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Sonnabend Collection Offered at Christie’s Next Month in New York

April 17th, 2015

Andy Warhol, The Kiss, via Art DailyContinuing a week of announcements regarding next month’s auctions, Christie’s has revealed that it has acquired the Sonnabend Collection for its May sales in New York, valued at $50 million.  The Collection has never before been offered on the secondary market.  “Many of Sonnabend’s exhibitions helped determine the course of art history in the late 20th Century,” says Laura Paulson, Christie’s chairman for post-war and contemporary art. “She discovered and promoted some of the most significant artists of her time.” Read More »

Dark Web Commerce Robot Returned to Artists Following Illicit Purchases

April 17th, 2015

The MDMA ordered by Random Darknet Shopper on display, via IndependentRandom Darknet Shopper, a robot-based art project designed to randomly shop on Deep Web and black market websites, has been returned to the !Mediengruppe Bitnik collective after being confiscated in Janurary for purchasing MDMA during the piece’s performance.  Any potential prosecution over the work has also been withdrawn.  “The public prosecutor states that the possession of Ecstasy was indeed a reasonable means for the purpose of sparking public debate about questions related to the exhibition,” prosecuting attorneys state.  “The public prosecution also asserts that the overweighing interest in the questions raised by the art work Random Darknet Shopper justify the exhibition of the drugs as artifacts, even if the exhibition does hold a small risk of endangerment of third parties through the drugs exhibited” Read More »

Democrats in Congress Push for Artist Resale Rights, New Tax Laws

April 17th, 2015

US CapitolA pair of bills introduced in Congress this week will look to improve artist rights and benefits regarding their works, The Art Newspaper reports.  One bill will look to push for an artist’s resale royalty in the US, bringing the country up to par with current measures being undertaken in Europe, while the second offers a tax deduction of fair market value for artists donating works to museums. Both bills have been proposed before, but have yet to be passed. Read More »

Documenta Director Wants to Show Full Gurlitt Collection

April 17th, 2015

Adam Szymczyk, via Art NewspaperAdam Szymczyk, the director for Documenta 14 in Kassel and Athens has stated his interest in exhibited the full collection of works from the Cornelius Gurlitt trove at the exhibition in 2017.  “I am not interested in an exclusive or first spectacular presentation but I would like to show the entire Gurlitt estate in the political and aesthetic context of Documenta 14,” he says.  “Our exhibition provides a unique and timely public platform for such a presentation.”  Read More »

Colin Bailey Named Director of Morgan Library

April 17th, 2015

Colin Bailey, via NYTThe Morgan Library has named Colin Bailey as its new director, who has previously served as the chief curator of the Frick Collection.  “We should be able to do a little better,” says Morgan President Lawrence R. Ricciardi. “The programming is there. It’s just a question of getting the word out and getting people in the door.” Read More »

Paintings Stolen from Sam Simon Foundation

April 17th, 2015

Sam Simon, via Sam Simon FoundationTwo paintings, including a classic Roy Lichtenstein held at the Sam Simon Foundation, an organization established by Simpsons co-founder.  The pair of works are valued at $400,000.   Read More »

Bloomberg Offers Look at Finer Points of Art Collecting

April 17th, 2015

Kerry James Marshall, Garden Party, via BloombergCollector Bob Rennie is interviewed in Bloomberg this week, offering his reflections and tips on starting a dedicated art collection, including his takes on art as investment.  “We can’t pretend that art is not an asset,” he notes. “It has to be managed.” Read More »

Oil Protests Staged at Whitney Last Night

April 15th, 2015

Whitney Protest, via NYTThe soon-to-open new home of the Whitney Museum was the site of a protest last night, which sought to illuminate the museum’s location above a massive fossil fuel pipeline and vault operated by Spectra Energy.  “Today we are asking: How can a museum that literally covers up the dirty fossil fuel industry be a beacon for the future of art and culture?” an open letter from the protesters read. Read More »

