Author Archives: Dan Duray

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Francis Bacon, "Seated Woman," 1961.

Phillips Closes Spring Auctions With Fainting Spell and Respectable $97.1 M. Contemporary Sale

The New York Spring auctions ended earlier this evening with a modest sale at Phillips that saw the house bring in $97.1 million, a relatively small sum compared to those seen at the other houses earlier in the week but … Read More

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Mark Rothko's No. 10 (1958), which sold for $81.9 million.

Christie’s Brings in $658.5 M. at Contemporary Art Sale, With an $81.9 M. Rothko in Front

New records for Rauschenberg, Ryman, Freud, Dunham, Hofmann, Anselmo, Sturtevant, and Stingel Read More

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Roy Lichtenstein’s The Ring (Engagement) (1962), which was estimated to sell for around $50 million, made $41.7 million with the buyer's premium.

Sotheby’s Delivers a Solid, If Slow, $379.7 M. Contemporary Sale, With Records for Polke, Wool, More

Earlier this evening in New York, Sotheby’s held a contemporary art sale that brought in $379.7 million, well within its presale estimates of $322.1 million to $420.7 million, and that saw new records for seven artists—Christopher Wool, Mark Bradford, Mark Grotjahn, Danh … Read More

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Alberto Giacometti, L'Homme au doigt, 1947, bronze. COURTESY CHRISTIE'S

Christie’s Nets $705.8 M. at ‘Looking Forward’ Sale, Led by Picasso and Giacometti Record Setters

Earlier tonight Christie’s hosted an impressive $705.8 million auction that set a new world record for a single work of art at auction with Pablo Picasso’s Les femmes d’Alger (Version ‘O’) (1955), which went for $179.3 million. The evening also set six new auction … Read More


Garage Rocked: Kate Fowle and the Making of a Moscow Contemporary Art Museum

To understand Kate Fowle’s job at Moscow’s Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, and how she does it, consider the case of Rashid Johnson, from whom Fowle commissioned a sculpture shortly after she became the museum’s chief curator in 2013. The … Read More

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Leo Fitzpatrick.

All Grown Up Now: Leo Fitzpatrick to Join Marlborough Chelsea As Director

This May the artist, actor, and downtown don Leo Fitzpatrick joined Marlborough Chelsea as a director. Fitzpatrick will sell art and curate shows in his own distinctive style in pop-up spaces within the 25th Street gallery.The news follows the January … Read More

Archipelago edition of My Struggle Book Four.

Judging a Book By Its Cover: Designing Knausgaard’s ‘Struggle’

Much has been written about Karl Ove Knausgaard’s My Struggle series, perhaps too much.But amidst the rave reviews, the one area that hasn’t quite been pointed out enough is how fantastic the cover art on them is, especially in the … Read More

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Sotheby’s Opens Spring Auctions With $368.3 M. Impressionist and Modern Sale

On Tuesday, and amid most of the art world’s late spring break to the opening of the Venice Biennale, Sotheby’s kicked off New York’s auction season with a strong sale that saw impressive results for Vincent van Gogh and Claude … Read More

Artists News
Natalie Frank, "Cinderella II," 2011-4.Courtesy of the Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin; Promised gift of Kathleen Irvin Loughlin and Chris Loughlin.

Into the Woods: Natalie Frank’s Fairy Tales

This May Damiani will publish Natalie Frank’s Tales of the Brothers Grimm, which features the texts of the stories alongside Frank’s dysmorphic, therianthropic characters, currently on view in an exhibition at The Drawing Center. In all, the book includes 79 large … Read More

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Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming: The Whitney Toasts Its New Home

On Friday night the Whitney held an opening for its new building, ending a week of events that fêted the new Renzo Piano-designed space, which opens to the public this week.The turnout was robust, even though one had to assume … Read More


Venus Over Manhattan Goes to California

Whatever else he is—collector, dealer, rich guy—Adam Lindemann is also a man who respects stationary. Just a few days after he announced his gallery, Venus Over Manhattan, would open a 15,000-square-foot space in Los Angeles this spring, the heading on … Read More


The Big Con: Walter Robinson and Chris Dorland Discuss the Art Market in Chelsea

Last night a crowd of concerned art citizens packed the tiny Five-11 gallery in Chelsea for a talk between painters Walter Robinson and Chris Dorland, who currently has an installation in the new storefront space.The talk was cheekily titled Marketwatch, … Read More

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Phillips 2.0: Can Auction Veteran Ed Dolman Turn Around the Art World’s Third-Place House?

On a gray Sunday last October, during Frieze Week in London, Phillips auction house opened its new headquarters in a 73,000-square-foot building on tony Berkeley Square, with renovations by architects Aukett Swanke. Visitors sipped champagne and orange juice next to … Read More

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Installation view of paintings by Greg Goldberg at One World Trade Center.

Greg Goldberg on His Sky Lobby Paintings at One World Trade Center

In January, One World Trade Center debuted seven paintings by Greg Goldberg on its 64th-floor sky lobby, a reception and events area in the building that, as we spoke about them last week, was being filled with chairs for some kind … Read More