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Marian Goodman Gallery Announces New President, Partners

July 29th, 2021

Marian Goodman Gallery has announced a new partnership structure and leadership plan, with Philipp Kaiser, moving from his position as chief executive director of artists and programs to president and partner, while executive directors Emily-Jane Kirwan, Rose Lord, Leslie Nolen, and Junette Teng have all been named as partners. “I am a passionate advocate for my artists,” Goodman says. “I feel a deep sense of commitment to them and have ever since I first opened my business. The creation of this partnership will allow my vision and rigorous program to continue to thrive.”
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Douglas Chrismas, Ace Gallery Founder, Arrested on Charges of Embezzlement

July 29th, 2021

Ace Gallery founder Douglas J. Chrismas has been arrested on charges of embezzlement, the LA Times reports. Chrismas is accused of embezzling $100,000 owed the gallery for a sale.
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Collection of Dallas Billionaire Ed Cox Heads to Christie’s

July 29th, 2021

The art collection of the late Dallas oil billionaire Edwin “Ed” L. Cox Sr. will head to Christie’s, featuring an impressive group of Impressionist masterworks, which the auction house called “the finest and most expensive impressionist collections ever to be sold.”
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Christie’s Will Open a New Hong Kong Headquarters in 2024

July 27th, 2021

Christie’s will open a new, state-of-the-art Hong Kong headquarters in 2024, following the auction house’s strong results in past years in Asia.“We will evolve from primarily hosting two main auction seasons a year, to programming all year-round,” says Francis Belin, Christie’s Asia Pacific president.
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Controversy Flies Over Departures at Barcelona’s Contemporary Art Museum

July 26th, 2021

English curator Tanya Barson and head of programs Pablo Martínez are out at Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art, creating a conflict among art world insiders. “I strongly believe that a major motivation for the restructuring was a way of effecting our departure from the museum because we had permanent contracts,” Barson says.
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Whitworth Gallery in Manchester Mints William Blake NFT for Social Benefit Projects

July 26th, 2021

Manchester’s Whitworth Gallery  will minting and sell an NFT of William Blake’s Europe Plate i: Frontispiece, The Ancient of Days, and will set the funds aside for “socially beneficial projects.” “The Whitworth decided to embark on this project because it wanted to think about how it could redistribute the wealth of its collections in the most democratic way. This technology offers the opportunity to open up the collections to the broadest possible audience,” says director Alistair Hudson.
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Italy Embraces “Vaccine Green Card” Program

July 23rd, 2021

Italy will impose a new “vaccine green card” policy for public spaces and cultural institutions like art museums, The Guardian reports. “But the Delta variant is threatening. It spreads much more quickly than other variants,” says prime minister Mario Draghi. “I invite all Italians to get vaccinated and to do so straight away. Without vaccinations, we’d have to close everything again.”
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US Sanctions Bulgarian Collector

July 23rd, 2021

The US Treasury has sanctioned Bulgarian collector Vassil Kroumov Bojkov, part of an ongoing investigation that some feel could have repercussions in the art market. “Sanctions compliance is a critical part of due diligence and has been for a long time. Collectors and businesses need to be prudent about reviewing counterparties,” says Nicholas O’Donnell, an attorney at Sullivan & Worcester.
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A Look Inside California’s “Unprecedented” Arts Budget Increase

July 23rd, 2021

A piece in the SF Chronicle looks at California’s major increase in budgeting for the arts. “When we look the 2021-22 budget, the words that come to my mind are, ‘This is historic. It’s bold. It’s unprecedented,’” says Ron P. Muriera, board president of Californians for the Arts.
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UK Government Presses Forward on 50% Funding Cut to Arts and Design Courses

July 22nd, 2021

The UK Government will move forward with a 50% cut to funding for arts and design courses, Art Newspaper reports. “Devaluing the arts disempowers us as a society leaving us poorer, both culturally and economically. Arts education provides not only a place for teaching, but also essential centers of research,” says artist Sarah Kogan.
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East Hampton – Gabriel Orozco at kurimanzutto out east, Through July 25th, 2021

July 23rd, 2021

Gabriel Orozco, Installation View, via kurimanzutto
Gabriel Orozco, Installation View, via kurimanzutto

Currently on at kurimanzutto’s East Hampton exhibition space, the gallery has staged a small-scale show of works by the artist Gabriel Orozco. The artist, whose long explorations of geometric form and space in relation to both traditional art materials and reclaimed objects from the world around him, here presents a fitting summary of his recent practice in small-scale, but engaging outing. Read More »

London – Yayoi Kusama: “I Want Your Tears to Flow with the Words I Wrote” at Victoria Miro Through July 31st, 2021

July 22nd, 2021

Yayoi Kusama, I Want Your Tears to Flow with the Words I Wrote (Installation View), via Victoria Miro
Yayoi Kusama, I Want Your Tears to Flow with the Words I Wrote (Installation View), via Victoria Miro

Throughout her career, Yayoi Kusama has developed a unique and diverse body of highly personal work that connects themes around the natural world, human cognition, and personal mythology. Continuing to address the twin themes of cosmic infinity and personal obsession, the works in this exhibition are testament to an artist at the height of her powers. Marking her first show in several years at Victoria Miro in London, the exhibition showcases Kusama’s relentless drive to express the most abstract of personal feelings.

