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Market Thrives for Kerry James Marshall

June 19th, 2018

Kerry James Marshall, via NPRThe Art Newspaper looks at the thriving popularity of the work of Kerry James Marshall, after a record-breaking auction price drove new interest in his work, and a rampant demand for pieces, including those about to go on view at a show at David Zwirner’s London location. “We might not even keep a waiting list for the exhibition,” Zwirner says. “It’s going to be very hard to get a painting from that show, that’s for sure.”
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Theaster Gates Asks Collectors: “Support Artists That Live in Your Cities”

June 19th, 2018

Theaster Gates, via The GuardianTheaster Gates made a statement on supporting young artists in remarks last night at a party in Basel, asking collectors to support young artists making and selling their work. “You guys, I know that I’m the byproduct of people saying yes when they didn’t know me, saying yes at my potential and the possibility of the thing,” he said. “Throwing small dinners with me with five people that has turned into dinners for 200. I’m just grateful.”
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Art Newspaper Looks at Costs and Rewards of Major Art Prizes

June 19th, 2018

Glasgow-born artist Susan Philipsz is congratulated by friends and family after hearing that she has won the Turner Prize 2010, at the Tate Britain gallery, in central LondonA piece in Art Newspaper this week asks if arts awards really carry many of the benefits for winners that they claim, looking at a range of examples including a recent protest by a group of artists nominated for Germany’s Berlin Nationalgalerie Prize. “There is an unspoken assumption that the participants are likely to be remunerated by the market as a result of being nominated for or winning the prize,” the artists nominated for this prize said in an open statement. “We know that this is not always the case. The logic of artists working for exposure feeds directly into the normalization of the unregulated pay structures ubiquitous in the art field.”
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Agnes Denes Profiled in NYT

June 19th, 2018

Agnes Denes, via NYTAgnes Denes gets a profile in the New York Times this week, as she gets a critical re-evaluation with a solo show at The Shed. “I’m bursting with ideas because the time is short,” she says. “Creativity and innovation is the answer in a troubled world to swing the pendulum. Be creative. Never stop. Creativity is hope.”


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Freelands Foundation Issues Report on Gender Disparity in British Arts

June 14th, 2018

Phyllida Barlow, Folly at the British Pavilion, via Art ObservedThe Freelands Foundation in London has issued a report on gender disparity in British Art, noting continued challenges to gender disparity and representation in the field. “Female artists are still under-represented in the art world in 2017 despite outnumbering men studying in art school,” the foundation reports.  
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SFMOMA and Baltimore Museum of Art Jointly Organizing Show on Joan Mitchell

June 14th, 2018

Joan Mitchell, via Art NewsThe Baltimore Museum of Art and SFMOMA art organizing a show dedicated to the works of Joan Mitchell, Art News reports. “The time is right for a thoughtful reconsideration of Mitchell’s work and her impact on postwar painting on both sides of the Atlantic,” says Neal Benezra, the director of SFMOMA.
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Paula Cooper Relocating to 26th Street

June 13th, 2018

Paula Cooper, via Art NewsPaula Cooper is temporarily relocating to 524 West 26th Street.  “I’m looking forward to it,” Cooper says. “We’ll be able to exhibit works in a completely different way. It will be exciting for the artists.”
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Nan Goldin Profiled in New York Times

June 13th, 2018

Nan Goldin, via NYTNan Goldin is profiled in the New York Times this month, as she reflects on her recovery from opioid addiction, and her newfounded protest pieces against the Sackler family, which has benefitted from the widespread prescription of OxyContin.  “I had heard it was a really evil drug, but I didn’t think it would do me,” she says. “I thought I had a lot of control.” 
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Mitchell-Innes & Nash to Represent Kiki Kogelnik Foundation

June 12th, 2018

Kiki Kogelnick, via Art NewsMitchell-Innes & Nash now represents the Kiki Kogelnik Foundation, Art News reports. “Kogelnik’s work bridges American Pop art and European figurative painting and sculpture of the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s, and her interest in Pop imagery, media, and feminism makes her a natural fit for our program,” the gallery says.
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Tanya Bonakdar Opening Los Angeles Gallery

