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Stephanie Pereira to Head Up NEW INC as Next Director

May 22nd, 2018

Stephanie Pereira, via Art NewsStephanie Pereira will serve as the next director of the New Museum’s art, design, and technology incubator, NEW INC, the museum has announced. “We are incredibly proud of the accomplishments of NEW INC led by Julia, our brilliant first director,” says cofounder Lisa Phillips. “Stephanie’s creative business acumen, entrepreneurial spirit, and passion for community building will help shape the next chapter of growth for NEW INC.”
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Hauser & Wirth Prepares Major Los Angeles Show for the Late Jack Whitten

May 22nd, 2018

Jack Whitten, via Art NewsHauser & Wirth will stage an ambitious show of the works of the late Jack Whitten, who passed away earlier this year, in Los Angeles, Art News reports.  The show will feature a range of his works including his storied tributes to fellow artists and writers. 
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Damien Hirst Shark Installed at Palms Casino

May 22nd, 2018

Hirst at The Palms, via LA TimesDamien Hirst’s preserved shark in formaldehyde has been installed above the bar at the Palms Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. “That’s the whole point of art in general,” manager John Gay says. “It evokes different emotions. That’s something we’re excited about with the whole collection. Art is personal. We like that it stirs different reactions and attention.”


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Chicago Dealer Richard Gray Passes Away at 89

May 20th, 2018

Richard Gray, via Art NewsChicago art dealer Richard Gray, long a cornerstone of the city’s arts scene, has passed away at the age of 89.  Gray cultivated and supported a range of artists over the course of his life and work, including Alex Katz, Theaster Gates, and David Hockney. “The reality is, sooner or later—but not so much later—it’s all going to be all over for me, and I accept that. I know it,” Gray said in 2007. “It doesn’t change one iota my ability to continue, every day, to be active and involved and committed, to gain from everything around me, what people are doing—artists, musicians, family.” 
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New York — Ellsworth Kelly: “Black & White Works” and “Painting/Object” at the FLAG Art Foundation Through May 19, 2018

May 18th, 2018

Installation view of Ellsworth Kelly: Black & White Works at The FLAG Art Foundation, 2018. Photography by Steven Probert.
Installation view of Ellsworth Kelly: Black & White Works at The FLAG Art Foundation, 2018. Photography by Steven Probert.

Organized by Ellsworth Kelly’s long-time life partner photographer Jack Shear, Black and White Works at the FLAG Art Foundation sheds light on the pioneer colorist’s paintings using primarily black and white, a body of work occupying one fifth of his entire repertoire. Coinciding with the Blanton Art Museum’s unveiling of Kelly’s monumental 2,715 square-foot architectural work Austin, which also introduced a new path in the late artist’s expansive career, the exhibition proposes a fresh approach Kelly’s legacy. Containing sculptural experimentation and geometric curiosity, the works on view demonstrate his unending interest in pushing the boundaries of abstract precision, architectural balance, and optic illusion within the limits of two seemingly opposite and mute colors. Contrasted with the artist’s signature exuberance and his equally precise monochromatic color palette, the works Shear brought together both evoke characteristics from Kelly’s most iconic while and challenging the viewer to expand their interpretation and appreciation of his larger oeuvre.
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MoMA Announces Major Acquisition of Works on Paper Collection

May 18th, 2018

Valentina Kulagina, via ArtforumMoMa has announced the acquisition of 324 works on paper by ninety-seven artists from the holdings of Merrill C. Berman, a Rye, New York–based investor who amassed a collection of 20,000 early twentieth-century works on paper.  “By representing crucial figures—often women and artists from lesser-known geographies—missing or underrepresented in our collection, this extraordinary body of work is especially welcome as the museum continues its commitment to diversifying modernism’s narratives with its forthcoming expansion in 2019,”says Christophe Cherix, the MoMA’s chief curator of drawings and prints.
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Nahmad Family Buys Picasso, Sends to Paris for Show at Musée d’Orsay

May 16th, 2018

Pablo Picasso, Fillette a la corbeille fleurie (1905), price 115,000,000, via Christie'sThe Nahmad family has purchased Pablo Picasso’s Fillette à la corbeille fleurie (Young Girl with a Flower Basket) (1905), which sold at Christie’s New York last week for $115 million. The confirmation came as part of an announcement that the piece would go on view for a show at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris this fall.
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Corcoran Gallery to Give Away Works to U.S. Institutions

