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Aby Rosen to Pay $7 Million in Settlement Over Unpaid Sales Taxes on Collection

May 5th, 2016

Aby Rosen, via The Real DealAby Rosen must pay $7 million in settlement to cover taxes he failed to pay on over $80 million worth of art he purchased in recent years.  “Law-abiding New Yorkers should not be stuck footing the bill for those who fail to pay their fair share,” state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said of the case.
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Whitney Curator Scott Rothkopf Profiled in New York Times

May 5th, 2016

Scott Rothkopf, via NYTThe Whitney’s chief curator, Scott Rothkopf is profiled in the New York Times this week, and noted for his embrace of emerging artists and focus on dynamic programming.  “He has really reinvigorated the contemporary program,” says director Adam D. Weinberg. “What he’s doing is recognizing young talent and people who work hard and moving them up. It’s important for a museum devoted to contemporary art not to just have curators who are over 60.”
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Fire at Rosemarie Trockel’s Home Destroys $34 Million in Art

May 5th, 2016

Rosemarie TrockelA fire at artist Rosemarie Trockel’s Cologne home has destroyed around $34 million in art from her personal collection, Artforum reports.  Police suspect an electrical fire, but have not yet ruled on the cause of the blaze.


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Vincent Van Gogh Museum Looks to Offer Consulting Services

May 5th, 2016

Van Gogh Museum, via NYTAmsterdam’s Vincent Van Gogh Museum is spearheading a new program in which it will rent out professional and consulting services to collectors, corporations, and other groups.  “Museums are used to a different type of outreach that is more about sharing their knowledge and collection, but not in the commercial, contractual manner,” said France Desmarais of the International Council of Museums in Paris. “What’s unique is that they are using their expertise to commercialize, in a sense, but museums have been doing revenue-generating activities for a long time.”
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Olafur Eliasson Plans Giant Fountain for Versailles

May 3rd, 2016

Olafur Eliasson, via Art DailyOlafur Eliasson is planning a giant water fountain for his Versailles commission this summer, playing on one originally designed for the palace grounds during its construction, which was abandoned due to the logistics concerned with pumping water for its operation.   “Of course I could tell you how many meters it is, but I am not going to because we need to leave it to the audience to make up their minds how high is high,” he said.
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MoMA Offering Buyouts to Workers in Preparation for Renovations

May 3rd, 2016

MoMA, via NYTThe Museum of Modern Art is offering a contract buyout for employees aged 55 or older with at least nine years of service as of July 31, as the museum prepares for curtailed activity during its ambitious renovation.  “The museum is in a transitional stage in terms of the scope of its operations, which are at a reduced level during the renovation period,” the museum said in a statement. “The program is entirely voluntary and is intended to benefit staff who are considering retirement this year.”
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Dan Colen’s Philanthropic Farming Venture Profiled in WSJ

May 3rd, 2016

Dan Colen, via WSJThe WSJ profiles Dan Colen’s upstate farm project, where the artist’s full crop output is donated to the New York City Food Bank.  “Art turned out to be way more of a business than I ever intended,” Colen says of his venture.  “The last thing I need is more business.”
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Maurizio Cattelan Interviewed Over Plans for Frieze New York Installation with Live Donkey

May 3rd, 2016

Maurizio Cattelan, via Financial TimesMaurizio Cattelan is interviewed in the Financial Times this weekend, as he prepares to re-stage his 1994 work Enter at Your Own Risk — Do Not Touch, Do Not Feed, No Smoking, No Photographs, No Dogs, Thank you at Frieze New York, an installation the features a live donkey in a small room at the fair.  “Based on my experience it’s considerably difficult to force a donkey into doing something it perceives to be dangerous for whatever reason,” Cattelan says of concerns for the animal’s safety.
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RIP: Iconic Sculptor Marisol Passes Away at 85

May 3rd, 2016

Marisol, via NYTMarisol, the Venezuelan-American artist who carved sculptural portraits of politicians, historical figures, and other iconic figures of contemporary life, has passed away at the age of 85.  The artist, who first saw success during the early 1960’s, often blurred the iconography of pop art through mediations on the body and her craft that complicated classifications of her work.  Yet her appeal was undeniable, and her unique approach to sculptural figuration earned her recognition.  “She was an incredibly significant sculptor who has been inappropriately written out of history,” Marina Pacini, chief curator at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, who organized a traveling survey of the artist’s work, says. “In the 1960s, she had more press and more visibility than Andy Warhol.”
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Mike Kelley Foundation Funds Mini-Golf Piece Examining Urban Zoning in LA

