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RIP: Vito Acconci Has Passed Away at the Age of 77

April 28th, 2017

Vito Acconi, via huffington post
Vito Acconi, via Huffington Post

Vito Acconci, the groundbreaking artist, architect and performer whose impact on the field of contemporary art counts among the most influential of the 20th Century, has passed away at the age of 77.  Acconci suffered a stroke this week, from which he did not recover.


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Marciano Art Foundation Prepares to Open in LA

April 28th, 2017

Marciano Art Foundation, via LA MagazineLA Magazine profiles the soon to open Marciano Art Foundation on Wilshire, and the long-running efforts to open the converted Masonic Temple. “I wanted to have a place not just to exhibit art but rather for the artists to come and get inspired and do whatever they want. We’ll just let things happen,” says Maurice Marciano.
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Art Newspaper Examines Art Policies of French Presidential Candidates

April 28th, 2017

Le Pen and Macron, via Art NewspaperThe Art Newspaper profiles the contrasting policies towards the arts of French presidential candidates Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen, who are set for a run-off on May 7th.  Macron is pushing to maintain the arts budget, and will embrace EU-centered policies, while Le Pen’s staunch isolationism sees her pushing for increased funds for conservation and a halt to the sale of buildings to foreigners. 
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Frances Stark Profiled in The Guardian

April 25th, 2017

Frances Stark, via GuardianFrances Stark is profiled in The Guardian this week, in which she discusses the state of the contemporary art world, and her recent work orchestrating a version of the Magic Flute for a group of student performers.  “One of the reasons I got really enamored with the Magic Flute,” Stark says, “is that I watched the Ingmar Bergman version with my son, when he was four or five. He was too young to read the subtitles, so I read them to him. When the movie was over – and this is a long opera – he said, ‘Can we watch it again?’” 
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Robert Rauschenberg Profiled in New York Review of Books

April 25th, 2017

Robert Rauschenberg: Persimmon, 1964; from Rauschenberg’s series of oil and silkscreen-ink print paintings in which, Jed Perl writes, ‘photographs of President Kennedy, crowded city streets, space travel, and a nude by Rubens come together to sThe New York Review of books has a lengthy profile on Robert Rauschenberg this week, as the artist’s landmark retrospective prepares to open at MoMA next month.  “I tend to see everything.” Rauschenberg once said, “I always wanted my work—whatever happened in the studio—to look more like what was going on outside the window.”
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Artist Banks Violette Interviewed in NYT

April 25th, 2017

Banks Violette, via NYTThe New York Times has a profile on Banks Violette, an artist who helped define the aesthetics of New York’s downtown art scene during the 2000’s, and who is currently preparing for a return to the art world with a show upcoming at Gladstone Gallery.  The piece traces the artist’s struggles with addiction, and the challenges of being immensely successful at such a young age.  “A lot of it was just being young, being in New York, suddenly having a bunch of attention, suddenly having packed openings, not being able to sleep and working 24 hours a day,” he says. “It wasn’t really even fun. It was more, ‘Hey, we’re super freaked out, let’s get high.’ ”
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Theaster Gates Unveils Proposal for Park in Chicago’s Washington Park

April 25th, 2017

Park Proposal, via DNA InfoTheaster Gates has revealed plans for a theater and park on the University of Chicago’s arts block in Washington Park, turning a series of lots into public space that would increase the usability and safety of the space while providing places for performances and gatherings.  “Right now it’s a place people walk through to get from 51st Place to the bus,” he says.
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Kerry James Marshall Named One of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People for 2017

April 25th, 2017

kerry-james-marshall-via-nytTime Magazine has included Kerry James Marshall among its list of 100 most influential people for 2017, noting the artist’s major retrospective and ongoing contribution to the language of American art.  “For too long, the contributions of black people in American society have been ignored, marginalized and denied. Kerry James Marshall confirms and confronts those depictions and omissions with artistic flair, portraying everyday events in black lives,” former NBA star and collector Grant Hill says of the artist. “He forces people to assess the American experi­ence through the black experience. In so doing, he has established himself not only among the giants of the black art milieu, but as one of the most influential American artists anywhere.”
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Maurizio Cattelan Profiled in NYT

