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AO Preview – New York: Frieze Week, May 13th-17th, 2015

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

Christie’s Moves Impressionist Auction to Second Week of May

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

Giacometti Sculpture May Reach $130 Million at Christie’s Next Month

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

Christie’s New York Post-War Sale Led by Rothko Stripe Painting from 1958

Monday, March 9th, 2015

AO On-Site – New York: SPRING/BREAK Art Show at Skylight Moynihan Station, March 3rd-8th, 2015

Saturday, March 7th, 2015

Phillips’s Edward Dolman Interviewed in New York Times

Friday, February 20th, 2015

The Guardian Investigates the Blue Chip Market

Sunday, February 1st, 2015

AO Auction Recap – New York: Old Masters Week, January 28th-29th, 2015

Saturday, January 31st, 2015

Christie’s Holds Lead in 2014 Auction Tallies

Sunday, January 25th, 2015

A Look Inside the Increased Push Towards Auction Guarantees

Friday, January 9th, 2015

Christie’s Names New Chairman of Modern and Impressionist Art for the Americas

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

Cézanne Masterwork Looks to Achieve $12 Million at Christie’s London Next Year

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

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
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Abraham Cruzvillegas Opens Tate Modern Commission

October 12th, 2015

Abraham Cruzvillegas, via The GuardianArtist Abraham Cruzvillegas has opened his new commission at the Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall, featuring an intermeshed series of planters filled with dirt from different parts of the city. The work allows visitors to spread seeds or see what is growing unplanned from the soil.  “I hope that something can happen in the worst of conditions. In our society, all these migrations, all these conflicts … how can we ask questions?” the artist says. Read More »

ArtNews Moving to Quarterly Format

October 12th, 2015

Peter Brant, via New York TimesFollowing its merger with Art in America, led by Peter Brant, ArtNews Magazine is moving over to a quarterly format, continuing the transition process that began this summer, and which will see a focused move to digital.   “We are committed to staying in that world,” Brant said. “These are art publications—they’re visual. You can go overboard on the digital side.” Read More »

SANAA Opens River Arts Center in New Canaan

October 12th, 2015

Grace Farms, via ArchinectThe River, a new arts center has opened at Grace Farms in New Canaan, CT, boasting a flowing design by SANAA Architects.  “We invite people to shape their own personal experiences at Grace Farms,” said Sharon Prince, president of Grace Farms Foundation. “The possibilities are as open as the landscape itself.” Read More »

Oscar Murillo Profiled in Evening Standard

October 12th, 2015

Oscar Murillo, via Evening StandardOscar Murillo is the subject of a profile piece in the Evening Standard this week, as the artist prepares to open his exhibition at David Zwirner London, and reflects back on his years working as a cleaner to support his work.  “Art to me has never been about paying the bills — it’s ironic to say that now, but it really wasn’t,” he says. Read More »

Ann Freedman Lawsuits Set to Go to Trial This January

October 12th, 2015

Ann Freedman, President of Knoedler Gallery, via New York TimesA New York judge has ruled that the lawsuits against Knoedler Gallery’s Ann Freedman will come to court this coming January, denying a motion by the former gallery director’s president to dismiss the case.  “Plaintiffs have offered ample circumstantial evidence demonstrating that Freedman acted with fraudulent intent and understood that the Rosales Paintings were not authentic,” Judge Paul G. Gardephe of United States District Court in Manhattan wrote. Read More »

As Frieze Prepares to Open, Collectors Seem Unfazed by Market Challenges

October 12th, 2015

Fishhooks from Frieze Masters, via FTDespite challenging market conditions around the globe, the Financial Times reports that art buyers seem unfazed. “Even if there is less money for luxury spending, there’s commonly a substitution effect when times are tough: people buy fewer designer bags and instead buy things they think have a tangible value,” says economist Clare McAndrew. Read More »

Seized Picasso Painting Has Major Implications for Ownership of Prominent Works

October 12th, 2015

Picasso's Head of a Young Woman, via NYTThe Spanish government’s seizure of a Picasso painting from billionaire banker Jaime Botín’s yacht in the Mediterranean earlier this year has led to a fierce battle over ownership of the work, and raised important questions of what a government may do to preserve national treasures.  “The Picasso case raises the question of whether a state can deny an export at no cost,” says lawyer Guiseppe Calabi, who is currently involved in a similar case in Italy. “To declare a work an item of cultural interest destroys the market value.” Read More »

