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Roy Lichtenstein's Modern Painting in Porcelain (1967) sold for $437,000 this morning at Christie's. COURTESY CHRISTIE'S

Christie’s Contemporary Art Day Sales Net $88.8 M., With Records for Gilliam, Krushenick, and for a Moment, Kelley

Christie’s finished out its contemporary-art auctions in New York with a morning sale and an afternoon sale Wednesday that offered about 400 lots and raked in $88.8 million in total. About 81 percent of the 224 lots in morning sale found buyers, while about 76 percent of the 175 lots … Read More

Artists Features Reviews
Barnaby Furnas, First Morning, 2015.


‘Is This for Adults?’: Matthew Weinstein on Barnaby Furnas and Mike Kelley

Virginia Woolf called George Eliot’s Middlemarch, “one of the few English novels written for grown-­up people.” Sometimes I apply this to paintings. I look at a painting show and ask myself, “Is this for adults?”Painting is a friendly medium. Most … Read More

Kandor 10B (Exploded Fortress of Solitude), 2011.© Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts / Licensed by VAGA New York

Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow? Mike Kelley’s Final, Superman-Inspired Works Land In Chelsea

One unexpected thing I witnessed during the opening of the New York art world’s fall season this week was Paul Schimmel—whom the Los Angeles Times once described as having “a more impressive record of exhibitions and acquisitions in the field … Read More

A dirty corner. Photo by Anish Kapoor.


Morning Links: @dirty_corner Edition

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Birgit Jürgenssen, Nest, 1979, black-and-white photograph, 16" x 18" x 1". BELVEDERE, VIENNA/©2014 BILDRECHT, VIENNA

‘Sigmund Freud & the Play on the Burden of Representation’ at 21er Haus

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“Decorum: Carpets and Tapestries by Artists” at Power Station of Art

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When Good Paintings Happen to World Leaders

Move over, George W. Bush: Jeffrey Vallance’s portraits of despots and presidents are more fun to look at Read More


How the Art of Social Practice Is Changing the World, One Row House at a Time

Social practice is going mainstream as more artists focus their work on making an impact on problems like homelessness and pollution. But the question of how to judge activist art remains elusive
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Paul McCarthy and Damon McCarthy exemplify comic grossness in their multimedia piece Caribbean Pirates, 2005.

When Bad Is Good

Artworks that mimic soft porn, showcase embalmed animals, mock the Pope, and otherwise offend propriety are filling auctions, museums, and galleries. Is there anything left to be upset about? Read More


L.A. Stories

Shining light on uncatalogued archives, misplaced works, and undocumented careers, more than 60 venues in Southern California present shows on the art of postwar Los Angeles Read More


Top Ten Trends in Contemporary Art

How do you spot a trend? If you’re Kay Larson, you see perversity everywhere. If you’re Jori Finkel, you find poetry in the Home Depot esthetic. And if you’re Carly Berwick, you conclude that a penguin embodies the spirit of … Read More

Younger scholars are intrigued by the mix of atomic-age physics and Catholic doctrine in paintings like The Madonna of Port Lligat (first version), 1949. PATRICK AND BEATRICE HAGGERTY MUSEUM OF ART, MARQUETTE UNIVERSITY, MILWAUKEE, GIFT OF MR. AND MRS. IRA HAUPT

The Great Late Salvador Dalí

Dalí’s production after his Surrealist phase, once dismissed by scholars as banal kitsch, is now being celebrated for being so ahead of its time it looks as though it could have been made yesterday. Read More

John Wesley’s comic-book esthetic, as in Aer Lingus, 2002, appeals to younger artists. COURTESY FREDERICKS FREISER GALLERY, NEW YORK

What’s So Funny About Contemporary Art?

Artists are finding inspiration in gags, slapstick, clowns, comics, and stand-up comedy. The results are sometimes satirical, sometimes ludicrous, and sometimes ‘so funny you could cry’. Read More