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Christie’s Americas President Doug Woodham to Step Down

Friday, December 12th, 2014

Financial Times Analyzes Contemporary Auction Bidding

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

AO Auction Recap – New York: “Christie’s Contemporary Evening Sale, November 12th, 2014

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

AO Auction Recap – New York: Christie’s Impressionist and Modern Evening Sale, November 5th, 2014

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

Christie’s Continues Push Towards Online Sales

Monday, October 27th, 2014

Christie’s CEO Steven Murphy Interviewed on Bloomberg TV

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

Essl Collection Sale Nets £46.9 Million

Saturday, October 18th, 2014

AO Auction Recap – London: Christie’s Contemporary Evening Sale, October 16th, 2014

Friday, October 17th, 2014

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

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

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

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Christie’s Selling Rare de Kooning Sculpture

Monday, October 13th, 2014

Kippenberger and Twombly Works Look for High Results at Christie’s

Sunday, October 12th, 2014

Steven Cohen Reportedly Selling $30 Million Franz Kline This November

Friday, October 10th, 2014

Christie’s Announces Its Own Bay Area Pop-Up Sale

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

New York – Joan Mitchell: “Trees” at Cheim & Read Through August 29th, 2014

Sunday, August 10th, 2014

1881 Manet Portrait to Lead Sotheby’s New York Impressionist Auction

Friday, August 1st, 2014

Bloomberg Notes Higher Prices for Female Artists on the Secondary Market

Monday, July 21st, 2014

AO Auction Preview – London: Contemporary Evening Sales, June 30th – July 2nd, 2014

Monday, June 30th, 2014

AO Auction Recap – London: Impressionist and Modern Evening Sales, June 23-24th, 2014

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

AO On Site Fair Recap: Art Basel 2014, June 19th-22nd, 2014

Sunday, June 22nd, 2014

Helly Nahmad Sued Over Allegedly Helping to Hide $20 Million Nazi-Looted Modigliani

Sunday, June 8th, 2014

AO Recap – Sotheby’s Contemporary Evening Sale, Wednesday May 14th, 2014

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

AO Auction Results: Christie’s Contemporary Evening Sale, Wednesday May 13th, 2014

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

AO – Auction Recap: “If I Live I’ll See You Tuesday” at Christie’s, Monday, May 12th, 2014

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014
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Eric Fischl Parts Ways with Mary Boone Gallery After 30 Years

May 25th, 2015

Eric Fischl, via Art NewspaperAfter 30 years working with Mary Boone, Eric Fischl is parting ways with the gallery, the Art Newspaper reports.  “Right now, Eric says he wants to concentrate on his work, not be affiliated with a gallery. We respect that and will continue to have a good relationship with him,” says Ron Warren, director and partner at Mary Boone. “I think he has decided that the art world and the market have changed so much that he wants to concentrate on making his work, and distance himself from being represented by a gallery.” Read More »

Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani Revealed as Buyer of $179 Million Picasso

May 25th, 2015

GERMANY-QATAR-MERKEL-AL-TAHNIThe New York Post quotes an unnamed source disclosing that the mystery buyer of the record setting, $179 Million Pablo Picasso several weeks ago in New York is former Qatari Prime Minister Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani.  “The painting almost certainly will not go on public display in Qatar because of the nudity, even though it is a cubist work,” the source says. Read More »

MoMA Announces Donald Judd Retrospective for 2017

May 24th, 2015

Donald Judd at Paula CooperThe Museum of Modern Art has announced plans for a major retrospective focused on the work of Donald Judd, set to open in 2017, organized by Chief Curator Ann Temkin.  “Half a century after Judd established himself as a leading figure of his time, his legacy demands to be considered anew,” said Ms. Temkin. “The show will cover the entire arc of Judd’s career, including not only quintessential objects from the 1960s and 1970s, but also works made before he arrived at his iconic formal vocabulary, and selections from the remarkable developments of the 1980s.” Read More »

Scott Rothkopf Taking Over as Chief Curator of Whitney

May 20th, 2015

Jeff Koons and Scott Rothkopf, via NYTThe Whitney has named Scott Rothkopf, the man behind last year’s Jeff Koons retrospective, as the institution’s new chief curator, taking over for Donna De Salvo as she assumes the new position of deputy director.  “Now that the institution has grown, we need more firepower at the top,” says President Adam Weinberg said, adding: “I wouldn’t say so much that it’s a generational change but it is about bringing that next generation into the curatorial and programmatic leadership.” Read More »

