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Guggenheim Collection Lawsuit Begins in Venice

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

Guggenheim Closed Early Last Friday After Protests

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

Guggenheim Helsinki Designs Go on View Today

Saturday, April 25th, 2015

Guggenheim Adds Two New Trustees to Board

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

New York – Paul Chan’s Hugo Boss Prize Exhibition: “Nonprojections for New Lovers” at The Guggenheim

Friday, March 20th, 2015

New York – On Kawara: “Silence” at the Guggenheim Museum Through May 3rd, 2015

Sunday, February 22nd, 2015

Sara Raza Appointed Guggenheim Curator for Middle East and North Africa

Sunday, January 25th, 2015

Guggenheim Releases Proposed Helsinki Museum Designs

Friday, December 5th, 2014

Guggenheim Museum Planning Second New York City Location

Saturday, October 4th, 2014

The Guardian Charts Ongoing Critiques of Helsinki Guggenheim Plan

Sunday, September 14th, 2014

New York – Wassily Kandinsky: “Kandinsky Before Abstraction, 1901-1911” at The Guggenheim Through Spring 2015

Monday, September 8th, 2014

Guggenheim’s Helsinki Plans Draw Local Criticism

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Guggenheim’s Venice Lawsuit Ruled in Favor of Museum

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

Guggenheim Abu Dhabi To Open Preview Show this November

Saturday, June 14th, 2014

Guggenheim Officially Opens Call for Entries in Helsinki Design Competition

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

Guggenheim Foundation Responds to Lawsuit

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

New York – Carrie Mae Weems: “Three Decades of Photography” at The Guggenheim Through May 14th, 2014

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

Controversy over Guggenheim’s Legacy in Venice

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

Guggenheim Forces Removal of Paul McCarthy and Mike Bouchet’s Bilbao Installation

Sunday, April 13th, 2014

Guggenheim Museum Troubled Over Paul McCarthy and Mike Bouchet Work in Bilbao

Saturday, April 12th, 2014

Guggenheim Helsinki Launches Search for Architect

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Heirs of Peggy Guggenheim Sue Guggenheim Foundation

Monday, March 17th, 2014

New York – “Italian Futurism: 1909-1944: Reconstructing the Universe” at The Guggenheim Through September 1st, 2014

Monday, March 10th, 2014

Mayor Boris Johnson Pursues Guggenheim For London Gallery

Friday, February 28th, 2014
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Catherine Hutin-Blay Investigation Over Allegedly Stolen Picasso’s Uncovers More Missing Works

May 29th, 2015

Catherine Hutin-Blay, via TelegraphThe case surrounding the theft of works from Picasso descendent Catherine Hutin-Blay has taken a new turn, as Art Newspaper reports that more than 60 works could be missing from Hutin-Blay’s Gennevilliers storage facility.  “One thing is for sure,” her lawyer, Anne-Sophie Nardon says, “this case is extremely serious and much bigger that we first thought.” Read More »

A Look Inside a Landmark Collection of the Russian Avant-Garde, Hidden Away in Uzbekistan

May 29th, 2015

Inside the Savitsky Collection, via Al JazeeraAl Jazeera looks at the massive Savitsky collection in Uzbekistan, where tens of thousands of Russian avant-garde masterpieces were salvaged and put on display by artist and founder Igor Savitsy following their censorship in their home country, including long forgotten works by Kandinsky, Chagall, and more.  “Without him, they would have been gone without a trace,” says Marinika Babanazarova, the current director of the Nukus Art Museum where his collection lies.  “These days, he is an authority figure, genius, but at the time they saw him as a weirdo, an absolute nutcase.” Read More »

Hermann Nitsch Retrospective Finds New Home in Palermo

May 29th, 2015

Hermann Nitsch, via Art NewspaperThe retrospective of Vienna Actionist Hermann Nitsch’s work, previously pulled from Mexico City’ s Museo Jumex this past year, has found a new home at Palermo’s Museo Zac.  “Everybody who knows me, knows that I am an animal protector,” says Nitsch, responding to accusations of animal cruelty that some feel were responsible for closing the show.  “From my point of view, factory farming is the biggest crime in our society.”   Read More »

Codes and Algorithms Seeing Big Success in Art Market

May 29th, 2015

Code by artist Chris Maury, via WSJThe WSJ looks at the recent focus on algorithms as hot items on the art market, as collectors purchase classic codes and objects emblazoned with famous code.  “It is a whole new dimension we are trying to grapple with,” says Cooper Hewitt curatorial director Cara McCarty. “The art term I keep hearing is code.” Read More »

