As the fall season gets under way, attention tends to focus on major cities like New York and London because of their blockbuster museum exhibits and trophy-art auctions. The Vagaries of the art market hold greater sway there, with galleries opening and closing with every tilt in collector confidence. Yet beyond these global hubs, there exist smaller, self-sustaining art scenes that appear to thrive in good markets and bad. Santa Fe, New Mexico is one such "microclimate." Aspen, Colorado is another.
This exhibition, organised in collaboration with The Museum of Modern Art, New York, is the first full-scale retrospective since the artist’s death in 2008 and the ultimate Rauschenberg experience. This landmark exhibition celebrates his extraordinary six-decade career, taking you on a dazzling adventure through modern art in the company of a truly remarkable artist.
Alexander Calder, whose career spanned more than half a century, continued to reinvent himself well into the later decades of his life. His work was always about motion, literally and figuratively, his mobiles spin around, rather than being planted firmly on the ground.
Aspen Art Museum's event, The Now 2015, is the museum's annual winter soirée. The fundraiser celebrates the patrons that make the non-collecting museum's existence possible. The evening consisted of an extravagant cocktail party and silent auction which lead to a sit down dinner addressed by Governor Hinkenlooper. The party ended in an intimate performance by the soon to be famous Grimes.
The best art of today isn’t compulsively preoccupied with influencing the future, but instead looks back and situates itself in the present while helping us understand a bit more the works of the past. That is what Marc Dennis has been doing for the past several years: painstakingly working on extraordinary, hyperrealist paintings whose subject matters combine masterpieces of the Renaissance, Impressionism or the Modern era with elements of our daily life.
''It’s an accident,” Mr. Stella said recently, when asked about his show, which opens at the Whitney on Oct. 30 and was organized with the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. “I’m old. I’m not controversial anymore.'' Stella gives us an insight into living artists he's watching, his (not so) perfect driving record and his Rock Tavern studio.
Paddle 8 recently interviewed Richard Phillips in an unusual way, via text. Phillip's states that he is drawn to using celebrities as muses because of their "sculptural volume of emptiness." Although he prefers to collect paintings, his first work ever purchased was a 1982 Albert Oehlen woodcut.
“It is impossible to simplify my feelings about China, because this country is too many things and too complex,” Ai Weiwei says. “Some things never change; others change much too fast.” Weiwei explains his transition from China to US and his reasoning for believing that China would never adhere to artistic expression.
Gerhard Richter is known for routinely disowning works and threatening to pull loaned works from museums. Now the artist is no longer acknowledging works from his early West German period in which he experimented with a realistic and figurative painting style. If the work is stricken from his catalogue, the value of the piece inevitably decreases.
Jasper Johns has loaned the Royal Academy of Arts a Joseph Cornell box. The box was a birthday gift from Leo Castelli. The wooden box shows a cutout of an owl above bark. The show will exhibit 80 of Cornell's works. Critic Deborah Solomon reports that "The box happens to have a distinguished provenance."
Art Southampton is directed by Nick Korniloff, who also brings Art Miami and Art Miami New York among many others. His shows attracts the leading galleries around the world, making each fair as prestigious as the last. Casterline|Goodman Gallery will be among those galleries selected to exhibit.
Anderson Ranch Arts Center will honor Frank Stella with the National Artist Award at the Hotel Jerome on July 16th. The National Artist Award is given to artists that are involved in the art community and have set an example of innovation in their art making. Anderson Ranch Arts Center celebrates creativity and service to arts by presenting select awards to world renound and local artists.
Boaz Vaadia will have four sculptures installed in downtown Rockford. The four sculptures, "Asa & Yehoshafat with Dog", "Ba'al & Yizhaq", and "Yo'ah with Dog" will join "Ah'av" and will be on loan to the community for one year. The sculptures will be installed throughout downtown Rockford as part of a new Rockford Area Convention and Visitors Bureau initiative.
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.
Recently Sean Parker, founder of Napster and founding president of Facebook purchased Ai Weiwei’s Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads for a reported $4.4 million. Weiwei’s top sale was previously $1.2 million. Parker was one of three telephone bidders contending to purchase the piece. The piece is the 7th in an edition of 8. Each edition consists of 12 statues that are 28 inches tall and depict Chinese zodiac signs. The radically higher cost at auction can be because other editions were selling at high rates, but buyer Sean Parker isn’t afraid to spend his reported $2.7 billion fortune.
At times “Art can resist being owned.” Richard Serra’s latest work is a series of 40-ton stacked cubes- try putting that in your home. The series is titled Equal and requires a skilled team of riggers, hydraulic gantries and a custom runway to be installed. Even Budco Enterprises - who has been installing Serra’s work for over 25 years - claims that “there’s no school you can go to learn it.” Due to the weight, even installing his work outside presents issues. Most buyers or galleries build separate rooms designed to hold the substantial sculptures.
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.
Alex Katz has partnered with Barneys and Art Production Fund to produce a capsule collection featuring everything from a water bottle to a limited edition portfolio. Katz has also created a custom mural, which is installed in the windows of Barneys in New York City to promote the collection. The 60 foot wide mural depicts Yvonne Force Villareal, Doreen Remen, Casey Fremont, Elizabeth McAvoy and of course, his wife Ada.
