Morning Links: Going to California Edition

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, with its Chris Burden installation. (Photo courtesy LACMA)

Sam Falls, Jordan Wolfson, and other Los Angeles transplants explain why they came out west, often away from their galleries in New York or London, to work. Apparently the weather is nice there. [T]

And while we’re out in California, let’s note that the Hammer Museum has handed out the prizes associated with its Read More


Morning Links: Gold in Miami Edition

Alicja Kwade's KOHLE (1T Rekord) at the "Gold" exhibition at the Bass Museum of Art.

Holland Cotter looks at a compendium of the artist Ray Johnson’s letters, entitled “Not Nothing.” [NYT]

Some modest galleries are making a killing selling less-than-stellar art to less-than-serious buyers. [NYT]

“Gold,” a new exhibition at the Bass Museum of Art in Miami Beach, displays gold-inflected works from a dozen different artists. [WSJ] Read More


Morning Links: Museum Submarine Edition

James Cameron's Deepsea Challenge, now at the AMNH.

Marian Goodman discusses her life, at length, with her expansive new gallery on the cusp of opening in London. [WSJ]

Holland Cotter on memory: “As a critic, I’m partly a research analyst, comparing and evaluating new data. But I’m also a curator of my memory, which carries traces of art encounters from over the Read More


Day Tripper: Kenny Schachter at the London Day Sales

'Fairytale' (2007) by Ai made $84,000 at Christie's. (Courtesy Christie's)

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. Read More

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Previewing the London Auctions With Kenny Schachter

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Sotheby's has two Wool lots as well, estimated at £700,000–£900,000 ($1,118,740 - $1,438,380) and £200,000 - £300,000  ($319,640 - $479,460)

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 London 2013

Here Are the 2013 Frieze London and Frieze Masters Gallery Lists

Frieze Masters 2012. (Courtesy Lyndon Douglas/Frieze)

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. Read More


Larry Gagosian Will Open Third London Gallery, Bringing Total to 13

Sir Elton John and Gagosian. (Courtesy PMC)

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. Read More

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You Can Ring My Bell: Kenny Schachter at an Art World Quiz Show

Barker at work. (Photo 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 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. Read More