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Frieze London: Art Fair Preview, Schedule and News Summary, October 11th-14th, 2012

Monday, October 8th, 2012

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

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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Alex Katz Interviewed in WSJ

May 3rd, 2015

Alex Katz, via WSJAlex Katz is profiled in the Wall Street Journal this week, looking back on his lengthy career, and the level of success he has achieved in recent years.  “I just love putting it to people who didn’t like me,” Katz says. “There are people from 20, 30, 40 years ago that I love meeting on the street and saying hello. I don’t have to say anything, I just have to say hello, and my presence reminds them of their mistakes.” Read More »

Frieze Founders Interviewed in WSJ

May 3rd, 2015

Amanda Sharp and Matthew Slotover, via WSJThe founders of Frieze, Amanda Sharp and Matthew Slotover, are interviewed in the Wall Street Journal this week as they prepare to open this year’s edition in New York, reflecting on the early days of the fair, and how they first started their coverage of the art world in London during the 1990’s.  “You couldn’t get away from the feeling that something was happening in London, and though we really didn’t know anything about art or magazines, we just knew we had to respond to it,” Sharp says. Read More »

Adrian Ghenie Moves to Thaddaeus Ropac

May 3rd, 2015

Adrian Ghenie, via Art DailyAdrian Ghenie will now be represented by Thaddaeus Ropac, with the news coming shortly before the artist opens his solo exhibition at the Romanian Pavilion.  Ghenie will open his first exhibition at Ropac’s Paris Marais gallery this October. Read More »

Market Watch Investigates Tax Status of Returned Works Such As Klimt’s “Woman in Gold”

May 3rd, 2015

Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I, by Gustav Klimt, via Market WatchMarket Watch has an interesting article this week on the tax status of Nazi-looted paintings returned to their rightful owners, noting the tax-free status of reparations payments from the German government, particularly in the case of Maria Altman’s reception of the Gustav Klimt masterwork Portrait of Adele Bloch Bauer I, and attorney Randol Schoenberg’s move to get sales proceeds from the work equal status.   Read More »

Antony Gormley Installs Site-Specific Arrangement at Florence’s Forte di Belvedere

May 3rd, 2015

Antony Gormley in Florence, via DesignboomAntony Gormley has unveiled a new sculptural installation in Florence, featuring more than 100 of the artist’s sculptures arranged in various patterns and lines around the historic Forte di Belvedere.  “They reflect the shadow side of any idea of human progress, confronting the viewer with an image redolent of the conflict of the past century,” Gormley says. Read More »

Lisa Yuskavage Interviewed in Paris Review

May 3rd, 2015

Lisa Yuskavage, via Paris ReviewLisa Yuskavage is interviewed in The Paris Review this week, shortly after opening a show at David Zwirner earlier this month.  In the interivew, Yuskavage reveals some unconventional aspects behind her new work, including dabbling in online dating networks.  “It’s interesting because in order to make some of these paintings of men, I did something a few years ago—I didn’t realize why I was doing it at the time. I joined Grindr. I had a Grindr persona.”  Yuskavage tells the magazine.  “You didn’t think I was going to say that today, did you?” Read More »

Jeffrey Deitch to Open Street Art Show in Coney Island

May 3rd, 2015

Jeffrey Deitch, via ArtforumJeffrey Deitch is preparing to install an exhibition of street art in Coney Island this summer, including work by Mister Cartoon, Swoon, JR, Lee Quiñones, and Icy Signs, among others.  I’ve always loved the energy that comes out of the New York vernacular,” Deitch says, “and I’ve dreamed of doing a show in Coney Island since I first started going there in the ’70s.” Read More »

Luke Brugnara Gets Jail Time for Bullying Witness

May 3rd, 2015

Luke Brugnara, via ArtnetThe trial over the alleged art fraud committed by San Francisco real estate developer Luke Brugnara took a strange turn this week, as Brugnara was sentenced to 21 days in jail for contempt of court and bullying witnesses.  Brugnara reportedly screamed for a mistrial during court proceedings, and accused dealer Rose Long, who testified that Brugnara took over $11 million in art and refused to pay for it, of being a “liar.”  “I think she’s probably got post-traumatic stress disorder now,” said presiding judge William Alsup. “I’m afraid it’s done mental damage, the way she’s been treated.” Read More »

