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French Culture Minister Replaced

October 18th, 2018

Françoise Nyssen and Franck Riester, via French MinistryThe former Actes Sud CEO Françoise Nyssen has been replaced today as France’s minister of culture following allegations of conflicts of interest.  She will be replaced by Franck Riester.
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Collector Should Have Expected Lengthy Wait, Gagosian Court Filing Claims in Koons Case

October 18th, 2018

Jeff Koons, via The GuardianThe most recent filing in a case between collector Steven Tananbaum and Jeff Koons/Larry Gagosian claims that the collector should have expected to wait several years for the work he paid $13 million for. “Tananbaum is a prominent hedge fund manager, a trustee of the Museum of Modern Art, and a sophisticated art collector who regularly invests in exclusive works of fine art,” Gagosian’s attorney Matthew Dontzin notes in court papers. “Mr. Tananbaum was being advised by one of the world’s leading art advisors and fully understood that (i) Mr. Koons is a perfectionist who often takes years to make each sculpture; (ii) Mr. Koons provides only estimated completion dates for the sculptures; and (iii) those estimated dates are often extended by multiple years,” Dontzin adds in the motion to dismiss the suit.
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Three Deaccessioned Georgia O’Keefe Works Head to Sothby’s

October 16th, 2018

Georgia O'Keefe, via Art NewspaperThree Georgia O’Keeffe paintings deaccessioned by her namesake Museum in Santa Fe will head to Sotheby’s in New York this November, Art Newspaper reports. “Removing an artwork from the collection is never an easy thing for any museum to do, but it is an integral part of good collections management to continually build and refine our holdings,” Museum Director Robert A. Krets says.
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1964 Mark Rothko Estimated to Sell at $35 million at Christie’s Next Month

October 16th, 2018

Mark Rothko, via Art NewsFive pieces from the collection of filmmaker and architect François de Menil will join the Christie’s New York postwar and contemporary art evening sale in November, including a 1964 Mark Rothko painting that is estimated to sell for between $35 million and $45 million.
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e-flux’s Bar Laika to Open in Clinton Hill

October 16th, 2018

Anri Sala, via Art NewsAfter many years of rumor and preparation, e-flux is opening Bar Laika, a restaurant and bar that will host readings, screenings and more alongside food by chef and artist Hsiao Chen.  The space will open for the first time with a screening by Anri Sala.
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RIP: Microsoft Co-Founder and Avid Collector Paul Allen

October 16th, 2018

Paul Allen, via Art NewsPaul Allen, the relentless art collector and a cofounder of Microsoft, has died at 65, due to complications from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Allen poured parts of his fortune into his personal art holdings, and was instrumental in trying to build a deeper infrastructure for the arts in Seattle. “As time goes by, you start to understand the history of the progression of art and how art evolved, and your tastes and your eye develop over that period of time,” he said of collecting. “Some of these works are so amazing . . . so you do feel a real responsibility to keep them safe. You are the custodian. It is a serious responsibility, and I take it as such.”
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Bruce Nauman Profiled in NYT

October 16th, 2018

Bruce Nauman, via NYTBruce Nauman gets a profile in the NYT this week, as he prepares to open an expansive retrospective at MoMA PS1 this month. “I’m not sure how you develop as an artist outside of a major cultural center,” he says, looking back on his life outside New York.
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Sotheby’s Tad Smith Cancels Saudi Conference Appearance

October 16th, 2018

tad-smith-via-cnbcSotheby’s CEO Tad Smith has canceled an appearance at an investment conference in Saudi Arabia after the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi, Bloomberg reports.  The news comes as Saudi Arabia faces mounting pressure over the journalist’s disappearance. 
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Rembrandt’s “Night Watch” to Undergo Public Restoration

October 16th, 2018

Rembrandt the Night Watch, via The GuardianThe Night Watch by Rembrandt will undergo public restoration at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the Guardian reports. “It will be carried out under the eyes of the world, and people will be able to follow the conservation wherever they are, whenever they want,” says director Taco Dibbets.
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British Museum Launches Educational Initiative Over Collection Origins

