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Art Basel Postponed Until September

January 21st, 2021

Art Basel has once again been postponed from June to 23 to 26 September as the coronavirus pandemic continues to pose threats this year. “The decision was made after extensive discussions and analysis in consultation with gallerists and collectors, as well as external experts, putting foremost the health and safety of all concerned while aiming to achieve the broadest possible international attendance for the show,” a statement reads.
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NYT Details Museums Opened by Financier Roberto Polo

January 21st, 2021

A piece in the NYT details the recent efforts of financier Roberto Polo to open a pair of museums, the Center for Modern and Contemporary Art of Castilla-La Mancha, in the Spanish city of Cuenca. “Spain has a particular talent to create public museums for private collections,” Polo says.
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Peter Doig Tapped by Dior for Men’s Fall Collaboration

January 20th, 2021

Dior and Peter Doig will collaborate for the brand’s AW21 Men’s line. “Paintings with fascinating colors condense and reflect powerful meaning with a singular, poignant vision, in particular in terms of the relationship between mankind and nature,” the brand said of his work.
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Helly Nahmad Pardoned by President Trump

January 20th, 2021

Helly Nahmad is among those pardoned by President Trump in the last hours of his administration.  Nahmad was imprisoned for his part in an illegal gambling ring. “Since his conviction, he has lived an exemplary life and has been dedicated to the well-being of his community,” the White House says.
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NEA Head Steps Down

January 20th, 2021

NEA Chair Mary Anne Carter has resigned as the Biden administration takes over, the Washington Post reports. “Understanding that the arts play such a crucial role in everyday life. That’s how you expand the arts, broaden the support for arts funding,” she says of her time in the position.
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Tony Oursler Interviewed by Hong Kong Tatler

January 20th, 2021

Tony Oursler speaks with the Hong Kong Tatler this week, as he opens a show in Taiwan.  Television was really a drug, but it was never controlled like a drug. People are realizing the same thing about smartphones,” he says.
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Sotheby’s to Auction Collection of Pierre Le-Tan

January 19th, 2021

Sotheby’s will auction off the collection of the late French illustrator Pierre Le-Tan, which includes a portrait by David Hockney.  “We’re trying to stay true to his spirit. It’s not one of these collections where you’re going to have a $20 million Picasso. It’s a universe we want to re-create, one we hope will appeal to all kinds of collectors around the world. There’s something for everybody,” says Etienne Hellman, the auction house’s senior director of modern art.
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UK Considers New Laws to Protect Statues from Removal

January 19th, 2021

The UK is considering laws to protect statues from being removed from public spaces.  “Our view will be set out in law, that such monuments are almost always best explained and contextualized, not taken and hidden away,” says Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick.
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NYT Profiles a Frans Hals Painting Stolen Three Times from Museum in Netherlands

January 19th, 2021

A piece in the New York Times looks at the work Two Laughing Boys with a Mug of Beer by Frans Hals, and looks into why the work has been stolen three times from its place of exhibition.  “It’s really that painting for some reason, and I don’t know why,” says Christa Hendriksen, an alderman in charge of culture in Leerdam, the Netherlands.
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Police Recover Stolen Copy of da Vinci’s ‘Salvator Mundi’

January 19th, 2021

A 16th-century copy of Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi  stolen from a museum in Naples has been recovered by Italian police, the Art Newspaper reports.
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REFERENCE LIBRARY

New York – John Bock: “Twilight Proximity Corpus” at Anton Kern Through February 20th, 2021

January 21st, 2021

John Bock, Ohne Titel (2020), via Anton Kern
John Bock, Ohne Titel (2020), via Anton Kern

Taking on his tenth exhibition with Anton Kern Gallery, German sculptor and performance artist John Bock has turned towards a smaller scale, bringing out a series of 25 new three-dimensional collages that underscore his ongoing interests in the form and representation of performance and performers in modernity.  While constructed out of simple materials, these works contain the entire Bockian universe, twisting a range of signifiers and iconographies into concise statements.   Read More »

New York – Reggie Burrows Hodges at Karma Through February 28th, 2021

January 20th, 2021

Reggie Burrows Hodges, Community Concern (2020), via Karma
Reggie Burrows Hodges, Community Concern (2020), via Karma

Currently at Karma, a string of minimal, subdued figures and landscapes stretch across the walls, dotting the gallery space with a string of delicately rendered scenes and situations.  The work is that of artist Reggie Burrows Hodges, marking his first exhibition in New York, and offering an introduction to his lyrical, singular approach towards the canvas.   Read More »

New York – Carla Accardi and Elisa Sighicelli at 55 Walker Through January 23rd, 2021

January 19th, 2021

Carla Accardi, Grande Rosso Scuro (1974), via Art Observed
Carla Accardi, Grande Rosso Scuro (1974), via Art Observed

Embracing a unique conversation around texture and perception, 55 Walker, a space shared by Bortolami Gallery, Andrew Kreps and Kaufmann Repetto, presents an impressive dual artist show around the works of Carla Accardi and Elisa Sighicelli.  Mixing media and approach to impressive effect, the show marks an engaging exploration of varied approaches and presentations of shared aesthetic concerns.   Read More »

New York – Mernet Larsen at James Cohan Gallery Through January 23rd, 2021

January 18th, 2021

Mernet Larsen, Astronaut Sunrise (after El Lissitzky), (2020), via James Cohan
Mernet Larsen, Astronaut: Sunrise (after El Lissitzky), (2020), via James Cohan

