Archive for August, 2008

By Emily Waldorf Damien Hirst is single handedly causing an art market revolution with his decision to bypass his blue-chip dealers, Larry Gagosian and Jay Jopling, and sell 200 works directly through a dedicated mid-September sale at Sotheby’s New Bond Street location in London.  The web site Art Observed cites Sotheby’s spokesman Oliver Barker on […]

Roman Abramovich’s girlfriend, the beautiful and understated Dasha Zhukova, 27, was featured in a New York Times piece, “Russian & Rich:  Art’s New Tastemaker.” The 41 year old Abramovich is already a power player in the international art world, having set auction records for Degas, Lucian Freud, Francis Bacon, and Giacometti, among others. Now it […]

By Laura Gatewood LACMA recently unveiled its re-installation of a first-class collection of Latin art representing the Pre-Columbian era to present day in the fourth floor galleries of the Arts of the Americas building. The star of the Pre-Columbian installation, Jorge Pardo’s undulating wooden framework and colored glass lamps and curtains lining each room, heightens […]

By Laura Gatewood Born in 1953 in South Africa, Marlene Dumas has resided in Amsterdam for almost all of her career, yet the social imprint of being raised a white woman in the midst of apartheid has been a consistent force behind her art. An exploration of how this and other existential questions have resonated […]

By Lauren Dickinson Thinking of heading to your local polo club for a few chukkas? It would really only be polite to bring something to share. You could do it British style with Pimms Cup (Pimms Cup is so closely linked with polo there is actually a Pimms Book of Polo), which is more or […]

If you bring up the work of Dale Chihuly at a cocktail party, you are bound to be met with energetic praise from his devoted followers or pained looks and eye rolls from his critics.  I have found that people either love or hate the intricate, multi-colored blown glass and have yet to meet someone […]

John Dorfman reviewed a new art thriller by Edward Dolnick in the August issue of Art & Antiques.  The book, The Forger’s Spell:  A True Story of Vermeer, Nazis, and the Greatest Art Hoax of the Twentieth Century, is the latest book to explore the colorful scandal left behind by 1930’s Dutch master forger Han […]

On September 7, 2008, nonprofit arts space, LAxArt, is organizing a ticketed event to benefit it’s contemporary arts programming.  A hot mix of 100 Los Angeles based celebrities, artists, designers, executives, and photographers have been asked to create one photographic work each with a disposable camera based on the theme, “Who is Los Angeles?”  Entrance […]

I can’t get enough of of the virtual antiquing opportunities on 1stDibs and frequently stay up into the wee hours, designing fantasy rooms with my new finds.  The beauty of it is that you can find the best selection of antiques from well-vetted dealers all over the world from the privacy of your home.  Here […]