Speed Read: The Top 10 Art News Stories for October 6–10
From Hong Kong and New York to Washington DC, Buenos Aires, and Kiev.
1. What Are America’s Top 10 Private Contemporary Art Museums?
If you’re looking to start your own art museum, you could learn a lesson (or 10) from these collectors.
2. World’s Oldest Artwork Discovered in Indonesia
Is this the nail in the coffin for the Euro-centric account of art history? Yes, it is.
3. Tracey Emin’s Dejection Is Becoming Too Predictable
The YBA star is playing it much too safe, says JJ Charlesworth.
4. World Records Tumble at Hong Kong Auctions
Contrary to conventional wisdom, it turns out that violent pro-democracy demonstrations actually fan the flames of ultra wealthy collectors’ acquisitional desires.
5. A Constellation of Warhol Starlets at Fall Auctions
I’m eagerly anticipating the accompanying Buzzfeed quiz, “Which Warhol Woman Are You?” I’d like to think of myself as a Debbie Harry or Brigitte Bardot, but I’m probably more of a Jackie Kennedy, in truth.
6. Curator and Activist Viciously Attacked in Kiev
I’m happy to report that Vasyl Cherepanyn is well on the road to recovery.
7. Gerhard Richter Triumphs at Marian Goodman London
I didn’t think it was possible for anything to be more eye-popping than his so-called “squeegee” paintings, but Richter’s “Flow” paintings look positively orgasmic.
8. Punchy 5×5 Public Art Project Electrifies Washington DC
The capital of bombastic marble monstrosities is trying its hand at a more adventurous and subtle sort of public art.
9. Art Market Analysis: Why Is Gutai Member Kazuo Shiraga’s Market Soaring?
Shiraga’s geyser-like ascent makes Christopher Wool’s market trajectory look like Julian Schnabel’s.
10. Catholics Force Closing of Religious Barbie Doll Exhibition
First you couldn’t put Jesus in a jar of urine, now you can’t even play biblical dress-up with your Barbie and Ken dolls? Catholics are the worst.
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