Art Startups

Will Alexandra Chemla’s iPad App Change the Art Dealing Business?

Alexandra Chemla (Photo by Aaron Adler for The New York Observer)

Last June, at a dinner following a talk between Matthew Barney and Tina Brown at Kunstmuseum Basel, during that city’s annual art fair, Alexandra Chemla found herself seated with several fellow graduates of her alma mater Brown University.

“My rugby team at Harvard used to go down to the Brown campus to meet girls,” said Marc Glimcher, the president of Pace Gallery, one of the few members of the table who did not matriculate at Providence (the Observer was another). “I could sell my whole booth and it wouldn’t be as good as winning a rugby game.”

As small talk ensued, conversation centered on ArtBinder, Ms. Chemla’s startup that she founded as a 24-year-old gallery assistant at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, after years of slaving over massive physical binders full of printouts of art. Read More


Andy Warhol, You’re My Hero! Colacello, Gagosian, Mugrabi and Rosen Chat About the Pop Art Superstar in East Hampton

Bob Colacello (Courtesy Patrick McMullan)

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. Read More

Art Basel 2014

Biesenbach, Obrist Seek Naked Women, Male War Veterans, Identical Twins, Dancers, for Basel Show

Obrist and Biesenbach. (Courtesy PMC)

If you live near Basel, Switzerland, or don’t mind spending an extended period there during Art Basel, participating in an artwork, Klaus Biesenbach and Hans Ulrich Obrist want to hear from you, according to the fair’s site. As you may have heard, the gentlemen are organizing a show called “14 Rooms” there in June, and it’s shaping up to be a fairly performance-heavy (or at least people-heavy) affair. They need bodies. Read More

Art Fairs

Art Basel Hong Kong Will Move From May to March in 2015

The flag of Hong Kong. (Courtesy WIkiCommons)

Next year, Art Basel announced, its Hong Kong fair will take place not in May, as it has previously, but in March. Mark your calendars: it will run in 2015 from Sunday, March 15 through Tuesday, March 17, with VIP previews on the evening of Friday, March 13 and all day on Saturday, March 14.

This  year’s fair is still scheduled for May, and will run at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre from Wednesday, May 14 (the preview day), through Sunday, May 18.

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human resources

Art Basel Will Reconfigure Leadership, With Marc Spiegler in Top Job

Spiegler. (Courtesy PMC)

Art Basel, which has three annual contemporary fairs to its name, in Basel, Switzerland; Miami Beach, Fla.; and Hong Kong, announced today that is planning to make some changes to the organization of its leadership, with Marc Spiegler, who currently co-directs the Basel and Miami Beach editions with Annette Schönholzer, being promoted to director of the complete fair trinity. Read More

Art Basel 2012

Simon Denny and Karsten Födinger Garner Art Basel’s Baloise Art Prize

Simon Denny. (Courtesy Baloise)

It’s raining money over there at Art Basel! Someone just snapped up a Richter that was reportedly priced above $20 million at Pace’s booth. On the more modest end of the spectrum, young artists Simon Denny and Karsten Födinger are set to receive checks for 30,000 Swiss francs ($31,300) as the winner’s of the fair’s annual Baloise Art Prize, which goes to the best contributions to its Art Statements section. Read More

Art Fairs

Being on the Art Basel Selection Committee Is Hard Work

(Courtesy Lucy Reynell/Flickr)

With the 43rd edition of Art Basel set to open this week, art-market reporter Georgina Adam has written a great piece for the Financial Times about the workings of the fair’s selection committee, the group of dealers that decides the event’s list of exhibitors each year. Since galleries stand to net a huge portion of their annual revenue at Basel, the selection process is an understandably tense affair. Read More