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Sotheby’s Suspends Workers for Demonstration During Evening Auction

July 6th, 2015

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MoMA Expansion Architect Jean Nouvel Interviewed by New York Magazine

July 2nd, 2015

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LAX Launches New Artist Commissions in Tom Bradley Terminal

July 2nd, 2015

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John Waters Profiled in The Guardian

July 2nd, 2015

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Menil Collection Director Josef Helfenstein Leaving for Kunstmuseum Basel

July 2nd, 2015

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Art on the Underground Announces New Commissions

July 2nd, 2015

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New Public Works Announced for Embassy Gardens in London

July 2nd, 2015

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Athens Sees Increased Interest from Artists in Midst of Financial Crises

July 2nd, 2015

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American Museums Refusing to Return Nazi-Looted Artworks

July 1st, 2015

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Damien Hirst Speaks to the Guardian On Curating, Opening His Own Gallery, and His Legacy as An Artist

June 30th, 2015

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WSJ Profiles Alma Mahler, Lover and Wife to Many of Central Early 20th Century European Artists

June 30th, 2015

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Barron’s Offers Tips on Spotting Fake Art Works

June 30th, 2015

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Doug Aitken Opens New Version of “Station to Station” in London

June 30th, 2015

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Frieze London Announces 2015 Projects

June 29th, 2015

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Whitney Names New Officers to Board of Trustees

June 29th, 2015

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FT Looks at the Complicated Proceedings in Issuing a Catalog Raisonné

June 29th, 2015

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Independent NY Moving to TriBeCa

June 29th, 2015

Independent NY

 

Doug Aitken Interviewed in Financial Times

June 29th, 2015

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Herzog de Meuron to Redevelop Berlin’s Tacheles Art Center

June 26th, 2015

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Serpentine Launches Children’s Architecture Program

June 26th, 2015

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Monet Pastel Found Taped Inside Another Work

June 26th, 2015

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Arrest Warrant Issued for Shepard Fairey in Detroit

June 26th, 2015

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Artist Sues Starbucks Over Unlicensed Use of Work

June 26th, 2015

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WSJ Documents Challenges of Unpaid Workforce

June 26th, 2015

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Sotheby’s Suspends Workers for Demonstration During Evening Auction

Sotheby's London, via IndependentA group of cleaners protesting Sotheby’s low sick pay rates have been suspended from their posts, following their public demonstration during the auction house’s London sales last week.  “[A service rep] stopped them at the entrance and said ‘give me your passes, you’re no longer welcome at Sotheby’s – we’ve been instructed by Sotheby’s to not allow you on site’” says Petros Elia, the cleaner’s union general secretary. “Our argument is that Sotheby’s is massively, extremely wealthy company. Contractual sick-pay is not a crazy thing.”

Read more at The Independent

 

MoMA Expansion Architect Jean Nouvel Interviewed by New York Magazine

Jean Nouvel, via NY MagJean Nouvel, the architect behind MoMA’s soon to be underway tower construction, is interviewed in New York Magazine this week, discussing his vision for the museum and his reputation among both architects and the wider public.  “My approach to architecture is tied to my European culture, my French upbringing, and my Parisian trajectory,” he says. “But I think it’s essential to merge an insider’s knowledge with an outsider’s perspective. Otherwise, you take too much for granted, and you fail to see what’s possible. Sometimes when you think you know a city, you don’t really know it at all.”

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LAX Launches New Artist Commissions in Tom Bradley Terminal

Pae White's LAX Installation, via LA TimesThe Tom Bradley terminal at LAX has launched a series of new arts commissions this week, including works by Mark Bradford, Pae White and Ball-Nogues Studio.  “We imagined this space as a kind of reprieve or garden where people could rest their minds as they moved through the building,” says Benjamin Ball of Ball-Nogues. “The project is meant to be seen from a variety of angles.”

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John Waters Profiled in The Guardian

John Waters, via The GuardianJohn Waters is the subject of a profile in The Guardian this week, as the filmmaker-turned-artist prepares to open a show of his work in London, and discussing his aims towards his most recent body of work.  “I wanted to be the most despised person imaginable, like I was when I started.  I built a career out of it. I wasn’t hated by the people I wanted to like my work – I was hated by the people it was bait for,” he says.   

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Menil Collection Director Josef Helfenstein Leaving for Kunstmuseum Basel

Josef Helfenstein, via Illinois UniversityJosef Helfenstein, the Director of Houston’s Menil Collection for the past 12 years, is leaving his position to head the Kunstmuseum Basel, the New York Times reports.  “It’s a very hard decision for me to leave the Menil – I love this institution enormously,” Helfenstein says. “I think we have accomplished a lot, so it was kind of a natural moment.”

