ARTnews Sold to Private Equity Investor

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“Milton Esterow and Judith Esterow, the owners of the magazine since 1972, said in a statement that they sold the 112-year-old publication to Skate Capital, a private asset management firm owned by a Russian, Sergey Skaterschikov.”

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The Largest American Art Show Ever? (It’s Outdoors)

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“Beginning Monday, curators are asking the public to vote online to choose which artwork will be featured on 50,000 displays for the “Art Everywhere” initiative in August. Members of the Outdoor Advertising Association of America are donating the space.”

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A Guy Who Only Buys Art For Its IPO Value (Ugh)

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Jerry Saltz: “There’s a saying in the poker world that, if you don’t know who the sucker is at the table, it’s you. Any gallerist or editor who thinks that Stefan Simchowitz puts art first — or is anything more than an opportunistic speculator — is handing him money.”

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Stolen Renoir Finally Makes It Home After 62 Years

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“It has the makings of a great mystery: Artwork stolen from a prominent museum, plus the FBI, a beautiful woman and an intrepid reporter. But this isn’t fiction, it’s a strange, true tale of how a painting by Pierre-Auguste Renoir has now safely returned home to Baltimore.”

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What Was So New About Italian Futurism?

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“Futurists like [Marinetti and] Pannaggi may have been trying to break civilization wide open. They may have declared a new age of speed and violence and radical newness. But as soon as they attempted to analyze that newness, as soon as they attempted to say something about their brave new world, they found themselves pulled […]

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