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Munich’s Haus der Kunst May Lay Off Large Pewrcentage of Part-Time Staff

July 15th, 2019

After several years of struggles, Munich’s Haus der Kunst may lay off two-thirds of its part-time or replace jobs with outsourced labor.  The museum has suffered from financial troubles in the past months.  Sources say the layoffs come “because we are aiming for a partial closure rather than a complete closure during the due renovation.” 
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Biennale Paris Committe Chairs Resign Over Investigations

July 15th, 2019

Two chairmen of the Biennale Paris’s vetting committee have resigned over the inclusion of exhibitors targeted by criminal investigations in the fair.  The fair has seen controversies mount since a 2016 investigation over the inclusion of forged works.
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Artist Hilary Harkness Heads to P.P.O.W. Gallery

July 15th, 2019

P.P.O.W. Gallery in Manhattan has added painter Hilary Harkness, who joins from the now shuttered Mary Boone.  “She has a very individual voice,” cofounder Wendy Olsoff says. “Her point of view and technique and idiosyncratic style are very much her own… I think a lot of younger women and men don’t know her work and seeing it at our gallery will be eye-opening and exciting.”
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Tate Announces Donation of 5,000 Works by Ithell Colquhoun

July 15th, 2019

The Tate has announced that more than 5,000 sketches, drawings, and commercial artworks by artist Ithell Colquhoun have been given to it by the National Trust.  “She had very few solo exhibitions … that’s why this collection is so amazing – it is going to be a re-evaluation of her whole career because there is so much in the collection,” says Tate archivist Adrian Glew.
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Pyotr Pavkensky Profiled in NYT

July 12th, 2019

Artist Pyotr Pavlensky, who has been arrested for a number of vandalisms of major Russian sites and government buildings. “The government’s aim is to suppress or neutralize art, to reduce me to a vandal, a madman, a provocateur,” he says, “but the criminal case becomes one of the layers of the artwork, the portal through which you enter and see the mechanisms of power exposed.”
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NY Supreme Court Rules for Pace Gallery in Agnes Martin Dispute

July 12th, 2019

New York Supreme Court judge has ruled that Pace Gallery founder Arne Glimcher and members of the Agnes Martin catalogue raisonné committee were within their rights to exclude 13 works owned by London art dealer James Mayor from the artist’s catalogue raisonné. “Whether any catalogue raisonné’s inclusion or non-inclusion of an artwork has any bearing on the work’s value has been recognized by New York courts as a function of the art marketplace,” ruled Judge Andrea Masley, “and it is not for the court to determine what the art market should or should not credit as reliable.” 
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Beijing Police Evict Artists from Several Studio Complexes

July 12th, 2019

Beijing police evicted scores of artists from several studio buildings in the city’s arts district this week. “They are driving us all away on the excuse of cleaning up the underworld,” artist Canon Duan says. “We’re not prepared at all. And no one has explained it to us.” 
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Penske Media Corporation Acquires Art Market Monitor

July 12th, 2019

Penske Media Corporation will acquire Art Market Monitor, the online publication of Marion Maneker, who will become editorial director of a holding company overseeing ARTnews and Art in America.  “In the art world, where a significantly fragmented audience spans so many websites, newsletters, and brands, PMC sees the opportunity to augment these exceptional brands with further investments in content and editorial, complemented by robust data and analytic tools, and growing an engaging live media and event business,” says chairman Jay Penske. “This acquisition adds a strong subscription business that expands PMC’s reach and influence in the art vertical.”
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Hartwig Fischer Endorses BP Sponsorship

July 11th, 2019

Hartwig Fischer, director of the British Museum, endorsed BP as a sponsor this week, as pressure continues over the company’s role in the operation of various museums.  Fischer praised the museum for helping “create unique learning opportunities.”
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NY Court Upholds Return of Nazi-Looted Works

July 11th, 2019

New York appellate court has upheld the return of two Egon Schiele drawings to the heirs of singer Fritz Grünbaum, whose art collection was confiscated before he was killed in a Nazi concentration camp.  “The tragic consequences of the Nazi occupation of Europe on the lives, liberty and property of the Jews continue to confront us today,” the judges wrote in their ruling.
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New York – Chris Ofili: “Dangerous Liasions” at David Zwirner Through July 19th, 2019

July 15th, 2019

Chris Ofili, Dangerous Liasions (Installation View), via David Zwirner
Chris Ofili, Dangerous Liasions (Installation View), via David Zwirner

Currently on at David Zwirner’s 34 East 69th Street townhouse in uptown New York City, artist Chris Ofili is presenting a series of new works unified under the title Dangerous Liaisons. Referencing René Magritte’s eponymous painting of 1935, which Ofili explores in drawings that employ the compositional organization of the Surrealist’s work as a structure for his own rich and layered exploration of color and line, the exhibition underscores Ofili’s abilities as an expressive and emotive painter whose craft with the brush is complemented by his rich conceptual practice. Read More »

New York – David Hammons at Hauser & Wirth Through August

July 11th, 2019

David Hammons, Untitled (2017), via Hauser & Wirth
David Hammons, Untitled (2017), via Hauser & Wirth

Marking his first major exhibition on the West Coast in decades, artist David Hammons has touched down at Hauser & Wirth for a major summer blockbuster, an exhibition that underscores the artists’s expansive and challenging practice, and its ongoing discourse with the languages of race, wealth, politics and modern art that have been his hallmark over the course of his life. Remaining razor sharp in its ability to comment on and critique the various socio-cultural spheres his work moves through, Hammons’s show is a masterclass in subtle condemnation. Read More »

New York – Jonas Wood at Gagosian Through July 19th, 2019

July 10th, 2019

Jonas Wood, Still Life with Red Panels (2018), via Gagosian
Jonas Wood, Still Life with Red Panels (2018), via Gagosian

