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Thursday, July 30th, 2009

Spread ArtCulture #4

Image: Jeff Newman/TheArtCollectors

Spread ArtCulture #4 recently hit newsstands and is worth picking up. While the issue’s cover story features Pharrell Williams, several other articles will be of interest to art enthusiasts, including a look at Deitch Director, Kathy Grayson, an intimate view of Robert Longo’s studio (shot by The Selby), interviews with Marilyn Minter and Steve Lazarides, and pictorials from several notable photographers including David Eustace and Ruud Baan.

For us, the most significant is Spread’s look at the cutting edge practices of Phillips de Pury’s contemporary art team and their Saturday@Phillips auctions. Unfortunately, by the time of the magazine’s publication (and to the dismay of us here at TAC) Phillips had already announced restructuring of its auctions and the elimination of the weekend sales which had grown increasingly popular with young and seasoned collectors alike.

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Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

Shepard Fairey for Art for Life Charity Auction


Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation’s 10th annual Art for Life Charity Auction ends today and along with it, a chance to take home Close Knit (2009) by Shepard Fairey. With a current bid of $28,500 and $5,000 bid increments, this one’s certainly no bargain but will benefit the foundation’s mission of providing disadvantaged urban youth with exposure and access to the arts, as well as providing exhibition opportunities to under-represented artists and artists of color. Those interested can view lots and place bids via charitybuzz.

The highlight of last year’s auction was also donated by Fairey – one out of the only three existing original Obama Hope canvases which generated $108,000, far above its $30,000 estimate.


Friday, July 17th, 2009

Benefit Auction for Tara Subkoff

Image: Tara-Subkoff

Deitch Projects is holding a silent auction to help fund surgery for actress and fashion designer, Tara Subkoff, who is suffering from a benign but potentially fatal brain tumor. The silent auction runs through Saturday, July 18th and bidding will close at 5 PM. Bids can be placed via phone at 212 343-7300 or in person at  Deitch Projects, 76 Grand Street. In addition, a selection of clothing from Subkoff’s former Imitation of Christ label is available for purchase at the gallery.

View available lots here

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Monday, July 6th, 2009

Josh Keyes/Hunters,Run! Signed Charity Auction


At Arms Ltd. and Josh Keyes are conducting a charity auction with 100% of the proceeds benefiting the American Cancer Society. Currently on offer are 2 signed versions (one black and one green vinyl edition) of the sold out Hunters, Run! EP1 7″ record.  The record, cover and insert art have all been signed by Keyes. Both auctions are live now. Support a good cause and bid online here.

In related news, At Arms and Battle Standard Recordings are gearing up to release the second installment of the Hunters, Run! artist series later this month. The edition will feature artwork by 2009 Pulse Prize winner, Eric Beltz.


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Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

Cinders Benefit Auction w/ Thomas Campbell, AJ Fosik, Brendan Monroe, Richard Colman + more


Cinders celebrates its five year anniversary Sunday June 28, with Love is Like Magic, a special one day, silent auction party to help support the gallery.  If you’re in the Brooklyn area, come down for a sidewalk BBQ, special guest DJs and a chance to pick up some great art for a good cause. If that’s not enough to convince you,  gallery owners Kelie and Sto have sent along the above  photo to further entice your philanthropic tendencies.

Participating artists: Richard Colman, Brendan Monroe, Thomas Campbell, A.J. Fosik, Matthew Feyld, Allyson Mellberg, Jeremy Taylor, Ali Aschman, Andrew Jeffrey Wright, Diane Barcelowsky, Maya Hayuk, Josh Slater, Jessie Rose Vala, Noel Friebert, Mel Kadel, Kelie Bowman, Sto, Nick Kuszyk, Mindy Abovitz, Ryan Jacob smith, Suzanne Sattler, Sam McPheeters, Molly Colleen O Connell, and lots more!

