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MoMA Expansion Architect Jean Nouvel Interviewed by New York Magazine

July 2nd, 2015

Jean Nouvel, via NY MagJean Nouvel, the architect behind MoMA’s soon to be underway tower construction, is interviewed in New York Magazine this week, discussing his vision for the museum and his reputation among both architects and the wider public.  “My approach to architecture is tied to my European culture, my French upbringing, and my Parisian trajectory,” he says. “But I think it’s essential to merge an insider’s knowledge with an outsider’s perspective. Otherwise, you take too much for granted, and you fail to see what’s possible. Sometimes when you think you know a city, you don’t really know it at all.” Read More »

LAX Launches New Artist Commissions in Tom Bradley Terminal

July 2nd, 2015

Pae White's LAX Installation, via LA TimesThe Tom Bradley terminal at LAX has launched a series of new arts commissions this week, including works by Mark Bradford, Pae White and Ball-Nogues Studio.  “We imagined this space as a kind of reprieve or garden where people could rest their minds as they moved through the building,” says Benjamin Ball of Ball-Nogues. “The project is meant to be seen from a variety of angles.” Read More »

John Waters Profiled in The Guardian

July 2nd, 2015

John Waters, via The GuardianJohn Waters is the subject of a profile in The Guardian this week, as the filmmaker-turned-artist prepares to open a show of his work in London, and discussing his aims towards his most recent body of work.  “I wanted to be the most despised person imaginable, like I was when I started.  I built a career out of it. I wasn’t hated by the people I wanted to like my work – I was hated by the people it was bait for,” he says.    Read More »

Menil Collection Director Josef Helfenstein Leaving for Kunstmuseum Basel

July 2nd, 2015

Josef Helfenstein, via Illinois UniversityJosef Helfenstein, the Director of Houston’s Menil Collection for the past 12 years, is leaving his position to head the Kunstmuseum Basel, the New York Times reports.  “It’s a very hard decision for me to leave the Menil – I love this institution enormously,” Helfenstein says. “I think we have accomplished a lot, so it was kind of a natural moment.” Read More »

Art on the Underground Announces New Commissions

July 2nd, 2015

Giles Round and Design Work Leisure's Oyster card holder, via Art NewspaperThe London Underground has announced a year-long series of artist commissions in the newest iteration of its ongoing arts patronage, including video work from Liam Gillick, and new design commissions from Giles Round and Design Work.  “Gillick has taken his camera, picking out features of the Victoria Line in an unfolding narrative,” says Eleanor Pinfield, the head of Art on the Underground. Read More »

New Public Works Announced for Embassy Gardens in London

July 2nd, 2015

A rendering of Embassy Gardens in London, via Art NewspaperA series of six new public commissions spearheaded by Norman Rosenthal, former head of exhibitions at the Royal Academy, have been announced for Embassy Gardens, the site of the new U.S. Embassy in London.  “Each show is a germ of an idea that could become a museum exhibition,” Rosenthal says. “They are all shows I have dreamt of doing.” Read More »

Athens Sees Increased Interest from Artists in Midst of Financial Crises

July 2nd, 2015

Maria Hassabi’s installation 'The Wall' at the Museum of Cycladic Art, via NYTThe New York Times notes the increasing popularity of Athens as a destination for artists in the wake of the country’s financial hardships, noting the increased affordability of studios and opportunities to show work in the city while commenting on the complex financial exchanges the country is currently involved in.  “I realized it would be much more useful to have an artistic platform in a city like Athens than another European city,” says Greek curator Iliana Fokianaki. “The crisis kind of boosted our energy to do more things, rather than flee the country.” Read More »

