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.
You won’t find Leonardo DiCaprio at an auction house’s day sale. By stark contrast with the glamorous biannual evening sales of contemporary art at Christie’s, Sotheby’s and Phillips, those houses’ corresponding day sales, where artworks of lower value are sold—often recently-made artworks by young artists—are much more somber, matter-of-fact events. You may spot the nephew of the shipping magnate, but are unlikely to see the magnate himself.
Frieze London 2013
Presented here is a selection of slides from Observer contributor Kenny Schachter’s recent lecture at the University of Zurich, “X-Rated: Art of Pricing, Fall 2013.” Taken together, they serve as a mini preview of the upcoming London auctions. All caption information pertains to the postwar and contemporary art evening sales at Christie’s, Sotheby’s and Read More
Frieze New York just ended a few days ago, Art Basel Hong Kong is coming to a close and Art Basel proper is coming up in just a few weeks. After Basel, though, it’s going to be awfully quiet on the art fair front, unless you’re in the Hamptons. But here’s some cheerful news: the gallery lists for Frieze and Frieze Masters are now out. They run Oct. 17–20 in tents in Regent’s Park in London. Frieze London will have a new design by Carmody Groarke with more spacious public areas and a new gallery layout. The Frieze Masters section of the fair will once again have Annabelle Selldorf designing its home.
Just in case anyone was worried that Larry Gagosian is slowing down, he announced today that he will open a third gallery in London. Carol Vogel of The New York Times has the story in her Inside Art column.
The new 22,000-square-foot space is in the capital city’s Mayfair District, where rivals David Zwirner, Michael Werner and Pace have opened galleries recently. It sports 15 foot ceilings.
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 and Swiss money manager Marc Faber’s Gloom Boom & Doom Report. The opinions expressed here are his own.
It was time for Oliver Barker of Sotheby’s to perform, but he wasn’t conducting an auction. “Which artist directed the video for David Bowie’s recent single ‘Where are we now?’” he asked with characteristic panache. DING DING DING! went a bell somewhere in the nightclub in the basement of London’s Dover Street Arts Club, and someone called out “Tony Oursler!” “Which famous rock star’s wardrobe is currently being exhibited at the V&A?” Mr. Barker asked. DING DING DING! David Bowie. Which artist will represent Britain in the British Pavilion in Venice this summer? DING DING DING! Jeremy Deller. Contemporary art collector Abdullah Al Turki charged around the room, occasionally shouting out in Arabic, attempting to determine whose bell rang first.
When Gallerist last checked in with Yoko Ono, last month, she was being honored at the Brooklyn Museum’s annual Women in the Arts luncheon. Now there’s news, via Artlyst, that Ms. Ono will serve as director of the next Meltdown Festival, the annual 10-day music festival at London’s Southbank Centre. It runs next year from June 14 to June 23.
London’s Design Museum plans to restore the Commonwealth Institute building in Kensington for its new home there. The building, a paragon of 1960s architecture, has been closed since 2002 and the renovation is expected to cost $125 million.
A $1 million sculpture by Barbara Hepworth was stolen from Dulwich Park in South London this week. Scrap metal thieves–something of an epidemic in the UK right now–are suspected of committing the crime.