Christie’s to Sell Judd’s Last Stack (Is It a Record-Setter?)
Donald Judd’s ineffable stacks are one of the artist’s most effective works. They seem to capture and elevate every idea in the minimalist master’s entire artistic vocabulary. Christie’s, which has a long history with Judd dating back to its aggressive sale of the Judd Foundation’s own works in 2006, believes this stack will set a record because it is the last one the artist made. The estimate is between $7 and $9 million.
Arrest warrant issued for Ukrainian daredevil who painted Moscow skyscraper
Russia has issued an international arrest warrant for Mustang Wanted, a Ukrainian daredevil who took credit last month for splashing the blue and yellow colors of his country’s flag across the Soviet star atop a Stalin-era skyscraper in Moscow. Ukrainian police say they will not turn him over. Mustang Wanted, known for scaling heights, described his actions as “an art performance” dedicated to Ukrainian Independence Day, which was celebrated in August. He has also said that he is ready to stand trial in exchange for the release of Nadezhda Savchenko, a Ukrainian fighter pilot who is being held in Russia.
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Essl Collection to Sell 44 Guaranteed Works (Valued at £60m) at Christie’s for Frieze
Colin Gleadell gets a big exclusive from Chrsitie’s. The Essl Collection, which has been seeking a bailout to keep the German DIY entrepreneur’s 7,000 work collection intact, has decided to sell 44 works through Christie’s in a pre-Frieze auction that estimates the value of the works at £60m. Gleadell points out that this makes it the most valuable single-owner Contemporary art sale.
The Bouroullec brothers join Zaha Hadid, Paul Smith and Marc Newson with London Design Medal win
We’ve been great admirers of Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec for years. Yet it’s always reassuring to see fellow arbiters of taste in the design world reaffirming our love for these French designers and their great works they’ve produced, such as the Lianes adjustable pendant lamp, their Diapositive thermo-welded glass furnishings, and their high-backed, Alcove sofa; as well as numerous products for manufacturers including Vitra, Kvadrat, Established & Sons and Alessi.
Remembering the LA Olympics
Those of us old enough to remember the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games probably recall the games’ sporting achievements – such as Carl Lewis’ four gold-medal wins – and its Hollywood-style stunts – including rocket man Bill Suitor flying into the opening ceremony on a jet pack. Yet there were other visual highlights which are on show once again this month, at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Henri Matisse cut-outs at the Tate bring record visitor numbers
The blockbuster exhibition of Matisse’s paper cut-outs has become the most popular show in Tate’s history, attracting more than half a million people for the first time. Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs brought 562,600 visitors to Tate Modern, making it one of the most popular paid-for exhibitions in Britain for decades.
Frieze London Announces Sculpture Park Line-up
Frieze London, which runs October 15–19, has announced the line-up for its 2014 Sculpture Park. The park, which includes both contemporary work and work from the fair’s Modern section, will be free and open to the public in Regent’s Park, the location of the main fair. On view will by work by artists Caroline Achaintre, Reza Aramesh, George Condo, Michael Craig-Martin, Martin Creed, Gabriele De Santis, Matt Johnson, KAWS, Yayoi Kusama, Seung-taek Lee, Roelof Louw, Marie Lund, Fausto Melotti, Richard Nona, Not Vital, Kristin Oppenheim, Jaume Plensa, Ursula von Rydingsvard, Thomas Schütte, and Franz West.