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Ai Weiwei Opens Major Project in New York

October 16th, 2017

Ai Weiwei, via NYTAi Weiwei’s landmark public art project Good Fences Make Good Neighbors has opened in New York, with massive fence sculptures erected across New York. “New York is a city I spent 10 years in,” Ai says of his history with the city. “I was quite hesitant [to do a project here] because I love [New York] so much, it’s not easy for me to just put a simple sculpture in the city … I had to do something to pay back my respect, my love.”
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Alex Katz Does Cover for New York Magazine

October 16th, 2017

Alex Katz, via NYMAlex Katz has provided the illustration for the 50th anniversary issue of New York Magazine, drawing a series of subway riders in a stripped down approach. “Alex Katz made drawings of people on the subway in the 1940s when he was a student on his way to Cooper Union,” says Magazine photography director Jody Quon. “We wanted to see if he would revisit the experience of doing the subway drawings.” 
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United States Withdrawing from Unesco

October 15th, 2017

UNESCO, via NYTCiting an “anti-Israel bias,” the United States will withdraw from Unesco, the United Nations cultural organization, the New York Times reports. “Universality is critical to Unesco’s mission to strengthen international peace and security in the face of hatred and violence, to defend human rights and dignity,” says Unesco director Irina Bokova.
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Guggenheim Bilbao Launches Series of Events for 20th Anniversary

October 15th, 2017

Guggenheim Bilbao, via Art NewspaperThe Guggenheim Bilbao has embarked on a series of projects celebrating its 20th anniversary, including a massive lighting installation outside the museum by artist group 59 Productions. “We are very proud and lucky to have a building that is a masterpiece,” says director, Juan Ignacio Vidarte.
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Eli Broad to Step Back from Philanthropy Projects

October 15th, 2017

Eli Broad, via NYTPhilanthropist Eli Broad has announced that he will step down from his public life, halting his work supporting museums and other public institutions. “I am retiring,” Mr. Broad said. “Now. Right now. I am just tired. I want to spend more time with my family. Catch up on my reading.”
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Mary Weatherford Now Represented by Gagosian Gallery

October 15th, 2017

Mary Weatherford, via Art NewsGagosian has taken over worldwide representation of artist Mary Weatherford, Art News.  Weatherford will show with Gagosian around the globe, except in Los Angeles, where she will continue to show with David Kordansky. “I first admired Mary’s work in MoMA’s ‘The Forever Now,’ and am thrilled she has joined the gallery,” Gagosian said in a statement. “It’s exciting to have her included with the roster of great artists in our ‘L.A. Invitational’ exhibition opening later this month in New York.”
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Gary Nader to Sell Works from Collection to Fund Museum Project

October 15th, 2017

Nader Museum of Latin American Art, via Art NewsArt Dealer Gary Nader has announced plans to sell off over $100 million in works from his collection to fund a museum for Latin American art. The institution is likely to open in downtown Miami. 
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New York Times Profiles Efforts of Auction Houses to Stay Ahead of Game in Current Market Landscape

October 15th, 2017

Jean-Michel Basquiat, via NYTThe New York Times reports on the maneuvering of auction houses in recent years to adapt to the changing landscape of both the information revolution and the ever-shifting art market. “I don’t know many industries that have been through so many structural changes in such a short period of time,” said Guillaume Cerutti, the chief executive of Christie’s.
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Tobias Meyer Working with Newhouse Family on Art Collection

October 13th, 2017

Tobias Meyer, via NYTTobias Meyer, an art adviser and former auctioneer at Sotheby’s is currently advising the Newhouse Family on the collection of the late Si Newhouse. “Si Newhouse possessed an incredible eye, and with astuteness and passion assembled one of the greatest collections of 20th century art,” Meyer said in a statement. “He was my mentor and friend, and I am honored to now work with his family.”
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Kassel in Talks with Documenta Artist Over Plans to Keep Obelisk Work

