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WSJ Reports Buyer of da Vinci’s ‘Salvator Mundi’ as Saudi Crown Prince

December 8th, 2017

Leonardo da Vinci, Salvator Mundi (circa 1500) final price $450,312,500, via Christie'sA conflicting report in the Wall Street Journal notes that the buyer of the da Vinci piece last month at Christie’s is actually Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, noting that another prince served as a proxy buyer for the work.  The news comes as the Louvre Abu Dhabi has claimed that it will be showing the piece in its museum.
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Republican Tax Bill to Cut Funding for Artist Residences

December 8th, 2017

Pittsburgh's Spinning Plate Artist Lofts, via CitylabA new amendment to the Republican tax bill would strike artist residences from qualifying low-income housing. Senator Pat Roberts, the Republican senior senator from Kansas, changed language in the bill shortly before it was signed this past week.
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Galerie Balice Hertling Opens Second Space in Paris

December 8th, 2017

Sibylle Rochat, via Art NewsGalerie Balice Hertling has opened a second space in Paris at 239 Rue Saint-Martin, only a few blocks from the Centre Pompidou. Art consultant Sibylle Rochat has also joined the gallery as a partner.
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Saudi Prince Reportedly Buyer of da Vinci’s ‘Salvator Mundi

December 8th, 2017

Leonardo da Vinci, Salvator Mundi (circa 1500) final price $450,312,500, via Christie'sThe buyer of the $450 Million Leonardo da Vinci has been identified as Saudi prince Bader bin Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Farhan al-Saud, the New York Times reports. The news comes shortly after an announcement by the Louvre Abu Dhabi that the painting was coming to the institution. 
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Portland Art Museum Plans $50 Million Rothko Pavilion

December 8th, 2017

Rothko Pavillion, via Willamette WeekA proposed $50 million Rothko Pavilion at the Portland Art Museum is steps closer to reality, after the museum raised over half of its funds for the expansion. “What sealed it for me was, they have a chance to be one of the most accessible art museums on the West Coast,” says City Commissioner Nick Fish.
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Massive Wildfires Prompt Shutdown of Getty Center

December 6th, 2017

Fires in California, via CNNMajor wildfires in Los Angeles have prompted the shut-down of the Skirball museum and Getty museum, CNN reports.  The massive fires are producing so much smoke that they can be seen from space, and have left acres of forest and homes ravaged.  
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Material Art Fair Moves to Fronton Mexico

December 6th, 2017

Material Art Fair, via Art NewsMaterial Art Fair is moving locations next year to Frontón México, an Art Deco building that signals the fair’s growing scale and influence during Mexico City Art Week. “There’s a lot more work that needs to be done here, not only in terms of continuing to strengthen the fair but also in terms of strengthening Mexico City’s contemporary art community in general,” says co-founder Brett Schultz.
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Jorge Pérez Accuses Miami-Dade County of Politically Motivated Funding Cuts

December 6th, 2017

Jorge Perez, via Art NewspaperCollector Jorge Pérez has accused Miami-Dade County of slashing the budget for his namesake museum after it launched an exhibition of Cuban art. “They could have taken the money from other museums on an equal basis,” he says. “They only took it from PAMM. This was definitely an orchestrated move and it was punishment for our show.”
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Met Refuses to Remove “Sexually Suggestive” Balthus Painting After Protest

December 6th, 2017

Balthus, via Art NewspaperResponding to a petition, The Met has stated that it will not removed a Balthus painting from view at the museum, one which features the artist’s young sitter with her underwear exposed. “Moments such as this provide an opportunity for conversation, and visual art is one of the most significant means we have for reflecting on both the past and the present and encouraging the continuing evolution of existing culture through informed discussion and respect for creative expression,” the museum says.
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Ford Foundation Gives $200,000 to Hammer Museum

December 6th, 2017

Hammer Museum, via Art NewsThe Ford Foundation has given Los Angeles’s Hammer Museum a $200,000 grant to support public programming, which will be used in part to upgrade its tech infrastructure. “We are eager now to share our equally impactful public programs with the wider audience they deserve,” says director Ann Philbin. “By investing in a critical pillar of our activities, Ford is giving us the ability to strengthen our infrastructure, share this important work more broadly, and realize the full potential of our public programs.”
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AO On-Site – Miami Beach: Untitled Art Fair, December 6th – 10th, 2017

