Game-Changers: Well-connected gallerist David Zwirner won the right to represent the Donald Judd Foundation, hard on the heels of Pace’s win of the Willem de Kooning estate.
Winner of the Week: Chinese contemporary artist Zhang Xiaogang, whose 1993 painting Chapter of a New Century–Birth of the People’s Republic of China II sold for $5.9 million in Hong Kong on Monday after a bidding war.
Loser: The many museums–Brooklyn Museum and MoMA among them–who rely on retailer Target for funds. The company gives 5 percent of its annual income away but just announced plans to double its commitment to education, pledging $500 million by 2015.
Look Who’s Back: In-then-out New York portrait artist George Condo is back in; included in the Sotheby’s “Divine Comedy” show and the star of a New Museum retrospective next spring. Real estate developer/art speculator Aby Rosen must be glad he took a position in Condo years ago, and has Condos on display at his W South Beach Hotel, 350 West Broadway and Core Club properties.
Next Week’s Best Party: On Sunday and Saturday nights, DJ Spooky and choreographer Corey Baker team up at the Guggenheim for an art and performance project based on Jean Cocteau’s bizarre 1930 film, The Blood of a Poet.
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