More stories from the week that ended Dec 1 (click bolded words for more information): RIP: Saul Leiter, who died at the age of 89. Tony Cenicola talks about Leiter. Teju Cole’s postscript on Leiter. Man falls to his death from the fourth floor railing at the Smithsonian National Museum. Prius cars hit by hate graffiti (swastikas, n-word) in Pacific Palisades, CA. Aboriginal art worth over $100,000 stolen from Coastal Peoples Fine Arts Gallery in Vancouver. Juan Luis Garcia has some of his design work […]
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More stories from the week that ended on Nov 24 (click on bolded words for more information): Gerald Laing’s Lincoln Convertible, painting of the assassination of JFK, has gone on display at Tate Britain. Organized criminal gangs are increasingly targeting valuable works of art and antiques in the UK. Vilma Bautista convicted on conspiracy and tax fraud charges stemming from attempted sale of Marcos paintings. Michael Little sells fake Chihuly glass sculptures and subsequently gets 5 months in prison for his efforts. More victims of Knoedler […]
More stories from the week ended Nov 17 (click on bolded words for more information): A look at what’s in Mark Parker’s office and what he’s been up to. Winner bidder for Banksy’s NYC piece sold to benefit charity immediately shirks on his bid. Pyotr Pavlensky nails his scrotum to cobblestones in Red Square as an act of protest. He will face criminal charges. The art world reacts to his performance. 5Pointz is likely doomed after judge says he won’t stop demolition. Basquiat family suing the […]
Stephen Webster was busy last weekend as it hosted The Last Supper series of events at its No Regrets Lounge in Beverly Hills location and also at Soho House in West Hollywood. The events included a discussion at Soho House on November 8th called The Cook, The Artist, The Jeweler, and Their Lady Friend, which involved Tracey Emin, Mat Collishaw, Stephen Webster himself, and chef Mark Hix. They spoke about their unique paths to success, their struggles and triumphs, what drives them, and intimate private stories […]
Opening on Friday, Nov 15, is a solo show by Patrick Martinez at Public Functionary in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Buy Now, Cry Later includes eighteen all-new works by the artist, including his signature neon signs and mixed-media paintings. The pieces feature pop-culture, music, and societal subjects that explore the contemporary crises of today. Having first previewed the show in Los Angeles, the Midwest will receive the full-on immersive experience for themselves – the third show ever at Public Functionary. Discuss Patrick Martinez here.
Quam Odunsi’s second solo exhibition at Design Matters Gallery in Los Angeles, The Reagents (previewed), recently closed and we have images from the exhibition installation for you here. The show highlighted the artist’s versatility in media and included sculptures, photographic prints, signature collages, silkscreen works, video, and paintings on canvas from images taken on analog (the artist’s preferred recording medium) Super8, 35mm, 120mm, and Polaroid film. This body of work sees Odunsi transforming himself into the role of a government surveillance official who takes his […]
More stories from the week that ended on Nov 10 (click on bolded words for more information): Newly completed piece from James Jean – Enoki II – on three canvases, sized at 72″ x 90″ Nazi-looted art valued at over a billion dollars discovered in Munich apartment during raid. Bavarian authorities handling case under sharp criticism. Family spots their painting on TV and puts in a claim. Knoedler and Company may have knowingly bought fakes. Cornell University to return 10,000 ancient tablets that may have […]
On Thursday, Nov. 7, Stephen Webster (in its No Regrets lounge) in Beverly Hills, CA will open a show of works by Mat Collishaw featuring his Last Meal on Death Row works. This series features meticulously-arranged staged photography still lifes based on death row inmates’ last meals before they are executed. The eerie subject of the images conflict with the style in which they are depicted: 17th century Vanitas paintings – a manner traditionally used to explore the transience of life, the futility of pleasure, […]
More stories from the week that ended Nov 3 (click on bolded words for more information): Space Invader reportedly arrested in NY for putting up street work (as shown above). RIP: Arthur C. Danto dies at the age of 89. RIP: Karin Higa, who died at 47 due to cancer. Dutch museums have identified 139 artworks that may have been looted during the Nazi era. Max Stern’s heirs announced the recovery of a painting he lost 76 years ago, but they lose two others. 1,300 […]
More stories from the week that just ended (click on bolded words for more info): David Cerny flips off Czech president with his floating sculpture pointed at Prague castle. RIP: Anthony Caro passes away at the age of 89. David Franklin resigns as director at Cleveland Museum after affair, suicide, and missing cell phone. Mayor Bloomberg grants Metropolitan Museum of Art right to charge mandatory admission of $25 or more. Damien Hirst artworks censored for sensitive audiences in China and Qatar to avoid controversy. Nigel […]