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Battersea Arts Center Receives £1 Million in Funding Following Massive Fire

March 26th, 2015

Fire at Battersea Arts Center, via StageThe Battersea Arts Center has received a £1 million grant from the United Kingdom following a massive fire at the South London institution that destroyed its Grand Hall.  “The arts center is having to divert all its available resources into dealing with the aftermath and so I am pleased to be able to confirm that the government will provide £1 million towards the ongoing redevelopment work to help get this south London venue back on track,” says Culture secretary Sajid Javid. Read More »

New York State Attorney General Launching Investigation of Cooper Union

March 26th, 2015

Students Circle the Cooper Union, via New York TimesNew York state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has launched an investigation into the financial decision-making at Cooper Union in New York, where protests and lawsuits erupted following the school’s decision to charge tuition after nearly two hundred years of offering free college education to admitted students.  Read More »

John Baldessari Talks Philip Guston in Video for The Met

March 26th, 2015

Stationary Figure at The Met, via VogueJohn Baldessari is featured on Vogue this week, discussing the formal and thematic concerns he reads in Philip Guston’s Stationary Figure, part of The Met’s new series featuring contemporary artists discussing their favorite works from the museum collection.  “He’s almost a dumb artist, and I’m using dumb in a good way,” Baldessari says.  “It’s seemingly clumsy but very sophisticated brushwork.  I guess it comes out of Van Gogh’s painting of a pair of old boots: you don’t need to paint a cathedral, you just need to be an interesting painter.” Read More »

Malaga Makes Bid to be Spain’s Newest Arts Hub

March 26th, 2015

Malaga's new pop-up Pompidou space, via NYTThe New York Times notes the city of Malaga’s recent push to become a new hotspot for art in Spain, as the city opens its arms to out of country spaces run by the Centre Pompidou and the State Russian Museum in Saint Petersburg.  “One of the cancers of Spain is that culture is seen as a public good that can’t somehow generate real revenues and be turned into a profit center,” said Salomón Castiel, the director of La Térmica, an arts center in the city. Read More »

El Greco Portrait Returns to Rightful Owner 70 Years After Nazi Theft

March 24th, 2015

El Greco, Portrait of a Gentleman, 1570, via Art NewspaperAn El Greco from the collection of industrialist Julius Priester, and seized by the Gestapo during WWII, has been returned to its rightful owners.  Portrait of a Gentleman has traveled widely since its confiscation in 1944, turning up in galleries in Stockholm, New York and London before a European Commission for Looted Art claim led to its return.  “The story of the seizure and trade of this painting shows how much the art trade has been involved in the disposal of Nazi-looted art and how difficult it is for those who have been dispossessed to find and recover their property,” says Anne Webber, co-chair of the Commission. Read More »

Recently Authenticated Rubens to Go on View in Antwerp

March 24th, 2015

Portrait of a Young Girl, via Art NewspaperA painting recently authenticated as the work of Peter Paul Rubens is set to go on view at the Rubenshuis Museum in Antwerp.  The work, Portrait of a Young Girl, was purchased $626,500 in 2013, and was confirmed as authentic shortly after.   Read More »

Kiev Biennale Cancelled Amidst Ongoing Violence

March 24th, 2015

Protests in Kiev, via Art NewspaperThe continued instability of Ukraine has led to cancellation of the second Kiev Biennale, the New York Times reports.  The 2014 edition had been postponed due to conflict, and the ongoing military confrontation in the eastern portion of the country has ultimately led to the event’s cancellation.  “Due to the fact that the armed conflict in the East of Ukraine does not stop,” a release from the organization says, the event has become “absolutely impossible.”  Read More »

The Atlantic Investigates Public Fascination with Art Heists

March 23rd, 2015

The Scene of the Crime at The Gardner Museum, via The AtlanticAn article in The Atlantic this past week acknowledges the 25th anniversary of the notorious Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum theft in Boston, and examines the public fascination with art heists, examining this phenomenon against the difficulty in unloading stolen works of such cultural prestige.  “The true art isn’t the stealing, it’s the selling,” says Robert Wittman, founder of the FBI’s Art Crimes division. Read More »

Roy Lichtenstein’s ‘Ring’ to Lead May Auctions at Sotheby’s with $50 Million Estimate