American Museums Refusing to Return Nazi-Looted Artworks

July 1st, 2015

A contested Camille Pissaro in Oklahoma, via Washington PostThe Washington Post notes two American museums battling in court to prevent works claimed as Nazi-loot from returning to the families who claim them as rightfully theirs.  “I find it outrageous, and I’m embarrassed,” says Oklahoma state Rep. Paul Wesselhoft of the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art at the University of Oklahoma, one of the museums refusing to return a work. “With this artwork, we have definitive proof that it was stolen. We have copies of the Nazi documents. As an Oklahoman, I think it’s a moral outrage.” Read More »

Damien Hirst Speaks to the Guardian On Curating, Opening His Own Gallery, and His Legacy as An Artist

June 30th, 2015

Damien HirstDamien Hirst is the subject of a lengthy profile in The Guardian this week, exploring his often overlooked role in curating and presenting the work of the YBA’s in their early years, and his soon to open London gallery.  “I’ve always wanted a gallery like Saatchi, the original Boundary Road,” he says. Read More »

WSJ Profiles Alma Mahler, Lover and Wife to Many of Central Early 20th Century European Artists

June 30th, 2015

A self-portrait by Alma Mahler, via WSJThe Wall Street Journal looks at the life of Alma Mahler, the brash lover of some of Austria’s most noted artists during the turn of the twentieth century, who inspired both staunch admiration and loathing from the European art world.  Having married Walter Gropius,  Gustav Mahler, and writer Franz Werfel, she also counted a number of artists, including Gustav Klimt and Oskar Kokoschka, among her many lovers. Read More »

Barron’s Offers Tips on Spotting Fake Art Works

June 30th, 2015

Fake Mark Rothko at Knoedler Gallery, via Barron'sAn article in Barron’s this week notes the number of fake artworks in the marketplace today, and precautions collectors may take to prevent acquiring such works, including a set time frame for independent evaluation of a work before money changes hands.  “It’s an effective way to assess the good faith of the gallery or dealer,” says James Martin, a trusted researcher who worked for years researching and evaluating claims of faked art. “And if they won’t agree to that, you have to scratch your head and ask why.” Read More »

Doug Aitken Opens New Version of “Station to Station” in London

June 30th, 2015

Doug Aitken, via AnotherDoug Aitken has launched another iteration of his Station to Station project at London’s Barbican Center, bringing his vast multimedia project to bear on the British capital.  “It will be amazing to see Station to Station come to life in London in such a unique, multi-arts environment as the Barbican,” Aitken says.  “This is a living exhibition with artists of all mediums, creating unique works and unpredictable encounters every day.” Read More »

Frieze London Announces 2015 Projects

June 29th, 2015

Thea Djordjadze, via FriezeFrieze London has announced its list of projects for its October opening in Regent’s Park, including pieces by castillo/corrales, Lutz Bacher, and Thea Djordjadze among others.  Projects range from Jeremy Herbert’s planned subterranean cavern beneath the fair, to Djordjadze’s reinterpretation of the massive plants that inspired many of Henri Mattisse’s famous cut-out works.   Read More »

Whitney Names New Officers to Board of Trustees

June 29th, 2015

Outside the New Whitney Museum, via Art ObservedThe Whitney has announced new officers for its Board of Trustees, appointing Neil G. Bluhm and Laurie M. Tisch as co-chairs, while Richard M. DeMartini will act as president.  “I am grateful for the immense contributions of these devoted individuals and thank them with all my heart for ushering the Whitney into a new era, particularly Bob Hurst who chaired the capital campaign, which made the new building possible,” says President Adam Weinberg. Read More »

FT Looks at the Complicated Proceedings in Issuing a Catalog Raisonné

June 29th, 2015

Andy Warhol's Fourth Volume of his Catalog Raisonné, via FTThe Financial Times charts the ambitious efforts and long time frame for bringing an artist’s Catalog Raisonné to fruition, the effects this effort can often have on an artist’s market, and the resulting disputes over authenticity of works that may occur as a result.  “The authentication of individual works clearly belongs in the purview of the individual author or foundation,” says Deborah Aaronson, Phaidon’s group publisher, who just published the final volume in Andy Warhol’s Catalog Raisonné. “Authentication is clearly a huge issue with Warhol, so it’s not our policy to get caught up with those things.” Read More »

