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Economist Nouriel Roubini Calls for Tighter Art Market Regulation

January 25th, 2015

Nouriel RoubiniIn a recent discussion during the 2015 World Economic Forum in Davos, noted economist and NYU Professor Nouriel Roubini has called for more rigid regulation of the art market.  Roubini is known for predicting the explosion of the US subprime housing market, and noted the art world’s frequent anonymity among buyers as one contributor to the ongoing use of the market to launder money.  “While art looks as if it is all about beauty, as a business it is full of shady stuff,” he said. “We should correct it or it will be undermined over time.” Read More »

Daughters of Wealthy Spanish Industrialist Indicted Over Art Theft

January 25th, 2015

The Living Room of Julio Muñoz Ramonet, via NYTThe New York Times reports on the criminal case in Spain between the city of Barcelona and the daughters of wealthy industrialist Julio Muñoz Ramonet, who stand accused of stealing over 352 paintings and drawings, as well as tapestries and other works from the collector’s home when he donated them to the city.  “We’re talking about a quantity and a quality of missing works of art that could probably fill a first-class museum,” says Marc Molins, a criminal lawyer representing the city. Read More »

Luc Tuymans Convicted of Copyright Infringement

January 25th, 2015

Luc Tuymans, A Belgian Politician, via Art NewspaperArtist Luc Tuymans has been convicted of copyright infringement in Belgium for his 2011 work A Belgian Politician, featuring a cropped image of politician Jean-Marie Dedecker.  Tuymans plans to appeal the case.  “Like many contemporary artists, the work of Luc Tuymans is based on existing images,” says Tuymans’s lawyer, Michaël De Vroey.  “How can an artist challenge the world with his works if he cannot use images of this world?” Read More »

Wildenstein & Company Suing Qatar Over Aborted Real Estate Deal

January 25th, 2015

Wildenstein Family HQ, via WSJThe Wildenstein & Company art gallery is suing the nation of Qatar, after the nation reneged on its agreement to purchase the gallery’s Upper East Side location for the record price of $90 million.  “The purchase of the property, and its record price, came under review in Doha, where there was a reluctance to be seen as profligate,” the lawsuit states. Read More »

Christie’s Holds Lead in 2014 Auction Tallies

January 25th, 2015

Auctions at Christie's, via The Art NewspaperThe Art Newspaper recaps the previous year of art auctions, citing Christie’s auction total at $6.8 billion, maintaining at $800 million lead over Sotheby’s, which wrapped the year with a $6 billion tally, both of which are records for the auction houses.  However, the article also notes that Christie’s is likely to appear much further ahead when the figures for private sales are announced for both houses.  “We’ve doubled our eCommerce sales, nearly 20% of our business was private sales. We are not an auction house anymore,” says Christie’s President Jussi Pylkkänen. Read More »

Sara Raza Appointed Guggenheim Curator for Middle East and North Africa

January 25th, 2015

Sara Raza, via Art NewspaperSara Raza has been appointed the new Guggenheim curator for the Middle East and North Africa, and will continue the museum’s UBS Map initiative, the museum announced this week.  “Her work will complement and extend the research that the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi curatorial team is undertaking,” says Guggenheim Director Richard Armstrong. Read More »

Tate Britain to Host Major Barbara Hepworth Retrospective

January 25th, 2015

The Tate BritainBarbara Hepworth has announced plans for a major retrospective focused on the work of Barbara Hepworth, which will feature a set of photograms from the artist’s archives, made by silhouetting the artist’s head against photo-reactive paper.  “It is a very beautiful thing in the flesh,” says Sophie Bowness, the artist’s granddaughter. Read More »

Los Angeles – Gillian Wearing: “everyone” at Regen Projects Through January 24th, 2015

January 24th, 2015

Gillian Wearing, Me As an Artist in 1984 (2014)
Gillian Wearing, Me As an Artist in 1984 (2014), all Photos Courtesy of Regen Projects Los Angeles.

