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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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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 »

New York – Firelei Báez: “Americananana” at James Cohan Through December 21st, 2022

November 16th, 2022

Firelai Baez, Fruta Fina, Fruta Estrańa (Lee Monument)(2022), via James Cohan
Firelai Baez, Fruta Fina, Fruta Estrańa (Lee Monument) (2022), via James Cohan

For painter Firelei Báez, abstraction takes it cues form alchemy; gesture and material commingling in the artist’s hands in order to realize new spaces, new forms, and new ways to see the world. Incorporating this concept into senses of the body and of the world, her works tug at the notions of how we live, and how we might rethink the material of life through new modes of transformation.  This notion sits at the core of the artist’s work in her new show at James Cohan, where a series of canvases explore these modes of thought in detail.   Read More »

Berlin – Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster: “Panoramism and the Abstract Sector” at Esther Schipper Through December 23rd, 2022

November 15th, 2022

Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Panoramism and the Abstract Sector (Installation View), via Esther Schipper
Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Panoramism and the Abstract Sector (Installation View), via Esther Schipper

On view this month in Berlin, Esther Schipper presents Panoramism and the Abstract Sector, artist Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster’s tenth solo exhibition with the gallery. Continuing the artist’s ongoing exploration of artistic, emotional and intellectual geneaologies, extending from prior shows in 2021 and this year, the show takes the form of a 30-meter long 180°-degree curved panorama, especially conceived for the exhibition, with imagery spilling over onto a custom-printed carpet, and printed pillow books. Read More »

London – Amy Sherald: “The World We Make” at Hauser & Wirth Through December 23rd, 2022

November 14th, 2022

Amy Sherald, For love, and for country (2022), via Hauser & Wirth
Amy Sherald, For love, and for country (2022), via Hauser & Wirth

Marking the artist’s first solo show in Europe, Amy Sherald, the American painter and portraitist has opened a major suite of new paintings at Hauser & Wirth London. Bringing together a selection of both small-scale works and large, monumental pieces, the show is Sherald’s largest to date with the gallery, and a shining example of her abilities in translating and expressing powerful emotional landscapes and intricate relationships through a simple, elegant color palette and meticulous use of space. Read More »

New York – Kiki Smith at Timothy Taylor Gallery Through November 12th, 2022

November 11th, 2022

Kiki Smith (Installation View), via Timothy Taylor
Kiki Smith (Installation View), via Timothy Taylor

On this month at Timothy Taylor Gallery in New York City, artist Kiki Smith presents a selection of new works focusing on sculpture, drawing, collage, and wall works from the 1990s that draw together Smith’s study of the human body and the natural world. Presented in a new, temporary exhibition space at 211 West 19th Street in Chelsea while the gallery renovates a new 6,000-square-foot gallery in Tribeca that will open next year, the show offers a new series of possibilities and opportunities for the artist’s work.  Read More »

London – Sam Gilliam: “Late Paintings” at Pace Gallery Through November 12th, 2022

November 10th, 2022

Sam Gilliam, Late Paintings (Installation View), via Art Observed
Sam Gilliam, Late Paintings (Installation View), via Art Observed

Debuting a suite of large-scale paintings and works on paper executed in the last two years of his life, Pace Gallery has opened Late Paintings, a testament to artist Sam Gilliam’s commitment to abstraction. Conceived together with the artist prior to his death in June of 2022, the exhibition occupies the entirety of Pace’s Hanover Square gallery, and marks the first-ever solo exhibition for the artist’s work in the United Kingdom.  Read More »

London – Adrian Ghenie: “The Fear of NOW” at Thaddaeus Ropac Through December 22nd, 2022

November 9th, 2022

Adrian Ghenie, Figure with Remote Control (2022), via Thaddaeus Ropac
Adrian Ghenie, Figure with Remote Control (2022), via Thaddaeus Ropac

Marking his latest engagement and exploration of the intersections of history, pop culture, and the dialogues of art history that are bound within the former, artist Adrian Ghenie presents The Fear of NOW, is an exhibition of new oil paintings and charcoal drawings at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac. He fuses the profoundly personal with the art historical, bridging the abstract and the figurative to examine the impact of the Digital Age on the human condition.

Adrian Ghenie, Self Portrait with Favorite Book (2022), via Thaddaeus Ropac
Adrian Ghenie, Self Portrait with Favorite Book (2022), via Thaddaeus Ropac

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New York – Emily Mae Smith: “Heretic Lace” at Pace Gallery Through November 12th, 2022

November 8th, 2022

Emily Mae Smith, Habitat (2022), via Pace
Emily Mae Smith, Habitat (2022), via Pace

On view this month in New York, Petzel Gallery presents a series of new works by painter Emily Mae Smith, marking the artist’s debut solo exhibition with the gallery. The painter, who blends the surreal and cartoonish with a meticulous study of space and form to create otherworldly scenes that draw on tensions between the imagined and known world.  Read More »

New York – Do Ho Suh at Lehmann Maupin Through November 5th, 2022

November 7th, 2022

Do Ho Suh (Installation View), via Lehmann Maupin
Do Ho Suh (Installation View), via Lehmann Maupin

On view this month in New York, Lehmann Maupin presents an exhibition of new work by London-based artist Do Ho Suh. Working across various media, including sculpture, drawing, photography, and film, Suh engages ideas of home, memory, psychic space, and displacement. In this exhibition, Suh expands on his exploration of the politics and subjectivity of memory, a concept that has remained central to his practice over the last 25 years. For this exhibition, the artist returns to his long fascination with the role of public monuments, using his signature approach towards fabric to create replicas and embellishments of items, spaces and bodies.

Do Ho Suh (Installation View), via Lehmann Maupin
Do Ho Suh (Installation View), via Lehmann Maupin

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