Art Crime

$150,000 Dalí Stolen From Adam Lindemann’s Venus Over Manhattan Gallery

Salvador Dali, "Cartel des Don Juan Tenorio," 1949. (Courtesy Venus Over Manhattan)

NBC News is reporting that a small Salvador Dalí work titled Cartel des Don Juan Tenorio, with an estimated value of $150,000, was stolen on Tuesday from Venus Over Manhattan, the Upper East Side gallery recently started at 980 Madison by Adam Lindemann, an art collector and writer who pens a column for The Observer. A gallery rep reached by Gallerist declined to comment.

This is the latest of a number of thefts to hit New York galleries recently. Last year, a $30,000 Steven Parrino drawing was taken from the Marc Jancou gallery in Chelsea, and in March a thief made off with a number of Ellen Harvey paintings from Rivington Street’s Dodge Gallery, but was stopped when proprietor Kristen Dodge chased the person down and retrieved the works.

VOM’s current show, “À Rebours,” is dimly lit, channeling the decadent interior of the Duc des Esseintes, who stars in J. K. Huysman’s book of the same name, presumably making a Dodge-style apprehension quite a bit more difficult.  Read More


What’s in Adam Lindemann’s Cabinet of Curiosities (Hint: It’s Probably Out of Fashion)

Jeff Koons, " Violet-Ice (Kama Sutra)," 1991. Colored Murano glass, 13 x 27 1/4 x 16 1/2 in. (Courtesy Venus Over Manhattan)

We stopped by our columnist Adam Lindemann’s new gallery yesterday while he was installing his first exhibition called “À Rebours,” an attempt to sort of reimagine the world of the Duke Des Esseintes from the famous 19th-century Huysmans novel of the same name, using pieces by Redon and Moreau (the fictional duke’s favorites) as well as contemporary art and a hodgepodge of other things. (n.b.: This is not a review. We stopped by. We checked it out. We edit Adam Lindemann; we don’t always agree with him.)

The gallery is on the third floor of 980 Madison. On our way up, the elevator doors opened briefly on the  second floor to reveal signage for something called the Exhale day spa. We almost got out there, reader, we almost got out there. Read More

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Adam Lindemann Is Opening a Gallery

Glenn Brown,  Little Death, 2000

As we reported two months ago, art and design collector Adam Lindemann, who pens a regular column for The Observer, is opening a 3,200-square-foot gallery space at 980 Madison Avenue, the building owned by developer Aby Rosen’s RFR that is also home to Gagosian and other galleries. Today, Mr. Lindemann announced that the space will open in May and provided details about its programming; naturally, we gave him a call.

“A lot of dealers have asked me over the years why I don’t have a space, or why I don’t curate shows,” Mr. Lindemann told us. He made the decision to take the plunge last Aug. 3—his birthday, auspiciously enough. Read More

Armory Week 2012

At the Armory Show, Lindemann, Levin and More on Art’s Worth

The Armory Show's Pier 94. (Photo by Andrew Russeth)

Asked to define the state of the art world, and the culture at large, during a panel discussion at the Armory Show on Saturday afternoon, the art advisor Todd Levin looked pained. He took off his glasses and thought for a few moments as he rubbed his eyes.

“I feel very much in a certain way what Mahler must have felt in 1908, embarking on the last movement of the Ninth Symphony,” Mr. Levin said, during his answer. “A feeling of an end of a number of things, not only the end of tonality in the music he was writing, but the end of nature, an end to, sort of, societal manners. They were reaching a breaking point and something was going to happen.” Amid the brisk business reportedly taking place in the fair next door, it was a sobering comment. Read More


The Constant Gardener: Iwan Wirth’s Hauser & Wirth Gallery Will Open a 15,000-Plus-Square-Foot Space Downtown This Year

Iwan Wirth, Marc Payot and Manuela Wirth (left to right) at the gallery’s Saville Row location. (Photo courtesy of Hauser & Wirth, by Felix Clay)

The New York branch of the heavy hitting international gallery Hauser & Wirth is not, right now, very large. It occupies two floors in a bright, narrow townhouse on East 69th Street, the former home of the Martha Jackson Gallery and, after that, the offices of boxing promoter Don King.

Last Wednesday, the 33-year-old artist Rashid Johnson, a rising star in the New York art world, arrived at the crowded opening of his debut show with the gallery in a white shirt and with his dreads tied in a neat bow down his back, his 4-month-old son on his shoulder. Read More

Love Affairs

Powhida Hearts Lindemann

"This Is a Work of Fiction...1" by William Powhida.

Dear William Powhida:

We are writing to thank you from the deep and overflowing well of our hearts for your recent mention of The New York Observer in one of your artworks! As you and we well know, Mr. Powhida, all publicity is good publicity. Or is that, No publicity is bad publicity? Anyhow, imagine our surprise when we visited your show at Postmasters and heard how you singled out our columnist Adam Lindemann for praise?!!?!!?! It brought a tear to the eye, a lump to the throat. We very nearly wept into our cafe latte. Read More