April 24th, 2017

Maurizio Cattelan, via NYTMaurizio Cattelan is profiled in the New York Times this week, as a documentary on the artist hits theaters.  “Underneath it all, Maurizio’s a good person,” says director Maura Axelrod of the artist’s mischievous personality. “He’s not careening through life trying to upset people. His overall approach is playful. Although maybe not the Stephanie Seymour piece. That might be the exception.”
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Magdalena Abakanowicz Passes Away at the age of 86

April 24th, 2017

Embryology 1978-80 by Magdalena Abakanowicz born 1930Polish sculptor Magdalena Abakanowicz has passed away at the age of 86.  The artist’s long career frequently challenged the authoritarian regime of Cold War Poland, and the impact of war on the psyche of its people.  “We are finally still questioning our own existence, the problem of our existence,” she once said, “because this is the greatest question and the greatest mystery—existence and sense or non-sense, the extraordinary power of man and his extraordinary weakness.”
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RIP: Vito Acconci Has Passed Away at the Age of 77

April 28th, 2017

Vito Acconi, via huffington post
Vito Acconi, via Huffington Post

Vito Acconci, the groundbreaking artist, architect and performer whose impact on the field of contemporary art counts among the most influential of the 20th Century, has passed away at the age of 77.  Acconci suffered a stroke this week, from which he did not recover.

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New York – Teresita Fernández: “Fire (America)” at Lehman Maupin Through May 20th, 2017

April 25th, 2017

Teresita Fernandez, Fire (America) (Installation View), via Art Observed
Teresita Fernandez, Fire (America) (Installation View), via Art Observed

Teresita Fernández has long explored the intertwined relationships of humanity, natural phenomena, and the resulting expanses of landscape that emerge from the continued engagement of humanity with the world around us.  Her pieces mix creative inquiry with studied engagements with the environment.  “Landscape is about the history of people in places and how we position ourselves within those spaces,” she writes, emphasizing the human aspect of viewing and seeking to understand the spaces outside modern civilization in its relation to mankind.  This ongoing conceptual project takes on new wrinkles and points of entry in Fire (America), a show of new works currently on view at Lehmann Maupin’s downtown location this month. Read More »

New York – Adrián Villar Rojas: “The Theater of Disappearance” for the Met Roof Garden Commission Through October 29th, 2017

April 23rd, 2017

Adrián Villar Rojas, The Theater of Disappearance (2017), via Art Observed
Adrián Villar Rojas, The Theater of Disappearance (2017), via Art Observed

Spread across the rooftop garden at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Adrián Villar Rojas has brought a body of new sculptures to kick off this season’s Rooftop Commission project, part of an ongoing series inviting contemporary artists to create large-scale sculptural works on the concrete patio above the institution’s storied halls.  Drawing from the formal language of with the Met’s own holdings, Villar Rojas’s work joins previous installations by Cornelia Parker, Pierre Huyghe and Dan Graham, among others, exploring the museum’s site and history against the New York skyline. Read More »

Paris— Cy Twombly at The Centre Pompidou Through April 24th, 2017

April 20th, 2017

Cy Twombly, (Installation View), via Art Observed
Cy Twombly, (Installation View), via Art Observed

The Centre Pompidou’s unique architectural layout gives itself over to the work of Cy Twombly this spring, spreading the artist’s work on a line of sight that parallels his pieces with the expansive cityscape of the French capital in Gallery 1.  The expansive retrospective, which has already earned major plaudits, unfolds gradually against this backdrop, offering a bold exploration of the artist’s impressive and influential canon.  The comprehensive collection of paintings, sculptures and photographs spans Twombly’s full career, highlighting his wide breadth of artistic styles, media and subject matter, while exploring the evolution and elaboration of his craft over the course of his career.

