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The Guardian Charts Ongoing Critiques of Helsinki Guggenheim Plan

September 14th, 2014

Helsinki's South Harbor, via The GuardianThe Guardian notes the ongoing backlash in Helsinki against the Guggenheim’s proposed expansion, as many doubt the actual benefits a Guggenheim branch may offer the Finnish capital.   “I’m not paying my taxes to be handed over to an American corporation to do with what they want,” says one interviewee. “If we’re spending that kind of money, it should be on our own national museum, not another outpost of a global company.” Read More »

A Look at Mexico and the UK’s Allowance of Artists Paying Taxes with Art

September 14th, 2014

Piet Mondrian, Arum Lily, 1909-10. Photograph Gemeentemuseum den Haag © 2014 Mondrian/Holtzman Trust c/o HCR InternationalA recent article in Forbes analyzes current taxing strategies in the UK and Mexico, which allow fine artists to pay part or all of their taxes with their work.  Called “Acceptance-in-Lieu,” the program offers a tax alternative that allows governments to grow their national collection while collecting a higher percentage of owed tax.  ”You have to admire the simplicity of it,” says contributor Robert Wood.  ”Say an artist sells one to five pieces of art in one year. He then donates a work of equal value to the state. The more you sell, the more you hand over for taxes.” Read More »

Rauschenberg Foundation Announces “Artist as Activist” Grants

September 14th, 2014

Rauschenberg Foundation, via RhizomeThe Rauschenberg Foundation has announced a series of grants for artists-activists, interested in making work that engages social practice and change.  Grants range from smaller travel grants (anticipated to be from $2,500 to $10,000) up to $100,000.  The foundation is planning on announcing its next grant proposal series in November, focusing on climate change. Read More »

Art Basel Launches Crowdfunding Platform with Kickstarter

September 14th, 2014

London's Gasworks, via Kickstarter + Art BaselArt Basel has announced a new crowdfunding initiative, created in collaboration with Kickstarter, which will provide a platform for fundraising on art projects around the globe.  The first round of grant proposals include collections to build new studio space at London’s Gasworks, a major restoration project by SculptureCenter, and more. Read More »

Phillips Announces Plans for Location in Hong Kong

September 14th, 2014

Phillips in Hong Kong, via Art NewspaperPhillips  has announced plans to open its first location in Hong Kong, an expansion that sees the company living up to claims that it wants to be more aggressive in the current market.  “We are going to do our best to align Phillips with these new contemporary art movements worldwide,” says recently appointed CEO Edward Dolman.  Read More »

Humlbæk, Denmark – Olafur Eliasson: “Riverbed” at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art Through January 4th, 2015

September 12th, 2014

Olafur Eliasson, Riverbed (2014), via Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
Olafur Eliasson, Riverbed (2014), via Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

Long interested in the possibilities and intersections of natural space with the contexts of the gallery environment, Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson has brought the landscape of the Icelandic wilderness to the interiors of the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, in the Northern Danish town of Humlbæk.

Olafur Eliasson, Riverbed  (2014), via Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
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Arnold Lehman to Leave Post as Director of Brooklyn Museum

September 11th, 2014

Arnold Lehman, via New York TimesBrooklyn Museum Director Arnold Lehman has announced that he will step down from his position at the museum next year, closing out 17 years at the helm of the borough’s chief art museum.  “This has been something I have been thinking about for a while,” Mr. Lehman told the New York Times. “I turned three score and 10 this summer. It’s time.” Read More »

Christie’s Announces Its Own Bay Area Pop-Up Sale

September 11th, 2014

Lichtenstein's Girl in Mirror, via Christie'sJust as Sotheby’s is preparing its first pop-up sale in Silicon Valley, rival Christie’s has also entered the fray, announcing a similar event in California focused on works by Roy Lichtenstein, Jasper Johns, and more, alongside works by young artists including Korakrit Arunanondchai. “While it is well known that the Bay Area is home to some of the most impressive collections in private hands, it has recently become evident that it is also one of the most robust emerging markets for art collecting with a growing group of young and new collectors,” says Christie’s Post-War specialist Charlie Adamski. Read More »

New York Times Interviews Marcel Dzama, Kim Gordon and The Arcade Fire’s Tim Kingsbury

September 11th, 2014

Marcel Dzama and Kim Gordon, via New York TimesThe New York Times interviews Marcel Dzama this week, in the wake of the artist’s opening at David Zwirner, alongside his collaborators Kim Gordon and Tim Kingsbury (of Arcade Fire).  The trio worked together on Dzama’s newest film Une danse des bouffons (A jester’s dance), a fantastic film incorporating numerous Dadaist and Surrealist references into a work inspired by the affair between Marcel Duchamp and sculptor Maria Martins.  ”It’s amazing how many things you can do when you’re just pretending,” says Gordon. Read More »

