It’s been a memorable year in the art world, not for what happened, but for who left.
Carmen Herrera and Dorothea Rockburne are among those whose works will be sold at Sotheby’s; Oprah Winfrey and Agnes Gund are honorary auction chairwomen.
Loic Gouzer will step down as co-chairman of postwar and contemporary art at the end of the year
Starting next fall, Phillips will take over 55,000 square feet at 432 Park Avenue, a “serious upgrade,” said its chief executive.
It keeps the top end of the art market bubbling. But it’s easier for anyone with an internet connection to engage with a painting than a performance or a piece of video art.
Auction houses are still getting high prices for works from the historic canon, but demand isn’t what it once was.
The art critics of The New York Times tell you what rocked their worlds this year: notable art events, works in museums and galleries, emerging artists and how they found beauty in unexpected places.
Sales have slowed in the face of new political realities, including Western sanctions on Moscow. But wealthy buyers continue to create surprises.
The scribblings of a brilliant 20th-century physicist show that he did not get everything right on the first try, either.