March 23rd, 2015

Roy Lichtenstein, The Ring (Engagement), via Sotheby'sRoy Lichtenstein’s The Ring (Engagement) will be one of the top prizes at Sotheby’s Contemporary Evening Sale this May in New York, the Wall Street Journal reports, with initial estimates placing the work’s sale price at about $50 million.  That figure nearly matches Lichtenstein’s $56.1 million record set in 2013.  “I think it’s so sexy how he takes this quiet moment of a proposal and turns it into an exciting crash,” says Chicago plastics magnate Stefan Edlis, the work’s current owner. “Clearly, the woman accepted.” Read More »

Sotheby’s Partners with Drake for Upcoming Exhibition and Sale

March 22nd, 2015

Drake, via New York TimesSotheby’s has announced a partnership with Drake, welcoming the rapper to partner with the auction house during an exhibition and private sale of works by black artists in the coming months.  The artist will select music to play during the exhibition, part of Sotheby’s increased focus on private sales. Read More »

Phillips Lands Major Private Collection for Sale in May

March 22nd, 2015

Brice Marden, Hydra, via ArtnetFollowing up on the claims for serious market contention made by new chief Edward Dolman, Phillips has landed a major private collection for sale in the coming months, valued at nearly $35 million.  The works, which include a Brice Marden estimated at $8 million to $12 million, and a Ed Ruscha valued at $2 to $3 million, will be sold at the auction house’s Contemporary Evening sale in May, with some others being reserved for a special photography sale.  “They were interested in art of their time,” says advisor Allan Schwartzman, who helped build the collection. “There is a lot of abstract work and work where the imaging is involved with the natural world.” Read More »

Marcato Capital Filing Indicates Equal Shares to Third Point

March 22nd, 2015

Mark McGuire on CNBC, via CNBCA recent 13D filing from Mark McGwire’s Marcato Capital in the past week states that the hedge fund now holds stocks in three Sotheby’s funds amounting to about 9.5%, equivalent to Daniel Loeb’s Third Point, and requests that the company release previously withheld information around the company’s recent dealings.  “The redacted material goes to the very heart of the parties’ dispute in this litigation – the conduct and competence of Sotheby’s board of directors in adopting a poison pill,” Marcato states in its filing. Read More »

303 Gallery Launching Publishing Imprint

March 20th, 2015

SueWilliamsInstillationView303Gallery2010303 Gallery has announced plans for its own publishing imprint, appointing former Fulton Ryder director Fabiola Alondra as the head of the wing. which will feature “limited edition artist’s books, ephemera, and all manner of printed materials in collaboration with gallery artists,” according to the gallery. Read More »

Collection of MGM Exec Samuel Goldwyn to Sell at Sotheby’s

March 20th, 2015

Pablo Picasso, Femme au Chignon Dans un Fauteuil, via NYTThe art collection of late film executive Samuel Goldwyn will go to auction at Sotheby’s in the next few months, spread across nine sales in New York (including May’s Impressionist and Modern Evening Sale) and estimated at a total value of $25 million to $30 million.  “To me, these film pioneers and these artists had the same spirit and energy,” says Sotheby’s Simon Shaw. “The art had to be bold, I suppose, to hold its own in that house.” Read More »

Fire Damaged Works to Go on View at Bode Museum in Berlin

March 20th, 2015

Francesco Maratta's 17th-century bust of his brother before and after restoration, via Art NewspaperA number of works which were damaged during a massive fire in Berlin’s Friedrichshain bunker, including pieces by Caravaggio, Rubens and Donatello, are on view at the Bode Museum in Berlin, showcasing the immense restorations done on some works while exploring the ethical and historical implications of their damage.  “We will be showing a number of horrendous-looking pieces—works that are so badly damaged that they haven’t been displayed in generations,” says Julien Chapuis, the museum’s deputy director and show curator. “We want to be brutally honest about the condition of these works so that we can start a dialogue as to how they can be presented in the future.” Read More »

LACMA Calls for Defense of Nevada Desert Site of Michael Heizer’s “City”

March 20th, 2015

City by Michael Heizer, via LACMALACMA has published an editorial on its blog this week, calling for renewed efforts in preserving the Nevada region of desert called Basin and Range, where artist Michael Heizer is working to complete his monumental City project.  “As the possibility for protecting Basin and Range comes close to a reality, LACMA and other museums around the country are hoping to bring attention to the positive cultural impact protecting this land would have,” the article states. Read More »

