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New York Times Looks Into Maurizio Cattelan’s Still-Missing Gold Toilet

November 21st, 2019

The New York Times has a piece on the theft of Maurizio Cattelan’s gold toilet, noting that the work is still missing, and spotlighting a number of locals’ thoughts on just where the work might be.  “It’s on a building site,” says taxi driver Susan Hughes, “that’s my theory.” 
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Oscar Tuazon Profiled in LA Times

November 21st, 2019

Oscar Tuazon’s “hippie outlaw architecture” gets a profile in the LA Times this week, and how he has applied his work towards conversations and critiques of current policy around water and other environmental issues.  “Ideas and conversations around water rights and indigenous histories is also this really powerful part of the story,” he says. “And it shapes the way the design is evolving now — to take this structure and break it into its constituent parts and think about how it could work in different landscapes. It’s trying to kind of absorb and learn from those places.”
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LA Times Charts Challenges to MOCA’s New Free Admission Policy

November 21st, 2019

A piece in the LA Times showcases the challenges MOCA in Los Angeles is facing over offering free admission. “It’s as much about philanthropy as it is about a financial transaction for member benefits,” says Asa Hursh, MOCA’s membership and annual fund manager.
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Trump Once Again Proposes Eliminating Arts Funding in Budget

November 21st, 2019

The Trump administration has once again proposed the elimination of funding for the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. “Most of the eliminations and reductions in this volume reflect a continuation of policies proposed in the 2018 and 2019 President’s Budgets that have not yet been enacted by the Congress and highlight the Administration’s efforts to eliminate wasteful or unnecessary spending,” the budget document reads.


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Techno Legend Carl Craig Tapped for Dia:Beacon Show

November 21st, 2019

Techno artist Carl Craig has been commissioned to create a new work in the spacious basement of Dia:Beacon. “The kind of space we’re working with at Dia, there are tons of abandoned spaces I’ve been working with my whole lifetime,” Craig says. “The fall of the automotive industry in Detroit left all these factories that turned into party spaces—and a lot of them are still there.”
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Manchester Museum Returns Works to Indigenous Australian Groups

November 21st, 2019

The Manchester Museum has repatriated 43 objects considered sacred to four indigenous groups in Australia, Art News reports, making it the first institution in the UK to embrace a repatriation program.  “We’ve always known that during the process of colonization, which is continuing today in various respects, that our cultural heritage items were removed from us, were stolen from us and taken from us,” says Mangubadijarri Yanner, who received the objects in Manchester for the Gangalidda Garawa people. “With these specific items, I can say with authority that they were taken without permission.”
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Christie’s to Sell Marina Abramovic Augmented Reality Work

November 21st, 2019

Christie’s will look to sell the first mixed-reality artwork at auction next year, offering Marina Abramović’s The Life, which was on view at The Serpentine earlier this year.  “As the technology around AR and VR evolves at an incredibly fast pace, the market is evolving and adapting to the demand,” says Christie’s specialist Stefano Amoretti. “Christie’s is in an avant-garde position by offering this to the market and we look forward to the response.”
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Lisson Gallery Takes on Estate of Hélio Oiticica

November 20th, 2019

Lisson Gallery will represent the estate of Hélio Oiticica estate worldwide. “My father, Nicholas, saw his show at Whitechapel [Gallery in London] in 1969, two years after the gallery opened,” Alex Logsdail says. “He was somewhat intimidated by him at the time—he was a wild guy. So, it’s been a long time.”
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French Court Upholds Sentence for Picasso’s Electrician

November 20th, 2019

France‘s top appeals court has upheld a two-year suspended jail sentence for the former electrician of Pablo Picasso and his wife, who kept 271 of the painter’s works in a garage for upwards of 40 years.  “It is a triumph of truth and marks the end of a cover-up”, said Jean-Jacques Neuer, the lawyer for Picasso’s son Claude Ruiz-Picasso.
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Ullens Center Cancels Show Amid Heightened Political Tensions in Country

