Installation view of 'Tisch Abelow/Peter Harkawik' at Freddy in Baltimore, June 2014.FREDDY

Dream Warrior: An Interview With, and About, Freddy, a Pseudonymous New Baltimore Gallery

‘Freddy is Dada in spirit. We’re interested in work that blurs the lines between fact and fiction.’ Read More

Kazimir Malevich, Black Square, 1915TATE

Morning Links: Malevich Edition

“In his Manhattan Supreme Court lawsuit, New York gallery owner Gary Tatintsian says Connecticut dealer Lev Nussberg sold him [some 165] fakes starting in 2006.” Among the works are a number of disputed pieces attributed to Malevich. [New York Post] On the … Read More

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The relevant passage.

Who Was the Art Dealer in Madame Claude’s Stable?

The just-out September issue of Vanity Fair has a fun and tawdry story on Madame Claude, “the world’s most exclusive madam.” The story’s print-only for now but here’s something: apparently one of Claude’s ladies included a “major art dealer,” who … Read More

Saudi Arabia–born Sarah Abu Abdallah is among the participating artists. COURTESY THE ARTIST.

‘A Guarantee of Emancipation’: Edge of Arabia Artist Collective Plans U.S. Tour

Starting next month, a group of contemporary artists from the Middle East, collectively known as Edge of Arabia, will take a three-year-long road trip around the United States, using high-tech devices and the Internet to digitally archive and share what … Read More

Ray Johnson, Untitled (Joseph Circle), 
1979-80-90. ©Ray Johnson Estate

Morning Links: Ray Johnson Edition

Laurie Anderson sues for $180,000 still owed to Lou Reed by a concert promoter. [New York Post] A rising tide lifts all boats? Scott Reyburn examines the “bad art” market. [The New York Times] “Cuba is in talks with the … Read More

The company's stock performance for the year.

Sotheby’s Q2 Profit Falls 15 Percent

Sotheby’s reported today that profit for the second quarter of the year fell 15 percent compared to the same time last year, even while sales rose, blaming the dissonance on expenses. Profit fell to $77.6 million from $91.7 million for … Read More

Ban's Paper Log House in 1995 in Kobe, Japan. TAKANOBU SAKUMA/COURTESY PRITZKER PRIZE

Morning Links: Shigeru Ban Edition

Deborah Solomon on the Delaware Art Museum’s deaccessioning efforts. [The New York Times] Sotheby’s released its results for the first half of 2014, reporting a 24 percent increase in auction sales. [CNN Money] “Artist Ryan McGinness’s edgy but still official-looking … Read More

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From the video.

Qatar May Have Purchased Warhol’s ‘Eight Elvises’

A few days ago the video for the Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies’ impressively stacked Andy Warhol panel—moderated by Bob Colacello Peter Brant, Donna De Salvo, Larry Gagosian, Jane Holzer, Alberto Mugrabi, and Aby Rosen—went online and it’s … Read More


Johann Koenig on Instagram: ‘The Art Market Was Always Driven by Opinion Leaders’

Head over to Bast for a fun little interview with Berlin’s Johann Koenig, who has some great insights about art dealing in general, and how it’s changed today. Here’s Koenig on Instagram: I don’t think social media is relevant for … Read More

A still from 'The Queen.'

Morning Links: ‘The Queen’ Edition

Hans Ulrich Obrist and Simon Castets discuss their 89plus project. [NYT] Here’s a profile of Emily Rafferty, who is stepping down as president of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. [Wall Street Journal] And here’s a profile of the Met’s Clare Vincent, who … Read More

The Harvard Art Museums, during renovation and expansion, November 21, 2013LESVANTS.COM

Veritas! After Six Years, Harvard Art Museums’ Renzo Piano Home Is Nearly Ready: A Peek Inside

Curators at the Harvard Art Museums are spending the summer installing works in the new Renzo Piano-designed building, which has significantly boosted the university’s ability to display its wide-ranging collections. They’re working toward November 16, the date when Harvard’s Fogg … Read More

Paweł Althamer and Rafal Zwirek in front of Althamer’s Queen Mother of Reality, a Performa Commission for Performa 13.Courtesy Socrates Sculpture Park

All in the Family: Paweł Althamer Closes Out His Socrates Sculpture Park Run

Polish artist Pawel Althamer, who in April closed his exuberant, expansive installation, performance, and sculpture show at the New Museum, to which museum visitors were invited to contribute, took his roving party to Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City last Friday night to mark the … Read More

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Lyles with a work by Aura Rosenberg.©Drex Drechsel,

Tilton Gallery Hires Isaac Lyles as Director

Isaac Lyles, of Chelsea’s Derek Eller Gallery, is headed uptown to join Tilton Gallery as a director. “I’ve had three and a half great years as the associate director at Derek Eller Gallery and Tilton Gallery is the perfect next … Read More

MOCA North Miami.


MOCA North Miami Breaks With City, Will Move to Design District

The Miami Herald reports that the dispute between the city of North Miami and its Museum of Contemporary Art has finally come to a head. Museum staffers, among them interim director and chief curator Alex Gartenfeld, have moved out of … Read More