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Andy Warhol Museum Scraps NYC Expansion Plans

April 1st, 2015

Andy Warhol Museum, via Pittsburgh-Post GazettePlans for a New York outpost of the Andy Warhol Museum have reportedly been abandoned, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.  “Despite the efforts of both the museum and the developers, an internal study of business and other operational considerations led the museum to this decision,” Director Eric Shiner said in a statement. Read More »

Gavin Brown’s LA Gallery Gets High Praise from Bloomberg

April 1st, 2015

Gavin Brown's in LA, via BloombergBloomberg Business has published strong praise for the LA outpost of Gavin Brown’s Enterprise this week, calling it “what might be the most interesting gallery in Los Angeles right now.”  The article notes the 356 S. Mission Road location’s laid-back atmosphere and welcoming refreshments, alongside its impressive curatorial vision as major components to its success and inviting nature. Read More »

Japan to Host Saitama Triennale Next Year

April 1st, 2015

Takashi Serizawa, via Art InfoThe Japanese city of Saitama, just north of Tokyo, has announced that will launch its own triennale next year, headed by director Takashi Serizawa, who formerly led nomadic exhibition space P3.  “Cities are not just accumulations of buildings and roads, but rather a composite of human endeavor, history, and culture that develops over time,” says Serizawa.  “I envision the Saitama Triennale as a kind of “soft urbanism” — a social experiment intended to breathe some creativity into the workings of this city, as a nucleus of culture and art.” Read More »

Marianne Boesky Opening New Space in Aspen, CO

March 31st, 2015

Marianne Boesky, via WSJMarianne Boesky is expanding to the Colorado enclave of Aspen, where a group of newly renovated museums, new galleries and pop-ups have made the resort town into a new hotspot for the U.S. arts community.  “Our plan is to be able to invite artists to spend time in Aspen to experience the outdoor life,” Boesky says. Read More »

Helen Frankenthaler Foundation Gives $5 Million to Bennington College

March 31st, 2015

Helen Frankenthaler at Bennington, via Art NewsThe Helen Frankenthaler Foundation has given a $5 Million gift to Vermont’s Bennington College, which the artist graduated from in 1949.  “Helen‘s education at Bennington was critical to shaping her sensibility as a young artist, nurturing a spirit of risk-taking, experimentation, and inquiry that formed the basis of her creative process,” says Clifford Ross, chairman of the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation. “The foundation is delighted to be making this gift.”

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Software King Peter Norton Gives Major Art Gift to Williams College

March 31st, 2015

Peter Norton, via ArtforumWilliams College is receiving an impressive gift of contemporary works from the collection of anti-virus software developer Peter Norton, a trove of 68 works including pieces by Tracy Emin, Allan Ruppersberg, and Christopher Wool, among others. Read More »

Jeppe Hein Tapped for Brooklyn Bridge Park Show by Public Art Fund

March 31st, 2015

Jeppe Hein in London, via NYTThe Public Art Fund and Brooklyn Bridge Park will host an exhibition of public works by Danish artist Jeppe Hein this summer, the New York Times reports.  “One of the brilliant things about Jeppe’s work is he can engage you no matter what your background or experience or age in a very direct way,” says chief curator Nicholas Baume. Read More »

Whitney Museum Announces Plans for First Show at New Location

March 31st, 2015

The Whitney Museum, via NYTThe Whitney has announced the details for its first exhibition at its newly completed Meatpacking District location. America Is Hard to See will open on May 1st, showing off the vast new exhibition spaces of the Renzo Piano-designed building, and traces the history of the museum alongside the development of American art in the 20th and early 21st century.  “The game changer is the space,” said Donna De Salvo, the Whitney’s chief curator. Read More »

Ed Ruscha Preps Cactus Omelette for London Festival

March 30th, 2015

Ed Ruscha's Cactus Omelette, via IndependentEd Ruscha is bringing his Cactus Omelette recipe to the Barbican this year, serving up portions of the recipe to festival-goers at London’s installation of Doug Aitken’s Station to Station project.  “It’s essentially an artwork, says curator Leila Hasham. “It’s edible cactus art.” Read More »

