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LACMA committee steps up for new acquisitions

LA Times / April 19th, 2010

More than six dozen couples helped raise $1.8 million for new acquistions to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art collections over the weekend. The Annual Collectors Committee Weekend has been likenend to an "American Idol" competition with several curators taking stage to passionately promote ...

Deitch to debut at MOCA with Dennis Hopper

LA Times / April 15th, 2010

Former art dealer Jeffrey Deitch has enlisted painter-director Julian Schnabel to curate his first show as the incoming director at LA's Museum of Contemporary Art. The exhibition will be a survey of works by Dennis Hopper, the 73-year-old actor now stricken with cancer, who has had a long ...

Exit Through the Gift Shop

Entertainment Weekly / April 14th, 2010

"Prankishly enjoyable" says EW reviewer Owen Gleiberman of a new documentary called Exit Through the Gift Shop. He writes that the film, made by stealthy London street artist Banksy, "...is an exhilarating hall-of-mirrors look at what happens when global art fame turns anonymous, artists become ...

Artnet pushes for profits in online auctions

Skate's Market Notes / April 13th, 2010

After reviewing artnet's 2009 annual report, Skate's remains skeptical of the company's online auction strategy as a revenue source. Revenues, which are largely based on its price database, advertising and a gallery network, were down 5.6% compared to 2008 due to the auction segment.  ...

Marc Glimcher sees branding, networking as future for art dealers

Artinfo / April 13th, 2010

In the age of globalization, “What does it mean to be an art gallery?” The Pace Gallery's Marc Glimcher tells Artinfo: "The answer for a lot of innovative people, has been a franchise, a brand. That has been incredibly successful...." Click through to read more of Artinfo's conversation with ...

Oakland Museum interprets the California experience in art

San Francisco Chronicle / April 12th, 2010

To better engage its visitors, California's Oakland Museum of Art has mixed up the traditional manner of art display, replacing chronological order with high-interest thematic groupings. Re-opening May 1 after a two-year renovation, the museum, for example, has a California landscape section ...

Crusader sword, "Lockheed Lounge" coming to auction

Financial Times / April 11th, 2010

Islamic art is on the block in a series of London auctions this week. Among the highlights, Christie's is offering a circa-1400 Crusader sword with an estimate of £150,000-£200,000. FT writer Georgina Adam also notes that the financial troubles of CNET founder Halsey Minor has pushed to market ...

Whitney Museum board debates move downtown

New York Times / April 11th, 2010

When the cosmetics heir Leonard A. Lauder gave $131 million to the Whitney Museum of American Art two years ago, it was the biggest donation in the institution’s history, and it came with one important stipulation: The Whitney could not sell its popular but cramped home on Madison Avenue in ...

Sarah Jessica Parker inks deal for art world reality show

New York magazine / April 8th, 2010

Gallerists Bill Powers and Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn, auctioneer Simon de Pury, art enthusiast China Chow, and New York art critic Jerry Saltz are signed-on as judges in actress Sarah Jessica Parker's production of a new reality TV show, 'Work of Art.' The Bravo series, which debuts June 9, ...

Self-taught artist Winfred Rembert featured at Adelson Galleries

Art Knowledge News / April 8th, 2010

After a youth spent in the cotton fields of Georgia, an arrest after a 1960s civil rights march, and a near-lynching, Wilfred Rembert became an artist whose work is now being shown in Manhattan. Adelson Galleries and Peter Tillou Works of Art have collaborated to present the first major solo ...

Boston artist John Wilson's work is strong on character

Boston Globe / April 8th, 2010

John Wilson was a master in figure drawing at an early age. Throughout his nearly seven-decade-long career, he has successfully married bold figuration with a sophisticated take on abstraction. But what stands out about the 88-year-old artist’s work is the humanity. “John Wilson: Prints & ...

Artist in her element on O'Keeffe's land

New York Times / April 8th, 2010

Ex-New Yorker Susan Rothenberg is an artist painting in New Mexico, amidst the same striking scenery that inspired Georgia O'Keeffe to produce some of her best work. Many parallels exist between the lives of the two artists. Each exited the city for the desert, a quiet place "with no grid," ...

Sign of the times: Robins v. Zwirner et al.

New York Observer / April 7th, 2010

A powerhouse Chelsea art dealer got slammed with a $8 million lawsuit in a New York court from a prominent American collector. The claim states that the dealer renegged on a confidentiality agreement and a promise to supply the collector with first dibs on new works by South African artist ...

Blue-chip Chinese contemporary art returns to red-hot

New York Times / April 6th, 2010

Asian art sales surged in Hong Kong early this week. Sotheby's sale of contemporary Asian art brought $18.7 million with Liu Ye's (b. 1964) "Bright Road" fetching $2.45 million, an artist record and nearly three times the estimate. With rising real estate prices in Hong Kong and mainland China, ...

Balinese painting soars to record $3.3 million

Bloomberg / April 5th, 2010

A 1960s oil painting of Balinese villagers by Indonesia’s Lee Man Fong fetched a record HK$25.3 million ($3.3 million) at Sotheby's in Hong Kong. The 2-meter-long “Bali Life,” depicting a rustic scene of the islanders at rest, became the most expensive Southeast Asian artwork at auction. Prices ...

Hottest museum shows of 2009

The Art Newspaper / April 3rd, 2010

The Art Newspaper has listed the 30 most visited museum exhibitions worldwide for the 2008- 2009 season. Topping the list are four blockbusters at Japanese museums. Shows on twentieth-century masters ranked high including Kandinsky at the Centre Pompidou in Paris and Joan Miró at MoMA in New ...

Museum show is big on Botero

New York Times / April 3rd, 2010

The Colombian artist Fernando Botero is showcased at Long Island's Nassau County Museum of Art, where a small but significant collection of figure paintings, drawings and monumental sculptures is gathered, including a huge, plump female nude at the entrance. In painting or sculpture, Botero, ...

Crichton art collection may exceed $75 million at Christie's

Washington Post / April 3rd, 2010

Popular thriller writer Michael Crichton, of "ER" and "Jurassic Park" fame, died in 2008. He left behind a top-notch art collection which his family is selling 80% of at Christie's in New York on May 11-12. Among the works to watch for record-setting status is Jasper Johns' "Flag," which ...

PAFA acquires a trio of diverse works

Art knowledge News / April 3rd, 2010

The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) in Philadelphia recently acquired three works for its American art collection, including Mark Bradford's "Untitled (Dementia)," 2009; Philip Evergood's "Mine Disaster", 1933/37; and Lilly Martin Spencer's "Mother and Child by the Hearth," ...

Shepard Fairey looking to paint a mural-worthy wall

Mediabistro blog / March 29th, 2010

Before Jeffrey Deitch officially takes over as director of the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art in June, his New York gallery Deitch Projects will exhibit "May Day" with new works by Shepard Fairey. Expect "images supporting free speech and bemoaning the U.S. two-party political system, ...