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Guggenheim Heirs Lose Case Against Foundation in Venice

Friday, September 25th, 2015

New York – Doris Salcedo at The Guggenheim Through October 12th, 2015

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015

New York – “Storylines” at the Guggenheim Museum Through September 9th, 2015

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

Guggenheim Appoints Two New Staff Members to Strengthen Chinese Contemporary Focus

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015

Guggenheim Selects Final Design for Helsinki Outpost

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

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
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Beijing Biennale Sees Controversy and Conflict at Armenian Pavilion

October 4th, 2015

The intruders photographed, via ArtforumThree men in suits posing as authorities at the Beijing Biennale reportedly attempted to destroy works at the Armenian pavilion, Artforum reports.  The men entered the pavilion and sought to remove works by artist Karen Mirzoyan depicting lands contested by Azerbaijan.  “For now I can say that our team and artworks are safe,” said pavilion curator Anna Garrigan.  Read More »

Former Art Thief Found Dead in London Canal

October 3rd, 2015

Sebastiano Magnanini, via The GuardianThe body of Sebastiano Magnanini, a former Italian art thief, was found in London’s Regent’s canal near Kings Cross this week, the Guardian reports.  “His life in Italy, before coming to London, will inevitably form part of the investigation, but at this early stage we are not looking at organized crime as a motive,” says Investigator Rebecca Reeves. Read More »

Artists Evicted from Trio of Gowanus Buildings

October 3rd, 2015

94 Ninth St, via DNAA group of artists are being evicted from studio spaces across three Ninth Street buildings in the Gowanus neighborhood of Brooklyn.  “For the overall arts and creativity in Gowanus, this is a huge loss,” says Abby Subak, executive director of Arts Gowanus.  “The implications for this go beyond Gowanus and are being felt by the entire artist community of New York City.” Read More »

NYT Profiles Curator Koyo Kouoh

October 3rd, 2015

Koyo Kouoh, via NYTThe New York Times profiles the work of curator Koyo Kouoh, who has built a reputation for bringing contemporary African Artists to the wider art world.  “She has always been somebody who was interested in much more than just contemporary art, and these are the strong people of today,” says Chris Dercon, director at the Tate Modern. “She is very interested in possible links, not only in other disciplines, especially literature, but also to have a much wider view of what visual art means, especially in Africa.” Read More »

Dia Foundation Abandons Building Plans in Favor of Existing Real Estate

September 30th, 2015

Dia Chelsea, via Art NewspaperThe Dia Foundation is no longer planning on a new building project in Chelsea, the Art Newspaper reports, as new Director Jessica Morgan is pushing for a more active use of the Foundation’s existing space in the city.  “I want to be programming constantly in Chelsea again because it makes no sense to have this incredible real estate and to be renting it out,” Morgan says. “It’s essential that we have a presence in the city.” Read More »

Royal College of Art Suspends First Year of Course Due to Lack of Teachers

September 30th, 2015

Royal Academy of Art, via Art NewspaperLondon’s Royal College of Art has suspended admissions for the incoming year’s design interactions course due to a shortage of teaching staff for the program.  “Several tutors left this summer instead of working their notices until December,” says an anonymous alumnus. Read More »

New Yorker Profiles Korean Tansaekhwa Group in Run-Up to Christie’s Exhibition

September 30th, 2015

Ha Chong-Hyun's, Conjunction 86-11 (1986), via New YorkThe New Yorker profiles the Korean art group Tansaekhwa this week, as the group of post-war conceptualists prepare a selling exhibition of work split between Christie’s locations in New York and Hong Kong.  “I am unbelievably happy,” says included artist Ha Chong-Hyun. “I’m eighty-one years old. Back in the day, Koreans didn’t live this long. I shouldn’t be here. But to have this happen in my lifetime, I can’t be more thankful.” Read More »