LACMA Curator Stephanie Barron Profiled in LA Times

April 15th, 2015

Stephanie Barron, via LACMAA Los Angeles Times article charts the success of LACMA curator Stephanie Barron, who has helped grow the museum and its collection into an international powerhouse of modern and contemporary art, as well as a growing Korean, Islamic and Latin American collections.  “I’ve had the amazing good fortune,” Barron says, “to work for an institution that has unconditionally supported the seriousness of the work that I want to do.” Read More »

Wall Street Journal Looks at Contract Clauses to Prevent Art Speculation

April 15th, 2015

Deborah Butterfield’s horse, via Wall Street JournalAn article in the Wall Street Journal this week notes the details and contractual clauses that accompany sales at the higher end of the art market, often in an attempt to prevent speculation.  “I don’t want to see my clients gambling at auction,” says gallerist Renato Danese. “What if the work doesn’t sell, or sells below the low estimate? That will hurt the artist in terms of current and future sales, and it will hurt my clients.”  Read More »

New York Times Profiles Broad Foundation’s Joanne Heyler

April 15th, 2015

Joanne Heyeler, via New York TimesThe New York Times profiles Joanne Heyler, the leader of Los Angeles’s Broad Foundation, and her role in establishing Eli Broad’s vision for his soon to open museum.  “She’s thinking about how to nest this institution in the community, how to engage the broader culture, how to broaden its audience and what the experience is going to be like for someone going to this museum,” says Lisa Dennison, former Guggenheim director and a chairwoman of Sotheby’s. “The book shop, lighting, conservation, storage, the plan for the opening show — it’s all Joanne.” Read More »

Art in General Leaving its Home of 34 Years

April 15th, 2015

Art in General, via ArtnetDowntown non-profit Art in General has decided not to renew its lease for the Soho/Tribeca space it has occupied for the last 34 years.  “We’ve occupied the space for quite some time,” board president Robert Ferguson says. “Our lease is now coming to an end in December of this year, and we’ve decided to embark on the process of finding a new space.” Read More »

Cy Twombly Work May Have Sold Privately for $60m

April 15th, 2015

The Cy Twombly in question, via Art Market MonitorA Cy Twombly blackboard painting may have sold for $60 million in a private sale, Marion Maneker of the Art Market Monitor reports, taking the news from active Twombly collectors.  If confirmed, the price would come close to the record-setting sale of a similar work last year by Nicola Del Roscio, Twombly’s former assistant and head of his foundation. Read More »

Amidst Renewed Diplomacy Havana Braces for Rush of Collectors at Biennial

April 15th, 2015

Art in Havana, via IndependentWith renewed diplomatic activities between Cuba and the United States this year, the Independent forecasts massive interest in this year’s Havana Biennial.  “Most of us are expecting that for the Biennial there will be an explosion of American collectors coming to buy,” says artist Mario González. “It should be a stampede.” Read More »

Sotheby’s Offering Yellow and Blue Mark Rothko in New York Next Month

April 15th, 2015

Untitled (Yellow and Blue), Mark Rothko, via New York TimesSotheby’s will bolster its May 12th Contemporary Evening Auction in New York next month with a brilliant, 1954 Mark Rothko, the New York Times reports.  Untitled (Yellow and Blue), which formerly sat in the collections of both Bunny Mellon and François Pinault, is estimated to achieve between $40 and $60 million. Read More »

Lucian Freud Painting to Lead Christie’s Auction, Estimated at $30-$50 Million

April 11th, 2015

Lucian Freud, Benefits Supervisor Resting, via GuardianNext month, Christie’s will lead its May 13th contemporary auction with one of Lucian Freud’s iconic portraits of former postal worker Sue Tilley, which will carry an estimate of $30 million to $50 million.  “This will be a good test of where his market is going,” says dealer James Holland-Hibbert. “It will be interesting to see if this style of painting appeals to the buyers who support these sales. Is Freud still a big enough brand?” Read More »

