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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

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
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Yves Bouvier Vows Revenge for Fraud Accusations

August 31st, 2015

Yves Bouvier, via Art Market MonitorFollowing the unfreezing of his assets last week, Yves Bouvier has given an aggressive interview with a Swiss newspaper, vowing revenge against former client Dimitri Rybolovlev for his accusations of fraud.  “They deceived justice and destroyed my reputation,” he says. “I will destroy the only thing that affects the Russian billionaire in Monaco: his fortune.” Read More »

Olafur Eliasson Proposes Waterfall for “Art Pool” in Copenhagen

August 31st, 2015

An unofficial rendering of Eliasson's project, via Art NewspaperArtist Olafur Eliasson is designing a special waterfall installation for “an art pool,” where viewers can dive underwater to see works by a group of artists.  “I have wanted to construct a waterfall in Copenhagen for a while,” he says.  “I’m keen to participate in this project as it’s a work of art.” Read More »

Delegation of Copyright Reps Call for International Review of Artist Copyright Law

August 28th, 2015

A map of nations supporting resale rights, via Art NewspaperWith the conclusion of a conference at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva, a coalition of art world professionals, government workers and copyright experts have placed a call for an international review of artist copyright law, particularly in consideration of resale royalty inequity in nations like the U.S. and China.  “So many sales take place in countries that don’t recognize the right, such as the US or China,” says artist Gordon Cheung, who supports the measure.  “This unfairly disadvantages artists based in these countries, as well as artists whose work sells in these countries.” Read More »

Resident Artists Build Recreation of Vienna’s Loos Bar in LA

August 28th, 2015

Los Bar at MAK Center LA, via NYTFour artists working at Los Angeles’s MAK Center have recreated the famous Vienna hotspot, Loos Bar (named for its designer, Adolf Loos), recreated in miniature with cardboard, glue and sawdust.  “We wanted all the clichés of a European bar. You can smoke inside. It’s loud. It’s nasty,” says collaborating artist Christoph MeierRead More »

Takashi Murakami Showing Private Collection in Yokohama

August 28th, 2015

Takashi Murakami, via Art NewspaperTakashi Murakami has announced a surprise exhibition of his personal collection of art, toys, antiques and other objects this fall at the Yokohama Museum of Art, the Art Newspaper reports, interviewing the artist on his collection and his love of Anselm Kiefer’s work.  “When I first came to New York, I finally saw a real Kiefer in a show at the Museum of Modern Art,” he says. “When I stood in front of it, I cried. The work was Osiris and Isis (1985-87), a painting of a step pyramid, and I was awestruck.”    Read More »

Met Announces Plans for Former Whitney Building, Set to Open in May

August 27th, 2015

The Whitney Museum, via The WhitneyThe Metropolitan Museum of Art has announced its renovation plans for the repurposed Breuer Building, former home of the Whitney Museum, set to open in March 2016.  The plans for the space will include a “book bar” and restaurant.  “Our approach to inhabiting and interpreting the building honors Breuer’s intent for the space, highlighting its unique character as an environment for the presentation of modern and contemporary art,” says Thomas P. Campbell, the director and CEO of the Met. “The wonderfully scaled galleries and interior spaces of The Met Breuer provide a range of opportunities to present our modern and contemporary program, in addition to our galleries in the Fifth Avenue building.” Read More »

Palestinian Artist Thrown Out of Banksy’s Dismaland Show After Anti-Israel Protest

August 27th, 2015

Banksy, Dismaland (Installation View), via The GuardianPalestinian artist Shadi Alzaqzouq has been thrown out of Banksy’s Dismaland installation following a protest against Israeli artists included alongside his work in the exhibition.  “I found out when I arrived at the show that three Israeli artists were taking part, one of whom served in the IDF,” the artist says.  “I decided I had to protest in some way so I went and got a bed sheet from my hotel room and wrote ‘R.I.P Gaza: Boycott Israel’ on it in coal and hung it over my artwork and laid down like a corpse in front of my two paintings on display.” Read More »

Collectors Look to Art for Liquidity Following Market Rout

August 27th, 2015

Andy Warhol, One Dollar Bill (1962), via Sotheby'sFollowing the massive market rout earlier this week, Bloomberg notes a number of collectors already trying to squeeze liquidity from their art collections.  “Ten years ago no one in the art market paid close attention to these corrections in the stock market,” said Elizabeth von Habsburg, managing director of advisory firm Winston Art Group. “Now clients respond immediately.” Read More »

