Will CEO Steven Murphy’s “panicked” decision to sell the “Min” Fanglei vase privately for a reported sum in the realm of $30 million cause a coup d’etat from the house’s Asian Art Department? They’re perturbed to say the least, an inside source tells artnet News.
Our reporter Rozalia Jovanovic headed to the city of angels to see why galleries in the city are betting big on the East Side. “Is it a sign that the Los Angeles art world is maturing,” she asks, “or is this just a matter of course in the episodic and migratory nature of LA’s perennially de-centered gallery scene?”
With Dubai’s penchant for all things luxe, one might expect a blight of bling, equally shiny art, and sky high prices at the city’s hallmark fair, Art Dubai. Not so, says Coline Milliard. Perusing the fair this week, she finds that conceptually-driven work and prices under US$100k are the ticket to success in the Emirates.
Our weekly roundup of gallery reviews sets its sights on Berlin this week. Alexander Forbes trains an eye on exhibitions by John Bock, Imi Knoebel, Alice Creischer, Yinka Shonibare, and Monika Sosnowska to see what’s driving discourse in the German capital during the month of March.
And in what will surely go down as one of the great cautionary tales of the 21st century, a student in Italy accidentally dismembered a sculpture after jumping into its lap to take a selfie.