In July 2013, esteemed American artist Walter De Maria died, suddenly, the result of a stroke he suffered while in California. Before his unexpected passing, at the age of 77, he was still actively creating new pieces in New York, working out of the massive studio he kept on East 6th Street. He’d made great progress on a major installation begun two years prior, incorporating three classic Chevrolet pickup trucks. It was left unfinished—until now.
‘My father was never overtly cruel,” says Musa Mayer, the only daughter of the American artist Philip Guston. “He was just largely absent, working. From an early age, I was given to understand that I was not to disturb his important work.”
The daughter of deceased Brazilian artist Lygia Pape says LG Electronics Inc. is using images of one of her mother’s works without permission for a smartphone marketing campaign, despite being told not to do that. Paula Pape sued in Manhattan federal court last month claiming the Seoul-based electronics maker is using copies of her mother’s 2003 sculpture ’Tteia 1, C’ in packaging materials, advertising and promotions for its K20 V mobile phone.
Playwright Edward Albee instructed his friends to destroy any unfinished manuscripts, but could the law step in to save them for posterity? Edward Albee died last year. But the renowned playwright is making one last request from the great beyond. Albee wants two of his friends to destroy any incomplete manuscripts he left behind.
An Austrian court ruled in favor of the late artist’s family, concluding that a foundation established when West was on his deathbed was created improperly. Unless the foundation appeals, any artworks and sales profits are to be handed over to the heirs.
The Estate of General Idea (1969-1994) is to be represented by Mitchell-Innes & Nash, in the Americas, it has been announced. They will join Maureen Paley, London, Esther Schipper, Berlin and Mai 36 Gallery, Zurich who represent the collective in Europe. GI was formed in Toronto in 1969 by AA Bronson, Felix Partz and Jorge Zontal, as a conceptual collective. They soon became internationally recognised for work that explored subjects such as the myth of the artist, the role of mass media, the relationship between the body and identity, issues of gender and sexual representation, and famously HIV/AIDS activism at a time when talking about the disease was taboo.
How do you turn an artist into a blue-chip star? The market for the Swiss-born sculptor Alberto Giacometti (1901–1966) provides a blueprint. The artist’s international reputation and powerhouse prices are poised to grow even more this year thanks to a blockbuster exhibition at Tate Modern and the soon-to-open Institut Giacometti in Paris.
The Foundation for Contemporary Arts, a New York-based provider of support grants to artists since the beginning of a 1963 initiative led by John Cage and Jasper Johns, will give out a new annual Roy Lichtenstein Award seeded by a $1 million endowment gift from the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation. The award will be similar to other named prizes that make up part of FCA’s Grants to Artists program, with $40,000 in unrestricted funds earmarked for an artist to be selected by the FCA’s board, which includes artists such as Johns, Cecily Brown, Robert Gober, Glenn Ligon, and others.