November 20th, 2019

The UCCA in Beijing has cancelled a show of work by Hung Liu over increased political tensions in the country.  “Topics that were once relatively open for discussion are now increasingly scrutinized,” says director Philip Tinari.
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New York – Matthew Barney: “Embrasure” at Gladstone Gallery Through December 21st, 2019

November 20th, 2019

Matthew Barney, Embrasure (Installation View), via Gladstone Gallery
Matthew Barney, Embrasure (Installation View), via Gladstone Gallery

Artist Matthew Barney’s victory lap continues after the 2018 release of his latest film Redoubt, a wolf hunt in Idaho’s rugged Sawtooth Mountains that continues the artist’s ongoing preoccupation with landscape as both setting and subject. For his current show in New York, on view at Gladstone Gallery, the artist presents a set of new drawings, etchings, and sculpture that draw from the film, and expand on its allegorical and cosmological themes. Read More »

New York – Douglas Gordon at Eva Presenhuber Through December 15th, 2019

November 19th, 2019

Douglas Gordon, Happy Birthday to Me (2008-ongoing), via Eva Presenhuber
Douglas Gordon, Happy Birthday to Me (2008-ongoing), via Eva Presenhuber

Presenting a range of works continuing his interest in cinema and the collective memory, the construction of images on the screen and in our heads, artist Douglas Gordon returns to Eva Presenhuber in New York City with a selection of works centered around his ongoing installation Happy Birthday To Me…, accompanied by a new 24-part burned print work titled Self Portrait of You + Me (Neighborly Love), a film installation titled Video Diptych, and more, compiling the artist’s respective works into both a portrait of his own practice, and that of the concepts described above. Read More »

NEW YORK – “CONVERSATION PIECE: DESIGN IS DEAD” AT 109 THOMPSON THROUGH NOVEMBER 16TH, 2019

November 16th, 2019

Charlap Hyman & Herrero, Shell Lamp I, Moulded plastic, and Astrologia Zodiac Black Natural Abaca Round Rug, Hemp, 2018; Chiarastella Cattana, Dune, Jacquard woven textile, 2019; Yali, Vignole Table, Glass top, iron base, 2019. © Annie Schlecter.
Charlap Hyman & Herrero, Shell Lamp I, Moulded plastic, and Astrologia Zodiac Black Natural Abaca Round Rug, Hemp, 2018; Chiarastella Cattana, Dune, Jacquard woven textile, 2019; Yali, Vignole Table, Glass top, iron base, 2019. © Annie Schlecter.

Currently on view for the week at 109 Thompson Street is the pop-up exhibition ‘Conversation Piece: Design is Dead’, a shoebox of a gallery space that designer Adam Charlap Hyman has dramatically transformed into an underwater grotto. The eponymous title of the show is the frequent tagline of Enzo Mari, a maverick Italian designer highly critical of modern design with a host of catechisms to prove it. He attributes the solipsism of design—namely, its death—as ‘the overlaying of icons without any reference to history… In most cases the essence becomes a confusing mess, created without logic.’ Read More »

AO Auction Recap – New York: Post-War and Contemporary Evening Sales, November 13th – 14th, 2019

November 14th, 2019

Ed Ruscha, Hurting the Word Radio #2 (1964), via Christie's
Ed Ruscha, Hurting the Word Radio #2 (1964), final price: $52,485,000, via Christie’s

With the closing of sales last night in New York, the major auction houses have drawn the curtain on a busy year on the secondary market, capping a trio of strong outings for Post-War and Contemporary Art that have once again underscored the state of the art market currently.  A number  of guaranteed sales and high estimate prices seem to have eradicated much of the surprise at the higher end of the market, but its value-setting functions remain intact, as a number of records fell over the course of the past two evenings, and a group of artists made the jump from heritage prizes to certified blue-chip bets. Read More »

