It’s the middle of August, the slowest time of the year in the art world, so Larry Gagosian is probably just waking up in his mansion at Flamand’s Beach on St. Barth’s. And then here comes Ron Perelman trying to ruin his day: the billionaire investor is soldiering ahead with his lawsuit over the Read More
Missing Baroque painting in Modena, Italy! [The Telegraph]
The Reina Sofia museum in Madrid is getting spruced up, and the renovations will also add 3000 square feet. Picasso’s masterpiece Guernica is housed at the Reina Sofia. Remember when Tony Shafrazi ran into the MoMA, burst past security guards, and then wrote “KILL LIES Read More
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
Basquiat’s ex-girlfriend opens up about the artist and shares Polaroids of the two of them. [WSJ]
Two major New York museums, two ways of using the Internet. [NYT]
Watch out! Dollhouses are getting hot in the art world. [NYT]
Chinese art dealer Robert H. Ellsworth is dead at 85. [NYT]
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In 2011, at Sotheby’s, L’Aubade, a 1967 painting by Pablo Picasso sold for $23 million. In recent years, Picasso’s late works have taken center stage, with giddy results at auction and thronged exhibitions at Gagosian Gallery. It wasn’t always thus. The late works were undervalued for years by all but a perspicacious few. One of Read More
The New York Times reports that Olivier Widmaier Picasso, Pablo’s grandson, will auction a gouache by the artist to raise money for the “International Association to Save Tyre, the Lebanese city, a UNESCO World Heritage site whose history goes back to ancient Phoenicia.”
The Houston, Texas, man accused of spray -painting Pablo Picasso’s Woman in a Red Armchair (1929) at the Menil Collection has said that he never intended to harm the painting.
IN ADDITION to being the most celebrated artist of the 20th century, Picasso is also the most difficult to pin down. So it is not surprising that an austere exhibition of his paintings, sculptures and drawings, ostensibly all in black and white, actually yields smudges of color: jade, olive, lemon-meringue yellow, midnight blue. Less surprising is the fact that the pieces on view—some 118 paintings, sculptures and works on paper, including 38 being shown for the first time in the United States and five displayed for the first time in public—are full of his signature muscular shapes. The show’s curator, Carmen Giménez, brought Richard Serra to the Guggenheim Bilbao in 1999, and her taste for the sculptural is evident in this exhibition.
Four Picasso family members have said that they will form a group to authenticate works by Picasso, Carol Vogel reports in her Inside Art column in The New York Times. As Ms. Vogel notes, the news is something of a surprise as many authentication authorities, including those for works by Basquiat, Warhol and Haring, have closed, or announced plans to do so, fearing lawsuits from collectors who disagree with their assessments.
Police nab four in Picasso forgery. [The Washington Post]
Painting forger tells the Daily Mail not to overlook the little details: “‘I pride myself on my forensic expertise. I started with extensive research…the correct canvas, correct stretchers…framed in good period antique frames.” [Daily Mail]