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Posted: Wednesday, 16-12-2015

NEW YORK CITY -- Jeff Koons is in trouble over copyright infringement, yet again.

On Monday, New York photographer Mitchel Gray filed a lawsuit in Manhattan federal court over Koons' 1986 artwork 'I Could Go For Something Gordon's' (shown here) from his series "Luxury & Degradation".

Art collectors of ArtKabinett social media network understand that most of Koons's work consists of appropriated imagery.

Gray claimed that Koons used his original 1986 photograph—which depicts a woman painting on the beach, with a man sitting beside her—“nearly unchanged and in its entirety" to create his 'I Could Go For Something Gordon's' piece.

Posted: Tuesday, 15-12-2015

GSTAAD -- James Franco’s latest exhibition of painting titled, "Koo Koo,” has been announced for February 5 at Siegfried Contemporary in this luxury Swiss resort.

The show will feature a new set of paintings, this time instead of fat animals, the actor/filmmaker turned artist is exploring birds.

Art collectors of Art Kabinett social media network will enjoy this installation in between hitting the ski slopes.

This new exhibition follows hot on the trail of Shia Lebeouf’s recent performance piece in Liverpool, begging the question: Can actors become visual artists?

This new generation seems to think so but whether they are taken seriously by the art world remains to be seen.

Posted: Sunday, 13-12-2015

MIAMI – The first major event to kick off Art Basel week, Art Miami maintains its prestigious reputation as a leading international contemporary and modern fair.

Art collectors of ArtKabinett social media network reported big purchases at this fair.

Along with its sister event, CONTEXT Art Miami, the fairs report record-breaking sales and attendance throughout the week, and an overwhelming representation of significant works sold to both established and new private and corporate collectors, notable museum professionals, cultural foundation executives, dealers, art advisors and consultants.

Posted: Friday, 11-12-2015

LONDON -- A masterpiece by John Constable (1776-1837), 'The Lock', long considered to be one of his most iconic compositions, fetched £9million /$13.7 million at Sotheby’s auction on Wednesday evening.

Art collectors of ArtKabinett social media network have no fear that this masterpiece could ever leave its British homeland to take up residence in the collection of its new -- and likely foreign -- owner.

160 years after its last appearance on the market, the monumental landscape which depicts the countryside of the painter’s “careless boyhood” was the highlight of the Old Master & British Paintings Evening sale which totaled £22.6 million/$34 Million (est. £21.8-32.6 million). It was last transacted to an English family in 1855 for £860.

Posted: Wednesday, 09-12-2015

SHARJAH, U.A.E. -- 'Rain Room' is a large-scale environment of perpetually falling water that ceases to pour wherever a person walks, allowing the visitor to experience a rain shower without ever getting wet.

Conceived by the artists Random International, the Rain Room responds to the presence and behavior of its participants, offering visitors a surreal environment and a unique relationship with water.

Now an edition of the Rain Room by the design collective is to go on permanent display in Sharjah, in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Art collectors of Art Kabinett social media network are already planning to visit this amazing installation.

A 3,300 sq. ft building for the installation is currently under construction and is expected to open in the autumn of 2017.

Posted: Tuesday, 08-12-2015

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- A brand new series of paintings by the Post Pop artist Jeff Koons entitled Gazing Ball is currently on show at Gagosian Gallery.

Art collectors of ArtKabinett social media network will note a new level of artistic appropriation (usurpation?) in this new body of work.

In this series, Koons has taken iconic images from artists of the past, such as Titian, El Greco, Courbet, and Manet, daVinci, among others, and interposed a blue gazing ball. The works deal with the power of artistic gesture.

Each work has a blue glass gazing ball that sits on a painted aluminum shelf attached to the front of the painting. The viewer and the painting are reflected in the gazing ball. This device strives to connect the viewer to a family of cultural history in real time.

Posted: Monday, 07-12-2015

SHENZHEN -- Known to the world as a city of knock-offs, Shenzhen is seeking to reinvent itself as a creative hub for China's new economic vision with the opening of a huge design museum in partnership with Britain's V&A.

Art collectors of ArtKabinett social media network should place this new venue on their museum 'bucket list.'

From robotics for children to mobiles for the elderly, the V&A's exhibit at the "2015 Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture" gives a taster of the designs thought up in the southern Chinese city that will go on display at the Shekou Design Museum when it officially opens in 2017.

