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…