The Guardian Publishes Open Letter Bidding Farewell to Tate’s Penelope Curtis

October 12th, 2015

Penelope Curtis, via The GuardianAs the Tate Britain closes its show of Barbara Hepworth sculpture, the Guardian looks back on the career of departing curator and director Penelope Curtis, publishing an open letter from a group of prominent British intellectuals.  “Curtis, and the curators with whom she worked within and outside Tate Britain, re-introduced us to the British collections – often showing us works long hidden, invariably in fresh contexts,” the letter reads. Read More »

Art Basel Miami Beach Announces Plans for Kabinett Section

October 12th, 2015

Art Basel Miami Beach Opens its Doors, all images via Art ObservedArt Basel Miami Beach has announced its plans for the 2015 edition of Art Basel Miami Beach, featuring works by Glenn Kaino, Chris Ofili, and more across the 27 curated exhibitions in the section.  “These wide-ranging projects encompass both emerging and established artists, and offer unique moments of discovery with precise exhibitions embedded throughout the halls,” says Art Basel Americas director Noah Horowitz. Read More »

Sotheby’s Selling Bill Koch-Owned Works by Picasso, Monet in New York this November

October 12th, 2015

Monet's Nympheas (1908), via BloombergBill Koch is selling a pair of works this November in New York, boasting a combined estimate of over $110 million. The works are Picasso’s La Gommeuse, which is estimated at $60 million, and Claude Monet’s Nympheas.  The sale of these works may see Koch making up to 11 times what he paid for the works.  “Monet is as desirable in China, Singapore, Taiwan as he is in Russia, Europe, the Middle East, and the U.S.,”co-head of Sotheby’s worldwide Impressionist and modern art department Simon Shaw said. “He is an accessible, modern brand.” Read More »

Collection of Miles and Shirley Fiterman to Sell at Christie’s This Fall

October 12th, 2015

Roy Lichtenstein, Mirror 9, via New York TimesTwelve works from the collection Miles and Shirley Fiterman will hit the auction block at Christie’s this November in New York, including works by Roy Lichtenstein and Pablo Picasso.  “They have artists in great depth,” says Laura Paulson, Christie’s chairwoman of postwar and contemporary art. “Miles and Shirley were incredibly passionate — it really can’t be overstated — they were actively involved as a couple in collecting. They had deep relationships with their dealers and with the artists they collected.” Read More »

Whitney and Centre Pompidou Announce Exhibitions of Donations from Thea Westreich Wagner and Ethan Wagner

October 12th, 2015

Charline Von Heyl, Boogey (2004), via WhitneyBoth the Whitney Museum and Centre Pompidou will open exhibitions devoted to transformative gifts from collectors and art advisors Thea Westreich Wagner and Ethan Wagner.   “Thea and Ethan are among the most astute collectors of late twentieth century and early twenty-first-century art and their gift adds enormous strength to the Whitney’s collection. We are deeply grateful to them and are pleased to be collaborating with our friends at the Pompidou,” says Whitney President Adam Weinberg. Read More »

Damien Hirst to Reopen “Pharmacy” Restaurant at Newport Street Gallery

October 11th, 2015

Damien Hirst's Phramacy Restaurant, via Evening StandardDamien Hirst is planning on opening a new edition of his famed restaurant “Pharmacy” at his Newport Street Gallery next year, the Evening Standard reports.  The new space inherits Hirst’s penchant for controversy from the original, which was ultimately barred by the Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain over its confusing name. Read More »

David Zwirner to Represent Sigmar Polke Estate

October 11th, 2015

Sigmar Polke, via ArtforumDavid Zwirner has announced that it is now representing the estate of painter Sigmar Polke.  “Growing up in Cologne, I had the great fortune of meeting Sigmar and witnessing firsthand the enormous influence he exerted on his generation and the ones that followed,” Zwirner himself says.  “His creativity and curiosity knew no bounds, and his ability to innovate across different media is unparalleled.” Read More »

Picasso’s Double-Sided “La Gommeuse” to Go On Sale This November at Sotheby’s

October 11th, 2015

La Gommeuse, via CNBCSotheby’s has announced another flagship work in its New York Impressionist and Modern auctions this coming November, Picasso’s La Gommeuse, which features a hidden portrait on the back side of the canvas.  “With her dreamy gaze and frank sensuality, the cabaret dancer in La Gommeuse ushers in a new visual idiom for the 20th century,” says Simon Shaw, co-head of Sotheby’s worldwide impressionist and modern art department. Read More »

