TEFAF and Sotheby's to Launch China Fair, Bowie Madness Grips the V&A, and More

TEFAF and Sotheby's to Launch China Fair, Bowie Madness Grips the V&A, and More
David Bowie in a striped bodysuit, designed by Kansai Yamamoto, for the Aladdin Sane tour (1973)
(© Sukita / The David Bowie Archive 2012)

TEFAF and Sotheby's to Launch Art Fair in China: The European Fine Art Foundation is in talks with an unlikely ally to launch a new art fair in China. TEFAF Beijing 2014 is a planned collaboration between the Netherlands-based TEFAF, the world's biggest art and antiques fair, and Sotheby's. The collaboration would allow TEFAF to test the market for European art in China, while Sotheby's seeks to take advantage of a freeport it is developing in Beijing. [Bloomberg]

– Bowie a V&A Blockbuster Before Even Opening: "David Bowie Is," the new exhibition devoted to the glam rock star that opens at London's Victoria & Albert Museum on Saturday, is already breaking attendance records. With more than 42,000 advance tickets sold, it boasts more than double the pre-opening ticket sales for any other V&A exhibition. The show features more than 60 stage costumes, early photographs, and assorted memorabilia on view from the David Bowie Archive. [BBC]


– Damien Hirst Covers 30 Seconds to Mars Album: Is Damien Hirst getting into album covers? One of the British artist's unmistakable spot paintings adorns the cover of 30 Seconds to Mars's latest release, entitled "Love Lust Faith + Dreams." The album, produced by lead vocalist (and former "My So-Called Life" star) Jared Leto, was written and recorded in various locations around the world, from California to India. Perhaps it's only fitting, then, that the band decorate the cover with Hirst's spots, which have also canvassed the entire globe. [Pure Volume]

– Smithsonian American Latino Museum Goes Before Congress: A pair of bipartisan bills to create an American Latino Museum in a 132-year-old Smithsonian Institute building on the National Mall were reintroduced before the U.S. House and Senate on Friday after failing to gain support when first submitted in November 2011. If passed, the bills would designate the Arts and Industries building as the museum's future home, and pave the way for the Smithsonian's Board of Regents to begin tackling the institution's planning, design, and construction. In 2011, the museum's cost was estimated at over $400 million. [LAT]

– Artist Slams Hayward Gallery: Philip Vaughan's glowing "Neon Tower" — a 45-foot-tall light sculpture responding to changes in wind speed and direction that was commissioned by the Arts Council in 1970 — stood on the Hayward Gallery's roof from 1972 until it was taken down in 2008. The artist is now accusing the gallery's director Ralph Rugoff of leaving the popular, publicly funded work to deteriorate in storage. "This sculpture was not referred to as temporary when it was originally commissioned," Vaughan said. "The term appears to be a fig leaf to justify the removal of the tower and the current administration of the Hayward Gallery’s reneging on their commitment to restore it." [Independent]

Breaking Down Auction Sales for 2012: The art market database Artprice has released a report breaking down Western auction sales in 2012 by house. Christie's leads the pack with 37.9 percent of the market share; Sotheby's follows closely behind with 34.7 percent. Phillips de Pury is a distant third, carrying 3.8 percent, and Bonhams comes in fourth with 1.5 percent. [AMM

– Malick Curates Museum's Movies: Oklahoma's Philbrook Museum of Art has tapped acclaimed director (and native Oklahoman) Terrence Malick to curate the lineup of films that will be shown in the museum's "Films on the Lawn" outdoor screening series this summer. His picks are not necessarily what you'd expect from the director of "The Tree of Life" and "The Thin Red Line": They include "Zoolander," the Ben Stiller comedy from 2001, seminal Hollywood films "Beat the Devil" (1953) and "The Lady Eve" (1941), and his own "Badlands" (1973), whose 40th anniversary coincides with the late-July screening. [HitFix]

 Lebanon Museum Looted: Thieves made off with some 30 artifacts of great historical and material value in an overnight robbery at an archaeological museum in the Lebanese city of Jbeil yesterday. The thieves easily carried the objects out of the museum, said culture minister Gaby Layoun after visiting the crime scene, which he added was being inspected by a police forensics team in an effort to recover the perpetrators' fingerprints. [The Daily Star]

Long Road to Belgium's Train Museum: The road to building Belgium's first national train museum has been a bumpy one. The country, which built Europe's first railway line in 1835, long has been unable to decide where to locate the institution. Now it has another problem: too many trains. Following a secret meeting, Belgium's rail heritage associations have decided to divide up the collection, which may result in the creation of multiple train institutions. [WSJ

Museums Buy Big at TEFAF: Museums are among the most serious shoppers at this year's European Fine Art Fair in Maastricht. The Los Angeles County Museum of Art has asked Manhattan dealer Otto Nauman to reserve Dirck van Baburen's "Apollo Flaying Marsyas" (1623), while the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York picked up "Virgil's Tomb in Moonlight," a 1779 painting by Joseph Wright, from the Matthiesen Gallery in London. It is the first British landscape the museum has purchased since 1944. [NYT


Philip Vaughan's "Neon Tower" at the Hayward

Hayward Gallery Neon Tower, London from Vertex Productions on Vimeo.


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