At the end of last week, news came out that German art collector Bert Kreuk (who is notorious for flipping works) is suing artist Danh Vo for allegedly not fulfilling his order for a sculpture that was meant to be shown at the Hague’s Gemeentemuseum last year. Now, Vo is speaking out about the case via a letter sent to the press by his New York gallery Marian Goodman. Read the full statement below.
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Good news for James Bond fans with deep pockets and a pent up desire to play with their hero’s toys: To celebrate the 50th anniversary of “Goldfinger,” Christie’s will be holding an online auction from September 8 to 17 featuring a one-of-a-kind one-third-scale replica of 007’s infamous Aston Martin DB5. Not only does the model include a list of gadgets that would make Q blush — “radio controlled machine guns, bullet proof shield and revolving number plate,” according to ArtDaily — but it’s also signed by notorious production designer Sir Ken Adam. And to top it all off, the car is entirely plated in 24-carat gold (because, y’know, “Goldfinger,” right?).
The Miami 2014 exhibitor lists keep on coming. Just this morning, Art Basel in Miami Beach released their whopping 267-gallery list and this afternoon beachside fair Untitled has sent out news of its participants. 96 galleries hailing from 18 countries will set up shop in Untitled’s breezy tent from December 3 through 7.
NADA Miami Beach announced its 2014 exhibitors today. A lot of the usual Lower East side suspects — CANADA, Lisa Cooley, JTT, and Rachel Uffner Gallery — will return to Miami’s Deauville Beach Resort when the fair sets up shop there from December 4 to 7. The fair also has its fair share of international participants with galleries representing 18 countries.
Art Silicon Valley/San Francisco (Art SV/SF), the second new art fair to pop up in the techie region, has announced the exhibitors for its inaugural fair from October 9 through 12 at the San Mateo County Event Center. Things have been heating up in the area over the past year with Silicon Valley Contemporary taking place this past April and Art Market San Francisco in May. Put on by the Art Miami people, Art SV/SF is the company’s seventh fair.
As is customary art fair practice, Expo Chicago will present a series of special projects at its third edition this September 18 through 21. The six projects include contributions from Chicago-based non-profit 6018North, local artist Erik L. Peterson (whose neon sculpture “Seep” is pictured above), and renowned Chicago architect Jeanne Gang, among others.
If anyone is questioning the intent of Edward Dolman, the newly appointed 54-year-old CEO and chairman of Phillips, to take on the entrenched duopoly of Christie’s and Sotheby’s, get ready for some talent-poaching from those quarters. Artinfo has learned that Dolman has a green light from the deep-pocketed Mercury Group owners of Phillips, to offer business-getters and specialists equity in the company, as well as a chance to share in profits from the individual departments they would run, if they jump ship.
Artinfo has an exclusive on the upcoming merger of Chelsea’s ZieherSmith and Horton Gallery, currently on the Lower East Side. By September, the two galleries will merge into one entity, dubbed Zieher Smith & Horton. The combined venture will retain the current, spacious home of ZieherSmith, at 516 West 20th Street. Both galleries plan to keep their distinctive rosters of represented artists. For ZieherSmith that includes Allison Schulnik, Chuck Webster, Lauren Silva, and Rachel Owens; Horton currently reps Trudy Benson, Echo Eggebrecht, and others.
Today, Art Basel announced that Australian curator Alexie Glass-Kantor has been tapped to curate the Hong Kong fair’s Encounters section for large-scale sculpture and installations next March. Glass-Kantor currently heads Sydney institution Artspace (not to be confused with the online art seller of the same name). She takes the reigns from Yuko Hasegawa who organized the sector for the fair’s first two years.
Back in March, Art Basel announced that it was shifting its Hong Kong fair from May to March — a move that prevented overlap with Frieze New York and the opening of the 2015 Venice Biennale. Looks like they are sticking with the change for the next few years at least. Today, Art Basel announced that its Hong Kong Fair would stay in March for 2016 and 2017. The exact dates will be March 22 to March 26, 2016 and March 21 to March 25, 2017.