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Andrew Kup and Pascal Spengemann’s Clothing Colab Profiled in GQ

August 21st, 2019

Andrew Kuo and dealer Pascal Spengemann are profiled in GQ this month for their ongoing clothing collaboration, creating bootlegged homages to Marc Chagall and Claude Monet, among others. “My memories of the Met store and museum shops growing up in New York were a big part of my experience with art, not necessarily the actual object,” Kuo says. “Like my mom wearing a Marc Chagall shirt all summer. It’s less cynical and more emotional, I think, to kind of dredge up all of these memories of your experiences with art and reframe it as something affordable, fun, whatever.”
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The Guardian Profiles Artist Showing Works in Their Homes

August 21st, 2019

The Guardian profiles recent trends towards showing works in collectors and artists’ homes. “Last year we exhibited a work that was a kind of ecosystem, stretched out over the floor of our living room,” says artist Isobel Atacus. “There was was a block of ice melting through an unfired clay disc into a bowl below and the sediment water was pumped into a tank. It was a beautiful piece to live with for a few days.”
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British Museum to Move Hundreds of Thousands of Works to New Facility

August 21st, 2019

The British Museum will bring hundreds of thousands of stored artifacts currently to a new £64m storage and research facility in Berkshire, UK, the Art Newspaper reports. The move comes as an effort to make more of its collection publicly accessible.
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MOCA Denver Selects Nora Burnett Abrams as Director

August 21st, 2019

The Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver has selected Nora Burnett Abrams as its new director. “They want to continue in the direction we have been heading,” she says of her selection, calling it a “vote of confidence.”
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British Museums See 6% Growth in Attendance for 2018

August 21st, 2019

British museums and art galleries saw a 6% increase in attendance last year, recovering from several years of dropping numbers.  “It’s not surprising to see our museums and galleries returning to the top spot, confirming England’s position as a cultural hub,” says VisitEngland Chief Executive Sally Balcombe. 
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Rebecca Wei Out as Christie’s Asia Chair After 8 Months

August 20th, 2019

Rebecca Wei has resigned just eight months after being named Asia chairman of auctioneers Christie’s.  “I am immensely proud of the growth that has been achieved during my time with Christie’s, in regional sales as well as Asian contribution to Christie’s global revenue,” she said in a statement. “We are well positioned to further expand and serve collectors in the region in the years ahead.”


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Lynda Benglis Interviewed in NYT

August 19th, 2019

Lynda Benglis gets a profile in the NYT, as she gives the paper a tour of her New Mexico studio, and talks about her process. “My mind is always working with ideas but sometimes they pop and quickly disappear,” she says. “I have to wait until the idea crystallizes again before I go back to working. Otherwise, I have no reason to work.”
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Betty Sue Hertz to Head Up Columbia University’s Wallach Art Gallery

August 19th, 2019

Columbia University’s Wallach Art Gallery has tapped Betti-Sue Hertz as its new director and chief curator. “I think we absolutely need to be part of that ecology and playing a leadership role in the Upper Manhattan community,” she said. 
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Boy Thrown from Tate Modern Platform in Stable Condition

August 19th, 2019

The parents of a six-year-old boy allegedly thrown from a Tate Modern viewing platform have made a statement, claiming their son is in stable condition, but that the full extent of his injuries are not yet known.  “Our son has already undergone two long and difficult operations,” they said in a statement. “But he is alive, struggling with all his strength, and we remain hopeful.”
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Met Reviews Holdings of Indian Art

August 19th, 2019

The Met is reviewing its holdings of Indian art donated by dealer Subhash Kapoor, after pressure from the country to recover thousands of looted idols and relics. “As we have since learned of the multiple law enforcement actions, and in the spirit of our enhanced procedures over recent years, we are now seeking to identify additional provenance information,” the museum said in a statement.
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London – “My Head is a Haunted House” at Sadie Coles HQ Through August 31st, 2019

August 21st, 2019

My Head Is a Haunted House (Installation View), via Sadie Coles HQ
My Head Is a Haunted House (Installation View), via Sadie Coles HQ

Currently on view at Sadie Coles HQ in London, My Head is a Haunted House explores the weird and eerie from a range of perspectives, mixing together works from a broad group of artists.  The show, curated by writer Charlie Fox, is an intriguing investigation of materiality and motive, swapping pathos for a suspended sense of presence, and a concrete subject for a creeping sense of a body, either present or withdrawn. Read More »

Los Angeles – The Harrisons: “Counter Extinction Work” at Various Small Fires Through August 24th, 2019

August 19th, 2019

The Harrisons, On Making Earth (1970-ongoing), via Various Small Fires
The Harrisons, On Making Earth (1970-ongoing), via Various Small Fires

Currently on view in Los Angeles, gallery Various Small Fires has compiled a selection of works from the careers of Newton and Helen Mayer Harrison, affectionately referred to as “The Harrisons.”  A visionary pair who embraced early warning signs of a global ecological catastrophe, The Harrisons have used their lives and careers as a spring board for investigations and experimentations in just how artists mights provide alternatives and opportunities for global preservation in the face of global climate change and political indifference.  Read More »

New York: “Cart, Horse, Cart” at Lehmann Maupin Through August 16th, 2019

August 16th, 2019

Donald Moffett, Lot 090307 (O) (2007), via Lehmann Maupin
Donald Moffett, Lot 090307 (O) (2007), via Lehmann Maupin

