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New Munch Museum Building to Open Soon

February 24th, 2021

After a lengthy construction period, the new Munch Museum building in Oslo is preparing to open, the Architectural Digest reports.
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UK Reopening Plans See Shops Opening a Full Month Before Museums

February 24th, 2021

The UK has announced that museums will not be able to reopen until Mid-May, a full month after shops and retail galleries.  “It just makes no sense,” says Rebecca Salter, the president of the Royal Academy of Arts . On the 12 April all the retail will open on Piccadilly and our gates will stay shut, I don’t get the logic of it frankly. It just doesn’t feel joined up to me … I’m angry.”
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NYT Looks at Artists Commemorating Those Lost to Covid-19

February 24th, 2021

A piece in the NYT looks at the artists already thinking of the best way to commemorate those lost to the Covid-19 pandemic. “They want to recognize the deaths of those individuals, as well as to express a communal sense of shared loss and shared remembrance,” says geographer Avril Maddrell.
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Paris Painting by Vincent van Gogh to Go on View Publicly for First Time Since 1887

February 24th, 2021

A major Paris scene painted by Vincent van Gogh and not yet seen in public since 1887 will go on view publicly this year, taking a tour of Europe before selling at Sotheby’s this May. “Very few paintings from Van Gogh’s Montmartre period remain in private hands – most are in the collections of prestigious museums around the world,” says Aurélie Vandevoorde of Sotheby’s. “The appearance on the market of a painting of this calibre, from such an iconic series, undoubtedly marks a major event.”
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Abandoned Hong Kong Retail Spaces Fill with New Art as Curators and Artists Seize on Covid-19 Shutdowns

February 22nd, 2021

A piece in the SCMP looks at the trend of independent curators and gallerists filling abandoned retail spaces with art in Hong Kong.  “You have to go through a lot to get funding, or be noticed by institutions and galleries. But there is this regenerative energy that exists here – we always find a way to work around things,” she says curator Eunice Tsang.
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Research Confirms Scrawl on “The Scream” as Written by Edvard Munch

February 22nd, 2021

New research has determined that writing on a version of Edvarrd Munch’s The Scream is by the artist himself. “It’s been examined now very carefully, letter by letter, and word by word, and it’s identical in every way to Munch’s handwriting,” says curator and researcher Mai Britt Guleng. “So there is no more doubt.”
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Mayor of Amsterdam Asks for Review of Jewish Family’s Claim to Kandinsky Piece

February 22nd, 2021

The Mayor of Amsterdam is asking the Stedelijk to review the case of a Wassily Kandinsky work previously held in the collection of a Jewish family, and to reconsider if the work should be subject to restitution. “The Jewish people were deprived of their possessions, rights, dignity and, in many cases, their lives,” reads an open letter signed by a group including Femke Halsema mayor. “Insofar as something can still be restored of the great injustice done to them, we, as a society, have a moral obligation to act accordingly.”
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Telegraph Charts Fresh Challenges to UK Art Market

February 19th, 2021

A piece in The Telegraph charts the landscape for galleries in London currently, and how they are making plans for the coming years post-Brexit and post-Covid. “We’re just playing a waiting game right now,” David Zwirner director James Green. “Our doors have been shut for all of 2021 so far, and we haven’t had word from the Government as to when that might change.”
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Max Hollein Defends Met’s Ability to Deaccession Works in Online Post

February 19th, 2021

Met Director Max Hollein has defended the museum’s ability to deaccession works in a piece on the institution’s online blog this week. “The Museum approaches deaccessioning with the same degree of strategy and deliberation as we apply to acquisitions,” he writes. “Whereas the two activities are not directly coordinated, our curators are always mindful of the effects of both on the profile of the collection.”
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Brancusi Sculpture Can be Removed from Montparnasse Cemetary, French Courts Rule

February 19th, 2021

A sculpture by Constantin Brancusi can be removed from Paris’s Montparnasse cemetery following the results of a lawsuit in French court. The work has been disputed for over a decade after several people attempted to sell the work amidst a red-hot market for the artist’s work.
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Berlin – Rebecca Ackroyd: “100mph” at Peres Projects Through March 5th, 2021

February 23rd, 2021

Rebecca Ackroyd, Breath Taking (2020), via Peres Projects
Rebecca Ackroyd, Breath Taking (2020), via Peres Projects

Artist Rebecca Ackroyd is interested in the twinned experiences of personal and collective memory, and how we reconcile their dissonance in our lives. Making a nuanced exploration of these ideas in concert with a unique fusion of concept and material, her new show, 100mph, her second exhibition at Peres Projects, Ackroyd architecturally intervenes in the space with semitransparent, plastic dividers, creating pods that isolate both the works and the viewer.  Read More »

New York – Jason Moran: “The Sound Will Tell You” at Luhring Augustine Through

February 22nd, 2021

Jason Moran, Bathing the Room with Blues 3 (2020), via Luhring Augustine
Jason Moran, Bathing the Room with Blues 3 (2020), via Luhring Augustine

Currently at Luhring Augustine‘s Tribeca exhibition space, the gallery is presenting The Sound Will Tell You, a presentation of new works on paper by artist and pianist Jason Moran, marking the gallery’s second exhibition with the artist. Internationally renowned as a jazz pianist and composer, Moran’s interdisciplinary and often collaborative visual art practice mines the history of music, and its social, cultural, and political subtexts. Here, he returns to a mode of practice that runs between both modes.  Read More »

