Robin Cembalest, the Editor-in-Chief of ARTnews, has announced she will retire her position. She has spent 16 years with the magazine. In an email from Cembalest received this afternoon, she announced she would would continue to work as a consultant, but is looking to develop her non-profit youth arts blog, niborama. Cembalest will stay on through July 2nd to transition the new editor-in-chief, who is none other than Gallerist Founder and Observer Culture Editor, Sarah Douglas. The Observer has not yet announced the name of their new culture editor.
This week, Corinna Kirsch was happy to report that Eyebeam was packed for last weekend’s Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon. At Eyebeam and dozens of other locations, and 101 women got their own Wiki pages. Art News editor Robin Cembalest compiled a few of those here. [Art News]
A turn by turn account of Sarah Michelson’s “4” at The Whitney. [ArtForum]
Spring/Break, the curator driven art fair, will launch during Armory Week. This year, we’re looking at a “Private/Public” theme. [In the Air]
Katya Kazakina sees a lot of flipping going on in the emerging market. She finds that most speculative investors prefer young male artists under the age of 35 and abstract painters. One of those artists being flipped, Parker Ito, is going to Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Day Auction next week. [Bloomberg]
Just scrolling through the lots at Sotheby’s Day Auction, it’s remarkable seeing older works by auction-stalwarts like Richard Prince and Wolfgang Tillmans side-by-side with works that are obviously too young for the market. Angel Otero, a 2009 graduate from the Art Institute of Chicago, has a three-year-old painting for sale; Oscar Murillo has a two-year-old drawing up for grabs; and of course, the Parker Ito painting that’s also just two-years old. These baby paintings are obviously being flipped. What the fuck is going on here, Sotheby’s? [Sotheby’s]
Speaking of Sotheby’s, another auction breaks records in London. Dum dum dum. [Bloomberg]
Trans-activist and actress Laverne Cox discusses the intersection of misogyny and white supremacy, the media’s objectification of trans bodies, and her new documentary, which sounds like a must-see. [Salon]
Beginning this Friday, February 1st, Times Square will bask in a new type of radiant, neon glory. Tracey Emin, hot off the heels of her appointment as a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE), will now bring digital versions of her “love neons” to Times Square throughout the entire month of February.