Independent NY Moving to TriBeCa

June 29th, 2015

Spring Studios, the New Site of Independent Art FairThe Independent Art Fair has announced its plans to move downtown, and will open the 2016 edition of the popular Armory Week art fair at Spring Studios in TriBeCa March 3rd.  “We’re excited about the Spring/Independent partnership, as it will allow us to take the fair to a new and exciting dimension by hosting it in an extraordinary environment that the art world has yet to experience,” says fair Co-Founder, Elizabeth Dee In our new home at Spring, Independent will be even more adventurous in support of galleries’ and artists’ projects with the flexibility the space allows.” Read More »

Doug Aitken Interviewed in Financial Times

June 29th, 2015

Doug Aitken, via Financial TimesDoug Aitken is interviewed in the Financial Times this week, as he opens the newest edition of Station to Station at The Barbican in London.  “Culture is the language that will bring us into the future,” Aitken says.  “But at the same time it is being surrounded by this conservative, capitalist system, which makes it harder than ever for individuals who have voices to push them as far as they can go.” Read More »

Herzog de Meuron to Redevelop Berlin’s Tacheles Art Center

June 26th, 2015

Tacheles, via Art NewspaperHerzog de Meuron has announced plans to redevelop Berlin’s famous art squat Tacheles, located in the Mittes district of the city.  The plans have sparked renewed protests over gentrification fears in the city.   Read More »

Serpentine Launches Children’s Architecture Program

June 26th, 2015

A Serpentine Young Architects Pavilion, via ArchinectThe Serpentine has announced a Build Your Own Pavilion contest for young and aspiring architects, aged 8 to 14, inviting them to try their hand at executing their own unique architectural design.  “The platform and workshops give an insight to the basic principles of architectural design and workshop students will be given the Pavilion brief and a toolkit that begins with sketching by hand, working with simple modeling materials and progressing to 3D design and print technologies,” the Serpentine says. Read More »

Monet Pastel Found Taped Inside Another Work

June 26th, 2015

Le Havre, la jetee, by Claude Monet, via GuardianGallerist Jonathan Green has found a previously unknown pastel work by Claude Monet taped to the inside of another two works he purchased at auction last year.  “We were very excited,” Green told the Guardian. “Pastels by him are incredibly rare. These are a pointer to his future. You can see his fascination with light.” Read More »

Arrest Warrant Issued for Shepard Fairey in Detroit

June 26th, 2015

Shepard Fairey, via New York PostAn arrest warrant for Artist Shepard Fairey has been issued in the city of Detroit, alleging that the artist has caused over $9,000 in damages from various tags and murals he left in the city.  Fairey’s public recognition “does not take away the fact that he is also a vandal,” says Police Sgt. Rebecca McKay. Read More »

Artist Sues Starbucks Over Unlicensed Use of Work

June 26th, 2015

Vanity Fair And Cadillac Toast The Artists Of Wynwood WallsA muralist and designer is suing Starbucks, following the coffee company’s allegedly unlicensed use of her signature style.  Painter Maya Hayuk was approached by the corporation late last year, and declined an offer to work with them on a campaign, but sued when Starbucks rolled out new branding that seemed strikingly similar to her own work.  “Starbucks brazenly created artwork that is substantially similar to one or more of Hayuk’s copyrighted works,” the lawsuit claims. Read More »

WSJ Documents Challenges of Unpaid Workforce

June 26th, 2015

A volunteer guide at the Hirshhorn, via WSJThe Wall Street Journal notes the growing number of volunteer museum docents and tour guides among the baby boomer generation, and problems with managing the volunteer staff that often comes with the territory.  “There was this culture of resistance,”says Hirshhorn Museum spokeswoman Kelly Carnes of volunteers who opposed changes in the tour guide structure. “They really felt entitled after spending enough time here not to make any changes from the way they had previously done things.” Read More »

