Magnus, an app promoted as “Shazam for the art world,” has run aground after it emerged that some of the data that powered the app, including art prices and images of artworks, was stolen from existing databases and from individual art galleries. Apple has pulled the free app from its store.
‘Magnus Art-Pricing App Pulled from Apple Store Amid Evidence of Extensive Data Theft’
Artnet | Brian Boucher | August 1, 2016
Three top executives have left Christie’s: Paul R. Provost, the senior vice president and director of trusts, estates & appraisals; Nicholas Hall, international head of old master paintings and 19th Century Art; and Cathy Elkies, head of Christie’s 20th and 21st Century design.
‘An Exodus at Christie’s’
NY Times | ROBIN POGREBIN | JULY 28, 2016
Blame it on climate change, but this scorching summer that’s hit most of Europe led some daring tourists to imitate Anita Ekberg’s famous scene in Federico Fellini’s La Dolce Vita and take a midnight dip in Rome’s iconic Trevi Fountain. Local police, however, didn’t take to it too kindly.
‘Tourists Fined for Swimming in Rome’s Trevi Fountain’
Artnet | Lorena Muñoz-Alonso | July 26, 2016
When Istanbul art dealer Kerimcan Güleryüz decided to host a barbecue at his Beyoglu district gallery, Empire Projects, on the evening of Friday, July 15, it was not pegged to a particular exhibition or opening, but was more of an impromptu event.
‘How Political Instability in Turkey Negatively Impacted the Art Market’
Artnet | Eileen Kinsella | July 26, 2016
Sotheby’s Hong Kong has enlisted an unusual partner for its upcoming October sale: South Korean megastar Choi Seung Hyun, known as T.O.P., will serve as the guest curator of the auction, which has been named “#TTTOP” in honor of his five-million-follower Instagram account.
‘Sotheby’s Nabs South Korean Boy Band Star to Curate Hong Kong Sale’
Artnet | Sarah Cascone | July 25, 2016
François Pinault, the French mega-collector and billionaire owner of Christie’s, is set to display works from his extensive contemporary art collection for the first time in Germany, in an exhibition titled “Dancing with Myself” at the Museum Folkwang in Essen.
‘French Mega-Collector François Pinault to Display Works from His Collection in Germany’
Artnet | Naomi Rea | July 22, 2016
Authenticity is one of the most important properties of an artwork. After all nobody—in most cases—wants to buy a fake. However when the stakes are high, the process of authentication can be complicated, and fraught with difficulties—especially when the artist is dead.
‘Art Demystified: How to Authenticate a Contemporary Artwork’
Artnet | Henri Neuendorf | July 22, 2016
The Berlin-based American artist Scott Holmquist has called for a monument to be erected in a park in the district of Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg in honor of African drug dealers. And he’s even gained political support.
‘Artist Proposes Monument for Drug Dealers in Berlin’
Artnet | Henri Neuendorf | July 22, 2016
Google’s new rendition of virtual reality museums inside the Arts & Culture app isn’t an unexpected move, but with the update the tech giant is also enhancing the museum experience for those who visit in a traditional sense.
‘Can’t tell Monet from Manet? Let Google’s latest app be your tour guide’
Digital Trends | Hillary Grigonis | July 22, 2016
For artists, the creative impulse doesn’t turn off after leaving the studio. And for some, this overflow of energy manifests in the realm of nightlife, where innovative thinkers have found informal settings and alternative spaces where experimentation is welcome, and celebrated.
‘These Artists Are Proving That Parties and Club Nights Can Be Art’
ARTSY | ALI GITLOW | JUL 22ND, 2016
Tina Gorjanc, a student at London’s Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, has been garnering attention for her quest to create an accessory line made with the skin of late designer Alexander McQueen.
‘Design Student To Make Bag with Alexander McQueen’s Skin’
Artnet | Rain Embuscado | July 21, 2016
Returning for its ninth edition from September 15-18, Berlin’s homegrown art fair abc (Art Berlin Contemporary) has announced a considerably reduced list of participants for this year’s edition, scaling down from about 100 exhibitors from 17 countries in 2015, to only 60.
‘Art Berlin Contemporary Reduces Exhibitor Numbers for Its 2016 Edition’
Artnet | Henri Neuendorf | July 21, 2016
In keeping with the prevailing art market mood of “managing expectations” Christie’s released a report on July 20 showing that sales for the first half of 2016 totaled $3 billion (£2.1 billion), a 33 percent drop in US dollar terms and a 27 percent drop in British pounds. The comparable figure for 2015 was $4.5 billion (£2.9 billion).
‘Christie’s Reports Steep Drop in Sales for First Half of 2016’
Artnet | Eileen Kinsella | July 21, 2016
A major Vincent Van Gogh retrospective titled “Van Gogh in Provence: Modernizing Tradition,” on view at Fondation Vincent Van Gogh in Arles, brings together 31 paintings from the collections of the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam and the Kröller-Müller Museum in Otterlo.
‘New Exhibition Explores How Van Gogh’s Work Modernized Painting’
Artnet | Carol Civre | July 20, 2016
New Yorkers pretty much have a love-hate relationship with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), but hopefully that will get better under Governor Andrew Cuomo’s new five-year, $27 billion spending plan,announced on July 18.
