avid Bowie may not have been a painter or a sculptor, but the late musical legend was an artist in the truest sense of the word.
Auctioneers Sotheby’s have announced that Bowie’s personal artcollection, consisting of almost 300 works by artists including contemporary artist Damien Hirst and conceptual pioneer Marcel Duchamp, will go on display in advance of being put to auction in November.
‘DAVID BOWIE’S £10M ART COLLECTION TO BE REVEALED AT SOTHEBY’S’
GQ | July 14, 2016 | Ailis Brennan
Although sometimes thought of as the gallery equivalent of a gone fishin’ sign for an art world that largely shuts down after Art Basel in June, summer group shows, ranging from the serious to the irreverent, can prove lucrative for some galleries during the usually dry months of July and August.
‘Dealers cash in during summer months with lucrative group shows’
The Art Newspaper | July 13, 2016 | Dan Duray
An Amsterdam exhibition on Vincent van Gogh’s medical problems will include the revolver which he used to kill himself in 1890. Teio Meedendorp, a researcher at the Van Gogh Museum, believes it is highly probable that the corroded Lefaucheux revolver found in a field was the suicide weapon.
‘New show reveals grisly details behind Van Gogh’s mutilated ear’
The Art Newspaper | July 13, 2016 | Martin Bailey
Contemporary art is big business. It’s also in the business of big: Collectors are ever more interested in snapping up the kind of massive, statement-making sculpture and installation work that formerly was the specialty of only the mightiest of museums.
’13 Collectors Who Are Driving the Trend for Super-Sized Art’
Artnet | July 13, 2016
Paris-based Swiss artist Felice Varini has created a new art installation titled “À Ciel Ouvert” (Open Air) on top of late world-renowned architect Le Corbusier’s 1952 building La Cité Radieuse in Marseille.
‘See Le Corbusier’s Iconic Marseille Building Transformed by Stunning Installation’
Artnet | Carol Civre | July 13, 2016
A building that resembles a 12-story “toilet” was unveiled in Henan province recently, despite a ban by the Chinese government, announced this past February, on structures that are “oversized,” “xenocentric,” or “weird,” according to a brief report in The Independent.
‘China’s 12-Story ‘Toilet’ Building Defies ‘Weird’ Architecture Ban’
Artnet | Eileen Kinsella | July 13, 2016
In a quest to find Pikachu, artnet News took to the Museum of Modern Art to play Pokémon Go. As the augmented reality video game craze consumes all the Pokéworld’s denizens, we wanted to know how pocket monsters would pair with visual art.
‘We Played Pokémon Go at MoMA, Here’s What Happened’
Artnet | Rain Embuscado | July 12, 2016
On Friday, the German Bundesrat ratified a new law, implementing unprecedented controls over the country’s art market. The law, championed by culture minister Monika Grütters since she took office in 2013, was passed by the German parliament late last month.
‘Germany’s Onerous New Art Export Law, Explained’
Artsy | July 12, 2016 | ALEXANDER FORBES AND ISAAC KAPLAN
Between markets in flux and Brexit, investors are looking for alternate ways to invest in tangible assets that don’t rely on the government. The growing trend in high net worth investing is to seek out asset classes with scarcity, like fine wines, antique cars, and real estate.
‘Why Invest In Art Now?’
Huffington Post | July 12, 2016 | Madelaine D’Angelo
Well! Just when you thought that things could not get any more out of control in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District news arrives that a Museum of Ice Cream is going to open in the area on July 29. It will be “just a few scoops from the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Gansevoort Street entrance to the High Line,” to borrow the language of its news release. (Emphasis added, while wincing.)
‘MUSEUM OF ICE CREAM IN NEW YORK WILL INCLUDE WORK BY QUITE A FEW ARTISTS’
Artiness | July 12, 2016
There have been countless such gatherings at Jehangir Art Gallery over the years. It’s the opening of a group exhibition of new sculptures and paintings. In between posing for photographers, the artists mingle with friends, family and would-be collectors; flowing freely are tropical juice drinks, in many cases alcoholic; and, given the 35-degree heat, few of the male guests’ kurtas are buttoned right the way to the top.
