Archive for June, 2008

Dear Readers, Thank you for your many emails, it is such a delight to read your positive feedback. ArtsEtoile is currently on assignment for three weeks in Italy. The next post will be the week of July 7th. A pronto, ArtsEtoile

Don’t miss, Editor-at-Large of Art + Auction, Judd Tully’s, fascinating dissection of what was overvalued, undervalued, and what was right on the money at Art Basel this year. Click here to see the slideshow reviewing works by Yuki Kimura, Gonçalo Mabunda, Raqib Shaw, A. Balasubramaniam, and Jonathan Monk.  

Brad Pitt was spotted at Design Miami/Basel 2008 in Switzerland shopping for his new home in the South of France.  As the whole world knows, his other half, Angelina Jolie, is pregnant with twins, which will make their current international family of four a robust six.  Pitt reportedly purchased a Jeroen Verhoeven marble table, an […]

The New York Times recently published a set of very useful guidelines from David H. Wilson, a furniture restorer who also consults for Christie’s.  Mr Wilson outlines tell-tale signs that an antique might not be the same period or quality that the dealer claims, which can significantly affect value.  The piece was published in conjunction with […]

Peter Schjeldahl, weekly art columnist for The New Yorker and contemporary post-modern poet has just published an exciting collection of essays titled, Let’s See: Writings on Art from the New Yorker.  Schjeldahl is one of America’s most influential art critics, covering a diverse range of subjects from the Renaissance to the cutting edge contemporary, bringing to […]

I had the pleasure of slowly contemplating the comprehensive survey of Danish-Icelandic artist, Olafur Eliasson’s work, Take Your Time, now showing simultaneously at MoMa and P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Space.  I must admit I felt an eery stomach curdling anxiety walking through Room For One Colour, 1997, where everything appears monochrome through a yellowish haze. […]

I visited the Cai Guo-Qiang mini-retrospective during its final days at the Guggenheim, before it travels to Beijing for the Olympics.  Mr. Cai’s work touches on themes that are at once shockingly obvious and surprisingly subtle.  He is well known for exploring post 9/11 anxiety through the invocation of terrorist methods of violence in his […]