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Pace Gallery to Represent Acconci Studios

February 24th, 2018

Vito Acconci, via PacePace Gallery has taken on representation of Vito Acconci’s Acconci Studios, in partnership with Art Agency, Partners, the gallery announced in a statement.  “A truly innovative creator and agitator who was foundational to contemporary art today, Acconci fits perfectly within Pace’s program of leading 20th and 21st century artists and estates,” said Marc Glimcher, Pace Gallery President and CEO. “There’s still so much of his practice to uncover and reexamine and we’re thrilled to join with Maria Acconci to share Vito Acconci’s vision and expand his legacy around the world.”
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Frieze to Launch Los Angeles Edition Next February

February 24th, 2018

frieze-london-via-art-newsFrieze has announced plans for a Los Angeles edition of its fair, to be held February 14 to 17, 2019, the Art News reports. Bettina Korek of ForYourArt has been appointed executive director of Frieze LA, with Ali Subotnick serving as the fair’s curator. “Frieze is in a unique position to create a successful fair in LA because of our experience in London and New York and our partnership with Endeavor, who have deep roots in LA and will work with us to bring a fantastic audience to the fair,” founder Victoria Siddall says.
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Adrienne Edwards Tapped as New Performance Curator at Whitney

February 24th, 2018

Adrienne Edwards, via Art NewsThe Whitney Museum in New York has appointed Adrienne Edwards as its Engell Speyer Family Curator and Curator of Performance. She previously worked with Performa, where she organized various thematic presentations, including last year’s “Afroglossia,” focused on African performance art. “Adrienne has distinguished herself as one of the most innovative curators working in performance today by engaging artists across diverse disciplines and often challenging them to explore new genres and experimental forms,” Scott Rothkopf, the deputy director for programs and the chief curator at the Whitney, said. “She brings to the Whitney a wonderful complement of scholarly rigor, social commitment, and a deeply humane understanding of artists and their audiences.”
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Banned Santiago Serra Works at Madrid Art Fair Cause Outcry

February 24th, 2018

Santiago Serra, via BBCWork by Santiago Serra including pixelated photos of 24 people referred to as “political prisoners,” including Catalonian separatist politicians, has been removed from the ARCOMadrid fair in Spain, after organizers feared criticism over the work’s inclusion. Serra responded that the move “damages the international reputation of the art fair and the Spanish state.”
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Kara Walker Reflects on Challenges of Install for New Orleans’s Prospect Show

February 24th, 2018

Kara Walker, via NYTThe New York Times has a piece on the delay to produce a Kara Walker piece in New Orleans, and the artist’s long road to getting the work completed and installed. “It was a learning experience,” Walker says of the project. “How far do I need to go with my work for it to do what I need it to do, and how much support do I need for that?”
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Tania Bruguera Tapped for Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall

February 24th, 2018

Tania Bruguera, via Art NewspaperTania Bruguera will create the next Hyundai Commission for Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall, the museum announced this week. “Tania Brugera is well known for the highly original and compelling way in which she addresses major political concerns of our time,” says director Frances Morris. “I look forward to seeing how she activates the public forum of the Turbine Hall.”
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Giorgio de Finis Unveils Vision for Rome’s Museo d’Arte Contemporanea

February 24th, 2018

Giorgio de Finis, via Art NewspaperAnthropologist, artist, independent curator and writer Giorgio de Finis has unveiled his vision for Rome’s Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Roma as an “arts asylum” following his appointment as its new artistic director. “There will be no exhibitions,” he says of his vision, “the daily activity of the museum itself will be on show.”
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Mark Bradford Interviewed in LA Times

February 24th, 2018

Mark Bradford, via LA TimesThe LA Times interviews Mark Bradford this week, as the artist opens a show of new work at Hauser & Wirth in LA, pieces the draw heavily from the language and color palette of comic books.“I wanted to immerse myself in a vocabulary that was familiar to me,” Bradford says of his influences from comic book art. “I’d find myself sitting there for two hours reading. That got to be a problem. I had to say, ‘Stop, Mark. Stop.’”
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Christie’s Guillaume Cerutti Interviewed in WSJ

February 24th, 2018

Guilliaume Cerutti, via WSJChristie’s Guillaume Cerutti is interviewed in the WSJ this week, as he describes the resurgence of the art market in the past year. “People were cautious two years ago, but last year they saw that things were still selling well, and they felt better,” he says. “Everyone feels reassured by how global the market has become.”
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Prada Foundation Continues to Develop its Role in Italian Arts

