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Peter Halley, Barbara Bloom, Ashley Bickerton, Joan Wallace and Jeff Koons Talk 1980’s LES Art Scene in NYT

April 20th, 2018

Artists outside Katzs, via NYTPeter Halley, Barbara Bloom, Ashley Bickerton, Joan Wallace and Jeff Koons get together for a piece in the New York Times this week, dining at Katz’s and discussing the 80’s scene downtown. “SoHo had this hierarchy and the gallery structure, but when all these artists opened these fresh, young galleries, there was no hierarchy there,” Koons says of spaces in the Lower East Side. “It was really about showing exciting works. Things weren’t set up as business-oriented. I went through some of the SoHo galleries, but I was never completely accepted there. And as outsiders we finally had a place where we were embraced.”
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Tate Seeking Young Trustee for Museum Leadership

April 20th, 2018

tate, via Art NewspaperThe Tate is looking to appoint its first trustee to represent the interests of people aged 16-25, and will lower prices for younger visitors, the Art Newspaper reports. Tate head Maria Balshaw is reportedly seeking “a cultural entrepreneur and digital native” to help represent the interests of a new generation at the museum.
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Tate Archives Showcases Founding of New Outposts

April 20th, 2018

Tate Modern, via New YorkerThe newly opened Tate archives get a spotlight in the Art Newspaper this week, profiling the struggle and logistics behind opening the Tate Britain and Tate Modern as separate branches of the same institution. “I was always worried about appearing isolationist in regard to British art,” the piece quotes former Modern head Nicholas Serota. 
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MoMA Acquires Famed Chris Ofili Portrait

April 19th, 2018

Chris Ofili, Holy Virgin Mary, via BloombergBloomberg has a piece this week on the market growth for contemporary black artists, including in its piece the news that MoMA has acquired Chris Ofili’s famous Holy Virgin Mary, from collector Steve Cohen. “Collectors are very interested in what artists of color have to say now,” says dealer Jack Shainman. “For many years it didn’t matter.”
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Tony Podesta’s Lavish Arts Spending Featured in WSJ Piece on Lobbyist’s Fall from Grace

April 19th, 2018

Tony Podesta, via WSJThe WSJ spotlights the rise and fall of Tony Podesta, paying particular attention to his lavish spending on art and arts institutions. “When he stepped down from the firm he expressed his ongoing gratitude to all of them and his commitment to continue his advocacy for the issues and ideals he’s always fought for,” says a spokeswoman for the Podesta Group.
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Max Hollein Gets NYT Profile

April 18th, 2018

Max Hollein,via NYTMax Hollein gets a profile in the NYT this week, as he prepares to take the helm at The Met. “Max Hollein set benchmarks in terms of mobilizing citizens for culture and museums,” says Felix Semmelroth, San Francsico’s former cultural affairs director. “He left deep, deep traces in the city.”
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NYT Spotlights Continued Growth for Private Sales

April 18th, 2018

Private sales, via NYTThe New York Times looks at the continued growth of private sales at auction houses, noting Sotheby’s private sales growth by 28 percent last year, up to $744.6 million. “It was something that was kept under wraps at most of the houses for some time,” says David Schrader, who joined Sotheby’s last year as its head of private sales for contemporary art. “Now we’re being very vocal about it and putting more energy into it.”
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Online Sales See Challenges Over Transparency

April 18th, 2018

christies-via-ny-magA recent report notes that online sales could stagnate if market transparency does not improve, the Art Newspaper says. “In a world where online consumers can easily compare prices for most goods, and where ‘value’ is more universally understood, the online art market has a real challenge… when it comes to educating and creating confidence among new online buyers,” says Anders Petterson, founder of ArtTactic.
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Jerry Saltz Wins Pulitzer for Criticism

April 18th, 2018

Jerry Saltz, via NYTCongratulations to Jerry Saltz, who has won the Pulitzer this year for criticism, recognizing “a robust body of work that conveyed a canny and often daring perspective on visual art in America, encompassing the personal, the political, the pure and the profane.” 
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David Hockney Profiled in New Yorker

