Archive for March, 2009

Go See: Mickalene Thomas’s ‘She’s Come UnDone!’ at Lehmann Maupin in New York through May 2, 2009

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

‘Don’t forget about me (Keri)’ by Mickalene Thomas via Lehmann Maupin

Open now at Lehmann Maupin in Chelsea is ‘She’s Come UnDone!’, an exhibition of photographs, paintings, and collages by Mickalene Thomas. This is Thomas’s first solo show in New York, coming on the heels of growing international attention in the past few years. Thomas is known for paintings of black women, sometimes nude, often in a kitschy 1970s domestic setting with lots of woodgrain paneling and animal prints, and incorporating a lot of rhinestones.

Artists On Artists / Mickalene Thomas By Kara Walker [Bomb]
In the Studio: Mickalene Thomas [Art + Auction]
Mickalene Thomas – She’s Come UnDone! [Lehmann Maupin]
Mickalene Thomas


Go See: ‘Walking on Air’ by Richard Tuttle at PaceWildenstein, New York, through April 25, 2009

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009
Richard Tuttle, 'Walking on Air, 5' (above) and 'Walking on Air, 4' (below), 2008, Via

Richard Tuttle, 'Walking on Air, 5' (top) and 'Walking on Air, 4' (bottom), 2008, Via

Presently on show at PaceWildenstein (534 W 25th st) is Richard Tuttle’s first solo show at the gallery. The exhibition includes twelve new works that were executed in 2008. All twelve pieces, measuring roughly  1’ x 10’, are made up of two rectangles of dyed fabric cloth with sown in grommets, allowing each piece to hang on nails. For Tuttle, these latest additions to his oeuvre alleviate the ambiguity of dichotomy and of the abstract and the real and instead make manifest the prospect of harmony and a new beginning.  The works are paired with a DVD, showing a conversation between Tuttle and Arne Glimcher, director and founder of Pace Art Gallery in New York.

Richard Tuttle: Walking on Air
534 W 25th st
March 20 – April 25, 2009

Exhibition Page and Press Release
Richard Tuttle Info, Bio, Essays and More [Sperone Westwater]
Biography, Interviews and Multimedia on Richard Tuttle [PBS art:21]
Richard Tuttle: Never Not an Artist (2005). Documentary on Richard Tuttle directed by Chris Maybach [Art City]


Picasso’s Guernica to be exhibited at Whitechapel Gallery reopening, London, April 5th, 2009

Monday, March 30th, 2009

Picasso Guernica-1937Guernica (1937) by Pablo Picasso, via Museo de Reina Sofia

A tapestry replica of Picasso’s famous 1937 anti-war painting Guernica will be exhibited at the Whitechapel in London.  Commissioned by Norman Rockefeller, the tapestry is currently displayed at the United Nations Headquarters in New York outside the Security Council Chamber. It is now arriving at the Whitechapel as part of Polish-born London artist Goshka Macuga’s installation that will feature the tapestry for a reopening of the Whitechapel after a ₤13.5 million re-development. The refurbishment of the gallery is by Belgian architects Robbrecht & Daem and Yaya nominee Witherford Watson Mann.

Controversial Tapestry to star in Whitechapel reopening [Art Newspaper]
“Guernica” Tapestry will travel to Whitechapel [Artinfo]
Whitechapel Gallery expansion unveiled [BuildingDesignOnline]
Picasso Tapestry of Guernica Heads to UK
[The Guardian]
Tapestry of Picasso’s Guernica to be displayed in Britain [The Telegraph]
The reopening of the Whitechapel Gallery after the completion of a large expansion [The Financial Times]
Look What they’ve done to the Whitechapel [This is London]
Whitechapel’s $20 Million Redo Expands Edgy London Gallery [Bloomberg]

Go See: 'Chewing Color,' curated by Marilyn Minter at 44 1/2 in Times Square, New York, April 1–30, 2009

Monday, March 30th, 2009

Trailer for Marilyn Minter’s ‘Green Pink Caviar’ via The World’s Best Ever

Starting Wednesday, April 1st is ‘Chewing Color,’ a video installation curated by Marilyn Minter as the latest presentation of At 44 1/2, Creative Time’s collaboration with MTV. ‘Chewing Color’ comes after a series of videos by Gilbert & George, Malcom McLaren, and other artists, shown on MTV Studios’ gigantic high definition screen in the midst of Times Square, between 44th and 45th Streets.  Films in the series include Minter’s ‘Green Pink Caviar,’ Patty Chang’s ‘Fan Dance,’ and Kate Gilmore’s ‘Star Bright, Star Might.’ ‘Chewing Color’ will be shown at the top of the hour, every hour during the month of April.

At 44 1/2 – Creative Time Presents Chewing Color [Creative Time]
Marilyn Minter’s Green Pink Caviar [The World’s Best Ever]
Chewing Color curated by Marilyn Minter [SLAMXHYPE]
Marilyn Minter in Times Square


Ralph Lauren adds 2 new labels in tailored clothing for the fall.

Daily News Record July 27, 1995 | Gellers, Stan NEW YORK — Ralph Lauren is dead serious about the tailored clothing business.

So much so, that for the first time in the company’s 28-year history, the designer is using his own name only on both the new purple and blue labels to identify and underscore the company’s move into higher price ranges. However, the Polo Ralph Lauren label continues as the company’s flagship.

As explained by the designer’s brother, Jerry Lauren, senior vice-president, men’s design, Polo Ralph Lauren, “Ralph felt that because Polo was doing so many things, it was time to identify each area.” Thus, the three labels. This move is expected to more than double its tailored clothing business.