Inside the Increased Trend Towards Deaccessioning Museum Collections

April 9th, 2015

A12211.jpgAn article in the New York Times notes an increasing trend towards museums deaccessioning parts of their collection in order to cover budget gaps, even in the face of staunch opposition from critics and board members.  “If you want to safeguard cultural identity, you cannot sell the best pieces of your collection,” says  Marilena Vecco, an assistant professor of cultural economics at Erasmus University in Rotterdam. “This is the challenge for all museums.” Read More »

Crane Nearly Crushes Di Suvero Sculptre on Dallas Museum of Art

April 9th, 2015

Crane on Dallas Museum of Art, via ArtforumA crane crashed onto the roof of the Dallas Museum of Art this week, just missing a Mark Di Suvero sculpture atop the institution. The south end of the space are currently closed for repairs, while the rest of the building remains open. Read More »

NADA Miami Beach Moving to Fontainebleau Hotel

April 9th, 2015

The Fontainebleau, via Art NewsNADA Miami Beach is moving locations this December, leaving its long-time home at the Deauville Beach Resort in North Miami Beach for The Fontainebleau Hotel further south.   Founder Heather Hubbs notes that the new location will see a fair of “the same exact size or a little smaller, but it won’t be bigger and we’re not looking to expand.” Read More »

Cao Fei Interviewed in New York Times

April 8th, 2015

Cao Fei, via NYTArtist Cao Fei is interviewed in the New York Times today, underlining her work in recent years, and her move to Beijing from Guangzhou in 2006.  “In the beginning I felt like I couldn’t connect to the city,” she says.  “A lot of artists from southern China have that feeling when they come here. Take, for example, my husband, who is a Singaporean artist. For him to come here, the whole history and context is different. It’s not that easy.” Read More »

Curator Piper Marshall Profiled in W Magazine

April 8th, 2015

Piper Marshall via WCurator Piper Marshall is profiled in W Magazine this week, as she begins her run of exhibitions in conjunction with Mary Boone Gallery, and documents her ongoing focus on female artists.  “I love female artists so much that someone recently called me an ‘international womanizer,’” Marshall jokes. Read More »

Nasher Sculpture Center Announces Major Art Prize

April 7th, 2015

Nasher Sculpture CenterThe Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas has announced a major new art prize, to be awarded to “a living artist in recognition of a significant body of work that has had an extraordinary impact on the understanding of the art form.”  The winner receives a $100,000 prize, and will be selected by an impressive jury that includes Phyllida Barlow, Okwui Enwezor, and Nicholas Serota, among others. Read More »

Art Newspaper Takes a Look at the Soon-to-Open Whitney Museum

April 7th, 2015

Whitney Museum, via Art NewspaperThe Art Newspaper reviews the Whitney’s soon to open, Renzo Piano-designed space in the Meatpacking District, reviewing its tripled floor space and focus on every aspect of the museum’s presentation.  “We conceptualized [the building] as a total work of art,” says Donna de Salvo, the museum’s chief curator.  Read More »

Economist Takes Historical Take on the State of Art Market

April 7th, 2015

Paul Gauguin, Nafea Faa Ipoipo (When Will You Marry?), via NYTAn article in The Economist this week revisits the frequently noted boom in the art market, taking an extended perspective on the practices of private sales, institutional investment and consulting over the past thirty years.  “People buy art when they’re confident about their future wealth,” says economist Clare McAndrew. Read More »

London – Lee Ufan at Lisson Gallery Through May 9th, 2015

April 17th, 2015

Lee Ufan, Dialogue-Silence (2013)
Lee Ufan, Dialogue-Silence (2013)

Lisson Gallery is currently presenting a new body of work by Lee Ufan, the influential artist who first gained recognition within the avant-garde art movement Mono-ha (School of Things) during the 1960’s. Considerably less known and understood in the West, Mono-ha emerged in Japan as a response to Eurocentric notions of representational and descriptive art making, focusing instead on the dialogue between nature and material.  Ufan, who started his career as a professor and art critic, stands out as an influential figure from the movement with his visually serene yet intellectually intriguing works, often harmonizing sculpture with works on canvas. Read More »

Los Angeles – Glenn Ligon: “Well, it’s bye-bye/If you call that gone” at Regen Projects Through April 18th, 2015

