans for his new museum, focusing on Latin American art and featuring about 600 paintings, drawings and sculptures from his personal collection.  “The influence of Latin America in the U.S. is extremely prominent,” he says. “We want to tell the story.” Read More »

Gerhard Richter Interviewed in WSJ

October 16th, 2014

Gerhard Richter, via WSJGerhard Richter is interviewed in the Wall Street Journal this week, as the artist opens a new show of works at Marian Goodman in London.  “Abstract pictures do indeed show something, they just show things that don’t exist,” he says. “But they still follow the same requirements as figurative works: they need a setup, structure. You need to be able to look at it and say, ‘It’s almost something.’ But it’s actually representing nothing. It pulls feelings out of you, even as it’s showing you a scene that technically isn’t there.” Read More »

New York – Helen Frankenthaler: “Composing with Color” at Gagosian Gallery, through October 18th 2014

October 16th, 2014

Helen Frankenthaler, Cool Summer (1962), Courtesy Gagosian Gallery
Helen Frankenthaler, Cool Summer (1962), © 2014 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, Photo by Rob McKeever

On view at Gagosian Gallery in New York is an exhibition of work by American abstract expressionist painter Helen Frankenthaler, focusing on a period of her career (1962-1963) in which the artist focused primarily on composing with color and tone rather than formal lines and shapes.  The display will remain on view through October 18th. Read More »

Phillips Opens New Space, Exhibition in London

October 16th, 2014

Phillips' New Space in London, via Art NewsPhillips has opened its new exhibition and auction space at 30 Berkley Square in London, part of its increased efforts to compete at the highest end of the contemporary market.  The space is currently exhibiting a curated show in the space, titled A Very Short History of Contemporary Sculpture, and curated by Francesco Bonami.  “I thought about sculpture, as soon as I saw this space,” Mr. Bonami says. Read More »

AO Auction Recap – London: Phillips Contemporary Evening Sale, October 15th, 2014

October 16th, 2014

Christopher Wool, Untitled (1990), via Phillips
Christopher Wool, Untitled (1990), via Phillips

Last night, Phillips wrapped its Contemporary Evening Sale in London, corresponding with the opening days of Frieze London, and setting the stage for the fall season of auctions in both the British capital and New York. Phillips kicked the week off with a moderate sale, featuring a few impressive achievers alongside a number of more subdued sales marks, achieving a final sales total of £14.9 million for the 47 lot sale. Read More »

AO On-Site: Frieze London at Regent’s Park, October 15th-18th, 2014

October 16th, 2014

Outside the Frieze Fair, via Art Observed
Outside the Frieze Fair, via Art Observed

As Wednesday winds down, the 2014 edition of Frieze London is well underway, starting another fair off with strong sales and impressive attendance.  As the VIP preview opened, a number of prominent celebrities could be seen browsing the aisles.  Famed German footballer Michael Ballack was seen wandering the aisles, as was writer Salman Rushdie, joining MOCA’s new director Philip Vergne and his DIA successor Jessica Morgan.

Erwin Wurm, via Andrea Nguyen for Art
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New York – “Rite of Passage: Vienna Actionism” at Hauser and Wirth Through October 25th, 2014

October 15th, 2014

Hermann Nitsch at Hauser and Wirth, via Art Observed
Hermann Nitsch,Kreuzwegstation (Station of the Cross) (1961) at Hauser and Wirth, via Art Observed

The Viennese Actionist movement was one of the more visceral post-war collectives that sprung up from the war-torn landscape of mid-20th Century Europe.  The group of Austrian artists (while claiming they were never affiliated officially), among them Otto Mühl, Günter Brus, and Rudolph Schwarzkogler, combined disturbing and often surreal imagery with a ritualistic approach to art making, creating elaborate pieces that often involved flayed animal carcasses, body parts, and bucket upon bucket of blood.