October 15th, 2018

British Museum, via The GuardianThe British Museum is launching a new initiative designed to push back against perceptions that the expanse of its collection is looted works. “There are a lot of partial histories and they tend to focus on the colonial aspect of the collecting so you have a bunch of people who tend to be quite angry and upset,” Dr Sushma Jansari, the curator of the Asian ethnographic and South Asia collections says.
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New York – Ugo Rondinone: “drifting clouds” at Gladstone Gallery Through October 27th, 2018

October 15th, 2018

Ugo Rondinone, drifting clouds (Installation View), via Sam Covern for Art Observed.
Ugo Rondinone, drifting clouds (Installation View), via Sam Covern for Art Observed.

Currently on view at Gladstone Gallery, artist Ugo Rondinone has opened a show work that spans a broad range of his creative output over several years.  Mixing together his practice in installation, sculpture, drawing and performance, the show sees Rondinone reanimating commonplace objects—such as tree branches or window frames—in his signature approach towards the Neo-Romantic. Read More »

New York – Daniel Buren: ‘Tondi, situated works’ at Bortolami Through October 13th, 2018

October 12th, 2018

Daniel Buren Photo-souvenir Tondo n°10, situated work, September 2015 (2015), via Art Observed
Daniel Buren, Photo-souvenir Tondo n°10, situated work, September 2015 (2015), via Art Observed

Currently on view at Bortolami Gallery in New York, the renowned French conceptualist Daniel Buren has brought his Tondi to bear on the gallery, offering striking continuation and renewal of his interest in place, space and perception that he has continually refined and occasionally redefined over the course of 50 years of practice.  The Tondi were initially exhibited at Le Centquatre-Paris in France in 2015, and subsequently at the Museo de Arte Moderno in Bogota, Colombia, in 2017. In their new, third configuration at Bortolami, they are situated within the specific architecture of the gallery, allowing the well-lit, spacious TriBeCa room to participate expressively in their presentation and form.  They are patterned arrangements of colored glass, filtering light into patterns of expressive color that underscore the work’s position and relationship to the gallery.   Read More »

New York – Lygia Pape at Hauser & Wirth Through October 20th, 2018

October 10th, 2018

Lygia Pape, Tecelar (1955), All images via Hauser & Wirth.
Lygia Pape, Tecelar (1955), All images via Hauser & Wirth

On view through October 20th, Hauser & Wirth in New York is presenting a comprehensive solo exhibition of the work of Lygia Pape, the gallery’s first United States solo exhibition of the artist since announcing its worldwide representation of Projeto Lygia Pape in 2016.  Pape, a founding member of Brazil’s Neo-Concrete movement, created work that foregrounded the sensorial experience of the viewer and spanned a range of media from sculpture to drawing, engraving to filmmaking, and even large-scale installation. Her expansive body of work, and the elaborate series of themes and concepts demonstrated throughout make for a thrilling exhibition, as the gallery seeks to explore Pape’s work in all of its breadth and depth. Read More »

New York – Zhang Xiaogang: “Recent Works” at Pace Gallery Through October 20th, 2018

October 7th, 2018

Zhang Xiaogang at Pace, via Art Observed
Zhang Xiaogang at Pace, via Art Observed

Pace Gallery in New York is currently exhibiting a selection of new works by the renowned Chinese painter Zhang Xiaogang, a body of works that sees him continuing to explore and interpret his unique painterly language.  Mixing together domestic scenes and surrealist iconographies, then populating them with a mixture of shared cultural symbols and figures from his own childhood memories. Xiaogang’s work is a remarkable window into complex psychological states and cultural moorings.  Read More »

AO On-Site – London: Sunday Art Fair, October 4th – 7th

October 6th, 2018

Josep Maynou, Rugs (2018) Bombon _Projects
Josep Maynou, Rugs (2018) Bombon _Projects

Located at the University of Westminster, the Sunday Art Fair is a decidedly mellow counterpoint to the expansive aisles and big-ticket sales of the proceedings at Regent’s Park. Capped at just 30 international galleries exhibiting solo projects or curated group presentations, the exhibition welcomes galleries dedicated to emerging artists, new concepts and new contexts for showing work.  Read More »

