The life and death of Mike Kelley

Jori Finkel: When I visited Los Angeles on spring break in 1992 during my final year of university in New York, lured by the promise of sunshine and tennis courts more than by any cultural event, I happened to catch “Helter Skelter: Los Angeles Art in the 1990s”, a generation-defining group show at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA). MORE

Wed, 26 Mar 2014 12:07:00 GMT | 1 comments

Biennials, far from the crowded art market?

Jori Finkel: Dating back at least to the time of Jackson Pollock in the 1940s, the Whitney Biennial—then an annual exhibition—has had notable powers as a market maker. When it releases its list of artists for each edition, the burden of cultural curiosity shifts for many of us. MORE

Wed, 05 Mar 2014 07:03:00 GMT

Lessons of California’s droit de suite debacle

Jori Finkel: It’s not surprising that the history of resale royalty legislation in the US began with an auction and an altercation. The fight took place in 1973 outside the Sotheby Parke-Bernet auction house. Taxi mogul Robert Scull had just sold off many works of art at historic prices. MORE

Thu, 06 Feb 2014 08:34:00 GMT

Angels needed in LA

Jori Finkel: Packed with celebrities from Leonardo DiCaprio to Salma Hayek, the annual Art + Film gala of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Lacma) in November raised $4.1m for the institution. But don’t let the parade of Gucci gowns or glitzy red-carpet moments fool you. MORE

Thu, 21 Nov 2013 22:31:00 GMT

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Jori Finkel

Jori Finkel is the Los Angeles correspondent for The Art Newspaper and a contributor to the New York Times. You can follow her on Twitter @jorifinkel