First Lady Obama Inaugurates New Whitney Museum

May 3rd, 2015

Michelle Obama at The Whitney, via WhitneyFirst Lady Michelle Obama was on hand Thursday for the opening ceremonies at the Whitney Museum, which opens to the public today, and made remarks praising the vision of the new space.  “Maybe you can discover the next Carmen Herrera, or Archibald Motley, or Edward Hopper, or maybe even the next Barack Obama. That is the power of institutions like the Whitney. They open their doors as wide as possible both to the artists they embrace and to the young people they seek to uplift.” Read More »

Vincent Lamouroux Covers LA Motel in White

May 3rd, 2015

The Bates Motel, via GuardianFrench artist Vincent Lamouroux has completed a new public project in Los Angeles, covering the full exterior of an historic motel at Bates and Sunset Blvd. in white paint.  “It couldn’t have been any other place,” the artist says. “Because it is a motel, a place shared by a lot of people. And this type of architecture, international style, coupled with palm trees, the motel sign and the billboard as well, is a combination of the LA idea that we all have, the California dream.” Read More »

Rubin Foundation Appoints NYC’s “Percent for Art” Director as Artistic Director

April 29th, 2015

Sara Resiman, via ArtforumSara Reisman, director of New York City’s Percent for Art program within the department of Cultural Affairs, has been appointed as the new artistic director of the Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation, where she will curate events and oversee the Foundation’s new “Art and Social Justice initiative.”  Read More »

Cousin of Cornelius Gurlitt Seeks Appeal in Case Over Right to Works

April 29th, 2015

Kunstmuseum Bern, new home of the Gurlitt troveUta Werner, cousin of Cornelius Gurlitt, is appealing a Munich court’s decision rejecting her claim to Gurlitt’s trove of works.  The German court system is currently reviewing the appeal before it makes its decision to pass the claim on or reject it again. Read More »

2014 Art Critics Association Awards Announced

April 29th, 2015

Kara Walker, A Subtlety, 2014 via Osman Can Yerebakan

The annual Art Critics Association Awards for 2014 have been announced, with Kara Walker’s Domino Sugar Factory project winning for “Best Exhibition in an Alternative Venue,” and Pierre Huyghe’s LACMA Retrospective winning for “Best National Museum Monograph.” Read More »

Ai Weiwei Teams with Tor Project for New Museum Tech Conference

April 29th, 2015

Jacob Appelbaum, Laura Poitras and Ai Weiwei, via Art InfoFor the New Museum and Rhizome’s latest iteration of the Seven on Seven Technology Conference, Ai Weiwei has teamed with Wikileaks and Tor Project activist Jacob Appelbaum for a project dealing with surveillance and international borders, with the collaboration filmed and presented by Laura Poitras, director of the Edward Snowden documentary Citizenfour.  “It was important to bring together these two courageous people who are disseminating their messages using art and technology respectively, and facing similar levels of scrutiny and hardship as a result,” says Heather Corcoran, Senior Executive of Rhizome. Read More »

BP Portrait Award Shortlist Announced

April 29th, 2015

Eliza by Michael Gaskell, via The GuardianThe annual BP Portrait Award has announced this year’s shortlist, featuring artists from the UK, Israel and Spain.  “It was good to see even more international artists entering and my fellow judges and I were impressed by the different styles of portraiture, some quite new to the exhibition, and intrigued by the stories behind the portraits,” says Pim Baxter, the deputy director at London’s National Portrait Gallery. Read More »

Bloomberg Reports on Arrest of Yves Bouvier

April 29th, 2015

Mark Rothko’s No. 6 (Violet, Green and Red), via BloombergBloomberg reports on dealer Yves Bouvier, whose arrest earlier this year over alleged price inflation in the $186 million sale of a Mark Rothko reflects the warnings offered earlier this year by economist Ariel Roubini: “There are a number of serious distortions in the art market that suggest that there is some shady behavior going on.  Price opacity in the art market leads to insider information, which makes insider trading in art far more likely.” Read More »

British Airways Partners with Tate for In-Flight Arts Channel

April 29th, 2015

Tate Channel, via DrumBeginning May 1st, British Airways is launching a new in-flight television channel run by the Tate, featuring interviews and profiles in artists like Grayson Perry, Ed Ruscha and Ai Weiwei.  “We’re excited to be the first airline to have a dedicated Tate channel, offering our customers more entertainment options than ever before.”  British Airways in-flight entertainment manager, Richard D’Cruze, says.  “There is definitely a trend to use your flight time to discover something new and different and feel a sense of accomplishment when you step off a plane.”  Read More »

