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Egon Schiele Catalog Goes Online

December 14th, 2018

Egon Schiele, via Art NewspaperThe full Egon Schiele Catalog Raisonné has been digitized, and is now available online for search adn exploration. “Several hundred works have been authenticated since the publication of the last print edition of Egon Schiele: The Complete Works in 1998,” says resarcher Jane Kallir. “So an update was long overdue.”
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Economist Explores Price Guarantees in Auction Market

December 14th, 2018

David Hockney, via EconomistThe Economist has a piece on auction guarantees, and how their use in major auctions has an impact on prices and market perceptions. “If enough leave what they see as a tilted playing field, the auction ends up being a “private sale in public’,” the piece reads.
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Christie’s to Sell Another Hockney this March in London

December 14th, 2018

Hockney, via Art NewsChristie’s is planning to sell another high-profile David Hockney work this month, “Henry Geldzahler and Christopher Scott,” a 1969 piece from the collection of Barney A. Ebsworth next March in London. The work is expected to carry an estimate of £30 million. “David Hockney’s double portraits are undoubtedly some of the finest paintings the artist ever realized,” says Katharine Arnold, Christie’s head of the evening sale of post-war and contemporary art in London.
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WSJ Looks at New Museum in Swiss Town

December 14th, 2018

Grażyna Kulczyk, via WSJThe WSJ profiles Muzeum Susch, an ambitious modern and contemporary art institution in the remote Swiss town. “There were these rural, industrial buildings, unlike anything in the region,” says founder Grażyna Kulczyk. “I very much liked them, and I looked into buying them because in my mind, of course, I still had an ambition to finally build this museum.”
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NYT Explores Works Banned from Guangzhou Triennial

December 14th, 2018

Heather Dewey-Hagborg, via NYTA group of artworks exploring artificial intelligence and the human genome have been banned in China, and barred from exhibition in the Guangzhou Triennial. “The news is really filled with concern about the gene editing of babies,” says Heather Dewey-Hagborg, an American artist whose work “T3511” was among those pulled from the show. “It definitely seems like a moment where I can imagine that art or any kind of content that deals with biotechnological futures and some of the vulnerabilities and the dark side of those futures might seem to be dangerous.”
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Hammer Museum Appoints New Board Members

December 14th, 2018

Hammer Museum, via Art NewsThe Hammer Museum has added Jay Brown and Cindy Miscikowski to its board, and two new appointees to its board of overseers, Bill Block and Darren Star. “Cindy Miscikowski, Bill Block, Jay Brown, and Darren Star are all extraordinarily talented individuals who are passionate about art and the creative culture of Los Angeles. I am so thrilled to work with them during this exciting transformational time at the Hammer,” says Hammer director Ann Philbin.
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NY Judge Orders Macklowe Family to Sell Collection in Divorce Proceedings

December 14th, 2018

Harry Macklowe, via Macklow PropertiesA New York judge has ordered collectors Harry and Linda Macklowe to sell their collection and split the proceeds. The collection spans a vast selection of contemporary and post-war works, and is valued at over $700 million.
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Kevin Beasley Profiled in NYT

December 13th, 2018

Kevin Beasley, via NYTKevin Beasley gets a profile in the NYT this week, as he prepares to open a show at the Whitney Museum. “There’s a story here that I think talks about migration, geography and ancestry,” he says. “But it’s really a Conceptual work.”
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Brian Faucette Leaves Derek Eller for Night Gallery

December 12th, 2018

Brian Faucette, via Art NewsBrian Faucette, a director at Derek Eller Gallery, will head to Night Gallery in Los Angeles, Art News reports. “It’s been an honor working at Derek Eller Gallery these past years,” he says, “and I’d be remiss if I didn’t thank Derek and Abby for giving me the opportunity to organize some amazing exhibitions.”
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Tania Bruguera Pulls Out of Kochi-Muziris Biennale

December 12th, 2018

Tania BrugueraTania Bruguera will not attend the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, and instead will stay in Cuba to fight the implementation of the newly announced Decree 349 in the country, which limits artistic speech. “We are all waiting for the regulations and norms the Ministry of Culture will put forward to implement Decree 349 in the hope that they include the suggestions and demands so many artists shared with them,” she said in statement. “I would like to add that the instructor from the Ministry of Interior who is in charge of my case [threatened] me yesterday, saying that if I didn’t leave Cuba and if I did ‘something’, I would not be able to leave in the future.”
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New York – Ken Price: “Sculpture” at Matthew Marks Through December 22nd, 2018

December 11th, 2018

Ken Price, NeGrum (1994), via Matthew Marks
Ken Price, NeGrum (1994), via Matthew Marks

Currently on at Matthew Marks Gallery’s New York exhibition space, a body of small-scale works by American sculptor Ken Price dot the room, each drawing the visitor’s eye with a meticulously arranged series of loping curves, compellingly evocative forms and lumpy, surrealist modes of expression.  This range of pieces, underscoring Price’s intuitive knowledge of bronze and its potential sculptural capacities, makes for a colorful, striking break from the chilling cold and overcast days of December in the city.  Read More »

AO On-Site – Miami Beach: Art Basel Miami Beach 2018 at Miami Beach Convention Center, December 5th – 9th, 2018

December 9th, 2018
Ugo Rondinone at Eva Presenhuber, via Art Observed
Ugo Rondinone at Eva Presenhuber, via Art Observed
Closing its doors this evening, the week of sales at Art Basel Miami Beach came to a close, capping off a strong week for galleries in South Florida, and a strong opportunity to close out the year with a flourish.  Sales percentages with new clients were particularly high this year, underscoring the fair’s crucial role in connecting collectors across continents and drawing so many to the city.

