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Boy Thrown From Tate Modern Viewing Platform Now Able to Walk

December 2nd, 2020

A young boy thrown from a viewing platform at the Tate Modern can now walk, CNN reports. “Despite everything, he continues to make efforts and progress: he begins to walk with a tetrapod cane while we hold him by the back of the coat for balance,” the boy’s family says.
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Art News Recaps David Schrader’s Impact on Sotheby’s Private Sales

December 1st, 2020

A piece in Art News this week charts former banker David Schrader’s impact on Sotheby’s private sales division. “He knows a lot about the art world and a lot about business,” says Pace CEO Marc Glimcher. “When someone like that enters the art world, it can be a disaster. But for him it was not. He is great to work with.”
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Rauschenberg/Johns Collaboration for Bergdorf Goodman Heads to Auction

December 1st, 2020

A series of collaborative works by Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns created for a window display at Bergdorf Goodman will head to auction at Christie’s, Art Market Monitor reports.
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State Senator Sarah McBride, Nation’s Highest Ranking Transgender Official, Speaks with Art Newspaper on her Experiences with the Arts

December 1st, 2020

Sarah McBride, the newly elected state senator for Delaware, and the highest ranking openly transgender elected official in the country, has an interview in Art Newspaper this week, where she speaks on her experiences as a trustee at the Delaware Art Museum. “The arts were an integral part of my self-discovery, my journey toward authenticity,” she says. “It was in the performing arts that I was able to explore my identity, my gender, different experiences and emotions.”
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Rumors Fly Over Potential Seoul Edition of Frieze Art Fair

November 30th, 2020

Art News reviews rumors that Frieze is planning an art fair edition in Seoul, South Korea, as local vendors clamor to get an upper hand on any potential announcements. “We are always looking at potential new opportunities and have a great relationship with the Korean galleries, institutions, and collectors,” said a Frieze spokesperson. “Anything is possible, but there’s nothing to report at this stage.”
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With Art Basel in Miami Cancelled, Some Events Keep Rolling

November 30th, 2020

Art Basel Miami Beach is cancelled, but Miami Art Week is still rolling this week in the Florida city, leading many to question the city’s art scene and motivations, including a dinner party hosted by the recently-divorced Libbie Mugrabi. “Now I settled a divorce and I have a lot of money,” she says. “And I can do whatever I want with it. It’s my choice. And this is what I want to do.”
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German Parliament Approves Largest-Ever Culture Budget

November 30th, 2020

The German government has approved the highest-ever cultural budget for the country, Art Newspaper reports. “This resounding acknowledgement by parliament of the critical importance of culture and the media is a major signal in these difficult times,” says Culture Minister Monika Grütters.
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Utah Monolith Disappears Almost as Soon as It was Found

November 30th, 2020

The mystery around the monolith discovered in the Utah desert has gotten deeper, after the metal structure, which some attribute to artist John McCracken, disappeared from its location. “Almost as quickly as it appeared it has now disappeared,” a statement from the Department of Public Safety reads.
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The Atlantic Writes on “Identity Crisis” Among Art Museums

November 30th, 2020

A piece in The Atlantic this week charts the ongoing internal debates over race and representation currently roiling art museums, and points to a long-overdue reckoning amongst arts institutions. “Historically, I would say [collecting decisions depend on] institutional curatorial expertise right there with artists’ intent, and way down the road, thinking about the visitor experience or relevance to the community,” says Lori Fogarty, the executive director of the Oakland Museum of California. “That is shifting … I think we are at a moment of complete reimagination for museums.”
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Art Newspaper Forecasts What a Biden Administration Could Do for the Arts

November 25th, 2020

A piece in the Art Newspaper details what a Biden administration could mean for the arts. “The big idea was to create a White House office on arts, culture and the creative industries,” says Megan Beyer, the co-chair of the campaign’s Arts Policy Committee and a former executive director of the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities under Obama. 
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New York – Theaster Gates: “Black Vessel” at Gagosian Gallery Through January 23rd, 2021

November 27th, 2020

Theaster Gates, Black Vessel (Installation View), via Art Observed
Theaster Gates, Black Vessel (Installation View), via Art Observed

Marking his first solo exhibition in New York City, artist Theaster Gates has touched down at Gagosian Gallery, bringing with him a diverse and conceptually-rich selection of works that underscore his work as a prominent activist and cultural force in American art.  Underscoring the artist’s complex and intuitive work with a range of materials, equally anchored in the histories of racial and social justice movements, and in the canon of art history, not to mention the artist’s own personal narrative, the show traces a range of ideas and concepts through the artist’s body, making for a powerful first show in the Big Apple.