October 13th, 2017

Olu Oguibe, via Art NewspaperThe City of Kassel is in talks Nigerian artist Olu Oguibe to keep his immense obelisk on view at the city’s Königsplatz after Documenta. “We are in talks with the artist and will be ready to go with the campaign as soon as we have an agreement,” a spokesman for Kassel mayor Christian Geselle said.
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New York – Elizabeth Orr: “Our Hallway Is Surrounded” at Bodega Through October 15th, 2017

October 15th, 2017

Elizabeth Orr, House (2017), via Bodega
Elizabeth Orr, House (2017), via Bodega

In the back room of Bodega, a new video by Elizabeth Orr began with one word: “HERE,” a coy move to set the location before her projected video lit up with a full sentence that manages to double back on the grandiosity of its previous line: “There is no spectacle to be revealed.”  This statement, taken in conjunction with the artist’s minimalist sculptures arranged around the front room, sets a terse, self-critical tone for Orr’s new exhibition, Our Hallway is Surrounded, a show that makes much of the act of both creating space, and dispensing with that same space’s contextual aura. Read More »

New York – Thomas Eggerer: “Todd” at Petzel Gallery through October 14th, 2017

October 14th, 2017

Thomas Eggerer, Todd (Installation View), all images courtesy the artist and Petzel Gallery
Thomas Eggerer, Todd (Installation View), all images courtesy the artist and Petzel Gallery

For the artist’s sixth solo exhibition at the gallery, New York’s Petzel Gallery is presenting nine new paintings by Thomas Eggerer, introducing an innovative figuration to the artist’s already established practice in meticulous depictions of the everyday. Each of the three large-scale works, as well as the six smaller canvases feature an elevated street view in which an industrial manhole cover is the focal point. In the larger works, the cool metal lids stand alone, while in the remaining, and arguably more engrossing paintings, they are accompanied by objects and figures that enact situations on and around them. Read More »

New York – Kara Walker: “Sikkema Jenkins and Co. is Compelled to present The most Astounding and Important Painting show of the fall Art Show viewing season!” at Sikkema Jenkins Through October 14th, 2017

October 14th, 2017

Kara Walker, Dredging the Quagmire (Bottomless Pit), (2017), via Art Observed
Kara Walker, Dredging the Quagmire (Bottomless Pit) (2017), via Art Observed

“How many ways can a person say racism is the real bread and butter of our American mythology, and in how many ways will the racists among our countrymen act out their Turner Diaries race war fantasy combination Nazi Germany and Antebellum South…” poses Kara Walker in the statement for her current exhibition at Sikkema Jenkins.  The artist’s work, returning to the gallery after a lengthy absence, is presented at the height of its power and intensity, here focusing on the repeating narratives and cycles of violence against the black body that have plagued the United States since its birth. Read More »

Amanda Ross-Ho: “My Pen Is Huge” at Mitchell-Innes & Nash Through October 14th, 2017

October 12th, 2017

Amanda Ross-Ho, Untitled Timepiece (Coca-Cola) (2017), via Art Observed
Amanda Ross-Ho, Untitled Timepiece (Coca-Cola) (2017), via Art Observed

In some regards, size has always mattered to Amanda Ross-Ho. It’s hard to even recall a show of hers in which she hasn’t taken a common object and enlarged it to an uncommon size. In her 2012 show at MOCA’s Pacific Design Center, Teeny Tiny Woman, Ross-Ho even went so far as to create an oversize photo enlarger, underscoring her impressive sense of both scale and formal wit. With several years of practice under her belt since then, however, Ross-Ho’s simple enlargements have seemed to evolve quite considerably, perhaps best exemplified by My Pen is Huge, Ross-Ho’s new exhibition at Mitchell-Innes & Nash, which sees her adding to own work’s discourse by including life size objects alongside her oversized sculptures. Read More »

AO On-Site – London: 1:54 African Art Fair and Sunday Art Fair, October 5th – 8th, 2017