Zachary Kaplan Appointed Executive Director at Rhizome

September 30th, 2015

Zachary Kaplan, via Art NewsRhizome has appointed Zachary Kaplan as the organization’s new executive director.  “Zach is a proven leader and a passionate advocate for Rhizome’s mission. He brings a wealth of experience and a strong vision to this evolving organization, and we’re excited for him to shape the future of Rhizome,” says Greg Pass, the chairman of Rhizome’s board. Read More »

Banksy Donating Materials from Dismaland to Refugee Camp in Calais, France

September 29th, 2015

The jungle camp near Calais, France, via NYTBanksy has announced that the materials from his Dismaland installation in Weston-super-Mare will be sent to migrants and refugee camps in Calais, France.  “All the timber and fixtures from Dismaland are being sent to the ‘jungle’ refugee camp near Calais to build shelters,” a statement on the artist’s site read. “No online tickets will be available.” Read More »

Chinese Slump Will Likely Affect Secondary Art Market

September 29th, 2015

An Auction house in China, via SCMPChina’s economic slump and campaign against graft has many forecasting slow sales in the country’s once thriving art market, the SCMP reports, although those outside the secondary market remain optimistic.  “Now in fact is a better time because the speculators go away and we can focus on working with seasoned collectors and find new clients,”says Andy Hei, co-chairman and director of Fine Art Asia. “Prices will be more rational.” Read More »

Salt Lake Drought Brings Waters Around Spiral Jetty to Record Lows

September 29th, 2015

Spiral Jetty, via Art NewspaperAn historic drought in Utah has brought water levels around Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty to their lowest point since 1963, a point which many familiar with the work state is part of the work’s execution.  “The current thinking by most is that Robert Smithson would have loved to see the environmental changes that occur around his artwork, so there is no real talk of intervention,” Bonnie Baxter, the director of the Great Salt Lake Institute. Read More »

Auction Houses Battle for Position and Prime Sales Days for November Sales

September 29th, 2015

Salesroom with Wool - Christies - 2013Bloomberg looks ahead to the coming November auctions in New York, and previews the ongoing position battles the auction houses are taking as the secondary market continues to skyrocket.  “It is ruthless out there,” said Wendy Cromwell, an art adviser. “You need to do what you need to do in order to get the consignments you want.” Read More »

Artists Space Suspends Exhibitions During Landlord Dispute

September 29th, 2015

Artists Space, via NYTSoho nonprofit gallery Artists Space will temporarily suspend exhibitions while it sorts out a dispute with its landlords over construction work.  “The underlying agenda is to bully us until we move out,” says gallery executive Stefan Kalmár. “But that is not going to happen.” Read More »

Adam Sheffer Named President of ADAA

September 28th, 2015

Adam Sheffer, via Art NewsCheim & Read Partner Adam Sheffer has been appointed as the new president of the ADAA.  “As Chairman of The Art Show, Adam has been an especially important force in shaping the high standard of artistic quality and connoisseurship that distinguishes our fair each year,” said Linda Blumberg, ADAA’s executive director said in a statement. “And through his renowned leadership of Cheim & Read’s rigorous and dynamic program, Adam commands a great deal of respect from his colleagues, making him an ideal successor to Dorsey Waxter’s terrific work.” Read More »

Adam Weinberg Notes Doubled Attendance at Whitney Since Its Opening

September 28th, 2015

Adam Weinberg, via Crain'sThe Whitney’s move to the foot of the Highline has resulted in double the number of visitors during the four month span than the museum saw in the previous year.  “People feel so strongly about the Whitney because it’s a museum that is very much in and of New York,” Museum President Adam Weinberg said. “The Whitney is a spirit, not a place.” Read More »

France Making Efforts to Purchase Rembrandt Work

September 28th, 2015

Rembrandt portrait of Marten Soolmans, via NYTThe French government has thrown its hand in the ring for the purchase of one of the two Rothschild Rembrandts currently offered for sale, part of an effort to split the works between the Netherlands and France, despite the Netherlands seeming desire to take both pieces.  “I’m still confident that we’re heading in the right direction,” says Dutch parliament leader Alexander Pechtold, who is working to secure the pieces. “The seller wants to keep them together and made an arrangement with the Rijksmuseum, so that’s the phase we’re in now.”
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Philip Guston Estate Represented by Hauser and Wirth

