Proof of the Chinese art market blowing up can no longer be denied. On Wednesday, Bloomberg reported that two Chinese artists Zhang Daqian (1899-1983) and Qi Baishi (1864-1957) reign supreme in the art market, replacing Picasso as the top earner for 2011. Artprice has ranked Picasso as the highest grossing artist for the past 13 years, but with overall sales of $506.7 million this year, Daqian easily unseated the Cubism master. Meanwhile, Picasso tumbled down to fourth place, one below Andy Warhol, with total sales of only $311.6 million.
This week we continue with more show openings for weekend art-goers in need of a nugget of inspiration. Our round-up includes the Mike Weiss Gallery, Sculpture Center, Journal Gallery, the Studio Museum in Harlem, Airplane gallery, Nyehaus Gallery and Chambers Fine Art.
Occupy Wall Street’s Arts and Culture group has so far been able to align itself with prominent artists and organizations around New York, and now Yoko Ono, a major inspiration for OWS you could say, will join the ranks.
Thanks to Hyperallergic commenter Nick Fortunato, who left us a tip on our recent “Babes in Museum Land” post, we were directed to this story today of three French models stripping down in Paris’ Musée d’Orsay for an Etam lingerie campaign.
Yesterday Antiques & the Arts Online reported on a group of nuns from the Daughters of Mary Mother of Our Savior and St Joseph’s Chapel in Round Top, NY who have lost a long and bitter legal battle against local art appraiser Mark Zaplin and art dealer Mark LeSalle.
This Wednesday, January 11, Arts and Culture groups from Occupy movements around the country will have the chance to meet over the phone. In a national conference call planned for 7pm, the groups will introduce themselves, propose projects and join forces on plans for the future of Occupy.
The VIP Art Fair, the first contemporary art fair held exclusively online, is heading into its second edition with both new events and a shot of hefty investments from two international art collectors. According to a statement released today by VIP, a total of $1 million came in from Brazilian art collector Selmo Nissenbaum and Australian media and arts specialist Philip Keir.
A new arts funding plan is brewing in Connecticut that places precedence on cultural and arts programs that contribute to the community and attract new businesses.
Here at Hyperallergic we have been covering the on-going controversy surrounding fashion icon Daphne Guinness’ mega show at the museum at FIT. Back in November we reported that one of the sponsors of the exhibition, diamond and settlement mogul Leviev Extraordinary Diamonds, was facing accusations of dirty dealings in both the diamond trade and the Israeli-Palestine conflict. In a letter released today, the Land Defense Committee from the West Bank village of Jayyous asked FIT, as well as the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, which Leviev also donates to, to distance themselves from the controversial diamond magnate and illegal settlement developer.
Welcome to 2012! As soon as the clock struck midnight, not only did the new year begin, but the art world also got a shot of adrenaline as January brings in more exhibition openings than we can keep track of.
So we know that museums are filled with some of the world’s greatest art, but what about the people who attend museums? Are they artworks unto themselves?
Blogger Xavier Aaronson is out to prove just that with his blog Babes at the Museum. The site takes a cue from street fashion blogs likes The Satorialist and transfers it to the museum, where apparently some of the most babe-ilicious fashionistas can be found.
In the latest news in the battle for arts funding in the US, The Art Newspaper reported yesterday that the Boston Mayor has greatly increased payments under his Payment in Lieu of Taxes scheme that asks nonprofits, including museums to make “voluntary” contributions to city services such as the fire and police department.