Despite the massive hype leading up to the event, Ben Stiller and David Zwirner’s Artists For Haiti charity auction at Christie’s this evening exceeded expectations with the 27 works offered selling for a collective $13.7 million, beating an earlier estimate of $10 million.
This morning, before the press preview of the 26 works expected to bring in some $10 million in the Artists For Haiti charity auction at Christie’s on Thursday, the assembled press waited in the foyer just beyond the entrance to the auction house.
Gallerist David Zwirner, former president Bill Clinton and actor Ben Stiller announced today that they will co-chair a gala in September to benefit the Stiller Foundation, which is working to rebuild schools in Haiti that were damaged in the 2010 earthquake there.
The dinner will take place on Sept. 23, at the Skylight Soho event Read More
Summer is in full swing, and New York’s galleries are beginning to close up shop. It is time to retreat to the region’s fine beaches or at least air-conditioned apartments. Regardless, you will need books, and New York’s art-book purveyors have plenty of special events, sales, and exhibitions on offer. Below, five art-book events that Read More
While much of New York’s art world is away on a European grand tour—starting with the Venice Biennale, moving on to Art Basel, the annual art fair in Switzerland, which opens next week, and winding up in London for a round of auctions—a handful of museum-worthy exhibitions make this a good time to visit Chelsea’s Read More
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Once, during a serious conversation in a friend’s apartment, my friend’s 1-year-old son wandered into the room, listened to us talking, and then carefully squatted down between us and defecated on the floor. I forget what we’d been talking about, but I’ve never forgotten that final word.
Since the 1990s, inspired by a reference in Read More
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 Read More
The Smithsonian discovers just how much the Abstract Expressionists drank, Artinfo puts together a list of artworlders’ favorite restaurants, and bloggers worry celebrity obsession has hit a new high. This week in art news: Your guiltiest pleasures.
1. Scientists Investigate Stendhal Syndrome
A group of scientists in Florence are monitoring the vital signs Read More
Powerhouse dealer David Zwirner has fired back in the lawsuit against him by one of America’s better-known art collectors. In papers filed Monday in the Southern District Court of New York, he charged that he never made or violated a “first dibs” promise or one of confidentiality in a prominent art sale. His response further Read More
People magazine executive editor Jeannie Park has bought a 166-year-old Washington Square Park brownstone for $5.1 million. It was a bargain: The five-story townhouse at 109 Waverly Place was first listed in July 2005 for $200,000 more.
Ms. Park, who is a founding president of the New York chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association, Read More