December 9th, 2017

Lucy and Jorge Orta at Jane Lombard, via Art Observed
Lucy and Jorge Orta at Jane Lombard, via Art Observed

Turning the corner onto the iconic drag of Ocean Drive, one’s attention is immediately drawn to the slender white tent laid out along the ocean skyline, a gleaming structure that houses the Untitled Art Fair underneath its minimalist structure.  Its annual home, placed squarely in the midst of boozey beachgoers, restaurant soundsystems, and the annual flood of Art Basel Miami Beach visitors, the fair has one of the more unique positions in a week full of unique offerings, one that balances some of the most familiar sights of the city with the impressive work on view inside.  Compounded by the floor to ceiling windows in the fair tent, the fair is an annual must-attend for those looking to get their dose of dynamic contemporary art and Florida sun in one go. Read More »

AO On-Site – Miami: NADA Miami at Ice Palace Studios, December 7th – 10th, 2017

December 9th, 2017

Lin May Saeed, via Art Observed
Lin May Saeed at Jacky Strenz, via Art Observed

As far as fairs go each year in Miami, few can compare with the unique flair and spirit of the New Art Dealers Association’s annual production in Miami, taking over hotel lobbies and ballrooms with a collection of works from young artists, smaller galleries and inventive projects that always make for an engaging, freewheeling time matched only by the fair’s impressive eye for vintage Miami charm.  So when the brutal storms that ravaged the southern tip of Florida this year made for some complications in planning at the fair’s annual haunt up-beach at The Deauville, it seemed as if some of the wind had been kept from its sails. Taking over Ice Palace Studios in an area close to downtown Miami, NADA’s most recent iteration manages to make the best of an unfortunate situation, adding the familiar atmosphere and communal spirit of the fair to an intriguing new locale on the other side of Biscayne Bay.

Molly Zuckerman Hartung at Rachel Uffner, via Art Observed
Molly Zuckerman Hartung at Rachel Uffner, via Art Observed

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AO On-Site – Miami Beach: Art Basel Miami Beach at the Miami Beach Convention Center, December 7th – 10th, 2017

December 8th, 2017

Allan McCollum at Thomas Schulter, via Art Observed
Allan McCollum at Thomas Schulte, via Art Observed

The doors have opened on the latest edition of Art Basel Miami Beach, bringing a stream of collectors and dealers into the Miami Beach Convention Center for another year of the fair’s high-profile sales, and an annual look back at the year for the art world.  Commanding a roster of over 200 galleries from around the world, the marquee event of the fall market season in the U.S., and one of the biggest social events of the art world calendar has gotten underway, with thousands flocking to the sun and sand of the Florida metropolis.

Kevin Beasley at Casey Kaplan, via Art Observed
Kevin Beasley at Casey Kaplan, via Art Observed

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AO Preview – Miami Art Week in Miami Beach, December 5th – 10th, 2017

December 4th, 2017

Nate Lowman, Maria (2017), via Maccarone
Nate Lowman, Maria (2017), via Maccarone

As another year in the art world draws to a close, global attention turns to the southern tip of the U.S. for another year of Art Week Miami, the sprawling multi-fair spectacle that each year flood both Miami Beach and Miami proper with waves of art lovers, artists, collectors and revelers for a range of installations and exhibitions, not to mention the infamous schedule of parties and events surrounding the week. Read More »

New York – Geta Bratescu: “The Leaps of Aesop” at Hauser and Wirth Through December 23rd, 2017

December 4th, 2017

Geta Bratescu, The Leaps of Aesop (Installation View), via Art Observed.
Geta Bratescu, The Leaps of Aesop (Installation View), via Art Observed.

