Monday, December 30, 2013

iPad art, Hockney exhibit

Apps, Tech, digital art --

He creates his work with an app built by former Apple software engineer Steve Sprang of Mountain View, Calif., called Brushes, which along with dozens of other programs like Touch Sketch, SketchBook Mobile and Bamboo Paper are being snapped up by artists, illustrators and graphic designers. Together, the artists are developing new finger and stylus techniques, with Hockney's vanguard work offering innovative approaches. "David Hockney is one of the living masters of oil painting, a nearly-600-year-old technology, and thus is well positioned to have thought long and hard about the advantages of painting with a digital device like the iPad," said Binghamton University Art Historian Kevin Hatch in New York. Hatch said a "digital turn" in the art world began about 25 years ago, as the Internet gained popularity, and he said today most artists have adapted to using a device in some way as they create art. A similar shift happened almost 100 years ago with the dawn of photography, he said, when innovations such as the small photograph cards and the stereoscope captured the art world's imagination. (source infra)

iPad art gains recognition in new Hockney exhibit  | " . . . while iPad work is still novel, the physicality of painting and drawing have gone on for millennia. "These gestures are as old as humans are ... Go back to cave paintings, they're using finger movements to articulate creative expressions." Hockney, 76, started drawing on his iPhone with his thumb about five years ago...." (read more at link above)

Monday, December 23, 2013

Banksy New York street show, fans, defacers

Banksy's NYC street show draws fans -- and defacers - U.S. News: ""There are some people who manage to retain the respect of various other graffiti artists and some people who don’t," he said. He noted that the ragging — as defacing someone else's work is called — has only brought more publicity to Banksy, who theoretically has the resources to the make his art someplace harder to reach. "And, of course, he's taking it to New York, where he doesn't stand a chance," Neelon said."

Monday, December 16, 2013

Art, Forgery, Art Market, China

A Culture of Bidding: Forging an Art Market in China: "Indeed, even as the art world marvels at China’s booming market, a six-month review by The New York Times found that many of the sales — transactions reported to have produced as much as a third of the country’s auction revenue in recent years — did not actually take place. Just as problematic, the market is flooded with forgeries, often mass-produced, and has become a breeding ground for corruption, as business executives curry favor with officials by bribing them with art." (read more at link above)

Monday, December 9, 2013

Navigating Miami Art Fairs

Art and Miami with fairs in convention centers, studios and hotel rooms across the city -- exhibitions include Art Basel Miami BeachArt MiamiScope MiamiPulse Miami and the New Art Dealers Alliance.

Navigating Art Fairs in Miami and Beyond - "... As Nick Korniloff, director of Art Miami, put it, “It’s going to be hard not to run into an art fair.”...." (read more at link above)

Monday, December 2, 2013

Art Basel Miami Beach, December 5-8, VH1 and SCOPE

Art Basel - Miami Beach: Miami Beach, December 5–8, 2013 . . .  the favorite winter meeting place for the international art world. At the nexus of North America and Latin America, this Art Basel show presents premier artwork from across the globe. Over 250 of the world's leading galleries participate, drawing over 50,000 visitors each year.With miles of sandy beaches dotted with classic Art Deco architecture, world-class art museums, and a glittering nightlife, Miami Beach ranks among America's most iconic cities. During Art Basel, it embraces the artworld with special exhibitions at museums and galleries across the city, transforming the week into a dense and dynamic cultural event....(read more at link above)

VH1 And SCOPE Head To Miami To Merge The Music And Art Worlds | Music News + Gossip | VH1 Tuner". . . This year, SCOPE and VH1 are teaming up to host ART + MUSIC + BEACH to celebrate the convergence of music and art in a series of curatorial on-air, online and on-site collaborations at SCOPE’s new location in the heart of South Beach at 10th St. & Ocean Drive. . . .- On-site, the VH1 Indoor Lounge within the SCOPE Pavilion will expose SCOPE Miami attendees to a series of activations designed to celebrate the crossover between art and music, and will be open to all for the duration of the fair – December 3-8, 2013.- On Friday, December 6, VH1 will host the Official VH1 + SCOPE Party..."

Monday, November 25, 2013

Art, Editions, Technology

Full article at link below worth a read -- 

Go forth and multiply | Felix Salmon: " . . . the big effect of reproduction on the art world is not fakes, or reproductions of originals. Rather, the first-order effect is the rise in editions, and then the second-order effect is the rise in spectacles and experiences. Neither of them, pace Kaminska, will do any harm to art’s financial value. Quite the opposite: as more art is seen by more people, its desirability will only tend to increase. There might be an art market crash — but if there is, it won’t be due to oversupply. In fact, oversupply is a major factor keeping the bubble afloat."

Monday, November 18, 2013

Art News From Abroad, Putin Underwear Artist

Art News from Abroad -- you can't make this stuff up --

Putin Underwear Artist Flees Russia to France for Asylum - Bloomberg: "An artist whose paintings feature President Vladimir Putin in women’s underwear fled to France after authorities in St. Petersburg shut his exhibition and confiscated four of his works, the exhibition’s curator said. Konstantin Altunin flew to Paris . . . and plans to seek political asylum, Tatiana Titova, the director of the Museum of Power, said by phone from Putin’s hometown. The seized works also included satirical portrayals of Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev in women’s underwear. Police will study the paintings to determine if they violate any laws, the Interior Ministry said in a statement on its website."