For over six decades, artist Mernet Larsen has created narrative paintings depicting hard-edged, enigmatic characters that inhabit an uncanny parallel world filled with tension and wry humor.  Employing a wry approach towards constructing spatial systems and relations between objects and bodies on the canvas, her pieces combine reverse, isometric, and conventional perspectives to pose everyday scenarios in a vertigo-inducing version of reality akin to our own. For her new exhibition at James Cohan Gallery in New York, the artist returns to her diverse array of graphical influences, drawing on the languages of art of the past as springboards for uniquely spatial figure-paintings that speak to the anxieties of the present. Read More »

New York – Teresita Fernandez: “Maelstrom” at Lehmann Maupin Through January 23rd, 2021

January 15th, 2021

Teresita Fernandez, Rising (Lynched Land) (2020), via Lehmann Maupin
Teresita Fernandez, Rising (Lynched Land) (2020), via Lehmann Maupin

Taking over Lehmann Maupin’s New York exhibition space, artist Teresita Fernández’s new show, Maelstrom, focuses on a new series of monumental sculptures and installations that unapologetically visualize the enduring violence and devastation ignited by colonization.  Turning particular attention to the Caribbean archipelago, the first point of colonial contact in the Americas, Fernández challenges the viewer to consider nuanced readings of people and place, looking beyond dominant, continental narratives to instead consider the region as emblematic of an expansive and decentralized state of mind. Read More »

New York – Rachel Eulena Williams: “Tracing Memory” at Canada Gallery Through January 23rd, 2021

January 14th, 2021

Rachel Eulena Williams, Tracing Memory (Installation View), via Canada
Rachel Eulena Williams, Tracing Memory (Installation View), via Canada

Currently on view at Canada Gallery in New York, Tracing Memory, the debut exhibition by artist Rachel Eulena Williams sees the artist striking a balance between painting and sculpture, reveling in the structure and propositional space of painting while working freely against easy classifications or limitations.  Discarding a reliance on stretchers in favor of works that roam freely across the walls and set up unique geometric conversations in space, the artist’s work is a fascinating first offering at the gallery. Read More »

Paris – Raphaela Simon: “The Fashion Show” at Max Hetzler Through January 30th, 2021

January 13th, 2021

Raphaela Simon, Model mit Dresserin (2020), via Max Hetzler
Raphaela Simon, Model mit Dresserin (2020), via Max Hetzler

Walking into Galerie Max Hetzler in Paris, one is presented with a particularly intriguing scene, more akin to the interiors of a luxe fashion shop than a gallery: walls are covered with minimal, cool paintings depicting various designer goods and signifiers of upper class recreation and lifestyle, while a series of mannequins snake throughout the gallery, bearing aloof facial expressions and clothed in handmade fashions.  The show, fittingly titled The Fashion Show, is a presentation of new work by the artist Raphaela Simon, a coy commentary on consumer goods made for the center of the fashion world, Paris.

Raphaela Simon, Fleischwurst (2020), via Max Hetzler
Raphaela Simon, Fleischwurst (2020), via Max Hetzler

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New York – Jack Whitten: “I AM THE OBJECT” at Hauser & Wirth Through January 23rd, 2021

January 12th, 2021

Jack Whitten, My Argiroula: For Argiro Galeraki 1981-1995 (1995), via Hauser & Wirth
Jack Whitten, My Argiroula: For Argiro Galeraki 1981-1995 (1995), via Hauser & Wirth

Currently on view at Hauser & Wirth New York, the gallery is presenting a dynamic show of rarely seen works by American artist Jack Whitte, focusing in particular on the artist’s practice from 1991 through 2000, a period of intense experimentation during which, deeply affected by tumultuous world events, he strove to incorporate a full emotional spectrum into his work. Blurring the boundaries between sculpture and painting, and between the studio and the world, the multidimensional works on view combine geometric abstraction and found objects to mine spiritual and metaphysical thematic veins. Read More »

New York – Adrian Ghenie: “The Hooligans” at Pace Gallery Through February 27th, 2021

January 11th, 2021

Adrian Ghenie, Gauguin with Cowboy Hat (2020), via Pace
Adrian Ghenie, Gauguin with Cowboy Hat (2020), via Pace

The Hooligans, Adrian Ghenie’s fourth solo exhibition with Pace Gallery, brings forth a selection of nine new paintings and three drawings from the enigmatic and expressive Romanian artist.  All produced within the last year, the show draws on Ghenie’s continued interest and exploration of abstraction and its history, pulling in particular here from the work of  J.M.W. Turner, Vincent van Gogh, and Paul Gauguin. Radicals in their time, their work unsettled artistic conventions, and here are treated as such in Ghenie’s equally visceral style.

Adrian Ghenie, The Impressionists (2020), via Pace
Adrian Ghenie, The Impressionists (2020), via Pace

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Los Angeles – Anna Rosen: “Egg and Dart” at Night Gallery Through January 23rd, 2021

January 8th, 2021

Anna Rosen, Fabergé (2020), via Night Gallery
Anna Rosen, Fabergé (2020), via Night Gallery

Currently on at Night Gallery in Los Angeles, artist Anna Rosen has brought forward a series of new fresco paintings, marking her second solo show with the gallery. Mining a particular juxtaposition between the language of modern art, and a deconstruction of the language of that era in art history, Rosen’s pieces are a colorful and enigmatic reinvention of its tenets.    Read More »