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Guy Wildenstein Accusations Summarized in Bloomberg

September 30th, 2016

Guy Wildenstein, via Art News

Bloomberg has a lengthy summary on the charges leveled against dealer Guy Wildenstein and his family this week, exploring Wildenstein’s various offshore holdings.  The article notes that about $875 million in work is held around the globe, and were used to maintain a flow of cash to the family.  “There were sales in order to generate the money for making distributions to support their lifestyles,” says Brian Taylor of the Royal Bank of Canada, which administered the funds.


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Sotheby’s Selling Large David Hockney in November New York Sale

September 30th, 2016

woldgate-woods-24-25-and-26-2006-via-art-market-monitorThe Art Market Monitor notes Sotheby’s choice to sell a recent David Hockney Woldgate landscape in its upcoming November sales in New York, and notes a series of interesting choices made by the auction in its selection.  “It has an eye-opening estimate of $9-12m for a body of work that has not seen action on the public market; and, Sotheby’s seems to be banking on the success of February’s big Tate retrospective which isn’t always a slam-dunk,” Marion Maneker writes.
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Pair of Van Gogh Works Stolen in 2002 Recovered in Italy

September 30th, 2016

seascape-at-scheveningen-via-nytA pair of Van Gogh works stolen from the Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam in 2002 have been recovered in Italy, the New York Times reports, found during an investigation into Mafia clans in the country.  “In this case, they were most likely used in what we call ‘art-napping’ — the Mafia often steals work of art and uses them as a kind of payment within their own families,” says art crimes expert Arthur Brand. “Or if a boss is caught, he can sometimes make a deal for a lesser sentence in exchange for offering to help find stolen works of art.”
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Nicole Barry to Take Over as Deputy Director of Armory Show

September 30th, 2016

nicole-berry-via-artforumCurator Nicole Berry has been appointed deputy director of The Armory Show, where she will head up VIP and visitor relations alongside new curatorial projects.  “We are thrilled to welcome Nicole to our expanding team,” executive director Benjamin Genocchio says. “She brings a wealth of talent and experience that will further develop The Armory Show as a powerful platform for leading international galleries and collectors alike, further cementing our place as America’s preeminent art fair.”
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The Guardian Looks at Picasso’s Relationship to Portraiture and His Sitters

September 30th, 2016

picasso-self-portrait-via-the-guardianThe Guardian dives into Pablo Picasso’s current portrait show in London, and offers a lengthy background on the history and relationships between the artist and his sitters.  “There are so many realities that in trying to encompass them all one ends in darkness,” the artist is quoted as saying. “That is why, when one paints a portrait, one must stop somewhere, in a sort of caricature.” 
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David Shrigley’s Fourth Plinth Statue Goes on View in London

September 29th, 2016

david-shrigley-via-the-guardianDavid Shrigley’s installation for the fourth plinth at London’s Trafalgar Square goes on view today, a massive hand giving a comically extended thumbs up.  “It is such an ambiguous thing which you can quite easily project your own meaning on to, it could endorse something I didn’t want to endorse,” Shrigley says.  “My line is that it means whatever you want it to mean, but it doesn’t mean ‘that’.”
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Met Lays Off 34 Employees

September 29th, 2016

met-via-nytThe Metropolitan Museum of Art has laid off 34 employees, continuing its attempts to cut overhead amidst a budget shortfall.  “These are difficult decisions — we’re disappointed to be losing good colleagues — but we’re making very good progress on the process we put in motion,” Daniel H. Weiss, the Met’s president told the NYT. “Our goal was to meet the budget objectives that we have without in any way diminishing the core mission of the museum.”
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Takashi Murakami Interviewed in Complex

September 29th, 2016

takashi-murakami-via-complexTakashi Murakami is interviewed in Complex this week, as the artist opens his most recent exhibition at Galerie Perrotin in Paris, and reflects on his multifaceted career, including his work as a designer and curator.  “I don’t always enjoy curating, but I do believe it’s part of my job,” Murakami says. “It’s a good exercise for my brain, like warming up. Just focusing on my work would be so depressing! For me, curating is necessary—it’s like physical training.”
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Pressure Mounts to Oust San Francisco Museum Chair

September 29th, 2016

dede-wilsey-via-nytArts patron Diane Wilsey has maintained a position at the head of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco board, despite mounting pressure to push her out of the position.  Wilsey has come under increased scrutiny last year after making a $457,000 payment to a close acquaintance from museum funds.
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Karl Schmidt-Rottluff Painting Returned to Family and Repurchased by Neue Galerie