Love is Like Magic – Silent Auction Fundraiser and Party
June 28, 3-9pm
Cinders Gallery
103 Havemeyer St.
Brooklyn, NY 11211

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Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

Contemporary Market Signaling Rebound

 ArtTactic has just published its newest US & European Contemporary Art Market Confidence Survey, revealing signs that confidence is slowly rebounding after an 81% drop in the the research firm’s Art Market Confidence Indicator in December 2008.  While the majority of those surveyed still hold a negative short-term outlook, 74%  say the market will only deflate anotherer 10-20% , suggesting that price correction may finally be leveling out.  In fact, 64% believe the contemporary market could bounce back as soon as 2010/11.

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Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

London Contemporary Art Auctions


Estimated far below similar works sold just one year ago, Richard Prince's Country Nurse is scheduled for auction June 30th, during Christie's Postwar+ Contemporary Art Evening Sale in London.

The big three auction houses are gearing up for their annual summer Contemporary Art sales in London. Day and evening sales kick of with Sotheby’s on June 25th and will be followed by Phillips de Pury on June 29th and Christie’s on the 30th and July 1.

With an estimate of £1.5-2 million at Christie’s Postwar + Contemporary Art Evening Sale on June 30, Richard Prince’s Country Nurse (pictured above) is telling of the increasingly conservative methods auctioneers are using to minimize risk in an already diminished market. One year ago a similar piece from the Nurse series was estimated at £4-6 million and sold for £4,241,250 at Sotheby’s July 1 London Contemporary Evening Sale.

Follow the links below to browse auction catalogs:

Sotheby’s Contemporary Evening Auction, London – June 25

Sotheby’s Contemporary Day Auction, London – June 26

Phillips de Pury Contemporary Art Day + Evening Sale, London – June 29

Christie’s Post War + Contemporary Art Evening Sale, London – June 30

Christie’s Post War + Contemporary Art Day Sale, London – July 1

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Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

Christie’s Pop Culture Auction

Poster for the Exploding Plastic Inevitable Live!, Andy Warhol, The Velvet Underground and Nico at The Dom, New York City, April 1 – 30, 1966. Collection of Moe Tucker. 14 x 22 in. Estimate: $7,000 – 9,000.

Christies will conduct its Pop Culture auction, June 23 in New York. The sale consists of a broad cross section of  punk, rock, hip hop, film and street art memorabilia from the 1960s forward, which collectively challenge accepted notions of fine art. As noted by Johan Kugelberg in the auction catalog’s introduction, “young artists (and collectors!) increasingly refuse to play the game of hi-brow verses low-brow, having replaced said such with something that we can now coin as uni-brow. Point taken, but we can only hope the phrase doesn’t catch on. Browse the full catalog here

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Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

Serennisima Final Performances + Benefit


Swimming Cities of Serenissima, Swoon’s most recent traveling art armada, has nearly completed its voyage along the Adriatic, arriving at its final destination in Venice. Tomorrow, June 4, the crew will launch three days of Clutches of a Cuckoo, a variety show of sorts, including music from the band Dark, Dark, Dark and live theater performances. Back in New York, Honey Space will hold a silent auction and raffle benefit on Thursday, June 4, to help raise much needed funds for the project. 

For more info on the project, check out our previous coverage of Swimming Cities here



Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009

ACRIA Benefit featuring Joseph Ayers, Will Cotton, Terence Koh, Andrew Schoultz, Kenny Scharf + more


ACRIA (AIDS Community Reseach Initiateive of America) holds its annual Unframed benefit tomorrow, Wed., June 3 in New York. The $20 entrance fee will get you a shot at a stellar list of original works for sale at rockbottom prices starting at just $100. There is a separate silent auction as well.

Participating artists are:  Joseph Ayers, Iona Brown, Will Cotton, Crash (John Matos), Andy Cross, Jon Elliott, Skylar Fein, Jon Flack, Sarah Hardesty, Todd Hebert, Evan Hecox, Terence Koh, Kelly Klein, Andrew Levitas, Robert Loughlin, Burton Machen, Adam McEwen, Christopher Milne, Santi Moix, Randy Plumbo, Jeff Perott, Hunter Reynolds, Charlie Roberts, Kenny Scharf, Andrew Schoultz, Jim Shack, Alix Smith, Paul Villinski, Michael Waugh, and Aaron Young

Unframed 2009
Wednesday, June 3
15 Union Square West
$20 at the door only

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