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AO On Site (with Photoset) – London: Frieze Art Fair 2011 Day 2 Review

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

AO On Site at the 54th Venice Biennale 2011: Final Overview and News Summary

Monday, June 6th, 2011

AO On Site for the 54th Venice Biennale 2011: Preview (with photoset) of the 54th International Art Exhibition in the Central Pavilion, and announcement of 2011 winners of the Golden and Silver Lions

Saturday, June 4th, 2011

AO On Site at the 54th Venice Biennale 2011: Preview (with photoset) of Anish Kapoor’s “Ascension” at Basilica San Giorgio di Maggiore

Saturday, June 4th, 2011

AO On Site Preview and Summary: 54th Venice Biennale 2011 Begins This Week

Monday, May 30th, 2011
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Met Posts Highest Annual Attendance on Record

July 30th, 2015

China Through the Looking Glass, via NYTThe Metropolitan Museum of Art has recorded at least 6.3 million visitors in the past year, the most in the 40 it has been recording attendance statistics.  The figures are attributed to the museum’s new seven day operating hours and a number of popular exhibitions. Read More »

Artists in Oakland Protest Lawsuit Over Public

July 30th, 2015

Public Art in Oakland, via KQEDArtists in Oakland and the Bay Area at large are outraged after the Building Industry Association of the Bay Area filed a lawsuit against the city for requiring all new building projects to include plans for public art on the premises.  “Developers owe it to the city and residents to enrich the landscape and culture of the urban space,” says Emma Spertus, artist and founder of the Oakland studio building and residency program Real Time and Space. Read More »

Katherine Bernhardt Installs Mural at Venus Over LA

July 30th, 2015

Katherine Bernhardt, via Art InfoKatherine Bernhardt has completed a commissioned mural for Venus Over Los Angeles, covering the outside of the gallery in her signature cartoonish drawings of food and cigarettes.  The mural is on view through August 9th. Read More »

NYC pledges $10 Million to Spaceworks

July 30th, 2015

New York City, via Art NewspaperThe New York City government has pledged $10 million towards Spaceworks, a city-based non-profit aiming to convert public spaces into affordable studio space for artists and community art sites.  The sites will be located in The Bronx.  “It’s a borough that is clearly under-resourced in terms of creative space,” says executive director Paul Parkhill. He is also hiring a full-time community organiser based in the area “to make sure there is a grassroots conversation early on, so people know what is happening.” Read More »

Full Strike Called for London’s National Gallery Staff this August

July 30th, 2015

Protests outside National Gallery, via Art NewspaperFollowing a number of walkouts and week-long protests, the staff at London’s National Gallery has announced its first full strike this August.  “Our members in the National Gallery have been engaged in a heroic struggle to defend the functions of a national institution,” PCS General Secretary Mark Serwotka said in a statement. “They have taken 52 days strike action so far and are prepared to take more. Accordingly, we have served the employer with notice today of more sustained action in August.” Read More »

Icelandic Art Center Sues to Reopen Venice Mosque Installation

July 28th, 2015

Christoph Büchel's Mosque installation for the Icelandic Pavilion, via Art ObservedA Venice court will hear the lawsuit filed by The Icelandic Art Center (IAC) in Reykjavik over the closure of Christoph Büchel’s Icelandic Pavilion “mosque” in the Italian city over a perceived “security threat.”  The work was closed in May after remaining open for only two weeks. Read More »

Christie’s CEO Patricia Barbizet Profiled in FT

July 27th, 2015

Patricia Barbizet, via Financial TimesThe Financial Times profiles Patricia Barbizet, Christie’s newly minted chief executive, who moved from her early work with Renault through her longtime career working under François Pinault.  “My mother was an artist, my brothers and sisters are film and theatrical producers, my father was in cinema. I chose Renault — spot the odd one out,” she jokes. Read More »

Tate Modern Announces 2016 Exhibitions for Georgia O’Keefe and Robert Rauschenberg

July 27th, 2015

Georgia O'Keefe, via The GuardianThe Tate Modern has announced its schedule of exhibitions for 2016, including a major survey of the work of Georgia O’Keefe, as well as the first posthumous retrospective of the work of Robert Rauschenberg in the UK.  “There is next to no work by Georgia O’Keeffe anywhere in Europe,” says Achim Borchardt-Hume, the gallery’s director of exhibitions. “Unless you travel to the States and travel quite extensively across the States it is very difficult to form a coherent picture of her work.” Read More »