Jessica Morgan to Take Over Directorship at Dia Foundation

September 11th, 2014

Jessica Morgan with John Baldessari, via ArtnetDia Art Foundation has announced Jessica Morgan (curator of international art at London’s Tate Modern) will take over for Philippe Vergne as director of the New York arts organization.  Morgan has a challenging road ahead of her, including stalled plans for Dia to build a new museum for its collection between Chelsea and the Meatpacking District, and will seek to negotiate the demands of such a space with the foundation’s longstanding commitment to living artists.  ”It has to be a relationship that’s relevant to the current moment,” she says. “It can’t rest on a notion of its past.” Read More »

Sprüth Magers Purchases 14,000 Sq Foot Space in Los Angeles

September 11th, 2014

The Future Site of Sprueth Magers LA, via ArtnetSprüth Magers Gallery has purchased a 14,000 square foot building in West Hollywood this week, signaling the gallery’s intent to open a new exhibition space in Los Angeles, directly across the street from LACMA.  “It’s an artist’s city,” says Philomene Magers.  “It’s the cultural and intellectual climate of the city that really excites us. And while we already have collectors in the region, we are hoping to meet many more.” Read More »

Athens – Pawel Althamer: “The Secret Of The Phaistos Disc” at Deste Foundation Project Space, Slaughterhouse of Hydra Through September 29th, 2014

September 11th, 2014

Pawel Althamer, The Secret of the Phaistos Disc (Installation View)

Pawel Althamer, The Secret of the Phaistos Disc (Installation View), all images courtesy Deste Foundation Project Space, Slaughterhouse of Hydra

On view at the Deste Foundation’s exhibition space, the Slaughterhouse of Hydra, is an experimental blend of contemporary sculpture and performance, as designed by Polish artist Pawel Althamer. The interactive project explores the nature of family relationships, and their role in making up the broader structural arrangements and familial relations that often drive global social interactions.

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Christie’s to Sell £60 Million in Works from Essl Collection Next Month in London

September 10th, 2014

Maria Lassnig, Two Painters, Three Canvases, 1986, via The TelegraphThe Telegraph profiles Christie’s upcoming London sale of works from the Essl Collection, Austria’s largest private collection of contemporary works.  The sale, featuring pieces by Gerhard Richter, Paul McCarthy, Louise Bourgeois, and Alighiero Boetti, is estimated to bring in up to £60 million next month, making it the most valuable sale of a single collection in auction history.   Read More »

New York – “Here and Elsewhere” at the New Museum Through September 28th, 2014

September 10th, 2014

Kader Attia, Repair, Culture's Agency (2014), via Art Observed
Kader Attia, Repair, Culture’s Agency (2014), via Art Observed

In light of its subject matter, the New Museum wastes no time in describing the challenges ahead of Here and Elsewhere, its current exhibition focusing on contemporary Arabic and Middle Eastern art.  Taking its title from the 1976 Jean-Luc Godard documentary of the same name, the museum effectively poses the same questions that plagued Godard’s quasi-documentary on the Palestinian army.  Faced with an inability to complete his statement on the complex social issues and the subsequent defeat of Palestine in the Six Days War, Godard instead sought a middle ground between the embattled nation and his French homeland.  The film is spiked with cinema verité segments, abstract performance and experimental camerawork that ultimately places a considerable distance between the film and any sense of cohesive, authoritative statement. Read More »

Larry Gagosian Teams With Masa Takayama on Sushi Restaurant

September 9th, 2014

Takayama and Gagosian, via WSJLarry Gagosian is expanding beyond his art empire, collaborating with world-renowned sushi chef Masa Takayama to open Kappo Masa, a new sushi restaurant below the gallerist’s 980 Madison location.   ”It’s a different kind of partnership than what I’m used to,” Gagosian says. “I don’t have partners in business. But this is Masa’s vision and Masa’s talent. My job is to listen and learn.” Read More »

Mark Rothko Works Dominate Private Sale of Bunny Mellon Collection

September 9th, 2014

Mark Rothko, via BloombergBloomberg looks into the ambitious effort behind the sale of the Bunny Mellon art collection, which will include a private sale of works through Sotheby’s, among them a pair of Mark Rothko works valued at over $250 million together.  Of particular note is No. 20 (Yellow Expanse), a striking 1953 work.  “Unquestionably, it is the jewel in the crown,” said David Anfam, author of “Mark Rothko: The Works on Canvas,” the artist’s catalogue raisonne,. “Unlike its companion at the Guggenheim in Bilbao, it’s not labored. In terms of its size there is nothing to compare it with since this is the only ‘classic’ Rothko, as opposed to the Seagram and Harvard murals, of such epic dimensions.” Read More »

