Disappearing Leonardo: Quick Take on the Salvator Mundi downgrade

There was much speculation that the buyer(s) may have questioned the attribution even immediately after purchasing and might have felt embarrassment over spending almost half a billion dollars on something that probably wasn’t worth it. Then the recent downgrade of the Gulf Mundi in the exhibition catalog by the Prado seems to confirm judgment that the work is not an authentic original.

If it’s a workshop piece instead of an original then its value is probably in the realm of about $1.5 million dollars.

Destroy the Dots: NFTs revisited

As someone who teaches art history, specifically modern and contemporary art, it’s not uncommon for me to get a lot of questions about art’s value and the art market. For a wide variety of reasons, people seem much more intensely interested in why post-war abstraction and contemporary installation works sell for millions of dollars thanContinue reading “Destroy the Dots: NFTs revisited”

Worth a 1000 words: “Painting/Language” (绘话) at the Epoch Art Museum (年代美术馆 )

[In Kang Lei’s series] the traces of previous encounters mark the surface of the present. The lines of these encounters either enhance or take away from the immediacy of the now, past and present are always, in our mind’s eye, bounded together into one image.

Sol LeWitt back on display in Spain

The Art Newspaper reports that the Botín Foundation will have several of conceptual artist, Sol LeWitt’s drawings installed in their galleries through early 2016.  Many of the works on display have not been installed anywhere since the 1970s. I think this is great news.  I’ve often thought LeWitt’s work was interesting and challenging in a wayContinue reading “Sol LeWitt back on display in Spain”