April 17th, 2018

David Hockney, via New YorkerDavid Hockney is profiled in the New Yorker this week, as the artist opens a show of new work at Pace Gallery, and his recent interest in reverse perspectives.  “If you’re going through a tunnel, when you get out, everything opens up. That’s reverse perspective,” he says. “The problem with perspective is this: you’re an immobile point, here, outside the picture. But, with reverse perspective, you can be a moving person—you can see all sides of things from a single point. And we’re always in movement. The eye is always in movement. It’s never still. Cubism, for example, was really an attack on perspective.”
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New York — mark Is On View at Team Gallery Through April 21, 2018

April 21st, 2018

Mark (Installation View), via Team Gallery
Mark (Installation View), via Team Gallery

The word “mark” takes the center stage in Team Gallery’s ongoing group exhibition, featuring works by Erica Baum, Louise Fishman, Suzanne McClelland, Shannon Ebner, and Al Loving. Aptly and simply titled mark, the exhibition gathers a group of two dimensional works in print and painting that loosely investigate the impact of visual culture on personal and collective memory. Initiated through varied linguistic and social traits of the word finding to its current use and connotations in modern English, the various approaches here explore differing meanings of the “mark,” each of which serve as tactics to examine societal codings of information, ethics, and culture. Read More »

New York – Sean Raspet: “Receptor-Binding Variations” at Bridget Donahue Through April 22nd, 2018

April 19th, 2018

Sean Raspet, Receptor-Binding Variations (Installation View), via Bridget Donahue
Sean Raspet, Receptor-Binding Variations (Installation View), via Bridget Donahue

Taking over the large main room of Bridget Donahue this month, artist Sean Raspet has assembled a strangely minimalist arrangement of objects along the walls of the space.  Small white machines jut out into space, each humming quietly and dispensing a subtle scent.  These timed micro-diffusers are each emitting a scent designed by the artist, an experiment in scent reception that plays on his interests in synthetic compounds and their phenomenological capabilities. Read More »

Jeff Koons Faces Lawsuit Over Allegedly Undelivered Sculptures

April 19th, 2018

Jeff Koons Snapchat, via TechCrunchJeff Koons and Gagosian Gallery are facing a lawsuit over three allegedly undelivered sculptures by the artist, filed by collector and MoMA trustee Steven Tananbaum. “Behind the ostensible façade of Jeff Koons’ art world triumphs and record-breaking auction prices,” a filing by litigator Aaron Richard Golub charges, “lurks a well-oiled machine, more specifically an established, archaic System as old as the hills applied to the art world to exploit art collectors’ desire to own Jeff Koons sculptures.”  Read More »

New York – Sarah Crowner: “Weeds” at Casey Kaplan Through April 21st, 2018

April 18th, 2018

Sarah Crowner, Folded Greens (2018), via Casey Kaplan
Sarah Crowner, Folded Greens (2018), via Casey Kaplan

Notching her second exhibition with Casey Kaplan Gallery, artist Sarah Crowner has returned to the dealer’s Flower District space for a show of new paintings and a site-specific installation that underscores her continued interest in the language and lineage of the natural world in modern painting. Drawing on any number of figurative and abstract histories of painting the world around us, Crowner’s work is a refreshingly nuanced interpretation, one that draws similar graceful curvatures and natural forms from cut and sewn canvases.  Read More »

New York – Richard Aldrich: “Enter the Mirror” at Bortolami Gallery Through April 21st, 2018

April 17th, 2018

Richard Aldrich, Wizard (2017), via Bortolami
Richard Aldrich, Wizard (2017), via Bortolami

Diving into the language and history of painting, artist Richard Aldrich’s new exhibition at Bortolami Gallery comes up to the surface with a diverse series of finds, spanning a range of practice that underscores his unique and energetic practice.  The show, which combines both sculptural interventions and a range of canvases mixing text, drawing and oil painting, offers an impressive look at the artist’s recent work, and leaves the viewer grasping for steady ground.  Yet, as the case with many great artists, Aldrich seems to fundamentally understand the joy in a little hard work, and the conceptual twists his pieces carry make their often confounding arrangements particularly rewarding for intrepid viewers ready to crack open a puzzle.