And that’s what the new Polo Men’s Tailored Clothing Co. is all about starting with this fall. The world of Polo clothing has grown dramatically and will now cover the waterfront starting with seasonal fabrics for suits at $395 in the Polo Ralph Lauren line to a stratospheric $2,000 for Ralph Lauren purple label — with a lot of stops along the way.

In addition to the long-established Polo Ralph Lauren label is the new purple Ralph Lauren label for top-of-the-line clothing that will be imported from England. New, too, is the Ralph Lauren blue label for upper-moderate canvas clothing made in the U.S.

Both the purple and blue labels separate the designer’s name from the Polo brand. And with this new solo identification, the company is tiering its tailored clothing businesses for the first time to go after three distinct market niches.

The purple label, with suits priced from $1,500 to $2,000, is bespoke British tailoring with roped shoulders and a nipped-in waist. English shirts and ties will also be featured under the purple label.

The blue Ralph Lauren label is contemporary American designer clothing with suits retailing from $795 to $1,195. Sportswear is planned for next fall for this label.

Finally, the ongoing Polo Ralph Lauren label, described as the company’s roots, continues its softly constructed traditional model and includes sportswear and furnishings.

Adding another reason for the major overhaul that broadens Polo’s marketing stance, Dennis Trites, president of the Polo Tailored Clothing Co., explains: “We will finally have the broader product assortment we need to satisfy our growing global business. The Europeans want to buy Ralph Lauren at more price points and as complete collections. Now we have it.” Polo currently does about half its men’s wear volume outside of this country in 75 stores with either the Polo or Ralph Lauren name, both licensed and owned by the American company. There are 55 freestanding Polo stores in this country. Commenting on how the added collections will help grow Polo’s clothing volume, Trites relates, “We’re about 10 percent tailored clothing now, and we would like to feel that with the additional two new labels, we’ll be able to go to 25 percent.” He points out that the new segmented marketing strategy will do more than broaden the company’s total reach. It’s this: Polo’s image in the U.S. as the king of sportswear will get a bit of a makeover starting this fall when tailored clothing becomes more prominent in the company’s advertising. web site ralph lauren coupon web site ralph lauren coupon

It’s even hinted that Lauren himself might become more visible in the future.

Big changes, Trites remarks, will also come in the distribution pattern with regular tailored clothing departments at major stores finally getting a crack at several of the company labels.

In a preview for DNR of the new labels presented in lifestyle settings at the company’s offices here, Jerry Lauren stresses that the purple label clothing “was Ralph’s dream of what a suit should be. It’s a powerful look and everything he would wear himself.” Shown against a rich black and white background with a Steinway baby grand piano as the focal point, the aggressive purple label suit silhouette in single- and double-breasted suits was literally modeled after the clothes the designer had tailored for himself in London.

In sharp contrast and shown in juxtaposition is the new Ralph Lauren blue label collection. The room setting for these suits and sport coats is in a palette of beige through rusty browns, and could have come out of Darryl Zanuck’s home in Hollywood in the late ’30s.

The inspiration for the collection, remarks Lauren, is “Ralph’s purple label signature model.” But for a broader customer appeal, two additional bodies are offered. He describes the suits as “bespoke translated to contemporary clothing made in America. Each body has its own set of specs, because that’s the way Ralph thinks.” The line includes two- and three-button single-breasteds and a six-button double-breasted, which can button one or two buttons. The sleeper, however, is a three-button peak-lapel suit, which, according to Trites, has had a “tremendous response in first showings with some of our customers.” The Polo Ralph Lauren clothing, meanwhile, hasn’t changed. The models still have the company’s signature soft shoulder styling. But they’re visibly different from the purple and blue collections which, according to Lauren, “have much more interest in the sleevehead and the fit at the waist.

“Ralph isn’t interested in high padded shoulders.” The distribution for each of the labels actually reflects the personality of the clothing and the label. The purple label will have limited distribution, with Saks, Neiman Marcus and the Polo stores initially getting the line. In addition to the off-the-peg clothing, made-to-measure will be offered without a surcharge.

The blue label, as noted, will be marketed to regular tailored-clothing departments in department and better specialty stores. This compares with the previous distribution pattern with Polo selling only to Polo stores.

The Polo label will also be sold through Polo stores and also, for the first time, will also be presented in in-store sportswear departments.

Trites points out that in some smaller markets, the Polo clothing will be shown in regular clothing as well as sportswear departments “where the suits will be strongly highlighted. So we’re now covering all bases with all classifications.” He also indicates that with the designer name achieving a separate entity and identity, the company’s Polo Sport label will become that much more powerful on its own.

Adding a footnote on the Polo retail business, the executive points out that many of the American stores are going through arevamping that will add considerably more square footage.

Sales for the trio of labels will currently be handled by the clothing company.

As for the potentials that will open up as a result of the three-tier marketing, Trites continues: “We needed this breakdown to sell more product outside of the U.S. And we’re perceived quite different abroad. In Italy, for example, where most men want to wear Savile Row suits, Ralph Lauren is known for his clothing.

