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Cairo Museum Reopens Ten Years After Van Gogh Theft

April 13th, 2021

Cairo’s Mr & Mrs Mohamed Mahmoud Khalil Museum has reopened after a ten year closure, which followed the theft of a Van Gogh from the museum.
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Crystal Bridges Museum Plans Expansion

April 12th, 2021

Crystal Bridges Museum in Arkansas is planning a major expansion that will add almost 100,000 square feet to its footprint. “With the number of visitors we welcome annually, it’s timely to enlarge our building and make sure more people can access these offerings,” says founder Alice Walton.
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Pace Gallery Expands in Seoul

April 12th, 2021

Pace Gallery is expanding its footprint in South Korea, as it moves to a larger space in the Hannam-dong neighborhood of Seoul. “We’re growing, but I like to think we grow very carefully and thoughtfully,” says Marc Glimcher. “We start really small in a city and see if it’s successful. It’s about the people first, not the space. We are really interested in going to cities where we really add to the equation and that city can have an interesting impact on us.”
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Art Basel Hong Kong to Return Next Month

April 11th, 2021

Art Basel Hong Kong will return next month, and has just announced its exhibitor list for the next edition of the fair, welcoming 104 exhibitors to the space. 
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Jennifer and Dan Gilbert Give $30 Million to Cranbrook Academy of Art to Promote Diversity

April 7th, 2021

The Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, MI has received $30 million by Jennifer and Dan Gilbert to promote diversity in students and faculty. “Our ultimate goal is to drive lasting financial stability while creating a more diverse and equitable community,” Jennifer Gilbert said in a statement. “We know it’s not a silver bullet, but a step in the right direction. Dan and I hope that the gift grants the Academy space to develop long-term solutions, and that it encourages others to join us in giving.”


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Alex Da Corte Preps Next Met Rooftop Commission

April 7th, 2021

Alex Da Corte gives the NYT a tour of his studio this week, as he prepares to complete a large-scale sculpture of Big Bird for his coming Met Rooftop Installation. “There’s something beautiful about wondering what Big Bird is looking for,” Da Corte says. “Maybe the sunset.”
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Venice Blocks Long-Running Pop-Up Exhibitions, Affecting Biennale Programming

April 7th, 2021

A new rule in Venice will block temporary and pop-up exhibitions from running the full length of the Venice Biennale, Art Newspaper reports.
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Man Steals Warhol “Shadow” Paintings, Sells Fakes Online

April 7th, 2021

A Boston man has admitted to stealing several Andy Warhol works and selling fake versions online. “The buyer removed the paintings’ frames and found no Warhol Foundation authentication stamps and noticed that the canvasses and staples looked new,” prosecutors said.
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NYT Visits Met with Man Painted by Alice Neel

April 7th, 2021

The NYT visits The Met’s Alice Neel exhibition this week with Jeff Neal, who the artist painted as a child for a work now on view in the show. “I always thought it was going to come back to me,” Mr. Neal said. “I would dream about it, and then I would ask Allen about it. He said, ‘No, hadn’t heard anything.’ I would see her on the news and say, ‘Wow, I wonder what happened to my painting.’”
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New Museum Triennial to Open This Fall

April 5th, 2021

The New Museum has announced the latest iteration of its Triennial, postponed until October due to the pandemic. Organized by Margot Norton, the Allen and Lola Goldring curator at the New Museum, and Jamilah James, the senior curator of The Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, the show is titled Soft Water Hard Stone, borrowed from a Brazilian proverb about perseverance: “soft water on hard stone hits until it bores a hole.”
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New York – Yayoi Kusama: “Cosmic Nature” at the New York Botanical Garden Through October 31st, 2021

April 12th, 2021

Yayoi Kusama, Cosmic Nature (Installation view), via Art Observed
Yayoi Kusama, Cosmic Nature (Installation view), via Art Observed

After several delays caused by the Covid-19 virus, the long-awaited exhibition of Yayoi Kusama’s work at the New York Botanical Garden has finally opened. Planned for exclusive exhibition at NYBG, the show sees Kusama reveling in a lifelong fascination with the natural world, beginning with her childhood spent in the greenhouses and fields of her family’s seed nursery. Giving her voice and works ample space to evolve and envelop the lush grounds of the Botanical Garden’s diverse selection of plants, the show is a fascinating embellishment of both artist and nature, speaking, and working, in unison.   Read More »

New York – James Lee Byars: “The Milky Way” at Michael Werner Gallery Through May 1st, 2021

April 7th, 2021

James Lee Byars, The Milky Way (Installation View), via Michael Werner
James Lee Byars, The Milky Way (Installation View), via Michael Werner

Currently on view at Michael Werner Gallery in New York, artist James Lee Byars’s nuanced and minimalist sculptural project The Milky Way goes back on public view, showcasing one of the artist’s more intriguing and ambitious two-dimensional works. This will be the first time the work is on view to the public.  Read More »

New York – Oscar Tuazon: “PEOPLE” at Luhring Augustine Through April 17th, 2021

April 5th, 2021

Oscar Tuazon, Natural Man (2021), via Luhring Augustine
Oscar Tuazon, Natural Man (2015/2021), via Luhring Augustine

Currently on view at Luhring Augustine’s Tribeca exhibition space, artist Oscar Tuazon has compiled a presentation of all new sculptural works, united under the title PEOPLE. Continuing Tuazon’s investigation of hybridized forms and construction through fusions of natural material and human technological developments, the show pushes fusions of minimalist abstraction and natural elements, making up a series of constantly changing morphologies and addressing notions of the natural systems of growth and decay. Read More »

New York – William Eggleston and John McCracken: “True Stories” at David Zwirner Through April 17th, 2021

April 1st, 2021

John McCracken, Untitled (Red Block) (1966), via David Zwirner
John McCracken, Untitled (Red Block) (1966), via David Zwirner

Currently on view at its uptown exhibition space, David Zwirner is presenting an exhibition of works by William Eggleston and John McCracken, the first time the artists have been featured together, through a selection of works that explore color and light in their respective artistic visions. Expressing a natural interest in the forms and lines of the American landscape through documentation and precise geometries, the show is a fascinating exploration of the pair’s respective aesthetic visions.