Fate of SC State University Museum Collection Caught in Middle of Financial Dispute

July 27th, 2015

The I.P. Stanback Museum and Planetarium, via Post and cOurierRepairs to a boiler system at the financially troubled South Carolina State University Museum has led to disputes over what will happen with its art collection, with some arguing that moving the works puts them at risk during the University’s currently dire financial straits.  “There’s a certain care that we need to provide to preserve the collections, not only for the university but for the state and the country,” says Museum director Ellen Zisholtz. “We are looking for ways to carry out the mandate without putting the collection at risk.” Read More »

Matthew Eck to Launch New Art Fair in Miami Beach this December

July 27th, 2015

X Contemporary, via XMatthew Eck, former co-director of the SELECT art fairs in Miami and New York, has announced a new fair project to premiere at Art Basel Miami Beach this December, X Contemporary.  “Art doesn’t happen in a vacuum, and X Contemporary aims to present this overlap through dynamic events and collaborations, and within a curated context that prominently features some of the most exciting new galleries and artists today,” the fair says in its press release. Read More »

Miami Building Project Featuring Works by James Turrell and Richard Serra Delayed Indefinitely

July 26th, 2015

The proposed building, via Miami HeraldHedge Fund Manager and Collector Bruce Berkowitz, of Fairholme Capital Management, has reportedly scrapped a proposal for a ten-story office building, which featured public exhibition of works by Richard Serra and James Turrell, in Miami, following fines and a reported lack of attention from City Hall.  “There are no ongoing discussions and the only thing I’ve heard from the city is that I’ve been fined $300,000 for the way we cleared and secured the lot.” Read More »

R.I.P. Ingrid Sichy, International Editor of Condé Nast and Writer, 63

July 26th, 2015

Ingrid Sichy, via NYTIngrid Sichy, International Editor of Condé Nast, former editor of Interview Magazine, and longtime contributor to Vanity Fair and The New Yorker, passed away late this week in New York City at the age of 63.  Sichy was a foundational chronicler of the New York avant-garde and modern fashion for nearly forty years, and was a fixture at openings and runway shows around the globe.  “She could write about anything, but what interested her most were art and fashion, and she traversed those two hothouses like a bemused empress,” says Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter.  “She had a crisp mind and an almost uncanny focus when she sat down to write. She was a fun, conspiratorial gossip, but never with malice or envy — the working tools of so many gossips.” Read More »

More Engravings Disappear from French National Library

July 24th, 2015

The Richelieu-Louvois Library, via France National LibraryA theft of 43 engravings by 16th-century artists valued at about $4.4 million from the Richelieu-Louvois branch of the National Library of France has led to the arrest of a library employee.  This is the second time engravings have disappeared from the institution this year.

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Rikrit Tiravanija Opens First Commercial Kitchen

July 24th, 2015

At Rikrit Tiravanija's Kitchen, via Art NewsArtist and amateur chef Rikrit Tiravanija has opened his first commercial restaurant in Hancock, NY, titled Unclebrother, and incorporating food from the surrounding area into his menu.  “The surprising thing is that, actually, there are a lot of artists around,” Tiravanija says. “Even people who kind of ran away from the city, and are not participating in the art world anymore. Now they’re growing vegetables. These are people who would be interested in something like this.” Read More »

Ground Zero Arts Center Sees Funding Cut

July 24th, 2015

Site of Ground Zero Arts Center, via NYTFunding for the proposed Ground Zero Arts Center in New York has reportedly been cut by the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation again, bringing the budget for its construction to under $200 million.  “We can do a great building for $200 million — it has to be built,” says Maggie Boepple, president of the Performing Arts Center. “It will be smaller; there may be things that you might have liked to see, but that’s how it is.” Read More »

More Dealers Allowing Collectors to Try Art Out Before Buying

July 23rd, 2015

Inside the Collectors' Hudson Home, via WThe Observer notes an increasing number of dealers allowing collectors to take a work out of the gallery to view it in their homes before agreeing to buy.  “If they are on the fence—for instance, if it is a couple and one [person] likes it more than the other—living with it for a few days helps in the decision,” says dealer Debra Force. Read More »

