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A detail of Al Loving's Brooklyn, New Morning, 2001, at the Broadway Junction subway stop in Brooklyn.COURTESY MTA

A detail of Al Loving’s Brooklyn, New Morning, 2001, at the Broadway Junction subway stop in Brooklyn.

COURTESY MTA

Christie’s and Sotheby’s are bullish on guarantees. “Perhaps it’s a mark of confidence in the art market. Or a sign that profit margins are thin. Or simply another big gamble, like the ones taken in 2008.” [The New York Times]

Eighty-one-year-old billionaire Leonard Lauder, whose collection of Cubism is currently on view at the Met, got married in a small celebration on New Year’s Day. [Page Six]

The Detroit Institute of Arts’ director, Graham Beal, will retire in June, after 16 years at the museum. [Detroit Free Press]

Here’s a profile of painter Sean Scully. [The Guardian]

“Painting is about time. It’s belated time. The image can linger for decades before it comes out.” An interview with Luc Tuymans. [Financial Times]

Ralph Gardner Jr. talks with Sandra Bloodworth, the director of MTA Arts & Design at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the woman responsible for the art you see underground in New York. [The
Wall Street Journal
]

“Marat Guelman, the Muscovite cultural impresario and political operative who attempted to create a contemporary arts revolution in the Soviet city of Perm, is moving to Montenegro this month to open a new cultural centre. He cites the difficulty of working in Russia and the conflict in Ukraine as factors in his decision.” [The Art Newspaper]

The Library of Congress has put the work of street photographer Camilo José Vergara online. [The New York Times]

Anicka Yi at the Cleveland Museum of Art. [Contemporary Art Daily]

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