MSG’s Tad Smith Named Head of Sotheby’s

March 19th, 2015

Tad Smith, via NYUSotheby’s has named Tad Smith as its new company CEO, taking over from William Ruprecht.  Smith, formerly the CEO of Madison Square Garden and a professor at the NYU Stern School of Business, will look to calm some of the turbulence at the company between stockholders and its board. Read More »

German Art Dealer Gets 6 Years in Prison for Fraud

March 18th, 2015

Helge Achenbach, via Deutsche WelleProminent German dealer Helge Achenbach has been sentenced to 6 years behind bars for his role in 20 counts of art fraud, allegedly overcharging clients on a number of sales.  The dealer also currently owes over €20 million to the Albrecht family in damages, but is unlikely to pay after his companies insolvency. Read More »

Ebay and Sotheby’s Launch Art Sales Site

March 18th, 2015

Pablo Picasso by Irving Penn, via Art NewspaperEbay has launched a new section of its website this week, making good on its long-hinted-at art sales collaboration between the auction giant and Sotheby’s.  The site will stream all sales from the auction house save its major biannual sales.  Early highlights include an offering modern and contemporary photographs by Man Ray, Paul Strand and László Moholy-Nagy on April 1st. Read More »

Clare McAndrew Notes Increased Concentration of Wealth in Record Market Year

March 12th, 2015

Clare McAndrew, via The Art NewspaperEconomist Clare McAndrew gave her annual report on the art market this week at TEFAF, noting an all-time high €51 billion in art changing hands last year, and an increased focus on an ever-smaller number of works dominating these sale figures.  “It continues to be a highly polarized market, with a relatively small number of artists, buyers and sellers accounting for a large share of value,” McAndrew says.  Read More »

The Met Announces Major David Chipperfield-Led Redesign of Modern and Contemporary Wings

March 12th, 2015

David Chipperfield, via ArtforumThe Met has announced a major redesign plan, with David Chipperfield Architects developing a new design for the museum’s southwest wing, housing its modern and contemporary collections.  “The project will run concurrent with the Met’s installations in the Marcel Breuer-designed building that formerly housed the Whitney,” says current director Thomas P. Campbell, “allowing us to regenerate our permanent spaces in the Met’s main building while maintaining a vibrant program for modern and contemporary art just blocks away.” Read More »

Matthew Barney Retrospective to Open this Fall at MoCA

March 11th, 2015

Matthew Barney, via NYTThis fall MOCA in Los Angeles will play home to the traveling exhibition focusing on the work of Matthew Barney, as well as a screening of the artist’s most recent film River of Fundament, marking the only time the show will take place on U.S. soil.  “I thought it should be seen in America,” says MOCA head Philippe Vergne. Read More »

Laurie Simmons Interviewed in Art News

March 11th, 2015

Orange Hair:Snow:Close Up, 2014_KIGURUMI, DOLLERS AND HOW WE SEE_salon94_Laurie SimmonsPhotographer Laurie Simmons is interviewed in Art News this week, as she prepares to open her exhibition of new work this week at The Jewish Museum, and continues production on her first feature film.  “My goals are twofold: to present an accurate picture of a 60-something woman—somebody who isn’t either a teenager or on the verge of dementia, which are the two Hollywood polarities” Simmons says, “as she lives in the world and, at the same time, to realistically convey how that somebody might go about making her work.” Read More »

Art Newspaper Notes Difficulties in Exhibiting Video Art

March 11th, 2015

Video art at the Bloomberg New Contemporaries exhibition at the ICA, via Art NewspaperThe Art Newspaper notes the developing challenges for museums and curators as video installations and video pieces get longer in length and greater in quantity.  The article points to last year’s Turner Prize exhibition in particular, where three of the four nominees presented video works, and some noted a cramped nature to the works’ presentations. Read More »

New York – Joyce Pensato: “Castaway” at Petzel Gallery Through March 28th, 2015

March 26th, 2015

Mouse Mask - Joyce Pensato - Castaway - Petzel V
Joyce Pensato, Mouse Mask (2015), all images courtesy Petzel Gallery

