Christie's New York headquarters at Rockefeller Plaza.COURTESY CHRISTIE’S

May Auctions In New York Totaled $1.2 Billion, About Half of November Haul

The May sales of Impressionist, modern, and contemporary art in New York totaled just under $1.2 billion during what was hailed as a “gigaweek,” with all the auctions stuffed into a six-day period. But the total was a far cry from last November’s $2.33 … Read More

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Claude Monet's Le bassin aux nymphéas, 1919, estimated at $25 million to $35 million, sold for $27 million.COURTESY CHRISTIE'S

Christie’s Imp-Mod Auction Totals $141.5 M., Secures Record With $8 M. Frida Kahlo

In the last of the New York evening sales this May, Christie’s netted $141.5 million during its Impressionist and modern art auction, ahead of a low estimate of $134.3 million, in a sale that capped a modestly priced but overall stable … Read More

Helen Marten, "Eucalyptus, Let Us In," 2015.

Tate Britain Announces Four Turner Prize Nominees

Tate Britain announced four nominees for the annual Turner Prize today: Michael Dean, Anthea Hamilton, Helen Marten, and Josephine Pryde. The prize, reserved for artists under the age of 50 who either live in Britain or are of British descent, … Read More

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Pat Steir making a waterfall painting in 1990. ©ERIC BOMAN

Dominique Lévy Adds Pat Steir to Its Roster, Plans September Show in London

In the midst of an auction week marked by huge sales for work by Cy Twombly and Agnes Martin in New York, Dominique Lévy Gallery announced that it now represents Pat Steir, the painter whose abstractions have, over the past … Read More

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Pilar Tompkins Rivas. RAFAEL CARDENAS

Pilar Tompkins Rivas Named Director of Vincent Price Art Museum in Los Angeles

East Los Angeles College announced today that Pilar Tompkins—the former coordinator of curatorial initiatives at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art—has been hired as director of the college’s Vincent Price Art Museum. She starts her new job May 17.Tompkins has worked … Read More

Cassils and Robin Black, Homage to Benglis, part of the series "CUTS: A Traditional Sculpture," 2011, six-month durational performance. ©2011 CASSILS AND ROBIN BLACK/COURTESY THE ARTIST AND RONALD FELMAN FINE ARTS

Ad for LGBTQ Show With Photo by Trans Artist Cassils Is Banned by German Rail, Then Allowed

Days before the opening of a traveling exhibition on the history of homosexual and queer identity, the show’s promotional poster has stirred quite a bit of controversy in Germany. The exhibition, “Homosexuality_ies,” which is traveling from two Berlin museums to the LWL-Museum … Read More

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Members of the management team of the new company, L to R: Patrick van der Vorst, Head of Auctionata UK and Founder of; Johannes Riedl, Chief Operating Officer; Aditya Julka, Chairman and Chief Strategy Officer and Co-Founder of Paddle8; Susanne Zacke, Chief Marketplace Officer and Co-Founder of Auctionata; Alexander Zacke, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Auctionata; Osman Khan, EVP and Chief Executive Officer for The Americas and Co-Founder of Paddle8; Christof Schminke, Chief Marketing Officer; Alexander Gilkes, EVP and Chief Innovation Officer and Co-Founder of Paddle8; Artashes Torosyan, Chief Technology Officer; Jan Thiel, Deputy Chief Executive Officer; Martin Heyne, Chief Auction Officer

Auctionata and Paddle8 Will Merge, Marking a Shift in the Online Art Market

Signaling that the once-scrappy online art market is maturing, two of the field’s most prominent start-ups, Auctionata and Paddle8, have announced that they will merge. The deal between the two online auctioneers creates a newly formed company that will lay claim to 793,000 registered … Read More

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Cy Twombly’s Untitled [Bacchus 1st Version V]  (2004) sold to Simon de Pury for $15.4 million.© SOTHEBY'S

Sotheby’s Rebounds With $242.2 M. Contemporary Auction, Anchored by Big Sales of Twombly, Bacon

After a bleak Impressionist and modern sale Monday night, where a lack of bidding led to a dismal sell-through rate of 66 percent, Sotheby’s silenced both critics of the house and art-market doomsayers with a tight and lively $242.2 million contemporary evening auction Wednesday, … Read More


Holly Herndon, Colin Self, and Mat Dryhurst To Support Radiohead On Upcoming Dates

Pitchfork reports today that Radiohead have selected the American electronic musician and sound artist Holly Herndon as their support act for an upcoming run of dates in England and Europe. For these shows, Herndon will be performing with the multidisciplinary … Read More

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Indiana University Art Museum Receives $15 M. Gift and 100 Works on Paper, Renames Itself

The Indiana University Art Museum announced today that it has received a gift of $15 million and collection of 100 works on paper from philanthropists Sidney and Lois Eskenazi. The museum will henceforth adopt the names of its donors in … Read More

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Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Untitled (1982) sold for $57.3 million. Its on-request estimate had been said to be around $40 million. It was a new record for the artist.COURTESY CHRISTIE’S

Christie’s Hosts $318.4 M. Contemporary Sale, Sets New Basquiat Record, $57.3 M.

It took until day three of the New York sales for a lot to pass the $50 million mark, and when bidding reached that magic number on Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Untitled (1982) at the $318.4 million postwar and contemporary evening sale at Christie’s tonight, … Read More

Edward Kienholz, "Five Car Stud," 1972.COURTESY FONDAZIONE PRADA

Kienholz’s ‘Five Car Stud’ Will Be Shown at the Prada Foundation in Milan

Edward Kienholz’s Five Car Stud, which is owned by Milan’s Fondazione Prada, will be exhibited in Italy for the first time, in a Kienholz retrospective that opens May 19 at the foundation. Five Car Stud ranks as one of the most controversial … Read More

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Andria Hickey Named Senior Curator at MOCA Cleveland

MOCA Cleveland announced today that Andria Hickey will now be a senior curator at the museum. She is expected to start her new position there in September.Hickey comes from the Public Art Fund, where she was recently promoted to curator. … Read More

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Rachel Maclean Will Represent Scotland at the 2017 Venice Biennale

The British Council Scotland announced today that Rachel Maclean will represent Scotland at the 2017 Venice Biennale. The Glasgow-based artist’s project is being commissioned and curated by Alchemy Film and Arts in partnership with Talbot Rice Gallery and the University … Read More