Santiago Guggenheim Opening Exhibition Space in Former Williamsburg Savings Bank

October 11th, 2015

The Newly Minted Rumney Guggenheim, via Art InfoSantiago Rumney Guggenheim, great-grandson of the collector Peggy Guggenheim and son of gallerist Sandro Rumney, is opening a new project space in the former Williamsburg Savings Bank at 834 Driggs.  “Here, in this project, I try to carry on the legacy of my family by bringing new faces to the art world,” Rumney Guggenheim says. “But I am making a strong point to my family that I am trying to build this on my own.” Read More »

Damien Hirst Opens Newport Street Gallery

October 8th, 2015

Newport Street Gallery, via The GuardianDamien Hirst’s £25m, 37,000 sq ft Newport Street Gallery has opened, drawing rave reviews from The Guardian.  “I’ve felt guilt owning work that’s stored away in boxes where no one can see it. Having a space where I can put on shows from the collection is a dream come true,” Hirst says. Read More »

Carlyle and Banque Pictet Launching New Art Financing Project

October 8th, 2015

Francis Bacon, Self-Portrait (1975), via Sotheby'sCarlyle and Banque Pictet have announced plans for an art market venture that will provide funding for collectors in exchange for up to 50 per cent of the value of the art.  “We will drive the institutionalization of this huge market. By introducing more liquidity to the market, we think the cost of capital for these assets will go down and the value will go up,” said Oliver Sarkozy, of Carlyle’s Global Financial Services Fund, and who is investing in the project. “Leverage generally means asset prices inflate.” Read More »

MoMA PS1 Offering Free Admission to New Yorkers for Next Year

October 8th, 2015

MoMA Ps1, via MoMAMoMA PS1 has announced that it will offer free admission to New Yorker’s for the next year, thanks to a gift by the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation.  “It is important to give back to New York City, a city with so many artists,” says Marina Kellen French, the vice president of the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation.  “MoMA PS1 in Queens has many exhibitions that should be seen by everybody from all five boroughs. I hope the gift will help MoMA PS1 efforts to lower the barriers to enter the museum and reach out to an even wider audience.” Read More »

LACMA Follows Actors in Pierre Huyghe Piece After Exhibition Closes

October 8th, 2015

Pierre Huyghe' Human, via LACMALACMA has a post on its Unframed blog this week, following the life Human the dog from Pierre Huyghe’s work recently installed in the museum, and her owner, artist Marlon Middeke, as he opens a show in Kassel.  “Marlon takes back mastery of himself after years of being, quite literally, just a piece of Huyghe’s art,” writes author Brian Sonia-Wallace. Read More »

Phillips Announces Barbara Hepworth Show for Next Summer

October 8th, 2015

Barbara Hepworth, via Art NewspaperPhillips has announced a non-selling exhibition of works by Barbara Hepworth next summer in London, organized by Andrew Bonacina, the chief curator at the Hepworth Wakefield in Yorkshire.  The show “will serve to show the strength and importance of our collection to a wider audience”, says Simon Wallis, the gallery director. Read More »

Douglas Druick Stepping Down as President and Director at The Art Institute of Chicago

October 8th, 2015

Douglas Druick, via ArtforumDouglas Druick, the current president and director at the The Art Institute of Chicago, has announced that he will be stepping down from his post when a replacement is found. “I have been deeply proud to lead one of the finest museums in the world and to work for three decades with an exceptional cadre of remarkably talented museum colleagues,” Druick says. Read More »

Duke University Receives $25 Million Gift for New Arts Building

October 8th, 2015

Artist rendering of the proposed new arts center at Duke University, via DukeA $25 million gift from trustee David Rubenstein has ensured a new expansion of the Duke arts program, aiding in the construction of a $50 million arts building, billed as “a major step in Duke’s commitment to supporting the artistic work of our students and faculty,” according to Duke President Richard Brodhead. Read More »

Interview Profiles Theaster Gates’s Stony Island Arts Bank Project

October 8th, 2015

Stony Island Arts Bank, via InterviewInterview takes a look inside Theaster Gates’s recently completed Stony Island Arts Bank on the south side of Chicago, and the artistic impetus behind the project.  “I often meet people who live in my neighborhood, when I’m downtown or in other neighborhoods, and we’re all looking for the same amenities,” he says.  “We all want to go to the reggae spot up north, we all want to go to the jazz club downtown. So I think that being here, I’m thinking about, “What are the amenities that I want to benefit from?” In their absence, I feel like, “All right, maybe I should make them.” Read More »