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‘13 Most Wanted Men: Andy Warhol and the 1964 World’s Fair’ at the Queens Museum

'Most Wanted Men No. 11, John Joseph H., Jr.' (1964) by Warhol. (Photo by Axel Schneider/© 2014 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York)

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. Read More


An Art Dealer in the Spotlight

Artist Rene Magritte and gallerist Alexander Iolas - December 16 1965. Photo: Steve Schapiro-Corbis

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

Kenny Schachter

Avoidance Behavior: Gallery-Going in St. Moritz

Andy Warhol's eye-popping 1986 self portrait, at Caratsch.

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. Read More


Warhol’s ‘13 Most Wanted Men’ to Visit Expanded Queens Museum

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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. Read More


Christie’s Nets $412.3 M. at Record Contemporary Art Sale

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$33.7 million | Jeff Koons, Tulips, 1995–2004

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. Read More


Sotheby’s Contemporary Sale Nets $375.1 M., House Record, With $75.1 M. Rothko in Front

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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. Read More