Behind the scenes, the 170 members of the gold-label Art
Dealers Association of America bitch and moan about the byzantine
selection process for the much-anticipated Art Show at the
Park Avenue Armory, Feb. 19-24, 2009, which always seems to ensure
prime exhibition space for the major players, leaving many B-level ADAA members
out in the cold.
If we learned anything from the $480-million
Yves Saint Laurent-Pierre Bergé sale at
Christie's Paris on Feb. 23-25, 2009,
it’s that the decorative arts have entered the big time as a
Early in May, supercollector Peter Brant unveiled his new Brant Foundation Art Study Center, housed in a refurbished 19th-century stone barn next to his polo grounds in Greenwich, Conn. -- though it doesn't seem all that geared to "study," as no wall labels or checklist were on hand, nor were visitors allowed to take pictures.
An astonishing gathering of 300 luminaries from the worlds of fashion, film, music, politics, sports, arts and literature can be found right now at artnet Auctions in "Icons: 20th-21st Century Photographic Portraits," June 15-25, 2009.
It's August, and you can feel with your bare feet the water, the sand or maybe the cool green grass and clover. You're on vacation. It's time, then, to think about September, when the whole art world starts up again and crashes down on your head with a big rattle and bang.
Listen, this month artnet Auctions has its biggest print sale ever. Both of the top lots in the Prints Masterworks Auction are by Andy Warhol, and both come with a touch of sadness, since their subjects have just passed away. But art lives!
Now that the seventh edition of the Frieze Art Fair, Oct. 15-18, 2009, is over, I don't know what to do with myself. The mini-world-in-a-tent in Regent's Park in London, and all the myriad ancillary events that made up what I'd call Frieze Fortnight, have come to an end.
Darlings, lots are selling like hotcakes at the online artnet Auctions, and now we've really moved into the big time. The current Modern + Contemporary Sale,
Oct. 29-Nov. 12, 2009, has a ton of big-ticket items, ranging from a rare pastel pic-
tograph by Ab-Ex pioneer Adolph Gottlieb (est. $150,000-$200,000) to Damien Hirst's 2007 Beautiful Aurora spin painting (est. $290,000-$350,000).
Our theme this month, children, is naughty, naughty, naughty. Begin with the cur-
rent artnet auction, "Femme Fatale", Dec. 3-15, 2009, a collection of provocative prints devoted to the girl who has everything, a lot of it belonging to someone else.