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Berlin-“Fat City” by Marianne Vitale at Contemporary Fine Arts through April 22nd, 2017

April 17th, 2017

Marianne Vitale, Fat City (Installation View), via CFA
Marianne Vitale, Fat City (Installation View), via CFA

Now through April 22, the Contemporary Fine Arts Gallery in Berlin presents Fat City, a show of works by New York-based artist Marianne Vitale.  For her second exhibition at CFA, Vitale has constructed a series of sculptures that reflect critically and ironically upon American identity, industry, and the concept of the American Dream.  The title of the exhibition takes its name from a 1969 Leonard Gardner novel, in which the protagonist, an alcoholic and semi-retired boxer, drifts down the streets of Stockton, California encountering the melancholy sights of American progress along the way.  In Vitale’s work, symbols of a particularly nostalgic America (such as boxing and steel) appear in the gallery, and speak to the fictional, narrative quality of this national identity.  Read More »

New York – Jeremy Moon at Luhring Augustine Through April 15th, 2017

April 15th, 2017

Jeremy Moon, Signals (1967), via Art Observed
Jeremy Moon, Signals (1967), via Art Observed

Artist Jeremy Moon had worked for a little over a decade when his life was tragically cut short by a motorcycle accident in 1973.  Yet the artist’s work during this short period, the subject of an exhibition at Luhring Augustine’s Bushwick location this month, offers a striking fusion of the era’s painterly and conceptual thematics, combining serialism, minimalism, shaped-canvas painting, colorfield painting and abstraction into a colorful and often commanding body of work.  The gallery, which recently announced its representation of Moon’s estate, presents an introduction of a practice that stands out for both its stylish fusion of techniques with a precise sense of both critical discourse and practiced technique. Read More »

New York – Al Taylor: “Early Paintings” at David Zwirner Through April 15th, 2017

April 12th, 2017

Al Taylor, Breakman (1978), via Art Observed
Al Taylor, Breakman (1978), via Art Observed

Artist Al Taylor’s body of works is recognized in particular for its swirling accumulations of material, assemblages of plexiglass, hula hoops, broomsticks, drips of paint and other contents built into self-contained systems.  Yet the artist’s work in this mode emerged from a prior decade dedicated almost exclusively to painting, where many of Taylor’s formal interests and approaches to space first began to develop.  Explored through a range of early canvases dated from 1971 to 1980, David Zwirner’s current exhibition at 537 West 20th Street in New York offers an intriguing entry into the artist’s early canon. Read More »

New York – Sue Williams at 303 Gallery Through April 14th, 2017

April 11th, 2017

Sue Williams, Chicken Leg in Yellow (2017), via 303 Gallery
Sue Williams, Chicken Leg in Yellow (2017), via 303 Gallery

Currently on view at 303 Gallery, Sue Williams has brought a new body of paintings continuing her exploration of history and memory through the abstraction of both form and the painterly canon.  The exhibition, devoted to a handful of paintings and collages that trace the artist’s precise, and often humorously incisive approach to the American past, in conjunction with an incisive look at its impact on the female body.   Read More »

RIP: Glenn O’Brien, Writer and Downtown Icon, Aged 70

April 8th, 2017

Glenn O'Brien, via NYT
Glenn O’Brien, via NYT

Glenn O’Brien, writer, editor, creative director and founder of the famed downtown public-access television show TV Party, has passed away at the age of 70.   Read More »

New York – Vija Celmins at Matthew Marks through April 22nd, 2017

April 4th, 2017

Vija Celmins, Night Sky #20 (2000-2016)
Vija Celmins, Night Sky #20 (2000-2016), all photos via Matthew Marks Gallery

It’s been almost seven years since New York has seen a Vija Celmins show.  Often working in small scales, Celmins has been painting realistic impressions of nature and man-made objects since the 1960’s. Known to take years to finish a painting, Celmins’s relentless pursuit of her work sees the artist often trying to rework pieces even after they have been hung.  The New York show is worth the wait, however, with Celmins presenting a beautiful group of new paintings, drawings, objects, and prints with Matthew Marks Gallery, on view through April 22nd.

  Celmins-Installation-View-Matthew-Marks-via-Matthew-Marks
Vija Celmins (Installation View)

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