Posted: Friday, 04-12-2015

MIAMI -- What's the difference between the art fairs of Miami Beach and Black Friday/Cyber Monday?

Art collectors of ArtKabinett social media network know that both are enormous shopping centers growing in size each year as new 'retailers' join the bandwagon. While 'Black Friday shoppers clamor for bargains at rockbottom prices, Art Basel patrons are also out to find a good deal (anyone else seen the gold rush Wednesday evening?), but heaven forbid anyone admit as much.

This year the largest of the fairs, Art Basel, features 267 galleries and over 500,000 square feet of exhibition space. Unlike smaller fairs such as Frieze or the like, it seems the theme here is contemporary art, and lots and lots of it, with no real cohesion.

Posted: Thursday, 03-12-2015

MIAMI -- This week, Art Basel stages one of the largest art shows for Modern and Contemporary works of art in Miami Beach Florida, and ArtKabinett collectors have their eyes and ears in the city, to report first hand what's on.

Participating galleries, include some of the worlds leading art establishments with artworks presented, and the content of parallel programming produced in collaboration with local institutions for each edition.

Since its inception in 2002, Art Basel’s show in Miami Beach has itself as the premier show in the Americas and ranks as one of the favourite winter event of the international art world.

Posted: Tuesday, 01-12-2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Senate Finance Committee is scrutinizing nearly a dozen private museums opened by individual collectors, questioning whether the tax-exempt status they enjoy provides sufficient public benefit to justify what amounts to a government subsidy.

During Art Basel week, art collectors of Art Kabinett social media network will be visiting several Miami collections that are undergoing this tax probe.

Posted: Monday, 30-11-2015

NEW YORK, NY.-- Eli Wilner & Company is proud to have loaned 18 period frames and period frame replicas to enhance the paintings sold at the Christie's American Paintings Auction on November 19. The sale total was $45,390,250.

Art collectors of ArtKabinett social media network know that an important frame increases the value of a masterpiece.

Among the recent auction highlights sold in a Wilner frame was Marsden Hartley's Camden Hills From Bakers Island, which fetched $2.3M.

Posted: Sunday, 29-11-2015

PARIS -- Shepard Fairey, has unveiled a huge work attached to the Eiffel Tower in Paris, to highlight the Conference of Parties (COP21), on Climate Change, taking place from December 7 – 8.

The American street artist stated at the unveiling, “My political stance on protecting the planet is driven by my concern for the quality of life for future generations".

Art collectors of ArtKabinett social media network have visited this huge new work.

Posted: Friday, 20-11-2015

VERONA -- Masterpieces by Rubens and Tintoretto were among 15 artworks stolen 'to order' by masked robbers from a museum in Verona, the city's mayor said Friday.

Three men dressed in black entered the Castelvecchio museum in northern Italy at the evening change of guard on Thursday, tying up and gagging the site's security officer and a cashier before nabbing the paintings.

Their haul included "Portrait of a Lady" by Flemish Baroque painter Peter Paul Rubens and "Male Portrait" by Venetian artist Tintoretto, as well as works by Pisanello, Jacopo Bellini, Giovanni Francesco Caroto and Hans de Jode.

Posted: Wednesday, 18-11-2015

SHANGHAI -- In what may be the largest single credit card transaction ever, Chinese collector, Liu Yiqian, pulled out his Black AMEX last week to pay for Modigliani's Nu Couché.

Bidding via telephone through a Christie's VP, he beat out five opponents by offering $170.4 million including fees, the second-highest price ever paid for an artwork at auction.

Before last week, Mr. Liu and his wife Ms. Wang Wei, both 52, had already made a name for themselves in China’s art circles, he in particular as the most flamboyant of the country’s small group of major collectors.

Posted: Tuesday, 17-11-2015

BENTONVILLE, ARK.- Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art recently acquired “Untitled” (L.A.), 1991, (green candies individually wrapped in cellophane, endless supply, ideal weight: 50 pounds) by Felix Gonzalez-Torres (1957-1996).

Art collectors of Art Kabinett social media network are curious to know if the candies come from Walmart -- the company owned by the museum's benefactor, Alice Walton.

In “Untitled” (L.A.), small, green candies wrapped in cellophane are spread across the gallery floor, so that viewers may touch, take, and consume the work, which can be endlessly replenished. An unassuming and unexpected gesture, the work will debut in the galleries in the coming months.

