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New York Times Documents 75 Year Long Effort to Repatriate Hungarian Baron’s Looted Art

October 19th, 2020

The New York Times this week describes a protracted battle to reclaim the looted collection of Baron Mor Lipot Herzog, and the collectors’ descendants who have taken up the cause.  “It’s the third generation and fourth generation who is actively pursuing the quest to restitute the memory of the Herzog family, to right the provenance of the looted artworks,” said Agnes Peresztegi, a lawyer who has represented parts of the family for 20 years.
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Sotheby’s to Sell $30 Million from Hester Diamond Collection

October 19th, 2020

Sotheby’s will sell the collection of New York collector, art dealer, and interior designer Hester Diamond, featuring a range of both Old Masters and Contemporary works, valued at $30 million. “Her taste and her visual sensibility were so strong, it ran through everything, the modern and the old,” says Diamond’s Stepdaughter, dealer Rachel Kaminsky.
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Howardena Pindell Interviewed in NYT

October 19th, 2020

Artist Howardena Pindell has readied a new body of work at The Shed, and speaks with the New Times about her life and work.  “Every day I live, I seem to forget all that I’ve done, and I’m amazed when I think about it,” she says. “I don’t know how I did it. I really don’t. I mean, I don’t know how I survived.”
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Maya Husseini Chronicles Destruction of Works in Beirut Explosion

October 19th, 2020

A piece in the NYT this week visits Beirut-based artist Maya Husseini, chronicling the destruction the city’s explosion wreaked on her works, and the countless pieces destroyed by the blast. “Thirty years of my professional life were gone,” she says. “Dust!”
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Rachel Whiteread Interviewed in The Guardian

October 19th, 2020

Rachel Whiteread has an interview in The Guardian this week, encouraging young artists to hold on to their dreams and hopes in this challenging time. “I really want people to carry on doing what they were doing. It is important they don’t give up on their dreams, and they follow through with what they have trained for,” she says.
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Montreal Museum of Fine Arts Taps Stéphane Aquin as New Director

October 19th, 2020

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) has tapped Stéphane Aquin as its new director, taking over from Nathalie Bondil, who was forced out last summer amid allegations. “It is with great pride that we announce the return of Stéphane Aquin to the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. His impressive track record, combined with his knowledge of the MMFA, has made him an obvious candidate to fill the role of director,” said MMFA board chair Pierre Bougie in a statement.
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Brooklyn Museum Continues Deaccessioning with Second Round of Works

October 16th, 2020

The Brooklyn Museum is expanding its rounds of deaccessioning, selling off another set of works October 28th at Sotheby’s.  “This effort is designed to support one of the most important functions of any museum–the care for its collection–and comes after several years of focused effort by the museum to build a plan to strengthen its collections, repatriate objects, advance provenance research, improve storage and more,” says director Anne Pasternak.
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Socrates Sculpture Park Director to Step Down

October 16th, 2020

John Hatfield, Executive Director of Socrates Sculpture Park since 2012, has announced his plans to step down after nine years leading the outdoor sculpture park.  “It has been my great privilege to lead such an extraordinary organization over the last nine years,” he said.
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Art in General to Permanently Close

October 16th, 2020

Art in General will permanently shut down operations as of October 31 due to the challenges posted by Covid-19.  The organization plans to donate its archives to the Smithsonian.
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Baltimore Museum of Art’s Proposed Sale of Paintings See Public Call of Protest from Former Trustees

October 16th, 2020

Former trustees, committee members, donors and docents at the Baltimore Museum of Art are asking Maryland state officials to step in on the institution’s plans to deaccession works by Andy Warhol, Clyfford Still and Brice Marden, and calling for investigations into suggested conflicts of interest. “To the extent it’s being presented as an equal justice initiative, that is a smokescreen — the museum is, at best, dedicating money to acquisitions and salaries that is well below the value of even one of the works being sold,” says former trustee Laurence J. Eisenstein.