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Art on the Underground Announces New Commissions

Giles Round and Design Work Leisure's Oyster card holder, via Art NewspaperThe London Underground has announced a year-long series of artist commissions in the newest iteration of its ongoing arts patronage, including video work from Liam Gillick, and new design commissions from Giles Round and Design Work.  “Gillick has taken his camera, picking out features of the Victoria Line in an unfolding narrative,” says Eleanor Pinfield, the head of Art on the Underground.

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New Public Works Announced for Embassy Gardens in London

A rendering of Embassy Gardens in London, via Art NewspaperA series of six new public commissions spearheaded by Norman Rosenthal, former head of exhibitions at the Royal Academy, have been announced for Embassy Gardens, the site of the new U.S. Embassy in London.  “Each show is a germ of an idea that could become a museum exhibition,” Rosenthal says. “They are all shows I have dreamt of doing.”

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Athens Sees Increased Interest from Artists in Midst of Financial Crises

Maria Hassabi’s installation 'The Wall' at the Museum of Cycladic Art, via NYTThe New York Times notes the increasing popularity of Athens as a destination for artists in the wake of the country’s financial hardships, noting the increased affordability of studios and opportunities to show work in the city while commenting on the complex financial exchanges the country is currently involved in.  “I realized it would be much more useful to have an artistic platform in a city like Athens than another European city,” says Greek curator Iliana Fokianaki. “The crisis kind of boosted our energy to do more things, rather than flee the country.”

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American Museums Refusing to Return Nazi-Looted Artworks

A contested Camille Pissaro in Oklahoma, via Washington PostThe Washington Post notes two American museums battling in court to prevent works claimed as Nazi-loot from returning to the families who claim them as rightfully theirs.  “I find it outrageous, and I’m embarrassed,” says Oklahoma state Rep. Paul Wesselhoft of the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art at the University of Oklahoma, one of the museums refusing to return a work. “With this artwork, we have definitive proof that it was stolen. We have copies of the Nazi documents. As an Oklahoman, I think it’s a moral outrage.”

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Damien Hirst Speaks to the Guardian On Curating, Opening His Own Gallery, and His Legacy as An Artist

Damien HirstDamien Hirst is the subject of a lengthy profile in The Guardian this week, exploring his often overlooked role in curating and presenting the work of the YBA’s in their early years, and his soon to open London gallery.  “I’ve always wanted a gallery like Saatchi, the original Boundary Road,” he says.

Read more at The Guardian

WSJ Profiles Alma Mahler, Lover and Wife to Many of Central Early 20th Century European Artists

A self-portrait by Alma Mahler, via WSJThe Wall Street Journal looks at the life of Alma Mahler, the brash lover of some of Austria’s most noted artists during the turn of the twentieth century, who inspired both staunch admiration and loathing from the European art world.  Having married Walter Gropius,  Gustav Mahler, and writer Franz Werfel, she also counted a number of artists, including Gustav Klimt and Oskar Kokoschka, among her many lovers.

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Barron’s Offers Tips on Spotting Fake Art Works

Fake Mark Rothko at Knoedler Gallery, via Barron'sAn article in Barron’s this week notes the number of fake artworks in the marketplace today, and precautions collectors may take to prevent acquiring such works, including a set time frame for independent evaluation of a work before money changes hands.  “It’s an effective way to assess the good faith of the gallery or dealer,” says James Martin, a trusted researcher who worked for years researching and evaluating claims of faked art. “And if they won’t agree to that, you have to scratch your head and ask why.”

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Doug Aitken Opens New Version of “Station to Station” in London

Doug Aitken, via AnotherDoug Aitken has launched another iteration of his Station to Station project at London’s Barbican Center, bringing his vast multimedia project to bear on the British capital.  “It will be amazing to see Station to Station come to life in London in such a unique, multi-arts environment as the Barbican,” Aitken says.  “This is a living exhibition with artists of all mediums, creating unique works and unpredictable encounters every day.”

Read more at Art Info

Frieze London Announces 2015 Projects

Thea Djordjadze, via FriezeFrieze London has announced its list of projects for its October opening in Regent’s Park, including pieces by castillo/corrales, Lutz Bacher, and Thea Djordjadze among others.  Projects range from Jeremy Herbert’s planned subterranean cavern beneath the fair, to Djordjadze’s reinterpretation of the massive plants that inspired many of Henri Mattisse’s famous cut-out works.  

