Dissident artist and activist Ai Weiwei has received notice that his challenge to a 15 million yuan ($2.4 million) tax bill served against the company that oversees his art making, Beijing Fake Cultural Development Ltd., has been denied by government authorities, Reuters reports.
Mr. Ai was arrested last year and held for almost three months in a case that many observers believe is related to his vocal criticism of the Chinese government, and later hit with that tax bill.
The art world is abuzz with Keith Haring these days. With the Brooklyn Museum exhibiting his early work, galleries and cultural institutions like MoMA and Pace Prints have also gotten on board and now Sotheby’s has announced its own selling exhibition, “Keith Haring: Shine On.” Opening March 30, it presents 32 works across a wide range of mediums, like canvases, tarps and sculpture, ranging in value from $25,000 to $1.5 million.
The Red Dot Art Fair is yet another satellite fair that will join the likes of NADA and Pulse when the Frieze Art Fair comes to New York City in May, and the second after the Pulse to make the move from Armory Week to the week of the Frieze fair. Red Dot, which will run May 3–6, 2012, will be presented at a 25,000-square-foot exhibition space at 82 Mercer Street.
The ground floor of the former Fine Arts Building in Tribeca, birthplace of the New Museum in 1977, is now a branch of Asian-fusion restaurant Nobu.
Philippe Maestracci, an Italian citizen fighting to recover a Modigliani painting once owned by his grandfather, Paris dealer Oscar Stettiner, and allegedly sold without Stettiner’s permission by the Nazis during World War II, has dropped his suit in federal court against the Upper East Side’s Helly Nahmad Gallery, which he argued was in possession of the work.
But the fight appears to be far from over.
A galley came across our desk this morning for a new book published by the Penguin Press called Where the Heart Beats: John Cage, Zen Buddhism, and the Inner Life of Artists. It is the first book by Kay Larson, the former art critic for New York magazine. It is also the first book to address at length Cage’s relation to Zen Buddhism and its importance to his life and work.
Christie’s has appointed Jinqing Caroline Cai as their managing director in China. She will begin her role on June 1 this year and will “lead Christie’s activities in China,” according to a press release.
In the new issue of Bookforum, Choire Sicha takes on the issue of the rise of celebrity in the tony worlds of art and literature, in particular the boom in renown of “cultural truffle hounds,” people like Klaus Biesenbach, chief curator at large of MoMA and director of MoMA PS1, whose job it is to find and bring to our attention great cultural treasure.
The “quality celebrity” is one, according to Mr. Sicha, like James Franco and Antony Hegarty, who has both recognition and is considered an artist. Then there are those who are great at both and operate in a way somewhat akin to journalists, like Moby. But then there are those whose donning of the journalistic-beat makes us slightly uncomfortable because of their position. Enter @Klausbiesenbach.
the white house
Robert Rauschenberg’s Early Bloomer [Anagram (a Pun)] will be hanging over the fireplace in the White House dining room, where the president hosts formal dinners. It will replace an equestrian portrait, according to The Art Newspaper. This is only the fourth contemporary artwork in the White House collection. Raushenberg will join the ranks of Josef Albers (who has two works on the walls) and Georgia O’Keefe.
The Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, which has been closed during a huge renovation project, will finally reopen September 23, according to a post on the museum’s Twitter feed this morning.
Ann Goldstein left her position as a curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles to run the Stedelijk. The museum has Read More