May 16th, 2018

John Fulton Folinsbee, via Washington PostThe Corcoran Gallery of Art will give away the remaining 11,000 works in its collection to the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center, the U.S. Supreme Court, and 10 Smithsonian Institution museums. “Having three anchors, where the bulk of the collection legacy of the Corcoran could be accessed, seemed like a great balance,” says Corcoran board chairman Harry F. Hopper III.
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Bernini Sculpture Damaged in Moving Incident

May 15th, 2018

Bernini, via NYTAttempts to move a Bernini sculpture has led to a missing right ring finger of his subject, St. Bibiana.  “After this incident we have much to reflect on, as art historians, which you are becoming,” says Professor Giovan Battista Fidanza, who discovered the damage. “We know that moving works of art is always a huge stress for them.”
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Rockefeller Sales Set Grand Total of $832 Million at Christie’s

May 15th, 2018

Christie's, via NYTThe Guardian has a piece this week recapping the sale of the Rockefeller estate last week at Christie’s, noting that the sales raised a final total of $832 million, breaking 22 auction records for artists in the sale.
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New York – Carroll Dunham at Gladstone Through June 16th, 2018

May 22nd, 2018

Carroll Dunham, Any Day (2017), via Gladstone
Carroll Dunham, Any Day (2017), via Gladstone

Embracing an elaboration and expansion of his interests in the nude form, and a continued interest in the possibilities for abstraction in exchange with approaches to portraiture and figuration, artist Carroll Dunham returns to Gladstone Gallery this month, bringing with him a body of new paintings created over the past year.  Drawn from his Wrestlers series, Dunham uses the visual language of mythological depictions of wrestling, mined from art historical sources and his own memory, to propose new through lines in his practice that are both formal and autobiographical in nature. Read More »

AO Auction Results – New York: Post-War and Contemporary Evening Sales, May 16th and 17th, 2018

May 18th, 2018

Kerry Marshall, Past Times (1997), via Sothebys
Kerry Marshall, Past Times (1997), Price:$21,114,500 via Sotheby’s

With two nights of auctions now concluded, a choppy look at the contemporary art market has emerged, as Sotheby’s, Phillips and Christie’s strung together a series of occasionally surprising, mixed sales over the course of last night and this evening.  The auctions, which mark the last major sales for the U.S. outposts of the international houses before summer recess, saw a number of impressive auction records, as well as a series of high profile works that failed to find a buyer, a note that left many puzzling over the immediate future of the Contemporary field.

Mark Rothko, Untitled (1969), via Sothebys

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AO Auction Results – New York: Christie’s Impressionist and Modern Sale, May 15th, 2018

May 16th, 2018

Kazimir Malevich, Suprematist Composition (1916), Price $85,812,500, via Christies
Kazimir Malevich, Suprematist Composition (1916), Price: $85,812,500, via Christies

With another auction come and gone in New York, Christie’s has posed quite a challenge to its competitors last night, closing out a well-run sale with strong results and a set of major auction records broken.  The 37-lot sale was well-appointed, and the sale moved steadily through its paces, ultimately finishing at a final tally of $416,040,000 with only 4 lots going unsold. Read More »

AO Auction Results – New York: Sotheby’s Impressionist and Modern Evening Sale, May 14th, 2018

May 15th, 2018

Amedeo Modigliani, Nu Couché, price $157,159,000, via Sothebys
Amedeo Modigliani, Nu Couché (1917), Price Realized: $157,159,000, via Sotheby’s

A marathon week of auctions in New York is now underway, but not quite off to a roaring start, as Sotheby’s capped an unsteady and often struggling auction this evening at its uptown location.  Led by a strong performance by an Amedeo Modigliani masterpiece, the sale failed to achieve much beyond its marquee lots, ultimately capping the sale with 13 unsold works that brought the sale to a final tally of $318,313,600.

Pablo Picasso, Le Repos (1932), price 36,920,500, via Sotheby's
Pablo Picasso, Le Repos (1932), Price Realized: $36,920,500, via Sotheby’s

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New York – Jenny Saville: “Ancestors” at Gagosian Through June 16th, 2018

May 12th, 2018

Jenny Saville, Fate I (2018), via Josie Berman for Art Observed
Jenny Saville, Fate I (2018), via Josie Berman for Art Observed

Jenny Saville returns to Gagosian this month in New York, bringing her iconic painterly style and remarkably attentive perspective towards the human body with her.  The artist, whose past 25 years of practice have seen her delve into an ever-evolving interest in the nuanced erotics and endlessly narrative capacities of the human form, returns here to her frequent interest in couples and pairings of form, using intertwined bodies and interlocked figures to explore human relation and emotion.  Read More »