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Whitney Names New Officers to Board of Trustees

Outside the New Whitney Museum, via Art ObservedThe Whitney has announced new officers for its Board of Trustees, appointing Neil G. Bluhm and Laurie M. Tisch as co-chairs, while Richard M. DeMartini will act as president.  “I am grateful for the immense contributions of these devoted individuals and thank them with all my heart for ushering the Whitney into a new era, particularly Bob Hurst who chaired the capital campaign, which made the new building possible,” says President Adam Weinberg.

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FT Looks at the Complicated Proceedings in Issuing a Catalog Raisonné

Andy Warhol's Fourth Volume of his Catalog Raisonné, via FTThe Financial Times charts the ambitious efforts and long time frame for bringing an artist’s Catalog Raisonné to fruition, the effects this effort can often have on an artist’s market, and the resulting disputes over authenticity of works that may occur as a result.  “The authentication of individual works clearly belongs in the purview of the individual author or foundation,” says Deborah Aaronson, Phaidon’s group publisher, who just published the final volume in Andy Warhol’s Catalog Raisonné. “Authentication is clearly a huge issue with Warhol, so it’s not our policy to get caught up with those things.”

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Independent NY Moving to TriBeCa

Spring Studios, the New Site of Independent Art FairThe Independent Art Fair has announced its plans to move downtown, and will open the 2016 edition of the popular Armory Week art fair at Spring Studios in TriBeCa March 3rd.  “We’re excited about the Spring/Independent partnership, as it will allow us to take the fair to a new and exciting dimension by hosting it in an extraordinary environment that the art world has yet to experience,” says fair Co-Founder, Elizabeth Dee In our new home at Spring, Independent will be even more adventurous in support of galleries’ and artists’ projects with the flexibility the space allows.”

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Doug Aitken Interviewed in Financial Times

Doug Aitken, via Financial TimesDoug Aitken is interviewed in the Financial Times this week, as he opens the newest edition of Station to Station at The Barbican in London.  “Culture is the language that will bring us into the future,” Aitken says.  “But at the same time it is being surrounded by this conservative, capitalist system, which makes it harder than ever for individuals who have voices to push them as far as they can go.”

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Herzog de Meuron to Redevelop Berlin’s Tacheles Art Center

Tacheles, via Art NewspaperHerzog de Meuron has announced plans to redevelop Berlin’s famous art squat Tacheles, located in the Mittes district of the city.  The plans have sparked renewed protests over gentrification fears in the city.  

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Serpentine Launches Children’s Architecture Program

A Serpentine Young Architects Pavilion, via ArchinectThe Serpentine has announced a Build Your Own Pavilion contest for young and aspiring architects, aged 8 to 14, inviting them to try their hand at executing their own unique architectural design.  “The platform and workshops give an insight to the basic principles of architectural design and workshop students will be given the Pavilion brief and a toolkit that begins with sketching by hand, working with simple modeling materials and progressing to 3D design and print technologies,” the Serpentine says.Read more at Archinect

Monet Pastel Found Taped Inside Another Work

Le Havre, la jetee, by Claude Monet, via GuardianGallerist Jonathan Green has found a previously unknown pastel work by Claude Monet taped to the inside of another two works he purchased at auction last year.  “We were very excited,” Green told the Guardian. “Pastels by him are incredibly rare. These are a pointer to his future. You can see his fascination with light.”

Read more at The Guardian

Arrest Warrant Issued for Shepard Fairey in Detroit

Shepard Fairey, via New York PostAn arrest warrant for Artist Shepard Fairey has been issued in the city of Detroit, alleging that the artist has caused over $9,000 in damages from various tags and murals he left in the city.  Fairey’s public recognition “does not take away the fact that he is also a vandal,” says Police Sgt. Rebecca McKay.

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Artist Sues Starbucks Over Unlicensed Use of Work

Vanity Fair And Cadillac Toast The Artists Of Wynwood WallsA muralist and designer is suing Starbucks, following the coffee company’s allegedly unlicensed use of her signature style.  Painter Maya Hayuk was approached by the corporation late last year, and declined an offer to work with them on a campaign, but sued when Starbucks rolled out new branding that seemed strikingly similar to her own work.  “Starbucks brazenly created artwork that is substantially similar to one or more of Hayuk’s copyrighted works,” the lawsuit claims.

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WSJ Documents Challenges of Unpaid Workforce

A volunteer guide at the Hirshhorn, via WSJThe Wall Street Journal notes the growing number of volunteer museum docents and tour guides among the baby boomer generation, and problems with managing the volunteer staff that often comes with the territory.  “There was this culture of resistance,”says Hirshhorn Museum spokeswoman Kelly Carnes of volunteers who opposed changes in the tour guide structure. “They really felt entitled after spending enough time here not to make any changes from the way they had previously done things.”

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