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Kevin Beasley: “Reunion” at Casey Kaplan Through October 24th, 2020

October 19th, 2020

Kevin Beasley, The Road (2019), via Casey Kaplan
Kevin Beasley, The Road (2019), via Casey Kaplan

Artist Kevin Beasley returns to Casey Kaplan this month for an exhibition of new work surrounding questions and explorations of ancestry, ownership and land, dwelling on a range of questions over ownership and property that underscore the United States’s relationship to its own past, and the culture of violence and oppression that helped to build its economic foundations.   Read More »

Berlin – Philippe Parreno: “Manifestations” at Esther Schipper Through October 17th, 2020

October 16th, 2020

Philippe Parreno, Manifestations (Installation View), via Esther Schipper
Philippe Parreno, Manifestations (Installation View),  via Esther Schipper

Marking his eighth solo show with Berlin’s Esther Schipper, artist Philippe Parreno‘s Manifestations spans the full range of his artistic output, running through a selection of pieces that include a granular soundtrack, a CGI film, atmospheric sensors, robotic systems, computer code, ice and water.  In typical fashion for the artist, the show is billed as an effort to “connect ‘things’ that, a priori, had nothing to do with one another; ‘thing’ that allow themselves to be summoned by repetitions, synchronicities, signals, or singularities.” Read More »

Berlin – Andreas Gursky at Sprüth Magers Through November 14th, 2020

October 15th, 2020

 

Andreas Gursky, Rhein III (2018), via Sprüth Magers
Andreas Gursky, Rhein III (2018), via Sprüth Magers

Opening a show of new works in Berlin, artist Andreas Gursky arrives yet again at a prime moment of reflection and consideration for the inhabitants of modernity, offering up a selection of photographs that welcome a renewed perspective on the state of the world, and the forces that shape it.  Featuring the artist’s first new body of work in almost three years, Gursky’s exhibition in the Berlin outpost of Sprüth Magers addresses a range of themes that the artist has investigated for decades, and often  revisits settings such as the Rhine river and Hong Kong’s futuristic cityscapes to explore new contexts and sets of information layered over by the current state of the world.  Gursky looks anew at our built environment and humankind’s impact on the natural world.

 

Andreas Gursky, Bauhaus (2020), via Sprüth Magers
Andreas Gursky, Bauhaus (2020), via Sprüth Magers

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New York – Harold Ancart: “Traveling Light” at David Zwirner Through October 17th, 2020

October 14th, 2020

Harold Ancart, Untitled (2020), via David Zwirner
Harold Ancart, Untitled (2020), via David Zwirner

Making an intriguing continuation of his investigation of natural processes and large-scale environmental phenomena, artist Harold Ancart has a new show on at David Zwirner this month.  Delving into leafy canopies and expansive, haunting desert expanses, the show gives the impression of an extended meditation on place and space, and makes for a strong follow up to the artist’s first show with the gallery in New York.   Read More »

AO Online – Frieze Online: October 9th – 16th, 2020

October 8th, 2020

Do Ho Suh at Lehmann Maupin
Do Ho Suh at Lehmann Maupin

With the weather turning increasingly chilly, and the fall months coming on in full stride, the art world would normally turn its attention this week to London, where the tents would be up and the halls would be ready for another edition of Frieze Art Fair in the British Capital.  Yet the fair’s annual run is just one more event moved online this fall, as Europe and the United States continue to contend with the heightened stress and security concerns of the COVID-19 pandemic.  This week, the British staple of the annual art calendar has popped up online, open for the next week with a broad set of works on view, and a range of galleries logging in from around the globe.

