artnet News Cheat Sheet
Our top 10 stories for the week of July 7–11.
The Helmut Newton Foundation scored a major victory in its ongoing quest to rid the online auction market of fake artworks purporting to be authentic pieces by the beloved photographer of nudes when a Swiss man was busted for selling forged Newton photos through the online auction platform Ricardo. “It’s hard to get them off the market,” the foundation’s curator Matthias Harder told Alexander Forbes. “At the big auction houses you have a contact person you can speak with. . . . But with the online platforms it’s difficult because there’s no one. It’s just a private person selling to a private person.”
Marina Abramović managed once again to defy all expectations (and logic) this week by starring in an Adidas commercial in which durational performance art is likened to competing in World Cup soccer. We can’t decide whether this is a bigger insult to performance art or soccer.
Summer began in earnest this week for the art market, as the slate of Hamptons fairs got underway. And because there’s nothing more embarrassing than mentioning the dazzling John Chamberlain scrap metal sculpture you saw at Art Southampton when it was actually on view at Art Market Hamptons—o kay, we’re exaggerating a little here, at least you didn’t star in a performance art-themed sportswear commercial—Cait Munro made a handy guide to telling the three Hamptons art fairs apart.
Ben Davis checked out the Lygia Clark retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art and found it sorely lacking in one very important respect: There’s very little about the artist’s life, both intellectual and biographical, in the show. He set out to remedy this by elucidating the complex system of counter-cultural, psychoanalytic, feminist, and class concerns threaded throughout her oeuvre and her writing.
Who are the Snoop Doggs and 2Pacs of the US art world’s East Coast–West Coast rivalry? Rozalia Jovanovic set out to find just that, and the resulting list of the 10 most expensive living artists who call the left coast home is full of some household names—Ed Ruscha, John Baldessari, Paul McCarthy—and more than a few surprises.
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