Archive for February 2019

SFMoMA to Sell 1960 Rothko to Help Diversify its Collection

At a time when museums and institutions around the world are actively seeking to diversify their collections, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art has announced plans to sell a major work by Mark Rothko to “address art historical gaps” like works by female artists and artists of color. Rothko’s “Untitled” (1960), has been in […]

The collection of singer George Michael to be auctioned at Christie’s

On March 1st, Christie’s will be featuring the collection of singer/songwriter George Michael (1963-2016) at their London location. Boasting over 200 artworks, the London auction and online portion of the sale will showcase how Michael weaved together a unique blend of artists, including a number of works by YBA (Young British Artists). The proceeds from […]

The Final Art Destination: “Velvet Buzzsaw” Film Review

In Velvet Buzzsaw, a film written and directed by Dan Gilroy, audiences encounter a sensitive art critique, a ruthless gallery owner, a cut-throat art dealer, and an ambitious art assistant who together dig-up a recently deceased artist’s oeuvre of paintings with fatal consequences. This art thriller is a satire on the art contemporary art market […]

P.A.I.N. organizes against the Sackler family with demonstrations at the Guggenheim and Met

Protesters took to New York’s Fifth Avenue on the evening of February 9th on route from the Guggenheim Museum to the Metropolitan Museum of Art to speak out against the Sackler Family and their affiliation with the Met. Carrying red banners that read ‘TAKE DOWN THEIR NAME’ and ‘200 DEAD EACH DAY’, protesters chanted ‘Shame […]

Desert X installation pulled to help out bighorn sheep

In 2017, the Coachella Valley in Southern California became the home for a desert-transforming biennial known as Desert X. During the biennial, the San Bernardino Mountains become the substrate for large-scale installations that are free to visit. However, concern for bighorn sheep in the area affected by rampant bought of pneumonia has called for an […]

Abstract expressionism, the ambassador of America’s Triumph

François Lévy-Kuentz’s recent documentary called The Hidden Face of American Art, describes the strategies used to enable American art to overtake European art in the power struggle for influence during the Cold War. Narrated by François Marthouret and with commentary by many different historians and art historians, this film contains extensive photographs and archival videos. […]

A Farewell to Irving Lavin

On February 3rd in Princeton, at the Institute for Advanced Study, Irving Lavin, one of the most important art historians of our time, passed away. For many years he occupied the Institute’s illustrious chair in art history which had previously been held by Panofsky (whose Three Essays on Style he submitted to Le Promeneur). According […]