Today Art Market Monitor’s Marion Maneker spotted this snapshot of embattled mogul Rupert Murdoch and wife Wendi at the April Gagosian exhibition ”Picasso and Marie-Thérèse: Amour Fou” in the gallery’s Facebook album.
Mrs. Murdoch is an investor in the “Pandora for art” start-up Art.sy, which Larry Gagosian advises. But her most recent appearance on the art scene Read More
Call it the latest symptom of Marie-Thérèse fever!
Last week I wrote about the Picasso market, specifically with regard to the increased interest in works featuring his lover Marie-Thérèse Walter. Yesterday Christie’s London held the auction referenced in that piece (the Impressionist and Modern Sale) and the star Marie-Thérèse, Jeune fille endormie, 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
The exhibition “Picasso: Guitars 1912-1914,” at the Museum of Modern Art, is not about guitars, violins, bottles or cups, the subjects of the 65 drawings, collages, constructions, paintings and photographs on view. It’s about what is possible in a studio when everything clicks. Entering the show, organized by Anne Umland with Blair Hartzell, you find Read More
“To change the topic, any thoughts on Picasso’s Blue Period?”
–writer for Paris Review, during Michael Bloomberg’s March 2 press conference at the Armory Art Show.
A 13-year-old forgery ring busted in France, a ten-year restitution debate resolved, and the 400-year-old mystery of the Medicis’ death solved. This week in art news: It’s about time.
1. Brits Fight for Arts Funding
British art-world heavyweights have begun a letter-writing campaign to the government protesting proposed budget cuts Read More
Impressionist and modern paintings up for grabs in London, Polaroid’s collection breaking records, and a rogue copy of the Declaration of Independence…Break out your wallets, it’s June auction season!
On the Block
Buyers from across the world spent a total of $195,697,000 at Sotheby’s last night, in New York’s second high profile Impressionist and modern art sale in the last two days.
The auctioneer was Tobias Meyer, who had an unhurried approach. He’d freeze into a tableau vivant with each new bid. As for getting buyers to Read More
Picasso’s Nude, Green Leaves, and Bust shows the artist’s blonde mistress, Marie Thérèse Walter, sprawled out, a tangled mess of limbs and blonde hair, eyes closed, head bent back in ecstasy. Picasso painted it in a single day in 1932. It took nine minutes at the Sidney F. Brody sale at Christie’s last night for Read More
Picasso’s Nude, Green Leaves, and Bust went for $106.5 million at Christie’s last night, exceeding pre-auction estimates and earning the title of most expensive art ever
Some people are unimpressed.
“Despite the high figure, the event feels a bit ho-hum,” writes Holland Cotter in The Times. “The sales price is, relatively Read More