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London – Alex Da Corte: “Helter Shelter Or: The Red Show! or…” at Sadie Coles HQ Through January 13th, 2021

November 25th, 2020

Alex Da Corte, Helter Shelter Or The Red Show! or... (Installation View), via Sadie Coles HQ
Alex Da Corte, Helter Shelter Or: The Red Show! or… (Installation View), via Sadie Coles HQ

Marking a new wrinkle in an ever-evolving artistic oeuvre, artist Alex Da Corte touches down this month at Sadie Coles HQ for a show of works that continues his approach towards larger than life spaces and gestures, orchestrating a surreal series of physical pairings and semiotic exchanges within the framework of the gallery. Taking his expressive and intriguing body of works into a broader bend of language and understanding, the artist makes the most out of a relatively minimal setup. Read More »

New York – George Condo: “Internal Riot” at Hauser & Wirth Through January 23rd, 2021

November 23rd, 2020

George Condo, Father and Daughter with Face Mask (2020), via Hauser & Wirth
George Condo, Father and Daughter with Face Mask (2020), via Hauser & Wirth

Currently on at Hauser & Wirth, artist George Condo has opened a show of new works created this past year.  Composed during the early months of quarantine, the works by the artist reflect the unsettling experience of physical distance and the absence of human contact during a prolonged social isolation. Comprising a new incorporation of abstraction into his already complex figurative project, the works on view here are a fascinating reinvention of the artist’s work.   Read More »

Los Angeles – Kader Attia: “The Valley of Dreams” at Regen Projects Through December 23rd, 2020

November 18th, 2020

Kader Attia, The Vally of Dreams (Installation View), via Regen
Kader Attia, The Vally of Dreams (Installation View), via Regen Projects

Marking his first exhibition in Los Angeles, French-Algerian artist Kader Attia has opened The Valley of Dreams at Regen Projects, marking a new wrinkle in an already expansive and complex body of work.  Spanning a selection of both new and preexisting works in various media including a lightbox photograph, ceramics, sculptures, and a large-scale installation that continue his material and philosophical investigation of the notion of repair as a global, cultural phenomenon, the show is a perfect introduction to the artist’s work for the West Coast. Read More »

New York – Paul Chan: “Drawings for Word Book by Ludwig Wittgenstein” at Green Naftali Through December 19th, 2020

November 17th, 2020

Paul Chan, Spekulieren (to speculate) (2020), via Greene Naftali
Paul Chan, Spekulieren (to speculate) (2020), via Greene Naftali

Opening his fifth solo exhibition, Drawings for Word Book by Ludwig Wittgenstein, at Greene Naftali in New York, artist Paul Chan has installed a series of loosely rendered, childlike drawings, a swirling body of playful images rendered in black and white, sprawling across the walls of the gallery.  Marking a continuation of his practice between producing art works and printed materials through his publishing company, Badlands Unlimited, the show marks an intriguing engagement with the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein.   Read More »

New York – Cecily Brown at Paula Cooper Through December 12th, 2020

November 16th, 2020

 

Cecily Brown, The Splendid Table (2019-2020), via Paula Cooper
Cecily Brown, The Splendid Table (2019-2020), via Paula Cooper

Currently on view at Paula Cooper’s 26th Street Exhibition Space, artist Cecily Brown has brought forth a striking body of new paintings, continuing her unique exploration of the liminal spaces between abstraction and figuration.  Across a range of works exploring a rich color palette of warm polychrome hues and deep black, Brown’s work demonstrates a prolonged exploration of color’s potential to fill in this space between modes of depiction.

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New York – Jonathan Lyndon Chase: “Wind Rider” at Company Gallery Through November 21st, 2020

November 13th, 2020

Jonathan Lyndon Chase, Wind Rider (Installation View), via Company
Jonathan Lyndon Chase, Wind Rider (Installation View), via Company

Hyper-loaded with material and imagery that spans a range of cultural signifiers so often ascribed to the American cowboy as a standard of heterosexual, white heroism, painter Jonathan Lyndon Chase has opened a powerful new show at Company Gallery, titled Wind Rider.  Rich subject matter and made all the more nuanced and powerful by the artist’s own experiences and history, the show is a fluid, charged affair, mixing memory and iconography into a series of pieces that open new lines of discourse and awareness.   Read More »

Somerset – Nicole Eisenman: “Where I Was, It Shall Be” at Hauser & Wirth Through January 10th, 2020

November 12th, 2020

Nicole Eisenman, Where I Was, It Shall Be (Installation View), via Hauser & Wirth
Nicole Eisenman, Where I Was, It Shall Be (Installation View), via Hauser & Wirth

Having established herself as a central figure in American painting throughout the 1990s, Nicole Eisenman has only continued to grow and expand her impact and practice over the following decades, building her practice outwards into a range of media formats and frameworks that explore her particular experience of the construction of 2-dimensional, and now 3-dimensional space.  Marking her first show with Hauser & Wirth in the gallery’s picturesque Somerset compound, the artist showcases a diverse multidisciplinary language through mixed media works on paper, sculpture and painting. Read More »

New York – Brian Calvin: “Waiting” at Anton Kern Gallery Through December 5th, 2020

November 10th, 2020

Brian Calvin, Minor Difference (2020), via Anton Kern
Brian Calvin, Minor Difference (2020), via Anton Kern

Artist Brian Calvin returns to Anton Kern this fall for his seventh solo show with the gallery, continuing his unique approach to portraiture and figuration that twists cartoonish color and form into a nuanced depiction of the human visage. Read More »

New York – Hélio Oiticica at Lisson Gallery Through December 12th, 2020

November 9th, 2020

Helio Oiticica (Installation View), via Lisson
Helio Oiticica (Installation View), via Lisson

Taking over both New York City Lisson Gallery spaces this fall, the Brazilian master Hélio Oiticica has a set of works on view documenting his engaging and expansive practice, underscoring his luminary role in the pioneering development of Brazilian contemporary art.  An influential and all-consuming vision, Oiticica’s work ranged across visual art, music, theater, literature and more, each of which is explored here in this pair of exhibitions. Read More »