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Vik Muniz’s Rio Art School Profiled in WSJ

May 30th, 2016

Vik Muniz, via WSJThe WSJ takes an inside look at the experimental art school founded by Vik Muniz in one of Rio’s favelas, which has been chosen for inclusion in this year’s Architecture Biennale.  “To design and build in a favela is a huge challenge because of the topography and because it’s so dense,” says curator Washington Fajardo. “What’s interesting about Escola Vidigal is that it creates a dialogue with the pre-existing built environment while improving the quality of the space.”
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Taco Dibbits to Take Helm at Rijksmuseum

May 30th, 2016

Taco Dibbits, via NYTThe Rijksmuseum has named Taco Dibbits, the museum’s current director of collections, as its new director, following the departure of Wim Pijbes.  “It’s one of the most beautiful museums in the world, and it’s a dream come true for me,” Dibbits told the New York Times. “I’ve already got a fantastic team of people, and we hope that we can make as many people as possible enjoy and be inspired, and be touched by, the great works of art that the museum houses.”
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Arrests Made in Spain OVer Francis Bacon Theft

May 30th, 2016

The stolen Francis Bacon paintings, via The GuardianSeven people have been arrested in Spain, in connection with the theft of five Francis Bacon paintings valued at €25m.  Police found the works after receiving photographs from British investigators, and tracing the camera equipment used to photograph the works.  “It is not at all easy to sell a Francis Bacon, large or small, without that getting to the ears of those who pore over such a rarified sector,” one expert said of the theft.
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Clifton Benevento to Close

May 30th, 2016

Michael Clifton and Michael Benevento, via ArtforumNew York Gallery Clifton Benevento has made the decision to close its doors, Artforum reports. The gallery’s last day open to the public will be tomorrow, May 31st.
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Georgia O’Keefe Museum Acquires Rare Work by Artist

May 28th, 2016

The Barns, Lake George, via NPRThe Georgia O’Keefe museum has acquired a rare 1926 work by the artist, an abstracted landscape that showcases her expressive craft outside of her more traditional subject matter, and captures the country home of her and her husband Alfred Stieglitz.  “Of the subjects O’Keeffe pursued at Lake George in the 1920s—her most prolific decade—the various barns on the Stieglitz property most directly connect her to the interests of various members of the Stieglitz circle and other American modernists to identify distinctly national subjects,” the museum said in a statement.
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David Shrigley Planning Massive Gravestone Installation in Central Park

May 28th, 2016

David Shrigley's Memorial, via NYTDavid Shrigley will install a version of his work Memorial at Central Park this summer, a towering gravestone with a grocery list engraved across its surface.  “He’s best known for a unique drawing style that makes satirical comments on everyday interactions,” says associate curator Emma Enderby of the Public Art Fund, which commissioned the piece. “It’s absurd, it’s funny but it’s also sad and poignant.”
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Katharina Grosse to Install Massive Paint Work in Rockaways

May 28th, 2016

Katharina Grosse's rendering for Fort Tilden, via NYTArtist Katharina Grosse will create one of her signature paint spatter installations on the aquatics building at Fort Tilden Beach this summer, part of MoMA PS1’s Rockaway! event. The work will coat the decaying building in flashes of bright colors, while emphasizing its architectural style.
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Claire Danes to Host PBS’s Art21 TV Program

May 28th, 2016

Claire Danes, via New York PostClaire Danes has signed on to host a new iteration of PBS’s Art21’s TV series, “Art in the Twenty-First Century.”  “Artists today influence how we see the world, how we express ourselves and how art can transform society,” Danes says.
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Terence Koh Interviewed in NYT

May 28th, 2016

Terence Koh, via NYTTerence Koh is featured in the New York Times this week, as the artist discusses his recent work and the inspiration behind the Bee Chapel, an installation that seeks to find spiritual resonance with an active group of honey bees.  “We create the sense that everything in the show is living in a vibration,” Koh says.
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Paddle8 Sees Significant Lay-offs, Departures After Auctionata Merger

May 25th, 2016

Paddle 8, via Art NewsFollowing its merger with Auctionata, Paddle8 has seen a series of high-profile departures and lay-offs, Art News reports.  Editorial Director Sarah Hanson in particular was one of the lay-offs, which sources indicate means that the company will do away with or drastically scale back its editorial arm.  “A merger is an inevitable inflection point, and in the past month Paddle8 has seen the departure of some of our colleagues in the lead up to and following our merger with Auctionata,” co-founder Osman Khan said.  “Some left to pursue other passions and opportunities, and others as a result of corporate restructuring. In all cases, we are grateful for their contributions to Paddle8.”
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London – Jenny Saville: “Erota” at Gagosian Gallery Through July 9th, 2016

May 30th, 2016

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Jenny Saville, Ebb and Flow (2015) © Jenny Saville. Photograph by Ashmolean Museum Photo Studio

Jenny Saville is known for her large-scale oil paintings of bodies in flux, and associated with flesh in all its forms: living, dead, young, old, human and animal. There is a fascination with the mass, weight, and transmutability of the body that runs throughout Saville’s impressive and applauded career, and now, Gagosian’s London space is presenting Erota, an exhibition of new drawings by the artist that equally represent a continuation of themes, questioning of previous work, and a departure into new territory. Read More »

New York – Cindy Sherman at Metro Pictures Through June 11th, 2016

May 28th, 2016

Cindy Sherman, Untitled (2016), via Art Observed
Cindy Sherman, Untitled (2016), via Art Observed

Currently on view at Metro Pictures, Cindy Sherman has installed a series of new photographs, portraits that mark her first new body of work in five years. The pieces, exploring more nuanced cultural frameworks at play in Hollywood image production, feel like a fitting conclusion to a long-running body of work, while expanding Sherman’s critical dialogue with the image through a studious selection of figures and contexts.