François Pinault Looking for Museum Site in Paris

June 26th, 2015

Francois Pinault via ForbesFrançois Pinault is reportedly looking to Paris for the potential site of a museum housing his collection of art, WWD reports.  “He has met with [Paris mayor] Anne Hidalgo, who expressed her interest,” says a source close to Pinault. “They are looking together.” Read More »

New York: Philippe Parreno: “H {N)Y P N(Y} OSIS” At Park Avenue Armory Through August 2nd, 2015

July 5th, 2015

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Philippe Parreno, Danny La Rue,  H {N)Y P N(Y} OSIS

The Park Avenue Armory has opened its doors this summer to Paris-based artist Philippe Parreno’s largest U.S. installation to date, H {N)Y P N(Y} OSIS, a symphony of events unfolding in scripted and random sequences that constantly blend and transform in shape and context, tuning the entire space as a series of interlocking events.  Sharing authorship, Parreno avidly collaborates with performance artist Tino Sehgal, artist Pierre Hughye and pianist Mikhail Ruby, giving Parreno the role of both artist and director.  Read More »

London – Theaster Gates: “Freedom of Assembly” at White Cube Gallery Through July 5th, 2015

July 2nd, 2015

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Theaster Gates, White Sky, overcast (2014), All Images Courtesy White Cube Gallery

Now through July 5, the White Cube Gallery in Bermondsey presents an exhibition of new work by Theaster Gates, the installation artist and professor of visual art at the University of Chicago who draws from themes of individual and collective history, place and self, and empowerment in his work.  Freedom of Assembly continues and expands upon the artist’s approach to art as a vehicle for social-justice, communication, and critique.

Theaster Gates, Freedom of Assembly (Installation View)
Theaster Gates, Freedom of Assembly (Installation View)

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AO Auction Recap – London: Sotheby’s Contemporary Evening Sale, July 1st, 2015

July 1st, 2015

Andy Warhol, One Dollar Bill (1962), via Sotheby's
Andy Warhol, One Dollar Bill (1962), via Sotheby’s

The results are in for Sotheby’s Evening Sale tonight, drawing the first half of the 2015 market year to a close with a mixed sale that saw impressive strength in unexpected places and a number of major letdowns at the higher end of the sale, ultimately closing on a final tally of £130,376,500, well shy of the £203 million mark the auction house had trumpeted earlier this month, with 9 of the 58 lots going unsold. Read More »

AO Auction Recap – London: Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary Evening Sale, June 30th, 2015

June 30th, 2015

Francis Bacon, Study for Head of Isabel Rawsthorne and George Dyer (1967), via Christie's
Francis Bacon, Study for Head of Isabel Rawsthorne and George Dyer (1967), via Christie’s

Another auction come and gone for Christie’s tonight in London, and another set of strong results, as the auction house capped a 76 lot sale to the tune of £95,646,500, meeting expectations, and setting several records for non-blue chip artists along the way, with 10 lots going unsold, including a string of Gerhard Richter works that may signal a downturn in the artist’s market popularity. Read More »

AO Auction Recap – London: Phillips Contemporary Evening Sale, June 29th, 2015

June 29th, 2015

Ai Weiwei, Circle of Animals (2010), via Phillips
Ai Weiwei, Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads (2010), via Phillips

Sales have concluded at tonight’s Contemporary and Post-War Evening Sale at Phillips Auction House in London, capping a strong outing by the company that saw 10 of the 53 lots going unsold.  With somewhat sluggish proceedings and a few surprises, the auction seems to be something of a stumble in Phillips’ attempts to challenge the larger auction houses this week.

