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Jean-Michel Basquiat Work at TEFAF 2017 Revealed as Fake by André Heller

November 3rd, 2022

Musician and artist André Heller fabricated a falsely attributed Jean-Michel Basquiat for sale at TEFAF in 2017, Art News reports. “In retrospect, the whole thing is, firstly, a childish prank. Secondly, it is naturally showing off. And thirdly, it is a stupid mixture of fiction and truth,” he says. “Just a private fairy tale.”
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Monica Bonvicini “Pauses” Representation with König Galerie After Allegations Against Founder

November 3rd, 2022

Monica Bonvicini has “paused” her relationship with König Galerie after sexual harassment allegations broke against its founder, Johann König.
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Oscar yi Hou Profiled in NYT

October 25th, 2022

Artist Oscar yi Hou gets the profile treatment in the New York Times this week, as he opens a show at the Brooklyn Museum. “I think by creating symbolic densities, you’re able to invite the viewer to pay more attention to the works,” he says. “I try to honor the opacity of the subject.”
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At Guggenheim, Artists Protest Death of Mahsa Amini

October 24th, 2022

Artists staged a protest of Mahsa Amini’s death at the Guggenheim Museum this week, draping banners over the walkway of the museum. The protestors also released “a call for action to support the current revolution in Iran.”
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Climate Protestors Cover Monet Piece in Mashed Potatoes

October 23rd, 2022

Climate Activists have struck again this week, as a pair of climate protestors covered a Claude Monet in mashed potatoes during an action at the Museum Barberini. “Monet loved nature and captured its unique and fragile beauty in his works. How is it that so many are more afraid of damaging one of these images of reality than of the destruction of our world itself, the magic of which Monet admired so much?” says Aimée van Baalen, a spokesperson for the group. 
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Guardian Details Bleak Times for UK Arts Venues Amid Cost of Living Crisis

October 23rd, 2022

The Guardian has a piece on the challenges arts venues are facing in the UK as the country battles its way through a cost of living crisis. “I don’t want to manage decline. I’m ambitious for what we can achieve for our communities, and we know there is huge demand for what we do,” says Sarah Munro director of one of Britain’s biggest art galleries, the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art. 
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Art Critic Peter Schjeldahl Has Passed Away, Age 80

October 23rd, 2022

Peter Schjeldahl, the long-running art critic for the New Yorker and a major voice in American arts criticism, has died aged 80. “Criticism joins poetry, for me, in having a civic duty to limber up the common word stock, keeping good words in play,” he said in an interview in Artforum. “My sidekick is the Random House Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary.
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Alleged Ex of Banksy Loans Works to Show in Salford

October 23rd, 2022

A woman claiming to be a former girlfriend of Banksy is loaning unseen and early art allegedly by the artist to an upcoming show in Salford.
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Birmingham Dealer Charged in Fraud Case

October 23rd, 2022

Dealer Wendy Beard, head of Halsted Gallery, is alleged to have run a $1.6 million fraud swindling valuable art photographs and prints from their owners, the FBI alleges. Beard is thought to have sold a number of works and kept the money, making excuses as to why the works could not be returned to their consigners.
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Artists Flock to Paris Suburbs

October 23rd, 2022

Art News profiles new artist studios popping up in the Parisian suburbs, thanks to government grants supporting new studio space.  “At first, the landlords were skeptical,” says Hervé Digne, who has spearheaded several studio projects. “Artists in an abandoned building? They didn’t think it would go well.” 
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AO On-Site – Miami: NADA Miami at Ice Palace Studios, November 30th – December 3rd, 2022

December 2nd, 2022

Roger Herman and Milo Matthieu at Sorry We're Closed, All Images via Art Observed
Roger Herman and Milo Matthieu at Sorry We’re Closed, All Images via Art Observed

As the proceedings of Art Week Miami marches on, and the Miami Beach Convention Center remains packed with art lovers, artists and gallerists, NADA Miami has also opened its doors for its 20th Edition in the Floridian metropolis, returning to its haunt at the Ice Palace Film Studios, and continuing its mission showcasing new art and to celebrating the rising talents from around the globe, exploring new or underexposed art that is not typical of the “art establishment,” by their words. NADA Miami is also the one of the only major American art fairs to be produced by a non-profit organization, and is recognized as a much needed alternative assembly of the world’s youngest and strongest art galleries dealing with emerging contemporary art. Read More »

AO On-Site – Miami Beach: Untitled Art Fair, November 28th – December 3rd, 2022

November 30th, 2022

Studio Lenca at Y.E.S. Contemporary, all images via Art Observed
Studio Lenca at Y.E.S. Contemporary, all images via Art Observed

Positioned south of the Convention Center at 10th and Ocean Dr., the Untitled Art Fair returns to its prime beach real estate this year, bringing with it another year of tightly-curated booths, installations and special projects. It’s a refreshing change of pace from the bustle of ABMB, complemented by the fair’s signature tent design, which boasts wide aisles and spacious booth for exhibitors that gave the exhibition a distinctly relaxed air, while offering ample light to emphasize the works on view. Read More »

AO On-Site – Miami Beach: Art Basel Miami Beach at the Miami Beach Convention Center, December 1st – 3rd, 2022

November 29th, 2022

Thomas Schütte at Peter Freeman
Thomas Schütte at Peter Freeman, all images via Art Observed

