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Frieze London 2013

‘For a Man Who Is Unemployed at the Moment, Isn’t He Brilliant?’ Mimi Foundation Auction Totals $2.1 M.

Emin. (Courtesy Mimi Foundation)

A couple weeks ago, Sotheby’s sold Chinese painter Zeng Fanzhi’s painting The Last Supper for $23.2 million. The consignor was Belgian collector Guy Ullens who, with his wife Myriam, is the founder of the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing. The other night, here in London, Sotheby’s was once again with the Ullenses, this time hosting an auction and dinner to benefit Myriam Ullens’s Mimi Foundation, an organization dedicated to improving the lives of cancer patients. There were eight pieces in the charity sale, which totaled £1.3 million ($2.1 million), and was notable for the gusto with which it was conducted by Simon de Pury, who started things off by advising that everyone “just ignore” the estimates on the artworks, which he characterized as “ridiculously low.” Read More

Frieze London 2013

Eight Thoughts on the VIP Preview Day of Frieze London

A project by Lili Reynaud-Dewar.

1. A 20 percent decrease in VIP invitations on the opening day of this annual fair (Oct. 16) was intended to make the atmosphere here somewhat quieter and more conducive to art viewing and buying, but the fair seemed to have the same energy as in past years. The usual power players were on hand, including Greek collector Dakis Joannou, and Norman and Nora Stone, collectors from California. “A higher percentage of the people we invited must have come this year,” said fair co-director Amanda Sharp. Read More

Lives

Retrospective: At the Guggenheim’s Memorial for Director Thomas M. Messer

Messer in 1985. (Photo by David M. Heald, courtesy Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation)

On Monday evening, a smart but solemn art set, which included Pace Gallery founder Arne Glimcher and his art historian wife, Milly, as well as longtime Art News magazine publisher Milton Esterow, gathered at the Guggenheim to honor the memory of perhaps the museum’s most esteemed director, Thomas M. Messer, who passed away in May. He served at the museum from 1961, two years after it moved to its Frankl Lloyd Wright-designed home, until 1988, and oversaw numerous landmark shows, including an important 1979 show of German artist Joseph Beuys’s work. Read More

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A Good Yarn: Artists’ Tapestries Are Popping Up in Museums, but They’re Not Yet Woven Into the Market

Chuck Close, Self-Portrait (Pink T-shirt), jacquard tapestry,

Earlier this month, Guild Hall, a nonprofit exhibition space in East Hampton, opened an exhibition of the work of painter Chuck Close. The 27 works in the show all feature his trademark, mostly large-scale portraits of himself or his artist friends. There are ink drawings from the 1970s, several oil paintings, a Japanese-style woodcut, silkscreen Read More

On View

Ken Price at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Drawing Center

'L. Red,' 1963. (© Ken Price, photo © Fredrik Nilsen/Met)

“Seriousness is the only refuge of the shallow.” Oscar Wilde’s words come to mind in the presence of sculptures by the late West Coast ceramicist Ken Price, who died in February 2012, while this major retrospective was being planned. Price made modestly scaled sculptures that, for all their meticulous construction, have a pleasurably ludic sensibility. Over the course of a 50-year career, he wove into his clever pieces references to landscape, architecture and the human body; his art is at once familiar and strange. Read More

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Harris Lieberman Gallery Has Closed

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The seven-year-old gallery New York gallery Harris Lieberman has closed. The last exhibition at the gallery was that of Armin Boehm, which ended on June 15.

“We had a great seven years,” co-founder Jessie Washburne-Harris told The Observer, “but we decided it was time to make a change.” She added that she and her partner, Michael Lieberman, would “like to thank all the artists and all of our supporters.” Read More

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Going Up the Country: The Weekend at Bard, the Glass House, Storm King

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Henry Urbach, director of the Glass House, and Eric Jones

“At Bard,” Tom Eccles announced to his dinner guests on Friday night, “you can think.” The executive director of the college’s Center for Curatorial Studies had preceded this by referring to the college’s Annandale-on-Hudson campus being far–around two hours by car—from the “hothouse” of New York, but the folks who’d come up for the opening Read More