From the Highlights of Frieze Week to Jeff Koons’s Snapchat Collab: The Best and Worst of the Art World This Week

Plus, surprise trends at Frieze in London, and we remember publishing magnate SI Newhouse as an avid and discerning collector.

Snapchat's collaboration with Jeff Koons. Screenshot courtesy of Moshe Isaacian via Snapchat.
Snapchat's collaboration with Jeff Koons. Screenshot courtesy of Moshe Isaacian via Snapchat.

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Marina Abramovic. Photo: courtesy Kreemart, ©2017.

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  • Thanks to a new augmented-reality collaboration with Snapchat, Jeff Koons‘s famous sculptures can be conjured around the world with just a click of the app. It’s the perfect marriage of cutting-edge and obvious.
  • After the opening of Frieze London, collector Stefan Simchowitz posted a rant on Facebook directed at “gallery idiots” who he says are lying about why they supposedly can’t sell artwork to him.
  • President Trump finally released his proposed tax reform plan, but experts in the field delivered a range of opinions on whether high-net-worth individuals (like collectors) will really be pleased with the results.
  • documenta’s CEO finally broke her silence and addressed the show’s financial troubles, citing air conditioning and hotel tabs as two sources contributing to the deficit.
  • What does Marina Abromović taste like? The performance artist has partnered with Ladurée to create a macaron based on her life.
  • The publishing magnate SI Newhouse, chairman of Condé Nast, passed away this week, and we looked back at his storied art collection.

 


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