February 24th, 2018

Prada Foundation, via NYTThe Economist takes a look at the recent expansion of Milan’s Prada Foundation, and its vision for its role in the development and support of Italian art in the coming years. The piece details its approach towards creative risks and innovative projects as it continues to re-evaluate its vision and practice.
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Brussels — Pierre Klossowski at Gladstone Gallery Through March 10th, 2018

February 21st, 2018


Pierre Klossowski at Gladstone Gallery, Brussels (Installation View) all images Courtesy Gladstone Gallery, New York and Brussels Photography by David Regen
Pierre Klossowski at Gladstone Gallery, Brussels (Installation View) all images Courtesy Gladstone Gallery, New York and Brussels Photography by David Regen

Unlike his younger brother Balthus, Pierre Klossowski rarely enjoyed critical and popular acclaim in Europe as an artist during his lifetime, receiving even less attention from scholars and curators in the United States. However, his expansive oeuvre in drawing, in addition to his work in literature and translation offers an uncharted window to the cultural progressions of 20th century Western culture, complemented by his impressive painted oeuvre. Gladstone Gallery’s Brussels location is currently presenting a selection of works on paper by the artist, dated to the ‘80s, when the artist had finally focused his attention solely around art making. Before his late venture into art, Klossowski wore many different hats in his early years, translating works by Wittgenstein, Kafka, Nietzsche, and most importantly de Sade, whose notorious novel The 120 Days of Sodom was reprinted in the ‘60s under his helm, and led to the creation of one of Pasolini’s most notorious filmic adaptations. Read More »

New York – Fabio Mauri: “With Out” at Hauser and Wirth Through April 7th 2018

February 20th, 2018

Fabio Mauri, Entartete Kunst (Degenerate Art) (1985), via Art Observed
Fabio Mauri, Entartete Kunst (Degenerate Art) (1985), via Art Observed

Over the course of five decades, artist Fabio Mauri, worked across a broad range of media and formats, always focused around the visual languages and vocabulary of 20th Century political spheres, specifically in Europe.  Exploring the mechanics and visual exponents of varied ideological states and their attendant political movements, Mauri’s work was an often brutal condemnation of World War II, the rise of Fascism and the Holocaust, while simultaneously examining these events’ lingering echoes in the post-war landscape.  Mauri’s work gets a fascinating second look at his current Hauser & Wirth retrospective in New York, spreading his pieces across the spacious 22nd Street flagship location in an attempt to understand both his own meandering aesthetics, and the political situations they address.   Read More »

New York – Sondra Perry at Bridget Donahue Through February 25th, 2018

February 19th, 2018

Sondra Perry at Bridget Donahue (Installation View), via Bridget Donahue
Sondra Perry at Bridget Donahue (Installation View), via Bridget Donahue

In Sondra Perry’s first solo exhibition at Bridget Donahue, the linked subjects of representation and ownership are taken to task. The gallery, with all walls painted “Rosca Chroma Key blue”, is sparsely inhabited by a few black metal structures and one projected video, a stark arrangement that focuses the viewer’s attention tightly on the few elements there. Read More »

Los Angeles – Catherine Opie: The Modernist at Regen Projects Through February 17th, 2017

February 17th, 2018


Catherine Opie, Sheats-Goldstein #3 (2016), via Art Observed
Catherine Opie, Sheats-Goldstein #3 (2016), via Art Observed

Currently on view at Regen Projects in Los Angeles, Catherine Opie returns to her home city for a show of new works that present the city in all of its fascinating, and occasionally frightening nuances.  Continuing her photographic practice through a wide range of images and iconographies, the current show, The Modernist also features the artist’s debut filmic project.

Catherine Opie, The Modernist (Installation View), via Art Observed
Catherine Opie, The Modernist (Installation View), via Art Observed

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New York – Thomas Nozkowski: “16 x 20″ at Pace Gallery Through February 15th, 2018

February 15th, 2018

Thomas Nozkowski, Untitled (7-10) (1992), via Art Observed
Thomas Nozkowski, Untitled (7-10) (1992), via Art Observed

“I like paintings that balance contradictions. I like paintings that look clear and simple at first glance and then sort of crumble under your gaze,” says painter, Thomas Nozkowski, the American painter whose work over the past several decades has spanned a range of styles and techniques, approaches and modes of seeing throughout his career. “And it’s even better if further looking enables you to put it together again, understand it in a new way.”  Such modes of seeing and making pictures is presented this month at Pace Gallery in New York, running throughout the artist’s 50+ year career as a striking, and refreshing survey of his practice. Read More »

