Desert Gravure by Ed Ruscha
I acquire art much like I acquire design: it’s not a deeply analytical process. I respond instinctively to a work that I like and go for it, irrespective of the artist or provenance — you have to learn to trust your eye. - Muriel Brandolini
About the Curator
Designer Muriel Brandolini‘s unconventional approach to design has made her one of the most sought-after designers in New York. Her style and ideas are constantly being reinvented and consistently breaking away from the traditional. Descending from French, Vietnamese, and Venezuelan ancestors, her inspiration comes from her multi-cultural background and world travels. Her work has been profiled in Harper’s Bazaar, The World of Interiors, Vogue, Architectural Digest, Vanity Fair, and Elle Decor, among others.
Nate Lowman, Birthday Cake Painting #2, 2011, Oil and alkyd on linen, 36 x 24 inches (91.4 x 61 cm), $140,000.
David Zwirner and Ben Stiller’s Artists for Haiti auction last week turned out to be a smashing success. After an exhibition at Zwirner’s Chelsea gallery, 26 works by 25 celebrated artists were sold at Christie’s, which raised a phenomenal $13.7 million (Actually, Artists for Haiti became the most successful charity auction ever held at Christie’s.) Most works sold above estimate and several made new auction records for artists, including Raymond Pettibon, whose wave painting, No Title (But the Sand…), 2011, fetched $820,000, and Nate Lowman, whose Birthday Cake Painting #2, 2011 sold for $140,000. ArtInfo’s Judd Tully reported that the star-studded room, which included Jennifer Aniston, John McEnroe, and art consultant to the sultans, Philippe Segalot, broke into applause at the final tally, while Zwirner and Stiller “stood up, pumped the air, and embraced one another.”
The Divine Gas by Chiho Aoshima
About the Collection
Art Basel is The Most Prestigous Art Fair In the World. Collect Art Basel Artists at Artspace.
Broadening interest in contemporary art has produced an explosion in both attendance at and number of art fairs around the world. Today, there are over 400 regularly scheduled art fairs in locations ranging from Paris to Perth, Dubai, Hong Kong, New York, Chicago, Brussels, and London. The art fair that has set the standard for them all opens each year during the second week of June in the town of Basel, Switzerland.
The New York Times reports that Eric Fischl is ready to take his “America: Now and Here” project on the road, crisscrossing American small towns and cities with a truck-based museum and performance space. The tour, which is intended to address what Fischl sees as an identity crisis in American culture, kicks off on May 6 in a temporary exhibition space in Kansas City, Missouri and moves on to similar spaces in Detroit in July and Chicago in October.