May 3rd, 2016

Los Angeles Poverty Department, via Art NewsThe Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts has announced its first round of commissions in Los Angeles, among them a miniature golf course running through the city’s Skid Row neighborhood, which examines and underlines how zoning policy directly affects and reshapes cities.  “Zoning is something that is both totally fundamental to the way a city works and the way it feels and who gets supported and who gets booted from the city,” says artist Rosten Woo, one of the organizers of the piece.
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AO On-Site – New York: Frieze Art Fair, May 5th – 8th, 2016

May 5th, 2016

Alex Da Corte Outside Frieze, via Art Observed
Alex Da Corte outside Frieze, via Art Observed

Frieze New York opened its doors to a misty Wednesday morning on Randall’s Island yesterday, yet the damp weather did little to dull the early rush of VIP’s attendees to the annual art fair, as strong attendance was evident throughout the lanes.   Read More »

AO Preview – New York: Frieze New York at Randall’s Island, May 5th – 8th, 2016

May 3rd, 2016

Lisa Yuskavage, Stoned (2016), via David Zwirner
Lisa Yuskavage, Stoned (2016), via David Zwirner

Celebrating its 5th Anniversary in New York City, Frieze New York will touch down once again on Randall’s Island this week, bringing a strong selection of 202 galleries to the event, alongside a full calendar of events, performances, and talks that has turned early May into a another centerpiece of New York’s already bustling calendar, joined by both satellite art fairs and a series of high-profile gallery openings. Read More »

New York – Vigée Le Brun: “Vigée Le Brun: Woman Artist in Revolutionary France” at The Met Through May 15th, 2016

May 1st, 2016

Vigée Le Brun, Baron de Thellusson (1814), via Art Observed
Vigée Le Brun, Baron de Thellusson (1814), via Art Observed

There are few prominent female artists that are as highly revered as Louise Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun was in 18th Century France. Falling in love with painting through her father, Louis Vigée, Le Brun went on to work for the aristocracy in Paris during the French Revolution.  After painting more than thirty portraits of Marie Antoinette and her family, Le Brun was forced to flee the country over her association with the queen, ultimately working in Italy, Austria, and Russia. Once she settled in Italy, she was elected into the artist group Accademia di San Luca, and moved on to painting portraits of Catherine the Great’s family as well as Stanislaw August Poniatowski, Poland’s last king. Read More »

New York – Patrick Meagher: “Suggested for You” at Equity Gallery Through April 30th, 2016

April 30th, 2016

Patrick Meagher, Natural Artificial Neural Networks (Bethany Hamilton) (2016) Photo courtesy Kayode Ojo
Patrick Meagher, Natural Artificial Neural Networks (Bethany Hamilton) (2016), Photo by Kayode Ojo

Suggested For You, Patrick Meagher’s solo exhibition at Equity Gallery, takes its name from the “suggestion engines” of social media and e-commerce sites, utilizing personal activity as a generator for financial value.  With a wildly colorful CMYK palette, Meagher presents a jumble of inkjet prints and sculpture that address the ways in which the internet mediates our perception of consciousness, and simultaneously reshapes them. Read More »

New York – Mel Bocher and Alighiero Boetti: “Verba Volant Scripta Manent” at Totah Gallery Through May 15th, 2016

April 28th, 2016

Alighiero Boetti, Oggi Ventiduesimo giorno dell'ottavo mese dell'anno millenovecentootantotto (1988), via Art Observed
Alighiero Boetti, Oggi Ventiduesimo giorno dell’ottavo mese dell’anno millenovecentootantotto (1988), via Art Observed

There’s a tangible spirit of enthusiasm in the opening exhibition for Totah Gallery in the Lower East Side, a dual exhibition exploring the work of Alighiero Boetti and Mel Bochner in concert.  The pairing, at face value, seems obvious; a pair of artist’s whose roughshod textual inversions made established their roles in the language and semiotic turns in art during the 1970’s.  Yet proprietor and principle curator David Totah’s investment in the broader material aspects of both artist’s careers unfolds here into a nuanced exhibition that rewards deeper readings and lingering views on each composition.  It’s a point of focus that he will continue at the space, driving research-heavy installs that blend history with personal encounter, always emphasizing exchanges between the artists and his own relationships with them.