12- Year Old in Taiwan Trips, Punches Hole in Paolo Porpora Canvas

August 27th, 2015

Boy smashes painting, via GuardianA 12-year old boy in Taiwan accidentally punched a hole in Paolo Porpora’s Flowers, after tripping and falling towards the painting this week.  “The painting’s bottom right is damaged,” says exhibition organizer, Sun Chi-hsuan. “The boy’s hand made contact with the artwork and left a hole the size of a fist.” Read More »

Ai Weiwei to Install “Forever” Bicycles Outside Gherkin in London

August 27th, 2015

Ai Weiwei, Forever, via Art DailyAi Weiwei’s iconic bicycle installation Forever will be installed in front of the Gherkin in London next week, as part of the city’s “Sculpture in the City” event, running from Sept. 4th-13th.  “The Forever bicycles were a brand from when I was growing up. In our village there were no real roads and we always had to ride bikes to carry things,” Ai says.  “I thought they would be a good public sculpture because people relate to bikes. They’re designated for the body and operated with your body. There are a few things today that are like that.”  Read More »

Yves Bouvier Assets Unfrozen by Singapore Court

August 27th, 2015

Yves Bouvier, via Art DailySingapore’s highest court has unfrozen the assets of Yves Bouvier, locked down earlier this year following the Swiss dealer’s lawsuit with Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev over mark-ups on the work Rybolovlev purchased that tallied over $1 billion.  “I am happy that my position has been vindicated,” Bouvier said. Read More »

Stefan Simchowitz Sues Ghanian Artist Over Disowned Works

August 27th, 2015

Ibrahim Mahama, Out Of Bounds (2014), via art ObservedGhanaian artist Ibrahim Mahama, whose stretched jute sack are a highlight of this summer’s Venice Biennale, is the defendant in a lawsuit brought by Stefan Simchowitz and Dublin dealer Jonathan Ellis King, after the artist emailed them disowning 294 pieces by the artist.  “I was really left with no choice,” Simchowitz said, noting that the act has cost the dealers over $4.45 million. Read More »

William Kentridge to Create Massive Frieze on Banks of Tiber River

August 27th, 2015

William Kentridge's Triumphs and Laments proposal, via Art NewspaperWilliam Kentridge has planned a massive installation, Triumphs and Lamentations on the banks of the Tiber in Rome, power-washing its embankments to create a series of monumental images of war and its aftermath.  “Everyone’s triumph is someone else’s disaster,’ Kentridge said at a presentation of the frieze he would use as his plan for the work. “If you’re returning in triumph from a war, it means that other people are returning as slaves.”  Read More »

New York Times Notes Influx of Private Art Advisors in Strong Market

August 24th, 2015

Bernard Berenson, via NYTThe New York Times notes a new wave of young, dynamic, and often privately-affiliated art advisors working in the burgeoning market for art.  “There is a new breed,” says Wendy Cromwell, former president of the Association of Professional Art Advisors, “an independent contractor — kind of like black ops, like a hired gun — who can get you what you need in a tough, changing environment.” Read More »

Fondazione Prada Lends Sculpture to National Museum of Iran

August 24th, 2015

Miuccia Prada with husband Patrizio Bertelli, via Art NewspaperMiuccia Prada is taking an active role in strengthening diplomatic relations between Iran and Italy, lending works from the Fondazione Prada’s current exhibition Serial Classic, on ancient sculpture, to an exhibition starting next month at the National Museum of Iran in Tehran. Read More »

Tania Bruguera Returns to United States

August 24th, 2015

Tania Bruguera, via LA TimesTania Bruguera has returned to the United States, following 8 months of detainment in Cuba for her protest work, Tatlin’s Whisper #6.  The artist’s arrest for the work had evoked fears that she may be placed in detention for “disturbing the public order.”
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The Broad Set to Open September 20th