Richard Aldrich, Enter the Mirror (Installation View), via Bortolami
Richard Aldrich, Enter the Mirror (Installation View), via Bortolami

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New York – Cosima von Bonin: “What if It Barks?” at Petzel Gallery Through April 21st, 2018

April 16th, 2018

Cosima von Bonin, WHAT IF IT BARKS 1 (WHITE BASS GUITAR VERSION) (2018), via Petzel
Cosima von Bonin, WHAT IF IT BARKS 1 (WHITE BASS GUITAR VERSION) (2018), via Petzel

Expanding a body of work already recognized for its exceptionally whimsical, imaginative fusions of form, color and context, artist Cosima von Bonin is currently showing a series of new works on view this month at Petzel in New York.  The artist’s eighth show with the gallery, What if It Barks is also perhaps her most ambitious for the space, continuing her unique formal interventions on a grand scale with AUTHORITY PURÉE, her first full scale installation at Petzel’s 18th Street location.  Read More »

New York – Ted Stamm at Lisson Gallery Through April 14th, 2018

April 13th, 2018

Tedd Stamm (Installation View), via Lisson Gallery
Tedd Stamm (Installation View), via Lisson Gallery

Walking from Ted Stamm’s current exhibition at Lisson Gallery to Dan Flavin: in daylight or cool white at David Zwirner, the sharp angles of the two artists’ works seem to echo each other, representing two bodies of minimalist experimentation with a similar interest in form, and riffing on the shape of their canvas, whether that canvas be paper, neon, or stretcher. Stamm’s show is perhaps the more grounded in the traditional language of art-making, yet equally pushes his works to the semantic breaking points of the art object. Read More »

New York – Anri Sala at Marian Goodman through April 14th, 2018

April 13th, 2018

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Anri Sala, The Last Resort (2017), all images via Marian Goodman Gallery

For his first show in New York since his solo exhibition at the New Museum in 2016, Anri Sala presents two new major installations at Marian Goodman Gallery that continue his interest in utilizing sound and music to question experience.

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New York – Kim Tschang-Yeul at Almine Rech Gallery Through April 14th, 2018

April 12th, 2018

Kim Tschang-Yeul, Waterdrops (1980)
Kim Tschang-Yeul, Waterdrops (1980)

In a decade-spanning exhibition at Upper East Side’s Almine Rech Gallery, Kim Tschang-Yeul exhibits a body of water drop paintings that have become something of a calling card for the Korean artist. Pursuing the singular idea of depicting water drops in ever-shifting narratives, the artist has built an elaborate series of works in this form over the past few decades, exhibiting his meticulously-illustrated oil on canvas compositions to a broad audience in Europe, Asia, and America. The exhibition emphasizes the artist’s unending quest to expand this signature style to implement political, personal or artistic narratives into simple, yet poetic presence of oozing water. Using the drop’s magnifying ability and translucent ethereality in diverse formats, Kim merges techniques of hyperrealist painting with cues from abstraction, particularly with his direct reference to monochromatic painting. Read More »

New York – Artie Vierkant: Rooms Greet People By Name at Galerie Perrotin Through April 8th, 2018

April 10th, 2018

Artie Vierkant, Image Object Thursday 5 October 2017 217PM (2018), via Art Observed
Artie Vierkant, Image Object Thursday 5 October 2017 2:17PM (2018), via Art Observed

Currently on view at Galerie Perrotin’s spacious Lower East Side headquarters is a body of new works by digital artist Artie Vierkant.  The show continues Vierkant’s interest in the shifting modes of perception and criticality as the art object moves from a concrete object in the gallery space to an image of documentation online.  Filling the gallery with a series of his Image Object works, Vierkant’s pieces open an extended engagement between the object and its digital referents, ultimately seeking to break down connections between the two. Read More »