April 15th, 2015

Glenn Ligon, Come Out #5 (2014)
Glenn Ligon, Come Out #5 (2014)

Regen Projects is presenting its fourth exhibition with Glenn Ligon, the prominent New York-based artist who has established himself as one of the strongest voices in American contemporary art.  Well, it’s bye-bye/If you call that gone, featuring three bodies of work, adopts its title from the lyrics of the blues song “What’s the Matter Now”, projecting Ligon’s interest in text as a mode of expression and an agent of collective identity. Read More »

Paris – Taryn Simon: “Rear Views, A Star-forming Nebula, and the Office of Foreign Propaganda” at Jeu de Paume, through May 17th 2015

April 13th, 2015

Taryn Simon, An American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar (2007)
Taryn Simon, An American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar (2007), all images courtesy Jeu de Paume

On view at Jeu de Paume in Paris is a body of conceptual artwork by artist Taryn Simon, combining photography, text, and graphic design to address issues related to the production and circulation of knowledge, as well as the politics of representation.  The works on view, all produced after 2000, include The Innocents, a piece documenting cases of wrongful convictions in the United States, and underlining photography’s role and function as a both a credible witness and an oppositional agent that blurs truth and fiction.

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London – John Baldessari: “Pictures & Scripts” at Marian Goodman Gallery Through April 25th, 2015

April 12th, 2015

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John Baldessari, Pictures & Scripts: A glass of water sweetheart (2015), all images courtesy Marian Goodman Gallery

On view at both Marian Goodman Gallery, London and Galerie Marian Goodman, Paris are two simultaneous exhibitions by John Baldessari: Pictures & Scripts and Early Work. The London gallery’s Pictures & Scripts show focuses on a series of new works, while the Paris gallery will show a selection of the artist’s important early catalog.

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New York – Alex Da Corte: “Die Hexe” at Luxembourg and Dayan Through April 11th, 2015

April 11th, 2015

Alex Da Corte, Die Hexe (Installation View), via Art Observed 1
Alex Da Corte, Die Hexe (Installation View), via Art Observed

For the past month and a half, the 77th Street location of Luxembourg and Dayan’s townhouse location has served as a bizarre cross between retro kitsch and haunted house, part of artist Alex Da Corte’s solo exhibition at the space. Read More »

New York – “The Painter of Modern Life,” Curated by Bob Nickas at Anton Kern Gallery Through April 11th, 2015

April 11th, 2015

Nathaniel Axel, Snakes and Ladders (2015), via Art Observed
Nathaniel Axel, Snakes and Ladders (2015), via Art Observed

Currently on view at Anton Kern Gallery in Chelsea is a scattershot, yet ultimately compelling series of paintings, sculptures and hybridized formats curated by New York-based critic Bob Nickas, united under the formidable Baudelaire epithet, The Painter of Modern Life.   Read More »

New York – Hito Steyerl at Artist’s Space Through May 24th, 2015

April 11th, 2015

Hito Steyerl at Artist''s Space (Installation View), via Art Observed
Hito Steyerl at Artist’s Space (Installation View), via Art Observed

Currently on view at both the Artist’s Space galleries and its bookstore at 55 Walker Street, Hito Steyerl is presenting a retrospective of recent work documenting the artist’s plotted political and economic topographies, video and sculptural works that make much of their gradual unveiling of socio-economic situations and environments. Read More »

Paris – Ed Ruscha: “Prints and Photographs” at Gagosian Gallery Through May 7th, 2015

April 10th, 2015

Ed Ruscha, Cold Beer Beautiful Girls (2009), all images courtesy Gagosian Gallery
Ed Ruscha, Cold Beer Beautiful Girls (2009), © Ed Ruscha. Courtesy Gagosian Gallery. Photography by Robert McKeever

On view at Gagosian Gallery’s Paris exhibition space are two exhibitions entitled “Prints and Photographs” and “Books & Co.,” organized by Gagosian director Bob Monk to explore the innovation and legacy of Ed Ruscha across a range of printed media.

