This week, Charles Saatchi drops a bomb, can art portray the economic crisis, public art in New York, Knoedler closes, a giant forgery scandal is brewing and sales from the 2011 Miami art fairs.
British collector Charles Saatchi writes a post a tell all post for The Guardian that he thinks the art world has become too shallow … even for him. He admits:
But even a self-serving narcissistic showoff like me finds this new art world too toe-curling for comfort.
A video from Reuters has blogger Felix Salmon, critic Blake Gopnik and artist William Powhida discussing the financial crisis, representations of it and Powhida’s recent show, Derivatives, at Postmasters Gallery.
Curbed has a list of what they consider some of the best public art in New York, including a “sort of” Serra in the Bronx.
More than you ever wanted to know about a horse painting, courtesy the Getty’s blog.
One of the biggest news item of this week was that the 165-year-old Knoedler gallery will be closing. Also this week, a bomb shell about some possible Modernist forgeries hit the headlines. Related? We’re not 100% sure yet:
The Knoedler gallery … has not been implicated in the investigation. But on Friday a London collector, Pierre Lagrange, who bought one of the works, “Untitled 1950” by Pollock, for $17 million in 2007, sued the gallery and Ms. Freedman, contending that it is a forgery. His forensic analysis found that two paints in the work had not been invented until after Pollock’s death, the suit said.
For those going to Sundance in January 2012, there are two art-related films to see: one on Ai Weiwei and another on Marina Abramović.
In case you were wondering, Occupy Art Basel was a no go and didn’t do anything of note.
And if you’re itching to know what sold this year during the Miami art fairs, Art Market Monitor scrapped posts by others into these useful bullet lists:
Required Reading is published every Sunday morning-ish, and it is comprised of a short list of art-related links (10 or less) to long-form articles, videos, blog posts or photo essays worth a second look.
This week: New York’s disappearing alleys, Wolfgang Tillmans’s fading star, Velma Dinkley is gay, and more.
The technology isn’t available for public use, but Meta (formerly Facebook) released a series of eerie sample clips based on prompts like “cat watching TV” and “spaceship landing.”
Fall shows at the Chicago art space explore how same-sex desire became the basis for a new identity category and celebrate the cosmic work of an acclaimed Chicago-based artist.
There’s high demand in the country for the nostalgia-soaked Instagram videos of sister duo Zainab and Sakina Sabunwala.
Gustav Klimt: Gold in Motion transforms a historic bank in Manhattan into the unlikely setting of an immersive art experience one visitor called “mesmerizing.”
Masterworks of American Landscape Painting at the Center for Figurative Painting makes clear that the term “landscape” has been widely interpreted.
The artist’s work quietly asks: How do we read and write the world we live in?
Funded fellowships support on-site graduate and postdoctoral research spanning a variety of disciplines on cultural works in the center’s collections.
Warsaw Gallery Weekend and Fringe Warszawa hope to offer long-term solutions for a thriving art scene in Warsaw when skyrocketing inflation and a lack of affordable studio spaces have become the new norm.
But Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, who says the UK is “cornered,” plans to insist on the marbles’ return during a visit this year.
The Art Dealers Association of America is expanding its natural disaster relief program, and announced $60k in grants to six US nonprofits.