Paul Allen, Microsoft Cofounder and Art Collector, Remembered

  • ARTnews
  • October 15, 2018 23:00
Milton Avery, Dancing Trees , 1960.  Oil on canvas, 52 x 66 in.  Paul G.  Allen Family Collection © 2015 Mi l ton Avery Trust / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Paul Allen, the multibillionaire technology entrepreneur and art collector, died on Monday at age 65. The cause was complications from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, according to his family. With his vast fortune built from cofounding Microsoft and investments, Allen was known for his philanthropy and ...

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Record Setting $65 Million Chinese Painting Tops Strong Sale in Hong Kong

  • CNN
  • October 01, 2018 15:43
Juin-Octobre 1985" by Zao Wou-ki.

CNN: A painting by the Chinese-French painter Zao Wou-Ki sold for a record 510 million Hong Kong dollars ($65 million) Sunday, leading one of Asia's largest ever art auctions. The artist's abstract work "Juin-Octobre 1985" is now the most expensive painting ever to go under the hammer in Hong ...

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Artist Marina Abramovic Hit With a Painting in Italy Attack

  • Daily Beast
  • September 24, 2018 12:02

Performance artist Marina Abramovic was attacked at Italy's Palazzo Strozzi by a man wielding a framed painting. The artist was reportedly uninjured in the incident in which the man allegedly smashed his own artwork over her head in the Florence museum. Police are investigating. Abramovic told ...

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Japanese Billionaire Art Collector Will Invite Artists With Him to the Moon on Elon Musk's Rocket

  • New York Times
  • September 18, 2018 12:02
Screenshot of Yusaku Maezawa’s “Dear Moon” website.

In a press conference on Monday, the identity of the first lunar tourist was unveiled as Japanese fashion billionaire Yusaku Maezawa. Known in the U.S. as the art collector who bought Jean-Michel Basquiat's record-breaking $110.5 million painting in 2017, Maezawa is planning to make his space ...

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Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation Art Auction Raises $11 Million for Environmental Causes

  • Sonoma Magazine
  • September 16, 2018 23:23
Leonardo DiCaprio in 2014

Actor Leonardo DiCaprio's annual art benefit auction was held Sept. 15 in Sonoma County, Calif. with a roster of A-list celebrities attending. The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation (LDF) in partnership with Jackson Family Wines, sold 17 lots of experiences, collectibles and artworks by artists Ai ...

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Master of Color and Composition, Abstract Artist Sean Scully Spotlighted in Major Exhibitions

  • September 11, 2018 17:54
Sean Scully’s acclaimed Landline series makes its U.S.  debut at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden this fall.  Sean Scully, Landline Bend Triptych, 2017.  Oil on aluminum.  Three panels, each 85 × 75 in.  (215.9 × 190.5 cm).  Private collection.

‘I have spent my life making the melancholic into something irresistible. Because the world has changed around me and become more regretful, my paintings have become more true.’- Sean Scully Irish-born artist Sean Scully (b. 1945) is in the limelight this year with 15 international exhibitions, ...

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Glenstone Museum Foundation Sued by Contractor for $24 Million

  • New York Times
  • September 09, 2018 17:53
Glenstone

The Glenstone Foundation in Potomac, Maryland, a museum that houses a top-tier post-war and contemporary art collection, has been sued for $24 million in damages by its contractor just weeks before its expansion debuts. HITT Contracting filed the lawsuit over the building project, alleging that ...

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SpaceX to Blast Artist Trevor Paglen's Shiny Sculpture Into Orbit

  • August 23, 2018 15:07
Trevor Paglen with a prototype of Orbital Reflector

Starry, starry night gets more bling... A fourteen-foot diameter Mylar balloon hanging in the Nevada Museum of Art is but a tiny model for a project by artist Trevor Paglen that is scheduled to be blasted into space this fall. In partnership with the Nevada Museum of Art and in collaboration ...

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AI-Generated Artwork Heads to Christie's in a First-Ever Sale

  • Christie's
  • August 21, 2018 13:25
Portrait of Edmond Belamy, 2018, created by GAN (Generative Adversarial Network), which will be offered at Christie’s in October.  Image © Obvious

A portrait created by artifical intelligence will the hit auction block this fall. An artist collective's algorithm has made an abstracted 18th/19th century-looking man, Portrait of Edmond Belamy, which will test the waters for AI art in the Prints & Multiples sale at Christie’s in New ...

