It’s a tricky question for art dealers working Basel: how do you give collectors a feel for your gallery—your meticulously designed base of operations—when you’re operating out of a temporary little box that is more or less identical to those of your more than 200 competitors in the Miami Beach Convention Center? Read More
Christie’s says the collection of the Detroit Institute of Arts would raise between $452 million and $866 million if sold. [NYT]
Dealer Subhash Kapor’s assistant pleads guilty to posession of looted items. [NYT]Turner Prize-winning artist Laure Prouvost will have her first solo show in New York. [The Art Newspaper]
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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. The opinions expressed here are his own.
Some years ago, I was asked by an in-law with a Read More
And we’re off!
More than 250 exhibitors have spent the past few days setting up shop in the Miami Beach Convention Center, and this morning the doors swung open to let in the first tranche of VIPs. Many more have arrived in the intervening hours. It feels buoyant in there, dealers switching between their iPads and cell phones and collectors, getting business done. Is it a success? It’s too soon to tell. For now we can just look at the art, which is not a bad position to be in. In the accompanying slide show, a quick trip around the fair. Read More
Today the big fair opened to VIPs. Tomorrow, the general public is invited in, through Sunday, Dec. 8. In the slide show at left, the final part of our Basel preview, 25 works that are on offer at the fair. Note: Some may already be sold! Read More
Art Basel Director Marc Spiegler has taken steps to limit certain actions by auction houses at Art Basel Miami Beach that, as he said in an email to exhibitors today, some dealers have deemed “counterproductive to their gallery business.” Read More
At Sotheby’s American Art auction today, Norman Rockwell’s Saying Grace sold for $46 million–high above its estimate of $20 million–setting a new record for an American painting. The sale had a selection of seven paintings by the artist from the estate of Kenneth J. Stuart Sr., Rockwell’s art editor at The Saturday Evening Post. Together, Read More
“Derek Gillman will step down as executive director and president as of [Philadelphia's Barnes Foundation on] Jan. 1 to become a visiting professor at Drexel University’s Westphal College of Media Arts & Design.” [NYT]
Bruce Nauman is back, and once again he’s making it look easy, with a few short, breezy videos in which simple ideas, set in motion, yield miraculous results. As with his other recent videos, his hands star. In some, he narrates as he works through combinations of fingers: thumbs, thumbs and indexes, and so on. Because his fingers are close together, viewing them induces the parallax effect: a short third finger seems to float between them. (You can try this right now: Hold out your hands close together, extend various fingers so that they almost touch, and stare through them off into the distance—voilà.) Read More