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Stefan Simchowitz vs. the Art World

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Stefan Simchowitz was 6 years old when his parents divorced, and his mother, the artist Shirley Sacks, took him with her when she left South Africa for England. Then when he was 11, his parents sent him to St. John’s College back in his native Johannesburg, where he was bullied for his small stature and his English accent, but mostly, despite his daily presence at mass, for being Jewish. After a year, he was fed up with the bullying so they sent him to the Jewish day school King David, where he was promptly bullied for being Christian. Read More


12 Things to Do in New York’s Art World Before May 11

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WEDNESDAY | Opening: Assume Vivid Astro Focus, “Adderall Valium Arivan Focalin (Cantilevering Me)” at Suzanne Geiss


Opening: “Andrew Kuo: My Bad” at Half Gallery
The prolific Queens-born artist serves up a fresh show of paintings that look like a figurative departure from the hyper-geometric works he exhibited at Marlborough Chelsea, his gallery, last year. Can’t wait! —Zoë Lescaze
Half Gallery, 43 East 78th Street, New York, 6-8 p.m. Read More


Morning Links: Bargaining Edition

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Here are a few more details on the Helly Nahmad’s proposal to avoid prison time. [NYT]

“Sotheby’s and its largest investor, Daniel Loeb, will open their arguments in court on Tuesday on whether the auction house should be allowed to restrict the billionaire’s ownership stake, in a case that could reshape the world of shareholder activism.” [Reuters] Read More


13 Things to Do in New York’s Art World Before May 4

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FRIDAY | Opening: Tim Barber, “Relations” at Capricious 88


Book Launch: index A to Z at Karma
Choice selections from index magazine (1996–2006) have been compiled into what is no doubt a rich and handsome volume by Rizzoli. The tome includes “interviews with founders Peter Halley and Bob Nickas, a reminiscence by Bruce LaBruce, and a historical overview by Wendy Vogel.” Sounds like this will be one nice celebration. —Andrew Russeth Read More