To advertise her fourth solo show at Petzel Gallery, Joyce Pensato released a short video, a brashly black and white, slapstick affair, set to classic ragtime piano tunes.  In it, superhero Batman is knocked upside the head and shipped off to the exhibition, while Pensato, playing the gun moll in round-framed dark sunglasses, imitates her dumbly-smiling cartoon portraits. The video perfectly encapsulates Castaway, a new series of black and white cartoon portraits, erasure-paintings and drawings, both large-scale and small-scale, in addition to digital c-prints of the artist’s studio space. Read More »

Los Angeles – Thomas Demand at Matthew Marks Through April 4th, 2015

March 25th, 2015

Thomas Demand, Backyard (2014), via Matthew Marks
Thomas Demand, Backyard (2014), via Matthew Marks

The artifice that drives Thomas Demand’s practice is simple, but the results are impressively commanding.  Utilizing carefully cut and assembled cardboard pieces to create familiar images, scenes and spaces, the artist’s work carries an evocatively nostalgic aura, while emphasizing his own craft in the construction of the scene itself. Read More »

New York – Joseph Beuys: “Multiples from The Reinhard Schlegel Collection” at Mitchell-Innes and Nash Through April 18th, 2015

March 24th, 2015

Joseph Beuys, Felt Suit (1970), via Art Observed
Joseph Beuys, Felt Suit (1970), via Art Observed

Beyond his most iconic performance works and sculptural environments, Joseph Beuys’s multiples constitute an entire aspect of the artist’s practice rarely seen as a complete series of works.  While some of his more iconic small-scale works, including Capri Battery or Sled, as well as his prints and drawings have become iconic entries in the artist’s elusive, and often enigmatic creative history, the works have rarely been presented as a complete series. Read More »

New York – Blinky Palermo: “Works 1973–1976” at David Zwirner Through April 11th, 2015

March 23rd, 2015

Blinky Palermo - David Zwirmer - Wooster Street (1975)
Blinky Palermo, Wooster Street (1975), all images via David Zwirner

In collaboration with the Palermo Archive, David Zwirner presents an exhibition of rarely displayed works by Blinky Palermo at its 537 West 20th Street gallery. The works on display in this exhibition were made by the artist from 1973 to 1976, and range from objects to paintings and large-scale drawings. Following two years after David Zwirner’s exhibition of Palermo’s works on paper from 1976–1977, this show further explores the artist’s short but influential career, which is largely associated with abstraction, Minimalism, and Conceptual Art, but also extends beyond these realms.  These pieces are being presented together for the first time since their installation in Heiner Friedrich, New York in 1974.

Blinky Palermo - David Zwirmer - Objekt mit Wasserwaage, Object with Spirit Level (1969-73)
Blinky Palermo, Objekt mit Wasserwage (Object with Spirit Level, 1969–1973) Read More »

Paris and Berlin – “Open Source: Art at the Eclipse of Capitalism” at Max Hetzler Through April 18th, 2015

March 22nd, 2015

Daniel Keller, Stack 1 (2014), via Max Hetzler
Daniel Keller, Stack 1 (2014), via Max Hetzler

Presenting a selection of artists working at the bleeding edge of social and economic critique, Max Hetzler’s exhibition Open Source: Art at the Eclipse of Capitalism easily clocks in as one of the season’s most unexpectedly energetic exhibitions.  Curated by Lisa Schiff, Leslie Fritz and Eugenio Re Rebaudengo, and spread between the gallery’s Paris and Berlin locations, the show places post-capitalist theory and economic transition as its central conceit, examining the material and social costs of contemporary life within systems of capital exchange.  Pulling from the works of writer Jeremy Rifkin, the exhibition explores a historical juncture at which the traditional modes of national economic and political systems are slowly giving way, and a new, digitally-accelerated model of consumption and distribution is swiftly establishing itself.