AO Auction Recap – New York: Impressionist and Modern Evening Sales, November 12th and 13th, 2019

November 13th, 2019

Claude Monet, Charing Cross Bridge (1903), via Sotheby's
Claude Monet, Charing Cross Bridge (1903), final price: $27,600,000  via Sotheby’s

Marking their entries of the week’s packed calendar of Impressionist and Modern Evening Sales, the Impressionist and Modern Sales have concluded in New York, rounding out the first half of a bustling week of sales that also caps off the second half of the year’s major secondary market sales. Read More »

AO Auction Preview – New York Auction Week, November 11th – 14th, 2019

November 8th, 2019

Willem de Kooning, Untitled XXII (1977), via Sotheby's
Willem de Kooning, Untitled XXII (1977), via Sotheby’s

Capping off the events of the fall art market before one last blowout in Miami, New York City will play home to a last series of major art auctions, offering a last look for the year on just how the contemporary market is faring. Considering relatively unpredictable sales in London this past month, and and more uncertainty on the global horizon, it should make for an intriguing picture of how U.S. dealers are preparing for the months to come. Read More »

Berlin – Mai-Thu Perret: “Agua Viva” at Galerie Barbara Weiss Through November 9th, 2019

November 1st, 2019

Mai-Thu Perret, Agua Viva (Installation View), via Galerie Barbara Weiss
Mai-Thu Perret, Agua Viva (Installation View), via Galerie Barbara Weiss

Currently on at Galerie Barbara Weiss in Berlin, artist Mai-Thu Perret has opened an exhibition of new works drawing on a range of conceptual vectors to explore modernity in conversation with a range of disparate timelines and frames of reference. Drawing its title from writer Clarice Lispector’s book of the same name, the work seems to explore a similar exploration of time as atomic, as suspended along a series of varied singularities that converge and break apart, each moment a collision of varied possibilities and probabilities. Read More »

Paris – Mona Hatoum at Chantal Crousel Through November 23rd, 2019

October 31st, 2019

Mona Hatoum, Hot Spot (Stand) (2018), via Chantal Crousel
Mona Hatoum, Hot Spot (stand) (2018), via Chantal Crousel

Currently on at Chantal Crousel in Paris, artist Mona Hatoum continues her incisive, challenging work reflecting on world conflicts, migrations, and surveillance, using materials as varied as steel, brick, concrete, and human hair to create spaces of tension, paradox, and ambiguity. Using these materials as a way to explore and elaboration on political systems of oppression and destruction, the artist’s work is a poetic and often startling challenge to power. Read More »

Paris – Urs Fischer: “Leo” at Gagosian Gallery Through December 20th, 2019

October 30th, 2019

Urs Fischer, Leo (George & Irmelin) (2019), via Gagosian
Urs Fischer, Leo (George & Irmelin) (2019), via Gagosian

With the opening of FIAC this past month, Gagosian Gallery filled its ground-floor space in Paris with new work by Urs Fischer, including an impressive new candle work by the artist depicting actor and activist Leonardo DiCaprio. Continuing the artist’s enigmatic engagement with the aura of fame and fortune, his new candle sculpture marks a return to his interest in collectors and art world influencers, turning their visages into slowly melting piles of wax. Read More »

New York – Henry Taylor: “NIECE COUSIN KIN LOOK HOW LONG IT’S BEEN” at Blum & Poe Through December 21st, 2019

October 29th, 2019

Henry Taylor, NIECE COUSIN KIN LOOK HOW LONG IT'S BEEN (Installation View), via Blum & Poe
Henry Taylor, NIECE COUSIN KIN LOOK HOW LONG IT’S BEEN (Installation View), via Blum & Poe

Los Angeles-based artist Henry Taylor touches down at Blum & Poe in New York this month, bringing with him a body of new portraits and large-scale compositions under the title NIECE COUSIN KIN LOOK HOW LONG IT’S BEEN, his sixth exhibition with the gallery.  Read More »