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LaToya Ruby Frazier Featured in NYT

March 3rd, 2021

LaToya Ruby Frazier has a piece in the NYT this week, showcasing new work and talking about her critical approach towards American culture. “I am showing these dark things about America because I love my country and countrymen,” she says. “When you love somebody, you tell them the truth. Even if it hurts.”
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MoMA Covers Architect Philip Johnson’s Name from Wall Signage Over Fascist Views

March 3rd, 2021

MoMA has covered up the name of late architect Philip Johnson on wall signs amid allegations of his fascist views. “To move forward with the exhibition thoughtfully, honoring the communities that the artists and their works represent, we feel it’s appropriate to respect the exhibition design suggestion and cover the signage with Johnson’s name outside the Architecture and Design galleries on an interim basis,” a MoMA spokesperson said. “To confront this matter, the Museum currently has underway a rigorous research initiative to explore in full the allegations against Johnson and gather all available information. This work is ongoing.”
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Italy Looks to Art to Help Combat Overtourism

March 3rd, 2021

Italy is looking to combat its crush of tourists in major cities by leasing works from the Uffizi in Florence to smaller museums and spaces around the country, CNN reports. “We already have over 3,000 works of art on display in the Uffizi — that’s enough,” Uffizi director Eike Schmidt says.
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New York Times Details Galleries’ Shifting Relationships to Physical Spaces

March 1st, 2021

A piece in the New York Times this week notes the shifting relationships galleries are taking towards physical spaces, including the possibility that galleries may soon abandon their physical locales.“The question is whether galleries will continue to have space in London,” says Frieze’s Simon Fox. The organization has opened its own gallery space at No. 9 Cork Street that works with a range of galleries and dealers. “The answer to that, in time, might be ‘no.’” 
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New Munch Museum Building to Open Soon

February 24th, 2021

After a lengthy construction period, the new Munch Museum building in Oslo is preparing to open, the Architectural Digest reports.
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UK Reopening Plans See Shops Opening a Full Month Before Museums

February 24th, 2021

The UK has announced that museums will not be able to reopen until Mid-May, a full month after shops and retail galleries.  “It just makes no sense,” says Rebecca Salter, the president of the Royal Academy of Arts . On the 12 April all the retail will open on Piccadilly and our gates will stay shut, I don’t get the logic of it frankly. It just doesn’t feel joined up to me … I’m angry.”
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NYT Looks at Artists Commemorating Those Lost to Covid-19

February 24th, 2021

A piece in the NYT looks at the artists already thinking of the best way to commemorate those lost to the Covid-19 pandemic. “They want to recognize the deaths of those individuals, as well as to express a communal sense of shared loss and shared remembrance,” says geographer Avril Maddrell.
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Paris Painting by Vincent van Gogh to Go on View Publicly for First Time Since 1887

February 24th, 2021

A major Paris scene painted by Vincent van Gogh and not yet seen in public since 1887 will go on view publicly this year, taking a tour of Europe before selling at Sotheby’s this May. “Very few paintings from Van Gogh’s Montmartre period remain in private hands – most are in the collections of prestigious museums around the world,” says Aurélie Vandevoorde of Sotheby’s. “The appearance on the market of a painting of this calibre, from such an iconic series, undoubtedly marks a major event.”
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Abandoned Hong Kong Retail Spaces Fill with New Art as Curators and Artists Seize on Covid-19 Shutdowns

February 22nd, 2021

A piece in the SCMP looks at the trend of independent curators and gallerists filling abandoned retail spaces with art in Hong Kong.  “You have to go through a lot to get funding, or be noticed by institutions and galleries. But there is this regenerative energy that exists here – we always find a way to work around things,” she says curator Eunice Tsang.
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Research Confirms Scrawl on “The Scream” as Written by Edvard Munch

February 22nd, 2021

New research has determined that writing on a version of Edvarrd Munch’s The Scream is by the artist himself. “It’s been examined now very carefully, letter by letter, and word by word, and it’s identical in every way to Munch’s handwriting,” says curator and researcher Mai Britt Guleng. “So there is no more doubt.”
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New York – Lucas Blalock: “Florida, 1989″ at Galerie Eva Presenhuber Through April 10th, 2021

March 5th, 2021

Lucas Blalock, M_M_M_M_M_ (Daisychain) (2020), via Eva Presenhuber
Lucas Blalock, M_M_M_M_M_ (Daisychain) (2020), via Eva Presenhuber

Open now at Galerie Eva Presenhuber’s New York exhibition space, artist Lucas Blalock has brought together a body of new works under the title Florida, 1989, marking his second solo exhibition with the gallery. Drawing on memory and trauma, Blalock’s work in the show explores his own history, and its traces appearing throughout his work.  Read More »

New York – Jordan Kasey: “The Storm” at Nicelle Beauchene Through March 27th, 2021

March 4th, 2021

Jordan Kasey, Umbrella (2021), via Nicelle Beauchene
Jordan Kasey, Umbrella (2021), via Nicelle Beauchene

On view this month at Nicelle Beauchene in New York, painter Jordan Kasey has assembled a body of new works drawing lines through the melodramatic and the comical, playful and surreal paintings that draw on the artist’s sense of light and space, while exploring the act of gesture and tension.  Read More »

