Wednesday, October 15, 2008


Artprice, an auction database, says unsold works at auctions held since September 1 this year rose to 39.2 percent against 36.8 percent last year in the same period. On October 1, prices had slipped 4.45 percent in a year and there were 20.5 percent less auctions in the last six weeks.

And auctions early this month in Asia and London were "disappointing", with more than half of works up for sale left unsold at times, according to specialist insider newsletter The Baer Faxt.

"Masterpieces," said Curiel of Christie's, "are seeing excellent prices, but sales will be more difficult for less exceptional works or those believed to be over-rated. Before this summer, it was never a problem to issue a high or very high estimate. But now it is."
Read all about it here.

Opportunity for Artists

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH), in collaboration with the Department of Transportation (DDOT) and the Adams Morgan community, is looking for an artist or artist team to design, create and install a permanent outdoor installation at the corner of 18th Street and Columbia Road, NW, Washington D.C.

The objective of this project is to create a "distinctive art piece that communicates the history and current character of the surrounding community and commercial district. The work will reflect the cultural diversity of the neighborhood and enhance the pedestrian experience."

To download the prospectus please visit, or for further questions contact Deirdre Ehlen at 202-724-5613 or by email

Cudlin on Gopkinism

Blake Gopnik’s remarks were interesting (yes, I’ll stick with interesting). He claimed that the problem with painting now is that painters don’t address their work directly to art critics. This is an odd thing to say, but it's pretty much in sync with other sorts of observations Blake likes to make about the art world. Like, for example, when he asserted that art is better when developments in the market aren’t leading or influencing museums—and museums can be left to do their job in peace.

At the time, I thought this was simply a bizarre misunderstanding on Blake’s part. But Blake is a smart guy, and hearing this new curious notion has made me realize that he has a remarkably consistent viewpoint — albeit one not even remotely grounded in reality. He seems to be wandering through a utopian socialist shadow art world, one in which painters don’t try to sell their works, and collectors are shooed away from the boardrooms of institutions, or from contact with curators.
Read the whole Jeffry Cudlin post here.

A History of Dogs And Witches

New work by Laurel Hausler opens Thursday October 16, 2008 from 6-9 pm in DC's Nevin Kelly Gallery.

Gallery Nights in Philly

Philly's Center City District will be having one of their fun Gallery Nights this coming Friday, Oct. 17 with 15+ art galleries and art venues hosting events.

I'm particularly interested in the Galleries at Moore College of Art and Design where there's currently a terrific show of drawings by 20th century icon Alice Neel, a Philadelphia native and alumna of Moore College of Art & Design, and a brilliant artist who bucked the abstract trends of her time and established herself as one of the top American artists of the century. And today, Wednesday, October 15, starting at 11:15AM, author and art historian, Sarah Powers, discusses the complexity of artist Alice Neel’s life and process in her drawings and painting.

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