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Museum Visitor Falls Into Anish Kapoor's 8-Foot 'Descent Into Limbo'

  • Gizmodo
  • August 20, 2018 18:54
Anish Kapoor's ‘Descent into Limbo (1992)’

A museum visitor descended 8 feet into Anish Kapoor's Descent Into Limbo installation in Portugal last week. The injured Italian museum-goer possibly did not see the warning signs around the installation, which was not roped off at the exhibit in Serralves Museum in Porto. Painted ...

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Ai Weiwei's New Work 'Life Cycle' Debuts in L.A. This Fall

  • August 19, 2018 22:57
Ai Weiwei's Life Cycle (2018) will be on view at the non-profit Marciano Art Foundation in LA.

Marciano Art Foundation will present a solo exhibition of Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, on view from September 28, 2018 — March 3, 2019, at the Los Angeles non-profit. This exhibition is Ai’s first major institutional exhibition in Los Angeles and will feature the new and unseen work Life ...

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Crowds Swarm New Art-Filled $2.26 Billion Transit Center in San Francisco

  • Hyperallergic
  • August 12, 2018 23:04
Julie W.  Chang, The Secret Garden (detail), Salesforce Transit Center Grand Hall, 2018

Some twenty years in the making, a new $2.26 billion transit center in San Francisco is expected to eventually host over 100,000 people per day. Salesforce Transit Center opened Aug. 11 with huge crowds for a public preview. The massive facility boasts a five-acre rooftop park and is ...

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Gerry Lenfest, Philadelphia Philanthropist and Arts Patron, Remembered

  • August 06, 2018 15:21
Gerry Lenfest

H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest, 88, passed away on Aug. 5, reported the Philadelphia Inquirer. A leading philanthropist and driver of civic causes and the arts for the city of Philadelphia and the surrounding region, Lenfest gave away over $1.3 billion in just two decades. After building a fortune in ...

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Artists in Protest Art Exhibition Protest the Museum Hosting It

  • New York Times
  • August 05, 2018 23:42
Women's March, Wellington, NZ, credit Andy McArthur

Artists represented in an exhibition of protest art in London voiced concerns to the museum over its hosting of an event for a defense contractor. Then, in an ironic twist, some artists of the protest art came to withdraw their artwork from the Design Museum in London, in protest. Artist ...

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Authorities in China Demolish Ai Weiwei's Studio

  • NPR
  • August 05, 2018 23:09
 Ai Weiwei, Dog's head sculpture, Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads, 2011

Authorities in China razed the art studio of Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei over the weekend. A longtime critic of the Chinese government, Ai was quick to repsond to the destruction of his space on Instagram. "Farewell," Ai wrote. "They started to demolish my studio 'Zuoyuo' in Beijing ...

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MOCA LA Taps MoMA PS1 Director to Lead

  • New York Times
  • August 01, 2018 14:05
Klaus Biesenbach

After years of tumult and high turnover, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, is heading into a new chapter with a new director. Once again recruiting from New York, the oft-embattled MOCA has chosen Klaus Biesenbach, who currently leads MoMA PS1 in Queens and is curator-at-large at MoMA, ...

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Art Dealer Says He Discovered Six De Koonings in New Jersey Storage Unit

  • The Guardian
  • July 23, 2018 15:21
Art dealer David Killen, right, and Lawrence Castagna, an art-restoration expert who once worked for artist Willem de Kooning, look over a painting, in New York.

A storage locker filled with artworks that an auction house passed up is said to include lost abstract expressionist paintings that could be worth millions of dollars. From the Guardian: A New York art dealer who bought the contents of a New Jersey storage locker for $15,000 says he has found ...

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Pop-Up wndr museum to Feature Yayoi Kusama's Infinity Room

  • July 17, 2018 15:00
Yayoi Kusama's “Let’s Survive Forever."

Tickets have gone on sale for one of Yayoi Kusama's famed Infinity Rooms in a new location at the wndr museum—an art and science pop-up in Chicago's West Loop, opening in August. Pronounced "wonder" museum, the pop-up space has no end date yet, but tickets are sure to go fast for the ...

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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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