Sigmar Polke, Carnival (1979), via Phillips
Sigmar Polke, Carnival (1979), via Phillips Read More »

AO Auction Preview – London: Contemporary and Post-War Evening Sales, June 29th – July 1st, 2015

June 29th, 2015

Yves Klein, Peinture de feu couleur sans titre, (FC 27) (1962), via Christie's
Yves Klein, Peinture de feu couleur sans titre (FC 27) (1962), via Christie’s

Following strong but subdued outings last week during the London summer sales, attention turns to the Contemporary market in the UK, as a trio of sales this week will usher in the summer months.  The sales start tomorrow, spanning three nights in the British capital, and drawing the first half of the year’s major sales to a close.

Andy Warhol, One Dollar Bill (1962), via Sotheby's
Andy Warhol, One Dollar Bill (1962), via Sotheby’s Read More »

London – Opening of Serpentine’s Summer Pavilion at Hyde Park, On View Through October 18th, 2015

June 28th, 2015

Serpentine Pavilion, via Serpentine Galleries
Serpentine Pavilion, via Serpentine Galleries

The Serpentine Pavilion, the annual summer architecture project hosted by Serpentine Galleries, has opened in London, a swirling series of multicolored chambers and hallways by Spanish architecture firm SelgasCano (the first commission from a Spanish firm) resting on the lawn outside of the museum galleries. Read More »

New York – Huma Bhabha at Salon 94 Bowery and Salon 94 Freemans Through June 28th, 2015

June 26th, 2015

Huma Bhabha at Salon 94 (Installation View)
Huma Bhabha at Salon 94 (Installation View)

Huma Bhabha’s new body of work is currently on view at both Lower East Side locations of Salon 94, showing the Pakistani-born and New York-based artist resuming her sculpture focused multi-media practice, pulling from vast inspirational sources, with her third exhibition at the gallery.  Spanning over centuries, religions, cultures and disciplines; Bhabha’s influences generate works of art that are hybrids of various methodologies. Not dictated by historical or cultural hierarchy, threads Bhabha weaves into her practice articulate on set modes of history writing, problematizing its embedded dynamics. Dystopian or utopian depending on viewers’ perception, Bhabha’s assemblies – most notably her robust sculptures – revoke remnants of a somber future that draws nourishment from its past.

Huma Bhabha, Constantium (2014)
Huma Bhabha, Constantium (2014)

Descending the gallery stairs at the Bowery location, one is drawn into an apocalyptic environment dominated by two sculptures that hold traces of Bhabha’s signature tone.  These bronze works pose in an effort to distance themselves from each other, yet still fall into a peculiar harmony through their contrasting presences.  Painted in gleaming black, Constantium, a life size totemic figure, stands between figuration and abstraction with its piercing eyes and limbs, yet its geometric and hefty form complicates any deliberate resemblance to am easily perceived human visage.

Huma Bhabha, The Escapist (2013)
Huma Bhabha, The Escapist (2013)

Opposing its counterpart with its beaming white hue is Friend, a rectangularly-shaped, enduring formation adorned with graffiti that has a faint resemblance to a human face or a skull.  Furthering the dominant, bleakly post-industrial atmosphere is The Escapist, a patinated bronze piece, dormant on the floor, twirled akin to a serpent or to a manufactural waste. Dreadful yet serene, this amorphous series of recreated tire-treads presents a creeping, reptilian nature as much as that of an archaeological relic, waiting for discovery.

Huma Bhabha at Salon 94 (Installation View)
Huma Bhabha at Salon 94 (Installation View)

The selection at Salon 94 Freemans emphasizes Bhabha’s collagist side, presenting nine large-scale, mixed-media collages.  Psychedelic, kaleidoscopic and undeniably subliminal, the compositions of ink, pastel and found paper consolidate strongly idiosyncratic juxtapositions that mostly point themselves back to traditional portraiture.  Head forms, either of humans or animals, repeat in a variety of shapes and colors, enhanced by Bhabha’s ink and pastel touches, while hinting at repetitious hand gestures by the artist.

Huma Bhabha at Salon 94 (Installation View)
Huma Bhabha at Salon 94 (Installation View)

Huma Bhabha is on view at Salon 94 Bowery and Salon 94 Freemans through June 28, 2015.

