Ivanka Trump with her Richard Prince piece.

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Ivanka Dearest

President Trump’s proposed plan for a $54 billion increase in the defense budget would be paid for by drastically cutting many agency budgets, including the…
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Pablo Picasso, Les Noces de Pierrette, 1905

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Freeport Shenanigans: Secret, Secure, Unseen

The greatest collection of art in the world may not be at the Met or the Louvre any longer. The secret vaults of the wealthiest…
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Brooke Mason, Glass Ceiling, 2016.

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The Naked City Sexual Politics, West Hollywood Style

The City of West Hollywood is well known as one of the most liberal cities in America, so it’s more than a little ironic that…
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Ibrahim Mahama’s massive jute-sack installation for the 2015 Venice Biennale.

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Sacked and Pillaged; Simchowitz vs. Mahama

Stefan Simchowitz is a controversial figure in the art world. He doesn’t own an art gallery yet maintains a large network of art collectors. He…
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Mark Rothko, No. 36 (Black Stripe), 1958, from the collection of the Museum Frieder Burda in Baden-Baden.

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Keeping it Real

Last year I was invited to view a controversial painting that the owner claimed to be a genuine Rothko he bought at a small LA…
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Danh Vo, Untitled, Coca-Cola, 2011. Sotheby’s New York.

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All That Glitters is Not Gold

In April I received a catalog for Sotheby’s May 2015 contemporary art auction with a cover image of a cardboard Coca-Cola crate embossed in gold…
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Chuck Close, Self-Portrait II, 2011, oil on canvas

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Is California’s Resale Royalty Act Doomed?

In May of this year, headlines trumpeted that the contemporary art auctions in New York hit a new record of over $1.2 billion in sales…
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My Afternoon with Ed

I’ve come to know Ed Moses as a result of a friendship with his son, artist Andy Moses. In the last few years Ed became…
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The Disappearing Red Dot

Art Basel Miami was such a social swirl (what did that Miley Cyrus concert at the Raleigh Hotel have to do with art?), that it’s…
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Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (1880–1938), Berlin Street Scene, 1913, from Neue Galerie/Private Collection

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Degenerate Art

In September I managed to view the last day of the remarkable “Degenerate Art ” exhibition at cosmetics heir Ronald Lauder’s Neue Galerie in New…
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Jeff Koons, String of Puppies, 1988. © Jeff Koons

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Jeff Koons’ Dubious Transformations

In September, while in New York, I popped into the Whitney to check out the occupation of the entire museum by Jeff Koons. While I’m…
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David Hockney, “Yosemite I, October 16th 2011”
iPad Drawing printed on six sheets of paper (71 3/4 x 42 3/4” each),
mounted on six sheets of Dibond
143 1/2 x 128 1/4” overall
Exhibition Proof #1
© David Hockney

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Art in the Digital Age

I attended the opening of a show of the recent work of David Hockney at the L.A. Louver gallery titled “The Arrival of Spring.” These…
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