Author Archives: Zoë Lescaze

Auctions Market News
Mark Bradford, Building "The Big White Whale," 2012, estimated at $3 million to $5 million.

Phillips Sells $46.6 M. of Contemporary Art in Subdued Sale in New York

The first night of New York’s May auctions wrapped up with a modest 20th-century and contemporary art sale at Phillips. The house hammered down $39.3 million total (without buyers’ premium), below a presale estimate of $40.85 million to $60.95 million (calculated … Read More

Installation view of 'Structures of Existence: The Cells,' a Louise Bourgeois survey, at the Garage.EGOR SLIZYAK/© GARAGE MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART

An Abbreviated Moscow Biennale Unites Scrappy Performances, Bourgeois Spiders, and One Former Greek Finance Minister

Weaving between the legs of a colossal metal spider, a crowd descended on the Garage Center for Contemporary Art. A private opening for “Structures of Existence: The Cells,” a stunning Louise Bourgeois survey, was unfolding inside. The guests—from the chic … Read More


Anne Pasternak Named Director of the Brooklyn Museum

Anne Pasternak, current president and artistic director of the New York-based arts nonprofit Creative Time, will take the helm of the Brooklyn Museum, succeeding Arnold Lehman, who has held the post since 1997. “Anne is one of the most dynamic … Read More

Frieze New York 2015
Golden and Lehman at Frieze Talks. (Photo by Zoë Lescaze)

Arnold Lehman Talks Tenure With Thelma Golden, Plans Book on ‘Sensation’ Show

When Arnold Lehman cedes the helm of the Brooklyn Museum next month, he’ll use his newfound freedom to pen a book on “Sensation,” the legendary exhibition that defined his turbulent tenure. Lehman broke the news at Frieze New York last … Read More

Frieze New York 2015
The panelists of "The 'Aesthetics' of 'Female' 'Attractiveness.'" (Photo by Zoë Lescaze)

On Porn and Poodles: Casey Jane Ellison, Grace Dunham and Company Talk Sex, Gender, Art

“How fat do you feel today?” asked Casey Jane Ellison, the artist and comedian.The question opened the bidding at “‘Aesthetics’ of ‘Female’ ‘Attractiveness,’” a talk held Friday at the Frieze Art Fair on Randall’s Island. Wearing head-to-toe denim and black lipstick, un-brushed blond hair … Read More

Auctions Market News
Piet Mondrian’s Composition No. III, with Red, Blue, Yellow, and Black (1929) sold for $50.6 million, twice its high estimate of $25 million. It set a new record for the artist.

Mondrian Sells for $50.6 M., a New Record, at Christie’s $202.6 M. Impressionist-Modern Sale

Tonight Christie’s hosted a strong Impressionist and modern sale in New York that brought in $202 million, adding to the $1.7 billion it has totaled at various auctions during this record-setting week for the house. The sale featured works from the collection of the late … Read More

Frieze New York 2015 News

Navigating the Fluxus Labyrinth at Frieze New York

Between the aisles clogged with collectors drifting along at glacial speeds and the free-wheeling art advisors hurtling about with iPads at the ready, art fairs can feel a lot like obstacle courses. Tribute to Flux-Labyrinth (1976/2015), a participatory project at … Read More

Frieze New York 2015 Market News

DiCaprio Digs Dots: Jonathan Horowitz at Frieze Art Fair

An hour into the frenzied Frieze New York VIP preview this morning, one booth had caught Leonardo DiCaprio’s eye. “Jonathan Horowitz at Gavin Brown’s,” he said, clad in his signature incognito ensemble, famous face hidden beneath bushy beard, sunglasses and … Read More

Armory Week 2015 Market News
A work by Bazaar Teens in Dustin Yellin's section of Spring/Break.PHOTO BY ALEX GREENBERGER FOR ARTNEWS

At the Spring/Break Fair, Exhibitors Get Free Booths But Pay a Cut of Sales

One of the most talked- and written-about artist projects during Armory Week in New York, which began on March 5 and continues through Sunday, is happening not at one of the headliners—the Armory Show and the ADAA Art Show—but rather … Read More

Armory Week 2015 News

Ivy League: A Secret Garden at Johnen Galerie

Mounted at the very edge of Johnen Galerie’s booth at the Armory Show, evenly spaced square boards jut out of the wall in a column reminiscent of Donald Judd’s iconic stacks. This piece has a bit more humor, though, than … Read More

Armory Week 2015

All That Glitters: The Armory Show Is a House of Mirrors

Do the fairs get shinier every year? As more and more people crowd the aisles of the Armory Show, they are being endlessly multiplied in the gleaming surfaces of sundry sculptures and wall-mounted works. Selfies and reflections abound.A giant PVD-coated stainless … Read More

Armory Week 2015 News

‘Who Is This New, Hot Young Artist?’ Fresh Frank Stella at Boesky

A trio of new works by Frank Stella won over a slew of fairgoers cruising the Armory Show’s opening day—even ones who didn’t know they were by the minimalist master.

Armory Week 2015 News

Leaks Call for Emergency ‘Diapers’ on Pier 94’s Ceiling

It’s easy to forget, while cruising the aisles of the Armory Show, that there is water coursing beneath our feet. It’s harder to ignore when the water is above our heads. Recent snows and a sudden March thaw exacerbated a … Read More

Armory Week 2015 News

I Can Show You the Art Fair: Taking a Magic Carpet Ride Through the Armory Show

The Armory Show opened Wednesday afternoon at Piers 92 and 94 on the far west side of Manhattan. It’s a tricky spot to navigate under ideal circumstances, but if you think it’s tough working your way through the crowds of collectors drifting … Read More