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Controversial Nick Cave Installation Heads to Brooklyn Museum

January 15th, 2021

The Brooklyn Museum will install Nick Cave’s piece Truth Be Told outside the museum, which generated controversy last during its installation at the Jack Shainman space in Kinderhook, NY.  “Museums are being called on to tell the truth, from the painful to the celebratory,” says museum director Anne Pasternak. “We can invite a constructive conversation.”
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Guggenheim Names Naomi Beckwith as Deputy Director and Chief Curator

January 15th, 2021

The Guggenheim has appointed Naomi Beckwith, formerly senior curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago as deputy director and chief curator. “If you look out over the cultural landscape — particularly in the U.S. — she is quite obviously one of the outstanding leaders of today with a huge potential as well,” says museum director Richard Armstrong. “She’s very adept at issues of identity and, particularly, multidisciplinary art. We have to think about the Guggenheim’s growth over the next few years, so it needs to be a person with enormous capacity.”
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Bloomberg Charts Rush of Galleries Moving Works Out of UK Before Brexit

January 15th, 2021

A piece in Bloomberg charts the rush by galleries to move works out of the UK before Brexit goes into effect. “The higher up the market, the more global it is,” says Anthony Browne, chairman of the British Art Market Federation, regarding the challenges posed by shipping more works outside of the UK borders. “It’s the smaller galleries and dealers and mid-market ones that have buyers in the EU that will be mostly affected.”
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Gregory Crewdson

b. 1962
Lives and works in:

New York, NY

Represented by:

Luhring Augustine, New York

Skarstedt Fine Art Gallery, New York

White Cube, London

Education includes:

SUNY Purchase BA, Purchase, NY

Yale University MFA, New Haven, CT

Crewdson is a contemporary photographer who typically works with digital C-prints, capturing highly detailed scenes that are usually carefully staged. He pays close attention to depth, texture and color, working with a vast palette. More often than not, his work has an eerie and unsettling quality. He uses techniques used to produce cinematic productions, including complex lighting, expansive sets, made-up actors, etc.

Many of his pieces, like Untitled Summer 2004 which poses juxtaposes a young boy standing outside a trailer facing a nude woman standing in a trailer’s door, use posed people and mannequins to elicit emotion and add a human element to his work. Such inclusion of oddly-placed nudes is not uncommon within his work. His famous 2001 piece Untitled places a pale corpse dressed in a white gown lying on a living room floor, floating in a few inches of dark water.

In 2004, he received the Skowhegan Medal for Photography. His photographs are included in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, Tokyo’s Museum of Contemporary Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Boston Museum of Fine Art as well as several other international museums.

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