Morning Links: €500 M. Ponzi Scheme Edition

The New York Times notes that billionaires are really into building art museums. [The New York Times] “In France, Fears that Rare Book and Manuscript Fund Is a €500m Fraud.” [Art Market Monitor] The new Whitney Museum building in the … Read More



Laylah Ali to Paul Kasmin

Paul Kasmin gallery now represents the painter Laylah Ali. Ali is known for her gouache works, which use cartoons and folklore to examine race and class. Works from her best known series, “Greenheads,” were featured in the 2003 Venice Biennale. … Read More

parties Profiles

Coexist: The xx’s Madley Croft on the Band’s Adventures in the Art World

As the lights throughout the Guggenheim Museum’s rotunda dimmed for the fourth time one recent weekday evening, a hushed stillness fell across the crowd of more than 500. Three opening acts had warmed them up, and now the moment they … Read More

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Trudy Benson. Photo by  Ann Street Studio.

Consumer Reports: Trudy Benson

“Consumer Reports” is a recurring feature that profiles an artist’s consumption of any and all media throughout one work week. Trudy Benson is a Brooklyn artist known for her large-scale abstract paintings that were initially inspired by early digital imaging … Read More


LiveAuctioneers Raises $47.6 M. in Venture Capital

LiveAuctioneers, the auction start-up founded in 2002 and the dominant online platform for all non-Christie’s -Sotheby’s and -Heritage auctions, has raised $47.6 million, the company announced today. The lead investor was Bessemer Venture Partners, which has a number of successes … Read More


Art Basel Miami Beach’s Public Programming Includes Baselitz, Benglis, and Elmgreen & Dragset

Art Basel Miami Beach, which opens December 3, announced the participants in its Public section today, which will be held in Collins Park and feature 26 installations, from the likes of Georg Baselitz, Lynda Benglis, Elmgreen & Dragset, Ryan Gander, … Read More


Laurie Anderson Will Debut New Performance at Park Avenue Armory in 2015

Music and performance artist Laurie Anderson will debut a new work, Language of the Future: The Line, at the Park Avenue Armory in October 2015, the Armory said in a release today. From that release: In Language of the Future: … Read More


Morning Links: November 19, 2014

Here’s look inside the Mackintosh Library at the Glasgow School of Art, which was ravaged by fire this May. [The Guardian] Frank Lloyd Wright’s “Usonian” house will travel 1,200 miles from New Jersey to its new home at the Crystal … Read More


London’s Wellcome Collection Examines Sex

Photographer Timothy Archibald spent three years traveling around the United States photographing men who built their own sex machines. At first Archibald suspected the makers would be disaffected, but he quickly discovered his subjects were deeply heartfelt; often the machines … Read More



Martí Manen to Curate Spanish Pavilion at 2015 Venice Biennale

Artforum reports that Martí Manen will curate Spain’s 2015 Venice Biennale pavilion. “Manen will present a group exhibition that takes Salvador Dali as its starting point,” writes Artforum. Manen, who co-curated the Turku Biennal 2011 in Finland, will explore the … Read More


Faena Forum, Arts Center Designed by Rem Koolhaas, Will Open in Miami in December 2015

Faena Forum, a 50,000-square-foot arts center designed by Rem Koolhass, will open in Miami Beach in December of next year. It is the sister institution of Faena Art Buenos Aires in Argentina and will “encourage dialogue about Latin American cultural … Read More

Market News
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Auction Start-Up Auctionata Pulls In $675,000 at Contemporary and Modern Sale

Art Market Monitor crunches the numbers on the Berlin-based auction start-up Auctionata’s first sale in New York which totaled about $675,000, which, they write, “is not a bad result for a first sale, especially when the company was able to … Read More

A shot of Central Perk, the favorite coffeehouse of the characters of Friends.

‘Friends’ No Longer: Pop Artist of Central Perk Files Claims Against Gallery

Last Friday, Burton Morris—the artist perhaps best known for paintings displayed in the background of the TV show Friends—filed federal copyright claims against his former representative, Pop International Galleries, Courthouse News Service reports today. The complaint calls for the return … Read More

Koons's Balloon Monkey (Orange) outside Christie's last week.

Of Spec-u-lectors and Drug-Dealing Art Advisers: Kenny Schachter at the New York Auctions

Kenny Schachter is a London-based art dealer, curator, and writer. The opinions expressed here are his own. In The Graduate, the hapless protagonist is given career advice in a single word: Plastics. Today, that word would be art. Just as … Read More