Monday, November 11, 2013

Photography at New Downtown Miami Gallery

New downtown gallery to emphasize photography - Downtown/Biscayne Corridor - "The gallery is located inside the Security Building, a historic site built in 1926 and designed by architect Robert Greenfield in the Beaux Arts style. . . . For Look at Me, the gallery is showcasing works by European photographers, most of which have extensive backgrounds in fashion editorial and advertising. Several works by gallery partner Weber showcase cinematic photographs of fashionable (and scantily-clad) women worthy of any high fashion magazine. The former bank vault is lined by large portraits of women in a muted palette In the upstairs mezzanine, Christopher Tomas showcases close-ups of crushed and weathered soda cans"

Monday, November 4, 2013

Friends Witnessed Miami Beach Cops Killing Teenage Artist Israel Hernández-Llach

A life lost, an artist worth remembering --

Two of the dead teenager’s friends, including one who says he was his “lookout” while Hernández-Llach applied paint, said the officers exchanged high-fives and congratulations after Tasering him. “He was on the ground and the cops were making jokes,” said 19-year-old Thiago Souza. Félix Fernández said he saw about five police officers chasing Hernández and shoving him against a wall. Then he saw his friend on the ground, surrounded by police. (source infra)

Friends who witnessed Tasering of Beach teen offer disturbing details - Miami-Dade - " . . . All he thought about was art.’’ Herb Kelly, one of his art teachers at Miami Beach High, said “it was an honor to work with him.’’ He said a number of his pieces were exhibited at various galleries and museums in the area and he was very active at networking. “He was cutting edge. He had such awesome potential. To lose his life the way he did is tragic.’’ Kelly said the teen was inspired by Miami Herald photographer Carl Juste, whom he met when he spoke to one of his classes. “He was a photographer too, and was going to try to show Carl some of his work,’’ Kelly said. His best friend, Tracy West’s daughter Eleanor, said he was born in Colombia and moved to this country when he was 13 or 14. He immediately fell in love with Miami, she said, and said he never planned to leave. He had recently launched a line of skateboards that he designed and hoped to market under the name “Tropical,’’ and was completing an online course to earn his high school diploma. “His art was everything to him,’’ she said." (read more at link above)

Monday, October 28, 2013

Andy Warhol and Authenticity

Spilling the soup on Andy Warhol's legacy | Art and design | " . . . Warhol's prices today are phenomenal. But how authentic are those "masterpieces" that sell for millions? Is there even such a thing as a genuine Andy Warhol? What you see is what you get, said Warhol. He was joking, as usual."

Monday, October 21, 2013

Abby Martin at Zeitgeist Media Festival (video)

Abby Martin at Zeitgeist Media Festival | Brainwash Update - YouTube: "Abby Martin remarks on her trip to the Zeitgeist Media Festival in Los Angeles, going over the importance of art and activism and featuring interviews with host of 'Buzzsaw', Tyrel Ventura and Zeitgeist founder, Peter Joseph."

Monday, October 14, 2013

Art Galleries, Massive Exhibition Spaces (video)

Galleries are Converting Roller Rinks and Airplane Hangers Into Massive Exhibition Spaces - "....Mr. Marlow said his White Cube gallery doesn't regret for a moment going big. After opening that football-field-size space in London last year, 130,000 people stopped by—more than the gallery got at its two other, smaller London galleries combined. Some artists are ready to take a contrarian view. Next week, around the same time Mr. Jackson opens his race car show, the artist aims to open a nonprofit gallery of his own called Bunker 259. It will be housed in the same Brooklyn building as his studio, and the idea, he said, is to showcase a single piece by a single artist at a time, with coffee and snacks for guests. His space is about 160 square feet, or roughly "the size of a living room," he said."

Monday, October 7, 2013

Collecting, Art Galleries, Negotiate Prices

Negotiate Prices in Art Galleries - "..."Galleries never have sales, it's considered bad taste," says Manhattan contemporary art gallery owner Renato Danese. Still most art sold by him, and other dealers, he says, goes for something less than the stated price. There is a certain etiquette to the conversation. "A client comes in and says, 'I'm interested in this painting,' " Mr. Denato says, "and I say, 'I'm glad that you respond to it positively.' The client asks, 'What is the price?' I tell him the price. He says, 'Can you help me out with that?' and I may offer 10%." Debra Force, a New York City-based dealer in American art, agrees. "Every work is discounted," she says. "I can't think of an instance in a long time where someone paid the asking price."..." (read more at link above)

Monday, September 30, 2013

UNTITLED, Second Edition, Dec 4-8

“The beach is Miami's greatest public space. Having the fair at the water's edge is bringing art to the heart of the city.” 

UNTITLED Miami Beach Announces Second Edition Fair Dates For ...
UNTITLED Miami Beach has announced their second fair which will run simultaneously with Art Basel Miami. The fair launched in 2012, is on from December 4 – 8, 2013. UNTITLED.’s curatorial approach to the traditional art fair model places an emphasis on the viewer’s experience by contextualizing the artworks exhibited at each booth. The fair presents a selection of international galleries and not-for-profit spaces, positioned side by side to create a less segregated fair installation. . . . Located directly on the beach in the heart of South Beach at Ocean Drive and 12th Street, UNTITLED. Miami Beach is housed in a unique temporary structure ... UNTITLED. is also pleased to announce its partnership with the Bass Museum of Art in Miami Beach. The Bass Museum has chosen UNTITLED. as the site for its 2012 gala fundraiser to be held on Monday, December 3, 2012, in conjunction with the Vernissage prior to the fair’s official opening. (read more at link above)