September 28th, 2016

karl-schmidt-rotluffs-nude-via-nytThe Neue Galerie has reached an agreement with heirs of a Jewish shoe manufacturer and art collector over a Karl Schmidt-Rottluff piece seized by the Nazi’s before WWII.  The museum has returned the work to the family of Alfred and Tekla Hess, and then promptly bought it back at its current fair market value.  “This case is an example of how provenance research has evolved and how much more we know today than we knew 20 years ago,” says Agnes Peresztegi, a lawyer and expert on Holocaust-era property claims.
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New York – Ryan Gander: “I see straight through you” at Lisson Gallery Through October 15th, 2016

September 30th, 2016

Ryan Gander, I Be... (x) (2016), via Art Observed
Ryan Gander, I Be… (x) (2016), via Art Observed

Ryan Gander has opened his first exhibition at Lisson Gallery’s new New York City outpost, spreading his work through a small but tightly selected body of pieces underlining the artist’s enigmatic material interests in play with his uniquely British sense of humor.  In one corner, a piece called I’m never coming back to New York shows a £20 note slowly twisting and pushing its way out of a hole in the wall, playing on dual jokes about fleshing out new coats of plaster with crumpled paper and the commercial core of the gallery environment.

Ryan Gander, Mr. Modern Classical Conceptualist (Dramaturgical framework for structure and stability) (2016), via Art Observed
Ryan Gander, Mr. Modern Classical Conceptualist (Dramaturgical framework for structure and stability) (2016), via Art Observed

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New York — Donald Moffett: “any fallow field” at Marianne Boesky Gallery Through October 15th, 2016

September 29th, 2016

Donald Moffett, Lot 040616 (cobalt and pecans) (2016)
Donald Moffett, Lot 040616 (cobalt and pecans) (2016)

Spanning Marianne Boesky Gallery’s two adjacent Chelsea locations, including the recently-opened space at 507 W. 24th Street, any fallow field, a show of recent work by seminal New York artist Donald Moffett’s investigates some of the reoccurring themes in his multi-media practice.  Moffett’s work emerged in the midst of a New York art scene that, during the ‘80s, was dealing with the debilitating impact of AIDS, a point that made tremendous impact on his complex practice. Moffet’s work sees gender and identity politics explored through oblique, yet elegant, gestures, while remaining heavily invested in representation of form, texture and paint. Read More »

New York – “Dolores” (Curated by Todd von Ammon) at Team Gallery Through October 9th, 2016

September 28th, 2016

Dolores (Installation View), via Art Observed
Dolores (Installation View), via Art Observed

The current exhibition at Team GalleryDolores, captures a series of disjointed, often confounding narrative arcs, and places them into close conversation through each piece’s respective architectural and spatial implications.  Drawing on the various trappings and appointments of modern domesticity, the show, curated by Todd von Ammon, twists familiar forms and functions through a variety of technical and visual alterations.

Max Hooper Schneider, Dielectrix I Division Electrophorus (2016), via Art Observed
Max Hooper Schneider, Dielectrix I: Division Electrophorus (2016), via Art Observed

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New York – Andrea Zittel at Andrea Rosen Through October 8th, 2016

September 27th, 2016

Andrea Zittel (Installation View), via Art Observed
Andrea Zittel (Installation View), via Art Observed

Taking over Andrea Rosen’s main Chelsea exhibition space on 24th Street, artist Andrea Zittel is showing a body of new works exploring not only the intertwined concepts of abstracted sculpture and utilitarian object that informs her object-based practice, but equally delving into the experience of space in relation to each piece.  Showing a series of works on view in multiple places simultaneously, Zittel’s practice realizes a distinctly indeterminate space between landscapes and contexts of use. Read More »

New York – Madeline Hollander: “Drill” and Aidan Koch: “Iris” on View Through October 2nd, 2016

September 25th, 2016

Madeline Hollander, Drill (2016), via Art Observed
Madeline Hollander, Drill (2016), via Art Observed

Signal Gallery kicks off its fall season this month with a pair of exhibitions by artist Madeline Hollander and Aidan Koch, an enigmatic combination of formal interests and performative translations of material split between two rooms in the gallery’s Bushwick exhibition space.  Drawing from varied takes on illustration, movement and conveyance of information, the show’s connecting threads are distinctly understated, welcoming the viewer to consider each show’s work in its relation to material, cultural moorings, and each show’s internal systems of objects and actors.