June 12th, 2018

Tanya Bonakdar Gallery’s new location at 1010 N. Highland Avenue, via Art NewsTanya Bonakdar is opening a gallery space in Los Angeles, Art News reports.  “It’s a natural evolution,” Bonakdar says. “We really are artist-driven at the gallery. So many of our artists have expressed interest in having a presence on the West Coast. This is not a decision I have taken lightly. I have been looking and mulling the idea for four or five years. I found the perfect space, and the perfect team, and it all came together.”
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AO Auction Preview – London: Impressionist and Modern Evening Sale, June 19th – 20th, 2018

June 19th, 2018

Pablo Picasso, Buste de femme de profil (Femme écrivant) (1932), via Sotheby's
Pablo Picasso, Buste de femme de profil (Femme écrivant) (1932), via Sotheby’s

With the bustling week of sales and exhibitions in Basel now capped, the final major auctions of the spring are set to take place in London, as two weeks of auctions will look to test the waters of a market seemingly on the rebound after a strong outing earlier this season in New York.  Beginning this week with a pair of Impressionist and Modern Sales, the week’s proceedings should make for an intriguing wrap up of the first half of 2018.   Read More »

New York – “BURNT, curated by Leo Fitzpatrick” at Marlborough Contemporary Through June 16th, 2018

June 16th, 2018

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Wendy White, American Bleach Effect (Budweiser) (2018), via Marlborough Contemporary

It’s hard to estimate Leo Fitzpatrick’s impact on the course of Marlborough Contemporary’s programming.  The director, who joined the gallery in 2015, has dipped his toes into any number of puddles over the course of his time with the gallery, yet always bringing an equally studied and adventurous approach to curation across the gallery’s two story exhibition space. The shows have twisted in and out of the gallery’s broader curatorial vision, pulling both from the deeper reaches of contemporary art history and from the gallery’s list of frequent collaborators.  For his most recent exhibition project, BURNT, Fitzpatrick continues this trend, inviting a broad swath of artists to a show that manages to both unite diverse voices and focus them towards the modern American cultural landscape.  Read More »

New York — Liu Wei: “180 Faces” at Sean Kelly Through June 16th, 2018

June 15th, 2018

Liu Wei, 180 Faces, 2017-2018 10 (detail of a work  in  10  parts)  All images © Liu Wei Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York and AYE Gallery, Beijing
Liu Wei, 180 Faces (detail) (2017-2018)All images © Liu Wei Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York and AYE Gallery, Beijing

Sean Kelly’s exhibition of 180 small scale portraits by Chinese artist Liu Wei offers an intimate and thought-provoking survey into the psychological layers of portraiture, a genre almost as archaic as art history itself.  Entitled 180 Faces, the exhibition of modest scale portraits of anonymous individuals are hung akin to the style of the salon, with a twist on the traditional display fashion as the frames’ sleek surfaces blend into the gallery’s contemporary white-cube interior. Read More »

AO On-Site – Basel: Liste Art Fair at Warteck Through June 17th, 2018

June 13th, 2018

Megan Marrin at David Lewis, via Art Observed
Megan Marrin at David Lewis, via Art Observed

Offering a fitting counterpoint to the expanses of the Messe Basel, Liste Art Fair has returned to Warteck, a former schoolhouse on the banks of the Rhine now serving as an exhibition and performance space, for another year of exhibitions showcasing adventurous and exploratory proects from a range of galleries around the globe.  Liste continues to build on its position as one of the central hubs for the week of Art Basel, priding itself on a careful curation of young galleries, dynamic, forward-thinking works, and a roster of performances that remains one of the week’s main draws.

Edouard Montassut, via Edouard Montassut
Edouard Montassut, via Edouard Montassut

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AO On-Site – Basel: Art Basel Art Fair, June 14th – 17th, 2018

June 13th, 2018

Robert Longo, Death Star, all photos via Ben Krieglstein for Art Observed
Robert Longo, Death Star, all photos via Ben Krieglstein for Art Observed

Art Basel has opened its doors, kicking off a marathon week of sales and shows in the Swiss city that marks another year for the landmark giant of contemporary and modern art selling.  Marking the terminus for the first half of the year’s major primary market activity, the fair once again showed why its impressive scale and appointments makes it such a draw for collectors, artists and dealers.