Monday, September 23, 2013

Israel Museum's new art curator

Mira Lapidot’s appointment as the Israel Museum’s new art curator--

Sailing the flagship of Israeli art
Sailing the flagship of Israeli art. Israel Museum's new art curator strives to maintain her commitment to local art while avoiding experimental exhibitions that other museums prefer. 'This isn't just a place,' she says.  ...(read more at link above)


Monday, September 16, 2013

Miami art scene "“The Miami art scene is burgeoning and growing exponentially,” notes Kelli Bodle, the museum’s assistant curator who coordinated the exhibition. She says she has seen the number of Miami artists selected for the show increase every year. That geographical tilt is immediately evident at the entrance to the exhibition. . . . " (read more at link above)

Monday, September 9, 2013

Nicholas Baume to curate Art Basel Miami Beach

Nicholas Baume to curate Art Basel Miami Beach « AMA: "Nicholas Baume, the director and chief curator of the New York-based Public Art Fund, has been announced as the director and chief curator of Art Basel Miami Beach’s outdoor sculpture exhibition, to be held in December 2013. Entitled “Public”, the third edition of the exhibition is to be co-produced with Miami Beach’s Bass Museum of Art, and will be staged in the waterfront park in front of the institution."

Monday, September 2, 2013

The job of an artist

The woman behind the NSA scoops - "“The job of an artist is to express things; we’re not activists, we’re not organizers, we’re not politicians. So even though I do have political beliefs, my job as an artist is to express how I’m perceiving the world,” Poitras said in a 2011 video interview with the New York Times. ”And so the work I’ve tried to do as a storyteller, as a filmmaker, as somebody who captures images, is to create documents, to create a record, and to create a record that’s grounded in human stories.”"

Monday, August 26, 2013

Domingo Zapata

Domingo Zapata’s Best-Known Work May Be Himself - "During Art Basel Miami Beach in December, for example, Mr. Zapata held a party at the SLS Hotel. He invited more than 2,000 guests, including Lance Bass (’N Sync) and Jill Zarin (“The Real Housewives of New York City”), and sold his fiberglass tiger sculptures to the former football player Jeremy Shockey and other art-struck buyers for upward of $100,000 each. A media release sent out on his behalf proclaimed it “the biggest and hottest party of Art Basel2012.” Yet, for all his P.R. efforts, Mr. Zapata has not exactly been embraced by the serious New York art world.“I don’t know who he is,” said Zach Feuer, the Chelsea gallery owner known for cultivating young artists, when asked about Mr. Zapata’s work. That reaction was echoed by other gallerists along the Chelsea art corridor. . . ."

Monday, August 19, 2013

Bakehouse Art Complex, Arlys Raymond

Bakehouse Art Complex executive director to retire - Visual Arts - "Arlys W. Raymond has been with the 26-year-old organization, which is located at 561 NW 32nd St., Miami, since 2007. In a press release, she was credited with overseeing almost $1 million in capital improvements to the facility, which includes 70 studios and other spaces . . . "

Monday, August 12, 2013

Technology Transforming Museums

‘Tidal Wave of Technology’ Is Transforming Museums - UnBeige: " . . . “Technology provides the context for artworks,” Barton added, then cited the Cleveland Museum of Art, another client. In its Gallery One, visitors can turn tapestries into comic books or film trailers. They can also interact with touchscreens, making faces to express their emotions. The touchscreen then displays the museum’s artworks that match their mood. Technology also plays a role in curation, digitization, and data analysis at museums worldwide, explained Chan “Building digital from the ground up” is a key objective of Cooper-Hewitt’s re:Design campaign. The museum analyzed the colors in its collection, which he said “creates new forms of curation.” They’ve also been incorporating 3-D scanning and printing techniques. As museums take the plunge with high-tech tools, they need to strike the proper balance, panelists observed. As Robbins said, “We need to figure out why visitors are drawn to museum spaces, whether it’s more the art or being social.” Added Chan, “The challenge is to take technology in museums to the places where it makes the most sense.”

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Amazon, Fine Art, Online Sales

from the New York Times--

 . . . Amazon said in an e-mail that the company had no comment about plans for an art venture, first reported by The Art Newspaper. . . . unclear whether the company will focus on lower-end sales of prints and photographs or also try to move into the market for higher priced one-of-a-kind works like paintings and sculpture. The growth of online sales has been fueled primarily by three factors: a broadening base of art collectors around the world; a much greater willingness by those people, both veteran collectors and newcomers, to trust online transactions and buy works after seeing only pictures of them; and a huge amount of inventory in the storehouses of galleries, as a growing number of art fairs and other exhibitions leads to more artists making ever more work. A survey of more than 200 collectors by the international insurance company Hiscox, released in April, found that almost two-thirds had bought art online, without first seeing it in person, and that one-quarter of the collectors surveyed had spent $75,000 or more on works from online sellers or those they had seen only in JPEGs sent by galleries. . . . "

Monday, August 5, 2013

South Beach Through Paint, Mosaics And Mirrors

"TIMESCAPES" Captures The Vibrancy Of South Beach Through Paint, Mosaics And Mirrors - "Timescapes draws the eye of the viewer through intricate glasswork and a vibrant color palette. "My goal was to offer our guests a sensory experience through mixed mediums inspired by the natural oceanfront landscape," said Cricket Taplin, who, with her husband Marty Taplin, owns the Sagamore Hotel. "The artwork in the lower flights offers a completely different experience -- it's more symmetrical, more organized. As guests climb the stairwell, the energy intensifies resulting in a more abstract yet rhythmic dialogue. The fifth and final flight is climatic -- it's a complete explosion of color, reflections and textures that dance in harmony with each other and with the oceanfront.""

