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Charles Ray to Show Work Alongside Renaissance and Baroque Bronze Works

September 16th, 2019

Artist Charles Ray will curate a show of  Renaissance and Baroque bronze sculptures alongside his own works at the Hill Art Foundation this fall.  “I’m interested in dialogues as a way to show the influence of work,” collector J. Tomilson Hill says. “I want to create these dialogues that use the art of today to look back but also use the art of the past to inform the art of today.”
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Lari Pittman Profiled in LA Times

September 16th, 2019

Artist Lari Pittman gets a profile in the LA Times, as he prepares for his museum retrospective at the Hammer Museum.  “The language prompts the imagery,” he says of his work. “I’ve never separated language from visual culture.”
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Kathleen Ryan Profiled in NYT

September 16th, 2019

Artist Kathleen Ryan gets a profile in NYT this week, as she prepares for a show of new works at Art Basel Miami Beach. “They’re not just opulent, there’s an inherent sense of decline built into them,” she says, “which is also something that’s happening in the world: The economy is inflating, but so is wealth inequality, all at the expense of the environment.” 
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Daniel Buren Painting Damaged at Centre Pompidou After Knife Attack

September 16th, 2019

Daniel Buren painting has been damaged severely after a man slashed the work at Centre Pompidou. Experts are now considering how they should go about restoring the work.
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Artist Neri Oxman Gave Sculpture to Jeffrey Epstein in Thanks for Donation

September 16th, 2019

Artist Neri Oxman is the latest to be caught in the circle of people with ties to Jeffrey Epstein, after the artist gave him a sculpture as thanks for a $125,000 donation to MIT. “As part of my job at the Media Lab, I give presentations to sponsors and potential donors typically several times a week,” she said in a statement. “This was the first and only time I met Epstein.”
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Sandro Botticelli Work to Test Market at $30 Million this Fall

September 16th, 2019

Sandro Botticelli portrait will test the Old Masters market this fall at Frieze Masters, with an asking price around $30 million. “That’s an intelligent range,” says dealer Carlo Orsi.
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Pushkin Museum to Take Over Russia’s 9 Contemporary Art Centers

September 16th, 2019

The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow will take over running Russia’s National Center for Contemporary Arts, which includes nine branches across the country. “We are in the process of understanding the opportunities, which are huge, of working across our country’s considerable expanse,” says director Marina Loshak.
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National Art Gallery of the Bahamas Spearheading Hurricane Recovery

September 16th, 2019

The National Art Gallery of the Bahamas in Nassau is spearheading recovery efforts in the country after last week’s brutal hurricane. “We’re dealing with people first,” says executive director Amanda Coulson. “The whole country is traumatized.”
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Arts Council England Publishes Details on Works Donated to Nation in Lieu of Tax

September 16th, 2019

Arts Council England has published details of 46 objects and collections worth £58.6m that will go to UK museums and galleries in lieu of tax, among them works by Damien Hirst and a portrait by Rubens. “It is also heartening to see that, in line with last year, around 86% of the total tax settled has been for items allocated outside London,” says ACE Chair Nicholas Serrota.
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Oakland Museum of California Aims for $85 Million Capital Campaign

September 16th, 2019

The Oakland Museum of California is launching an $85 million capital campaign for renovations to its building. “We are as close to a town square as Oakland has,” says Lori Fogarty, the director and chief executive of the Oakland Museum of California. “We started with the framework that the museum was going to contribute to Oakland becoming a more equitable and empathetic city.” 
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New York – John Giorno: “Do the Undone” at Sperone Westwater Through October 26th, 2019

September 12th, 2019

John Giorno, Do the Undone (Installation View), via Sperone Westwater
John Giorno, Do the Undone (Installation View), via Sperone Westwater

Opened this month at Sperone Westwater, celebrated poet and artist John Giorno has unleashed a selection of new sculptural works, canvases and other pieces centered around his ongoing explorations of language, energy and space. Having lived and worked on The Bowery for over 50 years, the show marks something of a return home for the artist, emphasizing his presence on the famed street while also emphatically marking his a renewed vivaciousness in his work. Read More »

New York – March Avery at Blum and Poe Through September 14th, 2019

September 11th, 2019

March Avery, Sofa Companions (1967), via Blum & Poe
March Avery, Sofa Companions (1967), via Blum & Poe

Currently on view at Blum & Poe through the end of this week, the New York based artist March Avery marks her first solo exhibition with the gallery, and uses the platform to develop a masterful exhibition around still moments and subtle gestures, a fitting first intro to the artist’s body of work, which now spans over five decades. Read More »

New York – Nick van Woert: “Body Parts” at Grimm Gallery Through October 12th, 2019

September 10th, 2019

Nick van Woert, Untitled (detail) (2019), via Grimm
Nick van Woert, Untitled (detail) (2019), via Art Observed

Opening a show of new works at GRIMM New York under the title Body Parts, artist Nick van Woert returns to the city with a studied and at times strange investigation of embodiment, persona and material, arranging assemblages of human limbs, cast off materials and furniture to create a striking investigation of humanity and its functions in social space. Read More »

New York – Dis: “A Good Crisis” at Project Native Informant Through September 21st, 2019

