New York magazine is out today with a story about a man who claims that he was Jean-Michel Basquiat’s drug dealer, and that the artist decorated the door of the Williamsburg bodega where the dealer ran drugs shortly before Basquiat died in 1988.
Last year, more than 20 years after the legendary downtown artist Jean-Michel Basquiat died of a drug overdose in his Great Jones Street studio, artist Michael Holman reunited Gray, the abrasive noise band that he started with Mr. Basquiat in 1979. Tomorrow night, in two shows at the New Museum, the group will first Read More
The Last Critic
Liberal commentary resembles that band of escaped convicts in Woody Allen’s Take the Money and Run, who break out of prison shackled to each other at the ankle and have to do everything as a group, like walking along the street and eating in a restaurant. Barack Obama is elected president, and the Read More
In the art world, summer is the time to make the pilgrimage: Events in Europe, public and private, afford much to marvel at, to think about-and, possibly, to buy.
FROM BASEL: THE Swiss have a few things to teach us about art collecting, given their appetite for it and the superb way they exhibit their Read More
According to city records, premier contemporary art dealer Christophe Van de Weghe, whose Upper East Side gallery–Van de Weghe Fine Art–is one of the leading contemporary galleries in Manhattan (he’s also got one in Chelsea), recently sold his loft at 77 Mercer Street for $2.8 million. Mr. Van de Weghe who, according to Read More
The Times ran a story yesterday, by Arts reporter Carol Vogel, on the pre-auction night jitters over at Christie’s and Sotheby’s following disappointing sales in the past couple of months–and that little thing over on Wall Street. Both are have their big Modern and Postwar & Contemporary sales this month. (Sotheby’s is scheduled for Read More
Everyone’s trying to make a little extra cash in these tough economic times. If only we were all rock stars with rare paintings on our hands!
Back in June, we told you about how U2 bassist Adam Clayton was auctioning off a painting by Jean-Michel Basquiat, who died of a drug overdose in Read More
An interesting tidbit from The New York Times: U2 is selling a Jean-Michel Basquiat painting that its bassist, Adam Clayton, bought at a New York gallery in 1989. According to Bloomberg, the band is expected to fetch as much as 6 million pounds (that’s $11.7 million) at a Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Read More
Strangers, AMC Village VII, 2 p.m.
It could be a setup for some sort of awesome romantic comedy: a man and woman lock eyes on a train while both traveling to Berlin for the World Cup finals before accidentally switching backpacks. But, of course, things get more complicated as the couple in question is Read More
Hannibal rising! An $8 million painting by Jean-Michel Basquiat, called Hannibal, has been located in a Manhattan warehouse after apparently being smuggled out of Brazil, federal prosecutors told the Associated Press yesterday. The painting’s last known owner was Edemar Cid Ferreira, the former owner of Banco Santos and one of Brazil’s major art collectors. Read More