Author Archives: Dan Duray

A work by Mitchell.


Joan Mitchell Foundation Announces 2014 Painters & Sculptors Grant Recipients

The Joan Mitchell Foundation has announced the winners of its 2014 Painters & Sculptors grants, each of which comes with $25,000. The grant, according to the foundation’s website, “was established in 1993 to acknowledge painters and sculptors creating work of … Read More

A Lindsay Work.


Nina Waisman Named SETI Institute Artist in Residence

The U-T San Diego reports that new media artist Nina Waisman has been named an artist in residence at the Mountain View, California-based SETI Institute. SETI, of course, stands for “search for extraterrestrial intelligence,” and the institute has close links … Read More

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Phillips' new headquarters.

Phillips Hires Matt Carey-Williams and Damien Whitmore

The Art Newspaper reports that Phillips auction house, which gained a new chairman this July in Christie’s veteran Edward Dolman, has made two high profile hires recently. The company named Matt Carey-Williams deputy chairman of Europe and Asia and Damien … Read More

Trouble in Paradise


Maccarone Will Show Cecily Brown This May

Earlier today the painter Cecily Brown showed off a small painting on Instagram with the note that “Small paintings will be at Maccarone May 2015.” A spokeswoman with the New York gallery confirmed that a show is planned for that … Read More

From a video on the website.

New York’s Bannerman’s Castle to Host Light Installation

The National Endowment for the Arts will put $20,000 toward the realization of local artist Melissa McGill’s Constellation project at Bannerman’s Castle on the Hudson River, some 50 miles north of Manhattan, the Associated Press reports. The project has a … Read More

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Paris Photo Director Julien Frydman Quits

Artnet news reports that the director of Paris Photo, which stages art fairs in both France and Los Angeles, will step down in January. Frydman told the site that he has taken a new job, but that he won’t be … Read More


When Is It Better to Donate Art Rather Than Sell It?

Over in The Wall Street Journal today, Daniel Grant looks at when it’s better to give a work to a museum rather than sell it. He actually crunches the numbers on this, in a section I’ve excerpted below, and it’s … Read More

A photo of Crow from November 2014.


Gawker Says Matthew Barney is Dating Sheryl Crow

Gawker’s Friday round-up of anonymous rumors from Gawker commenters has a particularly juicy one this week: Matthew Barney is dating Sheryl Crow. Whether he is trying to be ironic or not, it’s true. Give it three months until it shakes … Read More

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The work in question.


Swedish Auction House Sells Work to Online Bidder For $1.9 M.

The Financial Times reports that the Swedish auction house Bukowskis has sold a work by August Strindberg from 1894 to an online bidder for SKr14.3m, or $1.9 million. Though the opacity of these things can be tricky, that would seem … Read More



Guy Bennett to Qatar Museums

The New York Times reports that Guy Bennett, former art advisor and former co-head of Christie’s Impressionist and Modern art department, has joined Qatar Museums (formerly the Qatar Museums Authority), as its new director of collections and acquisitions. Read more … Read More


Fulton Ryder to Close

Richard Prince’s secretive Upper East Side bookstore Fulton Ryder will close on December 25, the store wrote in an email to its mailing list today. Fulton Ryder, a pseudonym of Prince’s, was run by Fabiola Alondra and staged gallery-like shows—even … Read More



Christie’s Americas President to Depart

The Financial Times reports that incoming Christie’s CEO Patricia Barbizet will soon need to find someone to replace Christie’s President of the Americas Doug Woodham. Ms. Barbizet is herself a replacement for Steven Murphy, who announced that he would step down … Read More

The museum.


Guggenheim, Bilbao Sign Agreement

Artforum reports that the Guggenheim Foundation has approved an “agreement governing the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao for another twenty years.” The contract comes about when Guggenheim satellites in other locales are under scrutiny. In Finland, where one is planned for Helsinki, … Read More



‘At Dinners After Openings I Sometimes Feel Like I’m Watching Bank Accounts Have Sex': Hal Foster’s ‘Interview’ Interview Is Diverse, Enjoyable

Rather than line up the customary one person to interview him for Interview’s just out Insiders issue, Hal Foster chose to allow Tacita Dean, Seth Price, Jeffrey Eugenides, Rachel Kushner, Jeremy Deller, Thomas Hirschhorn, Wade Guyton, Rivka Galchen, and Thomas … Read More