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Omer Fast Sees Avid Protests Over Installation in Chinatown

October 21st, 2017

Chinatown Art Brigade Outside James Cohan, via GuardianArtist Omer Fast is facing a backlash over his current installation at James Cohan in Chinatown, which replicates a shuttered Chinese business. “Chinatown is a 150-year-old thriving community that people built on their own,” says protest organizer Betty Yu. “When an artist equates our culture as garbage, it’s really insulting to the community.”
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Bloomberg Profiles Growing Market for Young Women Artists

October 21st, 2017

NADA ART FAIR MIAMI BEACH 2010_RACHEL UFFNER GALLERYAn article in Bloomberg this week profiles the young women artists seeing their stars rapidly on the rise in the current market, and the increased demand for women artists that has many wondering if a sea change is underway in the market. “Maybe this is the time of the women,” says galleries Rachel Uffner. “They are really good artists. They’ve been working for a while. And they keep making better and better works.”
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Carolee Schneeman Reflects on Early Work in Harper’s

October 21st, 2017

Carolee Schneeman, via ArtforumCarolee Schneemann is featured in Harpers this week, as the artist prepares to open a retrospective exhibition at MoMA PS1 in New York, and reflects on her early life dealing with sexism while training as a writer and artist. “Only an ideal physical body could manage to subvert the traditional expectations of pleasing the male gaze,” she writes. “If our bodies didn’t look appealing we couldn’t have gotten subversive messages through them. We would’ve been laughed away or dismissed as feeble pornographers.”
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Guardian Profiles Impressionists’ Experiences in London

October 21st, 2017

Alfred Sisley, via The GuardianA piece in The Guardian this week profiles the experiences of the Impressionist Masters in London, and the artist’s lasting impact on the city’s history of art. The work profiles a range of artist’s engagements with the city’s landscapes and iconic structures, from Alfred Sisley to Claude Monet.
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Stolen Caravaggio Profiled in Garage Magazine

October 21st, 2017

Caravaggio, via GarageAn article in Garage Magazine this month looks at the plight of a Caravaggio stolen from the Oratorio di San Lorenzo in Palermo, Sicily, and the likelihood that it is now in the hands of the Mafia. “The important thing is to get it back, out of principle, and these guys—by forgetting their buddies in prison whose conditions I was first told the mafia capo types wanted to improve— think they can now do it,” write Charley Hill, who is investigating the work.
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Leonardo da Vinci Painting Inspires Mystery Over Depiction of Transparent Orb

October 19th, 2017

Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi, via The GuardianThe Guardian has a piece this week on the mysterious orb held by Christ in the Leonardo da Vinci painting currently on view at Christie’s. “Solid glass or crystal, whether shaped like an orb or a lens, produces magnified, inverted, and reversed images,” historian Walter Isaacson says of the image. “Instead, Leonardo painted the orb as if it were a hollow glass bubble that does not refract or distort the light passing through it.”
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In Rare Move, Several Florine Stettheimer Works Change Hands this Fall

October 19th, 2017

Florine Stettheimer, New York Liberty, 1918, via Art NewsIn an extremely rare occurrence, two works by Florine Stettheimer have changed hands this year, with one going into the collection of the Whitney Museum, and one going onto the open market.  Stettheimer rarely sold or gave her works away, making one’s appearance, let alone two in the same year, a momentous event. 
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Kader Attia Wins 2017 Joan Miró Prize

October 19th, 2017

Kader Attia, via Art DailyFrench-Algerian artist Kader Attia has been named  winner of the 2017 Joan Miró Prize.  “Attia’s passionate engagement with current affairs and with the shared fate of humanity [which] has close links to Joan Miró’s involvement in the critical episodes that marked his generation, while Attia’s unique take on complex, often traumatic, human relationships across cultures resonates with Miró’s universal aspirations,” the award’s jury said in a statement.
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Beatrix Ruf Steps Down from Stedelijk Over Accusations of Conflict of Interest

October 19th, 2017

Beatrix Ruf, via Art NewsBeatrix Ruf, former head of Amsterdam’s Stedelijk Museum is stepping down over accusations of a conflict of interest regarding the director’s work as an independent art advisor, as well as the terms of recent donations of art to the institution. “I value the interests of this outstanding institution, and place the interests of the Stedelijk first, above my own, individual concerns. In light of that, I feel that this is an appropriate moment for me to step down. I wish the museum every success in the future because that is what the Stedelijk, its exceptionally dedicated staff, visitors, and supporters, wholeheartedly deserve,” Ruf said in a statement.
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Doug Aitken Receives Inaugural $100,000 Frontier Art Prize