September 25th, 2015

Philip Guston, he Studio, via NYTThe estate of Philip Guston is now represented by Hauser and Wirth, the New York Times reports.  The gallery will open its first show of the artist’s work in the spring, and was selected “especially because Iwan Wirth has been such a Guston enthusiast for years,” says Musa Mayer, Guston’s daughter. Read More »

Fortune Notes Difficulties in Authentication for Collectors

September 25th, 2015

A handler installs an Andy Warhol, via FortuneAn article in Fortune notes the increasing difficulty to authenticate works in the current market, as more and more collectors are willing to resort to litigation to intimidate and block the process.  “One year our legal bill ran up $7 million,” says Joel Wachs, the Warhol Foundation’s director. “The cost to defend them became so great, we got tired of giving money to lawyers. We’d rather be giving it to artists.”  Read More »

Hartwig Fischer Appointed Head of British Museum

September 25th, 2015

Hartwig Fischer, via The GuardianHartwig Fischer has been appointed the new Director of the British Museum, making him the first foreign director in over 200 years.  He will replace the outgoing Neil MacGregor. Read More »

Harvard Allowing Students to Rent Prints from Collection

September 25th, 2015

Andy Warhol, Marilyn Monroe (1967), via PhillipsHarvard University has relaunched its Student Print Rental Program, allowing students to rent original prints by artists as impressive as Matisse and Picasso from the school collection, intended for hanging in dorms and student residences.”We want (students) to be inspired by it, to absorb something special in addition to what might already be going up on their walls,” says Jessica Diedalis, the curricular registrar at the Harvard Art Museums. Read More »

Rauschenberg Foundation Announces Grants Dealing with Mass Incarceration

September 25th, 2015

Robert Rauschenberg, Johanson's Paiunting (1961), via Christie'sThe Robert Rauschenberg Foundation is offering grants to artists for projects addressing the issues of mass incarceration in the United States.  Almost half the 2.2 million people in American prisons are African American, the foundation cited in a statement, making as incarceration rate increase of over 500% in 30 years.  “One in three black males born today can expect to spend time in prison during his lifetime,” the foundation continues. “This constitutes an epidemic.” Read More »

The Guardian Reflects on Kurt Schwitters’ Merz Barn and its Relocation to Newcastle

September 25th, 2015

Kurt Schwitters’ Merz Barn, via The GuardianThe Guardian details the story and industrial efforts behind the move of Kurt Schwitters Merz Barn installation from the English Lake District to Newcastle, featuring the original news article detailing both the creation and movement of the work.  “Today and tomorrow all 23 tons of it will be eased on skids down a 150-yard slope to the road and loaded on to a transporter which will take at least two days to cover the 120 miles to Newcastle,” the article reports. Read More »

Kara Walker Appointed Tepper Chair at Rutgers School of ARts

September 25th, 2015

Kara Walker, via Art NewsKara Walker has been named the Tepper Chair of Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts.  “If anything, I can foster an environment of openness and maybe willingness to live with contentious images and objectionable ideas, particularly in the space of art,” Walker said in a statement. “For me, it gets us to a place where we can talk to those concerns and how as artists we can creatively solve problems when problems arise.” Read More »

Guggenheim Heirs Lose Case Against Foundation in Venice

September 25th, 2015

Peggy Guggenheim, via NYTThe heirs of Peggy Guggenheim have lost their case against the Guggenheim Foundation, seeking to prevent the organization from changing how works are hung at its Venice exhibition space.  The Foundation issued a statement claiming it was “proud to have faithfully carried out the wishes of Peggy Guggenheim for more than 30 years by preserving her collection intact in the Palazzo, restoring and maintaining the Palazzo as a public museum.” Read More »