At the opening of Anish Kapoor’s world of impressions, illusions, and color at Berlin’s Martin Gropius Bau
When in Paris, spending a few minutes here is a must (at Jardin des Tuileries)
Susan Weil has been at the center of the New York art world since the 1950s. She came of age as an artist in the postwar period, studying under Josef Albers at Black Mountain College, alongside Willem and Elaine de Kooning, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, and Cy Twombly. An innovative and influential member of the New York school, Weil embraces serious and playful elements in her work.
Now, New York’s Sundaram Tagore Gallery debuts her crumpled, cut, and refigured compositions. Incorporating wood veneer, painted Plexiglas, and various collage materials, Weil deconstructs and reconstructs images. Her dynamic assemblages hover between the abstract and concrete, and between painting and sculpture.
Gallery hopping in Paris (at Galerie Christian Berst)
Rainy days in Paris are a perfect time to get lost in the Louvre (at Musée du Louvre)
Capturing time is something that has fascinated photographers since the formal invention of the medium in 1826. Eadweard Muybridge’s pioneering magnum opus, Animal Locomotion (1884–1887), set the benchmark for those photographers, scientists, and inventors, who finally realized that stopping time with a camera was within reach.
We’re very excited to present Stopping Time: Capturing the Photographic Second, an inspiring sale on artnet Auctions, featuring the work of innovators such as Harold Eugene Edgerton, Berenice Abbott, and Gjon Mili, as well as Contemporary artists such as Adam Fuss and Matthew Pillsbury.
Here’s another reason to visit Venice this year (as if we needed more convincing!). Taymour Grahne Gallery is celebrating the Middle Eastern Pavilions—Next year, the New York-based gallery is having solo show with three of the artists participating in the 55th art extravaganza: Mohammed Kazem, Camille Zakharia, and Tarek Al Ghoussein.
Dubai-born artist Mohammed Kazem, who is part of the “second generation” of Emirati Contemporary artists and a protégé of Hassan Sharif, is representing the UAE. This year will mark the third time the UAE has been represented at the Venice Biennial and the first time it is presenting a solo show in its pavilion.
Camille Zakharia is one of the artists representing Bahrain this year. His work, Coastal Promenades, was part of the Bahrain Pavilion for the 2010 Venice Architecture Biennale, for which Bahrain received the Golden Lion award.
Artist Tarek Al Ghoussein has been tapped to represent the National Pavilion of Kuwait. The pavilion will be housed in Palazzo Michiel, a historic palazzo in Venice’s Cannaregio sestiere!
As one of the most anticipated sales of the Chinese auction season, China Guardian concluded its 5-day spring auction of Fine Art, antiques, and jewellery yesterday in Beijing, with a combined total of 2.57 billion RMB (418.5 million USD). The result is close to a 25% increase from the same time last year, giving the market hope of a slow revival after a year of correction in 2012.
Check out some of the top selling lots.
Jeff Koons just unveiled his first large-scale New York City appearance in 10 years. The unrivaled event of the spring art season, his shows at David Zwirner and Gagosian, are a roaring success!
We’re featuring the man of the moment in our Contemporary Art online auction.
Don’t miss this week’s episode of The Madness of Art! In Season 1, Episode 10, Jim tries to figure out why it’s so slow in the gallery. Could Glenn Dranoff of Dranoff Fine Art have something to do with it? Later that day, Jim tries to alleviate his new assistant’s anxiety. Complications arise when Jim asks her to type up a letter.
“Silver is one of the elements, one of the building blocks of our material world. Silver used to be mined in Combe Martin where I live. It’s dreamy, otherworldly, but also sensuous and sexy…” -Damien Hirst
Pictured is a highly detailed sculpture of a pregnant woman cast in sterling silver with dark patina by the world famous Contemporary British artist. Part of his The Dream is Dead series, this surreal, scientifically rendered figure depicts the flesh peeled back to reveal the inner muscle, bone, and fetal structure of the woman.
Celebrating Jasper Johns
“Do something, do something to that, and then do something to that.” -Jasper Johns
One of American’s greatest and most influential living artists, Jasper Johns celebrates his 83rd birthday today. Born in Georgia, he soon moved to New York City, where he met artists Robert Rauschenberg, Merce Cunningham, and John Cage, all of whom profoundly influenced each other.
Record Art Sotheby’s
Last night at Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Evening Auction, six bidders fought over Barnett Newman’s Onement VI, a spectacular blue abstract composition from 1953. In the end, a telephone bidder payed US$43.8 million, a record price for the artist’s work at auction.
Records were set for four artists that night, including Gerhard Richter’s 1968 work, Domplatz, Mailand, which was bought by New York businessmanDonald L. Bryant for US$33 million.
There were some high-profile casualties, with a Francis Bacon and a Jeff Koons work failing to attract bidders.
At the end of the night the Contemporary Art auction totaled US$293.6 million.
Absolutely unique: this screenprint on a cotton t-shirt, created just months before his death, features Andy Warhol’s famous Self-portrait (Fright Wig).
The Paris Review
Fabulous: Graffiti artist Keith Haring’s 1989 work, The Paris Review.