THE INDEPENDENT VOICE OF THE VISUAL ARTS
Two key provisions in President Trump’s plan to overhaul the tax code could diminish art museums’ ability to acquire new work.
On Halloween, The Art Newspaper broke the story of a “cyber crime wave” crashing on gallerists and dealers around the world. Central to the saga is what’s known as a “man-in-the-middle” scheme, in which hackers infiltrate a gallery’s email servers to either send “corrected” invoices with different bank details to clients ready to consummate legitimate deals, or else e-masquerade as staff members to trick gallery management into paying phony invoices linked to criminal-controlled accounts. … gallerists can no longer sit on their hands when it comes to cybersecurity.
Contemporary Collective, a group of six Saudi curators which aims to bring communities together through art, opened it’s first-ever exhibition, ‘We Are Not Alone’, last week at the Athr Gallery in Jeddah. … On display is art by renowned British artists that include Damien Hirst, Shirazeh Houshiary, Rachel Whiteread and Cornelia Parker.
In the 1970s and ‘80s, [Wayne] Sorce explored the urban landscapes of New York and Chicago with his large format camera, making precisely balanced compositions of color, geometry, and light that also recorded the era’s particular styles of signage, advertising, and automobile design.
Wayne Sorce: Urban Color, an exhibit of cityscapes by Sorce and his contemporaries, is on display at Joseph Bellows Gallery in La Jolla, California through Nov. 30.
Wayne Thiebaud gets you to think about the folly and hubris of shaping the landscape to suit our needs.
the Irish News
Only one British name has made it into the top 10 list of the most powerful people in the art world.
…“Age of Terror” explores an array of artistic responses to violence and conflict in a post-9/11 world. Ai Weiwei, Gerhard Richter, Mona Hatoum and Coco Fusco are a sampling of the artists represented, and the mediums included range from film to photography and sculpture.
Chicago artist Sam Kirk started painting when she was 13, and art became a way to talk about her identity. "I used art as a way to come out," she says. …
In 1984, contemporary artist Jean-Michel Basquiat's work "Untitled" sold for $19,000 at auction. In April, it fetched $110.5 million, a record for an American artist at auction.
Ultra-rich buyers are increasingly looking to a group of "superstar" artists like Basquiat when it comes to investing in art. The result: record high prices at the very top of the market.