“When the auction ended at 5 p.m. on July 24, the estimates and final bids vanished from the site.” A look at the transparency protocols of online auction sites. [Bloomberg]
And then the real-life auction houses are not-so-secretly wooing Chinese collectors over fancy dinners in New York. [WSJ
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This year’s Artelligence Conference, to be held on Sept. 13, is being co-sponsored by the Armory Show in addition to Crozier, it was announced today. The day-long symposium that brings together a bevy of art world professionals from a range of roles like insurance professionals, art advisers, collectors, dealers and tax lawyers will aim to get at some of the myths and misconceptions that build up around works of art as they increase in value.
“The conference tries to be a ‘safe space’ away from the frenzy of the art fair and auction circuit,” said Marion Maneker to Gallerist over e-mail, “where we talk about art and collecting.”
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Alexander Calder, the Pennsylvania-born sculptor who died in 1976, is, it’s safe to say, one of New York’s, and the world’s, better known artists. One of his famous abstract mobiles turns meditatively near the high ceiling in Terminal 4 at JFK, a balm to weary travelers. A signature stabile sculpture is parked in front of Lincoln Center. And the piece of his that is likely most revered by children, his circus made from tiny puppets constructed out of humble materials like wire, cork and string, just went back on view at the Whitney Museum, complete with a film of the artist manipulating the dolls into action.
The other day we received a press release. It said, “The Circus rolls into town again!” Naturally, we were excited, not because we are particularly fond of circuses, but because we knew, since this press release came from someone at the Whitney Museum, that it had to be about none other than Alexander Calder’s artwork The Circus.
When Joseph Nahmad was in his teens his father told him to take up gambling. The 21-year-old member of one of the world’s most prolific art-dealing families is soft-spoken, perspicacious and not the type you’d expect to have a past that includes high-stakes cards, but by age 16 he was hitting the poker tables of Monte Carlo.
Gramercy Park, that private, fenced-off, stately, impeccably kept plot of green in midtown east that dates to the 19th century, is not the first place one might think to look for significant Modernist sculpture. Today, that changed. Longtime park trustees Arlene Harrison, a 40-year resident of the neighborhood and president of the Gramercy Park Block Read More