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Baltimore Museum of Art Chairs Claim to Have Rescinded Gifts of $50 Million in Continuation of Deaccessioning Row

October 26th, 2020

Two former board chairmen at the Baltimore Museum of Art, Charles Newhall III and Stiles Colwill,  claim to have rescinded planned gifts of $50 million over the museum’s decision to deaccession works from its collection, with the museum denying it had any knowledge of the pledged donation.  “While we appreciate that Charles Newhall is expressing that he had intended on making such a pledge, this was not negotiated or recorded with the museum,” Clair Zamoiski Segal, chairwoman of the board of trustees.


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Phillips to Sell $35 million David Hockney Landscape

October 26th, 2020

Phillips will sell a $35 million David Hockney landscape this winter, the 1980 work Nichols Canyon. Nichols Canyon is, without question, the most significant landscape by Hockney to ever appear at auction,” says Jean-Paul Engelen, Phillips’ deputy chairman and co-head of 20th century and contemporary art.
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Hammer Museum Quietly Opens Parts of Made in LA Biennial

October 26th, 2020

For the last two weeks, the Hammer Museum has quietly been putting up parts of its Made in LA Biennial, The LA Post reports.  “We were waiting for more of the projects to be installed before we invited people to experience them,” Hammer Museum representative Nancy Lee said. 
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Knoedler Gallery Documentary to be Adapted in Feature Film

October 26th, 2020

Barry Avrich’s documentary on the Knoedler Gallery forgeries, “Made You Look: A True Story About Fake Art” will be adapted into a feature film by the director’s Melbar Entertainment Group. “The extraordinary story beautifully lends itself to a dramatic feature film and its characters are beyond priceless. I can only dream that Meryl Streep will want to play Ann Freedman,” Avrich says.
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Art Program Offering Classes to Minor Offenders Instead of Court Dates Facing Defunding

October 23rd, 2020

Project Reset, a New York program that allows perpetrators of nonviolent offenses to take art classes instead of taking a court date, is facing budget shortfalls, and may shut down. “Project Reset is one of the most valuable tools we have to address low-level offenses. When you can prevent someone who is arrested for a low-level offense from entering the criminal justice system—and instead offer them a meaningful intervention through art, therapy, and other forms of restorative justice—you spare them the consequences of a criminal conviction, help them recognise and change behaviours, and ideally prevent future arrests,” says DA Cyrus Vance. “Especially today, when criminal justice reform and jail reduction are priorities for New Yorkers, it would be a shame to end this critical program.”
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Marian Goodman Gallery to Close London Space

October 23rd, 2020

Marian Goodman Gallery is planning to close its London gallery at the end of this year, striking an ominous note for the future of London’s art market.  “The art world has undergone dramatic changes in recent years, and the current health crisis and Brexit have introduced even more uncertainty into the market, especially for galleries operating in London,” the dealer said. “The decision to close the London space was made together with the executive team as part of the gallery’s overarching programming and sales strategy to pursue a more nimble approach in London, while continuing our strong presence in New York and Paris, which has served as the hub for our European activity for more than 25 years.”
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Deana Lawson Wins Hugo Boss Prize

October 23rd, 2020

Deana Lawson has become the first photographer to win the Guggenheim Museum’s Hugo Boss Prize. “Her contribution to the medium and the larger cultural landscape is indelible,” says director Richard Armstrong.
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Rolls-Royce Art Program Taps Sondra Perry, Martine Syms for Art Prize

October 23rd, 2020

Sondra Perry, Beatriz Santiago MuñozMartine Syms, and Zhou Tao have been nominated for Rolls-Royce’s art program, Muse, and its first-ever Moving-Image Dream Commission.  The initiative “offers an opportunity for artists to have a space to develop their aesthetics and to be able to delve deeply into an area where they can have an autonomy to make a work which can resonate,” according to a statement. 
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Heirs of Piet Mondrian Sue Kunstmuseen Krefeld in Attempt to Reclaim Paintings