One of the most prominent members of the Young British Artists, Gillian Wearing, who in the past few decades has established a unique and enduring voice in the contemporary discourse, is presenting her new body of work at Los Angeles’ Regen Projects. The artist’s fourth collaboration with the gallery, everyone, features two new video pieces as well as various multimedia works that juxtapose Wearing’s investigations on personal memory, confrontation with past and unfolding of angst as a direct result. Read More »

New York – Diana Thater: “Science, Fiction” at David Zwirner Through February 21st, 2015

January 24th, 2015

Diana Thater, Science, Fiction (2014), via Art Observed
Diana Thater, Science, Fiction (2014), via Art Observed

Diana Thater’s new exhibition on view at David Zwirner’s 19th Street Exhibition is an exercise in restraint.  Consisting of a pair of video compositions and a monumental structure in a light-saturated installation piece, the artist moves towards an experience of space, both in an immediate and more figurative sense, that engages the magnitude of human experience on both macro and micro scales. Read More »

Zürich – Egon Schiele and Jenny Saville at Kunsthaus Zürich Through January 25th, 2015

January 23rd, 2015

Egon Schiele, Death and Maiden (1915), via Kunsthaus Zurich
Egon Schiele, Death and Maiden (1915), via Kunsthaus Zurich

The Kunsthaus Zürich is currently presenting a historical study in portraiture and figuration over the course of a century, comparing the output of Austrian painter Egon Schiele with YBA-affiliated painter Jenny Saville, and tying together the pair’s varying approaches to powerful and, at times, visceral depictions of the human body.  Culling works from across the expanse of both artist’s careers, the exhibition seems to function both as a pair of parallel historical studies in each artist’s inspirations and development, while allowing a certain degree of overlap and cross-referencing into the various techniques each artist employed. Read More »

New York — “The Forever Now: Contemporary Painting in an Atemporal World” at MOMA Through April 5th, 2015

January 22nd, 2015

Mary Weatherford, La Noche (2014), via Art Observed
Mary Weatherford, La Noche (2014), via Art Observed

The Museum of Modern Art’s highly anticipated exhibition of contemporary painting, curated by Laura Hoptman, presents a cursory survey of current trends in this ever-evolving medium. Taking the concept of nonlinear time as its conceptual crux, The Forever Now: Contemporary Painting in an Atemporal World attempts to parse the impact that the daily experience of digital media has had on painting specifically, and on visual culture more broadly.  Read More »

Loris Gréaud Exhibition Attacked in Dallas, Potentially at Request of Artist

January 21st, 2015

Loris Greaud's Destroyed Work at Dallas ContemporaryArtist Loris Gréaud, who is represented by Pace Gallery and Yvon Lambert opened an exhibition at Dallas Contemporary this weekend, which was attacked by a group of vandals some speculate were sent by the artist himself.  “About 90 minutes in, it was stormed by 25 individuals who proceeded to destroy the exhibition,” one witness told the New York Post. Read More »

New York – Henri Matisse: “The Cut-Outs” at MoMA Through February 10th, 2014

January 21st, 2015

Henri Mtisse, The Snail (1953), via Art Observed
Henri Matisse, The Snail (1953), via Art Observed

There’s a moment at the end of Henri Matisse’s landmark exhibition of his late “cut-out” works, currently on view at MoMA in New York, when the viewer emerges into the last room to view Matisse’s final canvases, immense explosions of color and form that immediately arrest the viewer with their dynamic, minimal surfaces. Read More »

Corning Glass Museum Acquires More Contemporary Works for New Expansion

January 20th, 2015

Fred Wilson, via Art NewspaperThe Corning Glass Museum in Upstate New York has reportedly acquired a number of contemporary art works heavily relying on glass as part of its new $64 million wing construction.  Works from Roni Horn, Klaus Moje, Ayala Serfaty, Jeroen Verhoeven and Fred Wilson will be included in the new space, among others. Read More »

Planning Underway for Los Angeles’s Pacific Standard Time 2017

January 20th, 2015

José Clemente Orozco's mural at Pomona College, via Art NewspaperPreparations are already underway for the second edition of Los Angeles’s Pacific Standard Time exhibition in 2017, which will focus specifically on Latin American art, and which is turning to South and Central American arts institutions for leadership in planning the event.  “By nature, the breadth of this topic requires bringing in more people. With PST: LA/LA, we thought we had the unique opportunity to strengthen the connections between research communities in Los Angeles and Latin America,” says Joan Weinstein, deputy director of the Getty Foundation. Read More »

Painter Jane Wilson Has Passed Away at 90

January 20th, 2015

Jane Wilson, via NYTArtist Jane Wilson, whose work frequently explored the rich colors and hues of the midwest skyline, has passed away at the age of 90 in New York City.  “The way she increasingly translated natural events — seasons of the year, times of day or night or conditions of weather — into barely representational, hovering substances of color and light is the miracle of the artist’s later work,” says Whitney Museum curator Elisabeth Sussman. Read More »

