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5 Works to Know by Barbara Kruger: Pasteups, Voyeurism, Surveillance, and More

Looking at Barbara Kruger’s work, you, the viewer, are always made aware of your status as a spectator, a consumer, and a reader. “Your body is a battleground,” the artist’s work says. “YOU ARE HERE, LOOKING THROUGH THE GLASS, DARKLY.” “You thrive on mistaken identity.” It’s all about “you.” But then, sometimes Kruger’s bizarre admonitions, rendered in chic Futura... | Read More

After More Than a Decade with David Zwirner, Donald Judd Estate Departs for Gagosian

After a little more than a decade with David Zwirner, Donald Judd’s estate and the Judd Foundation will now be represented by Gagosian gallery.

Larry Gagosian, the gallery’s founder, said he first got to know Judd in the 1980s and has long admired his work. “It is impossible to consider the history of American art without Donald Judd,” he said in a statement. “He played an... | Read More

Simone Leigh: The Privacy to Heal

“Mystery,” “riddle,” and “secret” are words found in much of the writing about Simone Leigh. Not only do they aptly characterize her majestic, figurative sculptures with eyeless faces, they especially suit Free People’s Medical Clinic (2014) and its progeny, The Waiting Room (2016). Both presented in New York, these were experience-based social practice works, in which... | Read More

NFT Marketplace Confirms ‘Insider Trading,’ Rare Lennon-Ono Recording to Auction, and More: Morning Links for September 16, 2021

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OLD ART BY YOUNG CHILDREN? Researchers believe they have identified fossilized handprints and footprints—in limestone dating back at least 169,000 years—that could be understood as the earliest art on record, NBC News reports. The markings, on the Tibetan... | Read More

Gagosian Will Open Third Location in Paris as City Sees Post-Brexit Resurgence

Gagosian, the world’s largest art gallery, with 17 exhibition spaces across the globe, will add yet another venue to its empire. Next month, the gallery will open at 9 rue de Castiglione in Paris’s 1st arrondissement.

The space is Gagosian’s third in Paris. In a statement, the gallery’s founder, Larry Gagosian, said, “Paris is an important center for modern and... | Read More

Rijksmuseum Buys Back Restituted Porcelain Trove at Auction

A group of rare 18th-century Meissen porcelain objects surpassed expectations in a New York auction at Sotheby’s on Tuesday. Some 120 lots sold for a collected $15 million, nearly five times their $3.1 million estimate. More than half of those lots were bought back by the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, which was forced to give up the objects this year amid a restitution... | Read More

Works From Designer Herbert Kasper’s Art Collection To Be Auctioned at Christie’s

Thirty-five Old Master drawings from the collection of the late designer Herbert Kasper are going under the gavel at Christie’s next month.

The gentlemanly designer, who was known as “Kasper,” died last year at the age of 93. He developed a vast art collection, a pursuit that was first piqued as a student in Paris in the 1950s.

A live sale, “Always in Style: Old... | Read More

Met Gala Roundup, Philadelphia Museum Repatriates Shield, and Winston Churchill Painting to Auction

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THE MET GALA WAS LAST NIGHT IN NEW YORK, as you may have heard, alighting in September instead of its usual May slot because of the pandemic. The New York Times has a robust look at the scene and the outfits. (The theme: “American independence,” in a nod... | Read More

How Carly Mandel Blows Up Self Care

Carly Mandel’s 2018 solo exhibition at Veronica Gallery in Seattle emulated a blood drive for marine arthropods. The show was an homage to the horseshoe crab, a creature whose blood, at some $60,000 per gallon, is essential to testing for toxins in numerous injectable medicines—including most vaccines. The species began to flourish before dinosaurs did, and arguably, they’ve... | Read More

Nearly 500 Counterfeit Francis Bacon Works Confiscated in Italy

Italian police have confiscated nearly 500 works of art believed to be Francis Bacon counterfeits. The artworks, along with various other personal effects that were seized, are worth about €3 million (approximately $3.5 million). Five out of seven total suspects investigated have been charged with conspiracy to authenticate and trade forged works of art, along with fraud and money... | Read More

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