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The headlines

EVERY ARTIST FOLLOWS HIS OWN VIBRATIONAL PATH, but Hunter Biden‘s journey turns out to be stranger than most of the others. His New York dealer, Georges BergèsHe said he believed he could get up to $ 500,000 for the presidential son’s artwork: great news for younger Biden! Less great: the resulting whirlpool of complaints that people might buy jobs to reward themselves with President Biden‘s administration. Hence the New York Times reported that White House has entered into an ethical agreement that obliges Bergès to keep the names of buyers and the prices they pay secret. Some Guardians have moderately praised the plan, while others are unfazed. “This was a perfect opportunity for the Biden White House to demonstrate how they work to improve ethics and not allow their families to trade in White House power.” Danielle Brian, the State supervision projectThe managing director said that Times. “You disappointed us.”

On the subject of matching items

LEONARDO CAN’T STAY OUT OF THE NEWS. His living descendants have recently been identified, a rediscovered drawing started a legal war in France, and now he has turned a silver pen he made from a bear’s head, three inches on each side, into one Christies Old Masters auction in London for £ 8.9 million, or about $ 12.2 million – a record for a drawing by Leonardo, the New York Times reported. (The top grade for any work by Leonardo is of course still $ 450.3 million paid for the Salvator Mundi in 2017.) When sold, a total of seven artist records fell Art newspaper Reports, including those for Georges de la Tour, Marco Ricci, and Bernardo Bellotto, who had a view of Verona, Italy from 1745 to 1747, cost about £ 10.6 million, or $ 14.6 million.


French historian Jean Chatelus, who was also an adventurous art collector, died this week at the age of 82. [Le Monde]

Two gigantic media works by the South Korean artist group a’strict will be shown on screens in Times Square in New York at the end of this month. One shows a towering waterfall, the other a swimming whale. [The Korea Times]

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has appointed Stephan Wolohojian as an influential curator for its European Painting Department. [Press Release]

Collectors Nancy Dorman and Stanley Mazaroff have promised the Baltimore Museum of Art 90 works. The Nancy Dorman and Stanley Mazaroff Center for the Study of Prints, Drawings and Photographs, which they supported with a $ 5 million gift, opens at the museum in December. [Baltimore Fishbowl]

The first episode of the newly rebooted gossip Girl TV show features a guest appearance by Gagosian director (and Art in america Guest Editor) Antwaun Sargent. [W Magazine and @Sirsargent]

Tammis Groft is retiring after 45 years at the Albany Institute of History & Art in New York. She started as an intern and has been its managing director for eight years. It was “a job of a lifetime,” she said in an email to museum supporters. [Times Union]

The kicker

FROM JULY 22nd in his WOOSTER STREET GALLERY in New York, the dealer Jeffrey Deitch will be continuously screened for 24 hours Miles Greenberg‘s Oyster knife (2020) Performance – a livestream from Greenberg that runs on a treadmill for a full day. “It was quite simply the most physically and mentally challenging thing I have ever done.” the artist told T: The New York Times Style Magazine earlier this year. “I’ve never seen anything like it.” The artist “took no breaks of any kind (other than a 25-minute unconsciousness at hour 16).” Fortunately, viewers can come and go for a couple of weeks to see it all. It runs until August 5th and is visible from the street during the gallery’s opening hours.

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