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UK Non-Profits See Decline in Government Funding as Private Donations Increase

November 29th, 2016

tate-modern-via-art-observedA recent report on funding sources for UK Arts Organizations notes an increased reliance by non-profits on private donors, while grants and government funds are in decline.  “The funding changing landscape has big implications,” says Mahmood Reza, Owner-Manager of ProActive Resolutions.  “The cost base for most arts organisations tends to be fixed, due to salary and property based costs, so any downturn or standstill in income has a negative impact.”
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Artists Protested Last Night Outside Ivanka Trump’s New York Home

November 29th, 2016

protests-in-new-york-via-nytThe New York Times reports on last night’s artist-led protest outside the home of Ivanka Trump, as groups outside the President-Elect’s daughter’s Puck Building home held up signs imploring her to be the voice of reason in the White House.  “The culture changes, and fascism rears its ugly head every so often and that’s what’s happening now,” said Marilyn Minter, who helped organize the event. “We wanted to do something to start to the ball rolling, to grow a protest, and we’re artists, so we know how to make posters.”
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Cuban Artist El Sexto Arrested in Havana

November 29th, 2016

el-sexto-via-miami-new-timesCuban artist El Sexto has been detained and arrested by Cuban authorities in the wake of Fidel Casto’s death, the Miami New Times reports.  “I waited outside the police unit all day, and still nobody has told me why my son was abducted,” his mother told the paper.  The artist had a reputation for outspoken stances against the Cuban government in the past, and was set to travel to Miami for a performance this week.
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Rubell Family Collection Moving to Allapattah Neighborhood of Miami

November 28th, 2016

rubell-family-collection-new-building-via-rubell-family-collectionThe Rubell Family Collection has announced plans to move to Miami’s Allapattah District.  The new space will be designed by Selldorf Architects. “The new museum will allow us to concurrently present four thematic exhibitions which will highlight historical works from the Collection as well as the Collection’s most recent acquisitions,” says Director Juan Valdes.  “In the new museum we will also greatly expand our education, research and studio residency programs.”
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German Exhibition of Iranian Art Collection Postponed

November 28th, 2016

tehran-museum-of-contemporary-art-via-guardianA Berlin exhibition of works from Tehran’s Museum of Contemporary Art has been postponed, after Iranian authorities have failed to allow the collected paintings to leave the country.  “We had signed contracts with the TMoCA and relations are on a good footing, but we are told someone needs to give the green light for the artworks to leave Tehran, and that signature is still missing, though the current signals we’re getting indicate we’ll get them soon,” a spokesperson for exhibition organizers the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation said.
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Detroit Institute of Arts Makes Renewed Effort Towards Contemporary Work with New Curatorial Hires

November 28th, 2016

laurie-ann-farrell-via-detroit-free-pressThe Detroit Institute of Arts has appointed Laurie Ann Farrell as the new Curator of Contemporary Art, signaling an increased focus on more recent work by the museum.  “We need to catch up,” says director Salvador Salort-Pons. “Contemporary art is what resonates best with our community right now. We have a great collection of contemporary art that needs to be exposed and displayed in ways that are relevant. There is the possibility of doing things in the neighborhoods and the three counties with contemporary art.”
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Arts Organizations Save £8.7m by Cutting Greenhouse Gas Emissions, New Report Says

November 25th, 2016

cornelia-parkers-war-room-via-arts-professionalArts Organizations have saved a total of £8.7m by cutting greenhouse gas emissions in the UK, a new report says.  “This report demonstrates the ongoing success of light-touch policy to prompt environmental understanding and meaningful actions that reinforce national and international climate targets,” it reads. “Tackling climate change has never been more urgent.”
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Gagosian and Almine Rech to Share Representation of Tom Wesselmann

November 25th, 2016

tom-wesselmann-via-nytGagosian and Almine Rech will share representation of the estate of Tom Wesselmann, the New York Times reports.  “You want to have engaged dealers,” Wesselmann said in an interview. “Not creating an artificial market, but they can motivate their client base and bid themselves. We had no one protecting the market for a number of years.”
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David Hockney to Design Stained-Glass Window for Westminster Abbey