Cindy Sherman, Untitled (2016), via Art Observed
Cindy Sherman, Untitled (2016), via Art Observed

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New York – Gerhard Richter at Marian Goodman Gallery Through June 25th, 2016

May 25th, 2016

Gerhard Richter, 940-6 Abstraktes Bild (2015), via Art Observed
Gerhard Richter, 940-6 Abstraktes Bild (2015), via Art Observed

Gerhard Richter has returned to New York City this month, opening a diverse exhibition of new works at Marian Goodman Gallery, including a continuation of his Abstraktes Bild and Aladin series, alongside a new group of abstract drawings. Read More »

New York – Ken Price: “Drawings” at Matthew Marks Gallery Through June 25th, 2016

May 25th, 2016

Ken Price, The Beautiful West (2005), via Art Observed
Ken Price, The Beautiful West (2005), via Art Observed

It’s not difficult to recognize a piece by Ken Price.  The artist’s fluid, winding sculptures and objects signal a high point of West Coast sculpture during the post-war era, an incorporation and reworking of Bay Area Funk priorities with the artist’s own sensibilities.  These influences and ideas are on view at Matthew Marks Gallery this month, as the artist exhibits a series of drawings from the early 1990’s. Read More »

New York – Tom Wesselman at Mitchell-Innes and Nash Through May 28th, 2016

May 24th, 2016

Tom Wesselmann, Sunset Nude with Big Palm Tree  (2004), via Art Observed
Tom Wesselmann, Sunset Nude with Big Palm Tree (2004), via Art Observed

Mitchell-Innes and Nash has opened its doors on a broad, yet impressive career retrospective of the work of Tom Wesselmann, the iconic pop painter whose renditions of mass commodities, American landscapes and the human form defined him as one of the most original voices coming out of the Post-War landscape.  Perhaps best known for his large, shaped canvases depicting lipstick-clad mouths breathing out cigarette smoke, Wesselmann’s interests in painterly technique and the American subject were constantly evolving over the course of his career, even as some of his formal containers and pictorial content remained the same.

Tom Wesselmann, Interior #2 (1964), via Art Observed
Tom Wesselmann, Interior #2 (1964), via Art Observed

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New York – Luc Tuymans: “Le Mepris” at David Zwirner Through June 25th, 2016

May 24th, 2016

Luc Tuymans, Murky Water (2015), via Art Observed
Luc Tuymans, Murky Water (2015), via Art Observed

Luc Tuymans works at the tenuous grasp of the image on reality, exploiting momentary glimmers, flashes of light, and seconds of spatial repose, all executed through his signature, muted color palette in an attempt to delve even deeper into the slight seconds that constitute his subject matter.  Here, at his new show with David Zwirner, the artist has turned towards themes of decay and isolation, lending his already staid pieces an increased degree of melancholy. Read More »

New York – Philip Guston: Painter, 1957 – 1967 at Hauser and Wirth Through July 29th, 2016

May 23rd, 2016

Philip Guston, Untitled (1958), via Art Observed
Philip Guston, Untitled (1958), via Art Observed

In one of the season’s more historically resonant offerings, Hauser and Wirth has opened its 18th Street Gallery to a rare exhibition of Philip Guston’s 1950’s abstractions, collected as a presentation of his impressive output as a member of the New York School. Exploring the artist’s varied investigations of the canvas and mark in tandem, the show presents Guston’s work as a fascinating historical progression towards his more honed, expressive figuration of the late 1960’s and onward.

Philip Guston, Painter, 1957-1967 (Installation View), via Art Observed
Philip Guston, Painter, 1957-1967 (Installation View), via Art Observed

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Berlin – Isa Genzken: “Mach Dich hübsch!” at Martin-Gropius-Bau Through June 26th, 2016

May 22nd, 2016

Isa Genzken, Mach Dich hübsch (Installation View), via Art Observed
Isa Genzken, Mach Dich hübsch! (Installation View), via Art Observed

Isa Genzken is one of Germany’s most notable contemporary artists. Born in 1948, her work spans sculpture, installation, film, photography, collage, and painting, and she has continued to drive the German arts community forward with an inventive approach to digital media and created computer-designed sculptures that dates to the 1970’s.  Drawing on influences of American minimalism and conceptual art, alongside pop art, Genzken’s ready-mades and mannequin-based works also enter into conversation with Dadaist and Surrealist influences. Read More »

AO On-Site – San Francisco: SFMOMA Re-Opening and Modern Ball, 2016

May 20th, 2016

SFMOMA Modern Ball,
Dinner in the Museum Atrium, via Drew Altizer

After a long wait, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) is finally open, having shuttered for the past several years as it embarked on a massive, multi-million dollar expansion project to turn it into a premiere exhibition location amidst the skyrocketing wealth of Silicon Valley. Read More »

Paris — Friedriech Kunath: “My Loneliness Shines” at VNH Gallery Through May 22nd, 2016

May 20th, 2016

Friedrich Kunath, My Loneliness Shines (Installation View)
Friedrich Kunath, My Loneliness Shines (Installation View) all photos via Daphné Mookherjee for Art Observed

This past month, VNH Gallery opened German artist Friedrich Kunath‘s first solo exhibition in France.  Titled My Loneliness Shines, the artist’s new paintings, drawings, and neons contributed to an installation specially conceived for the space, exploring themes of melancholy, existentialism, loneliness and romance. Blending cultural codes and histories of composition, while mixing various narrative worlds and historical epochs with pop forms and kitsch, the show further cemented Kunath’s already unique approach towards free-ranging inventiveness.

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