Cory Arcangel Interviewed in Dazed Magazine

March 30th, 2015

Cory Arcangel, Awkward Smiles Lakes, via DazedCory Arcangel is interviewed by Dazed this week, as the artist prepares to open his first solo gallery exhibition in Italy.   “Back in the early aughts, Italy was one of those places where it was always very advanced in terms of their understanding of art on the Internet,” Arcangel says.  “I don’t know if people know this but there were a couple of places in the world where people were really excited about the idea that you could make art on the Internet. New York, Eastern Europe, and Italy. I think people forgot about that whole era.” Read More »

New York Post Offers a Glimpse Inside Jeff Koons’s Studio

March 30th, 2015

Jeff Koons, via IndependentThe New York Post reports on a recent tour of artist Jeff Koons’s 29th Street New York studio, by painter Alex Gardega, in an article that offers some interesting, and occasionally bleak snapshots from the artist’s high-precision production methods.  “They have lasers printing holes in paper, so they make thousands of pieces of paper with holes in it, and these artists sit all day long and take one stencil, dab paint over it, take the next over that,” he says. “Hundreds of times a day — all for a 5-inch section.” Read More »

Battersea Arts Center Receives £1 Million in Funding Following Massive Fire

March 26th, 2015

Fire at Battersea Arts Center, via StageThe Battersea Arts Center has received a £1 million grant from the United Kingdom following a massive fire at the South London institution that destroyed its Grand Hall.  “The arts center is having to divert all its available resources into dealing with the aftermath and so I am pleased to be able to confirm that the government will provide £1 million towards the ongoing redevelopment work to help get this south London venue back on track,” says Culture secretary Sajid Javid. Read More »

New York State Attorney General Launching Investigation of Cooper Union

March 26th, 2015

Students Circle the Cooper Union, via New York TimesNew York state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has launched an investigation into the financial decision-making at Cooper Union in New York, where protests and lawsuits erupted following the school’s decision to charge tuition after nearly two hundred years of offering free college education to admitted students.  Read More »

John Baldessari Talks Philip Guston in Video for The Met

March 26th, 2015

Stationary Figure at The Met, via VogueJohn Baldessari is featured on Vogue this week, discussing the formal and thematic concerns he reads in Philip Guston’s Stationary Figure, part of The Met’s new series featuring contemporary artists discussing their favorite works from the museum collection.  “He’s almost a dumb artist, and I’m using dumb in a good way,” Baldessari says.  “It’s seemingly clumsy but very sophisticated brushwork.  I guess it comes out of Van Gogh’s painting of a pair of old boots: you don’t need to paint a cathedral, you just need to be an interesting painter.” Read More »

Selgas Cano Unveils Design for Serpentine Summer Pavilion

March 26th, 2015

Selgas Cano for Serpentine, via The GuardianThe design for the Serpentine’s annual summer pavilion has been announced for 2015, a colorful, cocoon-like structure by the architectural collaborative Selgas Cano that celebrates the program’s 15th anniversary.  Selgas Cano “sought a way to allow the public to experience architecture through simple elements, [a] journey through the space, characterized by color, light and irregular shapes with surprising volumes.” Read More »

Malaga Makes Bid to be Spain’s Newest Arts Hub

March 26th, 2015

Malaga's new pop-up Pompidou space, via NYTThe New York Times notes the city of Malaga’s recent push to become a new hotspot for art in Spain, as the city opens its arms to out of country spaces run by the Centre Pompidou and the State Russian Museum in Saint Petersburg.  “One of the cancers of Spain is that culture is seen as a public good that can’t somehow generate real revenues and be turned into a profit center,” said Salomón Castiel, the director of La Térmica, an arts center in the city. Read More »

El Greco Portrait Returns to Rightful Owner 70 Years After Nazi Theft

March 24th, 2015

El Greco, Portrait of a Gentleman, 1570, via Art NewspaperAn El Greco from the collection of industrialist Julius Priester, and seized by the Gestapo during WWII, has been returned to its rightful owners.  Portrait of a Gentleman has traveled widely since its confiscation in 1944, turning up in galleries in Stockholm, New York and London before a European Commission for Looted Art claim led to its return.  “The story of the seizure and trade of this painting shows how much the art trade has been involved in the disposal of Nazi-looted art and how difficult it is for those who have been dispossessed to find and recover their property,” says Anne Webber, co-chair of the Commission. Read More »

