Over at ArtNews, Michelle Falkenstein revisits some art insurers post-Hurricane Sandy and finds that many plan to change their policies after the storm, which lost the industry a good amount of money. Read More
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Last fall, right after Hurricane Sandy slammed into New York, observant Manhattanites may have noticed that odd posters had appeared along some of their city’s streets. Pieces of striped paper, with the stripes precisely spaced, had been posted to walls and billboards around downtown without any explanation. There was no brand name—no text of any kind. Just stripes. One with bright aquamarine and white stripes popped up about a block from this writer’s apartment, on Avenue A near East 14th Street. About a week later, they were gone.
Earlier this week, the striped posters began popping up again. They are the work of 74-year-old French artist Daniel Buren—he calls them affichages sauvages (savage postings)—and he’s been installing them around various cities for nearly five decades. The stripes are always the same size, exactly 8.7 centimeters across. The posters in November were timed to coincide with a two-gallery show at Bortolami and Petzel in Chelsea, which was scuttled by Sandy. Two months later, that show is finally coming to fruition. Read More
Among the areas of West Chelsea hardest hit when Hurricane Sandy slammed into New York at the end of October was West 27th Street, between 11th and 12th Avenues, which is home to five contemporary art galleries. Thankfully, all five—Wallspace, Foxy Production, Derek Eller, Jeff Bailey and Winkleman—have repaired their spaces and are reopening on Saturday, Jan. 12. Read More
Iwan Baan Joins Perry Rubenstein Gallery, Proceeds of Iconic Sandy Image Will Go to Hurricane Relief
Perry Rubenstein Gallery in Los Angeles announced this week that they now represent photographer Iwan Baan. As part of the news, the gallery also announced that Mr. Baan’s instantly-iconic aerial photograph of New York in the wake of Hurricane Sandy–The City and the Storm, which graced the Nov. 12 cover of New York magazine–will be sold in an edition of 10, with each photograph priced at $100,000. All proceeds will go to the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City, which supports Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. In addition, the design store at the Museum of Modern Art in New York will sell posters of the image, priced at $20 a piece with all of the money going toward Hurricane Sandy relief in perpetuity. Read More
So, it’s Sunday night, Dec 16. You want to do a little dancing. You also want to support some essential nonprofit arts organizations hit by Sandy. You can do both at once. That evening, beginning at 9 p.m., a large gang of organizations is hosting a benefit at the Tribeca club Santos Party House to raise money for the Kitchen, which sustained some $500,000 in damage; Printed Matter, which was flooded; and Primary Information, which had its inventory soaked. Read More
Those on the lookout for something to do in Miami Beach on Friday evening with a charitable flavor, take note: in place of its standard Miami Basel party, MoMA PS1 is hosting a benefit for the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance, which is supporting relief efforts in that Sandy–battered section of New York. Read More
Marilyn Monroe, Thomas Jefferson Among Sandy Refugees: Manuscript Show Moves Uptown After Fraunces Tavern Flood
What does a dispossessed Cherokee tribe, a John Lennon-Eric Clapton supergroup and Marilyn Monroe’s unborn son have in common? All were shopping for an apartment on the Upper East Side on Monday afternoon.
Well, not exactly, but it is possible to shop for both a $4 million apartment and a $40,000 manuscript at the Douglas Elliman showroom at 980 Madison Avenue through Sunday.
Profiles in History, a middlebrow auction house (Albert Einstein’s letter’s, the desk Bram Stoker wrote Dracula on, Kate Winslett’s emerald earrings from Titanic) and Marsha Malinowski, who once auctioned off a Magna Carta for $21 million, are offering some 299 items on December 18, “the Property of a Distinguished American Private Collector.” Ms. Malinowski, after 26 years at Sotheby’s, struck out in May on her own, and her first big offering is the work of the collector she has long known. Read More
After being hit by flooding from Sandy, galleries are getting back on their feet. Below, a list of when affected galleries are planning to reopen, and the shows they will be presenting. We’ll continually update the list until everyone has reopened. If you have news to share of galleries reopening, please e-mail us or drop a note in the little “tip box” at right; we will continually update this post. (Please note: we’re trying to focus on galleries that were closed as a result of the storm and have not yet reopened.) Read More
The Hurricane Sandy relief fund started by the Art Dealers Association of America has doubled its initial funds thanks to some donations, and the grant money currently available clocks in at $500,000. Donations came from galleries, collectors, publications and nonprofits. Read More
Immediately following Hurricane Sandy, art insurer AXA was hesitant to put a value on the damage to art for its 300 clients in Chelsea and Lower Manhattan. Now, in a press release, President and CEO Christiane Fischer has said “our estimated losses in Chelsea stand at $40 million.” Read More