October 10th, 2017

Kudzanai Violet Hwami at Tyburn for 154 Art Fair, via Art Observed
Kudzanai Violet Hwami at Tyburn for 1:54 Art Fair, via Art Observed

With Frieze London commanding such expansive attention across the European art world each year, the fair’s annual occurrence has opened the door to an increasingly large pool of satellite fairs and supplementary exhibitions, turning the week into a packed series of openings and fairs spread throughout the British capital. This year, Frieze Art Week was no different, as the 1:54 Art Fair and Sunday Art Fair  its doors for another year in the city. Read More »

AO Auction Recap – London: Christie’s and Phillips Contemporary and Post-War Evening Sales, October 6th, 2017

October 8th, 2017

Francis Bacon, Head with Raised Arm (1955), via Christie's
Francis Bacon, Head with Raised Arm (1955), via Christie’s

The week of auction sales in London concluded Friday evening, as both Phillips and Christie’s held their Contemporary and 20th Century Evening Sales, achieving modest results that did little to bolster a distinctly quiet sale the night prior at Sotheby’s.  For those looking for a strong confirmation of the market’s strength in a turbulent political climate worldwide, the sale offered little in the way of stability, with some top lots failing to find a buyer, while others just managed to sell at estimate.

Adrian Ghenie, The Collector 4 (2009), via Phillips
Adrian Ghenie, The Collector 4 (2009), via Phillips

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AO On-Site – London: Frieze Art Fair, October 5th – 8th, 2017

October 7th, 2017

Do Ho Suh at Victoria Miro, via Art Observed
Do Ho Suh at Victoria Miro, via Art Observed

On a cloudy Wednesday morning in London’s Regent’s Park, the doors opened on this year’s edition of the Frieze art fair, marking the latest edition of an event that has long billed itself as the premiere at event in the British capital.  This year’s opening continued to show why, as strong sales and an increasingly attentive approach towards curating and showing works made for an immersive and nuanced whole. Read More »

AO Auction Recap – London: Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Evening Sale, October 5th, 2017

October 6th, 2017

Cy Twombly, Untitled (1962), via Sothebys
Cy Twombly, Untitled (1962), via Sothebys

After closing out the second day of proceedings across town at Regent’s Park yesterday, collectors and dealers flocked to Sotheby’s London for the first of the week’s Contemporary and Post-War Evening Sales.  Held in conjunction with the cutting edge works on view at Frieze London this week, the sale at Sotheby’s seemed to offer something of a moment of reflection for the contemporary market, looking back at some of the masters of the 20th Century, while also offering buyers a chance to bring them home. Read More »

AO Auction Preview – London: Post-War and Contemporary Evening Sales, October 5-6th, 2017

October 4th, 2017

Francis Bacon, Study of Red Pope 1962. 2nd Version (1971), via Christie's
Francis Bacon, Study of Red Pope 1962. 2nd Version 1971 (1971), via Christie’s

Making its stamp on Frieze auction week in London, the big auction houses are planning a string of major Contemporary and Post-War Evening Sales in the coming weeks, marking the first time the secondary market will be tested in the second half of 2017.  With sales at Christie’s, Sotheby’s and Phillips packed into a pair of evenings in the British capital, the first days of October should offer an interesting look at how the market has continued to respond to turbulent world events, unstable buying patterns, and the demanding pace of the current market schedule.

Andreas Gursky, Los Angeles (1999), via Phillips
Andreas Gursky, Los Angeles (1999), via Phillips

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AO Preview – London: Frieze London and London Art Week, October 4th – 8th, 2017

October 3rd, 2017

Outside the Frieze Fair, via Art Observed
Frieze London, via Art Observed

The flagship event of London’s bustling art week, Frieze London opens this week at Regent’s Park, opening the month of October with one of the fall’s largest art fair events around the globe. Bringing over 160 galleries from around the globe to the fair’s grounds, the fair will turn 15 years old this year, looking back on its run as an increasingly vital part of the international art circuit, and one of the main players in the shifting landscape of the art market’s move towards more temporary, globally distributed events. Read More »