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New York – Kehinde Wiley: “A New Republic” at The Brooklyn Museum Through May 24th, 2015

April 9th, 2015

Kehinde Wiley, Arms of Hugo von Hohenlanderberg as Bishop of Constance with Angel Supporters (2014)
Kehinde Wiley, Arms of Hugo von Hohenlanderberg as Bishop of Constance with Angel Supporters (2014)

The Brooklyn Museum is hosting a mid-career retrospective of Kehinde Wiley, the L.A.-born and New York-based artist known for his juxtapositions of contemporary youth through the lens of a classical notion of aesthetic. Wiley’s mostly street-cast models, sporting untouched urban attires, replace the highly familiar figures of classic European paintings that generally exclude people of color.  Wiley consequently redeems what is missing from the canon of Western art in his intricately detailed oils on canvas, yet pays homage to Old Masters such as Velásquez or Ingres. Maintaining some distinct elements such as outfits and posture, his models, mostly young males of African descent, do not simply recreate what was already done centuries ago, but also reclaim a collectively missing part of their history. Read More »

New York – Ryder Ripps: “Alone Together” at Red Bull Studios Through April 12th, 2015

April 9th, 2015

Ryder Ripps, Alone Together (Installation View), via Art Observed
Ryder Ripps, Alone Together (Installation View), via Art Observed

The New York-based artist and designer Ryder Ripps capped his first solo gallery show with Postmasters earlier this year, and has spent the past two months in residency at the Red Bull Studios, where his current show, Alone Together, has turned the space into a self-reflexive digital laboratory, complete with test subjects, flickering hardware, and its own, occasionally fractured ideologies. Read More »

New York – Karl Holmqvist and Rikrit Tiravanija at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise Through April 25th, 2015

April 8th, 2015

Karl Holmqvist, Here's Good Looking @U Kid (Installation View), via Art Observed
Karl Holmqvist, Here’s Good Looking @U Kid (Installation View), via Art Observed

The current exhibition at Gavin Brown’s West Village exhibition space is abrasive, to say the least.  Focused around the life and work of Karl Holmqvist, the three room exhibition is adorned with the artist’s goading vitriol towards New York real estate, gay culture, social media, the art world “star machine,” and what seems to be anything else that crosses his mind, combined with immense, industrial sculptures composed from the letters in words like “Fuck,” “Punk” and “Like.” Read More »

New York – Giuseppe Penone at Marian Goodman Through April 25th, 2015

April 7th, 2015

Giuseppe Penone, Earth on Earth - Face (2014), via Marian Goodman
Giuseppe Penone, Earth on Earth – Face (2014), via Marian Goodman

The New York outpost of Marian Goodman Gallery is currently presenting an exhibition of new works by Italian artist Giuseppe Penone, continuing the artist’s practice of casting living trees in order to reposition his subject’s relationship to the natural world.  The exhibition, curated by Dieter Schwarz, director of the Kunstmuseum Winterthur in Switzerland, also culls a series of historically resonant works from the artist’s early career, extending a natural progression throughout the last 40 years of the artist’s practice. Read More »

Hong Kong – Rudolf Stingel at Gagosian Gallery Through May 9th, 2015

April 6th, 2015

Rudolf Stingel, (Installation View),
Rudolf Stingel, (Installation View), all images courtesy Gagosian Hong Kong

On view at Gagosian Hong Kong is an exhibition of recent paintings by Rudolf Stingel, representing the Italian artist’s first major exhibition of work in Asia. Exploring the nature of memory and the relationship between artwork and artist, Stingel continues expanding the vocabulary of painting with this series of work.