Posted: Monday, 16-11-2015

LONDON -- Owners of paintings by Francis Bacon have now missed the deadline to be included in his first complete Catalogue Raisonné, which closed at the end of October 2015.

For this ten year project, collectors were requested to contact the Catalogue Raisonné Committee via The Estate of Francis Bacon.

Art collectors of Art Kabinett social media network know that inclusion in an artist's catalog raisonné is crucial for establishing authenticity of an owned artwork.

The Bacon Catalogue Raisonné will now go to press and is expected to be revealed on the anniversary of his death in April 2016

Posted: Sunday, 15-11-2015

PARIS -- The Louvre and the Musee D’Orsay remain closed today as a result of the terror attacks in Paris which killed nearly 130 people on Friday evening.

This is a rare occurrence for the museums and highlights the shape of things to come, including a predicted loss of tourist revenue for the most popular gallery in the world.

Meanwhile last night in Trafalgar Square hundreds of people gathered to show solidarity with France by holding a candle light vigil in central London. The French Tricolor was projected on the fountains as well as the face of the National Gallery.

Open-air markets, Disneyland Paris, movie theaters and the Eiffel Tower will remain closed until further notice, authorities have stated.

Posted: Saturday, 14-11-2015

PARIS -- Valérie Belin has been awarded the winner of the sixth Prix Pictet photography prize, selected from a shortlist of twelve.

Art collectors of Art Kabinett social media network will visit the exhibition tomorrow. {Exhibition closed today because of yesterday's atrocity.}

Valérie Belin was chosen for her series Still life, 2014. The prize, with a value of 100,000 Swiss Francs (USD100,000, GBP66,000, EUR92,500), is sponsored and led by Swiss wealth and asset managers, the Pictet Group.

Posted: Thursday, 12-11-2015

NEW YORK CITY -- A canvas by the American Abstractionist Cy Twombly has set a $70.5 million auction record for the artist last night.

Art collectors of ArtKabinett social media network are witnessing huge tallies at the November auctions.

The "blackboard" painting, Untitled (New York City), 1968, was the highpoint of the Contemporary evening sale at Sotheby’s, which also saw records smashed for artists such as Mike Kelley. The sale total totaled $254–$313.7 million with 44 of 54 works, 82%, finding buyers.

The second-highest lot sold in Wednesday's sale was an Andy Warhol Mao (1972) canvas, This was one of the earliest portraits of the Chinese Little Red Book leader. The painting, a silkscreen on canvas, sold for $47.5 million, topping the $40-million pre-sale estimate.

Posted: Wednesday, 11-11-2015

LONDON -- A report by Nicholas Eastaugh, the director of Art Analysis & Research, examined the pigments used in 23 paintings by the famed Abstract Expressionist, Jackson Pollock. Of those, 12 were found to include Pigment Yellow 74, which was not commercially available until after the artist died in 1956.

Art collectors of Art Kabinett social media network have reason to be concerned about fake Pollocks entrenched in the marketplace.

Six of the analyzed paintings were exhibited at the Art Monaco fair in July by the Nevada-based Classic Fine Art.

Posted: Tuesday, 10-11-2015

NEW YORK CITY -- A painting of an outstretched nude woman by the early 20th-century artist Amedeo Modigliani sold for $170.4 million with fees, in a packed sales room at Christie’s last night, the second highest price paid at auction.

The painting became the 10th work of art to sell for nine figures under the hammer.

Art collectors of Art Kabinett social media network were at Christie's to witness the event.

The seller of the Modigliani, Laura Mattioli Rossi, the daughter of the Italian collector Gianni Mattioli, was guaranteed a minimum price by Christie’s of $100 million.

Posted: Monday, 09-11-2015

LOS ANGELES -- Louis Style: French Frames, 1610-1792 celebrates the dramatic stylistic transformation and technical skill of French frame making in the 17th and 18th centuries.

Art collectors of Art Kabinett social media network are eager to view this historic exhibition.

Posted: Sunday, 08-11-2015

NEW YORK CITY -- A record price has been achieved for a blue period Picasso at Sotheby’s in New York. La Gommeuse, painted in Paris in 1901, sold for $67.5m (£45m) at Sotheby's this week, as the highlight of their Impressionist & Modern sale.

Art collectors of Art Kabinett social media network learned yesterday of other highlights of this week's auctions sales, which included the private collection of Alfred Taubman.

