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Tate Curator Suspended Over Public Criticism of Museum

October 28th, 2020

Mark Godfrey, a senior curator of international art at Tate, has been suspended following criticism of the museum over its decision to postpone the Philip Guston show. “If you work at Tate, you are expected to toe the party line,” a source says. “There is very little tolerance for dissent and an increasingly autocratic managerial style.”
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Frieze New York Will Open at The Shed for 2021

October 28th, 2020

Frieze New York announced a pared down version of its fair for 2021, moving across town to The Shed for a scaled-down edition. “The Shed is committed to developing new partnerships and approaches to support the arts and our city at this critical time,” says artistic director and executive Alex Poots.
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Lehmann Maupin Plans Seasonal Space in Palm Beach

October 28th, 2020

Lehmann Maupin will open a temporary exhibition space in Palm Beach, Florida next month, Art News reports. “We’ve learned a lot of lessons in the last seven months,” says gallery partner Carla Camacho, who will run the space. “Smaller markets are really hungry to have high quality art in their hometowns, and it’s time to bring high-level art and treat these regional cities with a more elevated experience.”
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Jenny Holzer Works with Students in Chicago on Voting Efforts

October 27th, 2020

Jenny Holzer is working with students in Chicago as part of her You Vote program, placing messages on a series of LED billboard trucks.“Students wanted more, they wanted to participate in getting out the vote,” says Christine Mehring, a professor of art history at the college and an adjunct curator at the Smart Museum of Art who worked on the project.
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Sarah Sze Interviewed in The Guardian

October 27th, 2020

Artist Sarah Sze has an interview in The Guardian this week, as she prepares an installation at Fondation Cartier in Paris. “I’m interested in the idea of sculpture as a tool to understand where we are in time – in the world, you know?” she says.
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France Announces New Measures for Aiding Curfew-Hit Arts Institutions

October 27th, 2020

As a curfew continues in France, the government has announced a series of measures to support its struggling culture sector. “We are going to lose another month, a month and a half, maybe two. A private business that doesn’t have any money cannot afford this cost”, says Loïc Bonnet, the president of the private theaters association.
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Adam Pendleton and Amy Sherald Leave Board of Baltimore Museum of Art

October 27th, 2020

Artists Adam Pendleton and Amy Sherald have departed the board of the the Baltimore Museum of Art. “Adam Pendleton and Amy Sherald determined that they could not fully participate in board activities due to other commitments and have resigned. We are grateful for the time they invested and for the perspectives and ideas that they brought to the BMA,” a museum spokesperson said.


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NYT Looks at Current Quarantine Challenges Faced by Museums

October 27th, 2020

The New York Times asks just how long museums can survive being open at 25% capacity. “We want to be open, but we don’t want to push the envelope,” says Met president Daniel H. Weiss, “especially as, throughout the country, we’re seeing that the pandemic is on the rise precisely through the lack of adherence to social-distancing rules.”
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Activist Emery Mwazulu Diyabanza Arrested After Attempting Removal of Item from Louvre

October 27th, 2020

Congolese activist Emery Mwazulu Diyabanza has been arrested in Paris for attempting to remove an artifact from the Louvre. “I came here to take back what was stolen and plundered from us…” Diyabanza can be heard saying as he removed the item, “to take back what was pillaged from Africa.”
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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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London – Klara Liden: “Turn Me On” at Sadie Coles HQ Through October 31st, 2020

October 28th, 2020

Klara Liden, Kahba (2020), via Sadie Coles
Klara Liden, Kahba (2020), via Sadie Coles

Currently on view at Sadie Coles HQ’s Davies Street location in London, artist Klara Liden has orchestrated a body of new works drawing on the urban landscape, its moments of improvised and recontextualized materiality, and peculiar interrogations of these spaces through the body and through the body populace.  At the center of the show is an investigation of cities and landscapes, and how human agency slowly transmutes and transfigures much the space within it.   Read More »

London – Danh Vo: “Chicxulub” at White Cube Through November 2nd, 2020

October 27th, 2020

Danh Vo, Chicxulub (Installation View), via Art Observed
Danh Vo, Chicxulub (Installation View), via Art Observed

Taking over the full expanse of White Cube Bermondsey, artist Danh Vo presents a selection of new works that continues his uniquely deep interrogations of the politics and materiality of language, drawing together a show of fragmentary items and momentary encounters that build and amplify their respective elements.

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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 »