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AO On-Site – Miami: NADA Miami at Ice Palace Studios Through December 9th, 2018

December 8th, 2018

Myrlande Constant, via Art Observed
Myrlande Constant, via Art Observed

With the proceedings of Art Week Miami winding on, the halls at the Miami Beach Convention Center continue to draw massive crowds of both buyers and visitors, its luxe appointments and impressive stock of established blue chip works commanding big headlines and even bigger price tags. But across Biscayne Bay, the New Art Dealers Alliance had kicked off its annual take on the Miami Fair Week. NADA Miami, set up inside the Ice Palace Film Studios, puts itself forward as showcasing new art and to celebrating the rising talents from around the globe, exploring new or underexposed art that is not typical of the “art establishment,” by their words. NADA Miami is also the one of the only major American art fairs to be produced by a non-profit organization, and is recognized as a much needed alternative assembly of the world’s youngest and strongest art galleries dealing with emerging contemporary art.

Nathan Hylden, via Art Observed
Nathan Hylden, via Art Observed

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AO On-Site – Miami Beach: Art Basel Miami Beach at the Miami Beach Convention Center, December 6-9th, 2018

December 6th, 2018

Daniel Buren at Bortolami, via Art Observed
Daniel Buren at Bortolami, via Art Observed

The doors have opened at the Miami Beach Convention Center yet again for another December sales event at Art Basel Miami Beach, as collectors, dealers and artists flock to its cavernous halls and pack its renovated structure for several days of sales and showings.  The fair’s place as the final major sales event of the year always seems to bring a last flutter of enthusiasm before the last weeks of December give dealers a chance to catch their breath, and this year was no exception, with collectors packing into the queue early in the morning for a first crack at the event’s VIP opening.   Read More »

Charlotte Prodger Wins 2018 Turner Prize

December 5th, 2018

Charlotte Prodger, via Independent
Charlotte Prodger, via Independent

The 2018 Turner Prize winner is artist Charlotte Prodger, taking home the £25,000 prize for her essayistic video work, drawng from her show at Bergen Kunsthalle in Norway. The artist, who shoots entirely on an iPhone, beat out Luke Willis Thompson and the collective Forensic Architecture to win the prize, capping off a prizer run that was marked by outcry and protest over the nominees and their work. Read More »

AO Preview – Miami Beach: Art Basel Miami Beach and Miami Art Week, December 4th – 9th, 2018

December 3rd, 2018

Art Basel Miami Beach, via Miami New Times
Art Basel Miami Beach, via Miami New Times

Another year come and gone, another sojourn for the global art community to the southern tip of Florida for a week of fairs, exhibitions and parties on the streets of Miami and Miami Beach, all centered around the sprawling US hub of the Art Basel fair franchise, and spreading out across the city’s streets and parks, boardwalks and beaches.

Liz Larner, via Regen Projects
Liz Larner, via Regen Projects

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RIP – Robert Morris, Pioneer of American Avant-Garde, Has Passed Away at 87

December 2nd, 2018

Robert Morris, via NYT
Robert Morris, via NYT

Artist Robert Morris, a defining voice of American conceptualism, and a contributing force in the development of an American post-war avant-garde, has passed away at the age of 87. The artist, who embraced a complex and ever-shifting series of investigations into the production, elaboration and understanding of both the art object and its function in both exhibition and broader cultural modes, passed away after a battle with pneumonia.  

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New York – Peter Halley: “Unseen Paintings: 1997 – 2002, From the Collection of Gian Enzo Sperone” at Sperone Westwater Through December 22nd, 2019

November 18th, 2018

Peter Halley, Unseen Paintings (Installation View), via Sophie Kitching for Art Observed
Peter Halley, Unseen Paintings (Installation View), via Sophie Kitching for Art Observed

During the years 1992 to 2002, Peter Halley’s paintings were rarely seen in New York City — during that entire ten-year span there was only one exhibition of his paintings in the city. The artist, whose body of work helped to define a return to abstract, painterly language in the New York avant-garde during the 1980’s, was noticeably absent, a note that often leaves his work somewhat divorced from some of the other artists living and working during that era. Now, an exhibition at Sperone Westwater aims to reintroduce the artist’s work from that era to the city, culling together a body of eight works that emphasize his aesthetic interests during the period, and continuing his exploration of geometric and geographic forms. Read More »

Berlin – Nairy Baghramian at Galerie Buchholz Through November 17, 2018

November 16th, 2018

Baghramian
Installation View. All images via Art Observed.

Nairy Baghramian’s third solo exhibition at Galerie Buchholz in Berlin is on view at the gallery through November 17, 2018. It is accompanied by a publication produced alongside Déformation Professionelle. This exhibition, shown over the last two years at SMAK, Ghent, and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, was originally conceived as a retrospective. However, the artist decided to modify this approach and instead construct a show around new pieces that refer back to earlier ones. At Galerie Buchholz, many of these self-reflexive pieces are on view in the gallery’s first floor exhibition space. Read More »

AO Auction Results – New York: Christie’s Evening Sale of the Collection of Barney Ebsworth, November 13th, 2018

November 13th, 2018

Edward Hopper, Chop Suey (1929), via Christie's
Edward Hopper, Chop Suey (1929), Final Price: $95,937,500, via Christie’s

Following an unsteady outing this past Sunday, Christie’s has turned on a dime with this evening’s special sale of works from the collection of Barney Ebsworth, capping off a 42-lot sale with a strong final result of $317,801,250, leaving only a few works unsold (5 of 42 lots) and a number of major world auction records left broken (at least 10 records in total before the sale reached its conclusion). Read More »