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Thomaï Serdari on Fine Arts & Luxury
Courtesy of MARKET Stockholm 2013

The proliferation of Art Fairs indicate the public’s increased interest in art, one that justifies the hefty price of dealers’ participation in the various venues. October marks the beginning of an active year ahead with a few fairs worth visiting. Below is a selection of off-the-beaten-path fairs.   Foire Internationale d’Art Contemporain (FIAC) Oct 24-27, […]

An undated photo released by the New York Public Library, is an 1891 print entitled “The Letter,” by American Artist Mary Cassatt. Eighty-eight examples of Cassatt’s work as a printmaker will be on display at the New York Public Library starting Friday, March, 8, 2013, in an exhibit entitled “Daring Methods: The Prints of Mary Cassatt.” (AP Photo/New York Public Library, Mary Cassatt)

  The art world is finally taking notice of the creative process as equally important as the artwork itself. Two major exhibits on the subject are taking place in New York City: Edward Hopper’s drawings at The Whitney Museum of American Art and Mary Cassatt’s prints at the New York Public Library. And while the former will […]

Fornasetti enamelled brown glass, 1937. Courtesy of Alexandre Biaggi.

Call it name-dropping, call it trend-setting, brand-cladding is an art for urbane New Yorkers. These global nomads, whether local or international, are well versed in the language of brands. They show a flare for branded apparel, define their lifestyle according to branded neighborhoods, and consume branded art by means of branded funds and trust accounts.  […]

Dan Flavin Installation view at Joni Weyl. Courtesy of GEMINI G.E.L.

We often view works of art as individual strokes of genius. This naïve interpretation of what art is stems from our lack of understanding of the artistic process, one that involves countless attempts at experimentation, countless drawings and preparatory sketches of the very idea we admire, even multiples of the same scene in the same […]

Lucio Fontana. Concetto spaziale--Teatrino, 1965. Courtesy of Dorotheum.

Argentine by birth and Italian by choice, Lucio Fontana made the crossing of the Atlantic a habitual occurrence, sometimes out of necessity (on the occasion of the WWII) and others out of conviction. His reinstatements in Argentina focused on his own development as an artist and transmitter of ideas. In 1924, he established his own […]

April Gornik, Halong Bay. 2004. Courtesy of the artist.

Can we associate luxury with something as mundane, fragile, and inexpensive as paper? That’s a question ridden with assumptions. Paper is delicate but not necessarily perishable. It is usually mass-produced but not always. In fact, the process by which paper is produced may still be mechanical but the materials used to produce good quality paper […]

John Baldessari, God Nose, Courtesy of Gemini G.E.L.

If you are interested in prints (lithographs and etchings) you must visit GEMINI G.E.L at Joni Weyl. The gallery just moved to a new location in Chelsea at 535 West 24th Street, 3rd Floor to a sleek, upbeat, and most inviting space. The quality of the work conducted at Gemini G.E.L., which began in 1966 as an […]

Film still: James Nares, Pendulum, 1976. Courtesy of Paul Kasmin Gallery.

Just days after viewing Jesus Soto’s exhibit at the Grey Arts Gallery, I was invited by a former student of mine to join her and the social club “The Contemporaries” in a gallery talk by James Nares at the Paul Kasmin Gallery.  JAMES NARES: 1976: ‘Movies, Photographs and Related Works on Paper’ is a show […]

Jim Dine as Gepetto, Pinocchio Series

Spending a week in Göttingen as Gerhard Steidl’s guest was already a delightful treat. Being assigned by my host to Jim Dine’s “Pinocchio” suite was the icing on the cake. Not that the rest of the guesthouse is not welcoming or aesthetically intriguing. Who would pass the opportunity to stay in a room that showcases […]