For the best straight talk on art criticism, look back 50 years. In her 1966 essay “After a Fashion: The Group Show,” art critic and curator Lucy Lippard wrote an unintentional manifesto on what makes a good art critic.
You like art. You know nothing about it. Where to start?
How about our beginners art reading list! This list is for all the friends over the years who have asked me what they should read to learn about art and the art world. No one wants to flip through a text book to learn about art. You won’t have to, with these books.
“The playing field is not level, which is why I like doing third-party deals with Christie's.” An unnamed collector quoted in Sarah Thornton’s must-read “Financial machinations at auctions”. [The Economist]
The Chinese government has blocked searches of Ai Weiwei’s name on the social media site Sina Weibo, so users have been posting images to show their support. [Hyperallergic]
Frieze Art Fair won’t compete in the already saturated New York art fair week in March. Instead it launches during Gallery Week, May 4th-7th. [Paddy Johnson]
“It was a crisp fall day here….” Make the writing cliches stop! Carol Kino reports on the new Clyfford Still Museum in Denver. This museum, in case you’re wondering, is probably why press and collectors suddenly care about Still’s work. Normally, this is the Ab Ex artist who gets slagged more than any of the others for making corporate-friendly work. [NYTimes]
The Latin American auctions had their best year since 2008. Also, Botero is selling well. Dear God. [Reuters]