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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


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Chat and Book Signing: Raymond Pettibon and Kim Gordon at the Strand
Last year’s “To Wit” at David Zwirner allowed Pettibon the rare freedom to use the gallery as a studio and an exhibition space. Pettibon painted and drew works in the same space where they were later exhibited. A new book, To Wit, documents the creation process and the finished works of last year’s show. Mr. Pettibon’s fan and friend, Kim Gordon, will be speaking with the artist before a book signing. —Dashel Pierson Read More

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Jordan Wolfson at David Zwirner

Still from 'Raspberry Poser' (2012) by Wolfson. (Courtesy the artist and David Zwirner)

For a brief moment in his discomfiting 14-minute video Raspberry Poser (2012), Jordan Wolfson, dressed as a ragtag skinhead, gives the camera a knowing little smile. Its message: I’ve arrived. He is 33, and his debut at David Zwirner firmly establishes him as a talent and a terror on the order of a young Jeff Koons: hell-bent on perfection and eager to provoke. People are going to take sides. He can’t wait. Read More

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Ad Reinhardt at David Zwirner


Most of us—artists and otherwise—struggle to be great at one thing. Ad Reinhardt excelled in at least three pursuits—painting, illustration and photography—as this thrilling show makes plain. (He was also a stellar polemicist.) A vital and iconoclastic member of the midcentury New York School, Reinhardt followed a Mondrian-like path over his too-short career, freeing his art of figuration and, eventually, mark-making altogether. He is best known today for his final works, the so-called black paintings, which he focused on from 1954 until his death of a heart attack in 1967, at age 53. Read More

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‘Robert Arneson: Early Work’ at David Zwirner

'Toaster,' 1965. (Courtesy David Zwirner)

You have to hand it to Robert Arneson. Almost 50 years after he made most of the libidinal, occasionally lascivious ceramic pieces in this show, many of them still look racy, even grotesque. He was in his mid-30s halfway through the 1960s and teaching ceramics at UC Davis, where he would stay almost until his death in 1992. His medium didn’t rank highly in most art-world hierarchies at the time, and so he really let it rip. To his great credit, the results continue to be unsettling. Read More