“And in Europe, his name, rather than the Polo brand, is used on some of the stores. We really haven’t used the Ralph Lauren name up to now to sell Europe. Now we have the right product, the image and the different labels to do it.” Gellers, Stan

Go See: Ryan McGinness ‘Works’ at Deitch Projects in New York through April 18, 2009

Monday, March 30th, 2009

Ryan McGinness’s ‘Untitled (Black on Black 2)’ via Deitch Projects

Currently on view at Deitch Projects’ 18 Wooster Street gallery is an installation by Ryan McGinness featuring a number of new silkscreens, paintings, and sculptures. McGinness’s latest work is a further exercise in exploring a riotous semiotics of pop culture and graphic design, often with a tongue-in-cheek art-historical basis. Over the past decade, McGinness has developed an explosive visual language using iconography derived from contemporary graphic design in a process baldly alluding to the likes of Andy Warhol, Jackson Pollock, and Jean-Michel Basquiat. The images McGinness creates, through a laborious process of sketching, drawing, and computer vectoring, are designed to appear anonymous yet embody a distinctly corporate, ‘edgy’ familiarity. Through repetition and superabundance, individual cultural signifiers dissolve into the abstract. A seemingly appropriated, commoditized language converges into the art object, with McGinness drawing upon his design background to blur the lines between commercial design and fine art. And not satisfied with the boundaries proposed by the object, McGinness expands his iconography beyond the canvas and onto the walls, realizing the world he sees when he closes his eyes for the gallery viewer.

Ryan McGinness Works. [Deitch Projects]
Artist’s Page
Ryan McGinness Works [Cool Hunting]
Last Saturday Night, Ryan McGinness at Deitch [W Magazine]
Ryan McGinness Exhibition at Deitch Projects Recap [Hypebeast]
NYC///Must see show///Ryan McGinness’ “Works” at Deitch Projects [Supertouch]
Ryan Mcginness at Deitch [TheWorld’sBestEver]
It’s a Ryan McGinness Renaissance With Two New Books and a Show at Deitch Projects [PaperMag]


Noted New York Art Dealer, Lawrence B. Salander, Arrested for Stealing $88 million

Friday, March 27th, 2009
Lawrence B. Salander in Court, Via New York Times

Lawrence B. Salander in Court, Via New York Times

Yesterday morning, Lawrence B. Salander, Upper East Side art dealer and owner of the now bankrupt Salander-O’Reilly Galleries was arrested at his estate on Millbrook, New York. Salander is accused of stealing $88 million from high-profile investors, art owners and Bank of America. The Grand Jury of the State Supreme Court in Manhattan charged him with grand larceny, falsifying business records, scheming to defraud, forgery and perjury. Salander pleaded not guilty and may face up to twenty five years in prison. The Justice ordered a $1 million bail.

News Release
[New York County District Attorney’s Office]
Times Topics:Lawrence B. Salander [New York Times]
Art Dealer is Charged with Stealing $88 Million [New York Times]
Tennis Great John McEnroe helps nab art dealer Lawrence Salander, who was indicted for fraud [New York Daily News]
Salander Charged with Stealing $88 million [Artforum]
Art-World Madoff Arraigned in Manhattan Court [Artinfo]


Newslinks for Friday, March 27, 2009

Friday, March 27th, 2009

Marc Drier

Marc Dreier, the powerful attorney indicted on fraud charges totaling nearly $700 million, revealed as a substantial client of Larry Gagosian [ArtLovesMoney]
and in related: Chris Burden on his exhibition at Gagosian Los Angeles that became entangled in the Allen Stanford fraud case [New Yorker]
Spurred by a spate of deaccessionings, New York State looks at a bill aimed at limiting museums’ art sales
[NY Times]
Yvon Lambert closes fledgling London branch
in in other recession-related: facing a shrunken endowment, Getty cuts its budget by a quarter [LA Times]


Steve McQueen’s first feature film, ‘Hunger,’ opens in New York at the IFC Film Center [IFC film Center]
London sees a number of Russian women as a force in the contemporary art scene
[Financial Times]

Curators of ‘New Deal’ at the Art Production Fund gallery, Matthew Moravec, left, and Kyle Thurman via NY Times

In their early 20s, two curators present an exhibition of artists 19 to 26 years old for Yvonne Force Villareal’s Art Production Fund [NY Times]

Christian Holstad’s installation at X Initiative via NY Magazine

Jerry Saltz reviews two new energetic galleries: The Boiler in Williamsburg and X Iniatiative in the old Dia space [NY Magazine]
The European Fine Art Fair in Maastricht displays trust in Old Masters
[The Art Newspaper]
Hirst, Serra, Koons and others bring in exceed estimates and bring in $6 million at Paris charity auction
Asian Art Week actions sell robustly at both Christie’s and Sotheby’s
Artprice publishes its top 10 ranking of artists based on auction revenue in 2008

A portrait of Yves Saint Laurent by Andy Warhol via artnet

Pierre Bergé withdraws four portraits of his partner, the late Yves Saint Laurent, from an Andy Warhol exhibition in Paris four days the opening [Artinfo]
Fashion designer contextualized art is again resilient: Sotheby’s Gianni Versace sale greatly exceeds its estimates

Vincent van Gogh, The Night Cafe, 1888, Via ARTstor Collections

Vincent van Gogh, The Night Cafe, 1888, Via ARTstor Collections

Yale University files suit to claim ownership of Van Gogh, after self-proclaimed descendent of previous owner lay claim to the work [Associated Press]
Director of SFMoMA sets example on how to tackle economic difficulty [NY Times]
Jackie Wullschlager looks at three new books that explore Darwin’s influence on Modern art
[Financial Times]
Beacon in upstate New York is an art destination

Levi’s collaborates with Stefan Sagmeister on art series featuring its iconic 501 [PaperMag]
and in related Lucien Pellat-Finet and Marc Quinn collaborate [Vogue]
The Chapman Brothers direct new video for PJ Harvey and John Parish

Michael Visocchi's proposal for Yield, Via Artdaily

Michael Visocchi's proposal for Yield, Via Artdaily

Michael Visocchi has won the 2009 Jerwood Sculpture Park Prize [BBC]
and in related, Pipilotti Rist has been awarded the 2009 Joan Miro Prize [Artdaily]


States News Service January 11, 2010 GREENVILLE — The following information was released by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina: in our site employment verification letter

The United States Attorney’s Office announced that in federal court January 8, 2010, MARY ROSE WRIGHT, 43, of Raleigh, North Carolina, pled guilty before United States Magistrate Judge David W. Daniel to wire fraud and conspiring to commit mail fraud, wire fraud, and bank fraud.

