Louise Blouin Media announced today that curator, writer and academic administrator Bruce W. Ferguson will be its new vice chairman. Mr. Ferguson, who coedited the influential book Thinking About Exhibitions (1996), will “provide editorial and content oversight across Louise Blouin Media properties, including Art+Auction, Modern Painters, BlouinLIFESTYLE.com and BlouinARTINFO.com Daily; and online platforms BlouinARTINFO.com, BlouinNEWS.com,” according to a news release.
Last month, Artinfo Executive Editor and longtime art critic Ben Davis turned in a draft of his book, tentatively titled 9.5 Theses on Art and Class, a collection of 19 essays that have mostly appeared elsewhere but will be updated with new material, and some entirely new bits to fill in the gaps. The book is now with his publisher, Haymarket Books, and he expects it out in 2013.
Peter Paul Biro, the art authenticator who slapped The New Yorker with a defamation suit after he was the subject of an article titled, “The Mark of a Masterpiece: The man who keeps finding famous fingerprints on uncelebrated works of art,” is now suing more people including Gawker, Business Insider, Louise Blouin (owner of Artinfo) and Art Fag City. That original story, written by David Grann, questions Mr. Biro’s methods of authenticating work through forensic analysis of fingerprints.