Yayoi Kusama, On Hearing the Sunset Afterglow’s Message of Love, My Heart Shed Tears (2021), via Victoria Miro
Yayoi Kusama, On Hearing the Sunset Afterglow’s Message of Love, My Heart Shed Tears (2021), via Victoria Miro

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RIP – Christian Boltanski, French Conceptual Artist, Passes Away Afed 76

July 17th, 2021

Christian Boltanski, via Marian Goodman
Christian Boltanski, via Marian Goodman

The French conceptual artist Christian Boltanski has passed away at the age of 76, his gallery announced this week. The artist, whose work long explored the notion of absence and trauma in the face of death and violence, politics and memory, leaves behind a legacy of works that challenge the progression of history at human scale, rendering physical traces and concrete representations of lives lost, bodies now absent, and spaces haunted by past events.  Read More »

New York – “Wish” at Metro Pictures Through July 30th, 2021

July 15th, 2021

Jean Genet, Un Chant D’Amour (film still) (1950), via Metro Pictures
Jean Genet, Un Chant D’Amour (film still) (1950), via Metro Pictures

On now at Metro Pictures, a group show featuring the work of Reza Abdoh, Jean Genet, Nash Glynn, Torbjørn Rødland, Elliot Reed, Heji Shin, and Nora Turato, takes on an engaging notion of the dream, drawing on Freudian psychology and philosophy to explore the idea of wishes, imagined landscapes and distorted impulses as the landscape of the repressed and the taboo, a show that unfolds like a dream in its own right, and which poses its images as a set of tableaus in which the viewer is welcome to find fragments of themselves. Read More »

New York – David Smith: “Follow My Path” at Hauser & Wirth Through July 30th, 2021

July 8th, 2021

David Smith, Follow My Path (Installation View), via Hauser and Wirth
David Smith, Follow My Path (Installation View), via Hauser and Wirth

In a 1952 lecture at the Detroit Institute of Arts, sculptor David Smith described the inspiration behind one of his recent sculptures, saying “My wish is that you travel by perception the path which I traveled in creating it. That same wish goes for the rest of my work.” Welcoming the viewer to follow that same path, Hauser & Wirth is currently presenting a body of the artist’s work at its uptown exhibition space in New York, inviting viewers to explore the artistic processes by which Smith reshaped sculpture’s form and function, embarking on new terrain in the field of abstraction. Read More »

New York – Shirazeh Houshiary: “Pneuma” at Lisson Gallery Through July 31st, 2021

July 8th, 2021

Shirazeh Houshiary, Pneuma (Installation View), via Lisson
Shirazeh Houshiary, Pneuma (Installation View), via Lisson

For the artist’s 13th exhibition with Lisson Gallery, and her first at the gallery’s Cork Street location, artist Shirazeh Houshiary is  a new body of work, the first in over a decade to exclusively focus on the artist’s paintings. Unified under the title Pneuma, the show brings together a body of works that mine both haptic and optic illusions, filling the surface of each work with a palpable energy drawn from the artist’s careful study of kinetics. Read More »

New York – Andrew Cranston: “Waiting for the Bell” at Karma Through August 6th, 2021

July 7th, 2021

Andrew Cranston, It was your birthday (and a seagull shat on your head) (2021), via Karma
Andrew Cranston, It was your birthday (and a seagull shat on your head) (2021), via Karma

This month, Karma presents a body of recent works by the British painter Andrew Cranston, marking his first solo exhibition in New York. The artist, who creates transportive images that destabilize the viewer’s sense of time, and invite them to explore a space between nostalgia and dream, relies on dense marks of oil and subtle washes of distemper, using the material to guide the viewer through a series of relationships in space and depth. Read More »

London – Tom Sachs: “Ritual” at Thaddaeus Ropac Through July 30th, 2021

July 6th, 2021

Tom Sachs, Ritual (Installation View), via Thaddaeus Ropac
Tom Sachs, Ritual (Installation View), via Thaddaeus Ropac

“As I create, I meditate, and the lust of acquiring a product is replaced by the love of making it.” So reads a quote by Tom Sachs as the intro to his most recent exhibition of works at Thaddaeus Ropac in London. Ritual, an exhibition of new works never previously seen in the UK, reflects this notion, bringing forth four new sculptures conceived for the exhibition in order to demonstrate the comprehensive spectrum of Sachs’ distinctive sculptural practice. Displayed on bespoke pedestals inspired by modernist shapes, each sculpture is characterized by the same bricolage aesthetic that has long defined the artist’s work, and underscores his unique sense of interrelation with the language of modern urban culture, conceptual assemblage, and the history of the avant-garde. The sculptures bear traces of their making, becoming vehicles for reflection on the creation of value and human labour. Read More »

New York – Jonas Wood: “Four Tennis Courts” at Gagosian Through July 16th, 2021

July 5th, 2021

Jonas Wood, Wimbledon with Bball Orchid (2021), via Gagosian
Jonas Wood, Wimbledon with Bball Orchid (2021), via Gagosian

Just in time for Wimbledon, painter Jonas Wood has installed a selection of new works at Gagosian, paying tribute to the highest honors of the tennis circuit, the four major Grand Slam courts, and the disparate landscapes on which aspiring champions are pitted. On view through July 16th at Gagosian’s Madison Ave. exhibition space, Four Tennis Courts forms a Grand Slam of its own, in which the rigors of professional athletic competition are displaced by deft visual play. Read More »

New York – Jon Pylypchuk: “What have we missed” at Petzel Gallery Through August 6th, 2021

June 30th, 2021

Jon Pylypchuk, Untitled (2021), via Petzel
Jon Pylypchuk, Untitled (2021), via Petzel

How does one contend with loss? When a close friend or relative passes on, the sensation of loss seems to pervade objects, moments in time, spaces, bound up in memory and personal reflection. This sense seems to flow from the recent work of Los Angeles-based artist Jon Pylypchuk, who presents What have we missed, a solo exhibition of new sculptures at Petzel Gallery’s Uptown New York space this month.  Read More »