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Whitney Transfers Large Portion Warhol Cinematic Work to MoMa

October 26th, 2021

The Whitney will transfer a large collection of Andy Warhol’s cinema works to MoMA as part of an ambitious research effort. “The Whitney’s ongoing efforts to document, research and study Warhol’s remarkable film works—along with the preservation and digitisation initiatives of the MoMA and the Andy Warhol Museum—have brought them to a wider audience,” says Whitney head Adam Weinberg.
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Six Arrested in Spain Over Forgery Case

October 26th, 2021

Six people have been arrested in the Spanish city of Valencia over a series of forged works attributed to Goya and other artists. “[The group's] methods were as simple as placing a small piece of paper over a signature to swap it for another one, reusing both sides of a canvas, and imitating cracked paint by burning the canvas with a blowtorch,” the government said in a statement.
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Jeff Koons Interviewed in Wallpaper

October 25th, 2021

Jeff Koons gives an interview to Wallpaper magazine this week, as he invites the publication into his home and holds court on a range of subjects. “I started making art as a young kid and would always draw and paint, and I never knew what art was,” he says. “When I was in art school and learned about art history, I started to realize how it connects all the human disciplines. When I graduated from art school and started to really focus on my work, there were moments I would create things that were so powerful to me that they would overtake me physically.”
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UK Ministers Exploring Limits on Number of Art Students

October 25th, 2021

The UK is looking into ways of limiting the number of students signing up for education in the arts, a report in the Guardian notes, with an intent on reducing the number of students taking on large loans for historically lower-paying jobs. “They would like to control numbers in specific subjects. The Treasury is particularly obsessed with negative return in creative arts subjects,” says one source.
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Artists Speak on the Influence of Painter Bob Thompson

October 21st, 2021

A group of artists including Henry Taylor and Peter Doig speak to the New York Times this week about the work of painter Bob Thompson. “I loved Bob’s work right away,” Taylor says. “I think I stumbled on him in a bookstore. I was like, ‘Damn, how come they didn’t tell me?’ It was like a jewel. I was ecstatic. He just hit hard right away.”
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Paula Cooper Gallery to Represent Estate of Terry Adkins

October 19th, 2021

Paula Cooper Gallery now represents the estate of artist, musician and filmmaker Terry Adkins. “It is my profound pleasure to continue collaborating with the Estate of Terry Adkins and to bring the artist’s complex and groundbreaking work to a wider audience,” says partner Alexis Johnson.
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Emma Enderby Named Chief Curator of Haus der Kunst

October 19th, 2021

Emma Enderby, currently the Chief Curator at The Shed has been named the new Chief Curator at Haus der Kunst. “After over 6 years in New York City, I am thrilled to be returning to Europe to take on this position at such a salient global center for art,” she says. “I look forward to working with Andrea Lissoni and the team to continue to push the space for interdisciplinary practices at Haus der Kunst, as well as the inventive, open, and prescient program that this institution is renowned for.”
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2021 Prix Marcel Duchamp Goes to Lili Reynaud-Dewar

October 19th, 2021

Artist Lili Reynaud-Dewar has won this year’s Prix Marcel Duchamp, the most prestigious prize in French art. 
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Berlin’s Alte Nationalgalerie Restitutes and Repurchases Camille Pissarro Work

October 19th, 2021

Berlin’s Alte Nationalgalerie has restituted, and then repurchased a Camille Pissarro piece that its original owners were forced to sell at auction in 1942, the Art Newspaper reports. “This Pissarro painting is an important work for our collection because it marks a significant step towards Impressionist art, which is one of the core holdings of the Alte Nationalgalerie,” says Director Ralph Gleis. “I thank Armand Dorville’s heirs for the trust in this institution shown by this acquisition.”
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Frieze Names Patrick Lee Director of Seoul Fair

October 18th, 2021

Frieze has tapped Patrick Lee as director of its Seoul art fair, which will launch next year. “The groundwork is now in place—art schools, private museums and public museums have come together and gelled at the right time,” he says of Korea’s readiness for a fair of this scale.
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New York – Tatiana Trouvé: “From March to May” at Gagosian Through October 30th, 2021

October 27th, 2021

Tatiana Trouvé, March 23rd, The New York Times, USA Le Soir, Belgium from the series From March to May (2020), via Gagosian
Tatiana Trouvé, March 23rd, The New York Times, USA; Le Soir, Belgium from the series From March to May (2020), via Gagosian

On view this month at Gagosian’s uptown exhibition space in New York, the gallery is presenting a never-before-seen body of work by Tatiana Trouvé produced in direct response to the pandemic era, drawing on the contemporary landscape to create a series of works that both trace time and reflect on the chaos of the past year. At the beginning of the COVID-19 quarantine in March 2020, Trouvé, isolated in Paris, began a series of daily drawings using inkjet-printed reproductions of various international newspaper front pages as her starting point. As the pandemic marched on, spreading instability and uncertainty throughout the world, Trouvé continued to work ever more methodically in graphite, ink, and linseed oil.

Tatiana Trouvé, April 3rd, The Star, Kenya, from the series From March to May (2020) via Gagosian
Tatiana Trouvé, April 3rd, The Star, Kenya, from the series From March to May (2020) via Gagosian

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AO Interview – Not Vital Speaks with Quincy Childs on His Current Show at Alma Zevi, On View Through November 6th, 2021

October 26th, 2021

Not Vital at Alma Zevi (Installation View)
Not Vital at Alma Zevi (Installation View)

On view at ALMA ZEVI through November 6 is SNOW & WATER & ICE by Swiss artist Not Vital. As Vital’s first solo exhibition at the Venice gallery, it coincides with the artist’s solo show in Andrea Palladio’s Abbazia di San Giorgio Maggiore, organized by the Benedicti Claustra Onlus, on the occasion of this year’s Architecture Biennale.