A Criminal Information was filed on November 23, 2009. According to the Information, from August, 2006, to November, 2006, WRIGHT, working as a mortgage broker for Fairway Mortgage, worked with others to defraud various financial institutions through the submission of false and fictitious mortgage loan applications. Using a falsified Power of Attorney giving authority on behalf of a co-conspirator to execute all documents in connection with the property purchase, WRIGHT then prepared false United States Individual Income Tax Returns for years 2004 and 2005 and a self-employment verification letter and caused to have prepared a fabricated financial statement to use in obtaining the property. She then submitted an offer to purchase a property. go to site employment verification letter

On November 27, 2006, WRIGHT submitted a loan application, which included false representations regarding borrower’s address, employment, bank account information, and rental real estate schedule, in connection with the purchase of the residential Raleigh property. That same day Equity Services, Inc., loaned a co-conspirator $1,537.500 for the property purchase.

In November, 2006, WRIGHT’s co-conspirator gave her $120,000 from a previously fraudulently obtained mortgage loan from Washington Mutual in the amount of $2,996,969 to be used as a down payment for the purchase of the Raleigh property. On November 27, 2006, WRIGHT took possession of the property after executing a HUD-1 statement containing false and fraudulent information. To date, no mortgage payments have been made.

“In recent years we have seen how pervasive bank fraud has become and how devastating it has been to our banking institutions and our economy. This guilty plea is another step in the Justice Department’s effort to deal with this problem and to ensure integrity in our financial systems,” stated John Stuart Bruce, Acting United States Attorney.

Investigation of this case was conducted by the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation Division, the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation and the North Carolina Real Estate Commission. This case is being handled by the Office’s Economic Crimes Section, with Assistant United States Attorney Banumathi Rangarajan assigned as prosecutor .

Go See: Thomas Hirschorn’s ‘Universal Gym’ at Barbara Gladstone, New York, through April 11th 2009

Friday, March 27th, 2009

Thomas Hirshhorn-Universal Gym-2009Universal Gym (2009) by Thomas Hirshhorn, via Barbara Gladstone Gallery

Currently on view at Barbara Gladstone Gallery in New York is a new work by Thomas Hirshhorn. The artist is known for his sprawling installation works that refer to issues of critical theory, global politics, and consumerism.  Hirshhorn combines found imagery and texts with constructions made out of cardboard, foil, and packing tape while decorating them in a Do-it-Yourself manner to refer to the overload of visual images and information that we experience on a daily basis.

Gallery Press Release: Thomas Hirshhorn [Barbara Gladstone Gallery]
Artforum Critics’ Picks [Artforum]
Barbara Gladstone: Thomas Hirshhorn [Artnews]


Art News: Christie’s Sued over Bacon that Failed to Sell

Friday, March 27th, 2009
Francis Bacon, Study for a Self-Portrait, 1964, Via Rawartint

Francis Bacon, Study for a Self-Portrait, 1964, Via Rawartint

A Florida art collector is suing Christie’s New York, after his Self-Portrait by Francis Bacon failed to sell at auction in November 2008.  Christie’s had offered collector George Weiss a minimum guarantee, but allegedly refused to follow through after Weiss consigned the work.  The auction house alludes to the collapse of the art market in its defense.

Christie’s Is Sued After Francis Bacon Painting Fails to Sell
[New York Times]
Christie’s Sued For $40M Over Francis Bacon Painting
[Wall Street Journal]
Christie’s Auction House Sued Over Francis Bacon Guarantee
Art Law Blog on the legal battle
[Art Law Blog]

Go See: ‘Portraits’ by Gerhard Richter, at National Portrait Gallery, London, through May 31st

Friday, March 20th, 2009

Frau mit Schirm / Woman with Umbrella (1964) by Gerhard Richter

Following shows at London’s Serpentine Gallery and the National Galleries in Scotland, Gerhard Richter’s work is being featured at the National Portrait Gallery in London, in his third exhibition in the United Kingdom in the last year. Gerhard Richter, 76, is considered one of the world’s most prominent living painters, and has been a fixture of global contemporary art since the mid-1960s.

Portraits focuses on Richter’s trademark portraits, which are actually painted from photographic prints, news clippings and other sources. The sources are never reproduced in exact detail, and are transformed under Richter’s brush into something more ethereal and abstract. This quality is achieved by blurred lines, both literal and figurative: the portraits’ subjects range from the intimate and personal to the historical and public–often intertwined.

Tante Marianne, from 1965, appears to be an innocuous portrait of a teenage girl and a baby. However, the viewer soon learns that Marianne, Richter’s aunt, was schizophrenic and perished as part of a Nazi drive to euthanize the mentally ill.  Herr Heyde, also from 1965, is recreated from a news clipping of the trial of the Nazi neurologist who was behind the mass euthanization and other atrocities.  However both portraits manage to convey a sense of detachment from its subjects and their context, despite being their being an exploration of ostensibly loaded personal and national narratives.

In fact, Richter proudly and intentionally attempts to strip all narrative from his paintings. Frau mit Schirm appears to be a reproduction of an anonymous woman caught barely suppressing an unidentified but overwhelming emotional reaction.  Almost unrecognizable, the image is of Jacqueline Kennedy moments after the assassination of her husband. With the narrative removed, the image becomes ghostly and almost inpenetrable;  once the narrative is reintroduced, it creates a tension between what the viewer feels it should elicit and the presentation offered by Richter.