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Artist as Jeweler, Bass Museum Miami Beach

‘Artist as Jeweler’ exhibition at Bass Museum on Miami Beach reveals unknown skills of well-known artists - Visual Arts - " . . . The exhibit also reveals significant trends in Modern and contemporary art and highlights the remarkable skills and art-making of some of the world’s best-known names. Part of the reason the Bass pulled this off is French curator Diane Venet’s unique, personal approach. After her own sculptor husband Bernar Venet proposed to her with a silver ring he made impromptu on her finger, she started to ask his artist friends if they had made jewelry not for sale or exhibition, but for family and friends. She then commissioned pieces from the likes of Frank Stella, Kader Attia and other artists whom she thought would not cheapen the process and would take the creation as serious as their art. Eventually she would collect items from artists no longer alive and from across the globe, but pieces that remained true to the initial venture. . . ."

Monday, July 29, 2013

Art: An Observation by Oscar Wilde

The Decay Of Lying: An Observation by Oscar Wilde:
CYRIL. Then we must entirely cultivate it at once. But in order
to avoid making any error I want you to tell me briefly the
doctrines of the new aesthetics.

VIVIAN. Briefly, then, they are these. Art never expresses
anything but itself. It has an independent life, just as Thought
has, and develops purely on its own lines. It is not necessarily
realistic in an age of realism, nor spiritual in an age of faith.
So far from being the creation of its time, it is usually in direct
opposition to it, and the only history that it preserves for us is
the history of its own progress. Sometimes it returns upon its
footsteps, and revives some antique form, as happened in the
archaistic movement of late Greek Art, and in the pre-Raphaelite
movement of our own day. At other times it entirely anticipates
its age, and produces in one century work that it takes another
century to understand, to appreciate and to enjoy. In no case does
it reproduce its age. To pass from the art of a time to the time
itself is the great mistake that all historians commit.

The second doctrine is this. All bad art comes from returning to
Life and Nature, and elevating them into ideals. Life and Nature
may sometimes be used as part of Art's rough material, but before
they are of any real service to art they must be translated into
artistic conventions. The moment Art surrenders its imaginative
medium it surrenders everything. As a method Realism is a complete
failure, and the two things that every artist should avoid are
modernity of form and modernity of subject-matter. To us, who live
in the nineteenth century, any century is a suitable subject for
art except our own. The only beautiful things are the things that
do not concern us. It is, to have the pleasure of quoting myself,
exactly because Hecuba is nothing to us that her sorrows are so
suitable a motive for a tragedy. Besides, it is only the modern
that ever becomes old-fashioned. M. Zola sits down to give us a
picture of the Second Empire. Who cares for the Second Empire now?
It is out of date. Life goes faster than Realism, but Romanticism
is always in front of Life.

The third doctrine is that Life imitates Art far more than Art
imitates Life. This results not merely from Life's imitative
instinct, but from the fact that the self-conscious aim of Life is
to find expression, and that Art offers it certain beautiful forms
through which it may realise that energy. It is a theory that has
never been put forward before, but it is extremely fruitful, and
throws an entirely new light upon the history of Art.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Gallery owner wants Cuba-Key West art swap

Gallery owner seeks Cuba-Key West art swap - Florida Keys - "Key West gallery owner Nance Frank has launched a Web-based fundraising effort to pay for an artistic exchange between the Southernmost City and its geographic and cultural neighbor of Cuba, just 90 miles away but a world apart due to federal sanctions. Her goal is to raise $60,000 by Aug. 1 using The money would pay for production expenses for the "One Race, Cuba and Key West" exhibition. . . . "The Cubans that came to Key West were essentially utopians and they strongly believed in gender, racial and religious equality. I've wanted to do this show for decades," she said."

Thursday, July 25, 2013

SCOPE art fair moving to Miami Beach

SCOPE art fair moving to Miami Beach - Performing Arts - "SCOPE, one of the largest satellite fairs held during Art Basel Miami Beach, has announced a new location for this year: the sands of Ocean Drive at 10th Street in Miami Beach. The 70,000-square-foot pavilion will feature an outdoor beach lounge with views of the ocean along with 100 international exhibitors and 15 Breeder Program galleries (program that introduces new contemporary art galleries to the market). SCOPE Miami Beach opens Dec. 3, to welcome VIPs at its First View benefit, and runs Dec. 4-8. . . ."

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Exhibit brings African sculptures to Miami Beach Botanical Garden

Exhibit brings African sculptures to Miami Beach - Miami Beach - "For Brian Nyanhongo, it begins with a rock. He’ll spend entire days in a Zimbabwean quarry searching for the perfect stone, one that lets him know that inside all of that rock, there is a work of art waiting to be freed by his hammer, chisel and vision. Nyanhongo is one of the 14 artists whose work is on display at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden through Nov. 16 in Chapungu: The Great Stone Sculptors of Africa.  . . ."

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

New Material Art Fair

New Material Art Fair Joins Miami's December Roster
In the Air, Art+Auction's Gossip Column (blog)
Come December there will be a new face amid the plethora of satellite fairs taking place during Art Basel in Miami Beach. The New Material Art Fair, slated to take over the entire 30-room boutique Eva Hotel Miami Beach — right alongside the Aqua Hotel ...

