Richard Speer doesn’t spook easily. As art critic for Willamette Week, Portland’s highly regarded alternative weekly newspaper, Speer has strolled through galleries in and around the Oregon city for more than a decade. He’s seen unsettling creative work, including William Pope.L’s giant reverse image of the United States made out of 5,000 rotting hot dogs. He’s also seen an upscale-gallery show featuring the paintings of Rama—a 21-year-old Asian elephant at the Oregon Zoo. Still, when Speer walked into Breeze Block Art Gallery in Portland’s Chinatown arts district last March, he felt as if he’d entered a haunted house … albeit one from someone’s bland, colorless childhood.
All eyes turned to Basel, Switzerland as collectors and art lovers flocked to the Art Basel, SCOPE Basel and Volta9 art fairs. Art Basel, one of the world’s most prestigious art fairs, annually showcases work from over 300 international galleries. This year an estimated $2 billion worth of art is on sale and includes both […]
The Venice Biennale, the world’s most prestigious contemporary art fair, launched its 55th exhibition on June 1. This year’s fair represents work from 88 different countries and features renowned artists like Ai Weiwei, Ahmet Güneştekin and Jeremy Deller, as well as up-and-coming faces Marya Kazoun, Zanele Muholi and Tavares Strachan. At the June 1 awards […]
Amazon.com, the powerhouse of online shopping, will join forces with galleries to develop an online art marketplace this summer. Last week, Amazon invited several galleries to an informational event held in New York City. The email invites read: This summer Amazon is planning to launch a Fine Art Gallery where customers will be able to […]
This month, a contemporary art sale at Christie’s in New York brought in $495 million—the highest total in auction history. The sale included works by Jackson Pollock, Roy Lichtenstein and Jean-Michel Basquiat, establishing a total of 16 new world auction records, with nine works selling for more than $10 million and 23 for more than […]
The Art Copyright Coalition, the first nonprofit organization of publishers and artists to pursue copyright violators, spent three days at the April 2013 Canton Fair and Jinhan Fair in Guangzhou, China searching for copyright infringed artwork. During the visit, the coalition found more than 40 infringing exhibitors, an amount similar to their findings five months […]
The Art Business News staff hit New York City March 21-24 for Artexpo New York, the world’s largest fine art trade show. We saw thousands of pieces by the world’s most innovative artists and met some of the top dealers, collectors and industry leaders. Keep an eye out for inside looks at Artexpo in our […]
Dage paints not with a traditional brush, but with a stick dipped in paint. She calls this technique “intentional dripping,” a practice that allows her to combine her conscious direction as an artist with the chaotic nature of the paint as it falls to the canvas. “I want my work to portray the roles played […]
If Michelangelo had followed the wishes of his father, Lodovico, he would have become a merchant instead of a painter; Lodovico was infuriated by his son’s chosen career path, possibly because in the early days of the Italian Renaissance art was stigmatized due to its association with manual labor.
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