Art World Abstracts: Buy Bunny Mellon’s Forks, and More!

Bunny Mellon.

Bunny Mellon.

The Sotheby’s auction of everything Benny Mellon left behind when she died at 103 last year runs the gamut from Rothkos to forks. You can buy Bunny Mellons forks! Think about it, every time you take out that leftover thai food, you’ll think to yourself, yes, a woman who once owned “Untitled (Blue, Green, and Brown)” once used this fork. [NYT]

Phillips is opening a saleroom in Hong Kong, and unlike certain pieces this manages to avoid having a questionable headline. [The Art Newspaper]

Jerry Saltz strolls through the Lower East Side. He likes! “Art isn’t better here than everywhere else; the neighborhood isn’t purer; in fact, the rents are higher on the Lower East Side than on the Upper East Side. Still, the clouds of commerce don’t feel as portentous here.” [New York]

There are some Smithsonian volunteers who are getting really, really into this digitization process. “Two of the most avid volunteers on the new site are Victoria and Siobhan Leachman, 43-year-old twin sisters who live in Wellington, New Zealand. Victoria said she discovered the site last fall when Smithsonian programmers were still testing it. Since then, the sisters have transcribed 5,853 pages combined.” [WSJ]

And in Art Basel news that doesn’t involve a high-profile departure: it’s teamed with Kickstarter to fund nonprofit art groups. [NYT]

Anselm Kiefer’s studio is 200 acres and totally nuts. [The Guardian]

 

 

Art World Abstracts: Buy Bunny Mellon’s Forks, and More!