Open Source: Art at the Eclipse of Capitalism (Installation View - Paris), via Max Hetzler
Open Source: Art at the Eclipse of Capitalism (Installation View – Paris), via Max Hetzler Read More »

New York – Tomi Ungerer: “All in One” at The Drawing Center Through March 22nd, 2015

March 21st, 2015

Tomi Ungerer, All in One (Installation View)
Tomi Ungerer, All in One (Installation View)

The Drawing Center is currently honoring pioneer illustrator Tomi Ungerer, with an ambitious look at his expansive career of diverse themes and motifs.  Born in Alsace shortly before World War II tore through Europe, Ungerer moved to New York in 1956, where he published his first series of works.  Although his divergent artistic interests led him to compile a comprehensive oeuvre from advertisement campaigns for publications including the New York Times to graphically striking illustrations criticizing the politics of his time, Ungerer came to prominence in the U.S. as a children’s books author. His objection to this type of categorization eventually led him to move to Nova Scotia with his wife, later followed by another relocation to Ireland, where he currently resides. Read More »

New York – Paul Chan’s Hugo Boss Prize Exhibition: “Nonprojections for New Lovers” at The Guggenheim

March 20th, 2015

Paul Chan, Sock N Tease (2013), via Art Observed
Paul Chan, Sock N Tease (2013), via Art Observed

For a semi-retired artist, Paul Chan has been busy in past years.  Following his step back from creating video and installation work in 2010, the artist dove headfirst into the world of publishing with Badlands Unlimited, an imprint responsible for a broad variety of works that have included Saddam Hussein’s On Democracy, and even a recent series of erotic works inspired by Olympia Press, the Paris-based smut peddlers that also published some of the Twentieth century’s most significant works of literature (Lolita and Henry Miller’s Rosy Crucifiction Trilogy).

This diversity of practice was what earned him the 2014 Hugo Boss Prize, one of the U.S.’s top honors, and an exhibition at The Guggenheim.  Given his output over the past decade, the artist is presenting a new series of sculptures that combine his recent publishing ventures with his particular approach to ready-made, object-focused sculpture. Read More »

Tokyo – Gabriel Orozco: “Inner Cycles” at Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, through May 10th 2015

March 19th, 2015


Gabriel Orozco, Cats and Watermelons (1992), all images courtesy MoCA Tokyo
Gabriel Orozco, Cats and Watermelons (1992), all images courtesy MoCA Tokyo

Inner Cycles is an exhibition of new works and historically significant pieces by Mexican artist Gabriel Orozco, who has been an influential figure in the international contemporary art community since the early 90’s.  Composed of found objects, photographs, and sculptures, the exhibition is meant to show a “universe in flux” as objects are constantly appropriated and re-appropriated for new uses.

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AO Fair Recap – Hong Kong: Art Basel Hong Kong, March 15th – 17th, 2015

March 18th, 2015

Daniel Arsham at Galerie Perrotin, via Art Basel
Daniel Arsham at Galerie Perrotin, via Art Basel

Following a hectic weekend of events and openings, today caps the final day of Art Basel Hong Kong, bringing strong sales and attendance at the sixth edition of the massive Asian market event. Read More »

New York – Philip Taaffe at Luhring Augustine Bushwick Through April 26th, 2015

March 18th, 2015

Philip Taaffe - Luhring Augustine Bushwick - Choir (2014-2015)
Philip Taaffe, Choir (2014-2015), all photographs by Farzad Owrang, © Philip Taaffe; Courtesy of the artist and Luhring Augustine, New York

In his large-scale paintings on display at Luhring Augustine’s Bushwick Gallery, Philip Taaffe blends historical and cultural motifs in dizzying collages full of color and life. His exploration of shapes and designs spanning space and time draw on historical narratives to bring overlapping cultural archetypes into view.

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Paris – Louise Bourgeois: “A La Librairie” at Galerie Lelong Through March 28th, 2015

March 17th, 2015

Louise Bourgeois, Anatomy (1998), all images courtesy Galerie Lelong
Louise Bourgeois, Anatomy (1998), all images courtesy Galerie Lelong

On view at Galerie Lelong is an exhibition featuring graphic works, sketches and drawings made early the career of the late French-American artist and sculptor Louise Bourgeois (1911-2010), whose work often incorporated autobiographical elements.