October 19th, 2017

Doug Aitken, via ArtforumArtist Doug Aitken has received the inaugural $100,000 Frontier Art Prize, which “recognizes artistic expression to critically question the way we live and think, now and in the future, at the creative crossroads of art and science; and biology, ecology, chemistry, architecture, food, communications, transportation, medicine, biotechnology, design, space exploration, artificial intelligence and physics,” according to presenters Le Laboratoire and the VIA Art Fund. “As an artist and filmmaker Doug Aitken epitomizes the radical, pioneering spirit that we hope to celebrate with this award,” says Bridgitt Evans, the VIA Art Fund president and founder. “Doug’s ambitious artistic endeavors encourage us to imagine the future while simultaneously slowing us down to critically rethink our present.”
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New York — Pat Steir: “Kairos” at Lévy Gorvy Through October 21st, 2017

October 21st, 2017

Pat Steir, Little Red One (2016), all images via Osman Can Yerebakan for Art Observed
Pat Steir, Little Red One (2016), all images via Osman Can Yerebakan for Art Observed

In ancient Greek, the word kairos defined the moment of opportunity to make a decision.  Kairos, which lends its name to New York-based painter Pat Steir’s current exhibition at Lévy Gorvy, encapsulates a Proustian interpretation of time that is subjective and cerebral, as opposed to a sequential grasp. Although they represent binary notions at first sight, chance and precision are two pivotal elements in Steir’s work, and given her decision to name her exhibition after a term associated with philosophy of time, she tends to perfect the balance between these two opposites. Created over the last two years, paintings at Steir’s first exhibition with the gallery after the Upper East Side powerhouse announced representation of her last year. Read More »

New York – Stanley Whitney: “Drawings” at Lisson Gallery Through October 21st, 2017

October 21st, 2017

Stanley Whitney, Drawings (Installation View), via Art Observed
Stanley Whitney, Drawings (Installation View), via Art Observed

Lisson Gallery’s second New York location kicked off the fall art season this past week with a striking exhibition of drawings and small-scale works by Stanley Whitney, a charged entry in the season’s landscape of exhibitions that rings a powerful chord against the backdrop of the U.S.’s turbulent and increasingly violent, racially-tinged struggles.  Spread across the walls of the gallery’s small project space, the show is an impressive entry in the artist’s oeuvre, combining his energetic, colorful sensibilities with a more cutting socio-political and critical lens, one that brings his work into tight focus against the backdrop of current events. Read More »

AO On-Site – Paris: FIAC Art Fair at The Grand Palais, October 19th – 22nd, 2017

October 19th, 2017

Outside the Grand Palais, via Art Observed
Outside the Grand Palais, all photos via Andrea Nguyen for Art Observed

As Wednesday evening drags into the late night in Paris, the first day of FIAC has concluded, bringing with it a steady stream of sales and projects that once again places the French art fair at the center of the fall exhibition calendar. The city’s marquee art fair, FIAC opened to strong praise from its attendees, and a number of show-stopping works, arranged under the equally striking architecture of the Grand Palais.

FIAC, via Art Observed
FIAC, via Art Observed

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AO Preview – Paris: FIAC Art Fair at the Grand Palais, October 19th – 22nd, 2017

October 18th, 2017

Pieter Schoolwerth, Privacy Settings #3 (2017), via Miguel Abreu
Pieter Schoolwerth, Privacy Settings #3 (2017), via Miguel Abreu

Returning to the French capital for another year of exhibitions inside the iconic expanses of the Grand Palais, the Foire International Art Contemporain, or FIAC, opens its doors today in Paris.  The fair, which has operated for over 44 years in the city, has undergone several facelifts over the course of its lifetime, with its most recent editions courting a healthy mix of contemporary and modern works alongside more classical and historical modes, making it one of the world’s more ambitiously curated programs.

Marguerite Humeau, Jonny's Child (OH7B) (2014), via Clearing
Marguerite Humeau, Jonny’s Child (OH7B) (2014), via Clearing

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New York – Trevor Paglen: “A Study of Invisible Images” at Metro Pictures Through October 21st, 2017

October 18th, 2017

Trevor Paglen, A Study of Invisible Images (Installation View), via Art Observed.
Trevor Paglen, A Study of Invisible Images (Installation View), via Art Observed

Drawing on the increasingly complex relationship between human relations, technological ascendency and the exercise of power that ultimately serves as a negotiating space between these two forces, Trevor Paglen’s work has repeatedly explored how the modern computer processor is ever more embroiled in the fabric of human decision-making and world-building. Having traveled the globe, and even fired a satellite into space to look down on it from outside its atmospheric confines, Paglen’s work delves into the physical architectures, and often otherworldly effects that the modern state of surveillance and speed renders on human understandings of time, space, and even our own perceptions of identity or self.