The doors have opened on the latest edition of Art Basel Miami Beach, bringing a stream of collectors and dealers into the Miami Beach Convention Center for another year of the fair’s high-profile sales, and an annual look back at the year for the art world.  Commanding a roster of over 280 galleries from around the world, the marquee event of the fall market season in the U.S., and one of the biggest social events of the art world calendar has gotten underway, with thousands flocking to the sun and sand of the Florida metropolis for one of the largest editions of the fair, which celebrates its 20th year this year. Read More »

AO Preview – Miami: Art Basel Miami Beach and Miami Art Week, November 29th – December 3rd, 2022

November 28th, 2022

Nairy Baghramian, Coude à Coude (2019), via Marian Goodman
Nairy Baghramian, Coude à Coude (2019), via Marian Goodman

With the conclusion of another year, the art world has once again turned its attention to the bustling Miami cityscape for another year of of the Art Basel fair franchise on the tip of the Florida peninsula.  Bringing together the global art community for a week of fairs, exhibitions and parties on the streets of Miami and Miami Beach, the fair and its satellites will look to further its influence and footprint in the city. Read More »

New York – Betty Woodman: “Conversations on the Shore, Works from the 1990’s” at David Kordansky Through December 17th, 2022

November 25th, 2022

Betty Woodman, Athens (1991), via David Kordansky
Betty Woodman, Athens (1991), via David Kordansky

On this month at David Kordansky Gallery’s New York exhibition space, Betty Woodman: Conversations on the Shore, Works from the 1990s, strings together a body of works that underscore the artist’s significant contributions and reinventions of ceramic art during the last decade of the 20th Century. The show, which marks the gallery’s first presentation of the artist’s work in collaboration with the Woodman Family Foundation since announcing the representation of her estate earlier this year, offers a selection of 13 works from a foundational and deeply original period of work. Read More »

New York – Anselm Kiefer: “EXODUS” at Gagosian Through December 23rd, 2022

November 23rd, 2022

Anselm Kiefer, des Malers Atelier (The Painter's Studio) (2021), via Gagosian
Anselm Kiefer, des Malers Atelier (The Painter’s Studio) (2021), via Gagosian

Marking a new entry in an enduringly challenging and iconic body of work, Anselm Kiefer has opening a show of works at Gagosian in New York, continuing his work in monumental canvases that blend commanding landscapes and structures with a wide range of other materials including terra-cotta, fabric, rope, wire, found objects, sediment of electrolysis, and metal—including copper and gold leaf. Mixing the abject and the exalted, these works are imbued with gesture, a sense of metamorphosis, and alchemical symbolism. Read More »

New York – Jonathan Monk: “These Paintings Should” at Casey Kaplan Through January 7th, 2023

November 22nd, 2022

Jonathan Monk, This Painting (Schnabel) (2022), via Casey Kaplan
Jonathan Monk, This Painting (Schnabel) (2022), via Casey Kaplan

Continuing a particular and often challenging brand of conceptualism in the act of painting, artist Jonathan Monk opens a new show at Casey Kaplan this month, brought forth under the title These Paintings Should.  Exhibiting a striking brand of wistful thinking, the exhibition is comprised of a collection of twelve acrylic-based paintings, each emblazoned with screen-printed text that differs from one to the next, always beginning with the phrase “This painting should ideally be hung…”. As such, each sets up an imagined reality by dictating a supposed “ideal” placement on the wall, offering an unexpected conversation with iconic artists—from Isa Genzken to Claude Monet and back.  Read More »

New York – Sonia Gomes: “O mais profundo é a pele (Skin is the deepest part)” at Pace Through December 17th, 2022

November 21st, 2022

Sonia Gomes, Coroa de reis (2022), via Pace
Sonia Gomes, Coroa de reis (2022), via Pace

On view this month in New York, and marking the first-ever solo show by the artist in the city, Pace Gallery opens a show of works by Sonia Gomes. Gomes, who is known for her use of textiles and everyday materials in her complex assemblages, brings physicality and movement to the fore of her work. On view from November 4 to December 17, this presentation, titled O mais profundo é a pele (Skin is the deepest part), showcases the artist’s impressive material and conceptual practice. Read More »

New York – Tunji Adeniyi-Jones: “Emergent Properties” at Nicelle Beauchene Gallery Through November 23rd, 2022

November 18th, 2022

Tunji Adeniyi- Jones,Triple Dive Orange (2022)
Tunji Adeniyi- Jones, Triple Dive Orange (2022), all images via Nicelle Beauchene

On view this month in New York, painter Tunji Adeniyi-Jones presents his third exhibition with Nicelle Beauchene Gallery, a show titled Emergent Properties that continues and expands on the artist’s long-standing interest in printmaking—particularly lithography and monotype work—as a formal and conceptual inspiration for new large and small-scale, oil on canvas paintings.

Tunji Adeniyi- Jones,Triple Dive Violet (2022)
Tunji Adeniyi- Jones, Triple Dive Violet (2022)

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New York – Issy Wood: “Time Sensitive” at Michael Werner Through November 19th, 2022

November 17th, 2022

Issy Wood, My Consequences (2022), via Michael Werner
Issy Wood, My Consequences (2022), via Michael Werner

Painter Issy Wood mines a complex visual lexicon throughout her work, walking a fine line between pop observations and meticulous studies of form and space that make her canvases instantly compelling and intricate in their gathered meanings and constructions. The artist’s work continues in this vein this month at Michael Werner Gallery in New York, where the American-born, British artist presents a body of new paintings. Read More »