Oscar Murillo Took the ‘Ice Bucket Challenge,’ and David Zwirner Is Next

Here is a kind of creepy video of collector Stefan Simchowitz pouring a bucket of ice water on hotshot artist Oscar Murillo. “Trust me,” Simchowitz says before dumping the ice on Murillo, who is stripped down to his skivvies. There’s … Read More


Morning Links: Graffiti Edition

New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton and a New York Post columnist condemn the Museum of the City of New York’s graffiti show “City as Canvas.” [The Wall Street Journal/New York Post] “All Across America, Artists Are Taking Over … Read More

The Corcoran


Judge Approves Corcoran Merger With National Gallery, George Washington University

The Washington Post reports that a judge in the D.C. Superior Court approved a plan that would have the Corcoran Gallery of Art merge with the National Gallery and George Washington University. The plan had been stalled over objections from … Read More


Whitney to Stay Open Six Days a Week to Meet Koons Demand

“Jeff Koons: A Retrospective” opened in June at the Whitney and has inspired a wide swath of praise, skepticism, and at least one epic poem. Whether you love or hate the show, you at least have to give it some … Read More


Latest Perelman Subpoena Accuses Gagosian of Price Manipulation With Mugrabi

The New York Post reports that the latest documents in Ron Perelman’s lawsuit against Larry Gagosian allege THAT the dealer colluded with José Mugrabi to raise the price of a Cy Twombly painting that Perelman wanted to buy. Perelman was … Read More


Leon Black Buys Former Knoedler Space for $50 M.

The New York Post reports that financier Leon Black—owner of Phaidon books and reportedly the record-price-achieving version of Edvard Munch’s The Scream—has purchased the townhouse at 19 East 70th Street that was formerly the home of Knoedler & Company gallery. … Read More


Morning Links: Flipping Edition

Here’s Kate Sutton at Croatia’s Mobile Biennial. [Artforum] New analysis by The New York Times shows that art flipping today is fairly rare, and consistent with past eras. [The New York Times] Here’s a little profile of New York’s Reena … Read More


Work From Gurlitt Trove Should Be Returned to American Owner, German Task Force Says

The Wall Street Journal reports that a German task force investigating the provenance of works from the collection of Cornelius Gurlitt has said that a painting in the collection should be returned to its American owner, David Toren. Gurlitt inherited … Read More

Ingres, Comtesse d'Haussonville, 1845, which is in the collection of the Frick.FRICK COLLECTION

New Trustees for the Frick Collection

New York’s Frick Collection announced today that two new members have been elected to its board of trustees, James S. Reibel, M.D., and Melinda Martin Sullivan. “Jay Reibel and Melinda Sullivan bring to the Frick diverse and committed backgrounds in … Read More

From a work by Frances Stark.


Smithsonian Announces James Dicke Contemporary Art Prize Nominees

The Smithsonian American Art Museum announced its 13 nominees for the biennial James Dicke award for contemporary artists under 50. The nominees are Njideka Akunyili, Cory Arcangel, Trisha Baga, Paul Chan, Barnaby Furnas, Theaster Gates, KAWS (Brian Donnelly), Josiah McElheny, … Read More


Critic and Curator Edward Leffingwell Dies at 72

Art critic, curator, and gallery director Edward Leffingwell, who was an expert on Brazilian contemporary art, died on August 5 after suffering a cardiac arrest. Leffingwell’s byline was most often seen in Art in America, for which he penned hundreds … Read More

William Glackens, Young Woman in Green, circa 1915ST. LOUIS ART MUSEUM/WIKIMEDIA

Morning Links: William Glackens Edition

“The photographs that have emerged during several days of unrest in Ferguson after the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a police officer have drawn mournful comparisons to pictures of the Deep South in the 1960s or of … Read More


Richard D. Marshall, Longtime Whitney Curator Who Helped Build the Lever House Collection, Dies at 67

Curator and art adviser Richard D. Marshall, whose career included 20 years at the Whitney Museum, curatorial credits for a lengthy list of international shows, and more than a decade as the curator of Lever House Art Collection in New … Read More

Market News

Six Regional Auctioneers Launch Online-Auction Site, Challenging LiveAuctioneer and Non-Paying Bidders

The worldwide art and collectibles auction trade has become worldwide over the past decade because of greater wealth that has been accumulated by entrepreneurs around the globe and because of the ability of buyers in far-flung locations to participate in … Read More