October 22nd, 2020

The heirs of Piet Mondrian have filed suit against the Kunstmuseen Krefeld, alleging that the museum is holding works owed to them, valued at over $200 million.
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Theaster Gates Interviewed in The Guardian

October 22nd, 2020

Theaster Gates has a profile in The Guardian this week, as he opens his first solo show in New York at Gagosian.  “What separates art from craft?” He says. “Who divides the highbrow from the commonplace, the seen from the unseen?”
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Los Angeles – Raymond Pettibon: “Pacific Ocean Pop” at Regen Projects Through October 31st, 2020

October 26th, 2020

Raymond Pettibon, No Title (Prick up your) (2020), via Regen Projects
Raymond Pettibon, No Title (Prick up your) (2020), via Regen Projects

For its fall exhibition, Regen Projects has tapped the voluminous body of work produced by Raymond Pettibon, presenting a range of new drawings and collages by the artist to round out his 11th exhibition with the gallery since joining in 1993.  Uniting his various interests in literature, sport and art, Pettibon’s most recent selection of works continues his investigations into the landscape of modern culture. Read More »

London – Tavares Strachan: “IN PLAIN SIGHT” at Marian Goodman Through October 24th, 2020

October 23rd, 2020

Tavares Strachan, In Plain Sight (Installation View), via Marian Goodman
Tavares Strachan, In Plain Sight (Installation View), via Marian Goodman

On view this month at Marian Goodman in London, artist Tavares Strachan takes an in-depth, beguiling look at the interconnected figures of 20th Century politics and culture for his first UK solo show, part of his ongoing investigatory project The Encyclopedia of Invisibility.  The show, on view through tomorrow, makes a powerful, serpentine pathway through the landscape and history of the world, tying together the Queen, Haille Selassie, Nina Simone, and many more.   Read More »

New York – Gabriel Orozco at Marian Goodman Gallery Through October 24th, 2020

October 21st, 2020

Gabriel Orozco, Estanque (2020), via Marian Goodman
Gabriel Orozco, Estanque (2020), via Marian Goodman

Currently on at Marian Goodman’s New York exhibition space, artist Gabriel Orozco is presenting a body of new works drawing on his continued exploration of global and local cultural formats, and the possibility for performance and repositioning within their varied aesthetic and conceptual palettes.  For this exhibition, Orozco presents a new series of tempera paintings in a large and small scale, and a selection of new watercolor collages which expand upon his Suisai series, begun in 2016. Read More »

Los Angeles – “Restless Index” Curated by Kelly Akashi and Cayetano Ferrer at Tanya Bonakdar Through November 7th, 2020

October 20th, 2020

Michael Queenland, Untitled (Stationary) (2017), via Tanya Bonakdar
Michael Queenland, Untitled (Stationary) (2017), via Tanya Bonakdar

Marking a sustained engagement with language and text, the current group show at Tanya Bonakdar Los Angeles, Restless Index, explores a specific approach to cataloging and documenting, and the potentials that these explorations of archives and databases might offer for the future.  Inadequacies of language—whether legal, symbolic, written or visual—are cast into stark relief during moments of social upheaval, a point which feels particularly apt during this cultural moment, and which serves as a bedrock for the show, exploring associations once normalized by cultural hegemonies as renewed sites of contention and conflict.  The show explores the canon as a permeable and flexible, where monuments and institutional mandates are called into question, histories reassessed, and so too are visual codes that derive from those histories. Read More »

Kevin Beasley: “Reunion” at Casey Kaplan Through October 24th, 2020

October 19th, 2020

Kevin Beasley, The Road (2019), via Casey Kaplan
Kevin Beasley, The Road (2019), via Casey Kaplan

Artist Kevin Beasley returns to Casey Kaplan this month for an exhibition of new work surrounding questions and explorations of ancestry, ownership and land, dwelling on a range of questions over ownership and property that underscore the United States’s relationship to its own past, and the culture of violence and oppression that helped to build its economic foundations.   Read More »

