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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 »

James Turrell Honored at LACMA’s Art+Film Gala

July 20th, 2015

James Turrell, via Art NewsLACMA has announced its annual Art + Film gala this year, honoring Oscar-winning director Alejandro G. Iñárritu and artist James Turrell.  The event will be hosted by Leonard DiCaprio and LACMA trustee Eva Chow, and takes place November 7th. Read More »

Thelma Golden Interviewed in WSJ

July 20th, 2015

Thelma Golden, via WSJStudio Museum Director Thelma Golden is profiled in Wall Street Journal this week, as the museum prepares for the construction of its new home on W. 125th Street.  “Personally, this moment really feels like one that I have been training for, working toward, my entire career,” Ms. Golden says. Read More »

Jeff Koons Buys Three Story Warehouse in Hell’s Kitchen

July 20th, 2015

Jeff Koons Studio in Hells Kitchen, via Real DealJeff Koons has reportedly acquired a three story warehouse building in Hell’s Kitchen for $12 Million, continuing his purchase of land on West 52nd Street.  The artist will move studios to the new complex, which promises 50,200 square feet, but renovation plans have yet to be announced.   Read More »

Leigh Morse Ordered to Continue Repayments on $1.6 Million Fraud Restitution

July 20th, 2015

071715morse5shConvicted art fraudster Leigh Morse has been ordered again by a New York judge to continue paying off the $1.6 million in restitution she owes to victims.  Morse had drawn criticism for barely paying any of the legally mandated repayment, while refusing to sell her uptown apartment or her Pennsylvania weekend home.  “She doesn’t want to change her lifestyle. She won’t even do what people do all over New York — rent!” says prosecutor Kenn Kern. Read More »

Brussels As An Emerging Art Center

July 20th, 2015

19BRUSSELS1-master675-v2As exemplified by the triennial survey of rising Belgian artists and artists working in Belgium, “Un-Scene III”, Brussels is gaining attention as an emerging major art city in Europe. “A city of both commerce and creation”, Brussels provides a mix of local and international artists with a “fertile cultural laboratory” with affordable rents.  Russian-born American artist Marin Pinsky jokes, “I don’t want to be too big a booster of Brussels… I don’t’ want the whole world moving here.”

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