Pedestrians will literally be able to “walk on water” with Christo’s latest installment titled, “The Floating Piers.” The walkways will be located in Lake Iseo, Italy. The installment will be assembled from 200,000 floating cubes. The installation will circle two islands, Monte Isola and San Paolo, and then link back up to the town of Sulzano. The expansive walkways equate to almost two miles. Christo is famous for fundraising for installations and managed to raise around $11 million for this project.
Recently Bloomberg news featured a story on the financial security and high return of Contemporary Art and apartments in New York and London areas. Laurence Fink, who is one of the world’s largest asset managers, states that one of the “greatest stores of wealth internationally is contemporary art.” Historically gold has been the most sought out, protected investment. The lure of bullion investment has now been surpassed by the security and lavish return on contemporary art investments and coveted real estate.
According to a survey of museum attendance in 2014, the most popular artist in the world is a woman – Japan’s Yayoi Kusama. The Japanese artist drew over 2 million viewers to her work – but a survey shows female artists are still less likely to be chosen for solo shows by American galleries.
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.”
Kenny Schachter is a London-based art writer. During his recent trip to New York City to visit prominent art fairs, gallery shows, museum exhibitions, and midterm-auctions, one theme remained true throughout his ventures: the truth about emerging art. In a recent article, he compares emerging art to an expensive dining experience at a trendy restaurant that proved to be lackluster at best. His analogy is as follows: “a lot of (commercially) emerging art: if served up at the right restaurant for the right (high) price, you assume it’s yummy—and even after you taste it, you go along with the charade.”
As a child, Yayoi Kusama dreamed of a world covered in polka dots. Steadily, she built that world around herself and her eccentric personality, in a prolific career that spans performance art, sculpture, installation, collage, film, and painting.
This year, the London Financial Times hosted a significant discussion on the future of the art market. Important topics included art as a separate asset class and the need for regulation and reform in the art market. Discussions focused on the value of art as an investment rather than purely for aesthetic purposes, as the realms of art and business increasingly continue to merge. Throughout the symposium, evidence of art as a new asset class was drawn from a variety of trends, including the growing popularity of international art fairs, high returns on art, a lack of a fundamental pricing model and the proliferation of funds that invest in art, among others.
Andy Warhol was the highest selling artist in 2014. Collectors bought 1,295 works totaling $653.2 million in sales, which was ahead of Picasso, who fetched $448.7 million. Francis Bacon, Gerhard Richter and Mark Rothko made up the rest of the top 5 artists. Although there are no women listed in the top 10 selling artists in 2014, there were two female auction records set back to back. The first was Joan Mitchell selling Untitled (1960-1965) for $11.9 million and Georgia O’Keffe selling Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1 (1932) for $44.4 million.
Christie’s reported that there was a 17% increase to $8.4 billion in market sales from 2013. Sotheby’s also reported a sales increased of 18%, but overall fell shy of the Christie’s total by only reaching $6 billion. Christie’s auction sales were up 15% to $6.8 billion, private sales were up 26 percent to $1.5 billion, and online-only sales were up 60 percent, to $35.1 million. Additionally, the highest total for any art auction was reached in November when over the two-day auction Christie’s sold $852.9 million. Experts say that the financial performance is due to “an increase in activity across all geographies”.
Vik Muniz has a magician’s touch for transforming the mundane and, just as effortlessly, the spectacular into art. The Brazilian photographer has manipulated everything from trash, ink, sugar, and magazine clippings to diamonds, to create the images that make up the source material of his photographs. In several works he created in the late 1990s, Muniz focused on something even more elemental: dirt. Well, that and a little bit of spilled milk.
Casterline|Goodman Gallery, for the second year in a row, is a proud sponsor of the Aspen Art Museum’s annual gala ArtCrush and will be hosting PreviewCrush on July 31st from 5-7pm. PreviewCrush will host 350 guests providing refreshments, hors d'oeuvres, a sneak peak of the following night’s auction, and a chance to mingle with some of the industry leaders.
The French artist duo Christo and his late wife Jeanne-Claude, known for their epic site-specific installations, have long been beset by legal battles and environmental reports posing obstructions to their work. The pair are far from the first to catalyze charged debate over public art or Land Art; Richard Serra’s Tilted Arc (1981) went on trial in the ’80s, with major artists including Claes Oldenburg and Keith Haring coming to its defense before the structure was removed in 1989. As Christo continues fending off legal challenges to Over the River—a proposed project that would drape nearly six miles of Colorado’s Arkansas River in silvery fabric for two weeks in August 2015 (at the earliest), which has been in the works for some 20 years—the duo’s latest project is no exception.
One might call Alex Katz a modern Mannerist. Eschewing the “holy trinity” of “content, form, and subject” extolled by his American contemporaries in the 1950s and ’60s, the New York-born artist shunned the expressionistic abstractions, exaggerated Pop compositions, and spare, Minimalist assemblages pursued by the likes of Jackson Pollock, Roy Lichtenstein, and Donald Judd, and instead pioneered a distinct formal style that favored understated drama over naturalism while reviving the art of figuration, from portraiture to landscape painting. Marked by smooth, flat surfaces, hazy-eyed subjects with seemingly airbrushed skin, and sun-dappled domestic backgrounds, Katz’s distinctive paintings embodied an unsettling yet saccharine sort of Americana.
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.