Orchard Street has sprouted another gallery. This weekend, Chelsea’s Harris Lieberman is opening a second space on the already well-populated block between Canal and Hester. Read More
“When Yoko Ono is speaking, I want to hear a fucking pin drop, okay?” Say it, Glenn O’Brien! The impresario, writer and all-around man about town was speaking last week at ABC Carpet & Home–yes, ABC Carpet & Home–where Art Production Fund was holding its annual spring gala, this time honoring Yoko Ono and Richard Read More
“At moments in your life when you’re working and you’re in the void and you’re quitting, basically,” said choreographer Sarah Michelson, describing every artist’s creative-death-spiral scenario, “you get a sign of something.”
Ms. Michelson was speaking Monday night at the 50th anniversary gala of the Foundation for Contemporary Arts (FCA), the organization Jasper Johns and Read More
Kenny Schachter is a London-based art dealer, curator and writer. His writing has appeared in books on architect Zaha Hadid, and artists Vito Acconci and Paul Thek, and he is a contributor to the British edition of GQ and Swiss money manager Marc Faber’s Gloom Boom & Doom Report. The opinions expressed here are his own.
It was time for Oliver Barker of Sotheby’s to perform, but he wasn’t conducting an auction. “Which artist directed the video for David Bowie’s recent single ‘Where are we now?’” he asked with characteristic panache. DING DING DING! went a bell somewhere in the nightclub in the basement of London’s Dover Street Arts Club, and someone called out “Tony Oursler!” “Which famous rock star’s wardrobe is currently being exhibited at the V&A?” Mr. Barker asked. DING DING DING! David Bowie. Which artist will represent Britain in the British Pavilion in Venice this summer? DING DING DING! Jeremy Deller. Contemporary art collector Abdullah Al Turki charged around the room, occasionally shouting out in Arabic, attempting to determine whose bell rang first. Read More
Gallerist has learned from several independent sources that Paul Schimmel, former chief curator of the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, is in late negotiations to join Hauser & Wirth gallery, which, according to sources, plans to open a branch in Los Angeles.
The gallery did not respond to a request for comment, and Mr. Schimmel has not yet returned a request for comment.
Paul Schimmel and the museum parted ways last summer. His departure brought wide criticism of the already embattled museum, which has been led by director Jeffrey Deitch since June 2010, and occasioned the departure of all four artist trustees. Since Mr. Schimmel left the museum, rumors have circulated in the art world as to where he would go, and there has been talk that several top-level galleries were interested in hiring him. Sources close to Mr. Schimmel have said that he preferred to stay in L.A. He has since been working as a co-director of the Mike Kelley Foundation. Read More
The Art Newspaper has released its closely read annual worldwide museum attendance figures for 2012 and while there is good news for New York, there is some rather bad news for Los Angeles’s embattled Museum of Contemporary Art.
The most popular exhibition globally in 2012 was one of Dutch Old Masters that opened in Japan, something the paper points to as evidence that while new art may steal the spotlight, old art still draws crowds. In the major cities, however, modern and contemporary art stayed on top. Read More
In January, news broke that the New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA) would move its New York fair from the former Dia Art Foundation building on West 22nd Street in Chelsea, where it held its inaugural edition last year, to Pier 36 at Basketball City, at 299 South Street along the East River, below Grand Street on the Lower East Side. Now, The Observer can reveal the exhibitors in its second edition, which runs May 10–12. Read More
American Patrons of the Tate Charity Changes Name, Will Auction Sailing Trip on Dakis Joannou’s Yacht and Shopping Trip with Sarah Jessica Parker
Since 1999, American Patrons of the Tate, a charity founded in 1987 to rally support in the Americas for London’s Tate Gallery, has raised over $100 million in cash and art donations. Now, in an effort to reflect its broad membership, it is changing its name to Tate Americas Foundation, and adding a live auction Read More
Here’s a fun one, folks. See that snappy light piece in the photo that accompanies this post, the photo that shows all those happy people at a champagne bar and that makes you wish you were at the Armory Show socializing with rich people and artists instead of sitting at your desk? The light piece Read More
It was like Black Friday at Macy’s over by artist Charles Lutz’s massive stack of cardboard Brillo boxes, a special project that riffs on Warhol and invites fairgoers to take one. Up and down the aisles, from the beginning of the VIP preview at noon today, people were to be seen walking with their Brillo Read More