It's the season of Paul McCarthy in New York. This spring and summer McCarthy's unsettling work—much of it a perverse reworking of children's fairy tales—will be the subject of six installations at five different locations around the city, not counting the Los Angeles-based artist's 21-year-old animatronic sculpture of a father instructing his son on the ways of love with a goat, which is already on view at the New Museum as part of the exhibition "NYC 1993" (through May 26). Read More
Works by Barnett Newman, Gerhard Richter and Yves Klein led a $294-million contemporary art sale at Sotheby's New York last night, each setting an auction record. At $37.1 million, the Richter set an auction record for any living artist. After fevered bidding on some early lots, including works by Cy Twombly, John Currin and George Condo that benefited the Whitney Museum, however, the room cooled off. Read More
The Venice Biennale has finally earned a stamp of approval from the Vatican, which will have a pavilion for the first time this year, in its 55th outing. After announcing its intention to exhibit last year, the Vatican has kept the details of its pavilion hidden until today, just two weeks before the exhibition's opening date.
Leonardo DiCaprio and Christie's New York raised $38.8 million at an auction last night to benefit the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, which intends to raise ecological awareness and preserve the environment. The sale had been estimated to net upwards of $15 million. Every work on offer found a buyer among bidders from 32 countries.
What surprised artist Hannes Koch most about Rain Room (2012), an installation which he co-created that consists of a field of falling water that stops when it detects a presence, was not how well it was received. It broke attendance records at the Barbican in London earlier this year. Instead, Koch was impressed by the way the work serves as a kind of memory chamber for so many people, himself included. Read More
Two slide carousels, 80 slides each, approx. 9-minute loop. Courtesy Callicoon Fine Arts, New York.