November 25th, 2016

DAvid Hockney, Woldgate Woods 24, 25,26, October 2006 (2006), via Sotheby'sDavid Hockney has been commissioned to design a stained-glass window at Westminster Abbey, commemorating the reign of Queen Elizabeth.  “I’m not atheist, but I’m not a supporter of any organized religion. You can’t legislate religion. There’s always that question,” he says. “What happens when we die?”
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The Tate to Be Enveloped by Fog for New Exhibition Next Year

November 25th, 2016

fujiko-nakaya-via-nytThe Tate is set to open a new show next year that will envelop the museum in a dense fog, while inside a series of performances, installations and other works will expand the concept of the museum exhibition.  “People love the feel of fog on their skin, immersed, wet and cold, but gentle and soothing. It’s a primary experience,” says artist Fujiko Nakaya, who will create the fog.
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AO On-Site – Miami Beach: NADA at the Deauville Resort and Hotel, December 1st – December 4th, 2016

December 2nd, 2016

Denise Kupferschmidt at Halsey McKay, via Art Observed
Denise Kupferschmidt at Halsey McKay, via Art Observed

Walking through the doors of the Deauville Hotel and Resort, a sense of familiarity is in the air, with NADA Miami Beach returning to its old stomping grounds in North Beach.  Maintaining the same familial atmosphere and adventurous spirit that keeps the fair among the more popular of the week, this year’s edition (its 14th total) is particularly strong, with a renewed focus on painting alongside a series of more striking projects and pieces. Read More »

AO On-Site – Miami Beach: Art Basel Miami Beach at the Miami Beach Convention Center, December 1st – 4th, 2016

December 1st, 2016

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Art Basel Miami Beach, via Art Observed

After a first evening of parties in both Miami proper and Miami Beach, the main event of Miami Art Week, Art Basel Miami Beach, has opened its doors at the Miami Beach Convention Center, bringing with it another round of special projects, talks, and other installations alongside the more traditional booths.  The 15th edition of the fair, which draws 269 galleries from a total of 29 countries from around the globe, was clearly feeling some tightness from a slower market, with shorter lines for the VIP Preview today, and less of a rush towards premiere works, but strong sales seemed to continue throughout the day, revealing a buyer pool that seems more invested than feverish.

Toiletpaper for Fondation Beyeler, via Art Observed
Toiletpaper for Fondation Beyeler, via Art Observed

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AO On-Site – Miami Beach: Untitled Art Fair on Ocean Drive, November 30th – December 4th, 2016

November 30th, 2016

Untitled Art Fair, via Art Observed
Untitled Art Fair, via Art Observed

Spread across the sandy vistas just off Miami Beach’s iconic Ocean Drive, Untitled Art Fair opened its doors this week for the 5th annual edition of its fair during Miami Art Week. Recognized for a curator-first mentality and a focused, yet exploratory tone, the fair’s early hours offered a striking first look at the caliber and diversity of works on view in Miami this week. The fair, has hit its stride with this year’s offering, bringing a group of exhibitors that push distinctly cohesive threads and perspectives over the course of the fair, even as each offers a singular perspective on their chosen media or discourse. Read More »

AO On-Site: The Opening of Miami Art Week, November 29th, 2016

November 30th, 2016

Thomas Bayrle at ICA Miami (Installation View), via Art Observed
Thomas Bayrle at ICA Miami (Installation View), via Art Observed

As dealers, artists and insiders continue to arrive en masse to South Florida, the first days of Miami Art Week have kicked into full gear, with a first round of openings and events setting the pace for the week before Art Basel Miami Beach opens to the public tomorrow. With both first looks at several fairs and a number of premiere openings, Tuesday night’s proceedings were a first look at the hectic week ahead.

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AO Preview – Miami Beach: Miami Art Week and Art Basel Miami Beach, November 30th – December 4th, 2016

November 27th, 2016

Josef Albers, Homage to the Square Zwischen Zwei Blau (Between Two Blues) (1955), via David Zwirner.jpg
Josef Albers, Homage to the Square: Zwischen Zwei Blau (Between Two Blues) (1955), via David Zwirner

As 2016 winds into its final weeks, the art world will once again head south for the annual fairs and festivities of Miami Art Week, headed by Art Basel Miami Beach, its satellite fairs, and other openings, events, parties and performances spread across the Biscayne Bay.  Taking up almost a full week this December, the increasingly diverse offerings should offer a packed last week of major sales and shows before the art world closes out the fall season.

