Week in Review: Sales at the Armory, TEFAF Art Market Report, and the Week’s Other Top Stories

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The 2014 Armory Show. Photo: Benjamin Sutton.

TEFAF 2014: Sales Swift, Confidence High at the Mother of All Art Fairs
A record 274 exhibitors are showing over 30,000 objects at this year’s TEFAF, open until March 23. Coline Milliard walks through the early sales and highlights, including a 700-year old Chinese porcelain dish, pieces by Damien Hirst, and a signed van Gogh last seen in public in 1965.

TEFAF Art Market Report Says 2013 Best Year on Record Since 2007, With Market Outlook Bullish
A bullish outlook is set for 2014. TEFAF’s annual report on the state of the art market finds that in 2013 contemporary and post-war art continued to dominate the market. A look at 10 promising conclusions of Dr. Clare McAndrew’s latest Art Market Report by Alexander Forbes.

International Center of Photography Set To Close Its Midtown Museum
The photography museum has been at its Midtown Manhattan location since the 1980s, and now is looking for a new home. Rozalia Jovanovic reports.

Major Unidentified Lucio Fontana Painting Authenticated after Decade of Research
The founder of Tornabuoni Art Paris, Michele Casamonti, got called to a European collector’s attic to take a look at his Lucio Fontana, one of Italy’s great modern artists. What resulted is the authentication of a major piece, to be presented next spring at the gallery. Story by Coline Milliard.

Imi Knoebel, Marianne Vitale, and Carmen Herrera Among Robust Sales at Armory Show
A flood of sales at the Manhattan-based art fair started from the early hours of preview day on March 5 and continued through closing on March 9. Eileen Kinsella catalogues the highlights, which include Imi Knoebel, Marianne Vitale, Carmen Herrera, and many more.

How Laurie Simmons Dolls People Up
Jeffrey Grunthaner and Laurie Simmons discuss the complexities of truth and unreality in her new show “Kigurumi, Dollers, and How We See,” as well as connections to her previous work, and the emotional bonds we form with masks.

Hello to 80-Year Old Dorothy Iannone and Her Sex-Fueled Retrospective
The current Dorothy Iannone retrospective at the Berlinische Gallerie includes around 150 works that explore her central themes: female sexual autonomy, ecstatic love, and a slightly mystical worldview. Review by Alexander Forbes.

In Review: London’s Must-See Gallery Shows This March, from Markus Lüpertz to Marvin Gaye Chetwynd
A review of the top 5 must-see shows in London this March, including Markus Lüpertz’s first show in London since 1979 and Chetwynd’s series of bat paintings, by Coline Milliard.

Stephen Powers’s New Book is a Public Art Manifesto
A Love Letter to the City, the new book by public artist Stephen Powers, not only records the visual culture and spoken word process behind Powers’ murals spanning the globe, it is also a manifesto for public art, argues Benjamin Sutton.

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