‘A renaissance for Indian art’
Telegraph | July 11, 2016 | Alastair Smart
OK, Peter Doig may have tried LSD a few times when he was growing up in Canada during the 1970s. But he knows, he said, when a painting is or isn’t his.
So when Doig — whose eerie, magical landscapes have made him one of the world’s most popular artists — was sent a photograph of a canvas he said he didn’t recognize, he disavowed it.
‘Artist sued for $5M over painting he insists he didn’t paint’
Seattle Times | July 9, 2016 | Graham Bowley
IN what was billed as a monthlong residency in New York City, the British street artist Banksy worked at night putting stencils on walls around the city. In the morning, he posted images online that sent fans hunting to find them before they were painted over.
‘Collecting Street Art: Have Room on Your Wall for a Wall?’
NY Times | July 8, 2016 | PAUL SULLIVAN
The nonprofit and for-profit continents of the art world shifted a little closer to Pangea after news broke late Thursday that Eric Shiner, the director of Pittsburgh’s Andy Warhol Museum, is leaving the institution to serve as a senior vice president of the new fine art division at Sotheby’s.
‘Eric Shiner Leaves Andy Warhol Museum to Bring More Marilyns to Sotheby’s’
ARTSY | ISAAC KAPLAN | JUL 8TH, 2016
Strategically placed in one of the most popular tourist sites in New York, many passersby on the High Line have lined up to take pictures with a half-naked man sporting sagging Hanes underwear, who appears to lurch forward with closed eyes.
‘See the Most Bizarre Photos of Tony Matelli’s High Line Sleepwalker’
Artnet | Daniela Rios | July 8, 2016
If you were to pass a bunch of colorfully-dressed human figures crammed into a crawlspace beneath a public staircase, you might think they’re mannequins at first, with their splayed limbs and claustrophobic positioning.
‘Living Street Art: Contorted Human Bodies in Urban Spaces’
Web Urbanist | July 8, 2016 | SA Rogers
Underneath the surface of Los Angeles’s pristine white-cube galleries and star-studded opening nights lies an entirely different type of art scene. A slew of project spaces, artist-run galleries, and non-profits rule in the second-largest city in the US.
‘Inside Los Angeles’s Oddball Underground Art Scene’
Artnet | July 7, 2016 | Henri Neuendorf
Athletes have long held a mythical foothold in the public imagination as superhumans with quick instincts, confidence, and grace. And since nearly the dawn of photography, we’ve taken to immortalizing their images.
‘The Stories behind Some of the Most Striking Sports Photographs of the Last Century’
ARTSY | CASEY LESSER | JUL 7TH, 2016
The winners of the ninth annual iPhone Photography Awards—an international photography contest that fosters iPhone and mobile photography—have been announced, with Siyuan Niu of Xinjiang, China, coming on top.
‘These Are the Best iPhone Photos of 2016’
Time | Rachel Lowry | July 7, 2016
German photographer sebastian erras has uncovered a patchwork of different floors from around the world – including paris, venice and barcelona. his latest venture in collaboration withpixartprinting, brought him to london where he discovered an exciting landscape of different colors and textures, all found beneath the tip of his toes.
‘London floors: sebastian erras and pixartprinting unveil the city’s hidden treasures’
Designboom | July 6, 2016 | Hollie Smith
A frequent guest to Andy Warhol’s Factory and residing in one of the largest privately owned palaces in the world, the Palace of St. Emmeram in Regensburg (Germany), Gloria, Princess of Thurn and Taxis belongs to one of the most prestigious royal families in Europe. She is one of the few people who rejected to be portrayed by Lucian Freud because he wanted her to sit six months for him – naked.
‘Why a Princess-Collector Turned Into a Painter’
Larry’s List | July 6, 2016
It began some five years ago with a startling question: A woman I barely knew asked was I responsible for the death of Jean-Michel Basquiat. I said no, and asked where that idea had come from? It was something she had heard, she said.