New York – Harold Ancart at Clearing Through June 17th, 2018

May 11th, 2018

Harold Ancart, Untitled (2018), via Clearing
Harold Ancart, Untitled (2018), via Clearing

The painterly technique of Harold Ancart draws particular strength in accumulation and mass.  Accenting his rough line-work with thick layers of paint and broad fields of paint, Ancart’s compositions have long drawn on the grey areas between addition and subtraction, as if his paintings and sculpture existing in a state where void states are always present, yet somehow, always just beyond comprehension. Past works have seen the artist negotiate between different perceptions of space with masterful skill, creating pieces where the accumulation of paint only draws additional strength from its later removal, or vice versa, ultimately creating complex interactions between time and space, depth and flatness. Read More »

New York – Harmony Hammond: “Inappropriate Longings” at Alexander Gray Through May 26th, 2018

May 10th, 2018

Harmony Hammond, Inappropriate Longings (detail) (1992), via Alexander Gray
Harmony Hammond, Inappropriate Longings (detail) (1992), via Alexander Gray

Alexander Gray’s exhibition of the work of Harmony Hammond highlights the artist’s work from the 1990’s, mixing together a divergent series of works using wallpaper, linoleum and other decaying materials plucked from a world between the constructed and cosmetic.  Her objects have seen better days, truth be told, eerily reminiscent of slowly rotting farms in the Midwest, or the nefarious forces of Capote’s dark American landscapes.  In Hammond’s hands, the two-dimensionally sculpted debris, peppered with brand names of long-gone industrial companies, invoke a yearning for something other than what we experience: the passage of time, the sense of a specific battered place, vague violence, foul weather or foul play. Read More »

New York – Henning Strassburger: “Fünf Bilder” at Robert Blumenthal Through May 10th, 2018

May 9th, 2018

Henning Strassburger, The Big Air Conditioner (2018), via Blumenthal
Henning Strassburger, The Big Air Conditioner (2018), via Blumenthal

For the past five years, collector Robert Blumenthal has been wading deeper and deeper into the world of exhibition-making, mounting shows with a flair for the adventurous and the scholarly in his gallery that has moved from the Upper East Side and the Hamptons to Chinatown. Having embraced a collecting style that pairs conceptually ambitious work with more classical approaches towards lyrical and figurative painting, Blumenthal’s shows have been a distinct analog to his own collection, which features work by Darren BaderIsa GenzkenChris Burden, and Mary Weatherford, among others.
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AO Auction Results – New York: 19th and 20th Century Works from the Collection of David and Peggy Rockefeller at Christie’s, May 8th, 2018

May 9th, 2018

Pablo Picasso, Fillette a la corbeille fleurie (1905), price 115,000,000, via Christie's
Pablo Picasso, Fillette a la corbeille fleurie (1905), price realized: $115,000,000, via Christie’s

With the final bids placed and the hammer falling on the last lot of the evening, Christie’s has closed the book on an outstanding outing, concluding the star evening sale of its spring season, the sale of the David and Peggy Rockefeller Collection.  A jewel of modern art collection, the works from the family’s holdings were wide and deep enough to fill several evening sales in Christie’s calendar this week, with this 19th and 20th Century Sale serving as the main event. It did not disappoint.

Joan Miro, Mural I, Mural II, Mural III (1933), price 20,000,000, via Christie's
Joan Miro, Mural I, Mural II, Mural III (1933), price realized: $20,000,000, via Christie’s

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AO Auction Preview – New York: Auction Week in New York City, May 8th-9th, 14 – 17th, 2018

May 8th, 2018

Amedeo Modigliani, Nu Couché (Sur le Côté Gauche) (1917), via Sotheby's
Amedeo Modigliani, Nu Couché (Sur le Côté Gauche) (1917), via Sotheby’s

With the weather gradually warming, and thoughts turning to the summer months in New York, the art world will once again look to the Big Apple for a last major auction of the spring season.  With a packed week boasting a string of sales spread over 10 days, the week’s offerings will make for a pointed cap to the preceding week at Roosevelt Island, where Frieze New York will has drawn to a close.  With a number of impressive highlights, chief among them the collection of David and Peggy Rockefeller at Christie’s, the spring sales in New York should offer a few impressive exclamation points to add to an already packed month of market offerings. Read More »