An Art Dealer in the Spotlight

Artist Rene Magritte and gallerist Alexander Iolas - December 16 1965. Photo: Steve Schapiro-Corbis

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 Season’s Bounty: Warhol at Eykyn Maclean, Twombly at Gagosian, Serra at Craig F. Starr

Andy Warhol, 'Flowers,' 1964. Acrylic and silkscreen ink on linen, 24 x 24 inches/ (©2012 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York)

It’s auction time again in New York—between this week and last, around a billion dollars of modern and contemporary art is on offer at Christie’s, Sotheby’s and Phillips de Pury & Co.—and so it’s tempting to start griping about money’s corrupting influence on culture. But another option is to revel in the sheer number of top-quality artworks on view around the city. The auctions themselves bring out pieces that have been hidden away for years, and in many galleries, particularly those on the Upper East Side, dealers put on museum-style exhibitions, readying themselves for the heavy-hitter international collectors who fly in from around the world. Three shows on view right now comprise a happy art-historical coincidence: all of them are devoted to artists (Andy Warhol, Cy Twombly and Richard Serra, respectively) who helped forge the look and feel of postwar art in America while showing at the Leo Castelli Gallery in the 1960s and ‘70s. Read More

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Mmm, Meh, Not So Good: The Met’s ‘Regarding Warhol’ May Help Pry Open a Can of Patron Dollars

'Big Campbell’s Soup Can, 19¢ (Beef Noodle)' (1962) by Warhol. (© 2012 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York)

The Metropolitan Museum’s “Regarding Warhol” exhibition groups artworks by 60 artists around works by Andy Warhol, as an homage to his far-reaching influence in the art world. The result is closer to a mob scene than to any semblance of meaningful dialogue, and it wasn’t hard to predict that critics would slam the show—slamming this show was, from the beginning, an easy layup. By this point, it’s almost de rigueur in New York’s smarty arty circles to wrinkle your nose at “Regarding Warhol,” which, as you can imagine, makes me want to like it. And so I do … but still, I don’t. Read More


Which New York Gallery Represents the Most Warhol-ian Artists?

Warhol in 1979 at Mr. Chow in London. (Courtesy Evening Standard/Getty Images)

The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s “Regarding Warhol” exhibition opens to the public on Sept. 18, and it promises to be a major event. It will include 45 works by Warhol, arguably the most important postwar contemporary artist, and pieces by some 60 artists that have been influenced by him. Group shows of contemporary art at the Met are exceedingly rare affairs (though that may soon change, given the recent arrival of Sheena Wagstaff from Tate Modern to lead its department for 20th- and 21st-century art), and they are almost unrivaled showcases for artists:  the Met is the second-most-visited museum in the world each year. Being including in a show like “Regarding Warhol,” to put it bluntly, can help raise the profile of even the most established artists, and lead to sales down the line.

Who made the cut for “Regarding Warhol?” The lucky artists are listed below, grouped by their New York galleries. (In cases where two galleries share some aspect of their representation in New York, they were listed under both.) The list reveals that, at least by this admittedly peculiar measure, Gagosian shows the most Warhol-influenced artists, and by a wide margin. The complete results are below. Read More


Phillips Nets $86.9 M. at Contemporary Art Sale, Buoyed by Record $16.3 M. Basquiat

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A work on wood by Jean-Michel Basquiat set a new record for the artist at auction, selling for $16.3 million with premium at an otherwise by-the-numbers sale on Thursday evening at Phillips de Pury & Company, where auctioneer Simon de Pury hammered down a total of $75.9 million ($86.9 with premium), squeaking by at exactly the low estimate on a sale that was estimated to go as high as $110.7 million. Read More


Lichtenstein and Bacon Lead $266 M. Sale of Contemporary Art at Sotheby’s

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Roy Lichtenstein, Sleeping Girl, 1964

An iconic painting by Roy Lictenstein set a new worldwide auction record for the artist at Sotheby’s early this evening, creating one of the few dramatic moments in what was, at times, a humdrum sale. The Lichtenstein, Sleeping Girl (1964), which sold for $44.9 million, tied for the auction’s top spot with a Francis Bacon painting of the artist’s lover George Dyer from 1976, created shortly before Dyer killed himself. Read More


Morning Links: Marian Goodman Edition

Marian Goodman. (Courtesy Patrick McMullan Co.)

On the one-man market that is Andy Warhol. What a lede! “Sara Friedlander, the 27-year-old head of First Open Sale at Christie’s in New York, has a startling view of American art history. ‘Nothing good was made in the 19th century, nothing really good was made in the 18th century and American art in the 20th century for the first three, four or five decades was very elitist.'” [More Intelligent Life]

Critic Blake Gopnik profiles dealer Marian Goodman, reporting: “[Hirshhorn Museum deputy director Kerry] Brougher says that he’s actually heard Goodman complain when art prices rise.” [Newsweek/The Daily Beast]

Throwback article: critic Peter Schjeldahl on Ms. Goodman. [The New Yorker] Read More

Art Feud

Andy Warhol: Homewrecker

The Man himself.

Out in Texas, an Andy Warhol painting from 1978 is creating a family feud worthy of a certain primetime soap opera that ran from 1978 to 1991. According to Courthouse News, Robert Fenton, son of the dealer Joyce Balick Fenton (otherwise known as Shaindy), who operated a private gallery out of her home in Fort Worth, is suing his uncle for the return of a blue Warhol portrait of his mother. He filed the suit back in August, and a federal judge just refused to dismiss the case. This sounds like it could go on for a while. Read More