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New York – Brad Troemel: “On View: Selections from the Troemel Collection” at Zach Feuer Through March 28th, 2015

March 16th, 2015

Brad Troemel, Wall Mount for Vintage Furby Collection (2015), via Art Observed
Brad Troemel, Wall Mount for Vintage Furby Collection (2015), via Art Observed

For the past several years, The Jogging co-founder Brad Troemel has been pushing his focus on commodity consumption, appropriation and use to new highs.  There were his works during a residency The Still House Group, vacuum-sealed fish and wild grasses on canvas that pushed notions of the still-life to a shockingly immediate result, not to mention his first show with Zach Feuer last year, when the artist showed a series of Semiotext(e) publications combined with organic raw beans and fake dreadlocks.  For his second exhibition with the gallery, Troemel drives his work forward yet again, examining the palimpsestic ideologies of the art world from both inside and out. Read More »

Beijing – Bill Viola: “Transformation” at Farschou Foundation Through March 22nd, 2015

March 15th, 2015

Bill Viola, Transformation (Installation View), all images courtesy Farschou Foundation
Bill Viola, Transformation (Installation View), all images courtesy Farschou Foundation

On view at Farschou Foundation Beijing is a solo show by American video artist Bill Viola. Known for his large-scale, high definition, ultra slow-motion moving images, the artist has served as an innovator in the technological execution and exhibition of video art. His show in Beijing, titled Transformation will continue through March 22nd.

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AO Preview – Hong Kong: Art Basel Hong Kong, March 15th-17th, 2015

March 14th, 2015

Aaron Curry, Vertical Wood Sculpture (2013), via Almine Rech
Aaron Curry, Vertical Wood Sculpture (2013), via Almine Rech

Just one week after The Armory Show closed its doors in New York, the sixth edition of Art Basel Hong Kong is preparing to open halfway around the world, with many familiar names vying to court collectors from Asia, Oceania and abroad.  The fair, which shuffled its calendar this year in response to the Venice Biennale opening in early May, is presenting something of a scaled-back experience this year, running just three days from Sunday to Tuesday, but should nevertheless prove successful as one of Asia’s largest art fairs. Read More »

New York – Francesca Woodman: “I’m trying my hand at fashion photography” at Marian Goodman Gallery Through March 13th, 2015

March 13th, 2015

Francesca Woodman at Marian Goodman Gallery (Installation View)
Francesca Woodman, I’m trying my hand at fashion photography (Installation View)

I’m trying my hand at fashion photography is the title of the current Francesca Woodman exhibition at Marian Goodman Gallery. Named after one of the many notes the artist inscribed on her photographs, the selection focuses on Woodman’s fashion photographs, a genre the artist worked on during her New York years between 1978 and 1980.  The works are also notable in their oftentimes stark reflection of the final years of the RISD graduate who committed suicide in 1981 following severe depression, possessing elements from her signature photographic style against the backdrop of her own life. Read More »

London – Barbara Kruger: “Early Works” at Skarstedt Through April 11th, 2015

March 12th, 2015

Barbara Kruger Untitled (Business as usual) (1987), via Skarstedt
Barbara Kruger Untitled (Business as usual) (1987), all images courtesy of Skarstedt Gallery

On view in London’s Skarstedt Gallery is an exhibition of early large-scale, black and white photographic works from artist Barbara Kruger, early entries in Kruger’s ongoing project to challenge the visual language and power structures of consumerist culture and print advertising, always under the understanding that her works will themselves enter the marketplace as commodities.

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Paris – Daniel Buren: “Au fur et à mesure, travaux in situ et situés” (“Bit by Bit: In Situ and Situated Works”) at Kamel Mennour through March 21st, 2015

March 11th, 2015

Daniel Buren - Kamel Mennour - Bit by Bit In Situ and Situated Works (2015) - exhibition view
Daniel Buren, Au fur et à mesure, travaux in situ et situés (Bit by Bit: In Situ and Situated Works) (Installation View) (2015), all exhibition images via Kamel Mennour

Daniel Buren presents a new, in situ exhibition at Kamel Mennour this month, a show that demonstrates the form a gallery space lends to the art shown within it. Transforming the space itself into a part of his artwork, Buren instills in his work the tendency to guide the viewer’s perception and sense of location. Read More »

New York – Charles Atlas: “The Waning of Justice” at Luhring Augustine Through March 14th, 2015

March 10th, 2015

Charles Atlas, Terri's Option (2015)
Charles Atlas, Terri’s Option (2015), all images are by Osman Can Yerebakan for Art Observed

