ARTFIXdaily Closed From June 25 to July 6

  • June 24, 2018 23:45
Rendering of For Lazy Lobster, part of the Artscapes series at the de Young museum in San Francisco this summer, by Cosima von Bonin, 2018.  Courtesy the artist and Petzel Gallery.

ARTFIXdaily will be closed from June 25 to July 6. Subscriber e-newsletter service will resume on July 9. ArtGuild members may continue to post press releases to the ArtWire section during the closure. The image above is for Artscapes, a new series of playful installations designed by artists ...

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Gallery Owner Arrested for Placing 11-Foot Drug Spoon Sculpture Outside Purdue Pharma

  • Hartford Courant
  • June 24, 2018 23:45
"Purdue" by Domenic Esposito

From the Hartford Courant: A Stamford, Connecticut, art gallery owner was arrested and charged with a criminal misdemeanor and a felony Friday morning after dropping an 800-pound steel sculpture of a bent, burnt heroin spoon in front of Purdue Pharma, a top manufacturer of opioids, and then ...

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Pasadena Museum of California Art Will Close This Fall

  • June 20, 2018 18:49
Grafton Tyler Brown, Cascade Cliffs, Columbia River, 1885.  Oil on canvas.  17 x 32 inches.  Courtesy of the Melvin Holmes Collection of African American Art.  Photo © John Wilson White Studio

Without mention of any reason, the 16-year-old Pasadena Museum of California Art (PMCA) announced this week that the Southern California institution will close its doors. On June 13, at a PMCA Board meeting, Chairman Jim Crawford recommended that the museum close after the current exhibitions ...

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Gardner Museum Links Past and Present in Exhibition Featuring Prized Antiquity

  • WBUR
  • June 17, 2018 22:55
Detail of Farnese Sarcophagus, about 225 AD.  Marble, 163.2 x 62.23 x 26.67 cm (64 1/4 x 24 1/2 x 10 1/2 in.)

Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum now explores the storied history and singular beauty of the Farnese Sarcophagus—as a centerpeice of a new exhibition—featuring its recent conservation, in-depth scholarship and a 3D artistic repsonse to the ancient artifact. With its glorious images of ...

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Ralph Coburn, Abstract Artist, Remembered

  • Miami Herald
  • June 10, 2018 23:39
Ralph Coburn's "Blue, White, Green”

Abstract artist Ralph Coburn died June 5 in Miami, age 94. “Not enough people know about Coburn’s work, which is spare, beautiful, witty, and uncannily satisfying,” Sebastian Smee, the then art critic for Boston Globe, wrote in 2010. “Coburn himself, I’ve been told, is modest to a fault, which ...

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Jeff Koons' 'Tulips' Spurned by Paris Museum

  • france 24
  • May 28, 2018 22:48
© France 24 screen grab

After months of controversy, a Jeff Koons sculpture the American artist gave the city in remembrance of the 2015 Paris attacks victims will not find a home in front of the capital’s Museum of Modern Art and the Palais de Tokyo.

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Philippe Vergne Exits LA MoCA

  • LA Times
  • May 26, 2018 21:27
Still from a KCET interview with MOCA director Philippe Vergne.

The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles announced on Friday, just before the long holiday weekend, that director Philippe Vergne will depart. The decision came after various spurts of turmoil within the museum, including Vergne's recent decision to terminate its respected chief curator, ...

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Record Prices Abound at Sotheby's $392 Million Contemporary Art Sale

  • May 17, 2018 12:41
Kerry James Marshall's Past Times (1997) set a new record for a living African American artist of $21.1m with fees

On Wednesday, Sotheby's tallied $392.3m total with fees for contemporary art in New York, setting 15 artist records among the 75 lots offered. Just two works failed to sell—by Yayoi Kusama and Lucio Fontana. An Asian private collector won David Hockney's "Pacific Coast Highway and Santa ...

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Richard Gray, Noted Gallerist, Remembered

  • WTTW
  • May 17, 2018 12:06
Richard Gray

Richard Gray, a celebrated art dealer, civic leader, and philanthropist, died Wednesday morning at his home in Chicago, surrounded by family. He was 89 years old. In 1963, Gray founded the Richard Gray Gallery in Chicago and he later opened another gallery in New York City. With his wife Mary, ...

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Actress Portia de Rossi Launches a New Kind of Art Venture

  • AD
  • May 15, 2018 20:46
Synograph of Sarah Bird’s painting Inkberry Holly.

"Arrested Development" actress Portia de Rossi is working with Fujifilm to democratize art. And her company's motivation is also it's motto: Support Artists. Not Art. De Rossi's new venture, called General Public, collaborates with artists by recreating their original works as Synographs™ (or ...

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Alleged Painting Slasher at Aspen Gallery Denies Doing It

  • Aspen Times
  • May 06, 2018 18:29
A screen shot from surveillance cameras inside an Aspen art gallery show the suspect right before he slashed a nearly $3 million painting in May 2017.

