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Jesús Rafael Soto, "Armonia Ambigua," 1982.©Jesús Rafael Soto/ADAGP, Paris, 2014. Courtesy Galerie Perrotin.

Transatlantic Kinetic Energy: Perrotin Brings Jesús Rafael Soto to New York and Paris

Born in Ciudad Bolivar, Venezuela, in 1923, Jesús Rafael Soto began his artistic career painting film posters for local movie theaters as a teenager. After discovering Cubism as a student at the Escuela de Artes Plásticas in Caracas, Soto moved … Read More

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Kay Hassan, Passage of Time, 2014, vintage record and radio installation.

‘It Gave Us Hope’: Kay Hassan on Jazz During Apartheid, and His New Show at Jack Shainman

“It is like jazz, yes, how I make my art,” said Kay Hassan, whose exhibition “Everyday People” is currently showing at Jack Shainman Gallery’s West 20th Street location in New York. “I find that very liberating, to be open to … Read More


The Power of the Press: Artists Celebrate Ebony and Jet at The Studio Museum in Harlem

In November, 1942, John H. Johnson founded the Johnson Publishing Company and began publishing Negro Digest. Modeled after Reader’s Digest, the weekly publication was the first to focus solely on African-American history, literature, arts, and culture. “People thought he was … Read More

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‘Gray Is the Color of the Insides’: El Anatsui at Mnuchin Gallery

For one of the most famous colorists in the contemporary art world, it was a shock to hear El Anatsui detail his devotion to gray and its many shades. Anatsui spoke at Mnuchin Gallery for the occasion of his new … Read More

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Brad Jones, Blue Hair, 2014, oil on canvas, diptych.

Not Another Nude: Jennifer Rubell and Brandi Twilley Take on the Male Gaze

A new series of diptych portraits by Brad Jones—the “next sensational, aggressive American (male) painter,” according to the press release—is opening Wednesday, October 29 at Sargent’s Daughters in Lower Manhattan. Who is this Brad Jones? Well for one, he’s not … Read More

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Diller Scofidio + Renfro Unveils Design for $85 M. Stanford Art and Art History Building

Next fall Stanford University will add a new building designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, the interdisciplinary design studio based out of New York, that will house its department of art and art history as well as its art and architecture library. Like … Read More

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Installation view of "A Revision" at Galerie Perrotin. 
Courtesy Galerie Perrotin, Photograph by Guillaume Ziccarelli.

Painting Without Paint: John Henderson and Contemporary Abstraction

For a painter, John Henderson’s newest exhibition features surprisingly few “paintings” in the traditional sense. There are several works in copper, so textural they become three-dimensional, a video, and “digital paintings” of dye on polyester–but hardly any oil, acrylic or … Read More

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EBay Launches Its Live Auction Platform

Today eBay unveiled its new online auction platform, which aims to open up a rarefied market to the broadest possible audience, providing a virtual entrance to auction house salesrooms for eBay’s whooping 149 million online shoppers (technology that will, presumably, soon … Read More

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Michael Krebber, Untitled, emulsion paint and acrylic on canvas, 1999.

Christie’s ‘First Open’ Sale Nets $11.2 M. With Strong Online Presence

Yesterday Christie’s First Open NYC live auction brought in over $11.2 million across 203 lots, with a 70 percent sell-through rate by lot. One-hundred forty-seven further lots remain available online until September 30.The auction set record sales for Cheyney Thompson … Read More

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Phillips’ ‘Under the Influence’ Auction Nets $5.26 M., With Record Sales for 26 Artists

Yesterday Phillips’ Under the Influence auction brought in $5.26 million across 201 lots, 56 others failing to find buyers.The auction had record sales for 26 of the artists included, such as the British-Iranian painter Kour Pour whose Untitled from 2012-13 … Read More

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Portikus Hires Fabian Schöneich as New Curator

Philippe Pirotte, Director of the Städelschule Academy of Fine Arts, and of Portikus in Frankfurt am Fain, announced today that Fabian Schöneich is to become the new curator of Portikus, the exhibition hall based in the heart of Frankfurt, which … Read More

Manuel Borja-Villel, director of the Reina Sofía Museum, with Soledad Lorenzo.

Gallerist Soledad Lorenzo Donates Her Art Collection to Reina Sofia Museum

Famed gallerist Soledad Lorenzo has gifted her art collection, totaling near 400 works of art, to the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid, the museum reported yesterday. The 385 works are by 90 artists, mostly Spanish, and include everything from sculpture … Read More

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Allora & Calzadilla at Galdstone Gallery

Sick Burns at Barbara Gladstone

One twelve-year-old boy sings to another, “I’ll be sure to use small words so that you’ll be sure to understand, you warthog-faced buffoon.”The other pauses, puffs up his cherubic cheeks, and sweetly sing-retorts, “Talking to you makes me think that … Read More

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Jason Rhoades at David Zwirner.

Zwirner Promises to ‘Further Rhoades Work’ at Press Preview

Rubber yellow boots, CDs, tools, plastic flowers, pictures of Shakira, and globs of glue lay splayed across the ground or stacked into haphazard towers. Jason Rhoades’ new show at David Zwirner may at first seem like an explosion of trash … Read More