Here’s What Led Howard Becker to Write ‘Art Worlds’

A nice little Friday surprise: I was just making my way through this week’s New Yorker at the dentist office and finally had the chance to read Adam Gopnik’s profile of sociologist Howard Becker, who penned Art Worlds (1982), the classic syllabus … Read More

The former Corcoran building.

The Fate of the Corcoran Gallery’s Collection Remains Uncertain

Five months have passed since a judge approved the Corcoran Gallery of Art’s merger with the National Gallery of Art and George Washington University in Washington D.C., but the status of the Corcoran’s holdings remains murky, and the National Gallery … Read More

Simmons's work installed at Tremé Market Branch, an old bank, in New Orleans.COURTESY THE ARTIST, METRO PICTURES, AND SIMON LEE

Gary Simmons’s Prospect 3 Sound System May Travel

Over at Bomb magazine, writer Jodie Bass has a great interview with Gary Simmons about his project at the Prospect 3 triennial (née biennial) in New Orleans, which is a hulking sound system made with wood that was sourced from … Read More

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Frieze Taps Clara M Kim to Curate Spotlight Section

Los Angeles–based independent curator Clara M Kim has been selected by the Frieze Art Fair to organize Spotlight, the special section of London’s Frieze Masters fair that is devoted to one-person shows of 20th-century work and that will also be part … Read More


Morning Links: Beauford Delaney Edition

Randy Kennedy on Ray Johnson, “The Art World’s Holy Fool.” [The New York Times] Holland Cotter on Horace Poolaw at the National Museum of the American Indian. [The New York Times] On the making of Frederick Wiseman’s documentary about the … Read More

Edgar Degas, Seated Nude Woman Brushing Her Hair, 1885/1908.

A Look at Works Acquired Under Detroit Institute of the Arts Director Graham Beal, Who Is Retiring

Graham Beal, the director of the Detroit Institute of Arts, announced today that he will retire in June, after 16 years on the job, including what must have been an absolutely hellish 18-month stretch that saw Detroit’s emergency manager, Kevyn Orr, threatening to force a … Read More


The Met May Do a Jean Pigozzi Collection Show at the Breuer Building

In this month’s Vanity Fair, Bob Colacello tackles the competition for influence between the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art, and there’s a lot of fun gossip there (like the idea that Glenn Lowry is among … Read More

Edward Hopper, Seven A.M., 1948.WHITNEY MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART

Whitney Museum Massively Expands Online Collection Database

For the longest time, one visited the Whitney Museum’s online collection database with a certain amount of sadness, since images of only 700 works were available. A search for even a well-collected luminary like Mike Kelley, for instance, returned only … Read More

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Ryan McNamara Wants You To Be Surprised By His New Show at Mary Boone

On a recent phone call, Ryan McNamara wasn’t giving much away about what to expect from his new show at Mary Boone’s uptown location, which was curated by Piper Marshall and opens tonight. “I think the element of surprise is really important … Read More


True Confessions of a Justified Art Dealer, Part Two: Forget It, Joel. It’s Chinatown.

This is the second part in a recurring column. You can read part one here. Giovanni Intra started China Art Objects in 1998 with Steve Hanson, who still runs the gallery, now in Culver City. The Los Angeles art world … Read More

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Lisa Oppenheim, Billowing. As we were driving up to Norfolk yesterday I saw the Enfield fire; where a Sony distribution centre set ablaze by rioters was just pouring out smoke over the motorway. The sheer amount of smoke was quite surprising, and today smoke was still covering the motorway. I feel such despair at people who have taken to looting; so angry at the destruction people can cause  (Tiled Version II), 2011/12, silver gelatin b/w photograph on bromide paper, exposed and solarized by firelight,

Lisa Oppenheim Joins Tanya Bonakdar Gallery in New York

New York’s Tanya Bonakdar Gallery announced that it now represents New York–based artist Lisa Oppenheim. Born in 1974, Oppenheim is a leader within a generation of artists who approach photography and video with an expansive sense of their boundaries, and … Read More


Glenn Horowitz to Open New Manhattan Gallery Across From MoMA

Next week, Glenn Horowitz Bookseller will open a new gallery in Manhattan, called Rare, which will showcase “editions, manuscripts, letters, archival material, fine art, photography, and decorative art from the 19th century to the present,” according to an announcement from … Read More

A detail of Al Loving's Brooklyn, New Morning, 2001, at the Broadway Junction subway stop in Brooklyn.COURTESY MTA

Morning Links: Public Transportation Edition

Christie’s and Sotheby’s are bullish on guarantees. “Perhaps it’s a mark of confidence in the art market. Or a sign that profit margins are thin. Or simply another big gamble, like the ones taken in 2008.” [The New York Times] … Read More

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Pérez Art Museum Miami Director Thom Collins to Lead Barnes Foundation

Philadelphia’s Barnes Foundation announced today that it has hired Thomas Collins, who has served as director of the Pérez Art Museum Miami for the past five years, to replace its outgoing director Derek Gillman, who was recently named the new … Read More