Koons Kountdown 2014
Only the conversation topic of Andy Warhol could lure to East Hampton, on a Sunday morning no less, such a stacked panel of the big guys: Peter Brant, Alberto Mugrabi, Aby Rosen, Larry Gagosian, Whitney chief curator Donna De Salvo, and Factory superstar Jane Holzer. One had to doubt whether all would actually show up. Yet, there they were all at Guild Hall, all eager to discuss all things Warhol. And they came to talk with a moderator who has been, at various times, Warhol’s biographer, nurse, magazine editor, party pal, lackey, leader, wingman, acolyte, enemy, scourge—Bob Colacello.
“Dad! Dad! Dad! Dad! Dad!” screamed Eric Koons, who at six years old is the second youngest of Jeff Koons’ seven children. The mop-haired rascal had been briefly separated from his father outside of the Whitney Museum, which last night hosted a cocktail party for “Jeff Koons: A Retrospective,” a massive day-glo celebration of all Read More
Andy Warhol’s most celebrated period, during the mid-1960s, included his only public work: a vast 20 by 20-foot mural entitled 13 Most Wanted Men, put on display at the World’s Fair in Queens in 1964. The painting was only visible for 48 hours before it was destroyed, a casualty of political censorship. Just in time for the 50th anniversary of the World’s Fair, the Queens Museum of Art has reopened the incident with a sinewy but glamorous exhibit, beautifully researched and curated by Larissa Harris.
In 2011, at Sotheby’s, L’Aubade, a 1967 painting by Pablo Picasso sold for $23 million. In recent years, Picasso’s late works have taken center stage, with giddy results at auction and thronged exhibitions at Gagosian Gallery. It wasn’t always thus. The late works were undervalued for years by all but a perspicacious few. One of Read More
Beginning tomorrow, Jan. 8, James Fuentes will be screening Andy Warhol’s storied 1964 film Empire, a single shot of the Empire State Building that begins on the evening of July 25, 1964, and ends early in the morning of July 26, clocking in at a little over eight hours. The work runs in its entirety on Jan. 9–12, 15–19 and 22–26, starting at 10 a.m.
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.
I’ve always been a hesitant skier, even before the Sonny Bono and Michael Kennedy mountain misfortunes. This week, I turned my back on the slopes for an hour and a half, gathered together a group of enthusiastic New York friends, and made the rounds of St. Moritz’s handful of galleries, all of them within walking distance of each other.
The Queens Museum, currently in the process of an ambitious expansion project, has announced more than a year’s worth of exhibitions that will fill its airy new galleries. Though the roster of shows ranges from a performance piece by Pedro Reyes to Peter Schumann’s enormous, politically charged puppets, perhaps none is more tantalizing than “Andy Warhol’s 13 Most Wanted Men and the 1964 World’s Fair.” Before groaning—does the world need another Warhol show?—consider why this one, slated for April 2014, will be worth attending. Far from merely a crowd-drawing ploy, the exhibition wouldn’t be quite as juicy were it to happen anywhere else.
The fall’s auction season in New York is turning out to be a record-breaking one. Tuesday night Sotheby’s made its highest-ever total with a postwar and contemporary auction that came to $375.1 million. And earlier this evening, a Christie’s sale in the same category brought in $412.3 million, the highest total ever for an auction of contemporary art. Led by house auctioneer Jussi Pylkkänen, the lively sale, which topped its high estimate of $411.8 million, saw new records for Richard Serra, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Franz Kline, Richard Diebenkorn, Donald Judd, Mark Grotjahn and Jeff Koons. Mr. Koons is now the second most expensive living artist at auction, after Gerhard Richter.
Sotheby’s saw its highest-ever auction total last night during a spirited, two-hour-long postwar and contemporary sale in which auctioneer Tobias Meyer hammered $375.1 million worth of art, including buyer’s premium, a sum that peaked just over the house’s high estimate of $374.7 million for the 69 lots on offer. Fifty-eight of those works sold, for a respectable 84.1 percent sell-through rate by lot, with new artist records for a number of Abstract-Expressionists—Jackson Pollock, Franz Kline, Robert Motherwell, Arshile Gorky and Hans Hofmann—and for the 40-year-old painter Wade Guyton.
Russell Means, an American Indian of the Oglala Sioux who made a name for himself combating injustices against Native Americans, died today at the age of 72. As it happens, Andy Warhol’s portraits of the late activist are currently on view as the first show at Skarstedt’s new gallery in London.