The famed 70 foot tall mural of Ed Ruscha will be repainted after being whitewashed in 2006. Artist, Kent Twitchell, announced his plans to paint a new mural depicting an older Ruscha. The mural will take over the northwest side of the American Hotel in Los Angeles. The project is sponsored by Huizar’s Council District 14 and Los Angeles Downtown Arts District Space’s All City Mural Endeavor.
Last week’s Christie’s New York evening contemporary and postwar art sale totaled a reported $658.5 million. The sale included three works that sold for over $50 million and eight works that sold for over $20 million. The sale that had everyone talking was the $179 million Picasso, the most expensive work ever sold at auction.
The purchaser of Femmes d’Alger is former Qatari Prime Minister Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani. Sources claim that the painting will be not featured in the buyer’s home in Qatar because of nudity. Earlier this year Al Thani also bought a Paul Gaugin painting which sold for $300 million making it the highest recorder price paid for a work of art.
The Wall Street Journal recently featured Casterline|Goodman Gallery in an article on “high-profile” art galleries in Aspen, Colorado. The article also highlights Alex Katz’s 1968 Impala (Study) and Louise Bourgeois’s 2009 Les Fleurs, both for sale by Casterline|Goodman Gallery. Praised as an “Aspen stalwart,” Casterline|Goodman is highly regarded for presenting secondary works by significant modern and contemporary artists. The article applauds Casterline|Goodman Gallery for providing high-end work to a wide range of clients from Europe, Brazil, Australia and Japan. Robert Casterline stated: “When I first opened 20 years ago, people immediately thought they were paying too much in a tourist town, but in the last 7 to 10 years…slowly the investors, collectors and consumers aren’t looking at buying investment art in a tourist town as a negative.”
Honey, I Twisted Through More Damn Traffic Today, is the title of Ed Ruscha’s first-ever public commission in New York, and a perfect example of the artist’s deadpan wit. High Line Art’s newest commission, the work brings one of the artist’s small pastel works from 1977 to a grand scale, covering the wall of an apartment building on 22nd Street; it will live there for a year. This classic example of Ruscha’s mastery of typography, prompts an exploration into the artist’s practice.