Aidan Koch, Iris (Installatin View), via Art Observed
Aidan Koch, Iris (Installation View), via Art Observed

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New York — Jessica Stockholder: “The Guests All Crowded Into the Dining Room” at Mitchell-Innes and Nash Through October 1st, 2016

September 23rd, 2016

Jessica Stockholder, The Guests All Crowded Into the Dining Room (Installation View), via Art Observed
Jessica Stockholder, The Guests All Crowded Into the Dining Room (Installation View), via Art Observed

In The Guests All Crowded Into the Dining Room, Jessica Stockholder’s scattered arrangements of sculptural elements play with assumed boundaries to become a fluid meditation on space.  Through a variety of materials and forms, Stockholder avoids overtly breaking down traditional artistic lines, so much as she highlights that they have never truly existed at all.  Here, in her third show at Mitchell-Innes & Nash, Stockholder adds new dimension to her longstanding interest in intersection and continues to define the multifaceted significance of surface and structure.

Jessica Stockholder, Security Detail [JS 688] (2016), via Art Observed
Jessica Stockholder, Security Detail [JS 688] (2016), via Art Observed

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New York – German Paintings: Georg Baselitz, Martin Kippenberger, Albert Oehlen at Skarstedt Gallery Through October 29th, 2016

September 20th, 2016

Martin Kippenberger, Ohne Titel (Aus der Serie 'Fred the Frog') (1990), via Art Observed
Martin Kippenberger, Ohne Titel (Aus der Serie ‘Fred the Frog’) (1990), via Art Observed

Skarstedt Gallery’s 79th Street town house takes a cunning turn on the rule of threes this month, as the space shows a minimal, yet nuanced exhibition focusing on German painting.  Culling together three works each from a trio of post-war innovators (Albert Oehlen, Georg Baselitz and Martin Kippenberger), the gallery allows a subtly arranged, yet distinctly felt series of interconnected themes and formal investigations over the course of the exhibition.   Read More »

New York – Jonas Wood: “Portraits” at Anton Kern Through October 22nd, 2016

September 19th, 2016

Jonas Wood, Rosy in my Room with His Cat (2016), via Art Observed
Jonas Wood, Rosy in my Room with His Cat (2016), via Art Observed

Taking over both rooms at Anton Kern’s Chelsea exhibition space, LA painter Jonas Wood has brought a well-rounded and entertaining series of new paintings, which chart the artist’s continually playful and inventive approach to figuration.  Mixing together abstract signifiers with a cool, even-handed approach to the world around him, Wood’s pieces here are an exceptional entry in the discourse of modern painting.

Jonas Wood, The Bat/Bar Mitzvah Weekend (2016), via Art Observed
Jonas Wood, The Bat/Bar Mitzvah Weekend (2016), via Art Observed

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New York – Rashid Johnson: “Fly Away” at Hauser and Wirth Through October 22nd, 2016

September 18th, 2016

Rashid Johnson, Untitled Anxious Audience (detail) (2016), via Art Observed
Rashid Johnson, Untitled Anxious Audience (detail) (2016), via Art Observed

Taking over the full expanse of Hauser and Wirth’s 18th Street location, Rashid Johnson has brought a series of new paintings, sculpture and assemblage to New York for his first gallery show in the city in several years.  The show, which dwells on concepts of escape, anxiety and history, is a concise examination of Johnson’s practice through a range of theoretical approaches and material interests.     Read More »

Berlin – James Turrell at Dorotheenstadt Cemetery Chapel Through December 31st, 2016

September 17th, 2016

James Turrell at Dorotheenstadt Chapel (Installation View), via Art Observed
James Turrell at Dorotheenstadt Chapel (Installation View), via Art Observed

The memorial chapel of the Dorotheenstadt Cemetery in Berlin is temporarily home to James Turrell’s most recent light installation, a gradually shifting arrangement of colored lights that fills the space with a gentle glow.  Every Monday and Saturday through December, the chapel will fill with light in time with the setting sun and envelope attendees in the otherworldly, immersive experience, as a series of LED lights hidden in the architecture of the chapel turn on as the sun begins to set, and change over the course of the next hours to correspond to the light outside of the space. Read More »