Gretchen Bender at Metro Pictures
Gretchen Bender at Metro Pictures

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New York – Pieter Schoolwerth: “Shifted Sims” at Petzel Through October 31st, 2020

October 6th, 2020

Pieter Schoolworth, Shifted Sims #9 (Eco Lifestyle) (2020), via Petzel
Pieter Schoolworth, Shifted Sims #9 (Eco Lifestyle) (2020), via Petzel

Currently on at Petzel in New York City, painter Pieter Schoolwerth brings a collection of new canvases to bear, exploring a series of psychoactive tableaus and surreal depictions of humanity, a body of work that feels particularly apt in the strange landscape of a post-lockdown COVID-19 world.  Drawing on a range of signifiers and image sets for his works, the artist swirls his illusory, dream-like landscapes through the halls of the gallery. Read More »

New York – Bruce Nauman at Sperone Westwater Through November 7th, 2020

October 2nd, 2020

Bruce Nauman, Two Leaping Foxes (2019), via Sperone Westwater
Bruce Nauman, Two Leaping Foxes (2019), via Sperone Westwater

Welcoming Bruce Nauman back to New York City as the artist prepares to open his retrospective survey a the Tate Modern this month, Sperone Westwater’s SoHo Gallery plays home to a series of imaginative, surreal sculptures.  Marking his thirteenth solo at the gallery, his first 45 years ago in 1976, the show presents a set of new sculptures, underscoring the artist’s continued practice across a wide range of diverse mediums, including his own body, language, sound, film, video, neon, holograms and 3D technology. Once again reflecting on the perceptions, preconceptions and contradictions which characterize our existence in the world, the series of works on view underscores Nauman’s capacity to expand and elaborate on the capacities of art in the 21st Century.

Bruce Nauman, Walking a Line (2019), via Sperone Westwater
Bruce Nauman, Walking a Line (2019), via Sperone Westwater

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New York – Lucia Nogueira: “Tribeca” at Luhring Augustine Through October 31st, 2020

September 30th, 2020

Lucia Nogueira, Mischief (1995), via Art Observed
Lucia Nogueira, Mischief (1995), via Art Observed

Touching down in Tribeca this fall for the first show in its newly opened space, New York’s Luhring Augustine opens its new doors with an illuminating show of works by the late Lucia Nogueira, a London-based, Brazilian-born artist whose brief but remarkable career saw her explore a range of captivating formal iterations and exploratory projects.  Marking her first solo exhibition in the United States, the artist’s work is quite at home in the classic New York architecture of the new space, and invites an intriguing first entry both for her work in the US, and for the gallery’s new home.   Read More »

New York – Pat Steir: “Waterfall Paintings on Paper” at Lévy Gorvy Through October 1st, 2020

September 29th, 2020

Pat Steir, Untitled (2008), via Levy Gorvy
Pat Steir, Untitled (2008), via Levy Gorvy

Taking over Lévy Gorvy’s New York exhibition space this fall, artist Pat Steir has compiled a selection of works from her ongoing series of Waterfall Paintings, this time focusing in particular on her pieces executed on paper.  Walking a fine line between the grand scale and gesture of her paintings on canvas as well as the more intimate sizes of the works here, the show traces a unique aspect of Steir’s engagement with the form.   Working on paper has been a quintessential aspect of Steir’s practice since the 1970s, producing a body of work that often saw prints and drawings coming out of the same conceptual exercises as her large-scale canvases.  As the show press release notes, these pieces have rarely been seen outside of museum collections, with Steir’s own personal holdings unseen for many years.  For this show, the artist pulls back the veil to explore the ways in which her practice is informed by these pieces on paper.  Read More »

Paris – Isa Genzken: “Paris New York” at David Zwirner Through October 10th, 2020

September 28th, 2020

Isa Genzken, Paris New York (Installation View), via David Zwirner
Isa Genzken, Paris New York (Installation View), via David Zwirner

Taking over David Zwirner’s gallery space in Paris, German artist Isa Genzken returns with a new body of work that seems to both celebrate and destroy the assembled codes of historical knowledge in architecture and art, building a renewed awareness of space and time in the gallery spaces. This will be the artist’s fifth solo exhibition with David Zwirner and her first solo show in Paris since 2010, coinciding with a major presentation of Genzken’s early work at the Kunstmuseum Basel. Read More »