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New Museum to Give Peter Saul his First New York Retrospective

September 19th, 2019

Painter Peter Saul will have his first New York museum survey, opening on February 11 at the New Museum. “We live in a world that resembles the absurdity of Peter Saul’s paintings,” says Massimiliano Gioni, the museum’s artistic director.
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Only 2% of Global Auction Sales by Women Artists

September 19th, 2019

A new study has found that only 2% of global art auction spending is on work by women. “When we set out to do this project, we were excited to track just how much things had changed for female artists,” syas Julia Halperin, artnet News executive editor. “So, it was quite disheartening for us to find that the numbers remained so low, and there had been so little measurable change. But we can’t solve a problem until we acknowledge it exists, and this project serves as an important reminder that we have a long way to go before we reach parity.”
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Anne Imhof Releases Soundtrack to “Faust”

September 19th, 2019

Anne Imhof has released the soundtrack to her Golden Lion-winning performance Faust through Berlin experimental club label PAN.
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Art Institute of Chicago Head James Rondeau on Museum Policy and Inclusivity

September 19th, 2019

Art Institute of Chicago head James Rondeau is featured in Art Newspaper this week, as he holds court on his vision of the museum of the future. “Visitors recognize themselves more and more in our collections, exhibitions, and programming, but we must go beyond that and reimagine how our spaces themselves can telegraph: ‘This is your experience,'” he says.
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Unicredit Selling Off Set of Works to Fund Social Impact Banking Initiative

September 19th, 2019

Italian bank UniCredit will sell 312 works in an effort to raise €50m to fund a Social Impact Banking initiative, Art Market Monitor reports. The first set of works will sell in London in the coming weeks.
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Jerry Saltz Triumphs Over TriBeCa’s Art World Ascendance

September 18th, 2019

Jerry Saltz pens a piece in NY Mag this week trumpeting the return of the TriBeCa art scene, as a range of galleries open in the neighborhood. “Against all odds, can New York have a good art neighborhood with a walkable density of galleries?” He asks.  “Galleries with wooden floors, flaws, and funny footprints, which are more like where artists actually make art than all those perfect, concrete-floored slick showrooms?”
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Whitney Breaks Ground on Monumental David Hammons Sculpture

September 18th, 2019

The Whitney has broken ground on David Hammons’s Day’s End (2020), a permanent install across from the museum in the southern edge of Gansevoort Peninsula.  The piece is referred to by the artist as a “ghost monument” to Gordon Matta-Clark’s 1975 work of the same name in the same location.
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Ragnar Kjartansson Interviewed on Making ‘The Visitors’

September 18th, 2019

The Guardian’s running series of highlights of 21st Century arts features Ragnar Kjartansson’s The Visitors, calling it the best artwork of the 21st Century so far.  “It has a special place in my heart, but it was such a feelgood piece that I had to make some really dark shit afterwards,” he says of his work. “No artist has a favorite piece. Maybe you can pick one when you’re really old – but it’s something I’m super proud of. It took on a life of its own.”
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Arrests Made in Major Old Masters Forgery Scandal

September 18th, 2019

A major Old Master forgery scandal is boiling over after painter Lino Frongia, 61, was arrested by the Carabinieri in northern Italy. The scandal over allegedly forged works sold by dealer Giuliano Ruffini, has embroiled some of the world’s most prominent museums.
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Niki de Saint Phalle Subject of MoMA PS1 Retrospective

September 18th, 2019

Artist Niki de Saint Phalle will be the subject of a major MoMA PS1 retrospective, Art News reports. “She’s one of the most famous female artists of the 20th-century, but she’s so misunderstood and, in some ways, under-recognized,” curator Ruba Katrib says.
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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), Ronnie Tjampitjinpa , © Copyright Agency. Licensed by Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, 2019 Photo Rob McKeever Courtesy Gagosian
Ronnie Tjampitjinpa, Tarkulnga (1988) Ronnie Tjampitjinpa , © Copyright Agency. Licensed by Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, 2019 Photo: Rob McKeever, Courtesy 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 »