Today’s big will be a brief market digest of sales from the Armory Show‘s vernissage (to be published shortly), but in the meantime why not read about supermodel Lily Cole, a 23-year-old Briton who achieved a first at Cambridge University last year and now is about to debut a smart new art series on the U.K.’s Sky Arts channel. Called Art Matters, the program will feature Cole paying visits to the studios of some of the most important artists working today, from Tacita Dean to Christo and Gabriel Orozco. Impressed? She’s also an actress, with two movies currently in the works: Snow White and the Huntsman (with an all-star cast including Ian McShane and Charlize Theron) and The Moth Diaries.
– QUOTE OF THE DAY –
“I don’t think that this fair is going away because Merchandise Mart [the owners] has too much invested in it. But the Armory rested on its laurels, they were losing a lot of important galleries, so they had to step up their game and I think they did.” – Art dealer Marianne Boesky on the Armory Show, which underwent a broad slate of changes this year to fend off aggressive competition from new fairs.
– MUST READ –
Elad Lassry‘s Ballet Debuts – Sarah Lehrer-Graiwer attended the one-night-only production of the Los Angeles artist’s first live performance, a high-concept Robert Smithson-meets-Balanchine work that creates picture-like tableaux from that great modern dancer’s marginal background choreography, and she dubs it “totally brilliant.” (Artforum)
Rockin’ Precedent – The raucous public celebrations accompanying Michael Heizer‘s boulder-like Levitated Mass as it slowly travels to LACMA recall the hilarious religious procession that Francis Alÿs organized to bring MoMA‘s art collection to temporary housing in Queens during the construction of the museum’s new building. (LAT)
SETI, But With Fireworks – The gunpowder-based performance that Cai Guo-Qiang is planning for Los Angeles MOCA next month, titled Mystery Circle: Explosion Event for the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, is all about aliens, surprisingly enough. (LAT)
– ART MARKET –
ADAA Sales Report – In her piece on commerce at the bluest-chip fair, Shane Ferro says that the Tuesday opening mostly saw “slow-but-steady sales… [since] a slower economy means that those with the money have the luxury of time,” but notes that David Zwirner‘s booth of Suzan Frecon paintings sold out within the first hour (as did Pace‘s Nara stand), that two John Baldessaris had sold for between $375,000 and $575,000 apiece at L&M, and that eight groups of Cindy Sherman‘s work had been snatched up at Metro Pictures for between $250,000 and $350,000 each. (Artinfo)
“Uneasy Lies the Head That Wears a Crown” – Bob Morris profiles Max Levai, the 24-year-old (younger than an Olson!) son of Marlborough Gallery founder Pierre Levai who is bringing a youthful energy to the gallery, bringing on artists like Rashaad Newsome, Robert Lazzarini, Jonah Freeman, and Justin Lowe. (NYT)
This Kind of Thing Upsets Critics – Martin Gayford says it’s “absurd” that Picasso‘s Child With a Dove, a somewhat iconic, mostly minor painting the artist made when he was only 19, might sell for $79 million dollars when deaccessioned by the National Galleries of London and Edinburgh, considering that Titian‘s Diana and Callisto—”among the undisputed masterpieces of one of the greatest painters of the Italian Renaissance”—went for $71 million. (Bloomberg)
Scholars’ Rocks on a Roll in China – These strangely porous and Seussian rock formations that were once prized by emperors and artists and now are hotly pursued by Chinese collectors (and Damien Hirst, intriguingly) are also inspiring a wide range of contemporary artists, like Cai Xiaosong, Luo Jianwu, and Liu Dan. (WSJ)
– IN & OUT –
British photographer Paul Graham has won the 2012 Hasselblad award for his work, a new series which is currently on view at New York’s Pace Gallery. (Guardian)
The Portland Museum of Art has appointed Jessica May as its new curator of contemporary and modern art, bringing her over from the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, where she was the associate curator of photographs. (Artforum)