Gao Ludi, Untitled (2015-2016), via White Space
Gao Ludi, Untitled (2015-2016), via White Space

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New York – Pipilotti Rist: “Pixel Forest” at New Museum Through January 15th, 2107

November 25th, 2016

Pipilotti Rist, Pixel Forest (2016), via Art Observed
Pipilotti Rist, Pixel Forest (2016), via Art Observed

Pixel Forest, the first New York City museum survey dedicated to the work of Swiss artist Pipilotti Rist, has opened this month at the New Museum, turning three floors of the museum into a swirling progression of images and senses, colors and lights.  Twisting and moving through a series of works from the full breadth of Rist’s career, the show melds classic pieces with new commissions, well-regarded installations with new information and conversations across the expanse of her practice. Read More »

New York – William Eggleston: “Selected Works from The Democratic Forest” at David Zwirner Through December 17th, 2016

November 23rd, 2016

William Eggleston, Untitled from The Democratic Forest, c. (1983-1986), via Art Observed
William Eggleston, Untitled from The Democratic Forest, (c. 1983-1986), via Art Observed

There are few photographers who have left a mark on their medium in the way that William Eggleston has over the course of his career.  Pioneering an approach to the photograph as meticulous as it is seemingly effortless, Eggleston’s work has charted a path and progression through both his own chosen craft and the American landscape.  Capturing subdued, yet sublime moments of life across the country, from momentary pauses in urban bustle to the somber stillness of the American rural South.  Now, the Tennessee-born artist is revisiting his landmark project The Democratic Forest at David Zwirner in New York, a look back at the artist’s career that simultaneously marks his first exhibition since joining the gallery for global representation.

William Eggleston, Untitled from The Democratic Forest, (c. 1983-1986), via Art Observed
William Eggleston, Untitled from The Democratic Forest, (c. 1983-1986), via Art Observed

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Paris – Maurizio Cattelan: “Not Afraid of Love” at The Monnaie de Paris Through January 8th, 2017

November 22nd, 2016

Maurizio Cattelan, Novecento (1979), via Art Observed
Maurizio Cattelan, Novecento (1979), via Art Observed

“This exhibition is the very first, after the Guggenheim show, that has more than three of my works altogether: it is a special editing of things I’ve done before retiring. Let’s say it is a post-requiem show, where, like in a Poe’s novel, I’m pretending to be dead, but I can still see and hear what happens around.” So states Maurizio Cattelan in the opening of his press release for Not Afraid of Love, a “comeback at work” that brings together a sizable collection of the artist’s irreverent sculptures and installations at the Monnaie de Paris, a show that stands as both a look back at the artist’s work and a renewed perspective on just what the art world has been missing since Cattelan took a step back from producing art several years ago.

Maurizio Cattelan, Untitled (2007), via Art Observed
Maurizio Cattelan, Untitled (2007), via Art Observed

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Somerset – Louise Bourgeois: “Turning Inwards” at Hauser & Wirth Through January 1st, 2017

November 21st, 2016

Louise Bourgeois, My Blue Sky (1989-2003), via Hauser and Wirth
Louise Bourgeois, My Blue Sky (1989-2003), via Hauser & Wirth

During the last decade of her life, Louise Bourgeois began immersing herself in the techniques of soft-ground etching, rendering delicate lines and twisting, nuanced forms on a series of copper plates before transferring the images to paper.  Combining a number of the artist’s long-running pictorial interests in conjunction with her often inventive approach to both her tools and her own personal history, the works stand as a striking, yet subdued, re-interpretation of her own practice, branching out into new modes of practice in her final years.

Louise Bourgeois, Turning Inwards (Installation View), via Hauser and Wirth
Louise Bourgeois, Turning Inwards (Installation View), via Hauser & Wirth

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Paris – “Olympia” Curated by Karma at Galerie Patrick Seguin Through November 26th, 2016

November 20th, 2016

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Steven Parrino, Untitled (1991), all images courtesy Patrick Seguin

On-view through November 26th, 2016, Galerie Patrick Seguin presents Olympia, in collaboration with New York-based gallery and bookstore Karma, one in a series of annual shows hosted by the gallery, entitled Carte Blanche, in which international galleries are invited to organize and curate exhibitions at the Paris space.  Drawing on a wide range of artists’ works on paper, the show features pieces by Wade Guyton, Sigmar Polke, Willem de Kooning, Louise Bourgeois, Pablo Picasso, and more. Read More »