Articles & News in the Art World

Articles and news about recent issues involving litigation, new and upcoming artists, art pieces and the business that surrounds the art world.

  1. Chow w art copy 470x260

    Before I interview Mr. Chow, he sets my copy of his book on fire. After smashing large Sharpies onto a blank page of the book...

    September 3, 2019
  2. art brief artists and bad behavior

    The Me Too movement has pushed the private behavior of artists and performers into the public square. Accusations of sexual harassment have damaged the reputations...

    July 2, 2019
  3. Donald Trump 2017 HAMMER PICKLE copy 470x260

    On February 15, 2019, President Donald Trump issued a fake declaration of a national emergency at the southern border of the U.S., claiming that criminals...

    April 30, 2019
  4. art brief theater of the absurd

    “Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World”—intended to be the most important show of Chinese dissident art in recent years—limped into California late...

    March 5, 2019
  5. Leonardo da Vinci Salvator Mundi c.1500 oil on walnut 45.4 × 65.6 cm 470x260

    The bitter years-long dispute between billionaire Russian oligarch Dmitry Rybolovlev and Swiss art-freeport mogul Yves Bouvier (reported in this column previously) has spawned a multi-million-dollar...

    January 2, 2019
  6. ai weiwei golberg 470x260

    The first week of October was Ai Weiwei week in Los Angeles—a triple-header of shows including the Marciano Foundation, the opening show of former MOCA...

    November 6, 2018
  7. chris ofili the holy virgin mary 470x260

    President Donald Trump is no fan of the arts. His first budget proposed entirely eliminating the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National...

    September 4, 2018
  8. Scott KlausBiesenbach 470x260

    This week’s announcement that Klaus Biesenbach, director of New York’s PS1, the Museum of Modern Art’s satellite in Queens, was chosen to be the new...

    August 6, 2018
  9. 5points 470x231

    Whenever I mention the V.A.R.A to artists, I’m invariably met with a blank stare. The Visual Arts Rights Act, passed by Congress in 1990, grants...

    July 2, 2018
  10. balthus balthasar klossowski de rola therese dreaming 1938 470x260

    Censorship of art must always bear a high burden—especially after an entire generation of work was nearly destroyed by the Nazis’ war on Modern Art...

    May 1, 2018
  11. Leonardo da Vinci or Boltraffio attrib Salvator Mundi circa 1500 470x260

    Salvator Mundi, a portrait of Christ attributed to Leonardo da Vinci, was sold to a Saudi Arabian prince for $450 million (including fees) at Christie’s...

    March 6, 2018
  12. Ed Moses with fans 470x260

    Last Tuesday night (January 16, 2018), a day before he died, Ed Moses had an art opening of his latest work at a gallery space...

    January 20, 2018
  13. norman rockwell1 470x260

    Although I’m not a big fan of Norman Rockwell’s artwork, a painting of his caught my eye after becoming the centerpiece of a controversy that...

    January 2, 2018
  14. NYBG CHIHULY 02 Red Reeds on Logs 2017 470x260 1

    Does anyone really believe that Michelangelo or Rubens painted all their works—every single stroke? Of course they didn’t. They had assistants working on their art...

    November 7, 2017
  15. GardenBook4 19 178639 v4 1 470x260

    In the past two years two art museums endowed by Los Angeles billionaires have opened. Eli Broad opened The Broad museum in 2015 and the...

    September 5, 2017