Posts from March, 2009

Eat, Shop and Park at the Met, or Else!


Another 74 jobs will be cut from the merchandising staff at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This is in addition to the 53 jobs that were cut over the last year. It is feared that a total of ten percent of the museum staff, or a total of 250 jobs, will be cut from the…


Reverse Heist


Eight of nine paintings that had mysteriously gone missing in 1987 from Noortman Master Paintings, the gallery founded and run by Robert Noortman in Maastricht, The Netherlands, have turned up 22 years later, when they were snagged in a Dutch police sting operation. These missing paintings included La Clairière by Renoir, Bords de la Seine…


Paolo and Francesca, with paintings by Oona Ratcliffe


Bill Berkson’s 1982 translation of Dante revised in 2009 and coupled with paintings by Oona Ratcliffe


Bonnard: Drawing Color, Painting Light


For Bonnard drawing was sensation, and taking possession of the image. The next step was the translation of these notations into color, not local color, but the color that came from his interior logic.


Clintel Steed at the Bridge Art Fair


Clintel Steed Mark Borghi Fine Arts Bridge Art Fair Clintel Steed’s powerful new paintings are among the best works on view at this year’s youthful, bustling – and very fun – Bridge Art Fair. Grouped generously in Mark Borghi’s gallery space, Steed’s large canvasses are a perfect fit for the setting; arresting and sustaining as…


The Armory Show 2009


The Armory Show 2009 opened today. artcritical editor DAVID COHENwas there with his iPhone Armory, First Day Weigh-In What’s the best way to cope with a Recession–if you’re in the artworld? Expand. And how must you behave? With utter nonchalance, of course. Hence the Armory–not content simply to be the behemoth fair of contemporary, primary-market work, now…


Treading on Bacon


Two rare samples of rugs designed by Francis Bacon have turned up in the collection of an Iranian dealer, who bought them several years ago from an elderly lady who had them on the floor in her hallway. These rugs, which have the artists name worked into their designs, may have appeared in Francis Bacon’s…


Irate Phone Customer


Christie’s record breaking three-day auction of the collection of Yves Saint Laurent and his partner, Pierre Berge, earned more than $484 million, but has not escaped controversy. Two bronze fountainheads from the auction, taken from China’s Summer Imperial Palace in 1860, sold for $18 million each to a telephone bidder, who remained anonymous at the…


Art Stars


In a Lifetime Channel biopic set to air later this year, Jeremy Irons and Joan Allen star as the photographer Alfred Stieglitz and the painter Georgia O’Keefe. The two will be working together again in an art related project in the Broadway production of Michael Jacobs’ play “Impressionism”, much of which, is set in a…


Amy Kupferberg at NurtureArt


Amy Kupferberg at NurtureArt