Art News - Christie’s bellwether postwar and contemporary evening sale in New York this November will be led by a different kind of blockbuster lot, one that is about 500 years older than anything that typically appears in the auction: Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi, made around 1500 and presumed lost until discovered early this century. Believed to be the last Leonardo in private hands, it is estimated to sell for $100 million. - read more
The Art Newspaper - On 9 March, the High Court of Paris (Tribunal du Grand Instance) ruled that the 1988 sculpture Naked by Jeff Koons—a porcelain work, over 1-metre tall, depicting a young nude boy and girl—plaigiarised Enfants (children), a 1975 photograph by the French photographer Jean-François Bauret, who died in 2014. The court has ordered the company Jeff Koons LLC, which is run by the artist, and the Centre Pompidou to each pay €20,000 to the heirs of the photographer for infringement on the heritage and moral rights attached to the original work. Jeff Koons LLC has also been ordered to pay €4,000, due to the reproduction of the sculpture Naked on its website. - read more
The Art Newspaper- George Goldner, who led the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s department of prints and drawings for 21 years, spoke to us about how the museum has changed, and offered his candid opinions on its current challenges. We spoke with him earlier this month, several weeks before the Met's director, Thomas Campbell, announced his resignation on 28 February. During his tenure, Goldner made 8,200 acquisitions, by artists from Leonardo da Vinci to Hans Christian Andersen. He retired in 2015 and served as a consultant to the Met until January. The interview appears in our March print edition. - read more
Hyperallergic - Just as science fiction has become speculative fiction, the Great Acceleration, the Anthropocene, the Capitalocene and the Chthulucene now inundate theory, science and art.
Dr. Ele Carpenter, leader of the Nuclear Culture Research Group, has become a key figure in the interdisciplinary discussion of, and artistic response to, mankind’s self-destructive tendencies. The Nuclear Culture Source Book, a culmination of four years of research on nuclear material culture in technology and art, is her definitive introduction to Nuclear Culture and Aesthetics. As the volume’s editor, Carpenter has gathered the work of 60 artists and 12 writers working around the immateriality of radioactive isotopes, on site and in theory. - read more
The Art Newspaper - A controversial portrait by Salvador Dalí of his sister Ana María, given to her before the pair’s relationship deteriorated over details published in his autobiography, is on the market for the first time with a price tag of £800,000 to £1.2m.
Figura de perfil (La Hermana Ana María) (1925) depicts Ana María sat looking through a window at the Cadaqués coastline in north-eastern Spain. As with many of Dalí’s paintings of his sister, Ana María’s bottom is accentuated—a feature he stressed even more in a later version of the canvas, Young Virgin Auto-Sodomized by her Own Chastity (1954). - read more
The Art Newspaper - One of Berlin’s most recognisable architectural landmarks, Haus der Kulturen der Welt (House of World Cultures, HKW), re-opened last week after a €10m revamp with Transmediale, a festival on art and digital technologies. First launched as a video art festival, Transmediale has evolved into an internationally-celebrated event over the past 30 years. It now includes an art exhibition and a conference exploring the ever-deepening relationship between culture and technology. - read more
The Art Newspaper - The only known photographs of Gauguin in Polynesia have been discovered in an album recently acquired by a Munich-based dealer. The album includes an image of a young Tahitian woman being kissed by the middle-aged artist, whose friend Dr Gouzer, a French ship’s doctor, is also shown with a local woman. The images provide a fresh insight into Gauguin’s life in Tahiti in 1896. read more
Art Forum - Opening on May 13, the 2017 Venice Biennale has revealed the list of one hundred and twenty artists participating in the international exhibition curated by Christine Macel, “Viva Arte Viva.” Fifty-one countries are represented.
Macel said, “The role, the voice, and the responsibility of the artist are more crucial than ever before within the framework of contemporary debates. It is in and through these individual initiatives that the world of tomorrow takes shape, which though surely uncertain, is often best intuited by artists than others.” read more
DW - Film screenings make up the core of the Berlinale, of course. Yet one look at the program of the international film festival indicates that there's even more to it than the movies: discussions and workshops, exhibitions and parties, award ceremonies and stars lining up on the famous red carpet. The picture gallery above offers just a small impression of the program's variety.
The Art Newspaper - In London, the National Portrait Gallery will present a special display on the city’s gay scene in the 1980s (David Gwinnutt: Before We Were Men, due to open 9 March) while the first major exhibition dedicated to queer British art is to open at Tate Britain (Queer British Art 1861-1967, 5 April-1 October). With sections focusing on Oscar Wilde’s trial for “gross indecency” in 1895 and the tangled love lives of the Bloomsbury group, the show spans more than a century, from the abolition of the death penalty for sodomy to the passing of the Sexual Offences Act. The cell door behind which Wilde was famously imprisoned at Reading Gaol is to go on show beside his portrait, which was sold off after the legal fees for his trial left him bankrupt. read more
Art News - Art Basel Miami Beach opened its doors to VIP First Choice cardholders this morning, and while many dealers and collectors commented that the aisles seemed slightly less teeming than usual, a few big sales in the opening hours indicated that the market is stable, if a bit muted. read more
Artnet News - The fairs aren’t enough for you? If between Art Basel, NADA, Scope, Pulse, and the rest, you still don’t have enough art to gawk at in Miami, there are plenty of other venues that merit a detour. Miami’s galleries, museums, and auction houses are pulling out their best and brightest to coincide with all the fairgoers, so make some room in your itinerary. It’ll feel good to step outside a bunch of stuffy convention halls—maybe even go to the beach for once—so we’ve compiled a list of picks for the outside-the-fairs options below. read more
The Art Newspaper - The art world likes to ask big art-centric questions like "Can art change the world?" We usually answer "Yes." I usually disagree. Art can't stop famine in sub-Saharan Africa or eradicate Zika. But art does change the world incrementally and by osmosis. - read more
Artnet News - Berlin has a well-established reputation as an artist’s paradise. And whilst studio space isn’t as cheap and bountiful as it was a decade ago, a new study by the consultancy PriceWaterhouseCoopers ranks it among the top cities in several artist-friendly categories. - read more
The Art Newspaper - The Fondation Beyeler in Riehen, Switzerland, outside of Basel, has selected the 2009 Pritzker Prize-winning architect Peter Zumthor’s proposal for its extension building in the Iselin-Weber Park, the museum announced 15 September. - read more
ArtNews -For the majority of her career, Carmen Herrera’s name wasn’t well known. Looking back at the ArtNews archives, only one of her shows was reviewed, in 1965, and then there was no mention of her again for 55 years. Yet Herrera wasn’t one to give up. - read more
The Art Newspaper - The Paris museum dedicated to the memory of the French sculptor Aristide Maillol (1861-1944), reopens to the public today (14 September), 18 months after a serious financial crisis. - read more
Hyperallergic -In the 1950s and ’60s, tens of thousands of students across the US were receiving an arts education by mail, through correspondence courses designed and distributed by the Famous Artists School on painting, illustration, and cartooning. In 1961, 13 years after the Westport, Connecticut-based school’s founding by Albert Dorne, students could also learn about photography under the guidance of some of the field’s most famous names, from Richard Avedon to Irving Penn. Known as the Famous Photographers School, the offshoot lasted for just over a decade, closing in 1974. read more