This spring, the Romanian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale opened its exhibition for this year’s iteration of the institution’s ongoing exhibition. The show, a string of drawings and paintings creeping up the walls of the gallery, and running across each of the rooms formed dense networks of gestures and panels that made each of their respective movements and concepts all the more powerful.  The show was a review of the career of Geta Bratescu, the 91-year old artist whose career has investigated the range of 20th Century practice as her own relationship to it grew and evolved over the course of her life. In the months running up to the opening of the exhibition, Bratescu joined on with Hauser & Wirth, and now brings a range of her works to bear on the gallery’s Chelsea exhibition space.   Read More »

New York – Shirazeh Houshiary: “Nothing is deeper than the skin” at Lisson Gallery Through December 22nd, 2017

November 29th, 2017

Shirazeh Houshiary, Exuviae (2016-2017), via Ondine Charlesworth for Art Observed
Shirazeh Houshiary, Exuviae (2016-2017), via Ondine Charlesworth for Art Observed

Iranian-born, London-based artist Shirazeh Houshiary returns to Lisson Gallery this month for a show of new works at the gallery’s New York location on 24th Street in Chelsea, continuing her nuanced exploration of architectural and gestural interactions.  Reflecting on physical and immaterial qualities that shape art and human life, the artist’s work in her new show draws on dualities of structure and chance, friction and fluidity, and the nuances of space that both bound and interact with the work itself.

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New York – Thomas Hirschhorn: “DE-PIXELATION” at Gladstone Gallery Through December 22nd, 2017

November 28th, 2017

Thomas Hirschhorn, DE-PIXELATION (detail) (Installation View), via Art Observed
Thomas Hirschhorn, DE-PIXELATION (detail) (Installation View), via Art Observed

Complementing his large-scale sculptural practice and near-constant interrogation of the state of mass media, political power and imagery, Gladstone Gallery is currently presenting a body of works by Swiss artist Thomas Hirschhorn.  Marking a continued investigation of the act of depiction, the strategies of control and dissemination in modern media, and the utility  of horror that often underwrites modern image creation, the artist has created a body of pixelated collages, culling together scenes of modern sectarian violence with a sense of constant instability and unease.  Read More »

New York – Gilbert & George: “The Beard Pictures” at Lehmann Maupin Through December 22nd, 2017

November 21st, 2017

Gilbert & George, Beardfence (2016). via Art Observed
Gilbert & George, Beardfence (2016). via Art Observed

Marking the 35th Anniversary of their collaborative practice, the famed British duo Gilbert & George have opened a show of new works at Lehmann Maupin in New York City, continuing their recent, enigmatic exploration of more violent, grotesque themes through their familiar blend of pop iconography and deep personal engagement with their work.  Long-billed as a “living sculpture,” this new selection of works by the pair explore their own visages, embellished with surreal beards in each image. Read More »

Paris – Camille Henrot: “Days Are Dogs” at Palais de Tokyo Through January 7th, 2017

November 20th, 2017

Camillle Henrot, Days Are Dogs (Installation View), via Art Observed.
Camillle Henrot, Days Are Dogs (Installation View), via Art Observed

Camille Henrot works better on a grand scale.  The Golden Lion-winning French artist, whose enigmatic and playful sculptures, paintings and installations dwell on the phenomenology of life, and an often overwhelming range of lived experience, seems to draw additional strength from working with as much space as possible, perhaps best seen in her last show at Metro Pictures in New York, where a range of concepts and ideas allowed the viewer to move effortlessly through experiences of neurosis, guilt, pain and anger through to more primal emotions, and on through to a coy fusion of the two in the language of modernity.   Read More »

New York – LA Invitational at Gagosian Gallery Through December 16th, 2017

November 19th, 2017

Chris Burden, via Art Observed
Chris Burden, via Art Observed

For its newest exhibition on view at its 24th Street exhibition space in New York, Gagosian Gallery takes a look to the west, embracing the recent potency of Los Angeles’s fine arts community with a show of works that both spotlight the gallery’s representation of artists currently working in the Californian metropolis, while simultaneously exploring the cultural landscape and iconographies of a city that has shaped their work as much as they have shaped its perception in the art world.  Drawing on work from Alex Israel, Mary WeatherfordJonas Wood and others, the show is a striking introduction to the Californian artists currently working with Gagosian, and the shared lineage of Californian art that the gallery has long participated in supporting. Read More »