Friday, June 28, 2013

Museo Vault growth

Nearly five years in, Museo Vault reports solid growth - Business Monday - " . . . the five-story, 85,000-square-foot building with 65,000 square feet of rentable space at 346 NW 29th St. is about 70-80 percent occupied with art from clients including private collectors, museums, dealers and others. Business manager Vanessa Amor said that three years ago, that number was only about 15-20 percent. “The first six months were very difficult,” she said. “But the interesting thing is that artwork was a commodity that wasn’t necessarily related to what happened in the financial crisis... It’s an interesting twist that the financial crisis, I think, while it worked against other people, it kind of turned to benefit us rather quickly.”. . . " (read more at link above)

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

ArtCenter/South Florida Refresh

At South Florida’s original ArtCenter, a fresh approach - Visual Arts - "Under new leadership, the ArtCenter/South Florida is making good on promises to change things up at the flagship contemporary center of Miami Beach. For its new show, Unpredictable Patterns of Behavior, a guest curator fills up not just the main space at 800 Lincoln Rd.—– the one most recognizable to the average street stroller — but also the formerly underutilized second floor of the building up the block. Some works are by artists associated with the ArtCenter and some not at all." (read more at link above)

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The global ambitions of Art Basel

Eastern expansion The global ambitions of Art Basel
Art Basel opens in Switzerland following the launch weeks earlier of its first Asian edition in Hong Kong. With Art Basel Miami Beach now in its tenth year, looks at the brand's expansion and how experts view the change. (read more at link above)

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Banksy Mural Sells for More Than $1 Million

Disputed Banksy Mural Sells for More Than $1.1 Million - Bloomberg: "“Slave Labour,” satirizing Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee, was being shown among a group of about 40 works by Banksy, Andy Warhol, Damien Hirst and Mario Testino. Most of the pieces were lower-value prints, though a signed 2001 Testino photograph of Kate Moss, from an edition of three, was priced at 125,000 pounds. Bristol-born Banksy is the world’s most famous and expensive urban artist. A canvas by him sold for a record $1.9 million at auction in February 2008. In that same year, he introduced an authentication service, Pest Control, intended to regulate the market for his paintings and street murals."

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Friday, June 14, 2013

Miami’s Rubell Collection

At Miami’s Rubell Collection, disparate works tell a complex story - Visual Arts - "The Rubell Family Collection (RFC) was the first major private contemporary art collection to open a public space, back in 1993, in a two-story refurbished warehouse in Wynwood. That move would be a trend setter, as other collectors opened their own spaces, eventually leaving an imprint on the scene that has made Miami a unique art center. . . ." (read more at link above)

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

The proper aim of Art

The Decay Of Lying: An Observation by Oscar Wilde:

"The final revelation is that Lying, the telling of beautiful untrue things, is the proper aim of Art."

                                                                                                                              --Oscar Wilde

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Saturday, June 8, 2013

Warhol Foundation and Velvet Underground settle

Keurig, Boer Power, Time Warner: Intellectual Property - Bloomberg: " . . .“The parties have reached a confidential agreement to settle the case,” Joshua Paul, a lawyer for the Warhol Foundation, said in a May 28 letter to the judge. The Warhol Foundation, which licenses merchandise based on the late artist’s designs, said that it owned the rights to the banana design he created for the band’s first commercial album. The Velvet Underground and its founders, Lou Reed and John Cale, sued the foundation in January 2012, claiming the band had trademark rights to the banana design, which has become a “symbol, truly an icon” of the group. The case is Velvet Underground v. Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, 12-0201, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York (Manhattan). . . ." read more at link above

Friday, June 7, 2013

Art Theft: The Case of a Stolen Renoir

Specific law governs how the ownership of a piece of art is determined. “A thief can never gain title, and may never pass title,” says Leila A. Amineddoleh, of counsel at Lombard & Geliebter and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation. However, exceptions can be made if someone buys a piece without knowing it was stolen, especially if the owner didn’t make much effort to get it back.

Owner Says It’s ‘Finders, Keepers’ in Case of Stolen Renoir | - JDSupra: "Buyers who want to ensure they don’t accidentally end up with a piece that was ripped off should seek out an attorney to verify that the seller is legit. “It is much cheaper to complete due diligence than to face a costly litigation or to lose an object from your collection,” the attorney advises. ”And of course, use common sense! If it seems too good to be true, then it probably isn’t true.” (read more at link above)

Thursday, June 6, 2013

"The arts are a terrible business"

Copyright wars are damaging the health of the internet | Technology | " . . . the arts are a terrible business, one where the majority of the income accrues to a statistically insignificant fraction of practitioners – a lopsided long tail with a very fat head. I happen to be one of the extremely lucky lotto winners in this strange and improbable field – I support my family with creative work – but I'm not parochial enough to think that my destiny and the destiny of my fellow 0.0000000000000000001 percenters are the real issue here. What is the real issue here? Put simply, it's the health of the internet. . . ." (read more at link above)

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Paris Photo art fair comes to Los Angeles

The Paris Photo art fair comes to Los Angeles: Photography's new aim - "It's the first U.S. spinoff of Paris Photo, widely considered the world's most prestigious photography fair. Instead of a typical convention center setting, the new event consists of 60 galleries and a dozen bookshops filling three soundstages and several fake buildings on the New York back lot (brownstones and loft buildings used in "Friends" and "Seinfeld") with displays of photographs and photo-based work. Organizers encouraged galleries to think about Hollywood as a theme, inviting into the mix works that explore connections between photography and film as well as the fine — often airbrushed — line between fiction and reality."

