June 19, 2013 |
A painting by Wassily Kandinsky has sold for $21.2 million at a Christie's auction of Impressionist and Modern works of art in London. The auction on Tuesday brought in a hefty total of $100.4 million, but the sale lacked any major surprises. Kandinsky's "Study for Improvisation 3," created in 1909, was the top seller of the evening. The price was in the middle of the auction house's expectation range. The brightly colored landscape painting sold for $16.8 million in 2008. Tuesday's auction also featured Picasso's 1960 painting "Woman Seated in an Armchair," which sold for $9.6 million, slightly surpassing expectations.
May 24, 2013 |
[ Updated ] Jimmy Kimmel took to Twitter late Friday to deny that he was the buyer of John Currin's nude Bea Arthur painting, contradicting an earlier tweet confirming that he was. He also denied that he had given the painting to fellow comedian Jeffrey Ross. Kimmel wrote on his official Twitter account: "Contrary to 'news' reports, I didn't buy the Bea Arthur painting - not even for @realjeffreyross - but I did buy the Mona Lisa Lampanelli. " Earlier on Friday, the comedian confirmed on Twitter that he was the person who spent $1.9 million on a 1991 nude portrait of Arthur by artist John Currin, and that he has given the painting to fellow comedian Jeff Ross.
May 16, 2013 |
Did it come with a card attached that says, "Thank you for being a friend"? A 1991 painting depicting a topless Bea Arthur that was created by artist John Currin has sold at an auction Wednesday for $1.9 million. The sale was part of a larger Christie's auction in New York of post-war and contemporary art that brought in a total of $495 million -- a record figure for any art auction. The Christie's sale featured 72 items by many of the most coveted names in 20th century art. Works by Jackson Pollock, Roy Lichtenstein and Jean-Michel Basquiat brought in record auction amounts.
May 15, 2013 |
A popular art installation in Hong Kong's Victoria Harbor is no longer making waves. A 54-foot rubber duck, designed by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman, started deflating Tuesday, and by Wednesday, the piece looked like a flattened yellow pancake bobbing on the water. “Rubber Duck” was installed May 2 and has since spawned serenades from city officials, choreographed dances by local groups and brisk sales of du ck-related goods. Officials were slow to report that the piece was deflated as part of a planned tuneup, leaving onlookers to wonder if the bird had been a victim of “fowl” play.
May 15, 2013 |
A painting by Barnett Newman set an artist record at auction on Tuesday, selling for $43.8 million in New York. Sotheby's had expected "Onement VI," an abstract work in dark blue, to go for between $30 million and $40 million. The sale was part of a larger auction of contemporary art that brought in a total of $293.6 million, on the low end of expectations. The sale included an auction record for Gerhard Richter. The artist's photo-painting "Domplatz, Mailand" brought in $37.1 million. A Yves Klein piece, "Untitled Blue Sponge Sculpture," sold for $22 million.
January 17, 2013 |
Seven new paintings by Martin Durazo at Luis de Jesus Gallery elaborate on his slightly earlier graffiti-inspired work, while the pleasure-palace installation in the back room removes pretty much any doubt about the paintings' intentions. The large, abstract canvases are covered with big, brushy strokes and gritty squeegee-scrapings of paint, but they aren't engaged in a drama of existential doubt that might follow a trajectory from Willem De Kooning in the 1950s to Gerhard Richter now. Instead, Durazo's robust abstractions function as a kind of mise-en-scène for social interaction.