Documenta Curator Adam Szymczyk Interviewed on State of Greek Crisis and Its Ties to Event

July 23rd, 2015

Adam Szymczyk, via documentaAdam Szymczyk, director of Documenta 2017 in Athens, is interviewed this week in Deutsche Welle, discussing how the recent financial strife between Germany and Greece bodes for the event.  “We don’t want to illustrate the crisis,” he says.  “We believe that the real image of the crisis doesn’t exist and it perhaps should not be imposed. We just try to exist in this state of crisis, every single day – in Germany and in Greece.” Read More »

Paris Art Dealer Opens Sculpture Park in Côte d’Azur

July 23rd, 2015

A sculpture at Mitterand's new park, via Art NewspaperParis-based art dealer Jean-Gabriel Mitterrand has opened a massive sculpture park in France’s Côte d’Azur, with more than 30 works spread out across the grounds’ lakes and trails.  “The works will change whenever they have to be returned or if some are sold. Also the park will be extended when new works are installed,” says the dealer’s son, Edward.  Read More »

Michael Heizer’s “City” in Basin and Range Sits at Center of Debate Over Public Lands

July 23rd, 2015

Basin and Range, via Mother JonesMother Jones takes a closer look at Basin and Range, the home of Michael Heizer’s City, and the center of a recently ignited political debate over the allocation of lands under government protection.  President Obama signed an executive order protecting Basin and Range earlier this month, earning angry outcries from Republicans.  “I don’t think expanding the narrowing use of public lands is appropriate,” Jeb Bush retorted following the bill.  Read More »

Japanese Curator Launches Inaccessible Exhibition on Grounds of Fukushima Power Plant

July 22nd, 2015

JAPAN-NUCLEAR-DISASTERIn a commentary on the ongoing threat of nuclear radiation in Japan, Kenji Kubota, associate professor at the University of Tsukubacurat in Japan, has curated an exhibition inside the exclusionary zone at Fukushima Daiichi Power Plant, a space only accessible to visitors wearing hazmat suits.  The exhibition, featuring work by Ai Weiwei, Taryn Simon and others, will remain open until the public is able to see it. Read More »

Startup Verisart Using Block Chain to Authenticate Artworks

July 22nd, 2015

An Auction at Christie's, via Art ObservedBloomberg profiles new tech startup Verisart, a digital venture founded by Robert Norton, the former CEO of both Saatchi Online and Sedition. that utilizes the bitcoin block chain to authenticate and catalog works currently on the market.  “We think long-term monetization will come through building a verified database of inventory,” he says. “We think that that will enable transactions through Verisart.” Read More »

FT Profiles Edi Rama, Artist and Prime Minister of Albania

July 20th, 2015

Edi Rama, via Financial TimesThe Financial Times profiles Albanian prime minister, Edi Rama, a contemporary artist-turned-politician whose belief in the ability of art to work in conjunction with policy informs his leadership.  “Languages are different,” he says slowly. “And to pretend that politics should speak the language of art might be misleading. But, at the same time, I think that art can exercise an influence, without really making it seem like a straightforward influence.” Read More »

Whitechapel Announces London Open 2015

July 20th, 2015

Lothar Götz, Double - take on show at Sunken Gallery, via Art DailyThe Whitechapel Gallery has announced the London Open 2015, a Triennial open to all artists living and working in the British capital over the age of 26.  “The London Open 2015 received the greatest number of applications in the history of the Whitechapel Gallery’s open submission exhibition,” says Daniel F. Herrmann, Eisler Curator and Head of Curatorial Studies.  “The entries were of exceptionally high quality – their level of execution, creativity and critical sense are testament to London’s status as the art capital of the world and we are delighted to present some of the most interesting artists working in the city today” Read More »

Steve McQueen and Kanye West Video Running at LACMA

July 20th, 2015

Kanye West and Steve McQueen, via NYTLACMA is currently showing the video collaboration between Steve McQueen and Kanye West, depicting the musician rapping and running through the Chatham Dockyards in London.  The video is currently running at the museum. Read More »