A&O Shorts

Last week the Louvre Abu Dhabi surprised many with intriguing (and vague) tweets that they would be displaying Leonardo da Vinci's Salvator Mundi. Without offering an explanation as to when or how they would be showing the work, the circumstances surrounding its landmark museum debut remained a mystery.

Opening to the public today in Miami Beach, Art Basel is one of the largest and most anticipated art fairs in the US. A giant party combining high-stakes networking and a sales events, art stars are made at Art Basel (or at least they hope to be).

On November 11th, a museum opened in Abu Dhabi. And as is fitting for a city known for its glittering skyscrapers and  luxury accommodations, it wasn't just any museum. A collaboration with the Louvre in Paris, the Louvre Abu Dhabi is being billed as a new culture hub for the Middle East.

This small, spare show of forged-steel sculptures and recent drawings is a concentrated lesson in Serra’s two main bodies of work.

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.