The biggest museum fundraising campaign in San Francisco history is nearing its $610 million goal two years before the opening of a new wing that will more than double the space for artworks by Andy Warhol, Mark Rothko and David Hockney.
James Tomilson Hill, the Blackstone Group LP vice chairman who runs the company’s $58 billion hedge- fund business, has emerged as a billionaire as the world’s largest private-equity firm and his art collection have surged in value.
<p>Like many revolutionaries, the late <a href="http://search1.bloomberg.com/search?q=Roy%20Lichtenstein&site=wnews&client=wnews&proxystylesheet=wnews&output=xml_no_dtd&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&filter=p&getfields=wnnis&sort=date:D:S:d1&partialfields=-wnnis:NOAVSYND&lr=-lang_ja" data="" type="" tooltip="" title="" target="_blank">Roy Lichtenstein</a> was at heart a bit of a conservative.</p><p>Superficially, his introduction of the graphic formulae of comic books into serious art looks subversive. Actually, as a spectacular new exhibition at London’s Tate Modern makes clear, everything he did was from the most highbrow of motives.</p><p>Lichtenstein (1923-1997) was -- as he kept insisting -- not so much a fan of popular culture as that austere thing, a formalist. He was also, if not exactly a late beginner, definitely a late succeeder. It was not until 1961, when he was pushing 40, that he had his breakthrough moment.</p><p>Before that, he had been living in the sticks, doggedly producing second-string abstract paintings (and listening, by the way, to Bach and Bebop, not rock’n’roll). Few of those early abstractions are in the exhibition.</p><p>Left, "Whaam!" (1963) by Roy Lichtenstein is already familiar to visitors at the Tate. </p> Source: Estate of Roy Lichtenstein/DACS 2012 via Bloomberg
The first U.S. retrospective of Chinese Conceptualist, architect and activist Ai Weiwei is at Washington, D.C.’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. It’s clear that his cultural significance far outweighs his artistic importance.