August 24th, 2015

The Broad rendering, via Art DailyLA’s The Broad is set to open September 20th with a vast exhibition of its permanent collection.  “This installation is an incredible opportunity to highlight the collection’s breadth and demonstrate in full force the Broads’ nearly five-decade engagement with art,”Founding Director Joanne Heyler. “We are not only able to present exciting moments of the collection’s well-known depth in artists like Twombly, Lichtenstein, Koons, and Warhol, but we also have explored interconnections between artists, and are showing works not previously associated with the collection and shared for the first time with Los Angeles audiences, including many of our most recent acquisitions.”  Read More »

NPR Investigates Quality of Engagement at Museums Worldwide and Dangers to Art World

August 24th, 2015

Vermeer's Girl with a Pearl Earring, via NPRAn article in NPR this week questions the oft-praised attendance records and audience engagement implying the strength of the art world, and examines the quality of evaluation that visitors to museums are currently practicing.  “The art world can survive anything from the public — hostility, ignorance, even fanatical prudishness — but the art world cannot survive an indifferent public,” says Michael Lewis, an art history professor at Williams College. Read More »

Dutch Police Arrest Alleged Forger Asking €15 million for Fake Van Gogh

August 24th, 2015

Van Gogh, The HarvestDutch police have arrested a man accused of trying to sell a counterfeit Van Gogh painting for €15 million, claiming the piece was an early study for the artist’s work The Harvest.  Several buyer had expressed interest in the work, which had forged papers claiming authenticity by the Van Gogh Museum. Read More »

Peter Zumthor Profield in LA Review of Books

August 24th, 2015

Peter Zumthor's LACMA model, via LARBThe LA Review of Books examines the career Peter Zumthor this week, and the Swiss architect’s plans for the extended design of LACMA, which boasts one of his signature, stark towers and will connect the museum with the existing Broad Contemporary Art Museum, the Resnick Pavilion, the Pavilion for Japanese Art, the Page Museum and the La Brea Tar Pits. Read More »

Marketplace Looks at Art Equity Startup Arthena

August 21st, 2015

Christopher Burge, chairman of Christie's (L), endMarketplace has an article on Arthena, the startup aiming to encourage investment in fine art through an equity share purchase of a curated art collection.  “I’m part of this generation that they’re trying to reach out to, and I realized that this generation looks at art not only from a cultural perspective, but also a financial perspective,” says founder Madelaine D’Angelo. “And it makes sense, because if you look at how many kids my age have student loans, if you put $10,000 into something, you want to make sure it’ll be worth $10,000 the next day.” Read More »

Ed Vaizey Places Export Bar on First Eyewitness Rendering of Niagara Falls

August 21st, 2015

An East View of the Great Cataract of Niagara, by Captain Thomas Davies, via The GuardianUK Culture Minister Ed Vaizey has placed an export bar on the 1762 study of Niagara Falls by military artist Capt. Thomas Davies, the first eyewitness artwork depicting the natural wonder.  “I hope that the temporary export bar I have put in place will result in a UK buyer coming forward and that the watercolor will be available for all to better understand Britain’s global role in the 18th century,” Vaizey said. Read More »

Stolen Andrew Wyeth Paintings Recovered from Reality Show Pawn Shop

August 21st, 2015

The Encounter on Freshwater Cliff by Andrew Wyeth, via NBCFour stolen Andrew Wyeth paintings have been recovered from a pawn shop featured on reality TV, NBC reports, worth about $1 million to $2 million each.  The paintings were stolen from a home in Maine in 2013, and traveled cross-country before ultimately being sold at the Beverly Hills Pawn Shop, subject of a program on cable channel Reelz.  Two paintings from the collection are still outstanding.  “I’m optimistic that one day soon the paintings will be returned to their rightful owner and we’ll bring those responsible to justice,” says Vincent B. Lisi, special agent for the FBI’s Boston Division. Read More »

Kansas City Art Institute Receives $25 Million Anonymous Donation

August 20th, 2015

Kansas City Art Institute, via NYTThe Kansas City Art Institute, which has trained or employed a number of major artists, including Robert Rauschenberg and Nick Cave, has received an anonymous gift of $25 million to its endowment, one of the largest gifts ever to an American art school.  “I hate to use the word ‘transformational,’ because it’s bandied about so much these days,” says interim president Tony Jones said, “but it’s true in this case. It’s literally a make-the-difference gift in terms of scholarships.” Read More »