The British man accused by police of slashing a $3 million painting at an Aspen art gallery last year says he didn't do it. Nick Morley, 40, is named by police and prosecutors as the man dressed in black who walked in and cut the Christopher Wool artwork at Opera Gallery in May 2017. Morley ...

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Pacific Standard Time Boosted SoCal Economy by Over $430 Million

  • May 01, 2018 19:32
Judithe Hernández, The Purification , 2013.  Pastel mixed-media on archival wood board.  30 x 40 in.  © 2016 Judithe Hernández.  Part of "One Path Two Journeys" at Millard Sheets Art Center.

The Getty-funded, regional arts initiative Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA contributed around $430.3 million to the Southern California economy between September 2017 and January 2018, according to a new report from the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC). From the report's ...

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Christo to Float 150-Ton Barrel Sculpture on London Lake

  • April 29, 2018 22:53
Christo The Mastaba (Project for London, Hyde Park, Serpentine Lake) Drawing 2018 in two parts 15 x 96" and 42 x 96" (38 x 244 cm and 106.6 x 244 cm) Pencil, charcoal, wax crayon, enamel paint, hand-drawn map on vellum, technical data, mylar and tape Photo: André Grossmann © 2018 Christo

The latest work by artist Christo is under construction in London  – it's a carefully floating stack of 7,506 barrels. The Mastaba will be a temporary draw in Hyde Park where the piece will float on Serpentine Lake from June 18 (weather permitting) to September 23, 2018. The Guardian writes: Is ...

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First Statue of a Woman Enters London's Parliament Square

  • NPR
  • April 24, 2018 18:15
Deputy Mayor for Culture, Justine Simons, and artist Gillian Wearing stand with the statue of Millicent Fawcett.

The first statue of a woman, and the first to be created by a female artist, went up in London's Parliament Square on Tuesday. For 150 years, monuments to only male statesmen have populated the square, including Winston Churchill, Nelson Mandela, Abraham Lincoln, Mahatma Gandhi and seven others. ...

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Modigliani Nude Could Bring $150 Million in Blockbuster Auction Series

  • CNBC
  • April 24, 2018 13:17
Amedeo Modigliani, “Nu couche (sur le cote gauche)," 1917.

Record-breaking May sales are expected at the major New York auction houses with a nude painting by Amedeo Modigliani estimated to bring $150 million, representing the highest auction estimate ever. The two week sale series at the major auction houses could possibly total over $2 billion. A ...

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HBO's 'The Price of Everything' Takes on the Value of Beauty

  • Variety film review
  • April 02, 2018 23:37

A new HBO documentary on the art world pulls together an interesting array of characters for interviews on the value of art: gallery owner Mary Boone, Chicago philanthropist Stefan Edlis, auction house players such as Amy Cappellazzo, and artists like Gerhard Richter, Jeff Koons, Njideka Akunyily ...

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ARTFIXdaily Closed April 12 and 13

  • March 27, 2018 19:52
René Magritte, The Enchanted Domain I, 1953; oil on canvas; Würth Collection, Künzelsau, Germany; © Charly Herscovici, Brussels / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

ARTFIXdaily will be closed April 12 and 13, and subscriber e-newsletter service will resume on April 16. One of Spring's must-see exhibitions: In San Francisco, René Magritte: The Fifth Season — presented exclusively at SFMOMA from May 19 through October 28, 2018 — focuses on the latter half ...

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NYC Public Art Project Spotlights Climate Change, Birds and Audubon

  • March 21, 2018 12:19
Townsend’s Warbler by ATM.  Location: 601 W.  162 St.

In New York City over the last few years, North American birds have been slowly appearing --- in large-scale murals --- to emphasize that threatented birds might be disappearing. The Audubon Mural Project is bringing attention to endangered birds with dozens of public murals, a fitting ode to the ...

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New Contemporary Art Museum to Debut in Florence

  • Firenze
  • March 18, 2018 19:53
Giorgio Morandi Natura morta, 1958 oil on canvas, 11 3/4 × 13 3/4 in Paesaggio, 1942 oil on canvas, 19 5/8 × 17 3/4 in © Giorgio Morandi, by SIAE 2018

Art collector Roberto Casamonti, founder of the Tornabuoni Art gallery, will open a contemporary art museum in Florence, Italy, on March 24. Housed in the Palazzo Bartolini Salimbeni, a Renaissance building overlooking Santa Trinita square, the museum will bring 20th century to contemporary ...

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LA's MOCA Fires Chief Curator Helen Molesworth

  • Los Angeles Times
  • March 14, 2018 12:08
Helen Molesworth

The Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles (MOCA) has ousted its chief curator, Helen Molesworth, first reported the LA Times. An email sent Monday to MOCA trustees from Director Philippe Vergne, and obtained by the Times, implied that Molesworth resigned. But from an email with artist ...

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