Art comes to a TV near you, keeping an eye on Chicago, porcelain bandits, and a 40,000 year old painting were among the week’s headlines.
THE REAL WORLD: REALITY TV, LEHMAN’S FIRE SALE, AND THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE’S INGENUITY
Reality hits (your TIVO) this week, when “Work of Art: The Next Great Artist,” an American Idol for the painterly set, debuts on Bravo. But there’s no way Bravo can match the reality Lehman Brothers gave us all a year and a half ago, and now, the bankrupt financier must sell their art collection to pay off debts. Among the 447 name brands expected to be auctioned by Sotheby’s in September are Damien Hirst, Andy Warhol, Maya Lin, Claes Oldenburg, Julie Mehretu, and Robert Rauschenberg. The new Athens World Fine Art Fair recently announced that its country’s own financial woes have led to plans for a postponed opening, from November 2010 to May 2011. Meanwhile, The Chicago Tribune gets creative with their extensive photo collection dating back to the 19th century. The newspaper has begun digitizing its photo archives and selling them to collectors as fine art prints. Artists and musicians band together to protest Arizona’s new “show your papers” statute, including photographer and performance artist Harry Gamboa Jr., who is distributing a “Boycott Hate State” graphic for free via his website. And sculptor Louise Bourgeois, noted for her sexually charged spider imagery, died in Manhattan at age 98.
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