‘MTA’s $27 Billion Spending Plan Will Bring New Art to 31 Stations’
Artnet | Sarah Cascone | July 19, 2016
Is there still a distinction between the museum and the art gallery? Over the last 10–15 years, the lines between institutions and commercial galleries has become increasingly blurred as mega-galleries expand to match institutions in funding, ambition, and size.
‘The Mega Galleries That Blur the Line Between Gallery and Museum’
Artnet | Henri Neuendorf | July 19, 2016
Like method actors and bearded brewmasters, the best art forgers are obsessed with authenticity. But thanks to a handful of new authentication technologies, even history’s most painstaking efforts wouldn’t stump today’s art sleuths.
‘These Four Technologies May Finally Put an End to Art Forgery’
ARTSY | RENE CHUN | JUL 18TH, 2016
Paris was the cultural capital of the Western world for much of the 18th, 19th, and early 20th centuries, the home to revolutionary art-historical movements such as Neoclassicism, Impressionism, and Cubism.
‘7 French Art Terms You Should Know’
Artsy | SARAH GOTTESMAN | JUL 17TH, 2016
France is left reeling following a third major terror attack in only 19 months. On Bastille Day, France’s national holiday, a radicalized 31-year-old Tunisian man drove a truck into a crowd of revelers watching a fireworks display along the famous seaside boulevard of Promenade des Anglais, in Nice, in southern France.
‘The Art World Reacts to Nice Attacks on Instagram’
Artnet | Henri Neuendorf | July 15, 2016
Staff at the Neues Museum Nürnberg, in southern Germany, were shocked and horrified when they discovered that a 91-year-old visitor had “solved” a crossword puzzle featured in an artwork hanging in the museum.
‘Museum Staff Horrified as Elderly Visitor ‘Solves’ Crossword Artwork’
Artnet | Henri Neuendorf | July 14, 2016
Ai Weiwei is back at it. Despite the mixed responses to his intervention in Berlin last February, for which he attached 4,000 life jackets used by refugees to the Konzerthaus concert hall, the Chinese artist and activist has done it again.
‘Ai Weiwei Brings His Controversial Life Vest Installation to Vienna’
Artnet | Lorena Muñoz-Alonso | July 14, 2016
The romantic image of the artist at work alone in the studio is largely inaccurate in today’s market-driven art world, where Jeff Koons‘s 11-foot-high balloon dog is followed by Louise Bourgeois‘s 10-foot spider outside of Christie’s before a big auction.
‘Art Demystified: Why Do Contemporary Artists Use So Many Studio Assistants?’
Artnet | Henri Neuendorf | July 14, 2016
Turning the corner in the London’s Newport Street Gallery, Damien Hirst’s latest venture, I’m met by a large, blue, shiny metal sculpture, a Jeff Koons balloon monkey. I’m also met by a bevy of cameras: the young couple comparing shots on their phones, the hipster dude with a SLR slung round his neck, a girl sorting her hair before snapping a selfie.
‘Art for Instagram – is social media ruining art?’
Independent | July 14, 2016 | Holly Williams
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
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
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
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
After three decades of careful planning and a successful 16-day run, Christo and late wife Jeanne-Claude’s ambitious “Floating Piers” installation finally closed down on July 3.
For two weeks, a Northern Italian lake was transformed by 100,000 square meters of shimmering golden fabric supported by a floating dock system of 220,000 polyethylene cubes that undulated with the waves beneath the feet of visitors who, for the first time in history, could walk from the mainland to the islands of Sulzano, Monte Isola, and San Paolo.
‘Chunks of Christo’s ‘Floating Piers’ Already Flooding eBay’
Artnet | July 5, 2016 | Naomi Rea
“Gelatin Gelitin Gelintin,” the most extensive showcase of the Austrian art collective Gelitin (Ali Janka, Florian Reither, Tobias Urban, and Wolfgang Gantner) in Asia to date, opens this week at Galerie Perrotin Hong Kong.
‘Gelitin Opens Mini Retrospective at Galerie Perrotin HK’
Blouin Art Info | July 4, 2016 | DARRYL WEE
Highly polished imagery inspired by cartoons characters and scenery – that is how one could describe Lowbrow art, also known asPop Surrealism, but the truth is that this unconventional movement is much more than that.
‘WHAT IS THE LOWBROW ART MOVEMENT? WHEN SURREALISM TOOK OVER POP’
Widewalls | July 4, 2016 | Angie Kordic
1.3 billion years ago, two black holes collided. Einstein posited a century ago as part of his general theory of relativity that such an event would send gravitational waves, or ripples into the fabric of spacetime, out into the universe.
‘Physics’s Most Important Discoveries of the Last Century Are Currently in a Berlin Gallery’
ARTSY | MOLLY GOTTSCHALK | JUL 2ND, 2016
The future of one of China’s most respected contemporary art institutions was thrown into uncertainty on Thursday as Guy Ullens announced his intention to shift ownership of not only his eponymous Beijing museum, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA), but also the art collection he has amassed over the course of over 30 years.