Berlin – Philippe Parreno: “Manifestations” at Esther Schipper Through October 17th, 2020

October 16th, 2020

Philippe Parreno, Manifestations (Installation View), via Esther Schipper
Philippe Parreno, Manifestations (Installation View),  via Esther Schipper

Marking his eighth solo show with Berlin’s Esther Schipper, artist Philippe Parreno‘s Manifestations spans the full range of his artistic output, running through a selection of pieces that include a granular soundtrack, a CGI film, atmospheric sensors, robotic systems, computer code, ice and water.  In typical fashion for the artist, the show is billed as an effort to “connect ‘things’ that, a priori, had nothing to do with one another; ‘thing’ that allow themselves to be summoned by repetitions, synchronicities, signals, or singularities.” Read More »

Berlin – Andreas Gursky at Sprüth Magers Through November 14th, 2020

October 15th, 2020

 

Andreas Gursky, Rhein III (2018), via Sprüth Magers
Andreas Gursky, Rhein III (2018), via Sprüth Magers

Opening a show of new works in Berlin, artist Andreas Gursky arrives yet again at a prime moment of reflection and consideration for the inhabitants of modernity, offering up a selection of photographs that welcome a renewed perspective on the state of the world, and the forces that shape it.  Featuring the artist’s first new body of work in almost three years, Gursky’s exhibition in the Berlin outpost of Sprüth Magers addresses a range of themes that the artist has investigated for decades, and often  revisits settings such as the Rhine river and Hong Kong’s futuristic cityscapes to explore new contexts and sets of information layered over by the current state of the world.  Gursky looks anew at our built environment and humankind’s impact on the natural world.

 

Andreas Gursky, Bauhaus (2020), via Sprüth Magers
Andreas Gursky, Bauhaus (2020), via Sprüth Magers

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New York – Harold Ancart: “Traveling Light” at David Zwirner Through October 17th, 2020

October 14th, 2020

Harold Ancart, Untitled (2020), via David Zwirner
Harold Ancart, Untitled (2020), via David Zwirner

Making an intriguing continuation of his investigation of natural processes and large-scale environmental phenomena, artist Harold Ancart has a new show on at David Zwirner this month.  Delving into leafy canopies and expansive, haunting desert expanses, the show gives the impression of an extended meditation on place and space, and makes for a strong follow up to the artist’s first show with the gallery in New York.   Read More »

AO Online – Frieze Online: October 9th – 16th, 2020

October 8th, 2020

Do Ho Suh at Lehmann Maupin
Do Ho Suh at Lehmann Maupin

With the weather turning increasingly chilly, and the fall months coming on in full stride, the art world would normally turn its attention this week to London, where the tents would be up and the halls would be ready for another edition of Frieze Art Fair in the British Capital.  Yet the fair’s annual run is just one more event moved online this fall, as Europe and the United States continue to contend with the heightened stress and security concerns of the COVID-19 pandemic.  This week, the British staple of the annual art calendar has popped up online, open for the next week with a broad set of works on view, and a range of galleries logging in from around the globe.

Gretchen Bender at Metro Pictures
Gretchen Bender at Metro Pictures

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New York – Pieter Schoolwerth: “Shifted Sims” at Petzel Through October 31st, 2020

October 6th, 2020

Pieter Schoolworth, Shifted Sims #9 (Eco Lifestyle) (2020), via Petzel
Pieter Schoolworth, Shifted Sims #9 (Eco Lifestyle) (2020), via Petzel

Currently on at Petzel in New York City, painter Pieter Schoolwerth brings a collection of new canvases to bear, exploring a series of psychoactive tableaus and surreal depictions of humanity, a body of work that feels particularly apt in the strange landscape of a post-lockdown COVID-19 world.  Drawing on a range of signifiers and image sets for his works, the artist swirls his illusory, dream-like landscapes through the halls of the gallery. Read More »