*All images are by Osman Can Yerebakan for Art Observed.

— O.C. Yerebakan

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Greenwich, CT – Rob Pruitt: “50th Birthday Bash” at The Brant Foundation Through September, 2015

June 26th, 2015

Rob Pruitt, Esprit de Corps (Hokuskai's Great Wave) (2015), via Art Observed
Rob Pruitt, Esprit de Corps (Hokuskai’s Great Wave) (2015), via Art Observed

Rob Pruitt turned 50 this year, and marked the occasion with the opening of this summer’s bi-annual artist retrospective at the Brant Foundation Art Study Center in Greenwich, the sprawling complex owned by magazine mogul Peter Brant, just across the street from his family home.  The show, taking its suburban locales and high art context as a point of departure, is a remarkable distillation of Pruitt’s practice over the last decades, and welcomes a renewed perspective on the artist’s own personal history in relation to his work. Read More »

Paris — Bruce Nauman at Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain on view through June 21, 2015

June 25th, 2015

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Bruce Nauman, Pencil lift / Mr. Rogers (2013), all photos by Sophie Kitching for Art Observed

Bruce Nauman presented a major solo exhibition at the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain in Paris, his first in France in the last 15 years. Imagined for the bright and airy building designed by French architect Jean Nouvel, the show features a selection of large-scale works, exploring the complex relationship between time, body, voice and surroundings.

The highly influential American-born artist established his studio in New Mexico in the late 1970s. The experience of his workspace has been a subject matter for a number of his works ranging from installation, performance, video, sound and sculpture. The broad array of media in Nauman’s œuvre is masterfully presented in this exhibition which brings in resonance iconic works from the 70s, 80s and 90s along with very recent productions, in an ongoing dialogue between reality and its representation, performance and its documentation, repetition and memory.

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New York – Georg Baselitz: “Drinkers and Orange Eaters” at Skarstedt Through June 27th, 2015

June 25th, 2015

Georg Baselitz, Glastrinker Beckmann (1981)
Georg Baselitz, Glastrinker Beckmann (1981), All images via Osman Can Yerebakan for Art Observed.

The prolific German artist Georg Baselitz is the subject of Skarstedt’s current show with two series of paintings from the 1980’s.  Entitled Drinkers and Orange Eaters, the exhibition is composed of two series that the adept Neo-Expressionist created as a study on representation and pictorial narrative.  Accentuating the gallery’s minimal but elegant townhouse space, these vibrant paintings, emanating from Baselitz’s gestural brushstrokes fervidly reclaim the legacy of oil on canvas. Read More »

AO Auction Recap – London: Sotheby’s Impressionist and Modern Evening Sale, June 24th, 2015

June 24th, 2015

Kazimir Malevich, Suprematism, 18th Construction (1915), via Sotheby's
Kazimir Malevich, Suprematism, 18th Construction (1915), via Sotheby’s

The Impressionist and Modern sale has concluded at Sotheby’s tonight, with 51-lot sale that failed to live up to the auction house’s pre-sale proclamations of a record breaking sale.  The auction brought a final total of £178,590,000, falling just shy of the £186.44 million record for London auctions it was expected to beat. Read More »

AO Auction Recap – London: Christie’s Impressionist and Modern Evening Sale, June 23rd, 2015

June 23rd, 2015

Claude Monet, Iris Mauves (1914-1917), via Christie's
Claude Monet, Iris Mauves (1914-1917), via Christie’s

The London summer auctions are underway, after Christie’s opening sale this evening at its King Street location, a steady if somewhat relaxed sale that seemed a markedly subdued affair compared to the fireworks the auction house saw last month in New York.  Capping the 52-lot sale with a final tally of £71,461,000, the evening was still a strong entry in the auction house’s recent outings.  Despite lackluster bidding, the sale achieved a remarkably strong sell-through rate, with only 8 works going unsold.  The auction house seemed content to let a number of works go just below estimate, continuing a commitment to a sales-first strategy outgoing president Steven Murphy had outlined late last year. Read More »