‘Anthony Haden-Guest on Why He Did Not Kill Jean-Michel Basquiat’
Artnet | July 6, 2016 | Anthony Haden-Guest
It’s not that Venice lacks private art collections: There are the Punta Della Dogana and the Palazzo Grassi, owned by French luxury commodities magnate Francois Pinault, and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, all which show in vaunted architectural environs.
‘Russia’s Richest Man Is Building a Venice Art Institution to Combat Nationalism’
ARTSY | ANNA KATS | JUL 6TH, 2016
ArtList, an online platform for anonymous secondary market sales of art, is ceasing operations. In June, during the week of Art Basel, a British art appraisal company was set to sign a deal to acquire the New York-based start-up but it went awry on the very day that it was meant to be signed. The next day, all five of ArtList‘s employees were let go, and the company summarily moved their belongings out of their shared office space at 356 Bowery.
‘ArtList, Startup for the Art World, Closes Shop Just as It Was Gearing Up’
Artiste | July 6, 2016 | Rozalia Jovanovic
In 1889, after the turbulent months with Gauguin in the Yellow House in Arles that culminated in him mutilating his own ear, Van Gogh took refuge at Saint-Paul-de-Mausole, a small asylum in the Provençal countryside where the regimen was kind.
‘Let Me Tell You About a Man I Knew by Susan Fletcher – a portrait of Van Gogh’s ‘faded’ woman’
The Guardian | July 6, 2016 | Clare Clark
Is an artistic utopia possible? Even if it’s not, it’s an intriguing concept to explore – especially when it’s artist, shaman and co-founder of now-disbanded east London creative network and art collective !WOWOW!, Matthew Stone, leading the exploration.
‘Matthew Stone’s art reminds us how much we need each other’
Dazed | July 6, 2016 | Ashleigh Kane
Few cities have undergone radical urban transformation like Shenzhen. Designated as China’s first Special Economic Zone in 1980, this market town of 30,000 people experienced an explosive population increase to 10,000,000 inhabitants over the last 30 years.
‘Icons of Design: Shenzhen’s Monumental Building Projects’
Architizer | July 6, 2016 | Eric Baldwin
The best word to describe Noel’le Longhaul’s tattoos is “primeval.” Even when freshly inked and uploaded onto her Instagram, they look like illustrations from an ancient grimoire or a book of disappeared folk tales, passed through the generations and probably bound in human skin.
‘Inside the mysterious world of witch tattoo art’
Dazed | July 5, 2016 | Evelyn Wang
Art and science do not necessarily mix; it would be a rare occurence to exhibit an art show at a medical science museum. However, renowned Chinese artist Zhang Yanzi’s medical-themed artworks are an exception.
‘Zhang Yanzi Brings out the Essence of Art and Science in Hong Kong’
Blouin Art info | July 5, 2016 | CLAIRE BOUCHARA
With the click of a button we now have access to a global museum, otherwise known as the internet, with its infinite collection of online images, texts, films, sound files, and even printable 3D objects.
‘As Attention Spans Dwindle, How Does a Museum Capture New Audiences?’
Artsy | July 5, 2016 | CHLOE HODGE
In 1923, rumors circulated that renowned artist Marcel Duchamp was renouncing art to devote his life to chess. “I am still a victim of chess,” he explained at the time. “It has all the beauty of art—and much more. It cannot be commercialized.
‘Escape Artists: Why These 7 Creatives Disappeared from the Art World’
Artsy | July 5, 2016 | ALEXXA GOTTHARDT
City art is a term that describes those artworks that are inspired by urbanity and city-related themes. City is a broad term, and when one speaks about city art, he/she has to think above the most usual concepts of the urban landscape, such as the buildings and houses.
‘FASCINATING THEMATIC WORKS OF CITY ART’
Widewalls | July 5, 2016 | Lorenzo Pereira