Stefan Simchowitz took collecting and "art advising"—that's helping people choose which art to buy—to where it was always going to go. He has a posse, a gang of 100 (100 men, seemingly), who buy artists (men, seemingly) in bulk when he says go. ("Sean Parker, Steve Tisch, Orlando Bloom, Guy Starkman, Enrique Murciano, and Rob Rankin, who is the head of investment banking at Deutsche Bank worldwide," he told Artspace.) He's a "disruptor" and a "cultural entrepreneur," he believes in "inexpensive channels for art that allow it to get redistributed and redistributed and redistributed with great virality." That means resale. (He was also producer of Requiem for a [...]
You will be hearing more on this in the days to come! For now, let's just say that you should pay a visit to this David Hockney painting at Christie's. It has been hidden away in Betty Freeman's kitchen in Los Angeles since the early 60s. And it will be sold on May 13, most likely to a major institution and for a world record for Hockney. But you can see it for free at 20 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City every day until then! It is awesome.
In the catalogs of Christie's, Sotheby's and Phillips de Pury's upcoming Contemporary & Post-War auctions (May 11-13) are pieces by a number of artists whose work has previously graced the album covers of Sonic Youth. Meaning that the ardent fan can fill out his or her Sonic Youth rarities collection for a little less than $11 million. Follow the links to register for your paddle.