Archive for September, 2008

By Emily Waldorf If money were no object, which works of art would you pick out from the 20th century to create the ne plus ultra in art collections?  Private art advisers Franck Giraud and Philippe Ségalot of the New York and Paris based art consultancy Giraud.Pissarro.Ségalot (François Pinault is a client) take a stab […]

By Emily Waldorf Christie’s owned gallery Haunch of Venison opened its New York location on September 12 with an impressive lineup of 63 blue-chip Abstract Expressionist works. The not for sale show, titled Abstract Expressionism:  A World Elsewhere, includes many works borrowed from museums in a grand gesture to make an impressive début on the New […]

By Katie Enna Damien Hirst’s latest antic has been all the talk of the auction world this past week. His exhibition “Beautiful Inside My Head Forever” and subsequent sale on Monday and Tuesday at Sotheby’s in London made auction history. Historically auction houses have been secondary dealers, respecting the contemporary galleries who sell an artist’s […]

By Emily Waldorf For better or worse, the art market continues to defy expectations in the face of a dramatically declining economy.  Damien Hirst’s groundbreaking Sotheby’s “artist direct to auction” sale beat expectations, with many lots exceeding their high estimates.  His famous shark sold for $17.2 million and his golden calf for a mind boggling $18.6 […]

By Laura Gatewood I recently had the opportunity to visit Japan and while there had the good fortune to attend not one, but two exhibitions exploring the role of decoration in Japanese culture. Contrary to the widely held assumption that minimalism or simplicity, known as wabi-sabi, is the primary motivation throughout Japan’s decorative history, both the Museum of […]

By Emily Waldorf September is a hot month for contemporary art in Moscow. Gagosian Gallery is mounting it’s second major one-off exhibition in the Russian capital, “for what you are about to receive,” in a former chocolate factory, adjacent to the Kremlin, on September 18th.   Artists include Alberto Giacometti, Willem de Kooning, Roy Lichtenstein, […]

By Emily Waldorf It’s that time of year again when the art world picks up speed and a flurry of exciting openings and events are underfoot.  Check out ARTINFO’s helpful guide to the best of the new contemporary art shows, including artists Allison Schulnik, Gary Simmons, Phyllis Bramson Josef Koudelka, Andres Serrano, and Su Xinping. […]

By Emily Waldorf Known for his former partnership with Vitaly Komer, Russian-born American painter Alexander Melamid was thought to be hiding from the art world until he emerged with a new series of religious, rap, and new-money portraits last year.  Alexander Melamid and Vitaly Komer were famous for satirizing socialist realism and the capricious nature […]