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artnet Newsletter December 2011
Iranian Art & the Sanctions
Iranian Art & the Sanctions How do the new sanctions against the government of Iran affect an artist like Shirin Fakhim, who lives in Tehran and yet whose sculptures are gaining increasing traction in the Western art market? Read More  ►
The Ten Top Art Events of 2011 The Ten Top Art Events of 2011

The 2011 review by Charlie Finch encompasses the political activisim of Ai Weiwei, Los Angeles as an art spectacle, the growing importance of performance art, Willem de Kooning at the Museum of Modern Art and a continuing debate over forgery, copyright and art authenticity. Read More  ►
Gorgons in Disguise: Picabiaís Women Gorgons in Disguise: Picabia’s Women

It’s more interesting to paint women than apples. An exhibition of late works by Dada artist Francis Picabia prompts critic Donald Kuspit to wonder if the artist’s gorgon mask isn’t a portrait of his own psyche. Read More  ►

London Art Fair
Snow White and the Phallic Bronzes Snow White and the Phallic Bronzes

Master of the abject, artist Paul McCarthy is our own anti-Disney, wrenching folk figures away from the saccharine American visionary and returning them to the dark libidinal forests of their origins. Read More  ►
Inside the Mysterious World of Claire Fontaine Inside the Mysterious World of Claire Fontaine

Everyone wants to know who is behind the Paris-based “collective artist” Claire Fontaine, whose name is taken from a brand of student notebooks and whose works spotlight the typically unsung role of the artist’s assistant. Read More  ►
Photo LA
The Art World Naming Blight The Art World Naming Blight

In Miami, a mere $20 million gift from a real estate mogul prompts the Miami Art Museum to change its name to the Jorge M. Pérez Art Museum of Miami-Dade County—and prompts our writer, Linda Yablonsky, to cast a critical eye on the egotism of art patrons. Read More  ►
India Art Fair Expands in its Fourth Year India Art Fair Expands in its Fourth Year

The India Art Fair—formerly known as the India Art Summit—is raising its profile as it heads into its fourth year, Jan. 26–29, 2012. With up to 91 exhibitors from 20 countries, the New Delhi-based fair has added big names like White Cube, Galleria Continua, Paul Kasmin Gallery and Hauser & Wirth to its latest gallery roster. Read More  ►
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Sam Francis, Untitled (Sketch)
Sam Francis
Untitled (Sketch), 1966
Watercolor and acrylic on paper
13 x 22 in.
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Hu Xiandong, Untitled No. 10
Hu Xiangdong
Untitled No. 10. (Transparency Series), 2010
Oil on canvas
43.1 x 43.1 in.
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Wangechi Mutu, SíNicky Eyes
Wangechi Mutu
S’Nicky Eyes, c.2002
Mixed media, acrylic over pencil, and printed paper collage on mylar (X-ray film)
7.25 x 5.25 in.
Est. US$14,000–16,000
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