New York – LaToya Ruby Frazier at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise Harlem Through February 25th, 2018

February 12th, 2018

LaToya Ruby Frazier, Andrea Holding her daughter Nephratitioustide the Social Network Banquet Hall 2016 / 2017 Gelatin silver print 24 x 20 inches 28 x 24 inches framed Edition of 5 with 2 APs

LaToya Ruby Frazier, Andrea Holding her daughter Nephratitioustide the Social Network Banquet Hall (2016 / 2017), all images via Gavin Brown’s

In her self-titled solo debut at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, artist LaToya Ruby Frazier illustrates an American landscape where dualities intertwine, marring the boundaries separating joy from despair or abundance from nothingness. Her depictions of secluded interiors, occupied by domestic clutters and family histories translate into stories of struggle, while barren deserts under the California sun encapsulate human ardor. Spanning her two decade photographic practice, Frazier’s three-floor presentation at the gallery’s spacious Harlem location introduces one series on each floor. Complimented by the accents of the building’s previous life as a brewery, the photographer’s black and white gelatin silver prints explore dichotomies of public and private, meditating on the role of the camera lens as a witness of our profound and collective moments, be those experienced firsthand or communally mediated. Read More »

New York – Louise Nevelson: “Black and White” at Pace Gallery Through March 3rd, 2018

February 11th, 2018

Louise Nevelson, Dawn's Presence - Three (1975), via Art Observed
Louise Nevelson, Dawn’s Presence – Three (1975), via Art Observed

Spread across the rooms of Pace Gallery’s West 24th Street location, Louise Nevelson’s iconic wood sculptures draw the viewer through various geometric planes, familiar cultural forms and intriguing variations on a theme.  The artist’s work has hung in the walls of Pace over 20 times in the past 50 years, and returns here with a particular focus on her pieces from the late 1950’s onwards, a point where her particular artistic voice was beginning to fully develop.   Read More »

New York – Zach Bruder at Magenta Plains Through February 11th, 2018

February 10th, 2018

Zach Bruder, Edening On (2017), courtesy Magenta Plains.
Zach Bruder, Edening On (2017), courtesy Magenta Plains.

There is little doubt that Zach Bruder is seriously invested in space; both the tangible area delimited by the stretcher and the real and imagined places rendered on the canvas are of utmost importance to the Cleveland-born painter. The eight works included in Edening On, Bruder’s first solo exhibition at Magenta Plains in New York, flaunt the artist’s ability to render different spatial dimensions, finding a humorous irony and cohesive unity in their discordance. Read More »

New York – Rita Ackerman and Carol Rama: “Body Issues” at Marlborough Contemporary Through February 10th, 2018

February 9th, 2018

Rita Ackerman, Hip Shot (2016-2017), via Marlborough Contemporary
Rita Ackerman, Hip Shot (2016-2017), via Marlborough Contemporary

Body Matters, currently on view at Marlborough Contemporary is a two piece art exhibition featuring the work of Rita Ackerman and Carol Rama. The juxtaposition of each artist’s works, which mine brusque gestures and varied approaches to the construction of the art object, creates a dialogue between the two artists, and an almost maniac motion of ideas and eras. The composition of each work inhabits a space amid the figurative and the abstract, where human form disappears and reappears with flashes of color and movement. The concordance of imagery of psychosexual fantasies, dark distortions and transgressive glitches initiates a conversation that honors and liberates the beauty of the female form. Read More »

AO On-Site – Mexico City: Zona Maco at Centro Citibanamex, February 7th – 11th, 2018

February 9th, 2018

Thrush Holmes at Beers London, via Art Observed
Thrush Holmes at Beers London, via Art Observed

For early entries in the art world’s annual calendar of art fairs, exhibitions and selling events, few can compare with the proceedings of Zona Maco during Mexico City’s annual art week.  Now in its 15th year, the landmark fair for much of Latin American has grown even larger, expanding to host 170 galleries from around the globe within the confines of the Centro Banamex in the city, offering a program of conferences with international guests, a section with specialized publications and editorials, and the widest program of parallel activities with exhibitions at the most outstanding galleries and museums in the country.

Marco Maggi at Pierro Achtugarry, via Art Observed
Marco Maggi at Pierro Achtugarry, via Art Observed

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