AO On-Site – London: Frieze Art Fair at Regent’s Park, October 4th – 7th, 2018

October 5th, 2018

Calvin Marcus, Blue Devil (2018) at David Kordansky
Calvin Marcus, Blue Devil (2018) at David Kordansky, all images by Diletta Fenicia and Quincy Childs for Art Observed

Opening its doors this week for its 16th edition, Frieze London 2018 has once again turned the art world’s collective eye towards the British capital for the next week, as sales and installations across its spacious halls make for a fitting center to one of the city’s busiest art events. With 160 galleries from around the globe showing at the Regent’s Park exhibition space, the rest of the world seems to have come along for the ride.

Daniel Arsham, Patch 5 (2018) at Perrotin
Daniel Arsham, Patch 5 (2018) at Perrotin

Antony Gormley, FRONT, (2016) and Alvaro Barrington, A Straight Face, (2018) at Thaddaeus Ropac.jpg
Antony Gormley, FRONT (2016) and Alvaro Barrington, A Straight Face (2018) at Thaddaeus Ropac

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AO Auction Recap – London: Post-War and Contemporary Evening Sales, October 4th – 5th, 2018

October 5th, 2018

Jenny Saville, Propped (1992), via Sotheby's
Jenny Saville, Propped (1992), via Sotheby’s

With the conclusion of the week in London, a trio of auctions have painted an unclear picture of the Post-War and Contemporary Market in Britain, as a series of sales at the major houses saw particularly mixed results over the past two evenings.  With a number of high-profile works going unsold, and a somewhat unsteady level of interest among paintings as a running theme, the sales at Christie’s, Sotheby’s and Phillips saw several strong outings as well as a few notable disappointments, summarized below.

Jeff Koons, Cracked Egg (Blue) (1994-2006), via Christie's
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AO Fair Preview – London: Frieze London Art Week, October 4th – 7th, 2018

October 2nd, 2018

Frieze London, via Art Observed
Frieze London, via Art Observed

Frieze London returns to Regent’s Park this week, bringing with it its reputation for presenting the best of international contemporary art by emerging and established artists, and its signature program of dynamic commissions, talks and films, all unified under the fair’s bespoke tent design at the heart of the British capital.  Opening Wednesday, the fair will offer a unique look at the state of the British art market, and that of the EU more broadly, while providing a platform for artists in Europe and abroad to explore and express new concepts and ideas in art practice. Read More »

AO Auction Preview – London: Post-War and Contemporary Evening Sales, October 4-5, 2018

October 1st, 2018

Jeff Koons, Cracked Egg (Blue) (1994-2006), via Christie's
Jeff Koons, Cracked Egg (Blue) (1994-2006), via Christie’s

With the opening of the doors for this year’s edition of Frieze London, the opening notes of the fall auction season can’t be far behind.  This week, the major auction houses will get their chance to make a mark on the fall calendar, launching a series of Post-War and Contemporary Evening Sales that will see a number of marquee works trade hands, and offer a first perspective on just how the auction houses are responding to a particularly turbulent global political picture.  As London braces for an increasingly cloudy Brexit outlook, the market conditions in the capital could definitely be better, but tricky economics have been bucked by eager buyers in the past, and the series of works on hand this year could in fact do well to staunch the bleeding caused by a border between the UK and EU that seems to be getting harder by the minute.   Read More »

New York – Danny Lyon: “Wanderer” at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise Through October 21, 2018

September 30th, 2018

Danny Lyon, Wanderer (still) (2017), via GAvin Brown's
Danny Lyon, Wanderer (still) (2017), via Gavin Brown’s

In 1970, photographer and filmmaker Danny Lyon left his home in New York City, and moved out to the small village of Llanito, New Mexico, in the Rio Grande Valley, north of Albuquerque. Shortly after arriving, he began making photographs and films of his neighbors, their children, and the local labor force, all undocumented workers from Mexico. Years later, Lyon is still working in the regions of New Mexico and Arizona, exploring the tightly-knit communities of migrant laborers and their families from a directly engaged perspective.   Read More »