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Maya Lin - ‘Here and There’

Maya Lin’s New Memorial Is a City - After Hurricane Sandy, Maya Lin, the architect and artist, decided her new show at Pace Gallery would fix on Manhattan and its surrounding landscape, environmental history and waterways.

Maya Lin’s ‘Here and There’ at Pace Gallery - " . . . Also on view are rivers cast from recycled silver and carved marble sculptures of the globe. But the show’s most unexpected aspect is a space devoted to her Web site What Is Missing? (, begun in 2011 as part of a larger memorial to vanishing species and habitats worldwide. “I see it as a guerilla artwork,” she said. The Web site at first offers a world map shimmering with points of colored light. Click on one, and you find entries about the vanished oysters of Brooklyn’s Gowanus Canal, or the once-abundant sturgeon of the Hudson River, or the long-gone beavers, foxes and flying squirrels of Manhattan. Clicking elsewhere unveils the natural sound of the ocean, now often obscured by sonar and shipping noise; footage of the blue fin tuna, overfished to near-extinction; or stories about the starry night skies that are no longer visible above Wuhan, the most densely populated city in Central China. (The piece is represented in the gallery by about 100 of the Hudson River entries, projected on the walls.) . . . "

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Spectacular art fair city

Five spectacular art fair cities - " . . . Art Basel Miami Beach . . . Yes, the show is an offshoot of the original in Switzerland, but as it approaches its 12th year, Art Basel Miami Beach has earned its stripes in the art community -- and not merely because it gives everyone an excuse to visit Florida in the winter. . . Art Basel Miami Beach features more than 200 exhibitors showcasing the work of some 4,000 artists and competition to be included is fierce -- close to 700 galleries applied to show at Art Basel Miami Beach last year. As at the original Art Basel, the focus here is on the new, but in Miami Beach, there's emphasis on artists and galleries from the United States and Latin America. The Art Nova and Art Positions sections of the fair showcase recent works, and young and emerging artists. The Art Public section, organized in cooperation with the Bass Museum of Art, places art installations in Collins Park. The next Art Basel Miami Beach takes place December 5-8. . . ."

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Camera-free photography by Marco Breuer

Review: Camera-free photography with beauty and bite by Marco Breuer - "Marco Breuer practices photography in a sculptural, performative sense, redefining the medium as physical and primal through embossing, scratching and scraping, burning, scoring and sanding. Diane Rosenstein included the New York-based artist in the gallery's inaugural group show earlier this year, and follows up now with a stunning career survey of nearly 50 works from the mid-'90s to the present. Breuer uses many of the raw ingredients of conventional photography (light-sensitive paper, time, light itself), but typically bypasses others, such as cameras, lens and negatives. What he creates are unique residual marks on paper, rather than replicable recorded images, lines and patterns yielded from concrete, chance-inflected actions. . . ." (more at link above)

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Artfully Chic in Chelsea (video)

Intersection: Artfully Chic in Chelsea: Alexis Johnson draws style inspiration from her boss at the Paula Cooper Gallery.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Two Miami exhibitions - Art and City Life

Two Miami exhibitions link art with city life - Visual Arts - " . . . The CIFO presentation is Navarro’s first exhibition in South Florida. On the other hand, Eugenio Espinoza and Andres Michelena—the Venezuelan artists whose work is being shown at CCE — have been widely exhibited in local museums and galleries. Both currently live in Florida, the former in Gainesville, the latter in Miami. In Remembering/Arranging/Resisting, the two artists continue the discussion about art, architecture and the built environment. Using a much more abstract and minimalist vocabulary than Navarro, Espinoza’s floor installation Negativa Moderna also explores the urban environment, employing the artist’s trademark black-and-white grid. Accompanying photographs document how it started out as neatly arranged strips of unprimed canvas with black stripes that are reminiscent of organized street plans. As visitors to CCE have walked over Espinoza’s installation, however, the canvas strips have become displaced and disordered — in much the same way that cities grow organically and diverge from the meticulously crafted street patterns favored by urban planners. . . ." (more at link above)

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Where to Be Seen at Art Basel Hong Kong

The art party continues. . . in Hong Kong--

Where to Be Seen During Art Basel - Scene Asia - WSJ: " . . . The most coveted invitation of the weekend? Saturday’s Art Basel closing party hosted by Yana Peel, founder of the debate series Intelligence Squared. The event takes place at the Jumbo Seafood Restaurant, the gilded floating palace in the middle of Aberdeen Harbor on Hong Kong’s south side." (more at link above)

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Theaster Gates

Theaster Gates, Chicago artist: Art & Design: "The first time Theaster Gates showed his work at NADA Miami during Art Basel Miami Beach, in December 2009, he was an unknown artist from Chicago’s South Side. He’d never had formal representation, so when the curator Francesco Bonami invited him to participate in the 2010 Whitney Museum’s Biennial, Gates approached the Chicago gallerist Kavi Gupta for help. The Biennial was three months away, and Gupta thought it wise to “position” Gates in advance of his New York spotlight. So Gupta took shoe-shine stands to Miami that Gates had made using clapboard siding from a building he had restored. . . . once Gates arrived in Miami, he decided on the spur of the moment to animate them. As high-flying patrons wandered through the fair, he invited them to take a seat—and then began shining their shoes. Crowds formed to watch him, and collectors quickly learned his name. The chairs sold out, with the Chicago arts patron Larry Fields paying around $12,000 for one upholstered in red and yellow vinyl. . . . Read more:

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Frieze Art Fair

The real issue for Frieze, then, may not be whether there is a conflict of interest between its editions in Britain and the United States, but whether there is a sufficiently deep pool of collectors to support both Frieze New York and the Armory Show.(source infra)

