Monday, November 30, 2015

We Have a New Warhol Authentication Service

Yes, indeed. Filling the wide gap left by authentication boards, Richard Polsky explains his new Warhol authentication business.

The closing of the Andy Warhol Art Authentication Board, in 2012, created a vacuum for authenticating the artist’s work. As of now, the major auction houses will not accept an Andy Warhol painting for auction unless it has been authenticated by the Andy Warhol Art Authentication Board or listed in the Andy Warhol Catalogue Raisonné. However, these two venues are not foolproof. There are many genuine works out there that have not been documented or have been documented inaccurately. And there are a slew of fakes.

More here.


Support Ai Weiwei: Drop Off Your Lego’s Here


According to Ai Weiwei’s Instagram feed,

The Brooklyn Museum will be the collection point in New York for LEGO donations. Starting 10/29, drop-in deliveries will be accepted in a BMW vehicle located in front of the main entrance to the museum during open hours. Postal donations can be sent by mail to the museum at 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, New York 11238.

For some background information on the Lego Company’s refusal to fulfill Ai’s Lego bulk order, click here.


“Consider and/or commit the crime listed.”

If you didn’t see The Xerox Book exhibition at the Paula Cooper Gallery this fall you missed out on a great exhibition. Here’s one of my favorite works within a work, from Joseph Kosuth’s Twenty-Five Works in a Context As One Work.




Tax Court Ruling on Deductions a Victory for Artists


If you say you are an artist, but you make little money from selling your art, can your work be considered a profession in the eyes of the Internal Revenue Service?

The answer is…yes. And yes, this story is a year old, but it’s new to us.


James Turrell: I Was Not Involved

A play on the cover of Drake’s “Hotline Bling” song (photo via @vacancyprojects/Instagram)

A play on the cover of Drake’s “Hotline Bling” song (photo via @vacancyprojects/Instagram)

For those of you that thought a serious artists was seriously collaborating with a non-serious pop-artist, this should set the record straight, and straight from the serious artist’s mouth:

“While I am truly flattered to learn that Drake f*cks with me, I nevertheless wish to make clear that neither I nor any of my woes was involved in any way in the making of the Hotline Bling video.”


Who Decides an Artist’s Royalty Rates?

The free market or three government employees?


Attempt to Evade Art Export Laws Stymied in French Port

In July, French customs agents seized a 1906 portrait painted by Picasso worth €26 million from a yacht docked in Corsica, foiling an apparent attempt to export the work to Switzerland. The Spanish government transferred the painting to Madrid, claiming the work as a national treasure.  The Spanish Court declared the work a cultural treasure of Spain in May, 2015, and barred it from leaving the country by refusing an export permit. The owner of the piece, Jaime Botín, a wealthy banker and public figure in Spain, has been fighting for its return, asserting the painting as his private property.

Botín had been attempting to transfer the work to London since 2012, when he made a formal request via Christie’s Iberia on behalf of Euroshipping Charter Company, Ltd., which Botín claimed is the technical owner of the work, though he is the largest shareholder. He also argued the work was under British law, as it was hanging in a yacht moored in the Valencia Royal Nautical Club under British flag. This request was subsequently denied. The Spanish cultural ministry based its decision on the fact that the work is a rare example of Picasso’s Gósol period and key to his later Cubist developments and the subsequent evolution of 20th century painting.

The case highlights the tension between the rights of art collectors over property they ostensibly own and the efforts of governments to protect national heritage. As Botín reported to the New York Times, “I am defending the rights of property owners.  This is my painting. This is not a painting of Spain. This is not a national treasure, and I can do what I want with this painting.” This tension has become particularly significant as other European countries, such as Germany and Ireland, have introduced amendments to cultural heritage laws to make it more difficult to sell artworks beyond state borders, impacting the value of such works in an international art market booming for the works of well-known artists, especially Picasso.

More via the New York Times and artnet news.


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