Wednesday Bits: On Art and Technology

I’m going to give it up for Lee Rosenbaum who had the balls to finally point out that museums, eager to find ways to use and to appreciate the latest technology, have offered a lot of fluff and not enough substance. Art which uses technology or which is comprised of digital experiments often rests on…

Alchemy: Turning Art Into Liquid Gold

Tech Savvy Services Promise Quick Seamless Sales Art has forever been a notoriously illiquid asset, proving expensive, time-consuming, and frustrating in its resistance to quick and timely sales. But now, with an increasing acknowledgement that there is a swiftly growing demand for liquidity from serious collectors who wish to diversify or update their collections, and…

Wednesday Bits: Hate, Authority, Politics, & Money

Death of an Art Snob On Saturday, Sept. 19th, the world’s most famous art snob, Brian Sewell died, opening up no new dialog at all regarding the role of art criticism and how, if at all, it effects the public’s view of the art that surrounds them. I’m sure he could have cared less. Accused…

Wednesday Bits: Broad Benefits & Cross-Pollination

Trickle Down Taste The Broad opens this Sunday, in downtown Los Angeles —a stunning concrete lattice construction housing three floors that sample Eli and Edythe Broad’s personal collection. The most marvelous thing about it is the way that it stands as a shining example of a trickle down economy of taste. Everyone wins when a…

Wednesday Bits: Pride of Pwnership

Who’s Picasso is it anyhow? There were many objections, a lot threats and some immediate backlash when German cultural minister, Monika Grütters, set in motion a proposal that would severely regulate the export and sale of German works that are deemed of significant cultural value. It struck me that the press kept an objective stance,…

Wednesday Bits: Tangled Networks of Terrorism, Theft, and, Apps

The bad news is this : we’ve long lived in a world where art market specialists have been willing to turn a blind eye to looted, stolen, and downright fake art objects and no amount of reporting has so far sufficed to squelch or even discourage this. No one needs to know that you didn’t…

Wednesday Bits: Paik/Gagosian, Mr. Fad

Gagosian Reps Paik Yesterday Gagosian Gallery announced that they would be representing the estate of Nam June Paik worldwide. The gallery, working with the estate, will debut their new shepherdship in a show curated by the estate’s favorite scholar, family friend, and dedicated conservation master, John HanHardt. HanHardt helped establish Paik archives at the Smithsonian…

Wednesday Bits: Canaries in Coal Mines; things to come are coming!

Instagram is The New Chelsea The New York Times is finally noticing that Instagram has become “the social media platform of choice for many contemporary artists, galleries, auction houses and art collectors, who use it to promote art that they are selling.” The popular social media platform has been providing a wall-less art space forEVER…

Wednesday Bits: Misc. Power Players

German Cultural Minister Prompts Mass Art Exodus German cultural minister, Monika Grütters is embroiled in a controversy over her draft proposal for a Cultural Property Protection Act, which can have dire consequences as artists and collectors threaten to withdraw works on loan to German museums. The draft proposes what many are viewing as draconian restrictions…

Art Appreciation: When collectors cash in on museum reputations

The Smithsonian’s recent Cosby quagmire stands as the latest, most public, instance of an unfortunate trend and its consequences: art collectors are leveraging public educational institutions and spaces to build reputations and provenance that add value to their collections. This is a whopping conflict of interest that has been, until now, only periodically acknowledged, and…