Frieze Art Fair Pitches Its Tent in New York - When the Frieze Air Fair, the cool teenager of the contemporary art world, set up shop in New York last year, there did not seem to be much surprise. But Frieze New York, which opens its second edition Friday in Randall’s Island Park in Manhattan, remains a daring move and a gamble for the London show and its organizers. The fair, which runs through Monday, comes just two months after the centennial edition of the huge Armory Show in New York, and competes with Art Basel Miami Beach, another important U.S. destination for serious collectors. (read more at link above)

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Banksy graffiti up for sale in London

It will go on sale at the London Film Museum on June 2--

LONDON: Banksy graffiti will go back up for sale in London - Visual Arts - "An artwork by secretive graffiti artist Banksy that sparked controversy when it disappeared from the side of a north London store has been put up for sale in the U.K., months after it was yanked from the block in Miami."

Tuesday, May 14, 2013


SEVEN Comes Back for Seconds: The Dealer-Run Mini-Fair Opens Tomorrow in Brooklyn | In the Air: Art News & Gossip | "Last year the dealer-run mini-fair SEVEN, known to Art Basel Miami Beach migrants for mounting uncluttered exhibitions in Wynwood since 2010, made its debut in Brooklyn during Frieze Week. But with the group’s recent expansion to Texas during last month’s Dallas Art Fair and a full schedule at their preferred venue, Pierogi’s massive Williamsburg annex The Boiler, the organizers nearly gave up on holding a second edition in New York." (read more at link above)

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Inventing Abstraction: 1910-1925 (video)

Museum of Modern Art's curator Leah Dickerman

Charlie Rose: A look at the Museum of Modern Art's Inventing Abstraction: 1910-1925 with curator Leah Dickerman (click link for the video)

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Great Chicago Fire Festival

Public Art Group Redmoon staging Great Chicago Fire Festival, October, 2014--

Chicago hopes to set minds, hearts on fire with new festival - "The inaugural Great Chicago Fire Festival, commemorating the famous conflagration of 1871 and the city's subsequent rebirth, is slated for October 2014 and is expected to become an annual event. Held along the Chicago River between Columbus Drive and Michigan Avenue, it will feature "acrobatics, live music, fantastical machines" and flaming floats, organizers said. The city's partner in staging the event is the public art group Redmoon, whose leaders pitched the festival as one that has "the potential to become Chicago's Mardi Gras," said Michelle Boone, commissioner of the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. "This isn't just a spectacle that happens on the river," Boone said. "Artists and residents in the communities we target will work together with Redmoon over a period of weeks to create art that will be part of a spectacle procession."" (read more at link above)

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

What Science Can Learn From Art

Outsider Thinking: What Science Can Learn From Art | Think Tank | Big Think: " . . . Raghava wants the spectator to be an active participant, he also says that doctors need "to leave the white spaces" for their patients to "take ownership of their health, take ownership of their wellbeing." Just as Raghava and other artists are using technology to enable participation, he says doctors need to do that too. This is a prime example of outsider thinking, or the idea that "the outside is also the inside," as Raghava puts it. While the various professions have an ingrained habit of constructing boundaries around themselves, an "outsider" point of view can not only break down these barriers but also pave the way for innovation across seemingly unrelated fields that are actually trying to accomplish the same thing. . . ."

Saturday, April 27, 2013

How the Brain Responds to Ambiguity in Art

"The images in art, like all images, represent not so much reality as the viewer's perceptions, imaginations, expectations, and knowledge of other images--images recalled from memory." --neuropsychiatrist Eric Kandel

The Beholder's Response: How the Brain Responds to Ambiguity in Art | Think Tank | Big Think" . . . the creative process of the artist parallels the creative operations of the human brain in everyday life, a subject that Kandel explores in depth in The Age of Insight: The Quest to Understand the Unconscious in Art, Mind, and Brain, from Vienna 1900 to the Present. Art evolved, and found ways to more deeply engage the beholder . . .This is a significant break from early Renaissance art that is directed inward. . . The Austrian psychoanalyst Ernst Kris studied the idea of the beholder's response very rigorously. Kris concluded that great works are great "because they are ambiguous." In other words, they allow for alternative readings. . . so while the artist exercises creativity in producing the image, "you, yourself, generate a fair amount of creativity in reconstructing it in your head and reconstructing it in a way that is unique for you and it’s slightly different for me," Kandel says. "This was a remarkable insight and has really given rise to the sort of the current understanding of what goes on in our head." For instance, what is the meaning of Mona Lisa's expression? The great ambiguity in the portrait lends itself to different interpretations, and that is what makes it a masterful work. "If you focus on it with central vision, which sees detail, you don’t see the smile," Kandel points out. And yet, "if you focus on peripheral vision, which sees the broad outlines, you do better at seeing the smile."" (more at link above)

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Knight Foundation names Carol Coletta VP

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has chosen Carol Coletta to serve as vice president/community and national initiatives, a new position. Coletta, former president and CEO of CEOs for Cities and current director of ArtPlace, will start the new job at the Miami-based foundation on May 6. She has also worked as executive director of the Mayors’ Institute on City Design and host and producer of the radio show “Smart City.”. . . Read more here:

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Art Basel Hong Kong May 23-26

