Andrew Russeth

Editor of GalleristNY

Morning Links: Telephone Edition

Telephones. (Photo by Airo_/Fickr)

Katya Kazakina profiles the art-collecting vice chairman of Blackstone, James Tomilson Hill. The epic collection of Renaissance and Baroque bronzes that he has assembled with his wife, Janine, is now on view at the Frick. “I am ferociously competitive as a collector, just like I am in my business,” Mr. Hill told the reporter. [Bloomberg]

The New York Post looks at “the overpriced world of bad art.” [NYP]

You can’t pre-order The Lego Movie on Amazon, but you can purchase Everett Raymond Kinstler portraits. [The Associated Press] Read More


7 Things to Do in New York’s Art World Before June 13

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TUESDAY | Openings: A Fresh Batch of Shows at White Columns


Openings: A Fresh Batch of Shows at White Columns
White Columns comes out swinging with no less than five new exhibitions, with Patrick Berran, Ray Hamilton, Daniel Heidkamp, Jennifer Nichols and ALBUM (organized by Primary Information). A fresh lineup. (Work from ALBUM—a zine by artists Eline Mugaas and Elise Storsveen—is pictured.) —Andrew Russeth Read More


Morning Links: Mayoral Edition

Venice's mayor, Giorgio Orsoni. (Courtesy Venezia.it)

Laurent Le Bon has been named president of the Musée Picasso. [NYT]

Eli Broad’s forthcoming Los Angeles museum, the Broad, has filed a $19.8 million suit against Seele, the German firm manufacturing its latticed facade, for delays in production and misrepresenting its expertise. [NYT]

The saga continues. (Sorry.) San Francisco has offered George Lucas a new place for the museum he wants to build to show his art collection and “movie-related objects.” [Los Angeles Times] Read More

On View

‘Lucien Smith: Tigris’ at Skarstedt

'They just want to steal you and tear us both apart again.' (2014) by Lucien Smith. (Courtesy the artist and Skarstedt)

The 25-year-old Lucien Smith has made his name with one of the most painfully banal series of artworks in recent memory, his “Rain Paintings,” which he produces by peppering raw canvas with paint from a fire extinguisher. Visually D.O.A., they blithely and lazily riff on countless precedents, from Yves Klein’s fire and Warhol’s urine paintings to Dan Colen’s facile confetti canvases, which end up looking like the work of an Old Master in comparison. Mr. Smith has sprayed out hundreds of these things, and they are favorites of a certain type of collector. Read More

On View

Keith Haring at Gladstone Gallery

Exhibition view. (Photo by David Regen/©Keith Haring Foundation)

Don’t trust anyone whose opinion of Keith Haring falls short of unbridled admiration. The late Downtown phenom’s unrepentant accessibility and his (unfortunate) position as godfather to so much insipid street art can make him seem suspect and uncool, but the simple fact is that he produced some of the most captivating, irreverent, hilarious, engaged imagery of the past half century. Anyone who doubts it is refusing to look. Eight large works at Gladstone, on canvas, tarp and muslin, offer further proof of a basic truth: He is an American treasure. Read More