New York – Camille Blatrix: “Pop-Up” at 55 Walker Through March 6th, 2021

February 19th, 2021

Camille Blatrix, Pop-Up (Installation View), via Andrew Kreps
Camille Blatrix, Pop-Up (Installation View), via Andrew Kreps

Camille Blatrix marks his first solo show in New York this month with Pop-Up, a strikingly incisive investigation into the modern cultural landscape, and the implied iconographies that come with it, on view via Andrew Kreps at 55 Walker. Mining languages of neoliberalism and capital, Blatrix’s built environment and assembled pieces are a comically incisive exploration of labor, material and culture.  Read More »

New York – Becky Kolsrud: “Elegies” at JTT Through March 13th, 2021

February 18th, 2021

Becky Kolsrud, Inscape (Three Graces) (2021), via JTT
Becky Kolsrud, Inscape (Three Graces) (2021), via JTT

Currently on at JTT’s New York exhibition space, Los Angeles painter Becky Kolsrud has assembled a range of new works featuring flattened female figures and opaque landscapes with glowing horizons, a space of 12 works that explore a range of surreal landscapes and interiors, composed from bodies and architectural elements in tandem. Drawing a range of influences from mythology and classical antiquity, the show pulls together a broad selection of iconographies that incorporate these histories into Kolsrud’s own unique world.  Read More »

New York – “Friend Zone” Curated by Vaughn Spann at Half Gallery Through February 24th, 2021

February 17th, 2021

Friend Zone (Installation View), via Half Gallery.
Friend Zone (Installation View), via Half Gallery

Embracing a range of expressive and animated approaches to portraiture and the body, artist Vaughn Spann has put together an expansive show at Half Gallery this month, bringing together a body of 44 works to explore a striking range of ideas and modes of portraiture. Read More »

New York – Stewart Uoo: “used” at 47 Canal Through

February 16th, 2021

Stewart Uoo, used (Installation View), via 47 Canal
Stewart Uoo, used (Installation View), via 47 Canal

Artist Stewart Uoo has opened a show of new works at 47 Canal this month, presenting a body of works unified by their explorations of tension and harmony amidst the bustling landscape of New York City. The works on view, a selection of various materials resembling street-side detritus, are spread across an elevated tableau in the gallery, creating a personified sense of the block as body. Read More »

New York – Nicole Eisenman and Keith Boadwee at Flag Art Foundation Through March 13th, 2021

February 12th, 2021

Nicole Eisenman and Keith Boadwee at Flag Art Foundation (Installation View), via Flag Art FoundationNicole Eisenman and Keith Boadwee at Flag Art Foundation (Installation View), via Flag Art Foundation

On view now at Flag Art Foundation in New York, Nicole Eisenman has but a show together with illustrator and painter Keith Boadwee, combining their uniquely spirited approaches to the body and to its modes of depiction across a range of subjects and scenes. The show, mixing each artist’s approaches, is on view now through March. Read More »

Los Angeles – Robert Longo: “Storm of Hope” at Jeffrey Deitch Through February 27th, 2021

February 10th, 2021

Robert Longo, Storm of Hope (Installation View), via Jeffrey Deitch
Robert Longo, Storm of Hope (Installation View), via Jeffrey Deitch

Asked if his work was “preaching to the choir,” Robert Longo responded, “It is not preaching to the choir – it is screaming at the choir.” The American artist, who opened a show of new works this winter at Jeffrey Deitch LA, has long been invested in navigating the world we live in and how we see it, creating a sense of opposition to the flurry of images we are presented with each day, which surround us and define our experience of the globe. Presenting these same images in a re-created state, his large-scale drawings function as monuments, securing a sense of permanence that transcends the flood of transitory imagery.   Read More »

New York: “Between the Earth and Sky” at Kasmin Through February 27th, 2021

February 8th, 2021

Rachel Harrison, Boss Revolution (2015), via Kasmin
Rachel Harrison, Boss Revolution (2015), via Kasmin

Currently on view at Kasmin in New York, a series of monolithic sculptures come together to create a new insight into the expression and reflection of scale. The show, Between the Earth and Sky, brings together a series of works from the format of the large-scale, towering sculpture spanning from 900 A.D. to 2019, and demonstrating how various utilizations of stelae, herms, and columns have functioned as repositories of meaning or markers of time and place across many cultures since prehistory, as well as the way in which the expressive possibilities of this format continue to resonate with sculptors working internationally today.

Between the Earth and Sky (Installation View), via Kasmin
Between the Earth and Sky (Installation View), via Kasmin

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Los Angeles – Joel Mesler: “Surrender” at David Kordansky Through March 6th, 2021

February 5th, 2021

Joel Mesler, Untitled (Surrender) (2020), via David Kordansky
Joel Mesler, Untitled (Surrender) (2020), via David Kordansky

On view this month at David Kordansky Gallery in Los Angeles, artist and former dealer Joel Mesler has. brought a selection of new paintings and works on paper forward for his first solo show at the gallery. Playful and engaging, the works make for an expressive entry in the artist’s work.  Read More »