New York – David Salle: “New Paintings” at Skarstedt Gallery Through June 27th, 2015

June 23rd, 2015

David Salle, Yellow Fellow (2015), via Art Observed
David Salle, Yellow Fellow (2015), via Art Observed

Painter David Salle is currently presenting a new body of work at Skarstedt’s Chelsea outpost, returning to his previous Product Paintings series in a set of vividly rendered prints and paintings that seem to address not only the artwork as object and commodity, but also that relation to the Post-War canon. Read More »

AO Auction Preview – London: Impressionist and Modern Evening Sale, June 23rd-24th, 2015

June 22nd, 2015

Kazimir Malevich, Suprematism, 18th Construction (1915), via Sotheby's
Kazimir Malevich, Suprematism, 18th Construction (1915), via Sotheby’s

Following the big ticket sales in Art Basel this past week, the art market’s focus will shift to London this week, where a pair of major Impressionist and Modern Evening sales will launch the last two weeks of market activity before the summer months and their lull of activity.  Both Christie’s and Sotheby’s will face off again following last month’s monumental sales results in New York, with a number of extremely impressive works offered, often with equally impressive price tags. Read More »

New York – Richard Prince: “Original” at Gagosian Gallery Through June 20th, 2015

June 20th, 2015

Richard Prince, Original (Installation View)
Richard Prince, Original (Installation View)

Richard Prince’s Original series is currently the subject of a new exhibition at Gagosian Gallery, nestled at the gallery’s Upper East Side bookstore showroom, and using Prince’s ‘arrangements’ of soft-core adult novels with artworks created for their covers, showing the next step in the artist’s fascination with collecting, ownership and presentation.  An ardent, perhaps even obsessive collector himself, Prince often mines and unfolds worn and sometimes clandestine images, not only from vintage pulps, which serve for the selection here, but also from copies of influential literary pieces, a pattern the artist has studied throughout his career of media appropriations.  A devoted member of a group of artists who started experimenting with appropriation in the ‘70’s, Prince usually employs minimal alteration to his subject matter; rearranging, editing and sometimes even rephotographing what already exists. Read More »

New York – Candida Höfer “From Düsseldorf” at Sean Kelly Gallery on view Through June 20th, 2015

June 19th, 2015

Candida Höfer, Schauspielhaus Düsseldorf I (2012), Image via Sean Kelly Gallery
Candida Höfer, Schauspielhaus Düsseldorf I (2012), Image via Sean Kelly Gallery

Some of the more subtle technical and aesthetic currencies of architectural design are found in the details of space, namely, how that design deals with, circulates and shapes the spatial conceptions of any given construction. Throughout her career, Candida Höfer has captured these deep design concerns through brightly-lit and grand photographs, and the artist turns this gaze to Düsseldorf, Germany for her newest exhibition at Sean Kelly Gallery, a show of large C-Print photographs elegantly laid out throughout a two-floor, multi-series exhibition. Höfer’s work is presented in three parts: color photographs of grand interiors, multi-level buildings altered to form curving spirals, and even a series of much smaller-scale observations of space.

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New York – Michael Heizer at Gagosian Through July 2nd, 2015

June 19th, 2015

Michael Heizer, Altars, via Art Observed
Michael Heizer, Altars, via Art Observed

In Gagosian Gallery’s 24th Street Outpost, lithe, twisting steel platforms sprawl across the floor, smooth lines that undulate across the faded, industrial steppes that they lay across. In another room, an immense boulder hangs suspended from the ceiling, displayed in a case cut between two walls of the gallery so that viewers can see the rock’s sides from two separate rooms. The show could only be the work of Michael Heizer, one of the founding voices of American land art, whose new work continues his pioneering investigations into the construction of space and time along abstract, self-realized formats. Read More »

