Lawrence WeinerBits & Pieces Put Together to Present a Semblance of a Whole, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, 2005

Lawrence Weiner Named Winner of the $156,000 Roswitha Haftmann Prize

It was announced today that American artist Lawrence Weiner has been awarded the Roswitha Haftmann prize, Europe’s best-endowed art prize, worth CHF150,000 ($156,076). Born in 1942, Weiner is known for his text-based works and was one of the central figures … Read More


‘Sheer Pandemonium Broke Out': Please Enjoy The Story of the First Painting to Sell For Over £1 M. At Auction

At The Spectator, Richard Cork tells when he was in the room for the first ever painting to sell for £1 million at auction. Velázquez’s Portrait of Juan de Pareja. It started at £315,000, and took just 130 seconds. After … Read More


Morning Links: Tapestry Edition

“Chinese billionaire Liu Yiqian purchased a Tibetan tapestry for HK$348 million ($45 million) at a Christie’s auction in Hong Kong today, breaking the record for the most expensive Chinese work of art he set in April.” [Bloomberg] Fernando Botero’s bronze … Read More

Looking at Art
Las Meninas.

The Greatest Painting in the World: 10 Luminaries Cast Their Ballots

“The greatest picture in the world…you smile,” wrote Aldous Huxley in 1925. Although the claim sounded ludicrous to him, he went on to make a passionate and cogent argument for his choice: Piero della Francesca’s Resurrection. ARTnews wondered which paintings … Read More

Art Basel Miami Beach 2014

Art Basel Miami Beach 2014 Preview: Part 3

One of the great pleasures of art fairs is seeing new work by artists you love—material just out of the studio, the paint barely dry. In today’s preview of Art Basel Miami Beach, those artists include some big names, like Thomas … Read More

The Talent
John Giorno, LIFE IS A KILLER, 2013.

John Giorno Joins Elizabeth Dee Gallery

New York’s Elizabeth Dee gallery announced today that it will represent the poet and artist John Giorno. His first solo show with the gallery will be in April 2015. The release leads with this formidable sentence: “John Giorno is recognized as one … Read More

Ria Brodell, Big Ben, 2014.COURTESY THE ARTIST

Artadia Names 2014 Boston Artist Grantees

Artadia: The Fund for Art and Dialogue, the nonprofit arts organization started in 1997 by Christopher E. Vroom, has announced that it will award $12,000 each to Larissa Bates, Ria Brodell, and Lucy Kim as part of its third cycle … Read More

Witch Doctor Revisited (2011)


Njideka Akunyili Crosby Wins Smithsonian American Art Museum’s 2014 James Dicke Prize

The 32-year-old mixed-media artist Njideka Akunyili Crosby has won the 2014 James Dicke Prize Contemporary Artist Prize, the Smithsonian American Art Museum announced today. The award comes with $25,000 and, according to the release, “recognizes an artist younger than 50 … Read More



Sotheby’s Gives Outgoing CEO Bill Ruprecht $4 M. Golden Handshake

An SEC filing out today shows that outgoing Sotheby’s CEO William Ruprecht will receive $4 million in severance. The company, which has been the subject of scrutiny from hedge-fund billionaire Dan Loeb for the past year, announced last week that Ruprecht … Read More


December 2014 Exhibition Reviews

Art criticism from around the world, published in this month’s print edition Read More

Art Basel Miami Beach 2014

Art Basel Miami Beach 2014 Preview: Part 2

The opening of Art Basel Miami Beach is just a few days away. It runs this year from December 4 through 7, with a preview day on December 3. ARTnews will be in Miami, providing regular updates of the action. For now, there are previews of what galleries … Read More


Morning Links: Lewis Baltz Edition

Photographer Lewis Baltz has died. [The Washington Post via Artforum] Here’s an interview with Paul Chan, who just won the Hugo Boss Prize, despite “not making art” for the past few years: “It’s been a real pleasure wasting money and … Read More

Doug Aitken, 100 YRS (neon), 2014.© Doug Aitken, courtesy 303 Gallery, New York; Victoria Miro Gallery, London; Galerie Presenhuber, Zurich; Regen Projects, Los Angeles

Here Is the 2015 Armory Show Exhibitor List

The Armory Show has shared its list of exhibitors for its 2015 edition, which runs in New York from March 5 through March 8. On board this year are 197 galleries from 28 countries, spread out across four categories: Contemporary, Focus … Read More

Image Courtesy Issue Project Room

The Shape of Opera to Come: ‘The Fool’ at Issue Project Room

On Tuesday, November 11, in Downtown Brooklyn, the stunning natural acoustics of Issue Project Room, which is located in a former Elks Lodge, reverberated with the premiere of Raúl De Nieves and Colin Self’s chamber opera, The Fool. A sold-out crowd … Read More