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Centre Pompidou Faces Three Year Closure for Maintenance and Renovations

September 30th, 2020

The Centre Pompidou is facing a possible three year closure for essential maintenance. “No substantial work has been done on the building since it opened in 1977,” says president Serge Lasvignes. “There are two hypotheses: either we do [the refurbishment] by closing it completely and it will last three years. [Or] we stay open and it will last seven years. But this poses additional problems, including that of asbestos removal.”
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MoMA PS1’s Chief Curator to Step Down

September 30th, 2020

MoMA PS1’s chief curator Peter Eleey will step down at the end of the year.  “The many impacts of the pandemic—on the museum, on the city, and on all of us—have moved me to think about the next chapters in my work and my life, and I have decided to step down as Chief Curator at the end of the year,” he says.
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Kamala Harris Talks Art at Online Fundraiser

September 30th, 2020

VP candidate Kamala Harris spoke last night at a benefit for Joe Biden yesterday, outlining her experiences with the arts at the Studio Museum and SFMoMA as a child.  “All of those experiences through my childhood, and as I was growing up, really reinforced for me the importance of giving children, and as we go on, giving artists,” she says, “the ability to have these vehicles where they can not only express themselves and their feelings, but also build their confidence.”
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Victoria and Albert Museum to Cut 103 Jobs

September 30th, 2020

London’s Victoria and Albert Museum will cut 103 jobs, 10% of its workforce, Art Newspaper reports. “Final decisions will be made once the consultation is complete,” says a museum statement.
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Study of Da Vinci’s ‘Mona Lisa’ Reveals Charcoal Underdrawing

September 29th, 2020

A new study of the Mona Lisa has revealed a charcoal underdrawing, indicating a sketch of the work before its completion. “These discoveries increase and increase the mystery of its creation, in the end we understand that it is the work of a very long ‘creative act’—which spans more than a decade and in several stages,” says researcher Pascal Cotte.
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Student Finds Early Edward Hopper Paintings to be Copied from Earlier Works

September 29th, 2020

A new study into the work of Edward Hopper by a doctoral candidate at the Courtauld Institute in London shows that some of the artist’s early works are copies of works from a magazine for amateur artists. 
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Bruce Nauman Profiled in The Guardian

September 29th, 2020

Bruce Nauman speaks with The Guardian this week, as the artist prepares to open a major retrospective at Tate Modern. “I remember someone coming to the studio and saying, ‘You must be very depressed,’” he notes. “I said that I didn’t think so, otherwise I wouldn’t be making work. A lot of things got worked out through the work. Different kinds of anger and frustration.”
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Paddle 8 Bankruptcy Trustee Sues Former Board Member

September 28th, 2020

Following Paddle 8’s bankruptcy, the company’s bankruptcy trustee Megan Noh has filed suit against former board member John Textor, alleging “reckless disregard” for the company, and seeking $6 million in damages. “Neither I nor the companies mentioned have been involved in quite some time, though it is standard practice for a trustee to cast a wide net in filing speculative claims for recovery,” Textor claims.
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Auction Houses Record Uptick in Online Sales Amid COVID Shutdowns

September 28th, 2020

Auction houses are reporting massive upticks in online sales as galleries and auctions shutter due to Covid-19. “No longer will we have the joy and pain of crowded art fairs and gallery openings,” says Robert Head of the Hiscox agency. “Dealers will have to find new ways to create the buzz that makes us have to buy now, lest we dwell and lose yet another treasure that we can’t live without.”
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David Zwirner Gallery to Launch New York Gallery Space With All-Black Staff

September 28th, 2020

David Zwirner Gallery has appointed Ebony L. Haynes, formerly of Martos Gallery, as the head of a new gallery space in Manhattan, which will employ an all-black staff. “While you could argue that strides have been made on the artist side, the art world acts almost shamefully on the employment side,” Mr. Zwirner says. “Something has to happen.”
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New York – Lucia Nogueira: “Tribeca” at Luhring Augustine Through October 31st, 2020

September 30th, 2020

Lucia Nogueira, Mischief (1995), via Art Observed
Lucia Nogueira, Mischief (1995), via Art Observed

Touching down in Tribeca this fall for the first show in its newly opened space, New York’s Luhring Augustine opens its new doors with an illuminating show of works by the late Lucia Nogueira, a London-based, Brazilian-born artist whose brief but remarkable career saw her explore a range of captivating formal iterations and exploratory projects.  Marking her first solo exhibition in the United States, the artist’s work is quite at home in the classic New York architecture of the new space, and invites an intriguing first entry both for her work in the US, and for the gallery’s new home.   Read More »

Paris – Isa Genzken: “Paris New York” at David Zwirner Through October 10th, 2020

September 28th, 2020

Isa Genzken, Paris New York (Installation View), via David Zwirner
Isa Genzken, Paris New York (Installation View), via David Zwirner

Taking over David Zwirner’s gallery space in Paris, German artist Isa Genzken returns with a new body of work that seems to both celebrate and destroy the assembled codes of historical knowledge in architecture and art, building a renewed awareness of space and time in the gallery spaces. This will be the artist’s fifth solo exhibition with David Zwirner and her first solo show in Paris since 2010, coinciding with a major presentation of Genzken’s early work at the Kunstmuseum Basel. Read More »

New York – Michele Abeles: “October” at 47 Canal Through October 3rd, 2020

September 25th, 2020

Michele Abeles, 10/28/19, 5:00PM (2020), via 47 Canal
Michele Abeles, 10/28/19, 5:00PM (2020), via 47 Canal