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New York – Elizabeth Orr: “Our Hallway Is Surrounded” at Bodega Through October 15th, 2017

October 15th, 2017

Elizabeth Orr, House (2017), via Bodega
Elizabeth Orr, House (2017), via Bodega

In the back room of Bodega, a new video by Elizabeth Orr began with one word: “HERE,” a coy move to set the location before her projected video lit up with a full sentence that manages to double back on the grandiosity of its previous line: “There is no spectacle to be revealed.”  This statement, taken in conjunction with the artist’s minimalist sculptures arranged around the front room, sets a terse, self-critical tone for Orr’s new exhibition, Our Hallway is Surrounded, a show that makes much of the act of both creating space, and dispensing with that same space’s contextual aura. Read More »

New York – Thomas Eggerer: “Todd” at Petzel Gallery through October 14th, 2017

October 14th, 2017

Thomas Eggerer, Todd (Installation View), all images courtesy the artist and Petzel Gallery
Thomas Eggerer, Todd (Installation View), all images courtesy the artist and Petzel Gallery

For the artist’s sixth solo exhibition at the gallery, New York’s Petzel Gallery is presenting nine new paintings by Thomas Eggerer, introducing an innovative figuration to the artist’s already established practice in meticulous depictions of the everyday. Each of the three large-scale works, as well as the six smaller canvases feature an elevated street view in which an industrial manhole cover is the focal point. In the larger works, the cool metal lids stand alone, while in the remaining, and arguably more engrossing paintings, they are accompanied by objects and figures that enact situations on and around them. Read More »

New York – Kara Walker: “Sikkema Jenkins and Co. is Compelled to present The most Astounding and Important Painting show of the fall Art Show viewing season!” at Sikkema Jenkins Through October 14th, 2017

October 14th, 2017

Kara Walker, Dredging the Quagmire (Bottomless Pit), (2017), via Art Observed
Kara Walker, Dredging the Quagmire (Bottomless Pit) (2017), via Art Observed

“How many ways can a person say racism is the real bread and butter of our American mythology, and in how many ways will the racists among our countrymen act out their Turner Diaries race war fantasy combination Nazi Germany and Antebellum South…” poses Kara Walker in the statement for her current exhibition at Sikkema Jenkins.  The artist’s work, returning to the gallery after a lengthy absence, is presented at the height of its power and intensity, here focusing on the repeating narratives and cycles of violence against the black body that have plagued the United States since its birth. Read More »

Amanda Ross-Ho: “My Pen Is Huge” at Mitchell-Innes & Nash Through October 14th, 2017

October 12th, 2017

Amanda Ross-Ho, Untitled Timepiece (Coca-Cola) (2017), via Art Observed
Amanda Ross-Ho, Untitled Timepiece (Coca-Cola) (2017), via Art Observed

In some regards, size has always mattered to Amanda Ross-Ho. It’s hard to even recall a show of hers in which she hasn’t taken a common object and enlarged it to an uncommon size. In her 2012 show at MOCA’s Pacific Design Center, Teeny Tiny Woman, Ross-Ho even went so far as to create an oversize photo enlarger, underscoring her impressive sense of both scale and formal wit. With several years of practice under her belt since then, however, Ross-Ho’s simple enlargements have seemed to evolve quite considerably, perhaps best exemplified by My Pen is Huge, Ross-Ho’s new exhibition at Mitchell-Innes & Nash, which sees her adding to own work’s discourse by including life size objects alongside her oversized sculptures. Read More »

AO On-Site – London: 1:54 African Art Fair and Sunday Art Fair, October 5th – 8th, 2017

October 10th, 2017

Kudzanai Violet Hwami at Tyburn for 154 Art Fair, via Art Observed
Kudzanai Violet Hwami at Tyburn for 1:54 Art Fair, via Art Observed

With Frieze London commanding such expansive attention across the European art world each year, the fair’s annual occurrence has opened the door to an increasingly large pool of satellite fairs and supplementary exhibitions, turning the week into a packed series of openings and fairs spread throughout the British capital. This year, Frieze Art Week was no different, as the 1:54 Art Fair and Sunday Art Fair  its doors for another year in the city. Read More »