Not Vital at Alma Zevi (Installation View)
Not Vital at Alma Zevi (Installation View)

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New York – Paul Thek: “Relativity Clock” at Alexander and Bonin Through October 29th, 2021

October 26th, 2021

Paul Thek, Untitled (Meat Piece with Chair) (1966), via Alexander and Bonin
Paul Thek, Untitled (Meat Piece with Chair) (1966), via Alexander and Bonin

Offering a rare opportunity to view a series of resonant historical works by artist Paul Thek, Alexander and Bonin is currently presenting a selection of works by the artist that span a range of pieces from the 1960’s into the later years of his career. Exploring the artist’s evolving aesthetic concerns and range of media and techniques, the show presents Thek’s work in relation to changing societal contexts and political situations.  Read More »

Los Angeles – Sam Moyer: “Good Friend” at Kayne Griffin Corcoran Through October 30th, 2021

October 25th, 2021

Sam Moyer, Ester (2021), via Kayne Griffin Corcoran
Sam Moyer, Ester (2021), via Kayne Griffin Corcoran

Artist Sam Moyer brings a body of new works to bear on Kayne Griffin Corcoran this month, continuing her investigations into scale, balance, and weight, with particular attention to the physical experience of space and the effects of natural light. Read More »

Paris – Alicja Kwade: “Day Density” at kamel mennour through November 27th, 2021

October 22nd, 2021

Alicja Kwade, Day Density (Installation View), via kamel mennour
Alicja Kwade, Day Density (Installation View), via kamel mennour

On view this month, and just in time for the proceedings of FIAC, kamel mennour gallery opens a show of new work by artist Alicja Kwade, underscoring the artist’s continued exploration of time, space, chemistry, geology and biology. Through a range of sculptures, hanging works and floor installations, the artist explores the materials of physical reality, oftentimes seeking to use each one as a way to look beyond the whole. Read More »

AO On-Site – Paris: FIAC at the Grand Palais Éphémère, October 21-24th, 2021

October 22nd, 2021

Robert Mangold, Pace
Robert Mangold, Pace Gallery, all images by Aidan Chisholm for Art Observed

Having concluded opening hours yesterday at the Grand Palais Éphémère, a temporary installation erected at the foot of the Eiffel Tower, FIAC opened its doors to the public today, beginning a run of days at the site that once more bring contemporary and modern art to the French capital.  The first outing of the fair since it shuttered last year during Covid-19, and the first since Brexit was fully implemented, this year’s edition saw the Parisian event taking on a new role at the forefront of the European art market.

Gary Simmons, Hauser and Wirth
Gary Simmons, Hauser and Wirth

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Los Angeles – Mark Grotjahn: “Backcountry” at Blum & Poe Through October 23rd, 2021

October 20th, 2021

Mark Grotjahn, Untitled (Backcountry Capri 54.37) (2021), via Blum & Poe
Mark Grotjahn, Untitled (Backcountry Capri 54.37) (2021), via Blum & Poe

Mark Grotjahn brings a body of new work to bear at Blum & Poe this month, continuing the artist’s expressive exploration of the potentials for abstraction and gesture. Bringing a series of paintings unified under the title Backcountry, the artist’s work continues to explore a range of geometric iterations and variations on canvas.  Read More »

Paris – Harold Ancart: “La Grande Profondeur (The Deep End)” at David Zwirner Through November 20th, 2021

October 19th, 2021

 

Harold Ancart, Untitled (2021), via David Zwirner
Harold Ancart, Untitled (2021), via David Zwirner

Marking the first exhibition to focus exclusively on the artist’s sculptural work, David Zwirner is presenting a selection of new sculpture by artist Harold Ancart at the gallery’s Paris exhibition space, a show that also marks the artist’s first solo exhibition in the French capital. The show, which compiles a set of new sculptures from a series begun in 2017, the exhibition focuses in particular on swimming pools, cast in concrete, and painted with rich layers of color that recall art-historical, architectural, and everyday influences.

Harold Ancart, Untitled (2021), via David Zwirner
Harold Ancart, Untitled (2021), via David Zwirner

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New York – Rob Pruitt: “These Are The Days Of Our Lives” at 303 Gallery Through October 30th, 2021

October 18th, 2021

Rob Pruitt, Studio Calendar 2020 (2020), via 303 Gallery
Rob Pruitt, Studio Calendar 2020 (2020), via 303 Gallery

Marking his first solo exhibition with 303 Gallery, Rob Pruitt returns to New York with a body of new works assembled under the title These Are the Days of Our Lives. Serving as a fitting reflection on the passage of time, social memory and the tumultuous, unforeseen changes of the past two years as they have unfolded across political and public realms, the show makes for a unique and insightful look into Pruitt’s studio practice and ongoing body of work.  Read More »

London – Nairy Baghramian: “Side Leaps” at Marian Goodman Projects Through October 30th, 2021

October 14th, 2021

Nairy Baghramian, Side Leaps (Installation View), via Marian Goodman
Nairy Baghramian, Side Leaps (Installation View), via Marian Goodman

Presenting a series of new works at Marian Goodman’s London Projects exhibition space, Nairy Baghramian’s Side Leaps brings a new series of enigmatic sculptural interpretations to the British capital. This is the first time that this body of work has been exhibited in the UK, with several drawings never having been seen previously, and showcases Baghramian’s use of sculpture and form as a starting point for conversations on space and perception.  Read More »