Swiss business man Maurice Amon and his soon-to-be ex-wife Tracey Hejailan-Amon are getting a divorce, but that’s not the worst of it. Ms. Hejailan-Amon alleges her husband has stashed away their $25 million art collection—which includes works by Warhol, Basquiat, Cy Twombly, and Damien Hirst—in a Queens storage facility in an attempt to make sure she keeps none of it. Mr. Amon has apparently wasted no time trying to sell off the collection; Basquiat’s 1986 painting Saxaphone is up for auction at Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary evening sale in New York tonight, estimated between $4-6 million.
Brooklyn artist Julia Sherman has planted an elaborate garden filled with heirloom plants at the Getty Museum for an ongoing performance art project called Salad Garden. It’s about what you’d expect: Ms. Sherman will be making salads with vegetables from the garden, along with invited guest artists Larry Bell and Richard Irwin, and eating them on site. So, salads as performance art: that’s a thing now.
Thermal scans of Egypt’s Great Pyramid of Giza have revealed “anomalies” that suggest there may be more behind the stones than scientists previously thought. Perhaps a secret tomb?
Rotterdam’s Collectiegebouw (Collection Building) for the Museum Boijmans van Beuningen has been given the go ahead. The highly unconventional structure, which will be part public art depot, part research and restoration facility, and part display space, has been likened to a silver salad bowl and a “giant disco ball cut in half and converted into a terrarium.” It is slated for completed in 2018.
Renovating the Renwick Gallery, American’s oldest art museum building built in 1861, has not been easy. Here’s a look at the challenges and pitfalls along the way.