Georg Baselitz Interviewed in The Guardian

May 20th, 2015

Georg Baselitz, via The GuardianGeorg Baselitz is interviewed in The Guardian this week, discussing his early life and his recent contributions to the Glyndebourne  Opera Festival.  “They tell me it’s rather conservative and more than just a bit elitist,” he says. “I don’t even like classical music that much – it bores me. Except for Bach. But he didn’t write opera so that’s not much good.” Read More »

Gilbert and George Give The Guardian Tour of East London Home

May 20th, 2015

Gilbert and George, via GuardianThe Guardian takes a tour of Gilbert and George’s East London home and studio, where the pair have lived and worked since 1968, and which they have restored to its original 18th century interior.  “It took 300 years to go downhill,” explained George. “We’ve prepared it for the next 300 years, see? We’ve used the same paint as they used originally, the same plaster, everything is as it would’ve been originally.” Read More »

Bank of England to Put Artist on £20 Note

May 20th, 2015

Mark Carney, via NYTA new British £20 note has been announced this week, and this time, a creative figure from British history will replace economist Adam Smith, the New York Times reports.  “Banknotes are the principal way the Bank of England engages with the British public,”Mark Carney, the governor of the Bank of England. “These sparse pieces of paper from the 17th century have developed over the years to become the small works of art that are in everyone’s wallets.  There are a wealth of individuals within the field of visual arts whose work shaped British thought, innovation, leadership, values and society and who continue to inspire people today.” Read More »

Christie’s High Guarantees Make for Record-Breaking Auctions

May 20th, 2015

The sale at Christie's this week, via NYTThe Telegraph looks at the record-breaking sales last week at Christie’s in the context of the auction house’s penchant for pre-sale guarantees, noting that over $250 million of the Looking Forward to the Past sale’s monumental $706 million final tally was guaranteed.  They are effectively buying market share,” says one unnamed art advisor. Read More »

Chris Burden’s Last Sculpture Goes on View at LACMA

May 20th, 2015

chris-burden1Ode to Santos Dumont the last work completed by the late Chris Burden this year, has gone on view at LACMA, a helium-filled dirigible that circles inside the Resnick Pavilion, paying tribute to the balloon pilot who sailed around the Eiffel Tower in 1901.  “The idea that you try and fail and try and fail and have an imagination is very much Chris Burden the artist,” LACMA Director Michael Govan says.  “I think he saw in Santos Dumont a bit of himself having ideas and an imagination and tenacity and also that kind of joy of achievement.” Read More »

Michael Heizer Profiled in The Guardian

May 20th, 2015

Michael Heizer, via Washington PostMichael Heizer is profiled in The Guardian this week, following the opening of his newest show in New York.  “Years ago, when I had no money and I made a work of art, maybe I couldn’t afford to make it more resistant to the weather. I did, however, exploit that situation,” he says of his early work.  “I wasn’t an environmental, greenie artist making things out of moss and leaves. But I knew that some things dissipate, and I factored that into the work.” Read More »

Paintings Allegedly Stolen from Picasso Heir Purchased by Dmitriy Rybolovlv

May 20th, 2015

Catherine Hutin-Blay, via TelegraphSome of the paintings allegedly stolen from Picasso’s stepdaughter, Catherine Hutin-Blay, were found in the collection of Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev, who purchased them through art broker and adviser, Yves Bouvier (currently under investigation for fraud).  Bouvier’s lawyer denies any knowledge of the works’ stolen status.  “For all the paintings he acquired, he asked for a certificate from the Art Loss Register, demonstrating that it has not been registered as missing or stolen,” says Bouvier’s attorney, Luc Brossollet.   Read More »

Guggenheim Collection Lawsuit Begins in Venice

May 20th, 2015

Guggenheim Collection in Venice, via Art DailyThe court case over the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice has begun, a lawsuit by the collector’s grandson to prevent the Guggenheim Foundation from showing any works not in the collection within the museum space, “alleging it breaks with the original arrangement that Peggy wanted and which should be respected after her death,” according to plaintiff Sandro Rumney. Read More »

Whitney Inaugurates New Emerging Artist Series

May 18th, 2015

Work by Jared Madere, via WhitneyThe Whitney Museum has launched a new program for emerging and young artists, giving them access to the spaces of the new downtown location to put on their first U.S. solo exhibitions.  The first artists selected for the project are New York-based artists Jared Madere and Rachel Rose, as well as Qatari-American writer and artist Sophia Al-Maria.   Read More »

Arvo Pärt and Gerhard Richter Creating Works Dedicated to Each Other’s Careers

May 18th, 2015

Arvo Pärt and Gerhard Richter, via GuardianThe Guardian has an article this week looking at composer Arvo Pärt and Gerhard Richter’s early careers under communism, and the pair’s respective pieces dedicated to the work of the other, to premiere at this year’s Manchester International Festival this month. Read More »