Luhring Augustine is currently presenting The Waning of Justice, the gallery’s second collaboration with the pioneer video and sound artist Charles Atlas, following 2012’s The Illusion of Democracy at the gallery’s Bushwick location.  One of the foremost experimentalists in multimedia, Atlas has pushed the limits of time-based art arguably more than any other artist, challenging the ephemeral natures of both performance and dance incorporated alongside his video work. In doing so, Atlas, not a performer himself per se, has collaborated with legendary names such as Leigh Bowery, Douglas Dunn, Michael Clark and most famously Merce Cunningham, whose partnership with Atlas resulted in video documentations of the late artist’s illustrious performances at levels that adopt further conceptual and contextual levels through Atlas’s frame. Read More »

New York – Alec Soth: “Songbook” at Sean Kelly Through March 14th, 2015

March 9th, 2015

Alec Soth - Sean Kelly - Songbook - Woodville Farm Labor Camp, San Joaquin Valley, California (2013)
Alec Soth, Woodville Farm Labor Camp, San Joaquin Valley, California (2013), all images via Sean Kelly

Alec Soth presents an exhibition of over 25 new black-and-white photographs at Sean Kelly, focusing his lens on small-town community events across America. Soth’s work has frequently delved into the modern day folklore of Americana throughout his career, capturing images that are at once familiar and spellbinding.

Alec Soth - Sean Kelly - Songbook - Brian Williston, North Dakota (2012)
Alec Soth, Brian. Williston, North Dakota (2012) Read More »

Zürich – Rita Ackermann: “Chalkboard Paintings” at Hauser and Wirth Through March 14th 2015

March 8th, 2015

Rita Ackermann, Burn Up in Heaven 2014, all images courtesy Hauser & Wirth
Rita Ackermann, Burn Up in Heaven 2014, all images courtesy Hauser & Wirth

On view at Hauser & Wirth Zürich is an exhibition of paintings on chalkboard by Hungarian-American artist Rita Ackermann, representing a step further into the artist’s investigation into the deconstructive process, presenting a series of many images which seem to have been repeatedly executed and expunged by erasure or weathering. The exhibition will remain on view through March 14th.

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AO On-Site – New York: SPRING/BREAK Art Show at Skylight Moynihan Station, March 3rd-8th, 2015

March 7th, 2015

Adam Parker Smith at Spring Break, via Art Observed
Adam Parker Smith at SPRING/BREAK, via Art Observed

Heavy snow beat down the doors at SPRING/BREAK art show during Armory Week, now in its fourth iteration and housed in the wood-paneled third and fourth office floors of Skylight at Moynihan Station, a unique space that makes for a fitting continuation of the fair’s imaginative, distinct style.  The curator-driven show has more more than doubled in size since last year’s public/private-themed exhibition at St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral School in Nolita, SPRING/BREAK’s home for the past several years. The number of participating curators also rose from 39 to 97, bringing an increased number of artists as well, from 100 to over 300 people for 2015.

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AO On-Site – New York: The ADAA Art Show, March 3rd-8th, 2015

March 7th, 2015

Constantin Brancusi, via Art Observed
Constantin Brancusi, via Art Observed

Set up across town, fittingly enough, in the Park Avenue Armory, the ADAA Art Show offers a yearly counterpoint to the bright lights and dizzying stream of booths that occasionally plagues its cross-town sister on Piers and 94, incorporating a more carefully curated emphasis into the art fair booth format, and encouraging a certain degree of adventurousness among the attendant galleries. Read More »

AO On-Site – Independent New York at Center 548, March 5th-8th, 2015

March 7th, 2015

Mark Flood at Peres Projects,  via Art Observed
Mark Flood at Peres Projects,  via Art Observed

Taking up the full 4 floors of Center 548 in Chelsea, the Independent NY fair returns for another year of its annual exhibition offering a slightly smaller, more cohesive take on the fair experience. Read More »

AO On-Site – New York: The 2015 Armory Show at Piers 92 & 94, March 4th – 8th, 2015

March 6th, 2015

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The Armory Show 2015, via Sophie Kitching for Art Observed

The doors are open and the 2015 edition of The Armory Show in New York is underway, kicking off the first major fair week in NY this spring.  Collectors and artists wound throughout the booths, perusing the works on sale and chatting with dealers.  Director George Lucas could be seen examining several works, as was Maurizio Cattelan, both of whom seem to be enjoying their respective retirements. Read More »