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Creative Debate Among Sculptors, Not Too Loud

Posted by the editors on Wednesday, 2 June 2010

Josephine Meckseper’s show at the Elizabeth Dee Gallery

 image Josephine Meckseper/Elizabeth Dee Gallery/The New York Times

Roberta Smith has written an interesting review of three exhibitions by younger sculptors, entitled “Creative Debate Among Sculptors, Not Too Loud” in the Art Review section of the Art & Design section of The New York Times looking at the current shows by Johannes VanDerBeek (“Another Time Man”, through June 12 at Zach Feuer Gallery, 530 West 24th Street, Chelsea, zachfeuer.com), Josephine Meckseper (through June 26 at Elizabeth Dee, 545 West 20th Street, Chelsea, elizabethdeegallery.com), and Siobhan Liddell (“Ordinary Magic”, through Saturday at CRG Gallery, 535 West 22nd Street, Chelsea, crggallery.com).

Johannes VanDerBeek

image Johannes Vanderbeek/Zach Feuer Gallery

JOHANNES VANDERBEEK, “Another Time Man”, 2010, installation view.

 

image Siobhan Liddell/CRG Gallery

Siobhan Liddell, Untitled, 2010

As usual, Ms Smith’s articulate, sensitive and informed article is well worth reading, and the exhibitions, themselves, are well worth viewing. The article includes a slide show, here.
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The Ocean Blue as Art Abstract

Posted by the editors on Friday, 21 May 2010

Andreas Gursky/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn/The New York Times

“Ocean I” (2010), an image by Andreas Gursky

Carol Vogel has written an article, part of which is entitled “The Ocean Blue as Art Abstract” in the Art & Design section of The New York Times, discussing a series of works by the German photographer Andreas Gursky shown at the Gagosian Gallery in Los Angeles, four of which have been purchased for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.  A wonderful testimony to how beautifully blue our world is, and a painful reminder of the still growing disaster of the British Petroleum oil platform explosion and the rapidly spreading oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Also included in Vogel’s article are short pieces on Moma/P.S.1 and archaic bronzes at Christie’s
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Picasso Painting Sets Auction Record at $106.5 Million

Posted by the editors on Wednesday, 5 May 2010

“Nude, Green Leaves and Bust,” a 1932 Picasso.(Image Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society, New York,

via Christie’s/The New York Times)

Carol Vogel has written a short article entitled “At $106.5 Million, a Picasso Sets an Auction Record” in the Art & Design section of The New York Times discussing the sale at Christie’s of the painting “Nude, Green Leaves and Bust” which Picasso painted in a single day in 1932.  Vogel also touches on the other sales of the event, including two sculptures by Alberto Giacometti, a painting by Edvard Munch and others.  The last time the Picasso’s “Nude, Green Leaves and Bust” changed hands, in 1951, it sold for $19,800.  Is it inflation, or is the painting that much better today than it was then?
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Scandal at Drouot, the Most Important French Auction House

Posted by the editors on Tuesday, 27 April 2010

Niviere/European Pressphoto Agency/The New York Times

Bidders competed earlier this year at the Hôtel Drouot, France’s oldest, largest, most storied and most profitable auction house.

Scott Sayare has written a very interesting article entitled “Chatter of Swindles and Scams at Auction House” in the Europe section of The New York Times (online) looking at French Justice Ministry and Police investigations, and charges, leveled at the largest and most important French auction house, Drouot, including art-trafficking, theft, and price fixing by Drouot insiders.  A fascinating look into the realities of what has been described as a typical French lack of ethics, among other things…
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What Price Art? Russians, YBAs, Chinese, Freud and Others, Including the Highest Selling Woman Artist

Posted by the editors on Tuesday, 27 April 2010

Natalia Goncharova, who died in 1962, was already the highest selling female artist at auction when Espagnole, painted during the First World War, sold in February for £6.4m. It beat her previous record of £5.5m set for Les Fleurs, sold in 2008

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Natalia Goncharova, who died in 1962, was already the highest selling female artist at auction when Espagnole, painted during the First World War, sold in February for £6.4m. It beat her previous record of £5.5m set for Les Fleurs, sold in 2008

Andrew Johnson has written an article entitled “Art, and a Russian revolution” in the Art section of The Independent (online) which looks at, in a relatively clear, easily understood fashion, the trends in art auctions and prices over the last ten years, and, of course, who’s hot and, at least by implication, who’s not.
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