Art in Print

An Artist’s Secret Life Behind Bars

On Thursday in New York, Jesse Krimes opened his first solo gallery show, Marking Time in America: The Prison Works (2009-2013). It was the latest turn in a story that began with his 2009 arrest at age 26 for a drug offense in his native Lancaster, Pa.


While Mr. Krimes has yet to sell any of his jail-made art, his work has drawn considerable attention, particularly in the vocal arenas of prison reform and social justice. The government-run Paris art space Palais de Tokyo showed Mr. Krimes’s work last year. An art-school gallery at Philadelphia’s Drexel University followed. His art appeared in a large-scale pop-up exhibit coinciding with the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia and featuring pieces by Keith Haring and Banksy.


Via The Wall Street Journal 


Sotheby’s Quarterly Results Top Expectations

Sotheby’s revenue fell on lower agency commissions and fees and inventory sales in the latest quarter, though profitability improved as the auction house faces a fresh round of activist pressure. Results came in better than expected, pushing shares in the company 13% higher to $36.49 in 4 p.m. trading Monday.


“While we would certainly prefer to see a stronger art market, we are pleased with the progress we have been making on our strategic initiatives and the beneficial changes to our team and organization,” said Chief Executive Tad Smith. “When the art market improves—and it certainly will—our company is poised to do very well for shareholders.” Until then, Mr. Smith said, the company will continue being careful with its capital.


Via The Wall Street Journal 


Lost 500-year-old artwork bought at flea market for a few euros

A long-lost 500-year-old engraving by the German Renaissance master Albrecht Durer has been found on sale for a few euros in a French flea market. The artwork was spotted by a retired French archaeologist and art collector, who couldn’t believe his luck when he snapped it up for a fraction of its value. But when he saw the stamp of a German museum on the back of the engraving, the collector decided to return it as an anonymous donation.


The Staatsgalerie in Stuttgart said the work had been missing since the end of the Second World War. The copperplate engraving, entitled ‘Mary Crowned by an Angel’, dates from 1520 and is “in very good condition”, Anette Frankenberger, an expert at the museum, told the AFP news agency. It appeared to have been kept wrapped in paper, which had helped preserve it.


Via The Telegraph