New-look art fair to draw on world canvas - The Standard: "Art HK, the annual art fair founded in 2007, becomes Art Basel in Hong Kong starting this year. The Swiss company behind Art Basel and Art Basel Miami Beach took a 60 percent stake in Art HK organizer Asian Art Fairs in 2011. The deal represents a vote of confidence in Hong Kong's continued development as a market place for art. The fair itself takes place from May 23 to 26. As with Art HK, it will be held at the convention and exhibition center. And, as in the past, the fair will bring with it a wide range of other events, such as panel discussions and interviews. The organizers are also planning a special kids' program. . . ." (read more at link above)

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Miami’s Locust Projects Spring Fling April 27

Miami’s Locust Projects at 15 years: new home, same mission - Visual Arts - " . . . The New York-based collaborators used the river of grass, an unmistakable Florida landmark, as their muse for the recently opened show at Locust Projects.The result: a collaborative installation of immersive three-dimensional drawings, intended to evoke the enigmatic nature of the swamp itself. Drawn from the Everglades will be on display through April 26. . . A decade and a half of projects that have made a mark on the community will culminate April 27 in a Spring Fling event that will bring artists and the community of art lovers and supporters together — the same mission that birthed the project in 1998. . . ." read more at link above

LOCUST PROJECTS 3852 N. Miami Ave., Miami; Hours: 10-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Exhibitions and many events are free; 11th annual Spring Fling is slated for April 27 at 1111 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach; tickets are $150.  305-576-8570 or

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Love: South Beach in the 80's - Howard Greenberg Gallery

Howard Greenberg Gallery: "Exhibition in Howard Greenberg Gallery Two
Gay Block - Love: South Beach in the 80's
March 29, 2013 - April 27, 2013"

Snapshot: 'Untitled (Four on the Beach)' by Gay Block
Financial Times
This week LOVE: South Beach in the 80s, a show of more than 20 prints of Block's photographs from that period, opened at the Howard Greenberg Gallery in New York, where it runs until April 27. Houston-born Block, who began her career with portraits of ...

Colorful personalities from '80s Miami Beach
CBS News
Colorful personalities from '80s Miami Beach. Photographer Gay Block traveled to Miami's South Beach in the 1980s to document the lives of the sunny city's elderly residents. The resulting portraits capture the colorful personalities of Miami's ...

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Danny Boyle: Art, Memory and Multitasking

Danny Boyle: Art, Memory and Multitasking -
In the fall of 2011, while director Danny Boyle was preparing his patriotic, family-oriented vision for the London Olympics opening ceremony, he was simultaneously shooting his latest movie, a noir-ish psychological thriller about an art heist gone horribly wrong, with a creepy subplot involving body hair. The unusual mix "allowed us to keep the dark side of our minds active while we did the public, responsible job in the Olympic park," says Mr. Boyle, known for his Oscar-winning film "Slumdog Millionaire."
Sinuhe Xavier

Forging Ahead With a Goya Classic
"Trance," which opens April 5, stars James McAvoy as Simon, an auction-house employee who, after getting whacked on the head during the theft of a £27.5 million ($41.8 million) painting, wakes up in the hospital and can't remember where he put it. Rosario Dawson co-stars as an alluring hypnotherapist who attempts to unlock Simon's memories of the painting's hiding place.In real life, the painting in question, Francisco Goya's "Witches in the Air," isn't missing. It's safely ensconced at the Prado Museum in Madrid. Mr. Boyle chose it for the film because he thought the figure in the painting's foreground—a man with a blanket over his head—reminded him of Simon, in that "he could only partially see what was around him." . . . 

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Unseen Works Of Art By Jean-Michel Basquiat

Book News: New Book To Feature Unseen Works Of Art By Jean-Michel Basquiat
NPR (blog)
The former girlfriend of the late, iconoclastic artist Jean-Michel Basquiat is reportedly planning to write a book that will include previously unseen works of art — including murals he painted on the walls of her apartment when they lived together in the 1970s. Basquiat began his career as a graffiti artist before falling in with Andy Warhol and then becoming briefly famous before his death of a heroin overdose in 1988. Now Basquiat's paintings sell for tens of millions of dollars....

A Sotheby's employee walks past a work by Jean-Michel Basquiat titled "Untitled (Pecho/Oreja)" at the auction house. - NPR (blog)

Friday, March 15, 2013

art, night life, music and fashion

Entangling threads of art, night life, music and fashion, the Hole, a contemporary art gallery in Lower Manhattan, has emerged as a successor to the departed Deitch Projects on the downtown social circuit.

Art? Oh, Yeah. But We’re Here to Party.(NYTimes)
" . . . Those not invited might have mistaken the day-after photos for a sub rosa lounge in the meatpacking district. But the raucous party took place at the Hole, a contemporary art gallery in Lower Manhattan that represents such of-the-moment artists as Kembra Pfahler,Lola Montes Schnabel and Matthew Stone. Part streetwise gallery, part art-scene romper room, the Hole has emerged over the last two years as a cool-kid clubhouse on the downtown social circuit. Its rowdy openings lure a mélange of graffiti kids, art-world scions and notables like Salman Rushdie and Courtney Love. Memorable events have included an “X-rated zombie extravaganza” by the Canadian artist and independent film director Bruce LaBruce. And whenever fashion week or a big art fair rumbles into town — like last week’s Armory Show — party chasers can look forward to some happening there, whether it’s a conceptual pop-up restaurant or a giant group show billed as a “transcontinental survey of figurative painting.” “There hasn’t been a gallery like this since Deitch,” said Mike Malbon, the founder of the culture magazine Frank151. “It’s got a good buzz and a cool, creative vibe. Other art shows, to me, are just stuffy. . .” (read full article at link above)

NYTimes: Art & Design