Cheat Sheet: Top Collectors, Jeffrey Deitch, and Peggy Guggenheim’s Art and Sex-Fueled Life
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THE TOP INTERNATIONAL COLLECTORS
This week artnet News released our list of the top 200 international collectors which include a generation of tycoons, celebrities, and philanthropists that range from heirs to Middle Eastern fortunes to young tech entrepreneurs. Curious to know who made the list? See artnet News Top 200 Art Collectors Worldwide for 2015, Part One and artnet News Top 200 Art Collectors Worldwide for 2015, Part Two.
BELOVED CURATOR JANE FARVER DIES IN VENICE
Curator and former head of the List Visual Arts Center at MIT Jane Farver passed away in Venice on the eve of the Biennale. Farver was working with artist Joan Jonas on her exhibition for the US pavilion. The cause of her death has not been officially announced, but sources indicate that the curator died from a heart attack. To read words of remembrance of Farver from former colleagues, see Jane Farver, Former MIT List Head and Queens Museum Curator, Has Died in Venice.
JEFFREY DEITCH TO CO-CURATE CONEY ISLAND STREET ART SHOW
Dealer and curator Jeffrey Deitch will be co-curating a street art show on Coney Island this summer with Joseph Sitt, the head of real estate developing company Thor Equities. Since returning to New York from Los Angeles after a thorny tenure at LA MOCA, he’s been engaged in a variety of curatorial projects (see Jeffrey Deitch and Mana Contemporary Celebrate Armitage Dance and Art). This one, sees him partnering with what a Huffington post blogger once called “Satan’s real estate division.” See Jeffrey Deitch Has Sunk So Low He’s Curating for Property Developers on Coney Island.
PEGGY GUGGENHEIM ON ART AND SEX
In our preview of a documentary by director Lisa Immordino-Vreeland about the infamous Peggy Guggenheim, whose uncle Solomon founded the namesake museum, we discover a world of art, glamour, and lots of sex (she was a self-proclaimed “nymphomaniac”). The heiress-turned-art-dealer rubbed shoulders with everyone from Picasso and Gertrude Stein to Wassily Kandinsky (whom she gave his first UK solo show) and Jackson Pollock. Read more steamy details here: Peggy Guggenheim Documentary by Lisa Immordino-Vreeland Reveals Life of Nonstop Art and Sex.
JAIL TIME FOR JASPER JOHN’S FORMER ASSISTANT
No bad deed goes unpunished in this assistant’s tale of thievery. James Meyer, the former assistant to American artist, Jasper Johns, was sentenced to 18 months prison following his admission to stealing works from the artist’s Connecticut studio and selling them through New York galleries. Meyer, who worked with Johns for 25 years, stole $6.5 million worth of work over a six-year period. See Jasper Johns’s Former Assistant Sentenced to 18 Months In Prison for Stealing Paintings.
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