Marina Picasso Selling her Grandfather’s Cannes Villa

May 18th, 2015

Marina Picasso via RFIContinuing her fundraising quest through the sale of her grandfather Pablo Picasso‘s estate, Marina Picasso is selling her inherited villa in Cannes, La Califnornie, a space she has already seen a €150 Million offer for. “Of course I’m selling,” she says. “But it’s also a way to share.” Read More »

Grayson Perry’s House Set to be Unveiled in Essex

May 18th, 2015

Grayson Perry's A House for Essex, via GuardianThe Guardian takes another look at Grayson Perry’s recently completed home design in Essex, the fittingly-titled A House for Essex, which he calls a monument to “thwarted female intelligence,” and executed as a sacred communion with an imagined Essex woman named Julie May Cope. Read More »

Global Art Market Value Topped €51 Billion Last Year, FT Reports

May 15th, 2015

An Auction at Christie's, via Art ObservedA piece in the Financial Times notes that the value of the global art market topped €51 billion last year, an astounding figure that comes as Christie’s topped a $1 billion in sales this week alone.  Featuring in-depth analysis, the article notes the U.S. and China as the top shareholders in market value, and as well as the interesting detail that most dealer inventory rarely moves in under 6 months, despite that current clamor for works on the market.    Read More »

Elaine de Kooning Profiled on NPR

May 15th, 2015

Elaine de Kooning portrait of Robert de Niro Sr, via NPRNPR has a profile on painter Elaine de Kooning (wife of Willem de Kooning) this week, focusing on the artist’s interest in portraiture as a retrospective of her work opens at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., including her famous depiction of John F. Kennedy.  “The idea of a man who happens to be president of the United States — well, that’s already, right there, he’s bigger than life,” de Kooning said in 1976. “I was scampering up and down the ladder to do this painting.” Read More »

Moscow’s Soon-to-Open Garage Center Releases Video Preview

May 15th, 2015

A mosaic at Garage Center, via ForbesWith Dasha Zhukova’s Garage Center for Contemporary Art set to open on June 12th in Moscow, the museum has released a video offering a preview of both its impressive architecture and its world-class collection, including a colorful mural unearthed during renovations of the site, previously a Soviet-era restaurant.   Read More »

Art Basel Releases 74-Artist List for Unlimited Section Next Month

May 15th, 2015

Giuseppe Penone for Art Basel Unlimited, via Art BaselArt Basel’s Popular large-scale installation section, Unlimited, has released a 74-artist roster for its upcoming edition next month in Switzerland, including work by Martin Creed, Olafur Eliasson, Jeppe Hein, Robert Irwin, and many more.   Read More »

First Year MFA Class at USC Announces Collective Withdrawal From Program

May 15th, 2015

USC's Roski School of Arts, via USCIn a perhaps unprecedented move, the entire first year class at USC’s Roski School of Arts MFA Program have dropped out of the program, protesting moves by Dean Erica Muhl to overhaul the department’s structure and funding models.  “Whatever artistic work we created this spring semester was achieved in spite of, not because of, the institution,” the seven students wrote in an open letter announcing their withdrawal.  “Because the university refused to honor its promises to us, we are returning to the workforce degree-less and debt-full.” Read More »

Christie’s Sells Over $1 Billion in Art This Week

May 15th, 2015

The sale at Christie's this week, via NYTIn a single week, Christie’s has sold over $1 billion in art, a daunting feat that signals a new level for the global market perhaps never seen before.  “It’s a spectacle of excess at the highest level,” says Abigail Asher of Guggenheim Asher Associates Inc. “The last few years have been building up to this moment. A new class of buyer has entered the market and they’re prepared to pay staggering sums for trophy pictures.”   Read More »

Two Works From Gurlitt Collection Set to Return to Heirs

May 13th, 2015

Max Liebermann, Two Riders on the Beach, via WSJTwo of the most valuable works from the Cornelius Gurlitt collection, Woman with a Fan, (1923) by Henri Matisse, and Two Riders on a Beach (1901) by Max Liebermann, will be returned to the families of their original owners.  “Thankfully Gurlitt liked our Liebermann and kept it prized on his wall,” says Mr. Matteis, the lawyer representing David Toren, heir to the Liebermann work. Read More »

Zeng Fanzhi Profiled at Nowness

May 13th, 2015

Zeng Fanzhi in Paris, via NownessPainter Zeng Fanzhi is the subject of a video profile on Nowness this week, shot in Paris and exploring his work and stance towards creating.  “An artist should follow his heart, create, then keep moving,” he says.  “If you keep repeating yourself than that’s a waste of the artistic life.” Read More »