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


Pierre Huyghe: Traveler of Both Time and Space

The French artist preps LACMA retrospective, and projects beyond the art world Read More

Former Black Mountain College faculty.COURTESY THEARTSTORY.ORG

Morning Links: Black Mountain College Edition

Here are more details on the death of Sheikh Saud bin Mohammed al-Thani, who died suddenly earlier this month at the age of 48. [The New York Times] Members of The National and Arcade Fire are paying tribute to John … Read More

Steve Duneier with one of his “Yarnbombs.” He’s come a long way from Wall Street. COURTESY SCOTT LONDON/SCOTTLONDON.COM

Hedge Funder-Turned-Crocheter ‘Yarnbombs’ the Country’s Wilderness

Hikers approaching Lizard’s Mouth, a popular bouldering spot on the crest of the Santa Ynez Mountains in Santa Barbara, were caught off guard back in May when they encountered an incongruous sight—brightly colored “yarnbombs” covering 17 sandstone boulders. To create … Read More

A poster for the New Museum's upcoming Triennial. COURTESY NEW MUSEUM

New Museum to Publish 2015 Triennial Poetry Book

Last week the New Museum announced the participants in its 2015 triennial, “Surround Audience,” which is being organized by curator Lauren Cornell and the artist Ryan Trecartin, and opens this coming February. A minor note in the release was that the museum … Read More

Market News
The Grand Palais during the Paris Photo art fair, earlier this month.

Dealer on Fairs: ‘We Have to Do Them… People Don’t Buy From Galleries Any More’

The Financial Times just posted its report from the Paris Photo art fair which includes a paragraph about the current proliferation of art fairs. It reads: At a time when most gallery staff barely touch home base before they’re packing … Read More

The 200 Top Collectors

‘Indecipherable Concoctions': Dimitris Daskalopoulos on Art, Pipes, and His Collections

On Friday evening, the Athens, Greece–based collector Dimitris Daskalopoulos was sipping coffee in a suite on the 32nd floor of the Four Seasons, where he has stayed on visits to New York for the past three decades, and getting ready … Read More

Open Sesame: Art Events in New York

9 Art Events to Attend in New York City This Week

Through Sunday, November 23, 2014 Read More


Crystal Bridges President Don Bacigalupi Will Leave to Lead Lucas Museum of Narrative Art

Don Bacigalupi, the president of the Alice Walton’s Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas, will leave his post on January 14, 2015, the museum announced today. He will be the founding president of the Lucas Museum of … Read More


David Hockney Keeps a Stockpile of 2,000 Cigarettes in His Studio

Yes, David Hockney keeps 2,000 cigarettes–Camel Wides–handy in his Hollywood Hills studio because he “hardly ever [leaves].” He told The Guardian, “I go out to the dentist, the doctor, the bookstore and the marijuana store, because you have to go … Read More

The Talent

Christian Jankowski Will Curate Manifesta 11

For the first time in its 20-year history, Manifesta, the roving European biennial, will be curated by an artist. That artist is the Berlin-based Christian Jankowski, whose appointment as chief curator of Manifesta 11, which will be presented in Zurich … Read More

Napoleon Crossing the Alps (1801) by David.CHATEAU DE MALMAISON/WIKIMEDIA

Morning Links: Napoleon Bonaparte Edition

Mass MoCA is partnering with James Turrell, the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation; the Easton Foundation (of the Louise Bourgeois’s estate), Laurie Anderson, and Jenny Holzer on a variety of long-term installations. [The New York Times] Items of Napoleon ephemera are blowing … Read More


Art History, Now in Doll Form

Kyle Hilton had little trouble transforming the lead characters of Downton Abbey, Girls, and Breaking Bad into paper dolls, but he turned out to be unexpectedly confounded by Picasso. “I thought I knew what he looked like until I tried … Read More

News The Talent

DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum Hires John B. Ravenal as Executive Director

John B. Ravenal, the curator of modern and contemporary art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, has been selected as the new executive director of the DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, Massachusetts. He takes the place of … Read More