Portraits will be on display until May 31st.

Artist Page: Gerhard Richter 
Exhibition Page: Gerhard Richter Portraits at National Portrait Gallery 
Murdered Aunt, Ghostly Nudes Star in Gerhard Richter Exhibit [Bloomberg]
Photos and fantasy: Gerhard Richter’s portraits [The Independent UK]
Gerhard Richter at National Portrait Gallery, London [The Times of London]
Faces from an abstract life [Financial Times]


Go See: Philip-Lorca DiCorcia's Thousand at David Zwirner Gallery, New York, through March 28, 2009

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

Philip-Lorca DiCorcia’s Thousand, via David Zwirner.

Philip-Lorca DiCorcia’s Untitled, 980, from Thousand, via David Zwirner.

David Zwirner Gallery presents its first solo show of New York-based Philip-Lorca diCorcia’s contemporary photography.  1,000 Polaroids, shot by DiCorcia over a span of 25 years, represent his cinematic approach to photography.  Though the works are, upon first view, improvised snapshots, they are not candid at all, but balanced between documentary and staged photography, fact and fiction.

David Zwirner
Philip-Lorca DiCorcia, Thousand
525 West 19th Street
February 27 – March 28, 2009


Exhibition Page [David Zwirner Gallery]
Philip-Lorca DiCorcia [Artcenecal]
Philip-Lorca DiCorcia at David Zwirner [Primeira Avenida]
Zwirner + DiCorcia [Horses Think]


Go See: Ellsworth Kelly Paintings and Drawings at Matthew Marks Gallery, New York, through April 11, 2009

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

Installation view of Ellsworth Kelly “Diagonal” at Matthew Marks Gallery

American color-field painter Ellsworth Kelly is showing new paintings (circa 2007-2008) at Matthew Marks in Chelsea.  Since he first exhibited his work publicly more than 60 years ago, Kelly has had over 150 one-person exhibitions in museums and galleries around the world.  The “Diagonal” series is a collection of eight two-panel paintings consisting of a black or white rectangle overlaid with a contrasting canvas on top, extending beyond the perimeter of the one below.

Matthew Marks Gallery
Ellsworth Kelly Diagonal
522 West 22nd Street
February 6 – April 11, 2009


Exhibition Page [Matthew Marks]
Good Form [New Yorker]
Will Corwin’s Top 10 Shows in New York [Saatchi Online]
Paintings that Converse with Antiquity [Wall Street Journal]
NYTCAP art tour [Flickr page: J-No]


Go See: Piero Manzoni Retrospective at Gagosian Gallery in New York, through March 21, 2009

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

Piero Manzoni behind one of his ‘Achromes’ via Gagosian

Currently at Gagosian Gallery is the first major US retrospective of Italian Conceptual artist Piero Manzoni. Manzoni, who died of a heart attack at the age of 29 in 1963, is most notorious for his ‘Merda d’artista,’ 90 sealed cans purportedly containing his feces and sold for the market-value of gold at the time of purchase. The exhibition is curated by Germano Celant, who named the movement Manzoni belonged to, Arte Povera.

Manzoni: A Retrospective [Gagosian]
To Bump Off Art as He Knew It [NY Times]
Italian Conceptualist Piero Manzoni: More Than the Guy Who Canned His
[Village Voice]
Piero Manzoni: A Retrospective [Time Out NY]
Piero Manzoni Retrospective @ Gagosian Gallery [Whitehot Magazine]


Steven Cohen, newly an investor in Sotheby’s, is to display $420 million worth of art the auction house, in an exhibition to be based on women.

Monday, March 16th, 2009

Le Repos (1932) by Pablo Picasso, via Artnet

Steven Cohen, founder of prominent hedge fund SAC Capital, and his wife Alexandra have lent Sotheby’s 20 artworks valued at $450 million worth of art from their very substantial collection. The works will be displayed from April 2nd to April 14th at Sotheby’s New York headquarters, and will revolve around the female form and its portrayal from 1890 to the present. The exhibition is not tied to a sale, and is entitled Women.

Women III by Willem de Kooning, Turquoise Marilyn by Andy Warhol, Madonna by Edvard Munch, and Le Repos by Pablo Picasso will be amongst the pieces on display, alongside paintings by more contemporary artists such as Lisa Yuskavage and Marlene Dumas.  Cohen bought the de Kooning from David Geffen for $137 million, spent $80 million to acquire Turquoise Marilyn from Stefan Edlis, and acquired the Picasso at auction for $34.7 million.

Cohen and his wife are avid collectors, and have accumulated one of the most significant collections of 20th century art in the world, according to Tobias Meyer, Sotheby’s head of contemporary art. Cohen is known for owning a formaldehyde-enclosed shark by Damien Hirst, currently on loan to the Metropolitan Museum in New York, and has been steadily expanding his collection over the last ten years, buying works by major artists.

In a statement released through Sotheby’s, Mr Cohen remarked: “Our collection has not been curated before. It will be an exciting experience for us.”

SAC Capital has also become one of the larger shareholders of Sotheby’s, accumulating a 5.9% stake after its share price has collapsed over the past 6 months due to lackluster results.

