Tag: Gagosian Gallery

Nonfiction: The Art Market Is Exploding. Meet the Dealers Who Lit the Fuse.

BOOM Mad Money, Mega Dealers, and the Rise of Contemporary Art By Michael Shnayerson In her memoirs, published in 1960, Peggy Guggenheim deplored the state of the art market in America. Guggenheim was one of the great collectors of the 20th century, living in palatial exile in Venice, where you can still visit her collection […]

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Can We Start Appreciating Indigenous Art on Its Own Terms?

What does the United States look like, and who gets to decide? Our museums of modern and contemporary art, after far too long, have at last begun to esteem the work of living Native American artists — and several major shows, including the Whitney Museum of American Art’s just-opened biennial, have plunged into the ruinous […]

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Critic’s Pick: Jeff Wall Takes Photography Into a Painterly Realm

Rumination and risk-taking, in equal measure, mark Jeff Wall’s spellbinding new exhibition at Gagosian Gallery in Chelsea. Since the 1970s, the restless “conceptual photographer” has made single, large-scale prints using elaborate processes and layered references from other mediums like painting, film and theater. The final image was always recognizably a photograph, even if it seemed […]

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Jeff Koons ‘Rabbit’ Sets Auction Record for Most Expensive Work by Living Artist

A shiny stainless steel sculpture created by Jeff Koons in 1986, inspired by a child’s inflatable toy, sold at Christie’s on Wednesday night for $91.1 million with fees, breaking the record at auction for a work by a living artist, set just last November by David Hockney. Robert E. Mnuchin, an art dealer and the […]

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Jeff Koons ‘Rabbit’ Smashes Record for Work by a Living Artist

A shiny stainless steel sculpture created by Jeff Koons in 1986, inspired by a child’s inflatable toy, sold at Christie’s on Wednesday night for $91.1 million with fees, smashing the record at auction for a work by a living artist, set just last November by David Hockney. Robert E. Mnuchin, an art dealer and the […]

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An Artist on Finding Balance, and His Giant Basketball Sculpture

Jonas Wood’s East Hollywood studio — a refurbished industrial space hidden behind a razor-wired metal gate — is populated with the familiar objects that appear in his paintings. There are colonies of potted plants and basketball paraphernalia that ranges in size from plush couch cushions to man-sized orbs. Every room is filled with art, most […]

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Brice Marden, Still True to His Vision

TIVOLI, N.Y. — The day he learned he had cancer, Brice Marden, among the world’s most celebrated artists, made one of his much-coveted drawings: a field of dense interlocking loops loosely inspired by Chinese calligraphy, a signature theme. It is both abstract and hypnotic, begging viewers to look closely at the finely wrought composition. But […]

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Harmony Korine Just Wants to be Left Alone

A couple of years ago Harmony Korine started noticing weird flickers of light on his phone screen while taking pictures around his home in Miami. “I would just stay up late at night after everyone in my house would go to sleep,” he told me recently. “I would walk around and stare out at the […]

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Art Basel Miami Beach: Cracks in the Glittering Facade

MIAMI — “It’s better to look good than to feel good” seemed to be the internal mantra throughout much of the week’s Art Basel Miami Beach fair, which ended Sunday. In its 17th annual edition, the fair and a dizzying number of concurrent celebrity-studded events took over the entire greater Miami area. And though many […]

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Critic’s Pick: Richard Prince’s New, Late Style Is One of His Best

Richard Prince is losing his cool — or at least some of it. And that’s a good thing. His new paintings — in a show titled “Richard Prince: High Times,” at Gagosian in Chelsea — radiate an unusual heat. Mr. Prince, after all, is the artist who started photographing existing photographs in the late 1970s, […]

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Critic’s Pick: Sterling Ruby Pipes Down, a Bit

The Museum of Arts and Design and Sterling Ruby have worked out what might be called an equitable exchange of power. With the exhibition “Sterling Ruby: Ceramics,” the museum raises its game while the artist tones his down — a welcome step on both counts. Once named the American Craft Museum, the Museum of Arts […]

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Art Review: At 7 Art Galleries, the Ecstatic Flow of Paint and the Stories It Can Tell

Few truths about paint are more basic than this: it tends to go on wet, whether on canvas, furniture or buildings, and then it dries. Once dried, it can preserve a sense of its original fluidity to greatly varying degrees. In the postwar years it became a sure sign of modernity and freshness. It’s dynamic, […]

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