Gagosian Owes $4.3M to NY State, Leo DiCaprio Hosts Celeb-Filled Charity Auction

The Gagosian Gallery is making an appearance at the Seattle Art Fair: Larry Gagosian.
Larry Gagosian. (Photo: Patrick McMullan)

Gagosian Gallery owes New York state $4.3 million in back taxes. State attorney general Eric T. Schneiderman announced plans this week to collect millions of taxes owed from business and shipping transactions between Gogo’s California affiliate Pre-War Art Inc. and New York clients.

Leonardo DiCaprio’s annual charity auction sells $45 million of art and lavish prizes. DiCaprio’s annual event to raise money for environmental causes featured high ticket items such as artworks by Pablo Picasso, Jeff Koons, Damien Hirst and actor Adrien Brody, a week-long stay at the actor’s Palm Springs home and an internship with Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.

Artist builds wall around Donald Trump’s Hollywood Walk of Fame star. This week, Los Angeles artist Plastic Jesus erected a miniature border wall around Trump’s star, complete with tiny barbed wire and an toothpick American flag.

Caribbean cave art chronicles first encounters between European settlers and indigenous peoples. New findings by scientists indicate that 500-year-old carvings on Puerto Rico’s Mona Island could only have been made by Europeans who were guided to the hard-to-reach caves by indigenous peoples. The drawings contain Christian symbols, biblical verses and Spanish names.

Did you know there are two books titled The Art of the Deal, and one is not by Donald Trump? Trump’s 1987 best-selling memoir happens to share a title with Art Basel Miami Beach director Noah Horowitz’s tome on the global art market. Artspace’s Andrew Goldstein has devised a quiz to see if you can tell the two books apart based on excerpts. Spoiler: this is not a difficult quiz.

British artists create limited edition works for Rio Olympics. Tracey Emin, David Shirley and Howard Hodgkin have created prints with London-based studio Counter Editions in the “spirit of Team GB,” reports the Art Newspaper. Gagosian Owes $4.3M to NY State, Leo DiCaprio Hosts Celeb-Filled Charity Auction