Mel Bocher and Alighiero Boetti, Verba Volant Scripta Manent (Instsallation View), via Art Observed
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London – Mark Wallinger: “ID” at Hauser and Wirth Through May 7th, 2016

April 27th, 2016

Mark Wallinger, Ego (2016), via Art Observed
Mark Wallinger, Ego (2016), via Art Observed

Taking over Hauser and Wirth London for his first solo exhibition with the gallery, Mark Wallinger has brought a nuanced collection of both new and recent works, showcasing the artist’s unique interests in the associative and perceptual variations of one’s encounter with the surrounding world, mixing together explicit psychoanalytic technique with less concrete forms that trace the body’s relation to the urban environment, or the preservation of time through similar modes of engagement.   Read More »

New York – Alexis Rockman: “A Natural History of Life in New York City” at Salon 94 Through May 5th, 2016

April 26th, 2016

Alexis Rockman, Cervid Cervacles (Jacob Riis Beach, Queens), (2015), via Salon 94
Alexis Rockman, Cervid Cervacles (Jacob Riis Beach, Queens) (2015), via Salon 94

Alexis Rockman’s work is expressly involved in the correlations between image and ground, material and subject, often pulling from the biological intersections of human and animal, flora and fauna, or land and water, that define the landscapes of modernity.  Shifting this focus to a more microcosmic level, the artist has opened a show of drawings of New York City wildlife, a project that heightens his sense of delicate relations between nature and its inhabitants, on view at Salon 94. Read More »

New York – Tacita Dean : ‘…my English breath in foreign clouds’ at Marian Goodman, New York Through April 23, 2016

April 23rd, 2016

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Tacita Dean, A Concordance of Fifty American Clouds (2015-2016), via Sophie Kitching for Art Observed

The Marian Goodman Gallery, New York presents ‘…my English breath in foreign clouds’, a comprehensive survey of Tacita Dean’s recent works: a collection of clouds observed from Los Angeles, three 16mm films including the striking ‘Event for a stage’ (2015) and ‘Portraits’ (2016), an intimate one on one with David Hockney smoking in his studio, as well as a photographic series newly printed on Cibachrome paper, ‘Gaeta 2015 – Fifty photographs, plus one’ (2015) which subtly links Cy Twombly’s house and studio in Italy with the poetics of his thinking process.

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New York: Ellsworth Kelly “Photographs” at Matthew Marks Gallery Through April 30th, 2016

April 23rd, 2016

Ellsworth Kelly, Barn, Long Island (1968), via Matthew Marks Gallery
Ellsworth Kelly, Barn, Long Island (1968), via Matthew Marks Gallery

The late Ellsworth Kelly’s photographic works are the subject of the artist’s first posthumous gallery exhibition in New York this month, offering a unique and alternative perspective on an artist already seen as one of the most influential and prominent abstractionists of the 20th Century.  The show, on view at Matthew Marks in Chelsea, showcases over thirty gelatin silver prints, originally taken between 1950 and 1982, the first ever devoted to Kelly’s photographic endeavors.  Kelly finished preparing these prints and planning the exhibition shortly before his death on December 27th, at the age of ninety-two.  Here, these photographs offer a fitting perspective of the artist’s own aesthetic inclinations, and his unique perspective for the world around him. Read More »

Los Angeles – Alex Israel and Brett Easton Ellis at Gagosian Gallery Through April 23rd, 2016

April 21st, 2016

Alex Israel & Brett Easton Ellis, Born and Not Made (2016), © Alex Israel and Bret Easton Ellis; image(s) courtesy iStock and Gagosian Gallery Photography: Jeff McLane
Alex Israel & Brett Easton Ellis, Born and Not Made (2016), all images © Alex Israel and Bret Easton Ellis; courtesy iStock and Gagosian Gallery Photography: Jeff McLane

Marking one of the art world’s more unique collaborations in recent years, Alex Israel has partnered with writer Brett Easton Ellis to create a series of large-scale acrylic and ink canvases, reveling in the unique iconography and landscapes of Los Angeles.  The show, which opened earlier this Winter at Gagosian’s Beverly Hills location, combines Ellis’s distinctively modern texts with Israel’s particular blend of pop-influenced wit, here manifested in sprawling scenes from the varying spheres and vistas of Los Angeles’s shifting landscape.

Alex Israel & Brett Easton Ellis (Installation View)
Alex Israel & Brett Easton Ellis (Installation View)

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