Morning Links: Henry Moore Edition

Or: The Edition of 189 Annual Art Fairs

Henry Moore, at left, showing his sculptures in London in 1948. (Courtesy Fox Photos/Getty Images)

European papers have been largely positive in their reviews of Documenta and Manifesta. Writing in Sueddeutsche Zeitung, Kia Vahland argues that the former “speaks of life beyond consumerism, shows the unpolished, evokes difficult emotions and rough conditions, the way people actually experience them. It goes all the way to the great questions of politics, war, and destruction, and the chances of better life conditions and having a say.” [Artforum]

In 1970 there were essentially three art fairs. In 2005 there were 68. Last year there were 189. [The Art Newspaper via C-Monster]

ARTnews has released its list of the 200 most-active art buyers in the world. [ARTnews]

The Art Institute of Chicago tapped French scholar Sylvain Bellenger to become the chair and curator of its department of Medieval through Modern European painting and sculpture. [Chicago Tribune]

The Guardian offers a look at photographer David Bailey’s photographs of East London, shot over the course of half a century. [The Guardian]

In anticipation of Christie’s post-war and contemporary art auction, the house offers two-minute film on Francis Bacon’s Study for Self-Portrait. [Christie’s]

Here’s a roundup of coverage from last night’s contemporary evening sale at Sotheby’s. [Art Market Monitor]

Brooklyn Museum plans exhibition celebrating local Brooklyn artists, leaves out those who have studios just beyond the border of Brooklyn, in Ridgewood, Queens. [DNAInfo]

Getty Center will conserve Jackson Pollock’s Mural. [NYT]

Here’s an argument that the controversial London building the Shard is the “perfect metaphor for modern London.” [Guardian]

Art HK founder plans to tap the expanding art market in Australia. [FT]

Roslyn Sulcas visits Gagosian’s Henry Moore show in London. [NYT] Morning Links: Henry Moore Edition