Jonas Wood’s rapid rise in the past few years to representation at Gagosian seemed to happen almost overnight. But for followers of the Los Angeles-based painter, his ascension comes as no surprise. Wood’s impressive approach both painting and drawing showcases a masterful sense of patterns, perspectives and color, using figurative vantage points to arrive at beguiling images and innovative constructions of the picture plane. On view this month at Gagosian, a range of works from the artist underscores this ability, and delves ever deeper into his creative practice. Read More »

New York – Alissa McKendrick: “Resentment” at Team Gallery Through July 26th, 2019

July 9th, 2019

Alissa McKendrick, Untitled (2018), via Team
Alissa McKendrick, Untitled (2018), via Team

Painter Alissa McKendrick is presenting a solo exhibition at Team Gallery this month, bringing a selection of paintings to bear on the gallery’s project room series “Gallery B.” The artist, whose works mine a particular language between the surreal, figurative and narrative, makes for a refreshing summer entry in the gallery’s programming. Read More »

Paris – Annette Messager at Marian Goodman Through July 19th, 2019

July 3rd, 2019

Annette Messager, Sleeping Pacific, (2017), via Marian Goodman
Annette Messager, Sleeping Pacific (2017), via Marian Goodman

Artist Annette Messager has brought a series of new works to Marian Goodman Gallery in Paris this month, orchestrating a series of drawings and wall mounted works as well as her first video install, Lost in Limbos (2019).  The show, continuing Messager’s incisive material inventions and impressive orchestration of varied states and conceptual operations, is on view through July 19th.

Annette Messager at Marian Goodman (Installation View), via Marian Goodman
Annette Messager at Marian Goodman (Installation View), via Marian Goodman

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London – Oscar Murillo: “Manifestation at David Zwirner Through July 26th, 2019

July 3rd, 2019

Oscar Murillo, Manifestation (2018-2019), via David Zwirner
Oscar Murillo, Manifestation (2018-2019), via David Zwirner

Currently on view at David Zwirner London, artist Oscar Murillo has brought forth a selection of new works exploring both his past visual language and a range of expressive new iterations of his technique, delving into the visual history of his paintings as a shared exchange with both history and modernity.  On view through the end of the month, Murillo brings out a new range of pieces and projects that underscore his continued engagement with the painted canvas. Read More »

New York – Olga Balema: “Brain Damage” at Bridget Donahue Through July 26th, 2019

July 2nd, 2019

Olga Balema, Brain Damage (Installation View), via Bridget Donahue
Olga Balema, Brain Damage (Installation View), via Bridget Donahue

Upon entering the gallery space at Bridget Donahue this month, one is greeted by a peculiar selection of objects.  Small-scale, think strips of elastic material are laid up against the walls of the space, or twisted out along the floor.  The pieces, with their slight impressions upon the viewer’s perception of space, seems to lend the already raw Chinatown space a look of material temporality, of objects held in momentary sway, as if left behind in between residents.  Read More »

New York – Piero Manzoni: “Lines” and “Materials of His Time” at Hauser & Wirth Through July 26th, 2019

June 29th, 2019

Piero Manzoni, Achrome (1961-62), via Hauser & Wirth
Piero Manzoni, Achrome (1961-62), via Hauser & Wirth

In 1960, at the height of his artistic maturity and of his awareness on the gradual path and progression of his work, artist Piero Manzoni would branch out into a series of material experimentations and evolutions that would mark one of the most prolific stages in his career, and also one of the most conceptually fruitful. The artist, utilizing diverse natural and synthetic materials, such as cotton wool, canvas, polystyrene, phosphorescent paint, and even bread, stones, and straw, would ultimately create a broad range of his Achromes, arrangements of material that both draw on their compositional elements and on their sheer mass to create a new awareness of the object and the space around it, a new manner of seeing branching directly out from the piece itself. Simultaneously, the artist would explore a range of other practices and performative works, focusing in particular on the realization and execution of extensive “lines,” traced across papers, photos, and even across the gallery space. Delving into this important period in the artist’s career, Hauser & Wirth New York has brought together two concurrent exhibitions devoted to the artist’s work, unfolding over two floors and focusing on Manzoni’s most significant bodies of work.

Piero Manzoni, Linea m15,81 (1959), via Hauser & Wirth
Piero Manzoni, Linea lunga 7200 metri (1960), via Hauser & Wirth

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AO Auction Results – London: Phillips 20th Century and Contemporary Evening Sale, June 27th, 2019

June 28th, 2019

Roy Licthenstein, The Conductor (1975), Final Price: £4,977,000 via Phillips
Roy Lichtenstein, The Conductor (1975), Final Price: £4,977,000 via Phillips

With minimal fanfare and a steady hand, Phillips Auctions rounded out a well-managed evening sale of Contemporary and 20th Century works yesterday evening, closing a 36 lot sale to a final sales total of £35.9 million  with 5 lots going unsold.  The evening marks another strong and reliable outing for the auction house, making itself felt in the blue-chip market with increasingly strong results.  Read More »

New York – Julia Scher: “American Promises” at Ortuzar Projects Through July 26th, 2019

June 27th, 2019

Julia Scher, Glückshaube (2006), via Ortuzar Projects
Julia Scher, Glückshaube (2006), via Ortuzar Projects

For over three decades, artist Julia Scher has explored the relationship between surveillance, authority, and exhibitionism, orchestrating complex and intimate explorations of the way human and non-human parts of the modern technological apparatus function, both in the creation of and the limitations of personal expression and individual freedom in the modern world. Delving into how technology creates new and divergent relationships to the existing structures of power, Scher investigates just how these relationships bound and inform our place in the world. Read More »