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Philippe Vergne Exits LA MoCA

LA Times / May 26th, 2018

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, ...

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

ArtfixDaily / May 17th, 2018

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 ...

Richard Gray, Noted Gallerist, Remembered

WTTW / May 17th, 2018

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 ...

Actress Portia de Rossi Launches a New Kind of Art Venture

AD / May 15th, 2018

"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 ...

Alleged Painting Slasher at Aspen Gallery Denies Doing It

Aspen Times / May 6th, 2018

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 ...

Pacific Standard Time Boosted SoCal Economy by Over $430 Million

ArtfixDaily / May 1st, 2018

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 ...

Christo to Float 150-Ton Barrel Sculpture on London Lake

ArtfixDaily / April 29th, 2018

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 ...

First Statue of a Woman Enters London's Parliament Square

NPR / April 24th, 2018

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. ...

Modigliani Nude Could Bring $150 Million in Blockbuster Auction Series

CNBC / April 24th, 2018

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 ...

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

Variety film review / April 2nd, 2018

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 ...

ARTFIXdaily Closed April 12 and 13

ArtfixDaily / March 27th, 2018

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 ...

NYC Public Art Project Spotlights Climate Change, Birds and Audubon

ArtfixDaily / March 21st, 2018

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 ...

New Contemporary Art Museum to Debut in Florence

Firenze / March 18th, 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 ...

LA's MOCA Fires Chief Curator Helen Molesworth

Los Angeles Times / March 14th, 2018

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 ...

Digital Art Jumps on the Blockchain Bandwagon

fivethirtyeight / March 8th, 2018

From fivethirtyeight: "A small triumvirate of artists, technologists and financiers are using the blockchain to render art rare and then selling it. In the process, they’ve figured out a way to make digital art valuable... Technology like the blockchain, they say, democratizes art by creating ...

ARTFIXdaily Closed for Maintenance, Feb. 26 Week

ArtfixDaily / February 25th, 2018

ARTFIXdaily will be closed for maintenance from Feb. 26 to March 2. Subscriber e-newsletter service will resume on March 5. Coming up: Armory Week in New York. This year, the fair dates have shifted, causing a spread over two weeks for the suite of popular art fairs. The Armory ...

NEA Grants $26M to Arts Projects Nationwide

ArtfixDaily / February 14th, 2018

On the heels of an announcement that the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) awarded 1,134 grants totaling $26.68 million to organizations and individuals in all 50 states plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico so far in FY 2018 -- came some bad news. President Trump’s FY ...

Robert Indiana's Sculptural 'LOVE' Returns to Philadelphia, Descends on Hong Kong

ArtfixDaily / February 13th, 2018

In time for Valentine's Day, Robert Indiana's iconic 'LOVE' sculpture returned to the City of Brotherly Love. The piece was paraded on a flatbed truck around Philadelphia on Tuesday before its reinstallation at John F. Kennedy Plaza, known as LOVE Park, which is undergoing a ...

'Jasper Johns: Something Resembling Truth' Retrospective to Open at The Broad

ArtfixDaily / February 7th, 2018

“One hopes for something resembling truth, some sense of life, even of grace, to flicker, at least, in the work.” Jasper Johns, 2006. Jasper Johns, 87, is considered among the foremost living artists, and his six-decades of work has placed him in the pantheon of American artists since his first ...

Iran Sentences American Art Dealer, Spouse to Lengthy Prison Terms

Washington Post / January 31st, 2018

Iran has sentenced Iranian-American art dealer Karan Vafadari and his wife, Afarin Neyssari, to prison, according to a New York-based rights group on Wednesday. They were arrested in July 2016. The couple, who are Zoroastrians, were allegedly targeted for their faith and their ties to ...