Marina Picasso Speaks to The Guardian on Selling her Grandfather’s Works

May 29th, 2015

Marina Picasso, via The GuardianMarina Picasso is interviewed in The Guardian this week, as she prepares to sell off an extensive collection of her grandfather’s ceramics and paintings, a gesture she feels will help to heal a painful childhood. “Being Picasso’s granddaughter was very hard. I don’t snub the inheritance, not at all, I just want a lighter way to live and to be able to devote myself to my humanitarian work,” she says. “There is absolutely no hatred, no bitterness, no vengeance on my part.”  Read More »

New York Times Looks at Trend Towards Boutique Art Fairs

May 29th, 2015

Atsuko Tanaka, via NYTThe New York Times looks at the recent trend towards smaller and boutique art fairs, where collectors can experience specially selected works and a more nuanced buying experience. The article focuses particularly on London’s Art15 fair, where a focus on international buyers and new investors has defined it as a leader in the growing market. “We deliberately made it smaller,” says Art15 Director Kate Bryan. “We wanted to create a concentrated, boutique-style event. The demographic of London is changing all the time, and we wanted to respond to that.”  Read More »

National Gallery Acknowledges Irish Claim to Disputed Collection

May 29th, 2015

London’s National GalleryManet’s Music in the Tuileries Gardens, via Guardian has indicated that Ireland has some claim to a series of long disputed Impressionist masterpieces.  The collection of Hugh Lane, who died on the Lusitania explosion in 1915, had been willed to Dublin, but since the will had not been witnessed, they were legally bound to Britain.  “The National Gallery claims legal ownership of the paintings bequeathed by Sir Hugh Lane, but has long conceded that Dublin has some moral claim to them,” said National Gallery Director Nicholas Penny, during a lecture on the collection. Read More »

CNBC Claiming Buyer of $179 Million Picasso Still at Large

May 27th, 2015

Les femmes d’Alger (Version O), via CNBCCNBC is reporting that the mystery buyer of the record-setting Picasso canvas this month is still at large, refuting the New York Post’s reporting that former Qatari prime minister Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani had purchased the work for a record-setting $179 million. Read More »

Agnes Martin Interviewed in The Guardian

May 27th, 2015

Agnes Martin, via The GuardianPainter Agnes Martin is profiled in The Guardian this week, as the artist prepares to open her new exhibition at the Tate Modern next month, tracing her early work and her exacting vision for her production. “When you give up on the idea of right and wrong, you don’t get anything,” Martin says. “What you get is rid of everything, freedom from ideas and responsibilities.” Read More »

Jeff Koons Work Nets €12 Million for amFAR

May 27th, 2015

Jeff Koons's Coloring Book, via ReutersColoring Book, a monumental new sculpture by Jeff Koons, has sold for €12 million euros at a Cannes charity auction that ultimately brought in more than €33 million to fund AIDS research through amFAR.    Read More »

Eric Fischl Parts Ways with Mary Boone Gallery After 30 Years

May 25th, 2015

Eric Fischl, via Art NewspaperAfter 30 years working with Mary Boone, Eric Fischl is parting ways with the gallery, the Art Newspaper reports.  “Right now, Eric says he wants to concentrate on his work, not be affiliated with a gallery. We respect that and will continue to have a good relationship with him,” says Ron Warren, director and partner at Mary Boone. “I think he has decided that the art world and the market have changed so much that he wants to concentrate on making his work, and distance himself from being represented by a gallery.” Read More »

Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani Reportedly Buyer of $179 Million Picasso

May 25th, 2015

GERMANY-QATAR-MERKEL-AL-TAHNIThe New York Post quotes an unnamed source disclosing that the mystery buyer of the record setting, $179 Million Pablo Picasso several weeks ago in New York is former Qatari Prime Minister Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani.  “The painting almost certainly will not go on public display in Qatar because of the nudity, even though it is a cubist work,” the source says. Read More »

MoMA Announces Donald Judd Retrospective for 2017

May 24th, 2015

Donald Judd at Paula CooperThe Museum of Modern Art has announced plans for a major retrospective focused on the work of Donald Judd, set to open in 2017, organized by Chief Curator Ann Temkin.  “Half a century after Judd established himself as a leading figure of his time, his legacy demands to be considered anew,” said Ms. Temkin. “The show will cover the entire arc of Judd’s career, including not only quintessential objects from the 1960s and 1970s, but also works made before he arrived at his iconic formal vocabulary, and selections from the remarkable developments of the 1980s.” Read More »

Scott Rothkopf Taking Over as Chief Curator of Whitney

May 20th, 2015

Jeff Koons and Scott Rothkopf, via NYTThe Whitney has named Scott Rothkopf, the man behind last year’s Jeff Koons retrospective, as the institution’s new chief curator, taking over for Donna De Salvo as she assumes the new position of deputy director.  “Now that the institution has grown, we need more firepower at the top,” says President Adam Weinberg said, adding: “I wouldn’t say so much that it’s a generational change but it is about bringing that next generation into the curatorial and programmatic leadership.” Read More »

