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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 »

Paris – Jules de Balincourt: “Blue Hours” at Galerie Thaddeus Ropac Through October 18th, 2014

October 13th, 2014

Jules de Balincourt, Blue Hours, Underneath the Trees They Listened...and Heard Silence (2014), Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac
Jules de Balincourt, Underneath the Trees They Listened…and Heard Silence (2014), Courtesy Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris/Salzburg

Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac‘s Marais gallery in Paris is currently presenting fifteen new paintings by Jules de Balincourt,  his third solo exhibition for the gallery.  Titled “Blue Hours,” the exhibition continues Balincourt’s exploration of broad expanses of bright colors that dominate many of his pieces, and bring the viewer into vivid worlds just beyond the bounds of reality. Read More »

Recently Discovered Indonesian Cave Paintings Dated as Some of World’s Oldest Artworks

October 13th, 2014

A computer analysis of a Indonesian cave painting, via The GuardianA series of recently discovered cave paintings in Sulawesi, Indonesia have been dated as 35,000 years old, making them one of the oldest pieces of art ever found, and indicates that early art most likely originated on the African continent.  “Our discovery on Sulawesi shows that cave art was made at opposite ends of the Pleistocene Eurasian world at about the same time, suggesting these practices have deeper origins, perhaps in Africa before our species left this continent and spread across the globe,” said archaeologist Dr. Maxime Aubert. Read More »

Mark Flood Opens Gallery in Chelsea

October 13th, 2014

Mark Flood Presents, via Art NewsArtist Mark Flood has opened his own gallery space in Chelsea on 22nd Street, directly adjacent to his dealer Zach Feuer, where none of the art is for sale, and where Flood is offering space for artists that he loves and supports.  “In New York, little things can have big repercussions,” he says. “I think it’s good to kind of help everybody out. I guess that’s what everyone in the art world is doing. It seems like kind of a sinister business, but it’s full of people who are obsessed with art. I’m another one of those. I don’t have to do anything but look at these great paintings.” Read More »

Musée d’Orsay Releases Controversial Video for Marquis de Sade Exhibition

October 13th, 2014

SADE by David Freymond and Florent Michel, via Art InfoIn anticipation of its new show focusing on the life and work of the Marquis de Sade, The Musée d’Orsay in Paris has reportedly commissioned a promotional video by David Freymond and Florent Michel in which models simulate an orgiastic gathering spelling out “SADE” on the floor of the space.   Read More »

Artists Threaten Legal Action Against Dealers Skipping Out on Resale Royalties

October 13th, 2014

Maggi Hambling, via The GuardianA coalition of UK-based artists is leading a legal push against dealers who have refused to pay the resale royalties on artworks sold at auction since the British Government passed legislation mandating the payouts in 2006.“The honeymoon period is now over,” says artist Maggi Hambling, who is leading the charge against dealers. “The law changed in 2006 and there are people who are still trying to get away without paying. I’m not saying all dealers are crooks. But it’s high time that everyone was doing the right thing.” Read More »

Marina Abramovic Announces Sensory Deprivation Exhibition at Sean Kelly

October 13th, 2014

Marina Abramovic, via WSJSean Kelly Gallery has announced a new participatory work by Marina Abramovic, titled Generator, which is set to open in New York later this month.  “She will transform the main gallery into a space of sensory deprivation, an opportunity for forced introspection,” the press release says.  “Dealing with both the meditative and the communal, Generator will be a unique environment for visitors to push the boundaries of their self-awareness and inner-consciousness, as they are confronted with nothing but themselves and the palpable energy in the room.” Read More »

Perrier-Jouët Releases New Bottle Design by Vik Muniz

October 13th, 2014

Perrier Bottle Design by Vik Muniz, via BillionairePerrier-Jouët is releasing a new edition of its 2005 Cuvée Belle Epoque Rosé, packaged in a limited-edition bottle designed by celebrated Brazilian visual artist Vik Muniz.  “Much as Perrier-Jouët has long embraced Art Nouveau’s love of nature and enchantment, I took the idea of captivation in a natural setting as the inspiration for this motif,” Muniz says. Read More »

LA Board of Supervisors Adds Over $50 Million to City Arts Budget

October 12th, 2014

LACMA, via LA TimesUpon a further budget review, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has added an additional $54 million to the $84.7 million earmarked for arts organizations in the Californian metropolis.  The money will allow for major renovations to a number of LA Arts organizations and institutions. Read More »