New York – “Lost and Found” at Martos Gallery Through March 13th, 2021

March 3rd, 2021

Kayode Ojo, Overdressed (Blush) (2018), via Martos
Kayode Ojo, Overdressed (Blush) (2018), via Martos

“What is the Lost & Found in art? Is there such a place? Is it a state of mind, of curiosity? Existing everywhere at all times? To occasion, over and again, a parallel with life, its flow? The tide comes in and the tide goes out, and what washes up randomly upon the shore? As many go about putting a lost year behind us, we wonder how to find our way back to ourselves, to one another, to those gone. Belongings. What belongs to us, and to whom do we belong? Can a gallery be thought of as a Lost & Found?” Read More »

Berlin – Rebecca Ackroyd: “100mph” at Peres Projects Through March 5th, 2021

February 23rd, 2021

Rebecca Ackroyd, Breath Taking (2020), via Peres Projects
Rebecca Ackroyd, Breath Taking (2020), via Peres Projects

Artist Rebecca Ackroyd is interested in the twinned experiences of personal and collective memory, and how we reconcile their dissonance in our lives. Making a nuanced exploration of these ideas in concert with a unique fusion of concept and material, her new show, 100mph, her second exhibition at Peres Projects, Ackroyd architecturally intervenes in the space with semitransparent, plastic dividers, creating pods that isolate both the works and the viewer.  Read More »

New York – Jason Moran: “The Sound Will Tell You” at Luhring Augustine Through

February 22nd, 2021

Jason Moran, Bathing the Room with Blues 3 (2020), via Luhring Augustine
Jason Moran, Bathing the Room with Blues 3 (2020), via Luhring Augustine

Currently at Luhring Augustine‘s Tribeca exhibition space, the gallery is presenting The Sound Will Tell You, a presentation of new works on paper by artist and pianist Jason Moran, marking the gallery’s second exhibition with the artist. Internationally renowned as a jazz pianist and composer, Moran’s interdisciplinary and often collaborative visual art practice mines the history of music, and its social, cultural, and political subtexts. Here, he returns to a mode of practice that runs between both modes.  Read More »

New York – Camille Blatrix: “Pop-Up” at 55 Walker Through March 6th, 2021

February 19th, 2021

Camille Blatrix, Pop-Up (Installation View), via Andrew Kreps
Camille Blatrix, Pop-Up (Installation View), via Andrew Kreps

Camille Blatrix marks his first solo show in New York this month with Pop-Up, a strikingly incisive investigation into the modern cultural landscape, and the implied iconographies that come with it, on view via Andrew Kreps at 55 Walker. Mining languages of neoliberalism and capital, Blatrix’s built environment and assembled pieces are a comically incisive exploration of labor, material and culture.  Read More »

New York – Becky Kolsrud: “Elegies” at JTT Through March 13th, 2021

February 18th, 2021

Becky Kolsrud, Inscape (Three Graces) (2021), via JTT
Becky Kolsrud, Inscape (Three Graces) (2021), via JTT

Currently on at JTT’s New York exhibition space, Los Angeles painter Becky Kolsrud has assembled a range of new works featuring flattened female figures and opaque landscapes with glowing horizons, a space of 12 works that explore a range of surreal landscapes and interiors, composed from bodies and architectural elements in tandem. Drawing a range of influences from mythology and classical antiquity, the show pulls together a broad selection of iconographies that incorporate these histories into Kolsrud’s own unique world.  Read More »

New York – “Friend Zone” Curated by Vaughn Spann at Half Gallery Through February 24th, 2021

February 17th, 2021

Friend Zone (Installation View), via Half Gallery.
Friend Zone (Installation View), via Half Gallery

Embracing a range of expressive and animated approaches to portraiture and the body, artist Vaughn Spann has put together an expansive show at Half Gallery this month, bringing together a body of 44 works to explore a striking range of ideas and modes of portraiture. Read More »

New York – Stewart Uoo: “used” at 47 Canal Through

February 16th, 2021

Stewart Uoo, used (Installation View), via 47 Canal
Stewart Uoo, used (Installation View), via 47 Canal

Artist Stewart Uoo has opened a show of new works at 47 Canal this month, presenting a body of works unified by their explorations of tension and harmony amidst the bustling landscape of New York City. The works on view, a selection of various materials resembling street-side detritus, are spread across an elevated tableau in the gallery, creating a personified sense of the block as body. Read More »

New York – Nicole Eisenman and Keith Boadwee at Flag Art Foundation Through March 13th, 2021

February 12th, 2021

Nicole Eisenman and Keith Boadwee at Flag Art Foundation (Installation View), via Flag Art FoundationNicole Eisenman and Keith Boadwee at Flag Art Foundation (Installation View), via Flag Art Foundation

On view now at Flag Art Foundation in New York, Nicole Eisenman has but a show together with illustrator and painter Keith Boadwee, combining their uniquely spirited approaches to the body and to its modes of depiction across a range of subjects and scenes. The show, mixing each artist’s approaches, is on view now through March. Read More »