AO On-Site: Art Basel at Messe Basel, June 18th-21st, 2015

June 18th, 2015

In the Courtyard of Messe Basel
In the Courtyard of Messe Basel

As the opening previews draw to a close in Basel today, the 46th edition of Switzerland’s massive art fair and exhibition is well underway, capping two initial days of strong sales and attendance during the VIP Previews that have set a brisk tone for the week’s proceedings. Read More »

New York – Lucas Samaras: “Album 2″ at Pace Gallery Through June 27th, 2015

June 18th, 2015

Lucas Samaras, XYZ 1700 (2015), via Pace
Lucas Samaras, XYZ 1700 (2015), via Pace Gallery

On view at its 25th Street galleries, Pace is currently presenting Lucas Samaras’s exhibition Albums 2, featuring over 700 digitally enhanced photographs and a mirrored room installation.  Samaras’s exhibition showcases his continued exploration of manipulated imagery as a way of plumbing his own existence, this time playing through his autobiographical accounts with digital technologies. Read More »

New York – Lee Ufan at Pace Gallery Through August 21st, 2015

June 17th, 2015

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Lee Ufan, (Installation View), via Bria Cole for Art Observed

If tranquility could serve as a physical construct, rather than a state of mind, then a state of calm could perhaps be considered as a reconditioning of vision, a way to perceive extended relations of time, material and space.  This sense of the perceptual retooling, and its effects, is one reading offered by Lee Ufan’s continuous series Relatum and Dialogue, the most recent version of which is currently on view at Pace Gallery.   The artist tends towards a relationship between philosophy and the objects he creates with artistic significance, in order to provoke subtle perceptual reconsiderations, as proposed in his writings and contributions to the Mono-ha school of artistic practice.

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New York: Cecily Brown “The English Garden” at Maccarone Gallery Through June 20th, 2015

June 16th, 2015

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Cecily Brown, The English Garden (Installation View), Rachel Williams for Art Observed

Currently at Maccarone Gallery are a set of intimately-sized canvases by painter Cecily Brown.  Aggressively captivating beyond their small boarders, the artist’s works here ignite a series of personal experiences as viewers stand inches away from canvases no more than 18 inches in height or width. Organized by novelist and art writer Jim Lewis, The English Garden contains garden scenes rather than traditional landscapes.  Sharp lines inside Brown’s expressionist marks create additional horizons that depict mysterious and often open-ended garden scenes. Read More »

AO Preview – Basel, Switzerland: Art Basel Art Fair, June 18th-21st, 2015

June 15th, 2015

Outside Art Basel, via Art Basel
Outside Art Basel, via Art Basel

The doors are set to open at Messeplatz in Basel, Switzerland this week, for the 46th edition of the Art Basel art fair, the massive fair exhibition that has come to define the early summer months in Europe.  Bringing the massively international scope of the world’s elite galleries, this year’s Art Basel promises another strong outing.  Read More »

New York – Robert Motherwell: “Opens” at Andrea Rosen through June 20th, 2015

June 15th, 2015

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Robert Motherwell. Opens (Installation View) All Images Courtesy Andrea Rosen Gallery.

Now through June 20, Andrea Rosen Gallery will host a comprehensive exhibition of Robert Motherwell’s Open series, composed from 1967 through the 1970s, and set to coincide with the centennial of the artist’s birth.  This historical marker exemplifies the gallery’s ongoing commitment to looking to the recent past of contemporary art in order to expand upon trends currently emerging, and to trace the influence of major figures in the art world.  As the gallery’s press release states, “Opens not only allows us to compare these masterworks against the present-day focus on abstraction, but also encourages us to reconcile the breadth of Motherwell’s rigor and clarity.”  This comprehensive exhibition of one of the artist’s lesser-known series provides the opportunity to deepen public understanding of the legacy of Motherwell as an artist and a significant force in mid-twentieth century New York City.

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