Smithsonian Mulls London Branch

The Smithsonian Institution, which runs most of the major museums in Washington, D.C., is considering a 40,000-square-foot space in London in 2021, The New York Times reports: “To persuade the Smithsonian to take part in the plan, London authorities have promised … Read More

Horace PIppin, Abe Lincoln, the Good Samaritan, 1943.COURTESY THE PENNSYLVANIA ACADEMY OF THE FINE ARTS

Quite a Few East Coast Museums and Galleries Are Closed Because of the Snow

Museums and galleries throughout the Mid-Atlantic and New England are closed today because of the snowstorm that is passing through the area, so if you are planning to go look at art, it is probably best to call ahead. Among … Read More

Market News

Sotheby’s to Raise Buyer’s Premiums

On February 1, Sotheby’s will raise its buyer’s premiums, according to an 8-K Securities and Exchange Commission form filed yesterday. The form reads: Effective February 1, 2015, Sotheby’s (the “Company”) will enact a new buyer’s premium rate structure. Generally, the … Read More

2015 Venice Biennale News

Fourteen Artists Tapped for UAE Pavilion at Venice Biennale

Sheikha Hoor bint Sultan Al Qasimi, the president and director of the Sharjah Art Foundation and curator of the United Arab Emirates national pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale, has selected work by 14 Emirati artists to go on view … Read More

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Morning Links: Boyfriend Edition

Here’s an interview with Ryan Germick, the man responsible for Google’s daily “doodle.” [The Wall Street Journal] BP’s Tate sponsorship is much smaller than expected. The museum disclosed the amount–£4 million ($6.08 million) between 1990 and 2006. [The Art Newspaper] … Read More


Sex, Mayhem, and Ghosts of the Unconscious: The Art World’s Multimedia Extravaganza

Antirealism, visual artifice, and stylized action are helping artists explore the irrationality of a changing world Read More

2015 Venice Biennale News

Pamela Rosenkranz Will Represent Switzerland at the 2015 Venice Biennale

Pamela Rosenkranz will represent Switzerland at the Swiss pavilion of the 2015 Venice Biennale, in a show curated by Susanne Pfeffer. “I am interested in how Pamela reflects on technological change and the associated transformation in contemporary philosophy, science, global … Read More

Open Sesame: Art Events in New York

6 Art Events to Attend In New York This Week

THURSDAY, JANUARY 29 Opening: Alec Soth’s “Songbook” at Sean Kelly This new show is “an exhibition of over twenty-five new, monumental black and white photographs by Alec Soth,” maybe the best photographer working in America right now. It’s silly not … Read More

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Maybe Chelsea Won’t Be Hit Hard By This Storm

Chelsea, arguably the center of the New York art world and on Manhattan’s far west side, was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy in 2012 and, to a far lesser degree, fairly hard by Hurricane Irene in 2011. Now as New … Read More


Storm King Art Center Is Starting an Artist Residency Program

Storm King Art Center in Upstate New York will start its first-ever residency program in 2015 with the help of The Shandaken Project, which has run a program of its own for artists in the Catskills since 2012. From June … Read More

Neil Simmons with his Margaret Thatcher statue.COURTESY BBC.CO.UK

Morning Links: Margaret Thatcher Edition

Tania Bruguera’s arrest has raised questions about artistic freedom in Cuba. [The New York Times] Life magazine photographer Robert Morse has died. [The New York Times] “The controversial marble statue of Margaret Thatcher by Neil Simmons has been banished from … Read More

Zhong Yao, Spirit Above All 1-93A, 2012, acrylic on denim. COURTESY PACE LONDON AND WHITECHAPEL GALLERY

Less Is More: Ad Reinhardt’s 12 Rules for Pure Art

When Kazimir Malevich painted Black Square (1915), whose title perfectly explains what it is, painting was pushed further into abstraction than it ever was before. A new show at London’s Whitechapel Gallery, “Adventures of the Black Square: Abstract Art and … Read More



Budi Tek’s Next Museum Sounds a Bit Like a Theme Park

Collector Budi Tek’s next museum (following the Yuz Musuem which opened last year in Shanghai) will be an “art park” in Bali that will charge around $100 as an entry free, the Financial Times reports. Once inside “everything will be … Read More

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Andrew Edlin Boosts Outsider Art Market Ahead of Outsider Art Fair

On January 29 the Outsider Art Fair will launch its 23rd edition, boasting 50 exhibitors (its most ever) at Center 548 in Chelsea, all part of a trend owner Andrew Edlin (of the eponymous gallery) sees as a growing demand and … Read More