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New York – Keith Haring: “Heaven and Hell” at Skarstedt Gallery Through April 18th, 2015

April 5th, 2015

Keith Haring Untitled (May 29, 1984) (1984), via Art Observed
Keith Haring, Untitled (May 29, 1984) (1984), via Art Observed

Culling a minimal selection of works from Keith Haring’s immense output over the course of his life, Skarstedt Gallery is currently presenting Heaven and Hell a series of colorfully surreal compositions from 1984 and 1985, several years before the artist passed away in 1990. Read More »

New York – Anicka Yi: “You Can Call Me F” at The Kitchen Through April 11th, 2015

April 4th, 2015

Anicka Yi, You Can Call Me F (Installation View), via Art Observed
Anicka Yi, You Can Call Me F (Installation View), via Art Observed

Five vinyl tents populate the darkened upstairs gallery at The Kitchen. There are two constants in this room, a steady hum of rotating motor helmets and an indiscernible smell. Through these minimal elements, Anicka Yi brings us encapsulated ecologies, and a single lively billboard with the words “You Can Call me F” to the Kitchen, an exhibition layered with materials, time-scales, and most of all, infusions of body matter.

Anicka Yi, You Can Call Me F (Installation View), via Art Observed
Anicka Yi, You Can Call Me F (Installation View), via Art Observed

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London – Henry Moore: “Wunderkammer—Origin of Forms” at Gagosian Gallery Through April 2nd, 2015

April 3rd, 2015

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Henry Moore, Wunderkammer – Origin of Forms installation view, Photo: Mike Bruce, Courtesy of Gagosian Gallery

Gagosian London presents a new look at Henry Moore’s body of work in its current exhibition, a cunningly arranged series of small-scale sculptures.  Though best-known for his large abstractions of the human form, Moore’s inspiration often came from small objects he found in nature—pebbles, shells, animal bones—which have been preserved in his Hertfordshire studio in Perry Green, his former home and now a museum and headquarters of the Henry Moore Foundation.  These pieces are currently on display in this unique show demonstrating Moore’s artistic process. Read More »

Berlin – Alicja Kwade: “Something absent, whose presence was expected” at Johann König Through April 18th, 2015

April 2nd, 2015

Alicja Kwade, Something absent, whose presence was expected (2015), via Johann König
Alicja Kwade, Something absent, whose presence was expected (2015), via Johann König

A narrative surrealism infuses the work of Alicja Kwade.  Works depict objects in the midst of transformation, moments of fusion, transposition and alteration of forms or materials that give the viewer the impression that time may in fact be standing still, if only for a moment.  This sense of momentary pause is on view at the artist’s most recent solo exhibition at Johann König in Berlin, where the artist is presenting a body of new work under the title Something absent, whose presence was expected. Read More »

New York – Andrew Kuo and Scott Reeder: “It Gets Beta” at Marlborough Chelsea Through March 28th, 2015

March 31st, 2015

Andrew Kuo, Oops (2/9/15), 2015
Andrew Kuo, Oops (2/9/15) (2015)

Marlborough Chelsea and its second location on Broome street recently hosted a two-man show featuring the work of Andrew Kuo and Scott Reeder.  Entitled It Gets Beta, this ambitious selection stems from a subdued affinity Kuo and Reeder share in their artistic practice, combining Kuo’s juxtapositions of sharp-edged abstract structures and humorously mundane charts with Reeder’s equally, if not less, witty lists of random topics, a comical one-two punch that plays on various constructions of the art historical as a fertile ground for playful subversion. Read More »

New York – Matthew Darbyshire: “Suite” at Lisa Cooley Through March 29th, 2015

March 27th, 2015

Matthew Darbyshire, CAPTCHA No.24 - David, (2015)
Matthew Darbyshire, CAPTCHA No.24 – David (2015)

Lisa Cooley is currently presenting British artist Matthew Darbyshire’s first U.S. solo exhibition, Suite, featuring eleven life size sculptural pieces, that utilize polycarbonate, a material that can be described as a type of thermoplastic polymer known for its practical commercial usage. Composed of narrowly piled half inch sheets of semi-transparent layers, these neatly arranged forms deliver juxtapositions of certain commercial mundane objects and a replica of Michelangelo’s David. Read More »

New York – Joyce Pensato: “Castaway” at Petzel Gallery Through March 28th, 2015

March 26th, 2015

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Joyce Pensato, Mouse Mask (2015), all images courtesy Petzel Gallery