SAC Capital’s Steve Cohen Lends Sotheby’s 20 Artworks [Bloomberg]
Sotheby’s investor to show collection [Financial Times]
Hedge fund manager Steve Cohen puts £320m art collection on show [Telegraph UK]
The tycoon who loved women so much he spent $700m on them[Independent UK]
Why’s Steve Cohen Showing Sotheby’s So Much Love? [New York Magazine]
Sotheby’s to Show Works From Cohen Collection [ArtInfo]


Go See: Van Dyck and Britain at Tate Britain, through May 17th, 2009

Monday, March 16th, 2009

Van Dyck-Charles II as Prince of Wales in amour-ca.1637-38Charles II as Prince of Wales in amour (ca.1637-38) by Anthony Van Dyck, via Tate Britain

Van Dyck and Britain, now showing at the Tate Britain, displays 60 magnificent paintings, drawings, and prints by Belgian-born Sir Anthony Van Dyck. The exhibit also includes a range of supporting and comparative material from public and private collections in Britain and internationally. It tells the story of Van Dyck’s incredible impact on British visual culture and reunites 17th century aristocratic family members such as Katherine, Duchess of Buckingham and her two sons, George II Duke of Buckingham and Lord Francis Villiers, works that have never been displayed together before. Also exhibited are works from his English predecessors such as Peter Lely and John Singer Sargent. The Royal Collection, The National Trust and many private lenders have loaned works to the exhibition.

Van Dyck and Britain [Tate Britain]
Anthony Van Dyck’s Portraits of Nobility [FT]
Van Dyck and Britain, Tate Britain, London [The Independent]
Van Dyck and Britain at Tate Britain, Review [The Telegraph]


Newslinks for Sunday, March 15, 2009

Sunday, March 15th, 2009

A work by Andrei Molodkin via

Andrei Molodkin, to represent Russia in the Venice Biennial, creates sculptures using human corpses rendered into crude oil [The Independent]
At the beginning of Asian week in New York, a case for the relative value of traditional Japanese art [Forbes]
The Metropolitan Museum of Art cuts more jobs
[New York Times]

Neues Museum in Berlin via London Festival of Architecture

The Neues Museum in Berlin opens dramatic space designed by London architect David Chipperfield [New York Times]
Richard Prince denies reports that he is to donate his rare book and publications collection to the Morgan Library in New York [ArtInfo]


Rembrandt, The Storm on the Sea of Galilee one of the works stolen in the Gardner heist, via the Boston Globe

A new plea (with video) for leads leading to the return of  the $500 million worth of art stolen in Boston’s 1990 Gardner Museum  heist, which was the largest in history [Boston Globe via ArtsJournal]
Mary Boone is suing a collector and trustee of the Columbus Museum of Art to complete the sale of a Will Cotton work
[Artnet News]

Anthony d’Offay via the GuardianUK

Anthony d’Offay interviewed, whose Artists Rooms tour begins in Edinburgh and was made possible from the selling of his vast collection for £26.5 million, an estimated 5th of its value [TheScotsman]
The balance of power between London vs Paris as art capitals altered perhaps by the recession

Go See: Jenny Holzer’s ‘PROTECT PROTECT’ at the Whitney Museum of American Art, through May 31, 2009

Saturday, March 14th, 2009
Jenny Holzer, Purple, 2008, Via the Whitney Museum of American Art

Jenny Holzer, Purple, 2008, Via the Whitney Museum of American Art

On 11 March 2009, Jenny Holzer’s traveling exhibition ‘PROTECT PROTECT’ opened at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. ‘PROTECT PROTECT’, previously at the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, includes a number of Holzer’s characteristic LED sign works, but also features painting and installation from the last fifteen years.  The majority of the works in the exhibition draws from declassified U.S. government documents and unveils the human presence in the policy making of war, violence and torture. In Red Yellow Looming (2004), LED bars present the viewer with the language of previous U.S. presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton, while Holzer’s Redaction Paintings series (2005-09) expose the experiences of the perpetrators and victims of the policies set out under these under presidencies.

The Whitney Museum of American Art
945 Madison Avenue at 75th Street
March 12 – May 31, 2009


Exhibition Page [Whitney Museum of American Art]
New York Times Review
[New York Times]
Art in America Review [Art in America]
Art in America Review of Opening [Art in America]
New York Press interview with Jenny Holzer [New York Press]
Biography, Interviews and Multimedia on Jenny Holzer [PBS art:21]
Sign-Meister Genius Holzer Flashes Ideas on Love, War: Review [Bloomberg]


Go See: Yoshitomo Nara at Marianne Boesky Gallery, through March 28, 2009

Friday, March 13th, 2009

Yoshitomo Nara installation view, via Marianne Boesky Gallery.

For Yoshitomo Nara’s fourth solo show at Marianne Boesky Gallery, the Japanese pop artist pairs new paintings and drawings with two large-scale sculptures.  Created with his collaborative group YNG – formally known as “Yoshitomo Nara + graf – the two stylized pine tree abodes are made of reclaimed wood and recall the feeling of a woodman’s cottage or some surreal abode.  The interiors are filled with sketches and doodles created in the artist’s hand, along with stuffed animals that match the playful, fairy-tale feeling of Nara’s work.

Marianne Boesky
Yoshitomo Nara
February 28 – March 28, 2009


Exhibition Page [Marianne Boesky]
Artist Now In Rogue Gallery [New York Post]
Nara Arrested for Graffiti Before Boesky Opening [Art in America]
Openings: Yoshitomo Nara in NYC [Arrested Motion]
On View: Yoshitomo Nara at Marianne Boesky [The Art Collectors]
Yoshitomo Nara at Marianne Boesky


Newslinks for Thursday, March 12, 2009

Thursday, March 12th, 2009

Installation view of Rothko’s ‘Seagram Murals’ via MSNBC

Tate Liverpool exhibits Rothko’s Seagram Murals after a 20-year absence [Artdaily]
Rochelle Steiner, under whose tenure Olafur Eliasson’s “New York City Waterfalls” was sponsored, leaves the Public Art Fund [NY Times] and in related, Sotheby’s CEO takes big paycuts in the wake of the market downturn [Bloomberg]

