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Morning Links: More Adorable Cat Art Edition

Works in "Another Cat Show" at 356 Mission Gallery in Los Angeles. (Courtesy 356 Mission)

Roberta Smith writes 1400 words about the tiny El Greco show at The Frick—just two canvases!— including these seven: “The show is, simply put, a stunner.” [NYT]

Gagosian Gallery’s outpost in Rome will haul some works a few blocks down the street to the Galleria d’arte Moderna, which is building an extension to exclusively Read More

Happenings

7 Things to Do in New York’s Art World Before August 3

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THURSDAY | Opening: Antoine Rose, Christophe Pouget: "Summer Exhibition" at Emmanuel Fremin Gallery Soho

MONDAY, JULY 28

Party: Hosted By at SculptureCenter

Make the trek put to Long Island City for SculptureCenter’s summer soiree, Hosted By, held on the new spacious patio area. It’s also your last chance to see the three shows on view: Katrín Sigurdardóttir: Foundation; Liz Glynn: RANSOM ROOM; and Now Showing: Jory Rabinovitz.

SculptureCenter, 44-19 Purves Street, Long Read More

Parties

Monica Lewinsky Was a Tween Fan of Robert Longo and Other Lessons From the Kitchen Gala

(Photo by Stephanie Berger)

An hour into the Kitchen Gala honoring Robert Longo, Monica Lewinsky walked upstairs to the center portico of Cipriani Wall Street and approached the bar. One by one, those among the annual event’s usual smattering of curators and dealers did double takes as they walked by. It was inevitable that, after breaking a decade-long silence with a tell-all in Vanity Fair this month, Ms. Lewinsky would start to show up to parties and schmooze. Read More

Kenny Schachter

Won’t See You Tuesday…

Imagine: artworks by stars Alex Israel, Wade Guyton and Richard Prince, laid to rest. (Rendering by Kenny Schachter).

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.

The current resale market for contemporary art has the attention span of a teenager. To switch metaphors, it’s a nuclear hot potato. How many of today’s 25 hottest will be tomorrow’s stone coldest? It’s always in the back of my mind that the pretty young painting things of today can suddenly become progeroid, stricken by a premature aging ailment in their early market lifespans. Read More

opinions

Cindy Sherman on James Franco’s New Show: ‘I Don’t Know That I Can Say It’s Art’

James Franco, 'New Film Still #58,' 2013. (Courtesy Pace Gallery)

On Saturday morning, at the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation on Lafayette Street, renowned art writer Calvin Tomkins celebrated the re-release of his book The Bride and the Bachelors, which is back in print, this time by Gagosian Gallery. Mr. Tomkins’s art world peers Marian Goodman, Thelma Golden, Cecilia Alemani, Will Cotton, Adam McEwen, Dustin Yellin and many others sang the author’s praises. 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

Auctions

Cindy Sherman ‘Centerfold’ Could Set New Record at Christie’s

Cindy Sherman "Untitled #96." Courtesy Akron Museum of Art and the artist.

The Akron Art Museum in Ohio will auction off a work from its collection, Cindy Sherman’s Untitled #96 (1981), part of the artist’s iconic centerfolds series from the 1980s, at Christie’s contemporary New York evening sale on May 8. Christie’s is already saying the work could set a new record for a work by Ms. Sherman sold at auction. Read More

Art

All Hail Cindy Sherman! Once Again, Unanimity Rules Among New York’s Longtime Critics

'Untitled' (1981) by Cindy Sherman. (Courtesy the artist and Metro Pictures)

I will never cease to be amazed by how much consensus I find among New York’s leading art critics as they all hail and salute the same things, or for that matter, as they all gang up and bash the same things, as they did with Maurizio Cattelan’s recent Guggenheim retrospective.

The unanimity bothers me; I wish someone would offer some counterpoint to the prevailing view, bring some fresh air into the dialogue. What’s the point of everyone saying the same thing? Do they really all like the same things or are they afraid to step out and say something different, even provocative? If I were an artist, I think I’d get suspicious if everyone in town chimed in about how wonderful I was. Read More