Recently Authenticated Rubens to Go on View in Antwerp

March 24th, 2015

Portrait of a Young Girl, via Art NewspaperA painting recently authenticated as the work of Peter Paul Rubens is set to go on view at the Rubenshuis Museum in Antwerp.  The work, Portrait of a Young Girl, was purchased $626,500 in 2013, and was confirmed as authentic shortly after.   Read More »

Kiev Biennale Cancelled Amidst Ongoing Violence

March 24th, 2015

Protests in Kiev, via Art NewspaperThe continued instability of Ukraine has led to cancellation of the second Kiev Biennale, the New York Times reports.  The 2014 edition had been postponed due to conflict, and the ongoing military confrontation in the eastern portion of the country has ultimately led to the event’s cancellation.  “Due to the fact that the armed conflict in the East of Ukraine does not stop,” a release from the organization says, the event has become “absolutely impossible.”  Read More »

The Atlantic Investigates Public Fascination with Art Heists

March 23rd, 2015

The Scene of the Crime at The Gardner Museum, via The AtlanticAn article in The Atlantic this past week acknowledges the 25th anniversary of the notorious Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum theft in Boston, and examines the public fascination with art heists, examining this phenomenon against the difficulty in unloading stolen works of such cultural prestige.  “The true art isn’t the stealing, it’s the selling,” says Robert Wittman, founder of the FBI’s Art Crimes division. Read More »

Roy Lichtenstein’s ‘Ring’ to Lead May Auctions at Sotheby’s with $50 Million Estimate

March 23rd, 2015

Roy Lichtenstein, The Ring (Engagement), via Sotheby'sRoy Lichtenstein’s The Ring (Engagement) will be one of the top prizes at Sotheby’s Contemporary Evening Sale this May in New York, the Wall Street Journal reports, with initial estimates placing the work’s sale price at about $50 million.  That figure nearly matches Lichtenstein’s $56.1 million record set in 2013.  “I think it’s so sexy how he takes this quiet moment of a proposal and turns it into an exciting crash,” says Chicago plastics magnate Stefan Edlis, the work’s current owner. “Clearly, the woman accepted.” Read More »

Sotheby’s Partners with Drake for Upcoming Exhibition and Sale

March 22nd, 2015

Drake, via New York TimesSotheby’s has announced a partnership with Drake, welcoming the rapper to partner with the auction house during an exhibition and private sale of works by black artists in the coming months.  The artist will select music to play during the exhibition, part of Sotheby’s increased focus on private sales. Read More »

Phillips Lands Major Private Collection for Sale in May

March 22nd, 2015

Brice Marden, Hydra, via ArtnetFollowing up on the claims for serious market contention made by new chief Edward Dolman, Phillips has landed a major private collection for sale in the coming months, valued at nearly $35 million.  The works, which include a Brice Marden estimated at $8 million to $12 million, and a Ed Ruscha valued at $2 to $3 million, will be sold at the auction house’s Contemporary Evening sale in May, with some others being reserved for a special photography sale.  “They were interested in art of their time,” says advisor Allan Schwartzman, who helped build the collection. “There is a lot of abstract work and work where the imaging is involved with the natural world.” Read More »

Marcato Capital Filing Indicates Equal Shares to Third Point

March 22nd, 2015

Mark McGuire on CNBC, via CNBCA recent 13D filing from Mark McGwire’s Marcato Capital in the past week states that the hedge fund now holds stocks in three Sotheby’s funds amounting to about 9.5%, equivalent to Daniel Loeb’s Third Point, and requests that the company release previously withheld information around the company’s recent dealings.  “The redacted material goes to the very heart of the parties’ dispute in this litigation – the conduct and competence of Sotheby’s board of directors in adopting a poison pill,” Marcato states in its filing. Read More »