Alex James, bassist of Blur via The Mirror

Blur’s Alex James to judge Charles Saatchi’s art-star reality TV show [The Mirror]
Jonathan Jones on how consumerism spawned Warhol and Pop art and thus the shallowness of contemporary art [Guardian]
Vanity Fair’s imagined conversations overheard at a MoMA party [VanityFair]
A new show at Paris’s Musee d’Art Moderne acknowledges how Italian Surrealist Giorgio de Chirico sold backdated copies of his own work [Bloomberg]

Patti Smith via The Art Newspaper

Patti Smith, whose Polaroids are showing at Robert Miller gallery, on her early career as an artist and why she feels Jeff Koons’s work is “just litter upon the earth” [The Art Newspaper]

Andy Warhol’s BMW Art Car via W Magazine

The BMW Art Car series by artists such as Frank Stella, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Robert Rauschenberg to appear at New York’s Grand Central Terminal starting March 24 [W Magazine]
Chinese art dealer who sabotaged Christie’s sale of bronzes during the Yves Saint Laurent sale weeps at his shattered credibility [Bloomberg]

Steve McQueen modeling for T Magazine

A brief profile of Turner prize winning film artist Steve McQueen’s fashion aesthetic [The Moment]
The Las Vegas Sun does a post-mortem on the Las Vegas Art Museum, which closed last month
[Las Vegas sun via ArtsJournal]

Trailer for ‘Guest of Cindy Sherman’ via Entertainment Weekly

Soon to open in New York, an art world outsider chronicles his relationship with an art world insider in the film ‘Guest of Cindy Sherman’ [Entertainment Weekly]
Susan Moore looks at the recent emergence of a homegrown art scene in the United Arab Emirates [Financial Times]

Collectors Stephanie Seymour and Peter Brant.  Image courtesy Mary Barone via Artnet

Art in America and Interview Magazine owner Peter Brant opens his private collection to the public, by appointment only, at the Brant Foundation Art Study Center [NY Times]
How the former CEO of the Royal Bank of Scotland was unable to secure an immense 16,000 piece art collection obtained during a takeover of ABN Amro as that bank’s CEO deftly transferred ownership to a foundation before the merger
Turner Prize winning sculptor Antony Gormley announces first public art installation for Scotland

Laura Hoptman, Massimiliano Gioni and Lauren Cornell, curators at the New Museum of Contemporary Art via NY Times

A preview of the New Museum’s inaugural triennial, “The Generational: Younger Than Jesus” [NY Times]
Hans Ulrich Obrist’s book “The Conversation Series” includes interviews with artist such as Wolfgang Tillmans and Gilbert and George [ArtInfo]

A peek at Pierogi Gallery’s new annex, the Boiler via NY Times

Williamsburg’s Pierogi Gallery opens new annex, The Boiler [NY Times]
Chelsea galleries, including Andrea Rosen, Barbara Gladstone, Mary Boone and Matthew Marks, to show work at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Havana, Cuba [The Art Newspaper]

Anish Kapoor’s ‘Temenos’ via AnishKapoor

Construction begins on first of five of Anish Kapoor outdoor sculptures in the UK: the ‘world’s biggest art project’ [DesignWeek]

Portrait of Pope Benedict XIV by Pierre Subleyras via NY Mag

Old masters prove to be a bellwether in the market downturn [Financial Times] as such, The Metropolitan Museum acquires a Renaissance portrait of Pope Benedict XIV for nearly $1 million amidst financial woes [NY Mag] and this painting also is featured here in a separate video discussion on the resilience of old master paintings [Sotheby’s]

Go See: Roni Horn aka Roni Horn, by Roni Horn, at the Tate Modern, London, through May 25, 2009

Thursday, March 12th, 2009

You are the Weather (1994-6) by Roni Horn, picture via the Independent

Roni Horn’s work is on display at the Tate Modern, in her most comprehensive retrospective to date and her first solo museum show in London. The show, Roni Horn aka Roni Horn, incorporates works from the beginning of her career in the mid-1970s through the present.

Horn’s oeuvre touches on several recurring themes, namely identity, mutability and water, at least one of which is likely to appear in some form in her pieces. Additionally, the artist also explores relationships between identical objects being presented in different emotional and spatial contexts, thereby creating different experiences of the same subject. The diptych Dead Owl from 1997, and the sculpture Paired Gold Mats — For Ross and Felix from 1994 embody this idea, and are on display at the Tate.

The artist also has a special artistic relationship with Iceland, assembling To Place, a series of photography books on the island, its glaciers, hot springs, volcanoes, geysers and rivers that examine the constant geological flux of that country. The Weather is You, a series put together between 1994 and 1996, is also set in Iceland, consisting of photographs of a young woman emerging from various hot springs under different climactic conditions, which in turn subtly affect her facial expression and the composition of the photograph.

The rest of the exhibit is comprised of various photographic installations and sculptures that typically employ glass as a medium, but may also contain a diverse array of media ranging from gold to rubber. The west windows of the Tate will be uncovered so as to expose Horn’s sculptures to shifting natural light, which will interact with the glass, water and other media in unique ways, rendering each experience of the work as exceptional.

through May 25th, 2009
Tate Modern Museum,
Bankside Power Station,
25 Sumner Street London SE1

Exhibition Page: Roni Horn aka Roni Horn, Tate Modern
Tate Gallery to Show Roni Horn aka Roni Horn [ArtDaily]
Enigma variations: The curious world of Roni Horn [Independent UK]


Go See: Tony Oursler’s ‘Cell Phones Diagrams Cigarettes Searches and Scratch Cards’ at Metro Pictures New York, through April 11TH, 2009

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

Tony Oursler, ‘Marlboro, Camel, Winston, Parliament, Salem, Marlboro Light, American Spirit, 2009, Metro Pictures New York. Via Metro Pictures.

