November 2017

An auction of the estate of Harriet Gould is bringing new works by big names to the public. According to the auction house, John McInnis Auctioneers, Gould's son, Jon Gould, was the former Vice President of Paramount pictures, and a close friend of Andy Warhol's. Upon Jon Gould's death in 1986, his belongings, including works by Warhol, Keith Haring, and Jean-Michel Basquiat, were stored in his mother Harriet's attic in Amesbury, Massachusets. Now that her estate is being sold, these newly rediscovered treasures are up at auction.

As part of its 50th anniversary, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago presents Heaven and Earth: Alexander Calder and Jeff Koons, which explores the unexpected synergy of two contemporary art icons.

At the upcoming Phillips Design Evening Sale, on December 12, 31 beautiful objects are up for auction. These include a George Nakashima coffee table and several pieces designed by Alberto Giacometti. Standing out among an impressive collection of design objects is Peter Voulkos’ monumental clay sculpture, Rondena.

Thomas Struth’s recent explorations of the natural and high-tech worlds are on display in a show of work that has not been previously exhibited in the United States.  

This weekend marks the premier of a new large art fair in Düsseldorf, Germany. Open November 16th - 19th and in its first year, Art Düsseldorf seeks to establish itself as “a new and innovative platform for collectors, gallerists and curators.” Over 75 galleries will have spaces in a recently converted former factory complex called  Areal Böhler. Sixty percent of the galleries present are German, and the fair designated specific spaces for young galleries.

French artist Vincent Dubourg opened his first U.S. show, Vortex, at Carpenters Gallery Workshop at 693 Fifth Avenue in New York on November 2nd. For the past 15 years, Dubourg has focused on fusing metal and wood furniture that appears to fly from its tethers by taking classical furnishings and infusing them with new life and meaning.

Starting this weekend, Prospect, New Orleans' contemporary art triennial will infuse the city with art from around the world. Taking place at museums, galleries, parks, and more non-traditional venues, like a ferry landing, Prospect brings significant contemporary works to unexpected places. This years exhibition coincides with the Tricentennial of the city of New Orleans. Hence its theme, The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp, seeks to celebrate the exquisite flower that is New Orleans, blossoming in the mud of the bayou.

Experience the impressive creative output of 19th century female artists in Her Paris: Women Artists in the Age of Impressionism, this fall at the Denver Art Museum. The luminous pieces showcased here capture the play of light across a wheat field, the rich fall of drapery, the camaraderie of friends at a cafe, the love between mother and child. Often overshadowed by male Impressionists, Her Paris gives these female trailblazers their due.

Paris Photo opens this weekend for the 21st year. Running November 9th through the 12th at the Grand Palais, Paris Photo is the premier international art fair devoted to photography. Over 150 galleries and publishers will be exhibiting, with accompanying lectures, conversations, and book signings. This year, the fair debuts a new exhibition of film and video art.

ArtReview published its annual Power 100 list last week. The 16th edition of this important who’s-who list names the most influential people in the art world. This year's list includes artists, curators, gallerists, theorists, authors and more. According to ArtReview, “An individual’s or group’s ranking is based on their international influence over the production and dissemination of art and ideas in the artworld and beyond over the past 12 months.