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Never Before Seen Picasso Self-Portrait to Go On View in London

October 14th, 2014

Picasso Self-Portrait, via BBCA Picasso canvas that has never before been exhibited will go on view this week in London.  The 1901 self-portrait is being exhibited at Ordovas Gallery, alongside works by Jeff Koons, Francis Bacon and Damien Hirst. Read More »

Art Basel Miami Beach Announces Projects for Kabinett Section

October 14th, 2014

Art Basel Miami Beach Convetion Center 2012 - 27Art Basel Miami Beach has announced its selections for the 2014 edition of its special section, Kabinett.  Focusing on special curated shows and group exhibitions, Kabinett this year will feature  a solo exhibition of work by Mickalene Thomas by Kavi Gupta, and an installation by James Turrell at Mexico’s Galería OMR, among others.  The fair will open on December 1st. Read More »

Christie’s to Sell Three Magritte Works at Impressionist and Modern Auction Next Month in New York

October 14th, 2014

René Magritte's Mesdemoiselles de l’Isle Adam, via Art NewspaperChristie’s has announced that it will be offering a series of three classic Magritte canvases at its New York Impressionist and Modern Art sale next month, including Mesdemoiselles de l’Isle Adam, 1942 (estimated at $5-$7m).  Magritte has been a strong seller in recent years, with a sizable percentage of his top sales occurring in the past five years. Read More »

The Met Prepares to Show its New Trove of Cubist Works from the Lauder Collection

October 14th, 2014

Leonard Lauder, via NYTThe New York Times profiles the upcoming exhibition of Leonard Lauder’s Cubist collection (on view October 20th), a series of works collected over the years by the cosmetics tycoon who taught himself a great deal about the world of fine art as a child attending the Met.  “I didn’t discover Cubism then,” he said. “But just by looking, you learn what’s good.” Read More »

Eric Fischl on his Art Fair Paintings

October 14th, 2014

Art Fair Booth #4 The Price from the forthcoming exhibition by Eric Fischl.The Guardian profiles painter Eric Fischl’s recent series of works documenting the peculiar, occasionally surreal landscapes and politics of the modern art fair circuit.  “The big collectors do this kind of speed-dating thing,” the artist tells The Guardian. “They try to get in and out before anyone buys what they are after and certainly before the hoi polloi gets to look. And then you’ve got people who are just there for the social scene. So you have people texting or not paying any attention at all. But when you stop the moment you can see this weird world that is taking place. They are being regarded and judged by the work itself in some ways.” Read More »

Geneva Art Researchers Claim At Least Half of Works in Circulation are Fakes

October 14th, 2014

FAEI Researchers in Geneva, via Art DailyA group of researchers working at Geneva’s Fine Arts Experts Institute have made the claim that about half of all artworks in circulation today are fakes, an estimate “When you buy an apartment, you always get an appraisal first. But in the art world, until recently, you could buy works for 10 million euros without sufficient documentation,” says FAEI chief Yann Walther. Read More »

WSJ Looks Inside the Famed Essl Collection on Sale this Week in London

October 14th, 2014

Maria Lassnig, Two Painters, Three Canvases, via WSJCollectors Karlheinz and Agnes Essl, heads of the renowned Essl Collection of contemporary art, are selling off a large portion of their works this week in London, a group of works that includes a number of lesser known German and Austrian artists due to Mr. Essl’s unorthodox collecting techniques.  “So many collectors buy only the ‘greatest hits’ of an artist, but I created a collection that reflected the diversity of artists’ careers and went deeper than just the trophies,” he says.  Read More »

Louvre Abu Dhabi to Receive 300 Works in Loan from France

October 13th, 2014

Works from the Louvre Abu Dhabi collection, via The GuardianThe Louvre is reportedly loaning over 300 works to its new museum in Abu Dhabi, The Guardian reports, including works by Monet, Leonardo da Vinci, Van Gogh and Matisse.  “This will be the first time many of these works will travel to Abu Dhabi or even the Middle East, and are a rare opportunity to see important art from French museums,” said Sultan bin Tahnoon al-Nahyan, chairman of the Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority. Read More »

Lisson Gallery Artists Intervene in Frieze London Proceedings

October 13th, 2014

Works by Ryan Gander in the London Tube, via Art NewsIn the run-up to Frieze Art Week, Lisson Gallery has installed a series of posters on the walls of the London Tube station near Regent’s Park, featuring texts designed by artists Ryan Gander and Cory Arcangel.  The work is part of a broader series of projects by Arcangel, Gander and Joyce Pensato at the fair who “are intervening and disrupting the [Frieze] stand through installation, performance and collaboration—manipulating how the public interact with works and staff members, who will be sporting custom-made shoes, suits and other wearable works of art,” according to the gallery press release. Read More »

