The next time you see Okwui Enwezor, give him a big hug. It turns out that the director of Munich’s Haus der Kunst, who has been selected to organize the 2015 Venice Biennale, will have almost a full month less than many of his predecessors to organize his show. The biennale is opening next year on May 6, quite a bit earlier than the June 1 start date of 2013. Read More
In the past week, on various social media channels, it has emerged that the proprietor of Sellyoulater.com is a 26-year-old former art dealer and gallery owner named Carlos A. Rivera. Last week, Observer columnist Adam Lindemann spoke with Mr. Rivera and confirmed this. The Observer spoke briefly with Mr. Rivera this morning.
Mr. Rivera launched Sellyoulater on Feb. 8, and it was immediately greeted with skepticism (and some anger) in the art world for its practice of ranking young artists like stocks. (Most of these reactions were aired on social networks such as Instagram, which is precisely where Mr. Rivera was gathering a good deal of the information that powers Sellyoulater.) In the past few weeks, Mr. Rivera decided to rebrand his website as ArtRank. When he did this, he explained over the phone this morning from his Los Angeles home, there was a technical glitch and his personal information was revealed. Read More
The Smithsonian Institute’s Board of Regent has named the president of Cornell University, Dr. David J. Skorton, as the 13th secretary of the Smithsonian. He will begin his post in July 2015.
The Lower East Side’s Dodge Gallery announced today that it will close after four years in business in a spacious former sausage factory at 15 Rivington Street. Kristen Dodge shared the news in an e-mail sent to the gallery’s mailing list with the subject line “Thank You.” Read More
MONDAY, MARCH 10
The whole James Franco cannon is screening this week at IFC. No Spider-Man movies or Freaks and Geeks, but what can you expect? We live in a fallen world. —Dan Duray
In 2011, at Sotheby’s, L’Aubade, a 1967 painting by Pablo Picasso sold for $23 million. In recent years, Picasso’s late works have taken center stage, with giddy results at auction and thronged exhibitions at Gagosian Gallery. It wasn’t always thus. The late works were undervalued for years by all but a perspicacious few. One of Read More
‘We Hope That She Offs Herself Soon So It’ll Be Worth a Lot of Money’: Five Minutes With Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka at the Armory Show
At the Armory Fair on opening day, we happened to bump into who but Neil Patrick Harris, strolling the booths with his partner David Burtka. Read More
Yesterday at Christie’s First Open sale, which is usually for lower-end works by big-name artists and aimed at drawing in new collectors, an untitled work by Wade Guyton from 2005 sold for $1,025,000, well over its high estimate of $350,000 and yet another symptom of an apparently exceedingly hot market.