The painting which depicts a cabaret artist, had a second painting on the reverse of the canvas showing an erotic image of the artist’s friend Pere Manach, intended as a gift for the anarchist who shared the artist's studio flat in the Boulevard de Clichy in Paris.

Posted: Saturday, 07-11-2015

NEW YORK CITY -- After all of the attention focused on Sotheby's this week to determine the state of the art market, it is a bit of a let down to say that we’re really no wiser even after the auction house was able to sell three quarters of a billion dollars in mostly Impressionist and Modern art through four sales.

To add to the mystery, Sotheby’s was quick to point out that it had sold $576m in Impressionist and Modern art, even though the market is said to only be interested in Contemporary art. (By the time Friday's day sale is counted, the firm will be at $600m for the week and $1.7bn for the year.)

Art collectors of ArtKabinett social media network still are not seeing too many opportunities in the current auction market.

Posted: Thursday, 05-11-2015

The largest and most comprehensive digital art biennale, The Wrong, has launched (1 November).

Art collectors of ArtKabinett social media network will enjoy exploring the virtual and physical exhibitions.

The mission of The Wrong is to create, promote and push positive forward-thinking contemporary digital art to a wider audience worldwide through a biennial event that gathers the best art selected by the best, while embraces the young talents of today’s exciting digital art scene.

The Wrong is divided into online and IRL locations around the world. The online biennale happens in pavilions; virtual curated spaces in which selected works are exhibited.

Posted: Wednesday, 04-11-2015

LONDON -- Cast offs from the Collection of The Right Honourable Baroness Thatcher are to be offered by Christies after being rejected as a potential gift by the V&A.

Art collectors of Art Kabinett social media network will find all sorts of interesting items at this fascinating auction.

It is hitting that approximately 350 personal lots will be offered across two landmark sales: a flagship auction presenting 150 lots will take place in London at Christie’s headquarters on Tuesday 15 December, and an online only sale comprising 200 lots will open for bids on Thursday 3 December and run for two weeks until 16 December.

Posted: Tuesday, 03-11-2015

DEN BOSCH, NETHERLANDS -- A drawing of hell previously attributed to a workshop assistant of Hieronymus Bosch has now been recognized as an authentic work by the master himself, according to the experts conducting the Bosch Research and Conservation Project (BRCP) which examines the artist's works worldwide.

Art collectors of Art Kabinett social media network are always excited about a new historic find.

The drawing has been hidden away in a private collection and will go on public display for the very first time as part of the major exhibition of works by Hieronymus Bosch at the Noordbrabants Museum in Den Bosch opening on 13 February 2016.

Art historian and co-ordinator of the BRCP, Matthijs Ilsink, calls the drawing "an extraordinary find".

Posted: Monday, 02-11-2015

BERLIN -- Works of art by many of the greats of 20th-century art collected just before Iran's revolution are being lent by the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art along with works by Iranian artists for a show here next year.

Art collectors of Art Kabinett social media network have waited for years to glimpse this hidden collection.

The announcement last week by the State Museums Berlin and the Prussian Cultural Foundation, follows a deal struck in Tehran assisted by the German foreign minister, Frank Walter Steinmeier, who said in a statement that the exhibition "will help to complete our picture of Iran and allow Iran to improve access to our culture".

Posted: Sunday, 01-11-2015

PARIS -- At first glance, the Hôtel Biron looks largely unchanged from its three-year renovation, which concludes this month.

Art collectors of ArtKabinett social media network are excited to preview the grand renovation, financed in part by the recasting of some newly discovered molds, reported here yesterday.

Within the interior, possessing enough exhibition space for 600 works spread across 18 rooms, the Musée Rodin has undergone a structural makeover to recreate the period when the artist worked in a south-facing, ground-floor studio.

This has been the first major renovation ever for the two-story Hôtel Biron, which stands within a seven-acre formal garden in view of the golden dome of Les Invalides.

Posted: Saturday, 31-10-2015

PARIS — At the end of his life, the sculptor Auguste Rodin ceded his valuable art collection and plaster molds to the French state, part of a deal he negotiated to save the palatial 18th-century mansion that housed his studio as well as to create his own museum on the Left Bank.

Now, he and his vintage molds have again come to the museum’s rescue.

The sales of newly cast Rodin bronzes are helping to finance a $17.7 million restoration of the Rodin Museum, where cracks in the walls have appeared over the decades and where the oak parquet floors have warped with the weight of sculptures including the marble lovers entwined in “The Kiss.”