A Good Yarn: Artists’ Tapestries Are Popping Up in Museums, but They’re Not Yet Woven Into the Market

Chuck Close, Self-Portrait (Pink T-shirt), jacquard tapestry,

Earlier this month, Guild Hall, a nonprofit exhibition space in East Hampton, opened an exhibition of the work of painter Chuck Close. The 27 works in the show all feature his trademark, mostly large-scale portraits of himself or his artist friends. There are ink drawings from the 1970s, several oil paintings, a Japanese-style woodcut, silkscreen Read More

private sales

Chuck Close’s Obama Portraits Will Go for $100,000 a Pop at Private Sale

Close. (Patrick McMullan)

In this week’s New Yorker, Calvin Tomkins details the creation of Chuck Close’s portrait of President Obama. Working from a Polaroid, Mr. Close created a woven tapestry of the president’s image, which was on view at the Mint Museum in Charlotte, N.C., during the Democratic National Convention. The tapestry is one of 10 that Mr. Close is making of the president, which are set to go on sale for $100,000 each, along with a variety of other prints, at a private invitation-only sale in October to benefit the Obama Victory Fund. Read More

wish lists

Condo, Kelly, Close Reveal Fantasy Art Wish Lists

Artists Cindy Sherman and Chuck Close. (Photo: Jimi Celeste courtesy Patrick McMullan)

Which art-world bigwig owns “a lot of drawings” by John Currin? Which Christie’s director would own Rothkos if she could afford them? And which reporter reveals, “at dinner tonight, I’m sitting next to Richard Serra”?

We won’t divulge all of the details from this Architectural Digest piece, assembled from interviews at a variety of recent art events, but suffice it to say that Ellsworth Kelly, Barbara Walters, Chuck Close, Martha Stewart, January Jones and David Rockefeller, Jr., among others, gave some interesting answers when asked by the magazine to name their fantasy art wish lists. Read More

Resale Royalties

California Court Rejects Resale Royalties Law [Updated]

Chuck Close. (Courtesy Getty Images)

A California court has handed a defeat to Chuck Close and his artist colleagues suing Christie’s and Sotheby’s, attempting to obtain millions of dollars in resale royalties they argue they are owed under state law. According to Thompson Reuters, Judge Jacqueline Nguyen, an appeals court judging sitting in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, ruled that California’s resale royalty act violates the United State Constitution’s Commerce Clause, which affords the federal government with the power to regulate economic activity between states. Read More