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London's Tate Britain shows a darker, deeper side of Henry Moore

Reuters / February 22nd, 2010

Sculptor Henry Moore is portrayed as a radical who explored a dark world of sex, war and death in a show that challenges his modern image as the creator of gentle figures that adorn windswept plazas around the world. Ranked among Britain's most famous 20th century artists, Moore was a ...

L.A. is on display at the European art fair ARCOmadrid

LA Times Arts / February 18th, 2010

The organizers usually focus on an entire country's art, but this year they chose Los Angeles. During its 29-year history, Spain's ARCOmadrid has grown to become not only Europe's largest art fair but also a magnet for the contemporary art world's elite. Every winter, top gallerists, ...

Banksy lampoons art market with more than his art

Bloomberg / February 15th, 2010

Banksy, the British street artist whose paintings have fetched as much as $1.9 million at auction, keeps his identity secret to avoid prosecution for graffiti. He introduced his debut film at the Berlin Film Festival via video message in a hooded sweater, his voice disguised. “Exit Through ...

ArtDubai aims to sell the best in a dubious situation

Daily Star / February 15th, 2010

Enthusiasm and criticism rule as the countdown begins for the fourth edition of the Emirati entrepot’s yearly art fair. Scheduled for March 17-20, ArtDubai is luring in international exhibitors with price-reduced booths. Among the value-adds for visitors to the show, an unveiling ...

It was a stunning work of art – so why is the Wall hanging in a Las Vegas loo?

Guardian / February 14th, 2010

The greatest artwork of the 20th century was 100 miles long and nearly 12ft high. A multitude of hands took 13 years to make it. They had to work fast to evade the ­border police, for they were working inside the perimeter of East Berlin. Until recently, no concerted attempt was made to ...

Bob Dylan canvases unveiled in London

Citizen - AFP / February 10th, 2010

On view Feb. 13 to April 10, "Bob Dylan on Canvas" at the Halcyon Gallery in London's upmarket Mayfair district includes pieces with price tags ranging from 95,000 to 450,000 pounds (150,000-700,000 dollars, 110,000-510,000 euros). Says the musician-artist, "I just draw what's interesting to ...

Part of Crichton's art trove going under gavel

Independent (UK) / February 7th, 2010

Best-selling science fiction writer Michael Crichton, creator of TV's ER drama and film-adapted books such as Jurassic Park, also left the legacy of a first-class art collection. Two years after his death in 2008, four of his privately-held paintings, worth an estimated £20m, are to be put up for ...

Billionaire Abramovich buoys contemporary art market

Bloomberg / January 19th, 2010

Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich bought 35 contemporary artworks for his luxury yacht, “Eclipse,” according to the Millennium gallery in southwest England. While his recent purchases have tallied 200,000 pounds ($326,000), Abramovich is known to have spent much more for Francis Bacon’s 1976 ...

Warhol's Night: Images of money stoke art market

New York Times / November 12th, 2009

A seminal Warhol — one of the artist’s first silk-screen paintings — came on the block at Sotheby’s auction of contemporary art on Wednesday night. Bidding opened at $6 million for “200 One Dollar Bills,” which soared to $43.7 million (including fees). Also, the artist's 1962 sketch of a roll of ...

Peter Brant's pricey "Puppy" maintenance and alimony

Connecticut Post / November 3rd, 2009

"Puppy," a supersized sculpture by Jeff Koons, adorns the 53-acre Greenwich, Conn., estate of the Magazine Antiques owner Peter Brant. He pays maintenance of the sculpture of between $75,000 and $100,000 a year. Such are the sordid details emerging from the divorce case of Brant and his wife, ...

Failed Bank Provenance Boosts Auction: Lehman Bros. collection sells out

Wall Street Journal / November 2nd, 2009

Call it the Lehman premium: The first in a series of auctions at Freeman's, expected to bring in around $750,000, brought in a surprising $1.34 million, with all 238 lots of modern and contemporary art finding buyers. The star of the failed bank's art assets was a late-period Roy Lichtenstein ...

No Money Back Guarantee: Beijing woman loses suit against art dealer

Law.com / October 27th, 2009

A woman who worked in art galleries in Beijing and relied on an art dealer's valuation of a painting by contemporary artist Julian Schnabel cannot recoup the $290,000 she paid for the work, a Manhattan judge has ruled. Najung Seung claimed she was misled by art dealer Mary Dinaburg into believing ...

"Looking East": Exhibit of young Chinese artists touches on cultural discord

Kansas City Star / October 22nd, 2009

Kansas City art dealer Byron Cohen sold more than $1 million worth of contemporary Chinese art at last year’s Art Basel Miami Beach art fair. Now, his gallery's “Looking East,” an exhibit of seven artists from China, includes works that address discord in contemporary Chinese culture. In three ...

Lawyers Not Amused: Shepard Fairey changes story on Obama poster source

Unbeige / October 20th, 2009

Just when we thought we had a firm grasp on Shepard Fairey's legal wrangling with the Associated Press comes a new and confusing development: Fairey has changed his tune on what photo he used as the source material for the iconic HOPE poster that is at the center of the legal dispute, which ...

Frieze is Over: Art collectors step up, but demand discounts at London fairs

Bloomberg / October 19th, 2009

London’s contemporary art and design fairs closed Sunday with many dealers upbeat after achieving more sales than last year, even though buyers were taking their time and pressing for discounts. Among the browsers was Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich. While collectors passed on a $9 million ...

David Hockney in New York: The celebrated artist exhibits his English works

New York Times / October 19th, 2009

In 2005 David Hockney left Hollywood, where he had lived full time since 1978, to transform the manicured slopes, woods and farmland of the East Yorkshire landscape into spare, quickly worked compositions charged with pink, orange and violet. In the next two weeks 28 of these paintings will go on ...

"No Love Lost": Damien Hirst's return to painting

AP / October 13th, 2009

Damien Hirst has made a fortune and become an art-world brand by peering at life's dark side. Rows of skulls stare sightless from deep blue backgrounds in a new exhibition by the man who turned pickled sharks and rotting cows' heads into multimillion-dollar works of art. The most striking thing ...

Koons on Koons: For sale at Frankfurt Book Fair

New York Observer / October 13th, 2009

Uber-popular artist Jeff Koons and the British curator Norman Rosenthal are working on a book together that the Wylie Agency is currently shopping to publishers at the Frankfurt Book Fair. The book will be called The Confessions of Jeff Koons, and will take the form of an extended conversation ...

Market Expansion: Hirst's butterflies soar again in Asia

AFP / October 7th, 2009

HONG KONG — A monumental work by British artist Damien Hirst fetched more than 17.22 million Hong Kong dollars (2.21 million US) in an auction held on Wednesday, making it his most expensive art piece sold in Asia. "The Importance of Elsewhere -- The Kingdom of Heaven" broke the record set by ...

Sophisticated, Historical: What the Obamas like

Guardian / October 7th, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Obamas are decorating their private spaces with more modern and abstract artwork than has ever hung on the White House walls. Pieces by contemporary African-American and Native American artists are on display. Historical works by George Catlin and artifacts such as a ...