President’s Attack on “Like-Kind” Exchanges Covered in Bloomberg

April 29th, 2015

Roy Lichtenstein, The Ring (Engagement), via Sotheby'sAnother article on the Obama Presidency’s attack on 1031 “Like-Kind” Exchanges is on Bloomberg this week, focusing on collector Steven Edlis and his use of the loophole to acquire works he then donates.  “Stefan Edlis has been generous but many people who will take advantage of this will not be generous,”says critic Robert Storr, dean of the Yale University School of Art. Read More »

Chinese Government Cracking Down on Art Prizes

April 29th, 2015

Xi JinpingAs President Xi Jinping’s anti-graft actions continue, the Chinese Government is looking for additional ways to crack down on corruption in its party hierarchy, with a main target being art and literary prizes.  “The ministry of culture will carry out a comprehensive rectification of literary and art awards. A number of awards will be cancelled or streamlined, with an overall reduction of more than 60 per cent,” the Communist Party said in a statement. Read More »

Glenn Lowry Interviewed by Art Newspaper

April 29th, 2015

Glenn Lowry, via Art NewspaperAgainst the backdrop of critical backlash over MoMA’s recent Björk exhibition, The Art Newspaper sits down with Glenn Lowry for a frank and lengthy interview, charting his vision for the museum, and his acknowledgement of issues of overcrowding often leveled on the museum.  “My background is as a historian of Islamic art, so of course I lament the loss of solitude,” Lowry says. “But I am also a pragmatist; solitude is probably gone regardless. Had our attendance grown by 25% or 30%, which is what we figured it would with the 2004 expansion, you would still have had those moments. Will the [next] expansion solve all those problems? No, it’s not going to solve everything, but it will enable us to show a great deal more of our collection and in many different ways.” Read More »

Sotheby’s to Sell Long-Missing Francis Bacon Self-Portraits This July in London

April 27th, 2015

Three Studies for a Self-Portrait (1980) by Francis Bacon, via The GuardianA pair of Francis Bacon self-portraits that have been considered missing since they were painted in the mid-1970’s have been found, and are going on sale at Sotheby’s this July in London, estimated at £15 million each.  “Marlborough Fine Art kept a photographic archive and so both of these paintings appeared in a book on Bacon’s self-portraits but, apart from being reproduced in books, they’ve not been seen,” says Sotheby’s Oliver Barker. “We knew of the existence of the paintings but simply had no idea where they could be.” Read More »

Kiev Biennial Rescheduled for September

April 27th, 2015

Georg Schöllhammer and Hedwig Saxenhuber announce the reinstituted Kiev Biennial, via Art NewspaperFollowing numerous set-backs and a potential cancellation, the second Kiev Biennial will open this September, the Art Newspaper reports.  The rescheduled event will be hosted at the Visual Culture Research Center, a target in the past for right-wing protests and activists.  Speaking of the Euromaidan revolution, Curator Georg Schöllhammer noted that the political upheaval in the country “spoke loudly about what the people of the Ukraine want to get rid of.  I think we have to follow that.” Read More »

Empire State Building to Light Up with Famous Artworks for Whitney Opening

April 27th, 2015

Empire State Building, via NYTPart of the celebrations surrounding the opening of the Whitney Museum this week, the Empire State building will display colored lighting schemes centered around famous works from the museum collection.  The lighting, which goes live Saturday, is designed by acclaimed designer Mark Brickman.  “We’re dealing with Andy Warhol and Elizabeth Murray and Rothko,” Brickman says of the challenge. “Giants.” Read More »

New Museum Triennial Curator Lauren Cornell Interviewed in Dazed

April 27th, 2015

Lauren Cornell, via WLauren Cornell, the Curator of this year’s New Museum Triennial, is interviewed in Dazed this week, reflecting on her origins in experimental film, her work with Rhizome, and her work in addressing gender and sexuality as a curator.  “I think it seems especially hard or frustrating to come up as a young artist now in an art world that seems to think of itself as ‘over’ inequality, while consistently rewarding white men more than anyone else,” she says.  “In this context, it’s important to create spaces for ongoing inequalities to be named and dealt with constructively.” Read More »