Monday, November 17, 2008

Hamburger Bahnhof - Richard Jackson, Deer Beer

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Hamburger Bahnhof - Andy Warhol, Martin Kippenberger,

I went to Berlin, Germany Nov 4th through Nov 11th, 2009 to give a lecture about my art at a show of my work in Berlin. While I was there I had a chance to visit the Hamburger Bahnhof - see

After a lengthy reconstruction by architect Josef Paul Kleihues, the Hamburger Bahnhof reopened on 2 November 1996 as the "Museum für Gegenwart" (Museum for Contemporary Art).

the building is rendered even more striking by an ingenious dichromatic installation, designed by American artist Dan Flavin, which bathes both the main façade loggia and the transitions leading to the wings of the cours d'honneur in blue and green neon light. Particularly at night, Flavin's last work (whose completion he unfortunately did not live to see) is visible from afar, and has come to be seen as the museum's trademark. (

Andy Warhol

Cult of the Artist: Celebrities. Andy Warhol and the Stars

Sammlung Marx and Works on Loan
3 October 2008 - 11 January 2009

Martin Kippenberger

Cult of the Artist: "I can't just slice off an ear every day". Deconstructing the Myth of the Artist.

Works from the Friedrich Christian Flick Collection in the Hamburger Bahnhof, the Collections of the National Museums in Berlin and Other Collections
3 October 2008 - 22 February 2009

The image and the idea of the autonomous, creative artistic genius was subjected to a variety of attacks by the avant-garde movements of the early 20th century. Since the 1960s, many artists have taken critiques of the heroic image of the artist even further, often radically questioning a conception of art that is oriented toward the autonomous work. (

In this installation Kippenberger has had his assitants make his paintings, then photograph them and then destroy the paintings. The installation includes the destroyed paintings in the hand made dumpster. The work questions the artist as the master of ideas and technique.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Philips de Pury Announces Representation of Leibovitz

Art Market Review: Auction house represents living, bluechip artist
written by Ashley Elderidge-Ford in London

The news circulating at Frieze Art Fair that Phillips de Pury had been bought by the Russian Mercury Group was superseded somewhat by the news that Phillips has announced its exclusive international representation of the work of photographer, Annie Leibovitz. This is by no means the first time that the auction house - now defining itself as a contemporary art company - is to exhibit and sell primary market works of art but it will be the first time that an auction house has announced that it is to officially represent an artist.

Sotheby's September sales of the work of Damien Hirst was potentially the prod that inspired Phillips' move with Leibovitz. Sotheby's broke new ground in this venture by selling primary market works directly without the intervention (and commission) of a dealer. This allowed for Hirst to pocket the proceeds directly as the seller minus the auction house's commission fee. The difference in the customary artist-dealer 50% commission must have been sufficiently large to warrant Hirst jilting both of his dealers, Larry Gagosian and Jay Joplin. If nothing else, this sale - the possible last hurrah in the art market's bubble for the time being - has influenced the way in which auction houses will run their business in the future. Previously, there had been an unwritten understanding that new works of art were the commodity of dealers with a two to five year embargo before works could be sold at auction. No longer beholden to the traditional practice of secondary market dealing, auction houses can now step into the art market as primary market dealers for living artists.

This announcement by Phillips de Pury, is not as surprising as it may at first seem. It is not only these two auction houses who have taken this step. Christie's - owned by luxury retail group Artemis S.A. - expanded into the primary market by purchasing contemporary art gallery Haunch of Venison in 2007. Phillips' representation of Leibovtiz, as well as the previous moves of Sotheby's and Christie's, does beg the question as to what the future will be for galleries and dealers. Leibovitz's New York dealer, Edwynn Houk, must be wondering the same thing.