London – AO Preview: Frieze Art Fair in Regent’s Park, October 15th – 18th, 2014

October 13th, 2014

Carsten Höller, Dice (2014), via Gagosian
Carsten Höller, Dice (2014), via Gagosian

After a summer pause, the major art fair circuit will look to get back up and running this fall, as collectors, dealers and artists flock to Regent’s Park in London for the 2014 edition of the Frieze Art Fair. Read More »

AO Auction Preview – London: Contemporary Evening Sales, October 15th-17th, 2014

October 13th, 2014

Peter Doig, The Heart of Old San Juan (1999), via Christie's
Peter Doig, The Heart of Old San Juan (1999), via Christie’s

The fall auction season will get back underway this week, as the bustle of Frieze London will also play home to the first major evening sales since early this summer.  With major lots offered at Phillips, Sotheby’s and Christie’s, buyers in the British capital will compete over a number of classic works alongside their recent purchases at Regent’s Park.

Francis Bacon, Study for a Portrait (1954), via Sotheby's
Francis Bacon, Study for a Portrait (1954), via Sotheby’s

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New York – Andy Coolquitt: “somebody place” At Lisa Cooley Through October 19, 2014

October 13th, 2014

Andy Coolquitt 2fer (king raashiid) (2011), via Art Observed
Andy Coolquitt, 2fer (king raashiid) (2011), via Art Observed

In a humorous blend of sculpture, installation and design, Andy Coolquitt complicates the essence of utilitarianism to examine the ritualistic and imposed purposes of objects. Approaching  everyday commodities as physical entities that extend beyond their limited fields of use, the Texas-born artist orchestrates alternate narratives out of materials such as wooden sticks, light bulbs or metal pipes, not just to provoke their aesthetic limitations, but to explore new social dialogues that ultimately encircle these arrangements. Read More »

Frieze Founder Rejects Frieze as “Ikea for Millionaires”

October 13th, 2014

Frieze Founders Matthew Slotover and Amanda Sharp, via The IndependentFrieze co-founder Matthew Slotover has responded to characterizations of his wildly successful event as “Ikea for millionaires,” noting the impact the fair has on broader art institutions and critiquing the often vapid personifications of collectors. “Most don’t see art as purely a display of wealth. For many, there is a genuine engagement and they want to support the culture, and enrich their lives and engage in lifelong learning,” Slotover says. “They could go and buy planes or yachts or cars, which wouldn’t do any of those things. It’s a minority of the wealthy that decide to buy art. If you look through the Sunday Times Rich List, most are not art collectors.” Read More »

Ed Ruscha Featured in NOWNESS Series “Getting There”

October 13th, 2014

Ed Ruscha behind the wheel, via NOWNESSEd Ruscha is featured on NOWNESS today, part of the publication’s Getting There series, in which artists take an interviewer on a drive through a certain area.  For this edition, Ruscha drove interviewer Matthew Donaldson through his home city of Los Angeles, charting the shifting landscapes and sounds of the California city.  “More than the changes of Los Angeles, I notice when things don’t change,” he says. Read More »

Christie’s Selling Rare de Kooning Sculpture

October 13th, 2014

Willem de Kooning's Clam Digger, via NYTThis November, Christie’s will be selling a rarely seen sculpture by Willem de Kooning, one of the few works the artist created in the medium.  “It is a depiction of the artist himself,” says Brett Gorvy, Christie’s worldwide chairman of postwar and contemporary art. “It is the closest de Kooning came to a self-portrait and was created specifically at a time when he was pushing the boundaries.” Read More »

Andy Warhol Portraits May Bring as Much as $57 Million at Sotheby’s New York

October 13th, 2014

Andy Warhol Portrait of Liz Taylor, via BloombergA set of celebrity portraits by Andy Warhol on sale at Sotheby’s New York in the upcoming weeks may earn as much as $57 million, Bloomberg reports.  The works include images of Liz Taylor, Brigitte Bardot, Jackie Onassis Kennedy and more.  “Warhol has international appeal,” says Suzanne Gyorgy, head of art advisory and finance at Citi Private Bank. “That kind of art is in a league of its own.” Read More »