To advertise her fourth solo show at Petzel Gallery, Joyce Pensato released a short video, a brashly black and white, slapstick affair, set to classic ragtime piano tunes.  In it, superhero Batman is knocked upside the head and shipped off to the exhibition, while Pensato, playing the gun moll in round-framed dark sunglasses, imitates her dumbly-smiling cartoon portraits. The video perfectly encapsulates Castaway, a new series of black and white cartoon portraits, erasure-paintings and drawings, both large-scale and small-scale, in addition to digital c-prints of the artist’s studio space. Read More »

Los Angeles – Thomas Demand at Matthew Marks Through April 4th, 2015

March 25th, 2015

Thomas Demand, Backyard (2014), via Matthew Marks
Thomas Demand, Backyard (2014), via Matthew Marks

The artifice that drives Thomas Demand’s practice is simple, but the results are impressively commanding.  Utilizing carefully cut and assembled cardboard pieces to create familiar images, scenes and spaces, the artist’s work carries an evocatively nostalgic aura, while emphasizing his own craft in the construction of the scene itself. Read More »

New York – Joseph Beuys: “Multiples from The Reinhard Schlegel Collection” at Mitchell-Innes and Nash Through April 18th, 2015

March 24th, 2015

Joseph Beuys, Felt Suit (1970), via Art Observed
Joseph Beuys, Felt Suit (1970), via Art Observed

Beyond his most iconic performance works and sculptural environments, Joseph Beuys’s multiples constitute an entire aspect of the artist’s practice rarely seen as a complete series of works.  While some of his more iconic small-scale works, including Capri Battery or Sled, as well as his prints and drawings have become iconic entries in the artist’s elusive, and often enigmatic creative history, the works have rarely been presented as a complete series. Read More »

New York – Blinky Palermo: “Works 1973–1976” at David Zwirner Through April 11th, 2015

March 23rd, 2015

Blinky Palermo - David Zwirmer - Wooster Street (1975)
Blinky Palermo, Wooster Street (1975), all images via David Zwirner

In collaboration with the Palermo Archive, David Zwirner presents an exhibition of rarely displayed works by Blinky Palermo at its 537 West 20th Street gallery. The works on display in this exhibition were made by the artist from 1973 to 1976, and range from objects to paintings and large-scale drawings. Following two years after David Zwirner’s exhibition of Palermo’s works on paper from 1976–1977, this show further explores the artist’s short but influential career, which is largely associated with abstraction, Minimalism, and Conceptual Art, but also extends beyond these realms.  These pieces are being presented together for the first time since their installation in Heiner Friedrich, New York in 1974.

Blinky Palermo - David Zwirmer - Objekt mit Wasserwaage, Object with Spirit Level (1969-73)
Blinky Palermo, Objekt mit Wasserwage (Object with Spirit Level, 1969–1973) Read More »

Paris and Berlin – “Open Source: Art at the Eclipse of Capitalism” at Max Hetzler Through April 18th, 2015

March 22nd, 2015

Daniel Keller, Stack 1 (2014), via Max Hetzler
Daniel Keller, Stack 1 (2014), via Max Hetzler

Presenting a selection of artists working at the bleeding edge of social and economic critique, Max Hetzler’s exhibition Open Source: Art at the Eclipse of Capitalism easily clocks in as one of the season’s most unexpectedly energetic exhibitions.  Curated by Lisa Schiff, Leslie Fritz and Eugenio Re Rebaudengo, and spread between the gallery’s Paris and Berlin locations, the show places post-capitalist theory and economic transition as its central conceit, examining the material and social costs of contemporary life within systems of capital exchange.  Pulling from the works of writer Jeremy Rifkin, the exhibition explores a historical juncture at which the traditional modes of national economic and political systems are slowly giving way, and a new, digitally-accelerated model of consumption and distribution is swiftly establishing itself.

Open Source: Art at the Eclipse of Capitalism (Installation View - Paris), via Max Hetzler
Open Source: Art at the Eclipse of Capitalism (Installation View – Paris), via Max Hetzler Read More »