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Luxembourg Picks Filip Markiewicz for Venice Biennale

Last night, Luxembourg’s Culture Ministry announced that artist Filip Markiewicz is set to represent the country at next year’s Venice Biennale. Markiewicz, who splits his time between Luxembourg and Hamburg, was chosen from 17 proposals by a jury composed of Muhka director Bart de Baere, artist Martine Feipel, art critic and curator Paul di Felice, Culture Ministry rep Claudine Hemmer, and Mudam director Enrico Lunghi.


Derek Blasberg to Join Gagosian Gallery

Derek Blasberg, who is currently Editor-at-Large of Harper’s Bazaar, Vmagazine, and VMAN, has been added to the Gagosian Gallery staff in an unspecified position, though Larry Gagosian said “I think he will make a valuable contribution” in a statement sent out this afternoon. No stranger to the upper echelons of the art and fashion worlds, Blasberg profiled supermodel Stephanie Seymour and sons Peter and Harry Brant for Harper’s Bazaar just this week.

Second Annual L.A. Art Book Fair Is Open

The second annual Los Angeles Art Book Fair opened at MOCA’s Geffen Contemporary Thursday night, and the West Coast sister edition to Printed Matter’s New York Art Book Fair (now in its ninth year) has a great program lined up. The free event showcasing artists’ books, catalogues, monographs, periodicals, zines, and more boasts over 250 exhibitors from all over the world, and four special editions by Printed Matter to benefit the fair by Laura Owens, Jeremy Deller, Patrick Lee, and Parra. (more…)

Canadian Museum Recovers Stolen Watches


Eight gold pocket watches that were stolen from the Royal British Columbia Museum in Victoria, Canada, on January 3 — including the one above, which belonged to Bill Miner, a legendary train robber — have been recovered and are back at the museum. On Wednesday Brian Gerald Holt and Stacey Croft of nearby Port Alberni were arrested for the heist, which took place on a crowded, pay-what-you-wish day at the museum, whose staff only noticed the missing objects the following day, United Press International reports. (more…)

In Retrospect: Duck Art Is Blowing Up!


Join us every Saturday as we gather the limp bodies of deflated public art behemoths and try to figure out what type of bird felled them, in retrospect. (more…)

Benglis, Mehretu, and More Talk Abstraction at Christie’s

stella-benglis-kelly-fapeOn Monday night the Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies (FAPE) held a panel discussion at Christie’s in honor of the 90th birthday of one of its most famous participants, Ellsworth Kelly. Titled “American Abstraction Since Ellsworth Kelly,” the Robert Storr-moderated talk featured a star-filled, inter-generational roster of Lynda Benglis, Frank Stella, Julie Mehretu, and Odili Donald Odita, each of whom has participated in FAPE’s program to put contemporary art in U.S. embassies in one way or another. (more…)

NADA Offers Art Fair Tours for Tykes


As it did last year during its Frieze Week fair in New York, the New Art Dealers Alliance will again partner with Little Collector to offer tours for kids five and older at its NADA Miami Beach fair this week at the Deauville Beach Resort. The tours, which run at 1pm on Friday December 6, Saturday December 7, and Sunday December 8, are free with RSVP (see below). (more…)

OHWOW Snags Mapplethorpe Estate in L.A.

Robert_Mapplethorpe,_Self-portrait,_1980The estate of late photographer Robert Mapplethorpe is now represented in Los Angeles by OHWOW gallery, per an announcement on Thursday morning. The gallery will work in partnership with the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation to present exhibitions of the controversial, classically influenced photographer’s work at its West Hollywood location. (more…)

TONIGHT IN NYC: NURTUREart’s Playful Benefit at Bernarducci Meisel

WHAT: “NURTUREart Annual Benefit 2013
WHERE: Bernarducci Meisel Gallery, 37 West 57th Street, NYC
WHEN: VIP Preview: 5:00–7:00 p.m.; General Admission: 7:00–9:00 p.m. (more…)

Curator Sarah Green Leaves the Indianapolis Museum of Art to Start PBS Web Series

After the Indianapolis Museum of Art reduced their staff by 11 percent this past March, several high profile employees, including former senior curators Lisa Freiman and Ronda Kasl, have left the museum. The latest to make an exit is curator of contemporary art Sarah Green. Green, who has worked at the museum since 2007, is leaving her position to work on a brand new PBS Digital Studios web series called “The Art Assignment” that is set to debut next year.