William Eggleston and John McCracken, True Stories (Installation View), via David Zwirner
William Eggleston and John McCracken, True Stories (Installation View), via David Zwirner

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New York – Cory Arcangel: “Century 21″ at Greene Naftali Through April 17th, 2021

March 31st, 2021

Cory Arcangel, :roʊˈdeɪoʊ: Let’s Play HOLLYWOOD (2017-21) via Greene Naftali
Cory Arcangel, /roʊˈdeɪoʊ/ Let’s Play: HOLLYWOOD (2017-21), via Greene Naftali

Over the past two decades, few artists have taken such a continuously engaging pathway through the history and culture of digital media in all of its forms in the same manner as Cory Arcangel.  Hacking into the systems and software that define our networked lives, he introduces glitches and misfires that reveal the perils of technological dependence. For his debut solo exhibition at Greene Naftali, he continues this practice, amplifying and enhancing themes he has honed over two decades, using the structures and social mores of digital platforms as his primary artistic material.

Cory Arcangel, :roʊˈdeɪoʊ: Let’s Play HOLLYWOOD (2017-21) via Greene Naftali
Cory Arcangel, /roʊˈdeɪoʊ/ Let’s Play: HOLLYWOOD (2017-21), via Greene Naftali

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New York – “Regroup Show” at Miguel Abreu Gallery Through April 17th, 2021

March 30th, 2021

Matthew Ronay, Eight Tissues One Hand (2020), via Miguel Abreu
Matthew Ronay, Eight Tissues One Hand (2020), via Miguel Abreu

In 2007, at its location at 36 Orchard, Miguel Abreu Gallery mounted Regroup Show, an exhibition meant to highlight the then burgeoning scene of artists showing together and side by side in the Lower East Side. Exploring the diverse modes of working and broad range of expressive capacities of this talented group, the show was a striking inquiry into just how one might understand shared space, and sharing space.

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New York – Roni Horn: “Recent Work” at Hauser & Wirth Through April 10th, 2021

March 26th, 2021

Roni Horn, Wits' End Mash (Elvis has left the building), v.1 (2019) via Hauser and Wirth
Roni Horn, Wits’ End Mash (Elvis has left the building), v.1 (2019) via Hauser and Wirth

Artist Roni Horn has spent the past four decades questioning accepted notions of identity and meaning, thwarting closure and opening up new possibilities of perception through her expansive body of work across mediums. This relentless approach to her craft, exploring modes of perception and language as expressed through nuanced, subtle material inventions, takes center stage here in a show of recent work at Hauser & Wirth in New York. Compiling a selection of drawings described as “a kind of breathing activity on a daily level,”the show welcomes an engaging continuation of her interest in speech, written text, and understanding.

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New York – Peter Joseph: “The Border Paintings” at Lisson Gallery Through April 24th, 2021

March 23rd, 2021

Peter Joseph, The Border Paintings (Installation View), via Lisson Gallery
Peter Joseph, The Border Paintings (Installation View), via Lisson Gallery

Marking the latest entry in a long-running string of collaborations between the estate of artist Peter Joseph and Lisson Gallery, a show of works from the 1980s and 1990s the artist was in the process of planning when he passed away at age 91 in November 2020 is now on view.  Presenting a series of contrasting geometric frames across the gallery space, the show investigates Joseph’s commitment to color and space as the central tenets of his practice. Read More »

New York – John Waters: “Hollywood’s Greatest Hits” at Sprüth Magers Through May 1st, 2021

March 17th, 2021

 

John Waters, La Mer (2009), via Sprüth Magers
John Waters, La Mer (2009), via Sprüth Magers

Taking over the exhibition space at Sprüth Magers’s Los Angeles gallery, John Waters takes a shot at the famous and infamous among the long annals of film culture, pop culture, and celebrity, opening a show that compiles a range of works from the past ten years that drive home the artist’s bitingly satirical abilities as a foremost critique of American culture, both high and low.

John Waters, Hollywood's Greatest Hits (Installation View), via Sprüth Magers
John Waters, Hollywood’s Greatest Hits (Installation View), via Sprüth Magers

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Los Angeles – Caitlin Keogh: “Waxing Year” at Overduin and Co. Through April 3rd, 2021

March 16th, 2021

Caitlin Keogh, Waxing Year 3 (2020), via Overduin and Co.
Caitlin Keogh, Waxing Year 3 (2020), via Overduin and Co.

Painter Caitlin Keogh‘s works are orchestrations of symbolism, blending together a range of images and patterns that give the final composition a dizzying series of touchpoints, and ultimately arrive at a final composition that seems to rarely rest on any single image. Such is the case with her new show of works currently on view at Overduin and Co. in Los Angeles, a selection of pieces that emphasize shifting grounds and a composite sense of reality.  Read More »