On view for the summer months at Lehmann Maupin, a group show compiling the work of Angel Otero, Donald Moffett, Carrie Moyer and many more. The exhibition, co-organized by Curator Michael Goodson and Lehmann Maupin Curatorial Director Anna Stothart and spanning both of its Chelsea locations, combines a group of artists centered around more traditional formal, material, and spatial concerns, while also explicitly engaging with social, political, and psychological areas of influence to expand the established narrative traditionally used to answer the question, “Where does abstraction come from?” Read More »

New York: “303 Gallery: 35 Years” at 303 Gallery Through August 16th, 2019

August 16th, 2019

Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Untitled (2011), via 303 Gallery
Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Untitled (2011), via 303 Gallery

35 years ago, gallerist Lisa Spellman opened 303 Gallery, a space that would stand as a cornerstone of the New York art world over the coming decades, and which still stands as an icon of distinctive artistic practices, conceptual rigor, and a little bit of New York style. Now, with the gallery celebrating its three and a half-decade milestone, it has launched a publication and exhibition culling together works and perspectives from the length of its run as a gallery.

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Los Angeles – Betty Woodman: “Shadows and Silhouettes” Through August 24th, 2019

August 14th, 2019

Betty Woodman, Venus #7 Homey (2014), via David Kordansky
Betty Woodman, Venus #7: Homey (2014), via David Kordansky

Currently on at David Kordansky’s Los Angeles exhibition space, Shadows and Silhouettes brings together a selection of sculptures and paintings by Betty Woodman, the artist’s first solo show in a gallery since her death. Meandering through the last years of the artist’s live, the show takes particular interest in the technical issues of constructing the work, and how these moments and movements in space can work in conjunction with the artist’s hand to complete the object. Read More »

New York – Allan Sekula: “Labor’s Persistence” at Marian Goodman Gallery Through August 23rd, 2019

August 13th, 2019

Allan Sekula, Man sleeping under a eucalyptus tree, Embarcadero park, (SD) from Fish Story (1989-1995), via Marian Goodman
Allan Sekula, Man sleeping under a eucalyptus tree, Embarcadero park, (SD) from Fish Story (1989-1995), via Marian Goodman

Having first shown the late Allan Sekula’s nuanced and incisive photographic and conceptual work at its London Gallery this spring, Marian Goodman has once again tapped the artist’s archive for a wide-ranging exhibition of his works at its New York space this summer, compiling works from a range of different projects the artist has embraced over the years, and moving between film, performance and photography. Read More »

New York – Group Show at Karma Through September 15th, 2019

August 12th, 2019

Andrew Sim, A pink Christmas tree (2019), via Karma
Andrew Sim, A pink Christmas tree (2019), via Karma

“What is the weird?” queries Karma in the exhibition text for its summer group show, which brings together the work of Henni Alftan, Matt Hilvers, Ruth Ige and Andrew Sim. Quoting from Mark Fisher, the show’s press release seems to trace a subtle line around the show as a whole: “When we say something is weird, what kind of feeling are we pointing to? I want to argue that the weird is a particular kind of perturbation. It involves a sensation of wrongness: a weird entity or object is so strange that it makes us feel that it should not exist, or at least it should not exist here.” Read More »

Hong Kong – Harland Miller at White Cube Through August 24th, 2019

August 9th, 2019

Harland Miller, Me (2019), via White Cube
Harland Miller, Me (2019), via White Cube

Mining a unique fusion between graphic design, painting and other tenuously associated aesthetic fields, artist Harland Miller’s work, on view this summer at White Cube’s Hong Kong location, lends itself to a striking and detailed interrogation of the language of design, and the design of language. Miller draws on a wide range of cultural references, including ’60s and ’70s graphic design and the bold, upbeat covers of post-war psychology books, yet set these graphical icons in conversation with the language of American painting, explicitly drawing links between the energetic abstraction of the era and the graphic design that seemed to bubble up alongside it.

Harland Miller, Boss (2019), via White Cube
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New York – “Non-Vicious Circle” at Paula Cooper Gallery Through August 16th, 2019

August 8th, 2019

Kelley Walker, Untitled (2006), via Paula Cooper
Kelley Walker, Untitled (2006), via Paula Cooper

Exploring the convergence of varied aesthetic concepts and interesting overlaps between their artists respective practices, Paula Cooper Gallery’s summer show has opened, presenting a selection of sculptures and installations by Sam Durant, Liz Glynn, Walid Raad, Kelley Walker, and Meg Webster. Titled Non-Vicious Circle, the show draws its title and conceit from the 2014 mobile by Sam Durant on view. Read More »

New York – “Painters Reply: Experimental Painting in the 1970s and now” at Lisson Through August 9th, 2019

August 7th, 2019

Painters Reply Experimental Painting in the 1970s and now (Installation View), via Lisson
Painters Reply: Experimental Painting in the 1970s and now (Installation View), via Lisson

In September of 1975, Artforum published a special issue on painting. In addition to articles such as “Painting and the Struggle for the Whole Self” and “Painting and Anti-Painting: A Family Quarrel”—in which Max Kozloff said “brush wielders were afflicted by a creative halitosis”—were the responses to a questionnaire polling 21 painters on the state and prospects of the medium. Decried for a distinctly fatalist bias towards the medium, the issue seemed to present the painted canvas as an object moving towards artifact, an icon of the post-war era that was swiftly losing its potency. Read More »