BBC Launches New Station Identifiers for BBC 4

September 9th, 2014

John Smith for BBC 4, via ArtnetBBC 4 has launched a series of new station identifiers, created by British artists.  The short clips include work by 2013 Turner Prize winner Laure Prouvost, 2014 Turner Prize nominee James Richards, film-maker John Smith, and Sebastian Buerkner, and follow a perceived attempt at the BBC to embrace more arts-minded programming and content. Read More »

Art Basel Miami Beach Announces Exhibitor List

September 9th, 2014

Work by Yayoi Kusama at Art Basel Miami Beach last year, via Financial TimesArt Basel has unveiled its exhibitor list for the 2014 edition of its Miami Beach fair, which will run December 4th through the 7th.  The fair is also launching a new exhibition section titled SURVEY, which will feature art historical projects and special exhibitions. Read More »

Russ & Daughters to Open Cafe in Jewish Museum

September 9th, 2014

Food from Russ and Daughters, via New York TimesRuss & Daughters, one of New York’s premier Kosher delis and cafes, has announced plans to open a new location inside The Jewish Museum on the Upper East Side.  “The minute I came here, I said we had to do this,” says museum director Claudia Gould, who took over at the museum in 2011. “They’re really hip, and we want to try to make Jewish hip. We feel like the brands align. It took about a year to get it going.” She said the lower level space is being gutted and rebuilt for the cafe.” Read More »

Tate Liverpool to Host Andy Warhol Show in November

September 9th, 2014

Andy Warhol, Marilyn, via Liverpool EchoTate Liverpool has announced plans to open an exhibition focusing on the work of Andy Warhol this November, the first major solo exhibition of the artist’s work in Northern England.  The expansive exhibition will include over 100 works from the artist’s career, and will also include a recreation of the Exploding Plastic Inevitable. Read More »

Sotheby’s to Sell Turner Masterwork for £20 Million This December in London

September 9th, 2014

Turner's Rome, via The TelegraphA masterwork piece by Joseph Turner, depicting a view of the city of Rome from Mount Aventine, will go on sale at Sotheby’s in London this December.  The piece, estimated to sell for £20 million, has remained in the same family for nearly two hundred years, and was only sold once before, setting a then-record auction price of £6,000.  “This painting, which is nearly 200 years old, looks today as if it has come straight from the easel of the artist; never relined and never subject to restoration, the picture retains the freshness of the moment it was painted: the hairs from Turner’s brush, the drips of liquid paint which have run down the edge of the canvas, and every scrape of his palette knife have been preserved in incredible detail,” says Sotheby’s Old Masters head Alex Bell. Read More »

Financial Times Profiles the Opening of the Fondation Luis Vuitton

September 9th, 2014

Fondation Louis Vuitton, via Financial TimesThe Financial Times profiles the long-awaited opening of the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris’s Bois de Boulogne, the Frank Gehry-designed museum housing the renowned design house’s immense art collection.  The article includes a number of notes from LVMH head Bernard Arnault on the Fondation’s approach to collection.  “When we buy something it has to meet two conditions,” he says. “One is that I have to like it, the other is that Suzanne Page (the Fondation curator) should consider it something worth exhibiting in the Fondation Louis Vuitton.  The Fondation’s collection focuses on the link between contemporary artists and the second part of the last century. So you see the evolution.” Read More »

Wall Street Journal Profiles Global Reach of Okwui Enwezor

September 9th, 2014

Okwui Enwezor, via Wall Street JournalThe Wall Street Journal profiles curator Okwui Enwezor this week, the head of next year’s Venice Biennale, tracing his early move from Nigeria to New York City, and his monumental impact on the global state of contemporary art today.  ”The art world was very Eurocentric and very westerncentric, and it needed strong curators to change it,” says Els van der Plas, the general director of the Dutch National Opera & Ballet.  ”Enwezor positioned several projects in a very strong way, which gave a different view of the world and different views on the history of post-colonialism, of what Africa contributed to the world’s development and of how different countries in Africa are positioned in the world debate.” Read More »

Louvre Director Sets Sights on Ambitious Renovation

September 9th, 2014

Jean-Luc Martinez, via Art NewspaperJean-Luc Martinez, director of The Louvre, is in The Art Newspaper this week, discussing his ambitious plans to renovate and “revolutionize” the centuries old museum.  Martinez’s plans involve rehanging, relighting and relabeling most of the works in the museum galleries, and is the beginning of what the director sees as a “complete makeover” of the museum. Read More »