Georg Baselitz Interviewed in The Guardian

May 20th, 2015

Georg Baselitz, via The GuardianGeorg Baselitz is interviewed in The Guardian this week, discussing his early life and his recent contributions to the Glyndebourne  Opera Festival.  “They tell me it’s rather conservative and more than just a bit elitist,” he says. “I don’t even like classical music that much – it bores me. Except for Bach. But he didn’t write opera so that’s not much good.” Read More »

Gilbert and George Give The Guardian Tour of East London Home

May 20th, 2015

Gilbert and George, via GuardianThe Guardian takes a tour of Gilbert and George’s East London home and studio, where the pair have lived and worked since 1968, and which they have restored to its original 18th century interior.  “It took 300 years to go downhill,” explained George. “We’ve prepared it for the next 300 years, see? We’ve used the same paint as they used originally, the same plaster, everything is as it would’ve been originally.” Read More »

Bank of England to Put Artist on £20 Note

May 20th, 2015

Mark Carney, via NYTA new British £20 note has been announced this week, and this time, a creative figure from British history will replace economist Adam Smith, the New York Times reports.  “Banknotes are the principal way the Bank of England engages with the British public,”Mark Carney, the governor of the Bank of England. “These sparse pieces of paper from the 17th century have developed over the years to become the small works of art that are in everyone’s wallets.  There are a wealth of individuals within the field of visual arts whose work shaped British thought, innovation, leadership, values and society and who continue to inspire people today.” Read More »

Christie’s High Guarantees Make for Record-Breaking Auctions

May 20th, 2015

The sale at Christie's this week, via NYTThe Telegraph looks at the record-breaking sales last week at Christie’s in the context of the auction house’s penchant for pre-sale guarantees, noting that over $250 million of the Looking Forward to the Past sale’s monumental $706 million final tally was guaranteed.  They are effectively buying market share,” says one unnamed art advisor. Read More »

Chris Burden’s Last Sculpture Goes on View at LACMA

May 20th, 2015

chris-burden1Ode to Santos Dumont the last work completed by the late Chris Burden this year, has gone on view at LACMA, a helium-filled dirigible that circles inside the Resnick Pavilion, paying tribute to the balloon pilot who sailed around the Eiffel Tower in 1901.  “The idea that you try and fail and try and fail and have an imagination is very much Chris Burden the artist,” LACMA Director Michael Govan says.  “I think he saw in Santos Dumont a bit of himself having ideas and an imagination and tenacity and also that kind of joy of achievement.” Read More »

Michael Heizer Profiled in The Guardian

May 20th, 2015

Michael Heizer, via Washington PostMichael Heizer is profiled in The Guardian this week, following the opening of his newest show in New York.  “Years ago, when I had no money and I made a work of art, maybe I couldn’t afford to make it more resistant to the weather. I did, however, exploit that situation,” he says of his early work.  “I wasn’t an environmental, greenie artist making things out of moss and leaves. But I knew that some things dissipate, and I factored that into the work.” Read More »

Paintings Allegedly Stolen from Picasso Heir Purchased by Dmitriy Rybolovlv

May 20th, 2015

Catherine Hutin-Blay, via TelegraphSome of the paintings allegedly stolen from Picasso’s stepdaughter, Catherine Hutin-Blay, were found in the collection of Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev, who purchased them through art broker and adviser, Yves Bouvier (currently under investigation for fraud).  Bouvier’s lawyer denies any knowledge of the works’ stolen status.  “For all the paintings he acquired, he asked for a certificate from the Art Loss Register, demonstrating that it has not been registered as missing or stolen,” says Bouvier’s attorney, Luc Brossollet.   Read More »

Guggenheim Collection Lawsuit Begins in Venice

May 20th, 2015

Guggenheim Collection in Venice, via Art DailyThe court case over the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice has begun, a lawsuit by the collector’s grandson to prevent the Guggenheim Foundation from showing any works not in the collection within the museum space, “alleging it breaks with the original arrangement that Peggy wanted and which should be respected after her death,” according to plaintiff Sandro Rumney. Read More »

Whitney Inaugurates New Emerging Artist Series

May 18th, 2015

Work by Jared Madere, via WhitneyThe Whitney Museum has launched a new program for emerging and young artists, giving them access to the spaces of the new downtown location to put on their first U.S. solo exhibitions.  The first artists selected for the project are New York-based artists Jared Madere and Rachel Rose, as well as Qatari-American writer and artist Sophia Al-Maria.   Read More »

Arvo Pärt and Gerhard Richter Creating Works Dedicated to Each Other’s Careers

May 18th, 2015

Arvo Pärt and Gerhard Richter, via GuardianThe Guardian has an article this week looking at composer Arvo Pärt and Gerhard Richter’s early careers under communism, and the pair’s respective pieces dedicated to the work of the other, to premiere at this year’s Manchester International Festival this month. Read More »