Villa Grisebach held an evening sale of 20th Century art on December 1, 2016 that totaled nearly €22m, a record sale for the Berlin auction house. Here’s the company’s take on the sale:Continue Reading
The good news is that police in Berlin arrested four men involved in trying to sell a Caravaggio stolen from a Ukraine museum two years ago. The Telegraph‘s report suggests that there were up to 20 more persons connected to the painting and its attempted sale.
The bad news is that the media loves to inflate art prices in any context to make a story seem more important. Here we’re told the value of the Caravaggio:
Experts in Germany have authenticated the masterpiece The Taking of Christ, painted around 1602, as the work stolen from a museum in the southern Ukrainian city of Odessa in July 2008. “The Ukrainian authorities have valued the painting in the tens of millions,” the German police statement said. Some experts cited have said the painting could fetch up to $100 million (£66 million) on the black market.Continue Reading
The New York Times looks at the home of Berlin frame maker and restaurant owner Stephan Landwehr (the story has a lovely slideshow that’s worth seeing):
Mr. Landwehr planted some flowers and a maple tree in the courtyard, and in front of what would be the natural entranceway he installed a stone sculpture by Mandla Reuter, a South African conceptual artist who is inspired by the alteration of space. “His work blocks entrances so that you have to use another more uncomfortable way,” Mr. Landwehr said. His main entrance is now the side door into the kitchen.Continue Reading
The Moment fingers the place to eat when you’re an artist in Berlin:
Bar 3 and its new little sister, Restaurant 3, are second homes to Berlin’s art community. “You know that bar where the whole ’60s L.A. art scene used to hang out?” said Jessica Backus, the assistant director of Peres Projects Berlin. “The saying in L.A. at the time was that if it caught on fire, then the entire L.A. art world would have vanished overnight. That’s basically what Bar 3 is for Berlin.”Continue Reading