Upon entering the doors of 47 Canal Gallery, one is immediately greeted by a strangely familiar, and oddly timely series of images.  Skeletal hands, ghoulish visages and ghostly figures dance across a series of photos, while other frames bear the image if close up novelty gravestones and other Halloween decorations.  One month out from Halloween, the exhibition, presented by artist Michele Abeles, turns these familiar features into a meditation on commercial iconographies, capitalism and the spiritual undertones that these systems draw on, always centering the body in these conversations on space and time, the body and mortality.   Read More »

AO Online – Art Basel OVR:2020, September 23rd – 26th, 2020

September 24th, 2020

Kelly Akashi, via Tanya Bonakdar
Kelly Akashi, via Tanya Bonakdar

The fall art season is in full swing, at least in name, with galleries cautiously reopening, and a tense consideration for ways forward currently in the air, all serving as a fitting backdrop for the second iteration of Art Basel’s Online Viewing Room program.  Filling in for the cancelled Basel and Miami Beach editions of its fair program, the recently opened OVR:2020 invites a select group of artists and galleries to make up some lost ground in their seasonal calendar, and to offer works for sale, amplified by the fair’s global reach. Read More »

New York – Carmen Herrera: “Painting in Process” at Lisson Gallery Through October 21st, 2020

September 23rd, 2020

Carmen Herrera, Painting in Process (Installation View)
Carmen Herrera, Painting in Process (Installation View), via Lisson

Since her time in post-war Paris when she first developed her signature hard-edged style, painter Carmen Herrera has instilled a rigorous practice to create her distinctive body of work, culling together a range of various color structures and elusive geometric arrangements to arrive at her engaging and unique constructions.  Now, the artist is opening a show of recent works at Lisson, bearing the title Painting in Process, exploring her construction and exploration of her works before their final form.  Read More »

New York – Renée Green: “Excerpts” at Bortolami Gallery Through October 31st, 2020

September 18th, 2020

Renée Green, Excerpts (Installation View), via Art Observed
Renée Green, Excerpts (Installation View), via Art Observed

Entering Bortolami Gallery for its first show of the fall season, one is immediately greeted by a flurry of color.  Bright   banners hang from the ceilings, adorned with dazzling fluorescent pairings that emphasize the fragments of text that dot each piece, and which find a fitting counterpoint in a ring of framed pieces encircling the gallery walls.   The pieces are the product of artist Renée Green, whose body of new works returns to an ongoing interest in the concept of color and language, text and space, perception and understanding.   Spanning the artist’s three decades of working with color’s polyvalent effects, the works in Excerpts manifest her open-ended questioning of invented yet established taxonomies, in order to play with and to displace designations that may seem to be known. Read More »

Los Angeles – Cosima von Bonin: “HETERO” at GAGA Through September 26th, 2020

September 17th, 2020

Cosima Von Bonin, HETERO (2020), via GAGA
Cosima Von Bonin, HETERO (2020), via GAGA

Returning to Los Angeles for a second show with GAGA and her first in the gallery’s LA space, artist Cosima von Bonin has installed a body of new works, merging together her signature selections of pop cultural iconographies, material inversions and surreal interpolations of the gallery space, united under the title HETERO.  Using the gallery as a framework on which to explore and elaborate her unique formal investigations, the artist explores the idea of extended, and often distended, narrative flows.   Read More »

New York – Lisa Alvarado: “Thalweg” at Bridget Donahue Through August 30th, 2020

August 26th, 2020

Lisa Alvarado, Thalweg (Installation View), via Bridget Donahue
Lisa Alvarado, Thalweg (Installation View), via Bridget Donahue

Drawing on the shifting conceptions of political geography and economy, the work of Lisa Alvarado mines a certain point of friction between western art history and other modes of visual expression, using historical frameworks and objects to populate her work with subtle but enduring critiques of capitalism and colonialism.  Alvarado’s paintings operate as stage sets, artworks, and ritual objects simultaneously, often targeting a certain sense of meditative, considered reflection while looking, and using this space to incorporate new historical tropes into the work.

Lisa Alvarado, Thalweg (Installation View), via Bridget Donahue
Lisa Alvarado, Thalweg (Installation View), via Bridget Donahue

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Los Angeles – Ricky Swallow: “BORROWED SCULPTURES” at David Kordansky Through August 29th, 2020

August 10th, 2020

Ricky Swallow, Rocking Chair with Rope (Meditation #1) (2020), via David Kordansky
Ricky Swallow, Rocking Chair with Rope (Meditation #1) (2020), via David Kordansky

Currently on view at David Kordansky in Los Angeles is BORROWED SCULPTURES, an exhibition of new floor- and wall-based bronze sculptures by the Australian-born artist Ricky Swallow.  Continuing the artist’s enigmatic explorations of bronze sculpture and its relationship to the materiality of the everyday, the show mounts a body of works that walk a peculiar line between manufactured sculpture and readymade. Read More »

London – Heather Phillipson: “The End” Trafalgar Square Fourth Plinth Commission

August 3rd, 2020

Heather Phillipson, The End (Installation View), via City of London
Heather Phillipson, The End (Installation View), via City of London

A riddle topped with a cherry, Heather Phllipson’s new sculpture installation on Trafalgar Square’s Fourth Plinth in London has all the makings of a work fittingly in line with the surreal progression of events that have marked 2020.  A massive dollop of whipped cream, topped off with a cherry, a large fly and whirling drone, the piece, titled The End, seems to invite questions of just what its title might imply: are we looking at the end of meaning, the end of the world, or perhaps just the end of a particularly large sundae? Read More »