September 6th, 2019

Dis, January 9, 2008 (2019), via Project Native Informant
Dis, January 9, 2008 (2019), via Project Native Informant

The New York collective Dis has long reveled in a mixture of the politically-incisive and the socially-mischievous, putting further a body of work that dwells on revolution and change, modes of sociality in the digital age, and the mass-media phenomena that populate the world around us. After a year in which the group moved back into online publishing, embracing a “pivot to video,” trumpeted by social media giant Facebook (which, ironically, was later revealed to be based on a false premise), the collective has opened a show in London at Project Native Informant, compiling a range of recent works that explore the idea of the 2008 economic crisis as a missed opportunity for economic revolution. Read More »

New York – Berta Fischer at James Fuentes Through September 15th, 2019

September 5th, 2019

Berta Fischer (Installation View), via James Fuentes
Berta Fischer (Installation View), via James Fuentes

Marking his second exhibition with the Berlin-based painter, James Fuentes’s current exhibition of works by Berta Fischer brings a summery energy to downtown, a selection of brightly-colored, technically impressive arrangements that underscore the artist’s abilities in the sculptural medium. Read More »

London – Elizabeth Murray: “Flying Bye” at Camden Arts Centre Through

September 4th, 2019

Elizabeth Murray, DuckWabbit (1992), via Pace Gallery
Elizabeth Murray, DuckWabbit (1992), via Pace Gallery

The work of American painter Elizabeth Murray gets its first UK exhibition this summer in London, with Camden Arts Centre showcasing an impressive selection of the artist’s work from across her multifaceted career. Documenting Murray’s continued engagement with the languages of abstraction and conceptualism, the artist’s work delves into various iterations of painterly expression, from studies in violent action to nuanced investigations of the canvas as a form and medium in and of itself. Read More »

London – “New Order: Art, Product, Image 1976 – 1995” at Sprüth Magers London Through September 14th, 2019

September 3rd, 2019

Peter Saville, Blue Monday (1983), via Sprueth Magers
Peter Saville, Blue Monday (1983), via Sprueth Magers

Culling together a selection of works that chart the landscape of British art as it moved through the landscape of industrial collapse through the neoliberal ascendancy of the 1980’s and into the 1990’s, Sprüth Magers is currently presenting New Order: Art, Product, Image 1976 – 1995 at its London exhibition space. The exhibition originates from a discussion about the cultural status and art historical positioning of one of Peter Saville’s best-known works for Factory Records made in the early 1980s, an object that helped in blurring the boundaries between art, design, pop and product. Read More »

New York – Simone Fattal: “Works and Days” at MoMA PS1 Through September 2nd, 2019

September 1st, 2019

Simone Fattal, Works and Days (Installation View, via Art Observed
Simone Fattal, Works and Days (Installation View), via Art Observed

On view through the end of August, MoMA PS1 is presenting the first solo museum exhibition in the United States of the work of Simone Fattal. The Lebanese-American artist whose commanding body of work weaves together disparate elements and sources to create new stories and concepts. The show brings together over 200 works created over the last 50 years, featuring abstract and figurative ceramic sculptures, paintings, watercolors, and collages that draw from a range of sources including war narratives, landscape painting, ancient history, mythology, and Sufi poetry to explore the impact of displacement as well as the politics of archeology and excavation.

Simone Fattal, Works and Days (Installation View, via Art Observed
Simone Fattal, Works and Days (Installation View), via Art Observed

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Los Angeles – “Desert Painters of Australia Part II” at Gagosian Through September 6th, 2019

August 30th, 2019

Ronnie Tjampitjinpa, Tarkulnga (1988), via Gagosian
Ronnie Tjampitjinpa, Tarkulnga (1988), via Gagosian

Following up on the much-praised New York exhibition documenting the leading painters from the Central and Western Desert regions of Australia, Gagosian’s Los Angeles exhibition space has pulled together a second iteration of Desert Painters of Australia, a strikingly powerful show documenting the indigenous art traditions of the country.
In the late 1960s, the Australian government moved several communities from the Western Desert region—primarily Pintupi, Luritja, Warlpiri, and Arrernte peoples—to the Papunya settlement, about 150 miles south of Alice Springs in the Northern Territory, a forced displacement that simultaneously centered the Indigenous Australian art community around a centralized hub where artists would gather to create murals works on canvas, and other forms drawing on ceremonial decorations and sand art. The result was a transposition of historically-resonant modes to the physical media of contemporary art and which has since presented a new outlet and opportunity for Papunya Tula artists to reexamine the imagery and present their culture to outsiders through transcendental visual codes. Read More »

London – Ed Moses & Qin Feng at Blain|Southern Through September 14th, 2019

August 28th, 2019

Ed Moses and Qin Feng via Blain|Southern
Ed Moses and Qin Feng via Blain|Southern

Currently on view at Blain|Southern’s London exhibition space, the work of Ed Moses and Qin Feng are placed into a fluid, flowing conversation across cultures, conducted in a shared artistic language. Relying on the two artists’s various interests in composition as a combination of varied gestural actions and interventions in the space of the canvas, the show is a striking look at the styles and ideas between two divergent perspectives in contemporary art in both the U.S. and China. Read More »