Gagosian Plans Zeng Fanzhi Show in London

Zeng Fanzhi. (Courtesy

New York is now in recovery mode, but here’s some non-hurricane news from across the pond. In November, Gagosian on Britannia Street in London will open the first U.K. solo show of Chinese artist Zeng Fanzhi. Mr. Zeng was born in 1964. His work prominently features landscape painting, and several canvases in the new exhibition have been inspired by the brush drawings of Albrecht Dürer. Read More


Christie’s James Bond Auction Brings in $2.6 M.

Still from Casino Royale. (Courtesy Christie's).

Fifty Years of James Bond, the live/online combo auction at Christie’s London, brought in a total of $2.6 million and brought out some celebrities to sell off tricked out cars and other merch used by the fictional man of mystery. The auction, the proceeds of which went to various charities including UNICEF, was one of many events celebrating Global James Bond Day, the 50th anniversary of the first screening of Dr. No. Read More


Dorothy’s Ruby Slippers Head to London’s V&A

Dorothy's Ruby Slippers from 'The Wizard of Oz,' (1939). (Courtesy Smithsonian's National Museum of American History)

Dorothy’s original ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz (1939) will be making their first trip out of the U.S. But rather than landing in Munchkinland, the pair, which are being loaned by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, are headed to the Victoria and Albert Museum in London where they’ll be presented at “Hollywood Costume.” Opening Oct. 20, the exhibition plumbs cinematic history to examine how costume design has influenced storytelling. Read More


Damien Hirst ‘Spin Paints’ AK-47 for London Art Show

Spin AK47 for Peace Day (2012), verso. Photographed by Prudence Cuming Associates © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012. (Courtesy the artist's website)

For a new London art project, rifles have been decomissioned and customized—getting covered with flowers or pulverized into a fine dust. Bran Symondson, a photographer and former army reservist, came up with the idea for the project, “AKA Peace,” which opened yesterday at London’s Institute for Contemporary Arts, when he noted how policemen in Afghanistan would jazz up their guns with flowers and stickers, kind of like a teenager. With a little help from curator Jake Chapman, he got Damien Hirst to “spin-paint” one of them. Read More


Double-Decker Bus Makes $106,120 at Christie’s London–Themed Sale

Routemaster double-decker bus, 1966. (Courtesy Christie's)

Seven of Margaret Thatcher’s suits, a solid gold medal won by a British athlete at the 1908 Olympics, a photograph of Amy Winehouse and a candy apple red double-decker bus were all items that sold at the London Sale at Christie’s London today. The sale, which brought in a total of $2,286,859, was the culmination of an extended six-week selling exhibition that was timed with the Olympics. Read More