Still House Group To Open Chinatown Gallery Space

January 20th, 2015

Brendan Lynch, Coming Home (2013), via Art ObservedThe Still House Group will open a new space at 3 Howard Street this week, where the group will be presenting programming and gallery exhibitions for the next year, as announced by the collective earlier today.  The space, fittingly titled Howard St, opens Saturday night with a show of new work by Brendan Lynch.   Read More »

Vanity Fair Profiles Competition Between Met and MoMA

January 20th, 2015

The Metropolitan Museum of Art via the New York PostA recent article in Vanity Fair reports on the increased competition for visitors between The Met and MoMA, as the former museum begins a new emphasis on modernist and contemporary projects, and ambitious expansion projects at both institutions.  “The Met is upwardly mobile at the moment and it’s doing everything it can to be more modern and more varied in what it has to offer, without vulgarizing things,” says Picasso biographer John Richardson. “And MoMA, an institution that I revere, is in a period of going slightly down in everybody’s estimation.” Read More »

Basel – Peter Doig at Fondation Beyeler Through March 22nd, 2015

January 20th, 2015

Peter Doig_100 Years Ago (Carrera), 2005-2007_Fondation Beyeler_courtesy Centre Pompidou, Musée national d'art moderne, Centre de création industrielle, Paris
Peter Doig, 100 Years Ago (Carrera) (2005-2007), courtesy of Centre Pompidou, Musée national d’art moderne and Centre de création industrielle, Paris

Currently on view at Fondation Beyeler in Basel is a survey of important oil paintings by Peter Doig (1959), as well as a number of seminal works on paper and a monumental mural.

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Paris – David Altmejd: “Flux” at the Musée d’Art Moderne Through February 1st, 2015

January 19th, 2015

David Altmejd, Flux (Installation View), via Art Observed
David Altmejd, Flux (Installation View), via Art Observed

Canadian-born, New York-based artist David Altmejd brings his uniquely executed sculptures and installations to the Musée D’Art Moderne in Paris this winter, the artist’s first career retrospective in France, and one which sees him realizing one of his most ambitious new sculptures to date, alongside a selection of his work from the past twenty years. Read More »

London – Richard Tuttle: “I Don’t Know, Or The Weave of Textile Language” at the Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall Through April 6th, 2015

January 18th, 2015

Richard Tuttle_I don't Know - The Weave of Textile Language, 2014_Tate Modern Turbine Hall_Installation view1
Richard Tuttle, I Don’t Know, or The Weave of Textile Language, (Installation View), all images courtesy Tate Modern

The largest work ever created by American sculptor Richard Tuttle (1941) is currently on view at Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall, which has been the host to some of the world’s most striking works of monumental contemporary art.  I Don’t Know, or The Weave of Textile Language was a commissioned work, composed of vast cuts of fabrics designed by Tuttle himself from both manmade and natural fibers. Three vibrant colors are hung in a bold, majestic display, making use of its coiling form to generate a sense of movement within the massive hall.

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New York – Al Taylor: “Pet Stains, Puddles, and Full Gospel Neckless” at David Zwirner Through February 14th, 2014

January 17th, 2015

Al Taylor, Full Gospel Neckless (Middelfart) (1997), via Art Observed
Al Taylor, Full Gospel Neckless (Middelfart) (1997), via Art Observed

Al Taylor’s work sits at a unique intersection of material fascination and object politics.  Combining the familiar materials of modern construction and design, Taylor’s work often investigated the pairings and interrelations of objects formed not only by the human’s aesthetic agenda, but equally by the complementary formal designs of the materials themselves.  These intersections can be seen in quite stark execution currently at David Zwirner, where the gallery’s 20th Street location is currently presenting a body of work created 1989 and 1997. Read More »

Art Newspaper Looks at the Life and Collection of Wolfgang Gurlitt

January 16th, 2015

Wolfgang Gurlitt in 1967, via Art NewspaperThe Art Newspaper has published a profile on Wolfgang Gurlitt this week, a cousin of the late Cornelius Gurlitt, and an avid art dealer who sold a sizable number of works to the Austrian city of Linz. Much of the collection’s provenance remains shady or undocumented, and investigations are still underway. Read More »

PJ Harvey Embraces Recording as Public Art Project

January 16th, 2015

PJ HarveyMusician PJ Harvey is embarking on a public art project, recording her next album in a see-through glass enclosure that allows the public an intimate look into the meticulous process of crafting an album.  “You have to go through dull moments to get to the goods,” Harvey says. Read More »