A $1 million Renoir painting plucked from a Houston home by an armed robber earlier this month remains at large, and local police officials now tell press that they believe that the work may be on its way out of the country. Details for the reasoning behind that suspicious have not been released. Read More
The board of the Frick Collection announced today that it has appointed Charles M. Royce, the president and co-chief investment officer of Royce & Associates and president of the Royce Funds, as its newest trustee. Read More
Art dealer Daniel Reich, who began operating his gallery out of his tiny Chelsea apartment on West 21st Street in 2001, has announced that he is closing his current base of operations, on West 23rd, and will reopen at some point in the future at a new location.
“While our 23rd Street location was very successful,” Mr. Reich said in a letter sent to his mailing list, “we will scale back for a term and then do a space with more the feel of the time–however that is manifest.” He did not set a timeline for that transition to a new location. Read More
Days after members of the Russian art collective Voina called on artists to boycott the 4th Moscow Biennale, alleging that their name was being used to represent work that they did not create, they have begun to garner some support from fellow artists, with the Yes Men art activist duo announcing that they will join the protest. Read More
Performance art fans, start planning your November. Performa 11, New York’s performance art biennial, today announced its full slate of events, which will run from Nov. 1 through Nov. 21. Tickets are now available for the epic array of events. Read More
Paintings have behaved oddly this year.
At MoMA, Jutta Koether’s became props for interactive events and then morphed into sculptures; at Friedrich Petzel, pieces made jointly by Stephen Prina and Wade Guyton disappeared after only one day; and at Carriage Trade, a series of monochromes were attributed to a nonexistent artist, their origin never quite explained. And then there is the case of Sarah Crowner’s beautiful and peculiar new show at Nicelle Beauchene Gallery, on the Lower East Side.
“I like the idea that a painting can have other functions, depending on how the viewer interacts with it,” Sarah Crowner told The Observer, as she stood in her studio in the Gowanus section of Brooklyn. “A painting,” she said, “could be an environment for a performance.” She spoke quickly and seriously, as if she had thought this out and was enthusiastic about the possibilities of her choices. Read More
The proliferation of international art biennials continues. Culture officials in Ukraine announced that the nation will debut a biennial in Kiev, Ukraine, in May of next year. Leaders have selected a seasoned curator, David Elliot, who organized last year’s Sydney Biennale, as artistic director of the event, which will be held in the capital city’s National Culture and Art Museum Complex. Read More
More than 60 years after being plucked from the Polish National Museum by German S.S. commander Benne von Arent, two paintings by the Polish Impressionist Julian Falat are headed back to their homeland. Read More