Carol Bove at Unlimited
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NEW YORK – NICK CAVE: “THE LET GO” AT PARK AVENUE ARMORY THROUGH  JULY 1ST, 2018

June 11th, 2018

Nick Cave, The Let Go (2018), via Greem Jellyfish for Art Observed
Nick Cave, The Let Go (2018), all images via Greem Jellyfish for Art Observed

“Back in the day the club was my safe place-and losing myself on the dance floor has always kept me centered.”

The Let Go is artist Nick Cave’s new work at Park Avenue Armory, a multi-sensory performance using visual works, sounds, and movement to transform the Armory into a dance-based town hall aimed at bringing together visitors, performers, DJs, dancers and community members to participate in a collective act of catharsis. The audience is asked to let go of frustration and negativity, and to uplift one another as they participate in this powerful socially-engaged piece.  Stringing together a series of interrelated works, The Let Go is bounded by the installation Chase, and where a performance titled The Up Right, featuring one of Cave’s signature Sound Suits, is activated by a jazz keyboardist, choir and opera singer. Concluding the performance,  the “town hall” becomes a dance hall, complete with DJ. Read More »

New York – Charles Ray: “three rooms and the repair annex” at Matthew Marks Through June 16th, 2018

June 11th, 2018

Charles Ray, Reclining Woman (2018), via Matthew Marks
Charles Ray, Reclining Woman (2018), via Matthew Marks

The work of artist Charles Ray draws particular strength from its deliberateness and commitment to concept.  The artist’s figurative sculptures are direct in their depiction, yet draw particular strength from the nuance of their subject matter, and the mastery of the artist’s hand.  Returning to New York for a show of new work at Matthew Marks this month, Ray has once again cemented this reputation, bringing a small but powerful selection of works to bear on the gallery space, and once again underscoring why he is a living legend in the world of contemporary sculpture.  Read More »

AO Preview – Basel, Switzerland: The Art Basel Art Fair, June 14th – 17th, 2018

June 9th, 2018

John Giorno and Robert Watts, Fun with Fluxus (1984-1988), via Supportico Lopez
John Giorno and Robert Watts, Fun with Fluxus (1984-1988), via Supportico Lopez

As the days of summer tick by, and the weather grows ever warmer in Europe, the art world once again returns to the namesake home of the Art Basel fair, which takes over the Swiss city for its annual run of sales and project exhibitions, held in conjunction with a number of various exhibitions and shows across the city.  Marking the final run of market activity before a well-deserved summer recess, the fair should offer a last glimpse at the European art market’s health before the fall season. Read More »

New York – Borna Sammak: “Hey You’re Part of It” at JTT Through June 17th, 2018

June 6th, 2018

Borna Sammak, Not Yet Titled (Couch) (2018), via JTT
Borna Sammak, Not Yet Titled (Couch) (2018), via JTT

The term “over-saturation” feels particularly apt in describing the work of artist Borna Sammak, who for the past several years has worked at a uniquely playful and disturbing juncture of pop culture iconography.  Perhaps best known for his canvases comprised of hundreds of heat-press t-shirt graphics layered with an almost machinic sense of repetition, Sammak’s approach to visual arrangements revels in chaos and confusion, yet almost always allows the viewer a moment to settle and find subtle rhythms and aesthetic logics within his swirling compositions.  Read More »

New York – Wade Guyton: “Patagonia” at Petzel Gallery Through June 16th, 2018

June 5th, 2018

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Wade Guyton, Patagonia (Installation view), All images via Petzel Gallery.

Now through June 16, Petzel Gallery’s Chelsea location presents Patagonia, an exhibition of 11 new works by Wade Guyton.  As the brief and succinct Press Release states, this show features images of paintings drying, scraps of linen, lunch remains, and other details of the studio. The images featured are large-scale prints made from an Epson UltraChrome K3 inkjet printer, complete with glitches and streaks left from this printing process. The use of the inkjet printer to produce large-scale images on canvas has become a signature feature of the work of the artist’s ‘post-conceptual’ ouevre, much like the color black and X symbol had previously been incorporated into his works. Read More »