March 25, 2015: $140 Million Picasso Hits Auction Block & Ai Weiwei Teams Up With Wikileaks Hacker

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Mar 25, 2015 9:37PM


In New York … Affordable Art Fair New York opens at the Metropolitan Pavilion and runs through Sunday, March 29th, with presentations by Elisa Contemporary, Artflow, Joanne Artman Gallery, Art Angler, and Lilac Gallery, among others; “Caio Fonseca: New Paintings” and “Laylah Ali: The Acephalous Series” open at Paul Kasmin Gallery; “Come to Bed!,” with works by Marta Jovanović, Esmeralda Kosmatopoulos, and Michelle Jaffé, opens at BOSI Contemporary; “Margaret Evangeline: An Injured Armory” and “Lloyd Martin: Interval” open at 57 STUX + Haller.

In Los Angeles … Agnes Lux: Label the shapes” opens at Martos Gallery; highlights from major spring auctions will be on public view at Sotheby’s today and tomorrow.

In London … Anish Kapoor and Lee Ufan open at Lisson Gallery; Los Carpinteros opens at Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art; “Ydessa Hendeles: From her wooden sleep” opens at ICA London.

In Paris … The Drawing Now Paris art fair opens at Le Carreau du Temple and runs until Sunday, March 29th.

In Tokyo … René Magritte opens at The National Art Center.

Today’s Notable News

Picasso’s Les Femmes d’Alger (Version “O”) (1955), last for sale in 1997, is expected to bring in a jaw-dropping $140 million at Christie’s in May—if the final price is even just a couple million over that estimate, it will be the most expensive painting ever sold at auction, and already vies for the highest ever pre-sale estimate. (via artnet News)

Rhizome has announced the seven art/tech pairs who will collaborate at its 2015 Seven on Seven conference at the New Museum on May 2nd; the headliner is Ai Weiwei, who will be paired with Jacob Appelbaum, famous for being the only American “volunteer hacker” for Wikileaks. Other panel duos include Trevor Paglen and Instagram co-founder Mike Krieger, Liam Gillick and FiveThirtyEight founder Nate Silver, and Camille Henrot and The Guardian Project’s Harlo Homes. (via The Observer)

The Vienna Biennale has released the program for its debut edition, which will feature over 110 artists, center around the theme of “Ideas for Change,” and include Peter Weibel as one of its four curators. (via ARTnews)

Spanish architecture studio Selgas Cano has been announced as the designer of Serpentine Galleries’s 2015 pavilion; the firm has released initial images of its plans for the temporary structure, which opens this June and will be a multi-colored, cocoon-like space made with plastic panels. (via The Guardian)

The British Museum’s Greek sculpture show includes a surprise: a bronze copy of the Doryphoros made ca. 1920 by Georg Römer, which was until recently believed to have been destroyed in WWII. (via The Art Newspaper)

Today the Met debuts The Artist Project, an online video series in which, over the course of one year, 100 invited artists from around the world will share their thoughts on the artworks that speak to them. (via The Metropolitan Museum of Art)

Georgia O’Keefe’s Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1 (1932), which set the record for the highest price paid for a work of art by a female artist, goes on view at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art on Saturday. (via The Observer)

On April 1st, Sotheby’s will auction the signed 1963 lease to Andy Warhol’s first NYC apartment, which can be yours for an estimated $8,000–12,000. (via The Observer)

Ventura Lambrate 2015 has announced its lineup of design exhibitions that will be held throughout Milan’s Lambrate district next month. (via Dezeen)

Jytte Jensen—a film curator at MoMA for over three decades who was also chair of New Directors/New Films—passed away earlier this week. (via Indiewire)

Best of Instagram

Via @britishmuseum: “This week we’re celebrating ‪#MuseumWeek with a new theme each day! Follow us on Twitter @britishmuseum to find out more. Today’s #MuseumWeek theme is #architectureMW. We’ll be sharing stories of our building’s history. The first home of the British Museum was Montagu House, built in 1686. In this old museum at Montague House there were stuffed giraffes on the staircase!”

Good Reads

From Ancient Coins to Koons, the Arts Expenditures of the World’s 80 Richest People(via Hyperallergic)

Australian Museum Is Giving Naked Fans What They Want—Nude Art Tours(via The Huffington Post)

The Masterpiece Trade: Meet the U.S. Agency That Makes Museum Blockbusters Possible(via The Observer)

Denver Art Museum Goes Free for Children(via ARTnews)

Artist of the Day

Site-specific-installation artist Daniel Buren is best known for his boldly colored, minimal compositions that have evidenced a continued passion for vertical stripes and geometric exploration over the past half century. His work often incorporates found or repurposed objects, such as sailboat sails, and his philosophy around art as intimately linked to its display context has been highly influential in the realm of conceptual art. Buren turns 77 today and—having displayed work produced this year at The Armory Show earlier this month—his art practice is still going strong.

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Paul Kasmin Gallery
Untitled, 2013
Lisson Gallery
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