Tony Oursler, ‘Marlboro, Camel, Winston, Parliament, Salem, Marlboro Light, American Spirit, 2009, Metro Pictures New York. Via Metro Pictures

Currently on show at Metro Pictures is Tony Oursler’s ‘Cell Phones Diagrams Cigarettes Searches and Scratch Cards.’ The show consists of fourteen new works, ranging from installations to wall pieces. The pieces revolve around juxtaposition: painting merges with video and objects are either oversized or minute. Within the works, Oursler deals with issues such as phobia, obsession and addiction. One of the larger installations in the exhibition is a forest of projected cigarettes that endlessly smolder and restore themselves over and over again. The show will run through 11 April 2009.

Metro Pictures
Tony Oursler: Cell Phones Diagrams Cigarettes Searches and Scratch Cards
February 28 – April 11, 2009


Exhibition Page [Metro Pictures]
Exhibition Video
[Vernissage TV)
Artist Page
Urge Overkill


AO On Site (with AO Video): Vanessa Beecroft, VB64, at Deitch Studios in Long Island City, Saturday, March 6th, 2009

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

Vanessa Beecroft VB64 at Deitch Studios – photo by ArtObserved

Long Island City isn’t the typical location for high-profile New York art openings, nor is Queens on a Friday night during Armory Week the usual hotspot for glossy fashion and art hordes. Then again, it’s been eight years since Vanessa Beecroft last staged one of her infamous performances in the city.   Judging from the crowd gathered outside on the East River waterfront and inside the brightly-lit warehouse, Deitch Projects managed to time her re-entry perfectly.

Deitch Projects
Vanessa Beecroft VB64
4-40 44th Drive, Long Island City
Opening March 6; through April 12, 2009


Exhibition Page [Deitch Projects]
Manufacturing Value: Vanessa Beecroft’s VB64 at Deitch Projects, LIC [Art in America]
Vanessa Beecroft at Deitch! [Supreme Management Blog]
Vanessa and Kanye Get Metaphysical [Style File Blog]
Vanessa Beecroft Reveals All [The Art Newspaper]
For the Love of Art: Makeup on the Vanessa Beecroft Shoot [Life is Beautiful]
Vanessa Beecroft’s Nude Models at Deitch Projects [Village Voice]


Go See: Andreas Gursky ‘Works 80-08′ at Moderna Museet in Stockholm February 21-May 3, 2009

Monday, March 9th, 2009

Moderna Museet Presents Andreas Gursky: Works 80-08 via ArtDaily

Beginning February 21st, Moderna Museet in Stockholm will host a traveling retrospective of the Andreas Gursky’s photography. Coming from the Museum Haus Lange in Krefeld, Germany, the exhibition includes work dating back to his studies under Bernd and Hilla Becher. Many of the photographs have been reprinted in a smaller format: a marked change considering that most of Gursky’s photographs are very large, sometimes over sixteen feet wide. The exhibition includes over 150 works spanning the artist’s encyclopedic career. He is well known for his expansive, detached, and often digitally-altered images that seemingly catalogue the phenomena of the world.

Following the show at Moderna Museet, the show will continue on to the Vancouver Art Gallery from May 30-September 20, 2009.

Coming Exhibitions [Moderna Museet]

Moderna Museet Presents Andreas Gursky: Works 80-08 [ArtDaily]
Andreas Gursky Works 80-08 [Slovart]
Andreas Gursky Works 80-08 [Amazon]


Newslinks for Sunday, March 8th, 2009

Sunday, March 8th, 2009

Larry Gagosian via Askmen

An aggressive attempt to get the story behind Larry Gagosian, possibly the most influential yet enigmatic figure in the art world

A Donald Judd installation in Marfa, TX via Drexel, University

On the stark, quirky, top art pilgrimage destination of Marfa, TX [Chicago Tribune]
Art is moving out of the hands corporations


After the Tate, New York on the Bowery, and a slum in Kenya, street artist JR appears in Cambodia [WoosterCollective via the World’s Best Ever]
Nick Cohen’s critique of Nicolas Bourriaud’s curated vision of a “globalised cultural state” at the Tate’s ‘Ultramodern’

Initial work on Raven’s Row in London via RavensRow

Alex Sainsbury opens non-profit exhibition space Raven Row’s in London [FT]

Richard Prince via Interview

Richard Prince donates “one of the most valuable and distinctive modern libraries in private hands”
The Museum of Modern Art has relaunched a decidedly more interactive website

Bruce Nauman via National Gallery of Australia

Bruce Nauman will represent the United States [ArtDaily] and John Baldessari (and Yoko Ono) to be awarded the Golden Lions at the 53rd Venice Biennale this year [ArtInfo]


Charles Saatchi via the Times UK

Charles Saatchi grants a rare interview: “art is my only extravagance” and another interview from Turner Prize winning Film director Steve McQueen [TimesUK]

David Zwirner with Simon de Pury via the Swiss Institute

On the resilient and very active power dealer David Zwirner: “Many people have cash on hand and they are waiting for first-rate objects” [Bloomberg]

Maria Baibakova via the Guardian UK

On Maria Baibakova, young Russian heiress addition to the art world (not Daria “Dasha” Zhukova) [TheIndependent]
Will Gompertz on Joseph Beuys, his Duchampian influence and other noteworthy points such as the myth of the inception of his art at the hands of Tartars in the Crimean War