Robin Pogrebin's Honest Filter on Art Auctions


New York Times writer Robin Pogrebin has an interesting piece about her own experiences working the art auction beat for the last two years. Though generally skeptical about the high-end evening sale ecosystem, she does admits to some vicarious thrills while watching the jockeying for record-busting lots, such as the Constantin Brancusi sculpture that sold this week at Christie's for USD $57.4 million.

The most interesting aspect of the article, however, is the contrast between the often prosaic details and boredom and the moments of genuine excitement. With regards to the perpetual challenge of determining who is actually bidding and buying, she notes that "there is a premium on figuring it out, getting to know the backs of important people's heads."

Photograph by Kevin Hagen for The New York Times

Big Data & the Art of the Price Hack

Artnet News reported allegations of massive data theft via hacking from Dallas-based Heritage Auctions. In the era of "Big Data," art price data is extremely valuable, but increasingly difficult to protect. This episode comes on the heels of an incident earlier this year when the highly-touted Magnus app was killed after revelations that its creators had stolen proprietary price data from Artsy.

Christie's 100 Million Dollar Man Departs for Private Gallery


Today marks a major shift in the art world ecosystem with the announcement that Brett Gorvy, chairman and international head of postwar and contemporary art at Christie's, is leaving the auction house to join private dealer Dominique Levy. Gorvy has been responsible for a string of recent record sales at Christie's, including Picasso's "Les Femmes d'Alger ($180 million) and Modigliani's "Nu Couche" ($170 million).

NY Observer on American Berserk

The New York Observer has selected our artist's talk with Valerie Hegarty for inclusion in this week's "Things to Do in the New York Art World" feature. Valerie will be in conversation with Marisa Kayyem of Christie's Education from 6 - 8 pm on Thursday (11/17) in our gallery space at 317 10th Ave.