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.
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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.
The National Gallery of Victoria recently announced a major donation of artworks from the daughters of the late Melbourne philanthropist Loti Smorgon, who died in 2013. The donation made by Smorgon’s daughters, Ginny, Vicki, Bindy, and the family of the late Sandra, consists of Andy Warhol’s “Portrait of Loti” (1981), Renoir’s “Jeune femme assise décolleté” (1891), Jeffrey Smart’s “Winter carnival, Viareggio” (1988), and Henry Moore’s sculpture “Reclining figure distorted” (1979-80).
Art Market Hamptons, the fair formerly known as artMRKT Hamptons, has announced the exhibitors for its fourth edition from July 10 to 13. With just 40 participants, the fair aims to create an “intimate viewing experience” in its recently remodeled tents. At its Bridgehampton Historical Society location, Art Market Hamptons will not only sell art, but a healthy helping of foodie eats from vendors including LongHouse Reserve, Norwood, Roberta’s, Red Hook Lobster Pound, and Van Leeuwen Ice Cream
Sotheby’s London has issued art and jewelry investor Olyvia Kwok with a £3 million High Court writ for purchasing two artworks on behalf of a client who was unable to pay for them, the Telegraph has reported. Kwok successfully bid £2.49 million for “Water-Worshipper” by Jean-Michel Basquiat and £386,500 for “Idilli” by Cy Twombly at the Contemporary Art Evening Auction back in February. At the time, Kwok described the Basquiat purchase as “a bargain,” adding, “I believe that by the end of the year it will be in a different league. In 18 months we are looking to double what we paid.
This year, Frieze London and Frieze Masters will open from Wednesday until Saturday, with the preview on Tuesday — a shift forward from its traditional Thursday to Sunday opening days. The change means that visitors who do not work in the art world, and are not art collectors, will now only have one day to visit — rather than the entire weekend. Frieze co-director Matthew Slotover told ARTINFO UK that the reason for the change, which will limit public accessibility, is to provide a better experience for the art world.
Now going into its fourth year, ArtRio has announced the more than 100 galleries that will set up shop in Rio de Janeiro from September 11 to 14. This year, the fair happens to coincide with the 31st São Paulo Biennial, which opens on September 2. Divided into four seaside pavilions, the fair will once again mount its SOLO section (curated by Julieta Gonzalez and Pablo León de la Barra) and LUPA sector for large-scale pieces (curated by Abaseh Mirvali) at Pier Mauá.
German art consultant Helge Achenbach has been arrested after allegations of fraud. The 62-year-old is considered one of Germany’s most influential art consultants, entertaining long-term business relationships with some the country’s wealthiest collectors. According to the state attorney of the city of Essen, Achenbach has been accused of overpricing art and vintage cars he procured for investors. German newspapers Bild and Die Welt have reported that fraud allegations were made by the heirs of Berthold Albrecht, one of the founders of the German discount supermarket chain Aldi, who was one of Achenbach’s most important clients until his death in 2012.
This year’s edition of Art Basel hasn’t even ended and the fair is already announcing news for next year’s edition. In 2015, Cairo-based curator Maxa Zoller will organize the programming for Basel’s film sector. Zoller takes the reins from Marc Glöde, who has chosen the films for the past seven years. Zoller’s other current projects include co-curating an Anthony McCall show at Amsterdam’s EYE Filmmuseum.