The Week In Culture, September 1 – September 11
All Andy, all the time.
It may have been two whole weeks since we've checked in with you, but masterworks are still appearing out of thin air, and Andy is still news.
The Museum of Arts, History and Science in Evansville, Indiana just discovered a mislabeled Picasso in their storage. The museum documentation mistook the name of a glass-layering technique, gemmail, as the name of the artist, Gemmaux. The piece is only one of 50 works Picasso made using this technique. Happy ending? Hardly. In order to afford to insure the work, they would have to sell it.
A Picabia was discovered at Christie's London, hiding in plain sight: it was a pre-Dada Impressionist experiment of the artist. But no one will care about that. Picabia has been heating up since the show at Michael Werner, that sweet little line-up of the artist's canvases at the New York Frieze show, and the citation last year by Lola Montes Schnabel of Picabia as an influence.
And one final reunion. A Renoir, or so we're told, turned up in a box lot in Virginia, and is now being flipped back to auction. Really? Just like that?
That the Warhol Foundation is selling the farm, all of it, through an upcoming series of single-artist and online auctions at Christie's, has sent a shudder through the art world. Why in the world would a museum dedicated to one artist deaccession its entire holdings? Word is, to increase their grant-making capabilities. It's likely a little more complicated than that, but that does seem like a good reason for a bake sale.
At the same time, a rolling series of lunches, previews and parties celebrating next week's official opening of the Metropolitan Museum's Regarding Warhol: Sixty Artists, Fifty Years kicked off Monday at noon. The NY Gallerist has already given it's rundown of which galleries represent the most artists in the show, and others are asking, why only 60 artists? See it and decide for yourself: the show is plenty broad, and extremely intelligent.
Andy would've wanted you to also pay attention to New York Fashion Week, which is in full-swing. It comes as no surprise that amidst the sea of semi-sheer, semi-bondage, semi-architectural, layered neutral separates, the slightest break seems refreshing. So far it has come in the form of Jason Wu, Tadashi Shoji, Richard Chai Love and Rachel Comey.
Photoshop geeks have been burning up the Internet over a whole other type of pretty, Tauba Auerbach's RGB Colorspace Atlas, a volume that depicts every offset color in the digital color wheel picker. Symmetry freaks are also standing at attention over the project's work's objectness. The book is a perfect cube.
And finally, forgive us. We've been trying to stay out of the fray, but we have to weigh in: the most disturbing thing about the Gallery Girls is the character you're meant to hate most, Liz Margulies, seems oddly centered.