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Archives for April 2012

Britain’s Most Generous Philanthropist: An Artist?

Surprise: Britain’s annual giving list places an artist — David Hockney — at the top of the roster for 2011. The list, published by the Sunday Times, calculates rank based on the amount of wealth given away as a proportion of overall income, not on absolute value. But Hockney does well on either score, if you allow for the fact […]

The Unfortunate Sides Of “The Scream” Auction

With the spring auction season about to move into high gear, everyone’s talking about The Scream, one of four versions Edvard Munch made of the now-iconic image. It comes up for sale on Wednesday night, and like others I did a double-take when I first learned of Sotheby’s titanic estimate — $80 million, the highest presale number […]

Duane Hanson Conserved, And That’s A Challenge And A Tale

If recent exhibitions give a clue, museums seem to think that visitors want to know more about conservation — and I think they’re right. Conservation obviously provides a window on process, on how the artist did it, on creativity.   Recently the Milwaukee Art Museum conserved a sculpture by Duane Hanson, which it had agreed to lend […]

Who’s That Artist, And How Has He Grown?

Who made the works posted at right? Don’t look yet. I doubt that you’ll know, right off the bat. I posted these two paintings, with no attribution, in an online group of art historians and connoisseurs on Facebook, and no one guessed correctly. Few people even tried. Hours of head-scratching later, I provided the answer. It is, of […]

“Portrait of Wally” Is Back In The News, Triggering A Few Thoughts — UPDATED

When Egon Schiele painted his tender “Portrait of Wally,” his mistress, exactly 100 years ago, I am sure he never imagined her ensuing notoriety — for “Wally,” subject of multi-decade ownership battle,  is again in the news. This time, perhaps, it’s in a good way. A documentary about her case will premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival this weekend. To refresh, […]

Take The High (Line) Road: Art CAN Be Fun

If one of her first projects is an indication, I like the way Cecilia Alemani, the new art curator at the High Line, thinks. Alemani joined the High Line last October, and in a Q&A she did for the park’s spring newsletter, she was answered a question about her plans this way: As soon as I joined the […]

Lasting Impression: World’s Fairs As Design Incubators

To hear the curators of “Inventing the Modern World: Decorative Arts at the World’s Fairs, 1851-1939” tell it, we have museums around the world to thank for preserving this slice of history. Otherwise, physical remains of these fairs are scant. And judging by the catalogue for the show, we are very lucky that they did. […]

SOFA Tries To Mix It Up, But Maybe We’re Faired Out

The 15th annual Sculpture Objects & Functional Art Fair — aka SOFA NEW YORK — opens tomorrow at the Park Avenue Armory, but the preview was tonight, and I went. It’s interesting, and I use the adjective purposefully. Only one booth really stood out. The organizers mixed it up this year, hiring architect David Ling to create a […]

The Online VIP Art Fair Grows And Grows

This will be a really quick post (as I’m really busy elsewhere at the moment), but I want to mention the VIP PAPER fair that runs tomorrow through Sunday. It’s an offshoot of the VIP Art Fair online, which began in 2011 and had, as I recall, an improved edition this past winter. VIP PAPER, to me, is […]

NYC’s Summer Of Monet Elicits Innovative Collaboration, Not Competition

Now this is a good idea — a collaboration between the New York Botanical Garden* and the Metropolitan Museum of Art* that I wouldn’t necessarily have predicted. This summer belongs to Monet at the NYBG. Not only will it recreate Monet’s garden at Giverny inside the conservatory, but also it will, in the Rondina Gallery, mount an exhibition called “The Artist in […]

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