‘What Will Guy Ullens’s Sale of the UCCA Mean for the Museum’s Future?’
ARTSY | FRANCES ARNOLD |JUL 1ST, 2016
A new work that draws upon the history and heritage of the Houses of Parliament opens to the public today (until 1 September; tickets must be booked in advance) only days after the UK voted to leave the European Union.
‘UK Parliament’s soot and secrets preserved in latex’
The Art Newspaper | GARETH HARRIS | 29 June, 2016
There is a saying among Egyptologists that ancient Egypt had five major dialects, and German is the sixth. German scholars have played an outsized role in the field of art history since its advent in the 18th century, leading many excavations of antiquities and contributing foundational texts to the discipline.
‘Beyond the Gesamtkunstwerk: 6 German Art Terms You Should Know’
ARTSY | JUNE 24, 2016 | JESSICA BACKUS
BASEL, Switzerland — How many works by Alexander Calder are out there? Judging by what I saw at Art Basel last week, there seem to be hundreds, or we may be just looking at the acquisition habits of the 1%.
‘Hints of the Real World in Art Basel’s Elitist Bubble’
Hyperallergic | Ari Akkermans | June 22, 2016
Many reports have emerged of harsh labor conditions during the construction of museums on Abu Dhabi’s Saadiyat Island, but the cultural institutions involved are showing no interest in discussing these violations with leading human rights groups
‘Guggenheim and British Museum Refuse to Work with Human Rights Groups on Abu Dhabi Projects’
Hyperallergic | Claire Voon | June 22, 2016
It’s not often that a van comes up at a fine art auction. But that’s exactly what will happen when, in a few days, a vehicle spraypainted by street artist Banksy will appear at Bonhams in London’s Mayfair.
‘Street Art Has Mainstream Influence, but Does It Have Art-World Credibility?’
ARTSY | JUNE 21, 2016 | ISAAC KAPLAN
Culture is big in China. And institutions from around the world want a piece of it. While many international art institutions have been actively building bridges with China in recent years, staging touring exhibitions to promote their names and collections, the first to plant roots in the vast country will be Britain’s Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A).
‘Why London’s Victoria & Albert Museum Is Launching an Outpost in China’
ARTSY | JUNE 20, 2016 | VIVIENNE CHOW
As the art world descended on Switzerland this week for the 47th edition of Art Basel in Basel, the finance and business worlds continued to mull over the fact that one week from today, Britain may vote to exit the European Union.
‘What’s Sold at Art Basel in Basel’
ARTSY | JUNE 16, 2016 | ALEXANDER FORBES
The New Tate modern will open to the public this Friday. The Switch House, designed by the architects of the original building conversion Herzog and de Meuron, increases the size of Tate modern by 60% and provides ten storeys of spaces for art and learning.
The opening will be marked with a weekend of free live performances, new commissions and special events. For the following three weeks, live art will animate the spaces with works including Tania Brugrera’s police on horseback and Tino Sehgal’s gallery attendants bursting into song.
‘A look inside the £260m New Tate Modern that opens this weekend’
It’s Nice That | June 14, 2016 | Owen Pritchard
Celebrating 50 years of independence, the second annual river nights festival — located in three quays along the singapore river — was dedicated to the continuation of franco-singaporean diplomacy. in honor of the special occasion, the event selected various french artists to realize works.
’tetro+a presents 160 installation by trafik at river nights festival’
Designboom | June 8, 2016
A waterfall gushing from an invisible source is enough to make one stop and stare, so the sight of one splashing down in the middle of the gardens of the Palace of Versailles is really something of a spectacle. This is just one of Olafur Eliasson’s ingenious installations which have been strewn throughout the manicured gardens and glittering halls of the famous French landmark.
‘Artist Installs a Giant Gushing Waterfall in the Middle of the Palace of Versailles Gardens’
My Modern Met | June 7, 2016 | Kristine Mitchell
Deloitte released the fourth edition of its report on the state of art and finance earlier this month. The 2016 Art & Finance Report comes at a time when investors and art market players alike are experiencing a softening in the markets. Yet several indicators show that we can remain bullish about the future of art as a viable asset class. Here’s what you need to know.
‘5 Things to Know about Investing in Art Right Now’
Artsy | May 31, 2016 | Alexander Forbes
BRUSSELS — After three years of fund-raising and renovations, the founders of a contemporary art museum housed in a converted brewery in the Molenbeek district here were eagerly anticipating their grand opening on March 23.
‘In Brussels, Art Museum Brings Hope to Muslim Neighborhood of Molenbeek’
The New York Times | May 31, 2016 | Doreen Carvajal
For the eighth year in a row, Vivid Sydney has bathed the Australian city with a spectacular display of lights. Combining illumination, music, and ideas, it brings Sydney alive with large-scale installations and projections across cultural centers like the Sydney Opera House, Taronga Zoo, and Royal Botanic Garden.
“Vivid Sydney” Cloaks the Australian City in a Spectacular Display of Vibrant Lights
My Modern Met | May 31, 2016 | By Sara Barnes