Will there be life after death for new private museums?

Jori Finkel: From the opening of the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris in October to the construction of The Broad in Los Angeles now set to open this autumn, the model of the single-donor museum is thriving. You’d have to dial back the clock more than a century to the American “robber barons” like Frick, Morgan and Huntington to find another moment in art history when so many great institutions were founded by powerful individuals instead of broader coalitions or private-public alliances. MORE

Thu, 08 Jan 2015 07:46:00 GMT

Ai Weiwei, Alcatraz and the radical side of conceptualism

Jori Finkel: Over the past decade, Ai Weiwei has illustrated just how many forms activist art can take, from the monumental to the ephemeral. He started off blogging and tweeting before taking to Instagram, putting all to such creative uses that they seem like a natural extension of his practice. MORE

Fri, 10 Oct 2014 07:58:00 GMT

Confronting art world sexism

Jori Finkel: In New York, Sperone Westwater comes in at 91 versus nine. Team Gallery at 85 versus 15; Matthew Marks at 84 versus 16, and Mary Boone at 83 versus 17. Some of the top galleries in Los Angeles tell a similar story: Blum & Poe is 89 versus 11; Prism is 88 versus 12; Thomas Solomon is 85 to 15, and Patrick Painter is 83 to 17. MORE

Mon, 07 Jul 2014 07:42:00 GMT

Make sure the artists are on board

Jori Finkel: Finances tell part of the story; staff size tells another. But you could also chart the recent vicissitudes of the Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA), Los Angeles, through the four artists who famously served as board members: John Baldessari, Catherine Opie, Barbara Kruger and Ed Ruscha. MORE

Fri, 30 May 2014 17:10:00 GMT

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